ON THE LAM

4 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 96 minutes

Corey Aumiller began “On the Lam” as a short student film before expanding it into a $5,500 feature-length production. Not surprisingly, the film offers the vices and virtues common to no-budget first-time filmmakers. Fortunately, the virtues outweigh the vices…


Posted on July 31, 2010 by

THE BOOTLEG FILES: TEN LITTLE INDIANS

Phil Hall’s The Bootleg Files explores the wild world of classic and kooky flicks that can be found only on bootlegged videos and DVD. This week, Phil gets involved in a Eurotrash serial killing romp…



Posted on July 30, 2010 by

FILM THREAT PODCAST – EPISODE 15 – FILM THREAT’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY PANEL AT THE 2010 SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON

This week’s Film Threat Podcast breaks from the mold, instead showcasing Film Threat’s 25th Anniversary Panel as recorded live on July 24, 2010 at the San Diego Comic-Con…



Posted on July 29, 2010 by

FILMS GONE WILD: RYAN PIERS WILLIAMS – MINING “THE DRY LAND” FOR SERIOUS MOVIEMAKING GOLD

On the eve of the film’s limited release in theaters in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas, I talked to filmmaker Ryan Piers Williams about each step in that process to shed some light on how exactly it happened for THE DRY LAND, what his role and experiences were like in particular, and what he has learned from it all…



Posted on July 29, 2010 by

THE LAND BEFORE TIME

4 Stars
Year Released: 1988
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 69 minutes

2010 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! This is a masterpiece. To call it anything less would not do. I finally saw a beautiful and crisp copy of it in a proper theatre at the Fantasia Film Festival when Don Bluth and Gary Goldman were both honoured with a well deserved lifetime achievement award. The room was filled with kids who sat in rapt attention during the showing, as did I…


Posted on July 29, 2010 by

DIGITAL CELLULOID – ISSUE 5: WHAT IF…

Digital Celluloid, a comic strip by artist Chris Cirillo, pokes fun at the films of today, tomorrow and yesterday. Whether it is a classic or an upcoming blockbuster, no film is safe! This week, Digital Celluloid asks the question that was on everyone’s mind when the new “Predators” was announced…



Posted on July 28, 2010 by

REFN RISING: INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR NICOLAS WINDING REFN

Our interview has been delayed by four hours, at Refn’s request. Between vocal kids and ringing telephones, a chaotic vibe can be sensed during this fragmented landline discussion. However, once the quirky filmmaker behind “Valhalla Rising” surrenders his time and gets into the “zone,” he’s an honest, generous interview subject…



Posted on July 28, 2010 by

T.T. SYNDROME

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 102 minutes

2010 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL! Yes, “T.T. Syndrome” is loud and obnoxious, and the characters are beyond dumb, but this is what makes the genre work. This feels like a period correct Giallo film in almost every single significant way…


Posted on July 28, 2010 by

ALICE JACOBS IS DEAD

4 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 21 minutes

2010 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! “Alice Jacobs is Dead” earns the emotions that it wrings from you. It’s a genuine film, one that has a few ideas in its brain and something to say, one that is all too often seldom seen…


Posted on July 27, 2010 by

SALT

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 99 minutes

After reading Kurt Wimmer’s script, Tom Cruise––for whom it was written––took a pass. He opted for the dismal, dopey “Knight and Day” over this. That has to tell you something…


Posted on July 27, 2010 by

GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – CO-PRODUCTIONS (FINANCING PART TWO)

The one thing to know about Cannes, Berlin and Tokyo is that since they’re incredibly fun cities to play in, everyone involved in the co-production markets are usually in a damn good mood. The best way to get something from someone is to ask them for what you need while they’re ridiculously happy…



Posted on July 27, 2010 by

“TILT” – A CERTIFIED FILM THREAT IN PROGRESS

We open our weekly focus on films currently in the trenches of film production with TILT, a film written by Julie Keck and Jessica King, to be directed by Phil Holbrook. TILT is currently raising money via a crowdfunded Kickstarter campaign that ends August 6, 2010. The filmmakers’ innovation with said campaign, as well as their passion for their creative endeavor, convinced us here at Film Threat that they deserved a closer look. Director Phil and writers Julie and Jessica took the time to answer a battery of questions about their project, and here’s what they had to say…



Posted on July 26, 2010 by

FINAL GIFTS

0.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 99 minutes

Both women are given the thankless task of carrying awkward soliloquies about war, love, suffering, sacrifice and girl power…


Posted on July 24, 2010 by

THE BOOTLEG FILES: 1001 ARABIAN NIGHTS

Phil Hall’s The Bootleg Files explores the wild world of classic and kooky flicks that can be found only on bootlegged videos and DVD. This week, Phil revisits Mr. Magoo’s one and only feature film…



Posted on July 23, 2010 by

FILMS GONE WILD: DON’T MAKE ME SAY THIS AGAIN, “NO, GREGORY HARRISON WILL NOT BE AT THE FEEL GOOD FILM FESTIVAL!”

I guess you could make the case that in a world beset with Team Edward and Team Jacob craziness and fan fervor that people could make some overheated assumptions. And apparently the “Trapper John” faithful has been hungering for a Gregory Harrison sighting or to score some “Dr. Gonzo Gates” love, but now that really won’t happen…



Posted on July 22, 2010 by

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