MARS AT SUNRISE

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 75 minutes

What I most appreciate about Habie’s little cinematic gem is that it ends on an uncontrived, completely believable up beat. What we learn is that the human spirit really is invincible, and can overcome any obstacle life throws its way…


Posted on March 19, 2014 by

WAWD AHP

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 3 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL MIDNIGHT SHORTS SELECTION! In my opinion, Steve Girard’s incendiary little film is severely vexing, deeply disturbing, extremely liberating, and highly intelligent…


Posted on March 12, 2014 by

EVAPORATING BORDERS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 73 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL VISIONS SELECTION! Aesthetically, I’ve never seen such magnificent cinematography in a documentary, and love the way the landscape, sea and the free-living flamingos are juxtaposed against the displaced, and the violent. Equally impressive is Radivojevic’s skill in driving her message home, by subtly and seamlessly building upon each preceding vignette…


Posted on March 11, 2014 by

BEFORE I DISAPPEAR

5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 95 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE COMPETITION SELECTION! The script is beautifully written with realistic dialogue that never misses a beat. Each actor works in sync with the others and all are outstanding…


Posted on March 10, 2014 by

STRANDED N DANGRIGA

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 75 minutes

In terms of filmmaking, Jordan’s movie feels both amateur and seasoned, much like the work produced during the Italian Neorealism film movement…


Posted on March 3, 2014 by

EL REY

5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 52 minutes

The result of this royal illusion is that we feel sad when the movie ends and we’re forced to exit the bus and go home, wherever that may be.


Posted on March 1, 2014 by

SING OVER ME

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 85 minutes

I’m also curious about Kindberg’s true aim in making this movie, and whether or not I can believe that it was strictly to document a life. But of course, that question concerns documentaries in general, and is fodder for another argument entirely…


Posted on February 27, 2014 by

HOMELESS IN LOS ANGELES

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 70 minutes

Flaws aside, I feel that “Homeless in Los Angeles” is an important film, and one that should be seen by everyone except young children, due to occasional profanity…


Posted on February 24, 2014 by

SICK BIRDS DIE EASY

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

One thing I do know is that Nicholas Fackler is completely on par with his cinematic trajectory— and he seems to be loving the journey.


Posted on February 23, 2014 by

FALLEN

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 30 minutes

As is common in short films that flounder and fall (no pun intended), there’s too much story for the space provided. In other words, the philosophical, sociological and moral issues provoked would cinematically succeed better as a feature-length…


Posted on February 22, 2014 by

NARCISSIST

5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 17 minutes

Casaccio is not only a storytelling force to be reckoned with, but he’s also a keen observer of society and its members…


Posted on February 20, 2014 by

A DARK TALE

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 24 minutes

The film’s strength lies in its storytelling, which is philosophically and moralistically profound, but camouflaged so that these academic qualities are not evident…


Posted on February 19, 2014 by

GIRL OF STEEL

1 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 6 minutes

Not surprisingly Kara has a bad attitude, but still, it is the future of the world at stake, here…


Posted on February 18, 2014 by

WHITE TRASH

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 11 minutes

Everything about “White Trash” is brilliant: writing, cinematic style, actors’ execution, varying minimalistic dialogue and the fact that eleven minutes flies by faster than the blink of an eye…


Posted on February 17, 2014 by

OVO

5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 15 minutes

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANARCHY SHORTS SELECTION! The music and visual effects are both enticing and violent, and may be considered principal characters in Wilson’s tour de force about life, death, retribution and new beginnings…


Posted on January 21, 2014 by

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