TENTACLE 8

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 124 minutes

Luckily, Tentacle 8’s strength’s in script and actor-portrayal far exceed any weaknesses and that’s what makes the film a must-see.


Posted on May 16, 2014 by

RED GOLD

5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 70 minutes

…is yet another rare example of glowing cinematic perfection and profound intelligence.


Posted on May 1, 2014 by

BEING GINGER

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 69 minutes

And that brings me back yet again, to that same issue I always ponder about documentaries and their makers. Are documentary movies authentically objective-reportage, or simply another form of artful make-believe?


Posted on May 1, 2014 by

A PUBLIC RANSOM

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

D’Stair’s cinematic selection is artistically interpretive to say the least, and may not be for everyone…


Posted on April 29, 2014 by

BATTLE AT BEAVER CREEK

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 82 minutes

At times it seems that Terran and Newman are endlessly circling the same terrain, which in itself gets you thinking…


Posted on April 27, 2014 by

HAVING FUN UP THERE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 65 minutes

Still, the simple, character-driven, storyline is a strong one, with a universal pull, made all the more powerful by its subtle ambiguities…


Posted on April 25, 2014 by

MIA COLPA

5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 20 minutes

The two principal actors, Haely Jardas and Hez Surmaty, who portray Mia and Gabe, respectively, are outstanding in every way possible…


Posted on April 24, 2014 by

THE DIVORCE

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 20 minutes

If this sounds like an interesting plot, you’re on the right track. There’s no doubt that Naylor has written a most intriguing and suspenseful screenplay…


Posted on April 23, 2014 by

THE WOOD HOUSE

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

Most of all, I love the film’s shocking ending which is a bit ambiguous and open ended, raising questions about the characters, and ourselves should we find ourselves in similar circumstances.


Posted on April 23, 2014 by

INDIETRO

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

But where Guy-Blaché’s plot-motivations were as ambiguous as she was, Tomkins’ overall plan is blatant: i.e. his story must be corrected for the salvation of his principal characters’ romance…


Posted on April 22, 2014 by

MEMORIAL

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 14 minutes

I also appreciate cinematographer Joseph Loughrell’s fluid camera moves, and one particular scene where Alexandra and Jennifer sit on a Whirly Bird, as we watch the world spinning eerily behind them…


Posted on April 19, 2014 by

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

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