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

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

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