MILK CARTON CINEMA: “KRIPPENDORF’S TRIBE”

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS FILM? Brad Slager brings us a deep exploration into films that received a major studio release, with bankable star talent and a significant promotional campaign, and yet failed to receive the public’s attention. This week, Brad takes a look at Dreyfus disaster ““Krippendorf’s Tribe…”



Posted on April 20, 2004 by

THE GREENSKEEPER (DVD)

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

A homicidal loon, repugnant characters serving as abattoir fodder, blood served by the gross, and breasts put on display when the plot begins to lag…


Posted on April 5, 2004 by

THREE STEP DANCING

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 107 minutes

About the only time you get to experience a character with anything approaching a personality you will be half way through this film…


Posted on April 1, 2004 by

HARRY AND MAX

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 75 minutes

I’m quite sure the members of NAMBLA might appreciate this effort, but I do not know that their membership is legion enough to warrant this film being made…


Posted on March 31, 2004 by

FARMINGVILLE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 78 minutes

SXSW 2004 DOCUMENTARY FEATURE SELECTION! Hate crimes, racial tensions, economic strife, illegal immigration, and the preservation of white neighborhoods are familiar issues in this nation, but the crux of the documentary “Farmingville” is where these issues play out…


Posted on March 17, 2004 by

DETOUR (DVD)

1 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 88 minutes

Overall, while there is satisfaction in seeing these detestable ravers get systematically eliminated I feel I would have been much happier had I never met them in the first place…


Posted on March 9, 2004 by

STARK RAVING MAD (DVD)

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 103 minutes

Ben often turns to the camera to address the audience, revealing personal details such as his preference for PBS and The Learning Channel…


Posted on March 2, 2004 by

SWAG HEAP: GRASS ROOTS MARKETING AT SUNDANCE

Once I mention to people that I went to the Sundance Film Festival I know it will be a short time before I hear the question. That question is not the expected “Which stars did you see?” or the popular “What parties did you go to?” and it is not that rare query “What movies did you see?” No, amazingly it’s “What kind of swag did you get?!”



Posted on March 2, 2004 by

DADDY AND THEM (DVD)

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 101 minutes

Attempted suicide and marital discord on the neighbor’s front lawn, and this is a purported comedy…


Posted on February 29, 2004 by

BLACK POINT (DVD)

2 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 107 minutes

When we first meet Hawkins, he is muttering drunken slurs in a bar…


Posted on February 19, 2004 by

SECOND BEST

3 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

SUNDANCE 2004 AMERICAN SPECTRUM! In “Second Best” we do have older sorts who lament their status in life, but this is not self-absorbed navel gazing, rather it is a look over the shoulder and a subsequent shaking of the head at what could have been…


Posted on February 11, 2004 by

HARRY THE HAMSTER

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 14 minutes

Director/Writer Tucker Marolf originates from the Chapman University Film School and shows a talent for crafting a humurous tale…


Posted on February 11, 2004 by

DEVIL’S POND (DVD)

2 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 92 minutes

There is plenty about this direct-to-disc title that comes off as inconsistent, starting right away with that title. “Devil’s Pond”?


Posted on February 6, 2004 by

THE BEST THIEF IN THE WORLD

2 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

SUNDANCE 2004 DRAMATIC COMPETITION SELECTION! Occasionally the movie offers a poignant moment and a dramatic scene here and there, but this is a largely unfulfilling affair…


Posted on January 31, 2004 by

HOME OF THE BRAVE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 74 minutes

SUNDANCE 2004 DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION SLEECTION! While “Home of the Brave” showcases a very import event in the civil rights epoch, the film does have all the feel of a news program on PBS…


Posted on January 21, 2004 by

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