RIGGED

RIGGED
3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 102 minutes

RIGGED wants to be a tale of redemption and underdog success, but it never quite lives up to its own potential.


Posted on December 29, 2008 by

LARRY FLYNT: THE RIGHT TO BE LEFT ALONE (DVD)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 74 minutes

“Larry Flynt: The Right to Be Left Alone”, directed by Joan Brooker-Mark, is a slapdash piece of filmmaking that doesn’t do justice to its subject…


Posted on December 24, 2008 by

MATTIE FRESNO AND THE HOLOFLUX UNIVERSE

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 92 minutes

The only thing bizarre or horrific about this movie is Carol Alt’s performance. But I digress…


Posted on December 18, 2008 by

PSYCHO HILLBILLY CABIN MASSACRE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 17 minutes

If you are a producer out there that needs someone to take a group of good-looking actors, place them in a cliched horror film setting, run up the body count, splatter the screen with blood, and then leave the door open for a sequel, then look no further…


Posted on December 17, 2008 by

SPRAWLING FROM GRACE (DVD)

SPRAWLING FROM GRACE (DVD)
3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 82 minutes

Better suited for public television than commercial release, “Sprawling from Grace” employs a didactic tone to continually drum its anti-sprawl, anti-petroleum message. As a member of the choir being preached to, even I must admit it’s a bit dry and disengaging…


Posted on December 16, 2008 by

P.O.V.

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 20 minutes

This is an interesting concept that probably would’ve worked better as a music video or experimental film…


Posted on December 10, 2008 by

SURVIVING NEW YEAR’S

2 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 39 minutes

Apparently, there was no script (which seems to be all the rage these days) and, as a result, the actors just run wild, improv-ing their way around the house, running in circles and, sadly, going nowhere. Just like the movie they’re in…


Posted on December 8, 2008 by

THE UNDERTAKER

3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 14 minutes

This is a competently made short, but it never really finds its footing. The laughs feel forced and the dark tone feels unnatural…


Posted on December 1, 2008 by

P.O.V.

2 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 10 minutes

“P.O.V.” is a short film written and directed by Tawan Bazemore that opens with an Angelina Jolie look-alike, alone in a room, melodramatically playing the piano (she’s blind)…


Posted on November 30, 2008 by

HOLLYWOOD JEROME

4 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 10 minutes

Director Frey Hoffman is able to deftly translate Yusef’s poetry into darkly comical vignettes that trace the progress of young Jerome (Ishmael Hatter) as he finds himself far from home and out of luck…


Posted on November 29, 2008 by

THURSDAY MARKET

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 8 minutes

With a little more attention to story and character development, “Thursday Market” could have been a great movie. As is, it is merely good…


Posted on November 27, 2008 by

GOD’S COUNTRY

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 15 minutes

Filled with pretentious, rhyming dialogue and shot in black and white, “God’s Country” wears its ambitions on its sleeve… and, ultimately, falls woefully short…


Posted on November 25, 2008 by

DAY LABOR

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 12 minutes

Following an energetic opening title sequence, the short quickly loses momentum…


Posted on November 24, 2008 by

A BAKERY STORY

A BAKERY STORY
2 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 21 minutes

You’d think that with a homo/hetero love triangle, death by bread dough and cookies made with a “secret” ingredient you’d be engrossed from the start and unable to tear your eyes from the screen, right?


Posted on November 23, 2008 by

FAN MAIL

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 5 minutes

Utilizing a compelling first-person narrator, Christensen manages to show what it is like in the head of an ardent fan as he sits down to write a torturous fan letter to a cinematic hero…


Posted on November 22, 2008 by

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