LESSONS FROM A COMIC-CON VETERAN: A WRAP-UP OF THE 2013 SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON

By now we know all about the new villain in the second “Avengers” film, or the Batman/Superman combo movie that sounds about as compelling as a Flintstones/Jetsons cartoon cross over, as reported at the now world famous 2013 San Diego Comic-Con. I’m not here for that type of news reporting. Not that I’m above it, I’m just lazy…



Posted on July 22, 2013 by

IMPERFECT SOLACE

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 29 minutes

Kenya Rene portrays Miranda as unsympathetic, but revealing of a mental breakdown that she clearly can’t control…


Posted on June 14, 2012 by

THE PROS OF CON: SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2011 WRAP-UP

This year, we did Comic-Con on the cheap… without a plan, reason and almost without passes!



Posted on July 27, 2011 by

THE ANGEL

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 6 minutes

“The Angel” is six minutes of Hong Kong/rock-em, sock-em type action with a tangy taste of “Twilight Zone” for good measure…


Posted on February 10, 2007 by

THE UNTITLED STAR WARS MOCKUMENTARY

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 42 minutes

DAMON PACKARD STRIKES BACK! There is something here to offend everyone associated with big time Hollywood; the computer wizard turned special effects lackey, the yes-men who kiss ass to all above them, and the director that’s gone mentally mad with power…


Posted on July 25, 2004 by

THE GIRL WITH THE PEARL SUSPENDED

THE GIRL WITH THE PEARL SUSPENDED
2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 16 minutes

This piece is like a surreal bit of visual poetry without rhyme or reason…


Posted on May 5, 2004 by

DUNSDANCE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

What more can I say about “Dunsdance” than it’s another one of the many mocumentaries about the pissing and moaning of independent filmmakers and their dream of seeing their hard earned dough of a movie on the silver screen…


Posted on November 10, 2003 by

WEST BANK BROOKLYN

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 85 minutes

As a whole, a thoughtful piece of work without shoving the subject matter down our throats…


Posted on November 1, 2003 by

PLEASE DON’T BURN MY BEAVER

PLEASE DON’T BURN MY BEAVER
3 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

One thing that ”Please Don’t Burn My Beaver” does have is more beaver jokes than all three “Porky’s” films and an episode of “Three’s Company” combined…


Posted on November 1, 2003 by

NO TURNING BACK

4 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 98 minutes

IN THEATERS IN LIMITED RELEASE! “No Turning Back” throws us right into the world of Pablo, a former English teacher from Honduras who is now working in the fields of Southern California. While rushing to pick up his daughter, he accidentally runs over a young girl…


Posted on June 21, 2003 by

SHIT PARTY

SHIT PARTY
4 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 6 minutes

This has happened to us before. You’re at a party, eating one of those pizza rolls, or the many cheeses on a stick, and suddenly you feel the need to shit a brick…


Posted on February 15, 2003 by

LUCAS GOES HOLLYWOOD

I do reminisce for the good old days where a geek could be a geek without the rapid onslaughts of Indian burns and atomic wedgies. This was all present at the corner of Hollywood and Highland last week. Geeks gathered last Thursday at the Egyptian Theatre for the opening night of a weeklong tribute to ILM and Skywalker Sound by the American Cinematheque…



Posted on February 13, 2003 by

THE SEAN CONNERY GOLF PROJECT

4 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 17 minutes

Yes, breaking into a major studio is against the law, but it’s also pretty damn clever…


Posted on February 6, 2003 by

FOREIGN CORRESPONDENTS

3 Stars
Year Released: 1999
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 102 minutes

“Foreign Correspondents” is slightly entertaining but would have been better as two shorts than a feature attempting to intertwine two different stories…


Posted on February 5, 2003 by

ANOTHER LIFE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 12 minutes

NODANCE 2003 COMPETITION SHORT! For a story that concentrates solely on its two characters’ emotions to keep the plot moving, this short creates a payoff better than what most features try to pull off in two hours…


Posted on January 30, 2003 by

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