BLIND

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 96 minutes

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD DRAMATIC COMPETITION SELECTION! “Blind” is a very well done film with an extremely smart screenplay. Based on it, I’m excited to go back and watch Vogt’s other work and see what he comes up with next…


Posted on January 19, 2014 by

LONE SURVIVOR

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: minutes

Peter Berg has made an old-fashioned kick ass war movie and a damned fine one at that…


Posted on January 12, 2014 by

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 105 minutes

It’s taken me a little over a month to try and wrangle my feelings about this film into a somewhat coherent “review,” and I’m still not sure if I’ve succeeded. I’m totally taken with this film and I’m not even all that big of a Coen Brothers fan…


Posted on January 4, 2014 by

DON JON

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

On the surface, it’s a funny comedy about becoming a man while faced with all the issues surrounding people from New Jersey (at least, as we’re lead to believe from the media). But also what young people face due to our current media. Porn has never been more free and accessible and, as a country, we value money, winning and looks over intelligence, hard work and humbleness…


Posted on September 27, 2013 by

SHORT TERM 12

5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 96 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! There’s a real understated power to “Short Term 12″ that I appreciated because, for such a touchy subject, it’s easy to clumsily manipulate an audience. Instead the film opts for layers of terrific writing, filming and character development combined with simple brush strokes that add depth to characters and situations rather than going for low hanging, tear-jerking fruit…


Posted on August 24, 2013 by

LEAVE M. NIGHT ALONE!!!

All this negativity has got me wondering, how did a once apparently great filmmaker, who many called the next Hitchcock or Spielberg, become such a target for hatred?



Posted on June 4, 2013 by

HERE COMES THE DEVIL

4 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 97 minutes

2013 STANLEY FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Bogliano manages to mix some pretty hot sex in with some sheer insanity, as well as terror, to make a horror film that gets a little silly sometimes but still manages to be an intense and bloody good time…


Posted on May 15, 2013 by

100 BLOODY ACRES

3 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 91 minutes

2013 STANLEY FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Writer/director brothers Colin and Cameron Cairnes have created a well-scripted, frequently gory yet fun, dark comedy-horror film on what seems to be a smallish budget, and that’s no small feat…


Posted on May 7, 2013 by

WILLOW CREEK

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 77 minutes

While I was never sure what to expect at any moment in the film, never in a million years would it be that Bobcat Goldthwait would turn in one of the best found footage movies ever, as well as one of the most tension filled scenes I’ve seen in a film in some time. “Willow Creek” delivers on every level…


Posted on May 6, 2013 by

THE 2013 INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL OF BOSTON KICKS OFF THIS WEEK

Boston is tough and so is the Independent Film Festival of Boston, which kicks off Wednesday, April 24 as planned. The fest, which runs through Tuesday, April 30, will take place all over Boston and features over 1300 film screenings, 105 films, filmmaker Q&A sessions, panel discussions, visiting filmmakers, parties and events…



Posted on April 23, 2013 by

THALE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 77 minutes

Elvis (Nervold) and Leo (Skard) are old buddies who haven’t seen much of each other lately. Hard up for cash, Elvis decides working for Leo in his crime scene cleaning business would be a good way to rekindle their friendship, and make a few krone, even if Leo has a bit of a weak stomach. […]


Posted on April 6, 2013 by

ON “SPRING BREAKERS,” PART TWO… IT’S BRITNEY, BITCH!

This is part two in a seemingly never ending series on the film “Spring Breakers.” This piece will contain spoilers on the film so if you plan on seeing it and don’t want anything ruined, please come back after you’ve seen it…



Posted on March 28, 2013 by

ON “SPRING BREAKERS”… PART ONE

I’m a big, big fan of Harmony Korine and his films. While always weird and entertaining, I deeply admire the way he looks at human nature and society as though it’s another planet or a secret room hidden right under our noses…



Posted on March 26, 2013 by

THE EAST

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 116 minutes

2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL CLOSING NIGHT SELECTION! There are several storylines early on that have huge potential only to be sort of cast aside for the admittedly more exciting high drama and personal conflict in the film. As a result the film feels oddly long even though there was rarely a moment I wasn’t engaged…


Posted on March 16, 2013 by

THE WORLD PREMIERE OF “HOLY GHOST PEOPLE” WAS…

Sorry for the lack of updates, it’s insane here at South by Southwest 2013. Did you know there’s free beer everywhere?! There is. And I can’t stop drinking it. Plus there was quite a bit of nervous running around before Sunday’s world premiere of “Holy Ghost People” which was, for the most part, pretty fantastic…



Posted on March 13, 2013 by

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