SPARKS

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

This film is far better than it has any right to be. As it stands, it’s a tightly budgeted noir superhero movie set in the 1940s. As if that attempt weren’t bold enough to earn respect, the story and acting are top notch, and the film itself simply looks amazing…


Posted on June 4, 2014 by

WESSELMANIA: INTERVIEW WITH FILMMAKER LARRY WESSEL

It’s really no surprise then that the man who devoured “Famous Monsters of Filmland” and considers Francois Truffaut’s “Hitchcock” to be his Bible would start making films in 1968 at a mere 11 years old…



Posted on April 23, 2014 by

MAD RON’S PREVUES FROM HELL (DVD)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 82 minutes

If you could get your hands on the tape, it was well worth it. If you couldn’t, well you were screwed until now with the arrival of the DVD…


Posted on December 23, 2013 by

SEX AND LUCIA

4 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 128 minutes

In a word, this one is brilliant, though it does take some time to get to the ultimate payoff. Stick with it, though, and you will be handsomely rewarded…


Posted on September 29, 2013 by

POTICHE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 103 minutes

Beautifully shot, a wonderful story, excellent performances from each actor – there is really no reason not to watch this one… unless you hate subtitles…


Posted on June 11, 2013 by

MESRINE: PUBLIC ENEMY #1

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 133 minutes

The two films combined serve to make a powerful epic that rates amongst the best crime films ever made. It is too early to tell if it will be considered a “classic,” but it seems like this is a shoe-in to that club…


Posted on November 14, 2012 by

MESRINE: KILLER INSTINCT

4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 113 minutes

This is a stylish gangster movie, and those are always fun to watch. The violence feels real. The characters, even at their worst, are people you can care about. And Cassel’s performance is jaw-droppingly good…


Posted on October 12, 2012 by

ICONOCLAST

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 233 minutes

Say what you will about Rice, but he isn’t boring, and this film proves it…


Posted on February 16, 2012 by

CHARLIE THISTLE

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

Shot in black and white (until the blue and a few other colors get approved), this short film is really just a fancy way of saying that one person can make a difference in the world as long as you are willing to break away from the norm…


Posted on February 3, 2012 by

THE THIRD WAVE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 94 minutes

“The Third Wave” is a feel-good film, and it is meant to be, but it doesn’t hide the problems that come with volunteering…


Posted on December 10, 2011 by

ANTON CHEKHOV’S THE DUEL

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 95 minutes

The fate of these people rests not upon something out of their control, but something totally within their grasp, and their inability to ascertain that is what drives them to the place they happen to be in…


Posted on August 19, 2011 by

“THE KINGDOM OF SURVIVAL”: AN INTERVIEW WITH FILMMAKER M.A. LITTLER

Littler describes his filmmaking as “zen anarchist pirate cinema,” which is hard to comprehend until you see his latest film…



Posted on August 15, 2011 by

LIGHTS CAMERA DEAD

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 78 minutes

More “Bowfinger” than almost any other horror film you can think of, this Tim Reaper production has its heart in the right place and nothing else…


Posted on June 28, 2011 by

FOUND OBJECTS

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 18 minutes

This is the kind of thing snobby critics love to praise so they can elevate themselves above the commoners. The truth is, though, that this is a lovely looking movie which is done exceedingly well, but lacks any real soul…


Posted on May 22, 2011 by

EYES OF THE MOTHMAN

4 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 155 minutes

If you are a fan of the paranormal, the unexplained or just the legendary Mothman, you need to see this documentary post haste. It is, quite simply, the most comprehensive look at the story of the Mothman…


Posted on May 2, 2011 by

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