SIDEWALK 2008: THE INDIES STRIKE BACK

BEST OF 2008! Last year I decided to see what happened if I experienced a sober Sidewalk Film Festival and while good times were had, I decided this year to return to the booze soaked shenanigans of legends told. Well… not that hardcore, but I am feeling the post-festival burn…



Posted on December 26, 2008 by

THE ADVENTURE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 22 minutes

Written and directed by “Blood Car” star Mike Brune, “The Adventure” reminds us that trespassing is bad…


Posted on December 19, 2008 by

SWIMMING TO THE MOON

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

Just in time for the holidays, it’s a short about suicide – wheeeeeeee!


Posted on December 12, 2008 by

SPECIAL

4 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 84 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! I once saw a guy who thought he was Reed Richards due to some major mind altering substances. He tried stretching his wiener, but, no. “Special” brings us a story somewhat similar to this one…


Posted on November 21, 2008 by

O’ HORTEN

4 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

2008 AFI FEST FEATURE! There may not be much in the way of a plot here, but rather it’s just quality time spent with an interesting man during an interesting time in his life…


Posted on November 12, 2008 by

TOKYO SONATA

4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 117 minutes

2008 AFI FEST FEATURE! With “Tokyo Sonata,” Kurosawa shows that he has quite the flair for dry humor and peppers this film with just the perfect amount…


Posted on November 8, 2008 by

REVANCHE

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 121 minutes

2008 AFI FEST FEATURE! Filmmaker Gotz Spielmann smoothly transports us from the seedy Vienna red light district to a tranquil farmhouse setting in this tense, and even a little naughty, revenge tale…


Posted on November 3, 2008 by

THE ROCK-AFIRE EXPLOSION

4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

So does it live up to its hype? If you remember and love The Rock-afire Explosion from your youth, then, yes…


Posted on October 30, 2008 by

MOVIE VACATION AT THE 2008 SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (PART 2)

Family Inc. Early Saturday afternoon and I was all rested up and ready to hit some movies – really thankful that the sake headache from the night before had gone away. Kicked off the day with Helen Jen and Emily Ting’s “Family Inc.” which sees Emily turning the camera on herself and her family as […]



Posted on October 21, 2008 by

JOIN FILM THREAT AT THE 2008 HOLLYWOOD HORROR, SCI-FI AND FANTASY FILM FESTIVAL

Head on down to the Arclight in Hollywood this weekend, October 24-26, 2008, as we roll out our favorite indie genre films of the year, including “Plague Town,” Twisted Pictures’ “Vlog” and the Lloyd Kaufman documentary “Tromatized: Meet Lloyd Kaufman”…



Posted on October 21, 2008 by

MOVIE VACATION AT THE 2008 SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (PART 3)

A Cricket in the Court of Akbar Kicked off a long day of movie watching with a whole bunch of sitar music. Fortunately I didn’t have too much of a brutal hangover from the night before, otherwise I’m not so sure this documentary would’ve gone down so well. “A Cricket in the Court of Akbar” […]



Posted on October 21, 2008 by

SIDEWALK 2008: THE INDIES STRIKE BACK (PART 2)

Last year I decided to see what happened if I experienced a sober Sidewalk film festival and while good times were had, I decided this year to return to the booze soaked shenanigans of legends told. Well… not that hardcore, but I am feeling the post-festival burn…



Posted on October 7, 2008 by

IGOR

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 86 minutes

“Igor” isn’t the epic holiday adventure that “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is, but it certainly has gotten closer than anyone else has. This is what “Nightmare” fans have been waiting fifteen years for…


Posted on September 19, 2008 by

WATCH OUT

4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

This is not a nice movie for nice people. One really does need to have a love for dark humor intact to find any of this funny, or even watchable…


Posted on September 1, 2008 by

RETARDEAD (DVD)

2 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

The mentally handicapped have really been getting the shit end of the stick for the past couple of years…


Posted on August 24, 2008 by

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