LAST DAYS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 97 minutes

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL 2005 REVIEW! Serving as an open homage to the last days in Cobain’s life, Gus Van Sant’s portrait of fictional rocker Blake in “Last Days” is a victory for ambitious filmmaking if not always a successful attempt at character study…


Posted on June 26, 2005 by

OUR VERY OWN

3 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 105 minutes

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL 2005 REVIEW! While not reinventing the wheel, Cameron Watson’s charming “Our Very Own” is a nostalgic look back on Shelbyville, Tennessee in the 1970′s and a group of five friends who dream of a better life…


Posted on June 24, 2005 by

PROMEDIO ROJO

4 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 105 minutes

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL 2005 REVIEW! You know when a foreign movie’s tagline is “Learn Fucking Spanish” that you are in for a treat. “Promedio Rojo,” the debut feature by Nicolas Lopez, is one part Tarantino, two parts Kevin Smith and three parts “American Pie” but somehow manages to be an entity all its own…


Posted on June 22, 2005 by

THE CENTURY PLAZA

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 79 minutes

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL 2005 REVIEW! Filmmaker Eric Lahey’s “The Century Plaza” is an ode to the run down Century Plaza in Ohio, which in and of itself might not be much of a home for the wayward traveler, but is better than living on the street…


Posted on June 22, 2005 by

THE APE

2 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 91 minutes

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL 2005 REVIEW! An offbeat debut feature by actor turned director James Franco, “The Ape” deals with Harry, a frustrated writer, who moves away from his family into an apartment in order to clear his head only to find that a large, Hawaiian shirt wearing ape already lives there…


Posted on June 22, 2005 by

JELLYSMOKE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL 2005 REVIEW! Filmmakers love crazy people…


Posted on June 21, 2005 by

KAMIKAZE GIRLS

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 102 minutes

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL 2005 REVIEW! The cinematic equivalent of too much cotton candy, Tetsuya Nanashima’s “Kamikaze Girls” is a hyperkinetic fun house ride that is about forty five minutes too long…


Posted on June 20, 2005 by

FOREPLAY (DVD)

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 1975
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 87 minutes

This review can be summed up in six words: “Fore Play” is not very funny…


Posted on June 20, 2005 by

SOUTHBOUNDERS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 87 minutes

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL 2005 REVIEW! The hiking term Southbounder refers to traveling the distance of the Appalachian trail starting in Maine and heading South…


Posted on June 19, 2005 by

HOW TO EAT YOUR WATERMELON IN WHITE COMPANY (AND ENJOY IT)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 85 minutes

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL 2005 REVIEW! Profiles Van Peebles before, during and after the success of “Sweetback”, showing an entertainment pioneer that was able to successfully transcend mediums and raise consciousness as he went…


Posted on June 18, 2005 by

NINE LIVES

4 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 114 minutes

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL 2005 REVIEW! Rodrigo Garcia’s “Nine Lives” tells nine different stories regarding life in LA with characters from one story popping up in the most unexpected places later on. While not as focused as “Magnolia”, “Nine Lives” has a quiet, conversational tone that helps elevate it to the ranks of other ensemble pieces such as “Crash” and “Code Unknown”…


Posted on June 16, 2005 by

BABY DOLL

BABY DOLL
2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 27 minutes

Lance J Reha’s “Baby Doll” is an odd film because it possesses a great gem of a story idea but chooses to spoil it right away…


Posted on June 13, 2005 by

INFECTION (DVD)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 98 minutes

NOW ON DVD! Wanting to keep J-Horror at the top of the horror food chain, super producer Takashige Ichise funded six new projects in the hopes of creating the next international blockbuster. The first of these projects released by Lions Gate Films is “Infection” which may not reach the heights of “Ringu” or “A Tale of Two Sisters” but nevertheless manages to remain creepy and effective for most of its running time…


Posted on June 9, 2005 by

TRANSIT

TRANSIT
2 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 19 minutes

From the Bible to “Fight Club” most stories have a gem of wisdom buried inside of them somewhere…


Posted on June 8, 2005 by

FIRE SAFETY WITH THE SAFETY SARGE

FIRE SAFETY WITH THE SAFETY SARGE
3 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 30 minutes

“Fire Safety” is a nice alternative to the large amount of completely uneducational crap on television kids manage to watch these days and should provide at least a smile or two from the older crowd…


Posted on May 27, 2005 by

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