2008 PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEW

2008 PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEW

If variety is the spice of life, then there’s no better place to be January 3-14 than in Palm Springs for the 19th annual edition of the ever-popular international extravaganza…



Posted on January 4, 2008 by

4:30

4:30
5 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 93 minutes

Here’s required viewing for anyone who contemplates bringing another life to the planet…


Posted on February 15, 2007 by

THE BOOK OF REVELATION

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 0 minutes

Clearly, with its unabashedly honest nudity, steamy scenes of bondage, masturbation, sodomy and even some old-fashioned fucking, this is no flick for kids…


Posted on February 11, 2007 by

DARRYL MACDONALD: A FESTIVAL DIRECTOR REFLECTS

As the final plans are set into place for the 18th Annual Palm Springs International Festival in January 2007, it seemed the perfect time to have a conversation with Festival Director, Darryl Macdonald…



Posted on November 29, 2006 by

JOURNEY FROM THE FALL

3 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2006 REVIEW! Ham Tran’s first full-length feature is an intriguing mix of history, moral-values and betrayal. This version of the timeless struggle of families torn apart by the ravages of war takes its opening cue from the Fall of Saigon…


Posted on October 18, 2006 by

KOREA IN THE SPOTLIGHT

KOREA IN THE SPOTLIGHT

The announcement by North Korea that it has successfully conducted a nuclear test has led recent newscasts worldwide. The very real possibility that South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon will succeed Kofi Annan as the next UN secretary general is a source of pride for many. The allegations (backed up by a videotape made by […]



Posted on October 9, 2006 by

LUCKY 7 FOR SAN DIEGO

The 7th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival is set to lift off on October 12 and deliver a week of nearly three-dozen features, 50 shorts and a compelling array of animation and music video productions…



Posted on October 9, 2006 by

RADIANT CITY

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 86 minutes

TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2006 REVIEW! “Radiant City” is a fascinating “thoughtumentary” that should strike terror in the hearts of “bigger is better,” two-car capitalists as it convincingly lays out the inanity of suburban sprawl in an aging society that, according to James Howard Kunstler, is “entering an era of energy scarcity…”


Posted on September 13, 2006 by

MY BEST FRIEND

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 94 minutes

TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2006 REVIEW! For many, the final popularity poll is measured by bums in seats at the funeral. For Patrick, the number is in single digits…


Posted on September 11, 2006 by

15 (DVD)

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

Filmed entirely in Singapore and featuring a quintet of street-wise young men, the themes, brutal realities and dark humour can be transferred to any large city that is roamed by disenfranchised, unloved youth…


Posted on August 22, 2006 by

SUMMER STORM

3 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 98 minutes

IN THEATERS! “Summer Storm” is always a pleasure to watch but too often crosses the line of the believable for the quick laugh. Enjoy it for its gaily frolicking tone…


Posted on March 17, 2006 by

JEREMY PETER ALLEN & SERGE HOUDE TEACH US “MANNERS OF DYING”

A few days before “Manners of Dying” opened in Toronto, James Wegg caught with up with first-feature director Jeremy Peter Allen and versatile character actor Serge Houde and, like the film itself, probed two points of view of the same events…



Posted on November 23, 2005 by

MANNERS OF DYING

MANNERS OF DYING
4 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 104 minutes

Far more than an echo of Dead Man Walking this production has as much to say about the vagaries of recording historical “facts” as the complex relationship between an executioner and his “client” during the last few hours of life.


Posted on November 23, 2005 by

IT’S ALL GONE PETE TONG (DVD)

5 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

Club Med takes on a whole new meaning in this tour de farce mockumentary that traces the rise, fall and resurrection of the Phantom of the DJ Booth, Frankie Wilde…


Posted on November 4, 2005 by

THAT MAN: PETER BERLIN

THAT MAN:  PETER BERLIN
4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

Jim Tushinski’s portrait of porn icon Peter Berlin is, like its narcissist subject, outwardly more show than tell, but also manages to get beyond the famous skin and reveal something of the soul that hovers beneath…


Posted on June 10, 2005 by

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