R/B/G

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 6 minutes

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS SELECTION! So did I like it? Of course! I wrote 900 words about a six minute film with no plot or dialogue…


Posted on January 24, 2014 by

FLOWER

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 21 minutes

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS SELECTION! Director Naoko Tasaka knows how to pace his work, and does a beautiful job here…


Posted on January 24, 2014 by

THE CORAL REEF ARE DREAMING AGAIN

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 3 minutes

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS SELECTION! Besides, you can never really go wrong when you try to be too artistic anyway. The worst you can do is not please everyone, and I just happen to be on the losing end of this deal…


Posted on January 24, 2014 by

BIRD SHIT

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 1 minutes

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS SELECTION! Archeologists will be the first to tell you that the best way to get a good idea about what a civilization was like is to go through their garbage. Zoologists, likewise, will tell you that the best way to get to know an animal is to look through their fecal matter…


Posted on January 24, 2014 by

INVOCATION

5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 3 minutes

2013 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! “Invocation” makes perfect, bloody, gory sense; and it is perfectly, bloody good…


Posted on August 9, 2013 by

“POLYESTER”… IN ODORAMA… IN FRENCH!!!

2013 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! There’s a world of difference between watching a movie and experiencing a movie…



Posted on August 8, 2013 by

HORROR STORIES

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 108 minutes

Things happen that don’t make any kind of sense, even within the context of the story they take place in, even when you take into account that this is fiction as recounted by a fictional character. There’s always this feeling that anything can happen because nothing is ever as it seems. As if it’s all a horrible dream that you’re about to wake up from any minute…


Posted on August 3, 2013 by

SMALL GAUGE TRAUMA 2013: FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL SHORTS BLOCK

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 111 minutes

The “Small Gauge Trauma 2013″ presentation at the Fantasia Film Festival takes over an hour and a half’s worth of shorts from all over the world and screens them in a beautiful theatre setting as an “anthology” minus the wraparound story. The nice thing about this sort of deal is that the people at the festival have impeccable taste, so you always get something good…


Posted on July 30, 2013 by

BOBBY YEAH

5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 23 minutes

2012 FANTASTIC FEST SELECTION! Seriously, this is a must see. In fact, I’ll put it in simplest possible terms and come right out and say that no one can consider themselves true film buffs if they’ve never seen one of Robert Morgan’s films…


Posted on September 23, 2012 by

THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 94 minutes

Miyazaki movies are all about making you feel as if you’re five again for about ninety minutes. They’re the theatrical equivalent of getting a lump in your throat when you find one of your old stuffed toys while looking through some boxes, and remember its name…


Posted on February 23, 2012 by

THE INTERVIEW BIZARRE: 6 QUESTIONS FOR 7 FILMMAKERS

“THE THEATRE BIZARRE” IS CURRENTLY IN LIMITED RELEASE! As I was writing my questions for “The Theatre Bizarre” filmmakers, it occurred to me that I was very interested in what each of them thought about the Grand Guignol itself…



Posted on February 1, 2012 by

THE THEATRE BIZARRE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 108 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASED! The filmmakers of each segment didn’t just toss gore and entrails around in some lame attempt to shock. They thought about their work long and hard, and then they raped our brain…


Posted on January 27, 2012 by

REFLECTIONS IN THE FUNHOUSE MIRROR: A CONVERSATION WITH ROBERT MORGAN

2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORT FILMMAKER! I’ve made it no secret that I think Robert Morgan is one of the best independent filmmakers working today. This isn’t empty flattery either. His entire oeuvre, in my opinion, is never less than excellent, or at the very least I feel that you’ll never feel cheated watching one of his films…



Posted on January 20, 2012 by

LOVE

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 86 minutes

2011 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! The film is a grand epitaph to the human race and everything beautiful that sprung from it…


Posted on July 31, 2011 by

THE REEF

3 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 94 minutes

2011 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! I feel that there’s a distinct difference between a movie that I like and a movie that is good. The Reef could serve as a perfect example of a movie I think is very well made, while not liking it one damn bit…


Posted on July 28, 2011 by

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