STUCK!

STUCK!
4 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 94 minutes

A sometimes faithful, sometimes fanciful recreation of the old black-and-white women-in-prison films.


Posted on October 14, 2009 by

The FanTasia 2009 Festival wants YOUR Film

The FanTasia 2009 Festival wants <i>YOUR</i> Film

Since its inception in 1996, FanTasia has been an event hell-bent on showcasing the most exciting, innovative and individualistic examples of contemporary international genre cinema, with an emphasis on unveiling films very rarely seen in North America



Posted on February 25, 2009 by

WAMEGO ULTIMATUM

WAMEGO ULTIMATUM
4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 95 minutes

Ultimatum only reinforces my notion that one day we’ll see something about Balderson called “A portrait of the artist as a director.” Because Steve runs his movie set the same way painters run their studios, with a kind of relaxed intense focus.


Posted on February 16, 2009 by

THE DARK KNIGHT PROJECT

THE DARK KNIGHT PROJECT
4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 15 minutes

Know why else it works? Because it feels real, it feels like what two high school kids living in the actual world of Batman would think and say.


Posted on February 9, 2009 by

GACHI BOY: WRESTLING WITH A MEMORY

4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 120 minutes

2008 AFI FEST FEATURE! I think the reason that movies like “Gachi Boy” don’t bug the holy hell out of me, even though equally maudlin stuff from someone like Spielberg would make me want to commit seppuku using Amy Winehouse’s rusty dildo, is that the Japanese are able to be sappy without being manipulative…


Posted on November 8, 2008 by

DEADGIRL

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 101 minutes

2008 AFI FEST FEATURE! Apparently this movie’s script has been bouncing around for a decade because the premise is so controversial. I guess some sensitive (read: sissy) people with weak dispositions could maybe be offended, but I didn’t bat an eye…


Posted on November 6, 2008 by

TERROR IN THE AISLES

TERROR IN THE AISLES
3.5 Stars
Year Released: 1984
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 84 minutes

While “Terror in the Aisles” isn’t a documentary by any means, it also isn’t just a compilation either. A lot of care went into putting this thing together and it shows…


Posted on October 31, 2008 by

WATCH OUT

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

Barrows makes for a surprisingly sympathetic character once you understand that his narcissism is not so much fueled by self love but by rugged individualism gone awry…


Posted on September 21, 2008 by

LE TUEUR (THE KILLER)

LE TUEUR (THE KILLER)
4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

2008 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE! What I’ve always liked about the French is that their films aren’t as obsessed with story and plot as ours are, instead focusing on the pure joy of storytelling…


Posted on August 9, 2008 by

PIG HUNT

PIG HUNT
3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 107 minutes

2008 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE! I guess what I’m trying to say is that “Pig Hunt” is a flawed, but really fun, film that you’ll enjoy if you can get past the third act’s flaunting of cinematic rules and the musical score annoyance…


Posted on August 3, 2008 by

4BIA

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

It’s a shame that probably no one reading this will ever see it with an audience…


Posted on July 31, 2008 by

RED

RED
2 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 98 minutes

2008 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE! This movie has a humungous amount of problems, but I think that its absolute worst sin is that it’ll make you think that the Jack Ketchum novel is some sort of Oprah’s book of the month reject…


Posted on July 21, 2008 by

ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 90 minutes

The one good thing about a movie genre dying off is that, like Westerns or Film Noir, it becomes a rarified commodity; and when one comes out every blue moon it tends to be either be quality work at best or a really interesting failure at worst…


Posted on July 14, 2008 by

THE MOTHER OF TEARS (LA TERZA MADRE)

0 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 98 minutes

2008 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE! If nothing else, this film has given me the ability to close the book on Argento. He was my artistic Papa when I was a kid and stayed that way for a long time. And while I still have deep fondness for him, I can’t pretend to like his films anymore…


Posted on July 8, 2008 by

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 114 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! You’d think this would be creepy and uncomfortable to watch as Hell, but it’s not. It’s so sweet and cute and innocent and gentle. “Let The Right One In” reminds me of “Melody,” of all things…


Posted on July 8, 2008 by

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