UPSTREAM BATTLE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 97 minutes

At a time when the effects of globalization, the energy crisis and environmental crisis are finally starting to hit home, intelligent, even-handed documentaries like “Upstream Battle” are an essential part of the dialogue…


Posted on October 9, 2008 by

BOPPIN’ AT THE GLUE FACTORY

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

There are character introductions, and then there are character introductions. And our introduction to Eric (Henry Dittman), the lead character of Jeff Orgill’s debut feature “Boppin’ At the Glue Factory,” is definitely one of the more memorable introductions seen in an indie picture…


Posted on August 17, 2008 by

EX DRUMMER

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

2008 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE! Comparisons to Gasper Noe and Michael Haneke are inevitable, but the energy and wholeness of the vision ensure that “Ex Drummer” is entirely its own animal…


Posted on August 7, 2008 by

LA CRÈME

LA CRÈME
3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 0 minutes

While the film doesn’t exactly mine new ground comedy wise, the simplicity with which the story is told still manages to make it stand out…


Posted on July 21, 2008 by

BEFORE THE FALL (TRES DÍAS)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 93 minutes

2008 AFI FEST FEATURE! With a plot the sounds like a cross between Michael Bay’s “Armageddon” and a Spanish soap opera, F. Javier Gutiérrez’s feature film debut is an interesting, if uneven, twist on the standard end of the world drama…


Posted on July 21, 2008 by

I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW

I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW
4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 70 minutes

Both subjects seem to really enjoy the attention they get from the camera, but the filmmakers are careful not to exploit them…


Posted on July 21, 2008 by

SPARROW

SPARROW
3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 87 minutes

For the time actually spent watching the film, “Sparrow” is as refreshing as a cool glass of lemonade on a hot day…


Posted on July 21, 2008 by

THE ECHO

THE ECHO
3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 0 minutes

For an American horror film, “The Echo” is above average, but as an Asian horror remake it fails to stand-out…


Posted on July 21, 2008 by

WHO IS KK DOWNEY?

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

2008 DEAD CHANNELS FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE! Sure to be scooping up yet another audience award at a film festival near you, “Who is KK Downey?” is an auspicious debut feature of deeply funny talent…


Posted on July 21, 2008 by

MEEKO’S MOVIE NIGHT MASSACRE: “9 SOULS”

Because I’m in a new city, in a new apartment, calling it “Enter the Den of Sin” just didn’t feel right, but I still love movies and sharing them with my friends, so I give you: Meeko’s Movie Night Massacre…



Posted on July 9, 2008 by

MEEKO’S MOVIE NIGHT MASSACRE: “INSIDE (À L’INTÉRIEUR)”

Because I’m in a new city, in a new apartment, calling it “Enter the Den of Sin” just didn’t feel right, but I still love movies and sharing them with my friends, so I give you: Meeko’s Movie Night Massacre…



Posted on July 9, 2008 by

TRUFFE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 75 minutes

2008 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE! The film is full of deadpan and dark humor, but this deadpan focus actually serves to distance the audience from the proceedings…


Posted on July 5, 2008 by

SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 121 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! “SWD” is easily [Miike’s] most enjoyable film in years and quite possibly one of the most entertaining films you will ever see…


Posted on July 5, 2008 by

WHO’S THAT KNOCKING AT MY DOOR?

3 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 88 minutes

Too simple for some, perhaps, but for those looking for finely crafted storytelling, “Who’s That Knocking At My Door?” is very much worth seeking out…


Posted on July 5, 2008 by

[REC]

4 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 75 minutes

2008 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE! For those of you who like the idea of flooding your body with adrenaline while sitting in the dark comes Spanish indie “[REC]” (short for “record”), a surprisingly effective addition to the “reality-horror” sub-genre…


Posted on July 5, 2008 by

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