EARTH ANGEL

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

This film could’ve become really sentimental and cheesy, and it’s possible that some will still think it goes too far, but I think it found the right balance between sentiment, drama and comedy (which is no easy feat)…


Posted on April 14, 2014 by

LUNCHES WITH MEL

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

As far as the filmmaking goes, this film is aces. As far as the narrative goes, it’s forgettable…


Posted on April 13, 2014 by

NESTING GROUNDS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 15 minutes

Anthony Stratton does a convincing job as Noah. You can see the conflict and emotion in his performance, even when he’s acting as if he knows that he’s right. Since he’s the only actor you see or hear, it’s on his shoulders and, if he turns you off, there’s not much left in the film to pull you back in…


Posted on April 12, 2014 by

AWAKENING

0.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 45 minutes

This film never comes together in a positive way, and is better left as a learning experience…


Posted on April 10, 2014 by

IT IS WHAT IT IS

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 11 minutes

Does the film walk a thin line between trust in the audience and impenetrably ambiguous? At times, yes, but it also admirably pulls the balancing act off…


Posted on April 9, 2014 by

STALLED LOVE

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 14 minutes

Attempts are made to liven up the imagery and composition, but there are only so many ways one can shoot two people arguing with each other through a bathroom stall wall…


Posted on April 8, 2014 by

ASSUMPTION OF RISK

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 97 minutes

I wouldn’t have minded more elements with Bill Chemerka’s Brensen Tol, who owns the company, quite aware of his mortality as he tries desperate measures to elude death (a subplot that allows for the appearance of Frankie Faison, another actor who I wouldn’t mind seeing more of)…


Posted on April 7, 2014 by

FIT-BOY

3 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 107 minutes

Due to that pacing and immersion of audience, Fit-Boy’s eventual Hell-worthy descent sneaks up on you somewhat. Again, he’s been a prick from the jump, but like a frog in a pot of water, you don’t notice someone turned the heat up to boil until it is too late…


Posted on April 7, 2014 by

SHE LIVES HER LIFE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 77 minutes

Emotions are often given away by facial expressions or dialogue, sure, but in camera moves and editing? It can be done, but this additional palette isn’t something that is utilized as often as perhaps it could be…


Posted on April 5, 2014 by

OH MY

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 34 minutes

I’m inclined to think, due to the age and experience of the filmmakers, that what we’re seeing are filmmakers learning on the job, as it were. In that regard, mistakes are to be treasured for what can be learned from them, and thus much can be taken away from this one…


Posted on April 3, 2014 by

RESTORATION OF PARADISE

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 50 minutes

As far as documentaries go, this one eschews sexiness for exhaustive information. This is the type of film middle or high school students might watch in class prior to a field trip to the wetlands. Alternatively, this is something you can imagine being sold in a gift shop dedicated to the area…


Posted on April 2, 2014 by

LOCAL GIRLS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 14 minutes

There’s always been an air of mystery surrounding O’Donoghue and Delacroix, and this film doesn’t do much to lessen that so much as make things even more enigmatic. And the result, of all of the films Diederichs has made thus far with these characters (that I’ve seen), this one feels the most elusive to me…


Posted on April 1, 2014 by

DEADSTAR: THE MOTION PICTURE

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 63 minutes

Maybe if this were a book, or comic book, where the context could be explained while the narrative is revealed in a more comprehensive manner, this would work better. As it currently exists, “Deadstar: The Motion Picture” makes little sense; a lot of flash and noise for little payoff…


Posted on March 31, 2014 by

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