THE FAY

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 28 minutes

The filmmaking is more up to the task of creating and selling this fairy-friendly realm that the characters find themselves in, and despite a lack of dialogue, everything translates just fine…


Posted on July 23, 2014 by

DRUNK.

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 75 minutes

The humor is silly, and the situations that our drunk finds himself in are more curious and awkward than dangerous and disturbing. This isn’t the dark indie drama where he deals with the consequences of his alcoholism; this is the strange indie comedy where the consequences are just off-putting enough to make him pause when he reaches for the next drink, but not necessarily rough enough to actually stop him cold…


Posted on July 23, 2014 by

THE ORBS

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 71 minutes

While the film does come together by its final minutes, the most interesting developments don’t occur until that final stretch of time, and everything in the lead-up is an endurance challenge…


Posted on July 21, 2014 by

PREPARATION

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 27 minutes

It’s compelling to watch the filmmaker, and lead actor, express their ideas of what might have happened to get Heath Ledger from charming, handsome, romantic lead all the way over to his memorable performance as the unhinged Joker. Regardless of whether those ideas are accurate, you still get to see Stiaan Smith go on that journey to find himself at the same end point, and he is quite convincing…


Posted on July 21, 2014 by

ALT

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

It’s a film with an intriguing idea at its core, if not one that seems to offer much concrete context; the audience is left to do quite a bit of interpretation, and I can imagine some running wild with the option, while others just remaining confused…


Posted on July 21, 2014 by

THE LAST ROAD

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 113 minutes

While I did find my mind wandering in the middle, I was never really bored with the film. Trying to figure out what the film was getting at with certain characters and situations allows you to run with the narrative in a number of directions beyond the obvious, and that offers an extra level of engagement…


Posted on July 20, 2014 by

NO PLACE FOR WEAK

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 13 minutes

The film plays itself up like folklore, complete with the omniscient narration from the reporter, whose voice sometimes reminds you of Morgan Freeman’s soothing otherworldliness. The stage is set for something epic, but the film doesn’t entirely deliver…


Posted on July 20, 2014 by

PROUD CITIZEN

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 93 minutes

Everything that happens, even the seemingly more manipulated moments of drama, still maintain a realistic authenticity. Krasimira’s story is her own, but I don’t think it could be seen as that uncommon…


Posted on July 19, 2014 by

THIS WAS MY SON

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 8 minutes

I think, as a standalone piece, it could’ve done with some more context and history about Emmett Till, but the emotions still come through. And maybe that’s the best entry point to history; connect with the universal emotion of a mother grieving her dead son, and discover the facts of the past from there…


Posted on July 17, 2014 by

CLAIRE

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 99 minutes

Since it’s hard to root for anybody, even Jack’s best friend Aiden (whose supposedly noble attempts to stop helping Jack do horrible things are undone by the fact that he never stops helping), a detachment grows as you watch the film. By the end, you really don’t care what happens to any of these young adults; you might instead hope that karma kicks all of their asses even more…


Posted on July 16, 2014 by

KILLING STACY

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

The quiet expanse of the narrative allows the absurdity to be that much more subversive; you keep waiting, like Sarah, for it all to be a joke but it never is, at least not to Claire. The result for me, however, was I kept waiting for the film to push its ideas further…


Posted on July 16, 2014 by

LOCK-OUT/TAG-OUT

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 22 minutes

It’s an ominous cloud from the get-go, so you’re not hopeful of much, but you’re nevertheless curious…


Posted on July 15, 2014 by

DIPSO

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 75 minutes

Quietly intense, the film plays its alcoholism in a realistic way. There are moments of melodrama here and there, sure, but for the most part the film expertly captures that creeping alcoholic haze that descends on the drunkard; they’re awake and seemingly with you, but there’s little going on behind their eyes…


Posted on July 15, 2014 by

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