TUSK

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 102 minutes

2014 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL MIDNIGHT MADNESS SELECTION! Michael Parks continues to prove his exceptional talent, versatility and willingness to go all out for whatever role he takes on…


Posted on September 8, 2014 by

WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 12 minutes

2014 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! For as short as it is, it’s a surprisingly emotional and intense rollercoaster…


Posted on September 8, 2014 by

BRIDGE AND TUNNEL

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 94 minutes

The artifice of the setup sometimes clashes with the realism of the portrayal, but if you give it time, the film may grow on you as it did me…


Posted on September 7, 2014 by

LOST IN A CROWD

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 85 minutes

I liked that I wasn’t sure exactly what type of film I was in for, and I even appreciated my lack of appreciation for the characters, because it allowed the film to play with my expectations a little bit…


Posted on September 6, 2014 by

THREE TIMES MOVING: TIME FORGOTTEN

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

If you’ve seen the first two films in the trilogy (and you should, though the opening recap is helpful), then you know what you’re in for. This one delivers a bit more exposition than the previous two, but it’s still a very stilted Adam trying to reconcile his feelings, or lack thereof, for the women in his life…


Posted on September 4, 2014 by

THREE TIMES MOVING: A TIME TO LIE

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 9 minutes

What sets this film apart from the previous film in the trilogy is that it turns its focus on understanding Anna and Julie’s perspectives more so than just delivering us more of Adam’s not-so-cheery disposition. Which is not to say that the film is free of his gloom, but it’s refreshing to give more life to Anna and Julie’s characters…


Posted on September 3, 2014 by

THREE TIMES MOVING: THE KISS THROUGH TIME

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

I struggled with the melancholic tone of the piece, and with Adam’s personality. It’s hard to believe that he is struggling with multiple women when it’s a wonder that anyone could stand to be around him at all. Morrissey would find him too bleak and overwrought…


Posted on September 2, 2014 by

TIME STOPS MOVING

2 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 8 minutes

There’s just a feeling like the narrative is stuck in the mud, spinning its wheels. And it’s not like it’s a fun time; everyone is just so damn serious!


Posted on September 1, 2014 by

ONE DAY: A MUSICAL

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 52 minutes

In the end, I liked the resolution the film found for its protagonist’s art vs. commerce dilemma, and I appreciated the ambitious attempt at a musical. It has a lo-fi charm to it, and the fun in the filmmaking can be infectious…


Posted on August 31, 2014 by

AN AMERICAN IN HOLLYWOOD

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

The film doesn’t say anything new, so as an audience you seek something else to connect with, and there’s not much there. The performances are good, but you don’t quite connect with the characters because they lack depth. I’ll always take two or three fully fleshed-out, layered characters over ten faces whose names I won’t remember when the credits roll…


Posted on August 30, 2014 by

5 WAYS 2 DIE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 15 minutes

From the opening you know you’re in accomplished and thoughtful filmmaking hands, and the film stays technically strong throughout. Overall, it’s a skillful bit of filmmaking, with an effectively intriguing narrative…


Posted on August 30, 2014 by

A SECRET CROSS

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 91 minutes

Instead of playing out as a psychological thriller that does its emotional damage via a nuanced build of suspense, the film seems clumsy and heavy-handed with broader strokes…


Posted on August 29, 2014 by

THE ICING

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 112 minutes

An action sequence early on, while bonkers and over-the-top, set a fun, almost cartoonish tone that the film never comes near again. I wouldn’t have minded less serious-minded complexity and more humor, honestly; at least then you’d feel a sense of fun with the film…


Posted on August 29, 2014 by

REEDS

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 79 minutes

While the film harbors a twist or two, they are hinted at early and often enough. Even name-checking the films that handle these narrative similarities more fluidly would give away too much…


Posted on August 29, 2014 by

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