BUZZARD

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

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL VISIONS SELECTION! Marty isn’t always a sympathetic character, and all the problems he faces are certainly of his own creation, but you still feel for this human who is stuck in a state of arrested development. While his scams may seem clever, he’s often surprised when they work, pushing his luck further in much the same way a young child, testing boundaries, would…


Posted on March 9, 2014 by

FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 44 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL EPISODIC SELECTION! As far as the opening to a television series goes, the pilot does what it is supposed to do: offers up some enticing bits to keep you entertained while it drops some mystery into the story to bring you back for more…


Posted on March 8, 2014 by

SHE’S LOST CONTROL

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

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT SELECTION! However, even for those with the tools to build intimacy, and teach it, it’s what is not said that winds up being the most important part of the narrative, and not everyone is attuned to deciphering the silence…


Posted on March 8, 2014 by

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 86 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL FEST FAVORITES SELECTION! The choice of going with a mockumentary format winds up working because of its inherent earnestness; these are fantastical creatures and situations, brought into a practical environment and examined for all their oddities. And while the mockumentary technique can be an excuse to go cheap with the production values, this film does the opposite…


Posted on March 8, 2014 by

N6-4Q

3 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 2 minutes

2014 RXSM SELF MEDICATED FILM EXPO SELECTION!


Posted on March 8, 2014 by

LITTLE HOPE WAS ARSON

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 74 minutes

2014 RXSM SELF MEDICATED FILM EXPO SELECTION! How the investigation unfolds, and the dramatics escalate, is as engaging as any compelling narrative can be…


Posted on March 8, 2014 by

S.E.R.P.

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

Visually, the decision to go with black and white works for the overall idea of a surveillance-friendly environment. The aesthetic is a solid choice, and the contrast adds depth to liven up the composition of what is, for the most part, just one or two people talking in a room…


Posted on March 7, 2014 by

F*CKLOAD OF SCOTCH TAPE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 84 minutes

2014 RXSM SELF MEDICATED FILM EXPO SELECTION! “F*ckload of Scotch Tape” is the cinematic equivalent of a repeated kick to the nuts with just enough of a break here and there to give you some hope that maybe, just maybe, the next kick won’t come…


Posted on March 7, 2014 by

THE LITTLE HOUSE THAT COULD

1 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

This is a situation where the filmmaker should find the best audio and video that exists to tell the story, and ONLY utilize that footage. There is not ninety minutes worth of that footage; maybe not even twenty…


Posted on March 7, 2014 by

THE BACKSEAT

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 104 minutes

2014 RXSM SELF MEDICATED FILM EXPO SELECTION! As far as performances go, Bellant’s Roy and Reilly’s Samantha do have chemistry as the beleaguered couple, and both show they are capable of being extremely likeable and unlikeable in equal measure…


Posted on March 7, 2014 by

EYEWAR

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 81 minutes

It’s not often I request a study guide for a documentary; I think I grasped the larger themes and connections, but I often felt like I was back in history class, and should be taking copious notes, lest I fail the test…


Posted on March 6, 2014 by

A MEASURE OF THE SIN

3 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 76 minutes

2014 RXSM SELF MEDICATED FILM EXPO SELECTION! So much of it feels like a dream, albeit one with a lot of voiceover. Understandably so, the film might be too experimental for most tastes without a voice to walk you through it…


Posted on March 6, 2014 by

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