GO WITH LE FLO

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 82 minutes

The performances are solid, and the film knows how to have fun. It’s not an unpleasant film to watch by any stretch, I just don’t know that I’d ever feel the need to watch it again; no moments stand out to me as something that is so enticing that I’d want to stick with it, for example, if I came across the film while channel surfing…


Posted on June 12, 2014 by

BEING AWESOME

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

2014 DANCES WITH FILMS SELECTION! Its competence in tone and pacing mask the strength of the underlying structure; you don’t fully realize how together the film is until you start looking for flaws…


Posted on June 7, 2014 by

ODD BRODSKY

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 93 minutes

2014 DANCES WITH FILMS SELECTION! The life of Audrey Brodsky seems just strange enough to be fantastical, and yet, if you’ve ever lived in LA, it’s more heightened reality than surreality. Everything that happens is entirely believable…


Posted on June 5, 2014 by

DRINK

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 23 minutes

2014 DANCES WITH FILMS SELECTION! You may not understand why certain developments occur, or even how some things are connected, but it doesn’t matter because the entire piece comes together so well emotionally and tonally. It’s ultimately a tragedy, but it’s one where everyone gets precisely what they want…


Posted on June 5, 2014 by

B.B. KING: THE LIFE OF RILEY

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 119 minutes

If you’re looking for a pretty exhaustive biography of B.B. King, what inspired him and how he became the legend that he is, and the influences he’s had on music throughout history, then this is certainly the place to start…


Posted on May 28, 2014 by

FARAWAY

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 108 minutes

It’s a mix of many tones, some polar opposites, but it does tend to work, for the most part. It’s just not always a smooth experience as you try to navigate what is to be taken as reality, and what might be considered more in keeping with a tale of modernized mythology…


Posted on May 27, 2014 by

APACHE – EPISODE 1: AGAINST THE CURRENT

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 30 minutes

Most of the characters seem cut from the stereotypes of rogue space pirates or evil syndicate or corporation that we’ve seen in many a futuristic tale before. In its focus on telling us the bare bones of what is going on, and showing us as much action as it can fit in, the film offers little character development…


Posted on May 26, 2014 by

THE CAGE

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 19 minutes

The filmmaking skills are solid, I just don’t know that it comes together in a meaningful way otherwise…


Posted on May 26, 2014 by

THE YUMKAS EXPERIMENT

3 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 5 minutes

At first watch it may seem like a simple enough premise, but it’s so wrapped up in itself that it betrays its own complexities. Which, frankly, is what makes it so interesting. If it’s entertainment, what the filmmaker finds entertaining, or thinks the audience will find entertaining, is telling in itself…


Posted on May 25, 2014 by

FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 6 minutes

It’s a short film that stays short for its simple premise, and doesn’t linger once the joke has played itself out. Thus it is properly balanced and executed…


Posted on May 25, 2014 by

NIGHT HAS SETTLED

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

2014 SOHO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Even if you find the film, despite its flavor, to be too similar to other coming-of-age stories, it’s still up to the task and delivers the familiar well. ..


Posted on May 24, 2014 by

GAG

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

Visually, the film’s use of black, white and gray adds to the potential murkiness and ambiguity to the film’s meaning. Aesthetically it is nightmarish, though the proceedings rarely live up to that level of disturbance. They try, don’t get me wrong, but they don’t quite get there…


Posted on May 23, 2014 by

NOT LIKE THIS

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

It’s love, but it’s also automation. He cares, but he’s also distant. Maybe resentful? She’s not dead, yet, but the writing is on the wall and time is running down…


Posted on May 20, 2014 by

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