THURSDAY’S SPEAKER

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 84 minutes

It stays away from dramatic extremes, never dropping too low or raising up too high. This even-keeled approach adds a sense of reality to the film, as it’s more accurate to most daily dramas than what we normally see in films…


Posted on August 21, 2014 by

AMISS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

I do think it is possible to fall out of the experience if you’re expecting the level of suspense that the film fosters in its open to sustain; that tone is a gateway to a different feel for the majority of the film, and not everyone will enjoy the gear shift. It worked for me, however…


Posted on August 20, 2014 by

#RIP

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

Now, while I didn’t enjoy the content, I do think the acting was solid. Everyone commits to their characters, whether I liked them or not, especially the unseen Lydia, who we hear instead…


Posted on August 19, 2014 by

KINDRED

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 10 minutes

The imagery aboard the alien spacecraft is superb, and the interaction between artificial and real blends together well…


Posted on August 18, 2014 by

THE CADDYWHOMPUS YEARS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 12 minutes

Conversations surrounding the philosophical implications of the dance routine, and the insanity of giving a cat a home enema, somehow make the film feel honest and grounded…


Posted on August 18, 2014 by

A GUY GOING CRAZY

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 28 minutes

As like any series (television, web, or otherwise), some episodes are better than others; the quirkiness of the episode involving Quigley, for example, made me laugh more than the rest of the episodes combined…


Posted on August 17, 2014 by

THE LATE MEN

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 84 minutes

Early on you may find yourself confused and maybe even getting a little frustrated with the narrative, as it always seems like there’s something important you need to know that you just haven’t been told yet. Since the film is also running three overlapping narratives at the same time, some uneasiness is to be expected. Stick it out, however, as it will all make sense by the end…


Posted on August 17, 2014 by

SCARS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 107 minutes

Scarlett seems to have the most intriguing narrative arc, insomuch that she is initially a reluctant killer who gets caught up in Scar’s violent orbit, whereas it’s hard to see Scar’s character as anything but an increasingly bleak descent into darkness…


Posted on August 17, 2014 by

LOVE LOST

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 20 minutes

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with making a lo-fi film, and I think if the film had committed more to the simplistic and straightforward nature of that aesthetic, instead of trying to mask it with other elements, then it may have been able to focus more on sanding down some of the rough edges, making for a smoother overall experience…


Posted on August 16, 2014 by

IN THE SHADOWS

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 48 minutes

In a technical sense, the documentary is fairly rough and tumble. The main elements work well enough; it’s in focus, the edit makes sense, you can understand what people are saying. It lacks polish, but it gets its point across…


Posted on August 15, 2014 by

THE GOD QUESTION

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 89 minutes

Much of this film is the audience impatiently watching Stephen and Alan impatiently monitor their computer amid fits and starts. Sometimes the film offers up suspense regarding the government becoming more aware of what might be going on, but for the most part it’s waiting and watching other people wait. Which isn’t the most compelling experience…


Posted on August 15, 2014 by

SUNSET EDGE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 83 minutes

The nonlinear nature of the piece does offer some potentially confusing moments, but if you go with the film it tends to sort itself rather quickly. It keeps you off balance, but that’s part of the haunting charm that hooks you…


Posted on August 10, 2014 by

ADELANTE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 51 minutes

The film is predominantly an informational experience; it makes its points well and offers examples to personify and flesh out its story. But it also feels like it goes on too long, meandering down side streets that could easily be removed for a more succinct experience…


Posted on August 10, 2014 by

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