GASMASK

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 20 minutes

To give the filmmakers credit, they perfectly craft the rawness of a world left to chilly despair and desperation…


Posted on February 25, 2014 by

LILLY

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

Pushing thirty minutes, the short film certainly succeeds in immersing you in the repetition and drag of Lilly’s life, but this accentuates the negative effects on the audience. The mood, tone and direction is set well-enough early on that this is not a film that requires this long a length of time to make its point…


Posted on February 24, 2014 by

DRIVING BLIND

3 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 76 minutes

If we’re watching this film, and don’t know the brothers, or someone likewise afflicted, then the entire experience is cursory. Maybe there’s a revelation to be found here, but more likely it’ll come from our own personal touchstones than watching someone else experience theirs…


Posted on February 23, 2014 by

CERTIFIED

4 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 9 minutes

The cinematography is crisp, the composition perfect. On the technical side of things, including the pacing of the film, I cannot find a flaw I’d consider addressing…


Posted on February 23, 2014 by

DESIRES OF THE HEART

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

Depending on how interested you are in indulging, you could walk with this one alongside the subjects of fate, reincarnation, tradition, art, relationships and even self-sufficiency. What could easily have been a simple romantic tale of Kris and Madeline reveals itself to be much grander…


Posted on February 22, 2014 by

LAST STOP, FLAMINGO

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 57 minutes

This is a transformation of the mundane into something exceptional; a re-mix and rebirth of the simplistic to draw out the natural intrigue that always existed, but isn’t necessarily so easily discovered and appreciated…


Posted on February 21, 2014 by

PROBLEM OF EVIL

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 84 minutes

Sure, some ambiguity exists, but the film presents some challenging subject matter and then doesn’t shy away from addressing it completely. It’s a risk because, again, it could completely turn off some aspects of the audience, but it makes for a better overall film to commit to something…


Posted on February 21, 2014 by

SHOT DOWN

3 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 72 minutes

The film has a great energy about it, and the imagery is stylistically creative, playing with the edit and utilizing effects and animations to make something exceptional from the common…


Posted on February 21, 2014 by

CONSIGNMENT

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

In the end, you’ve got one confusing narrative that’s made all the more challenging by the fact that you thought you had a clue early on. It’s a brain teaser you may or may not want to take on, but the experience is a quality one even if you walk away scratching your head…


Posted on February 16, 2014 by

FINNIGAN’S WAR

3 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 54 minutes

Ultimately, my criticisms come down to those elements of the filmmaking, and even though they may seem harsh, the truth is I’m glad the film was made, and that someone took the time to honor, in whatever way they could, those who fought and died in the Korean War…


Posted on February 15, 2014 by

YOU LAUGH BUT IT’S TRUE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 84 minutes

And that’s ultimately what elevates the entire film, its willingness to focus on Noah but allow him to disappear into the background when his story becomes less about specifically him and more about South Africa itself…


Posted on February 15, 2014 by

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