JOHN SAYLES TO ATTEND FIRST ANNUAL REEL EAST FILM FESTIVAL

Running August 22-23, 2014 in Oaklyn, New Jersey, the first annual Reel East Film Festival has announced that filmmaker John Sayles will be making a guest appearance, among other programming highlights…



Posted on July 16, 2014 by

“THE ELKS LODGE OF PUNK ROCK”: AN INTERVIEW WITH STEVE TOZZI ON “RIOT ON THE DANCE FLOOR”

Director Steve Tozzi recounts the tale via the story of DJ turned City Gardens promoter, Randy Now, whose perseverance (while carrying mail by day) in the face of loss and frustration helped to build a legacy…



Posted on June 26, 2014 by

HOUSE OF TWO STYLES: INTERVIEW WITH FILMMAKER JIM TOWNS

I caught up with filmmaker Jim Towns over email to discuss his choice for a hybrid film, his love of film history, and his work in light of the current cinema…



Posted on July 29, 2013 by

EATING RAOUL: CRITERION COLLECTION

4 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 83 minutes

In an obsessively consumptive culture like America’s, the only way for a common couple to strive is through killing, then consuming…


Posted on November 25, 2012 by

A NATURAL TO TRADITION: SPIKE LEE ON “RED HOOK SUMMER”

You could imagine Spike Lee, in his preteen years, taking in every classic movie that came on TV. In his 25-plus-year career he’s included enough allusions and genres to suggest he was raised on film history. But during a recent phone conversation, Spike says it ain’t so…



Posted on August 30, 2012 by

GOD BLESS AMERICA

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

Goldthwait’s distinctive style should leave no one questioning the value of this comedian/actor-turned-filmmaker. He ponders his art and has the ability to execute ideas…


Posted on May 21, 2012 by

GOOD FOR NOTHING

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 92 minutes

Taking the western to glorious landscapes of New Zealand, “Good for Nothing” has an admirable spirit, even if its goals in genre treatment are puzzling…


Posted on April 10, 2012 by

IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY

2 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 127 minutes

Though Jolie’s intentions seem honest, any seasoned cineaste would wonder why a debuting filmmaker would go for material as challenging as the Serbian genocide in Bosnia…


Posted on January 11, 2012 by

THE ARTIST

3 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 100 minutes

It’s no small feat to inform and entertain; perhaps this is why such tributes, like the films of Guy Maddin (which often reinterpret or deconstruct the style of old) come from passion…


Posted on December 23, 2011 by

THE SKIN I LIVE IN

4 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 117 minutes

How eerie and satisfying is it to see Pedro Almodóvar take on science…


Posted on November 19, 2011 by

WHERE’S DADDY? THE LEGACY OF “THE BAD SEED” (1956)

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Mervyn LeRoy’s The Bad Seed (1956) premiered an anxiety that would soon blossom in the American cinema: a fear that our offspring could prove rotten, devilish…



Posted on October 31, 2011 by

REAL STEEL

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 127 minutes

The film serves a broad audience without exploiting the classic boxing tradition…


Posted on October 7, 2011 by

HAPPY ACCIDENTS: INTERVIEW WITH FILMMAKER EVAN GLODELL ON “BELLFLOWER”

Actor-writer-director Evan Glodell made “Bellflower” over a number of years, on his own time and dollar. He speaks from experience, and yet – like many debuting filmmakers – seems caught in the headlights…



Posted on September 14, 2011 by

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

3 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 105 minutes

“Rise” wears “Planet’s” mask to use “2001′s” conceit. In this sense, Franco-stein begets a monster worthy of our consideration and viewing pleasure…


Posted on August 5, 2011 by

KARATE-ROBO ZABORGAR

5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 101 minutes

2011 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! It’s fast, funny, and a pleasure for the eye. In my mind, that’s a triumph of popcorn-crunching entertainment…


Posted on July 29, 2011 by

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