PHIL HALL’S JOURNEY THROUGH THE HISTORY OF INDEPENDENT CINEMA

In this highly incestuous interview (but ain’t it best!), Film Threat‘s own Phil Hall talks about his new book – and an ambitous feat pulled off so very elegantly – The History of Independent Cinema.



Posted on June 15, 2009 by

WAKE

5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 28 minutes

“Wake” invites you in, but leaves you to your own considerations as the story progresses.


Posted on April 22, 2009 by

ACE VENTURA JR.: PET DETECTIVE (DVD)

ACE VENTURA JR.: PET DETECTIVE (DVD)
1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 93 minutes

It’s disappointing that this is the next, and most likely final, step of the Ace Ventura franchise.


Posted on March 12, 2009 by

HUMBLE BEAUTY

5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 60 minutes

It’s impossible to let this masterful film fade away.


Posted on March 1, 2009 by

HOTEL FOR DOGS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 100 minutes

…it’s charming watching lots of dogs make their home in an abandoned hotel…


Posted on January 22, 2009 by

MAMMA MIA! (DVD)

MAMMA MIA! (DVD)
4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 109 minutes

More fluff like “Mamma Mia!” than “Made of Honor” would make mid-year moviegoing a happier experience.


Posted on January 6, 2009 by

CALLBACK: THE UNMAKING OF BLOODSTAIN

CALLBACK: THE UNMAKING OF BLOODSTAIN
5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 97 minutes

Cleverly, Wolfson does not make this out to be the glamorous Hollywood we see on TV, which the cable channel “E!” hypes daily…


Posted on November 18, 2008 by

THE ACHIEVERS: THE STORY OF THE LEBOWSKI FANS

THE ACHIEVERS: THE STORY OF THE LEBOWSKI FANS
4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 66 minutes

It’s worthwhile not only for sheer entertainment, but to test how big a fan you actually are…


Posted on October 30, 2008 by

THE LITTLE MERMAID: ARIEL’S BEGINNING (DVD)

THE LITTLE MERMAID: ARIEL’S BEGINNING (DVD)
2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 77 minutes

Field’s performance exhibits her excitement at being a Disney villain, albeit a minor one…


Posted on September 8, 2008 by

CONFUSIONS OF AN UNMARRIED COUPLE

CONFUSIONS OF AN UNMARRIED COUPLE
4 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 72 minutes

Brett Butler and Naomi Johnson are astonishing together. Where we’ve seen considerable sparks between various movie couples from what Hollywood puts out, there’s a steady stream of smoke and then napalm between them in various scenes…


Posted on August 21, 2008 by

YESTERDAY WAS A LIE

YESTERDAY WAS A LIE
4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 89 minutes

There is brilliance here that demonstrates the best of what independent filmmakers strive to do…


Posted on August 2, 2008 by

THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE

THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE
3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 104 minutes

From the fan’s perspective, myself included, “The X-Files: I Want to Believe” is akin to one of the stand-alone episodes of the series, where “the mythology,” the government alien conspiracy, was set aside. A lot of those episodes have been phenomenal, but this movie is not nearly on that level…


Posted on July 28, 2008 by

TONY N’ TINA’S WEDDING: THE MOVIE (DVD)

TONY N’ TINA’S WEDDING: THE MOVIE (DVD)
4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 110 minutes

This is unforced, gradually unhinged, always-entertaining hilarity involving one of the most unconventional wedding receptions ever to be put on film…


Posted on July 22, 2008 by

REVERSION

4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

“Reversion” is a prime example of collaboration in independent film. It feels like everyone involved in this film knew what was being presented and wanted to be sure that anyone watching would get the most out of the experience…


Posted on June 5, 2008 by

CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR (DVD)

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 102 minutes

Playwright, screenwriter and TV writer Aaron Sorkin has always made national politics and office politics look sexy…


Posted on May 6, 2008 by

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