MARS AND VENUS

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

“Mars and Venus” would have thrived with a much longer running time. Nine minutes was not enough time to effectively give the organization’s history, establish their present-day role in society, and detail their beliefs and worship structure…


Posted on August 13, 2011 by

AWESOME OUIJA BOARD

0.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 6 minutes

While it’s fun to play dress-up and make a quick little video for you and your buddies, sharing it with the world as an “independent film” is something different…


Posted on August 13, 2011 by

WAKING EYES

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 13 minutes

Director Sarah R. Lofti tackles a difficult undertaking in portraying a subconscious journey yet she does it with confidence and competence…


Posted on August 12, 2011 by

COMPANION

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 24 minutes

Ruderman’s beautiful protagonist, played by Australian-born actress Faye Kingslee, remains sympathetic thanks to a nuanced performance that steps right up to the line of melodrama but never crosses over…


Posted on June 21, 2011 by

IN THE NAME OF MY PEACE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 23 minutes

Rolando Felizola’s twenty-minute project has a So Bad It’s Good quality that inspires a lot of laughs, headshaking and groans, in the best sort of way…


Posted on June 20, 2011 by

SENNA

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 104 minutes

2011 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Composed entirely of archive footage, the film, in a way, allows Senna to tell his own story…


Posted on June 18, 2011 by

HEAVY TIMES

3 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

Technically, the film thrives. The cinematography is clean, the sound levels are all mixed well, and the soundtrack is surprisingly kick ass…


Posted on June 17, 2011 by

LYING NEXT TO LARRY

3 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 10 minutes

Writer/Director John Franklin has made a capable film with a strong production value. His two protagonists, played by John Byford and Kent Kasper, play their respective roles well…


Posted on June 17, 2011 by

TYRANNOSAUR

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 91 minutes

2011 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! “Tyrannosaur” is not a subtle film but it makes no claims to be. At points, it’s difficult to watch but the viciousness has its purpose…


Posted on June 16, 2011 by

BLIND DATE

5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 12 minutes

2011 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! It’s cute, quirky, and wholly unpretentious. The story is taut and the performances are stellar. The film sounds great and looks even better. Even the opening titles are great…


Posted on June 16, 2011 by

OPEN 24 HOURS

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 8 minutes

Enough things worked in Francis’ first directorial effort to hint that a string of successful films might be what’s coming next…


Posted on June 16, 2011 by

HALF A BEE

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

Busko deserves a lot of credit for presenting an image of his subject that remains non-exploitative–with no sense of mockery–that allows Morder to speak for himself…


Posted on June 15, 2011 by

FOLLOWED

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 20 minutes

The film ends on a beautiful song by London-based singer-songwriter, Essie Jain. Her track “Glory” is by far the most understated and impressive aspect of the film…


Posted on June 14, 2011 by

THE CAR WASH

2 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 10 minutes

Writer/Director James Kicklighter has unfortunately created an overly dramatic, sappy short film that tries too hard to teach us a lesson on civility and kindness…


Posted on June 13, 2011 by

I HATE

2 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 6 minutes

The filmmaker attempts to explore ideas of self-image, self-loathing, and complicated psyches and even though the film overall comes up short, the core of the film is worth investigating…


Posted on June 13, 2011 by

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