RACCOON

RACCOON
3 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 19 minutes

Why I’m compelled to read the story a film is based on, after I watch the film, has something to do with my inconvenient, obsessive respect for the truth…


Posted on December 6, 2004 by

GRETCHEN BRETTSCHNEIDER SKIRTS THIRTY

3 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 18 minutes

Part Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and part G-Rated John Waters, this is a shiny happy musical about Gretchen Brettschneider’s fear of turning thirty…


Posted on September 14, 2004 by

LOVE WILL TRAVEL

LOVE WILL TRAVEL
3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 96 minutes

Joplin Wu filmed the vistas of urban underbelly Americana—neon, graffiti, beaten-up buildings—as carefully as he shot the underbelly of an older urban Americana—Goldfield’s clapboard saloon, its dusty cemetery, the family’s Airstream trailer…


Posted on August 11, 2004 by

FALLS

FALLS
2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 8 minutes

And though the images usually overpower anything the words create, what they represent are ultimately the generic feelings of loss, displacement, and dreams you’d find in an after-school special…


Posted on May 30, 2004 by

ROULETTE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 11 minutes

In everything society deems “romantic” at some point or another—opium addiction, war, tuberculosis—lurks something hideous and powerful and mysterious…


Posted on May 21, 2004 by

EXPOSURE

EXPOSURE
3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 18 minutes

Through some kind of generic and convenient fate-magic-demon-destiny-spell, Danny comes to possess a haunted Polaroid camera that takes pictures on its own…


Posted on May 20, 2004 by

THE HELIX: LOADED

THE HELIX: LOADED
2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 97 minutes

The quality of a spoof comes down to how funny and clever the jokes are and “The Helix: Loaded” just isn’t that funny…


Posted on April 17, 2004 by

NBT: NEVER BEEN THAWED

NBT: NEVER BEEN THAWED
3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 97 minutes

I’m a sucker for so-called “mockumentaries.” They’re charming, usually outlandish, and you never have to worry if anyone is getting exploited. “NBT” is no exception…


Posted on April 8, 2004 by

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