MAXIMUM IMPACT

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 10 minutes

It utilizes a mix of lo-fi aesthetics (that wig!) and just-good-enough visual effects, that can come off as cheesy at times, to maximize its own goofy vibe. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, and doesn’t expect you to either…


Posted on September 13, 2014 by

THE GHOST PEPPER EATING CONTEST OF JEFFERSON COUNTY

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 10 minutes

If you want a good laugh, and feel like mocking those willing to put their gastrointestinal tracts in danger for nothing more than bragging rights, then this film is just what the doctor ordered…


Posted on September 13, 2014 by

VILLA TOUMA

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 83 minutes

2014 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! This could be a more madcap comedy if it felt like it; it could also be a more melodramatic experience. Instead it picks a middle ground that makes it compelling and unique…


Posted on September 13, 2014 by

GOD FORGIVE US

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

Not that the subject matter isn’t worthy of the characters feeling upset or beat down, but the actors are not afraid to give it their all, and then some. The result is a film that is engaging in its best moments, and unnatural and over-the-top in its worst…


Posted on September 12, 2014 by

WINDOW LICKER

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 101 minutes

Technically, the film goes for a real anything goes vibe. Visuals are rough and tumble, the editing frenetic. It’s a film enamored with its own style, but the style works for the cacophony in Wild’s brain, unleashed for our viewing pleasure…


Posted on September 12, 2014 by

THE DROP

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 107 minutes

After a hum-drum year of wannabe crime thrillers (and movies in general), it’s nice to see something elevated above the norm…


Posted on September 12, 2014 by

THE MOUNTAINS WILL WAIT FOR YOU

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 44 minutes

The long delay in a release also helps to explain the presence of Johnny Cash as the narrator.


Posted on September 11, 2014 by

GREASEPAINT

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 84 minutes

Thurmond is a charmer and his ability to spin his tumult-heavy existence into a happy-go-lucky misadventure is a testament to his skills as an entertainer…


Posted on September 10, 2014 by

TUSK

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 102 minutes

2014 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL MIDNIGHT MADNESS SELECTION! Michael Parks continues to prove his exceptional talent, versatility and willingness to go all out for whatever role he takes on…


Posted on September 8, 2014 by

WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 12 minutes

2014 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! For as short as it is, it’s a surprisingly emotional and intense rollercoaster…


Posted on September 8, 2014 by

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (BLU-RAY)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 99 minutes

The film version rewrote much of the original text to accommodate zany slapstick sequences…


Posted on September 7, 2014 by

BRIDGE AND TUNNEL

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 94 minutes

The artifice of the setup sometimes clashes with the realism of the portrayal, but if you give it time, the film may grow on you as it did me…


Posted on September 7, 2014 by

CHURCHILL’S FIRST WORLD WAR (DVD)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 93 minutes

This BBC production traces Churchill’s unsteady record as the First Lord of the Admiralty when war broke out in 1914.


Posted on September 6, 2014 by

LOST IN A CROWD

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 85 minutes

I liked that I wasn’t sure exactly what type of film I was in for, and I even appreciated my lack of appreciation for the characters, because it allowed the film to play with my expectations a little bit…


Posted on September 6, 2014 by

THREE TIMES MOVING: TIME FORGOTTEN

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 13 minutes

If you’ve seen the first two films in the trilogy (and you should, though the opening recap is helpful), then you know what you’re in for. This one delivers a bit more exposition than the previous two, but it’s still a very stilted Adam trying to reconcile his feelings, or lack thereof, for the women in his life…


Posted on September 4, 2014 by

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