PROMISES

3 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 93 minutes

Ultimately, the film is notable for the strong performance of lead actor, and writer, Carlos Guerrero. When you consider who he is when you first meet him, and who he is in his memories, the differences are astounding…


Posted on September 15, 2014 by

SOME LOVE FROM ABOVE

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

It’s awkward and sometimes off-putting, yet still keeps your attention. I was fascinated, but I have no idea why…


Posted on September 14, 2014 by

WHERE I AM KING (HARI NG TONDO)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 91 minutes

2014 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! It’s a dramedy that isn’t entirely unpredictable, but the familiarity does not lessen the overall experience. The film makes a number of statements about society, love and personal responsibility without becoming too preachy for its own good…


Posted on September 14, 2014 by

MEGA-LO-MANIA

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 34 minutes

A primer on all things MegaRan, the film gives you some nice background from which to expand your fandom, if you already were a fan, and a quality introduction if you’re new to the artist. It’s not necessarily an exhaustive portrait, but the elements are there to be a quality promotional piece and a peek behind the curtain…


Posted on September 13, 2014 by

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

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