CHOCOLATE HEART

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 6 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL MIDNIGHT SHORTS SELECTION! The short has a dry, matter-of-factness to its absurdity, but that’s why it works. Had it committed entirely to over the top or quirky, without the contrast, I doubt the humor would resonate for as long as it does…


Posted on March 9, 2014 by

BUZZARD

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 97 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL VISIONS SELECTION! Marty isn’t always a sympathetic character, and all the problems he faces are certainly of his own creation, but you still feel for this human who is stuck in a state of arrested development. While his scams may seem clever, he’s often surprised when they work, pushing his luck further in much the same way a young child, testing boundaries, would…


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BOYHOOD

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 164 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL FEST FAVORITES SELECTION! If it falls just short of its auteur’s best work, it is largely because of how difficult it was to produce. It’s not like Linklater took the last decade off to fine-tune this piece of filmmaking…


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THE RAID 2

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 148 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL FEST FAVORITES SELECTION! You may prefer one action sequence over another in either film, but there is simply not a bad one on display…


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NO NO: A DOCKUMENTARY

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL FEST FAVORITES SELECTION! While Ellis is an interesting guy, the film covers his entire career and the things that happen along the way overshadow his own story which, although the guy was an all-star, he didn’t have a particularly great career…


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OBVIOUS CHILD

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 83 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL FEST FAVORITES SELECTION! Jenny Slate is the lynchpin of this material and it has the confidence of a true star-making performance…


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FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES

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

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL EPISODIC SELECTION! As far as the opening to a television series goes, the pilot does what it is supposed to do: offers up some enticing bits to keep you entertained while it drops some mystery into the story to bring you back for more…


Posted on March 8, 2014 by

SHE’S LOST CONTROL

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

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT SELECTION! However, even for those with the tools to build intimacy, and teach it, it’s what is not said that winds up being the most important part of the narrative, and not everyone is attuned to deciphering the silence…


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WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 86 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL FEST FAVORITES SELECTION! The choice of going with a mockumentary format winds up working because of its inherent earnestness; these are fantastical creatures and situations, brought into a practical environment and examined for all their oddities. And while the mockumentary technique can be an excuse to go cheap with the production values, this film does the opposite…


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N6-4Q

3 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 2 minutes

2014 RXSM SELF MEDICATED FILM EXPO SELECTION!


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LITTLE HOPE WAS ARSON

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 74 minutes

2014 RXSM SELF MEDICATED FILM EXPO SELECTION! How the investigation unfolds, and the dramatics escalate, is as engaging as any compelling narrative can be…


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ONE PLEASE

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 6 minutes

2014 RXSM SELF MEDICATED FILM EXPO SELECTION! I won’t point out the twist, or try to figure out what it means, but this light-hearted piece of dark whimsy has a ton of dark charm filling its six minutes…


Posted on March 8, 2014 by

WETLANDS

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 109 minutes

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL SXGLOBAL SELECTION! A little masturbation here and some blood trickling there challenges our own stomach for a while, but when the boundaries are then continually tested with wound puncturing and freshly-made spinach semen pizza, the tolerance level for the material and the character goes downhill rather quickly…


Posted on March 7, 2014 by

S.E.R.P.

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

Visually, the decision to go with black and white works for the overall idea of a surveillance-friendly environment. The aesthetic is a solid choice, and the contrast adds depth to liven up the composition of what is, for the most part, just one or two people talking in a room…


Posted on March 7, 2014 by

F*CKLOAD OF SCOTCH TAPE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 84 minutes

2014 RXSM SELF MEDICATED FILM EXPO SELECTION! “F*ckload of Scotch Tape” is the cinematic equivalent of a repeated kick to the nuts with just enough of a break here and there to give you some hope that maybe, just maybe, the next kick won’t come…


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