SCANNERS: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY + DVD)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 103 minutes

“Scanners” arrives from Criterion in a set that includes the film and the bonus materials on one Blu-ray and two DVDs. The movie has been restored, and the extra stuff includes a smattering of new and old material, including director David Cronenberg’s first movie, “Stereo.”


Posted on July 27, 2014 by

DIAGRAM FOR DELINQUENTS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 108 minutes

“Diagram For Delinquents” details a dark chapter in American comic book history that many may not know about. And even if you’re familiar with Wertham, “Seduction of the Innocent,” and the CCA, you’ll likely learn a few new things from this documentary, as I did.


Posted on July 26, 2014 by

DOCTOR, LAWYER, INDIAN CHIEF

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 60 minutes

Writer/director Pablo D’Stair has crafted an intriguing story where lies and obfuscations suffocate a marriage…


Posted on July 26, 2014 by

LUCID

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 18 minutes

Overall the film is stellar. The acting is strong, the visuals accomplished and alluring and, as previously mentioned, the edit is incredible…


Posted on July 24, 2014 by

RAVANA’S GAME

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 109 minutes

It tries to be too much, and winds up shortchanging itself overall. It’s a story that would be more at home in a book, where the tangents and ambiguities could be fleshed out in a way that doesn’t feel like a narrative jumble…


Posted on July 23, 2014 by

THE FAY

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 28 minutes

The filmmaking is more up to the task of creating and selling this fairy-friendly realm that the characters find themselves in, and despite a lack of dialogue, everything translates just fine…


Posted on July 23, 2014 by

DRUNK.

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 75 minutes

The humor is silly, and the situations that our drunk finds himself in are more curious and awkward than dangerous and disturbing. This isn’t the dark indie drama where he deals with the consequences of his alcoholism; this is the strange indie comedy where the consequences are just off-putting enough to make him pause when he reaches for the next drink, but not necessarily rough enough to actually stop him cold…


Posted on July 23, 2014 by

THE ORBS

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 71 minutes

While the film does come together by its final minutes, the most interesting developments don’t occur until that final stretch of time, and everything in the lead-up is an endurance challenge…


Posted on July 21, 2014 by

PREPARATION

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 27 minutes

It’s compelling to watch the filmmaker, and lead actor, express their ideas of what might have happened to get Heath Ledger from charming, handsome, romantic lead all the way over to his memorable performance as the unhinged Joker. Regardless of whether those ideas are accurate, you still get to see Stiaan Smith go on that journey to find himself at the same end point, and he is quite convincing…


Posted on July 21, 2014 by

ALT

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

It’s a film with an intriguing idea at its core, if not one that seems to offer much concrete context; the audience is left to do quite a bit of interpretation, and I can imagine some running wild with the option, while others just remaining confused…


Posted on July 21, 2014 by

THE LAST ROAD

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 113 minutes

While I did find my mind wandering in the middle, I was never really bored with the film. Trying to figure out what the film was getting at with certain characters and situations allows you to run with the narrative in a number of directions beyond the obvious, and that offers an extra level of engagement…


Posted on July 20, 2014 by

NO PLACE FOR WEAK

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

The film plays itself up like folklore, complete with the omniscient narration from the reporter, whose voice sometimes reminds you of Morgan Freeman’s soothing otherworldliness. The stage is set for something epic, but the film doesn’t entirely deliver…


Posted on July 20, 2014 by

PROUD CITIZEN

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

Everything that happens, even the seemingly more manipulated moments of drama, still maintain a realistic authenticity. Krasimira’s story is her own, but I don’t think it could be seen as that uncommon…


Posted on July 19, 2014 by

SKIN IN THE GAME: THE RAVEN RILEY STORY

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

This is one of the most intelligent and provocative films about the adult entertainment business.


Posted on July 19, 2014 by

BLIND

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

It’s about one of those small, intimate moments in your life that feels as if a combination of events all came together perfectly in order to create a strange but perfect surreal moment, one that words will later fail to convey to others why it felt so special to you…


Posted on July 19, 2014 by

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