KUMPANIA FLAMENCO LOS ANGELES

The enduring lesson I took away from this film is that flamenco is something you need to experience in person to fully appreciate. The sentiment is expressed in one way or another throughout the film, and I get their point. In that sense, consider this documentary like a short history lesson, and that free sample that is supposed to entice you into wanting to see more…

Posted on July 7, 2013 in Reviews by

DOUBLE AGENT

With all the moments you would expect in an action film, the short paints an uncommon narrative with familiar tools. As the man pieces together the severity of his situation, we too are caught up in the suspense of it all. The mystery could lead the film in any number of directions…

Posted on July 6, 2013 in Reviews by

BARRY MILLER

I guess some would say there’s a twist, but since we don’t know exactly what is going on, it’s not so much a twist as a natural reveal of the plot…

Posted on July 5, 2013 in Reviews by

SHE LOVES ME NOT

The one constant throughout is Cary Elwes’ Brady. Booze-soaked to a lesser or greater extent, depending on which chapter you’re watching (even when he’s not drinking, you have to figure he’s still releasing fumes considering how much of a lush he’s been otherwise), Brady isn’t just bad with women, he seems to be bad with everything (except, apparently, writing successful novels)…

Posted on July 4, 2013 in Reviews by

PHIN

In this case, while no one is a slouch in their performances, it does come down to how Brandon Stacy embodies Sam and Eric Frentzel portrays Phin…

Posted on July 4, 2013 in Reviews by

SHADOWPLAY

A short film thriller that isn’t afraid to turns things on its ear, the film manages to keep the mystery up long enough for ample engagement, and then wraps up in satisfying fashion…

Posted on July 2, 2013 in Reviews by

HOUSE OF GOOD AND EVIL

By the time the credits roll, and every little mystery that has been set up is finally explained, the film reveals itself to be far more than you may have guessed…

Posted on June 29, 2013 in Reviews by

FOREVER’S END

I’m very much interested in what the story is and where it’s going, when perhaps the film is more interested in who Sarah is and how to grow her character. Even there, I think you could do the same thing in less time BUT I’m willing to concede that, if that was the goal, it succeeds there regardless…

Posted on June 27, 2013 in Reviews by

WITH NO REGRETS: A DANCIN’ MAN’S JOURNEY

George Fairfield’s documentary, With No Regrets: A Dancin’ Man’s Journey, tells the story of dancer and choreographer Tony Stevens. From his childhood in Missouri, putting on puppet theater, complete with a revolving stage, to being a part of the conversations that formed the genesis for A Chorus Line, to eventually dancing to the enthusiastic ovations […]

Posted on June 26, 2013 in Reviews by

STEVE CHONG FINDS OUT THAT SUICIDE IS A BAD IDEA

Awkward moments and strange comedy (watching the friends’ reactions as they try to suicide-proof the lake house, only to realize how daunting that task will be) are my thing, as it were. The film looks really good. So, why? Why didn’t this one make a better impression on me?

Posted on June 26, 2013 in Reviews by

CITY BABY

Aside from absolutely superb acting from each and every member of the cast, and Bryce Fortner’s really fine cinematography, what’s particularly notable about Morgan work is his focus upon the subtle details…

Posted on June 26, 2013 in Reviews by

THE ADVOCATE

It all plays out at a proper pace that is never too slow to lose your interest or too fast to confuse the mystery; it’s just right. Add to that the fact that Sachin Mehta is an enthralling presence on the screen, and it’s hard not to go along with the film…

Posted on June 25, 2013 in Reviews by

AMERICA 101

Cynical, yet hilarious in its disturbing honesty, Richard Speight, Jr.’s short film, “America 101,” delivers a bleak and blunt assessment of the potential life cycle of a new heir to the American Dream.

Posted on June 19, 2013 in Reviews by

SKINHEAD REQUIEM

Noonan makes the film, and it is worth watching, even if you don’t get anything out of it beyond his performance. I think there is a bit more to it, however, as it’s a subtle study on generations and how traits and elements of our past influence our future, whether they have any merit or not…

Posted on March 2, 2013 in Reviews by