THE CRASH REEL

After screening “The Crash Reel,” you will never again delight in televised images of skiers and snowboarders wiping out on the slopes. Guaranteed.

Posted on December 16, 2013 in Reviews by

SHORT TERM 12

IN LIMITED RELEASE! There’s a real understated power to “Short Term 12″ that I appreciated because, for such a touchy subject, it’s easy to clumsily manipulate an audience. Instead the film opts for layers of terrific writing, filming and character development combined with simple brush strokes that add depth to characters and situations rather than going for low hanging, tear-jerking fruit…

Posted on August 24, 2013 in Reviews by

ERNEST & CELESTINE

The film’s case for friendship despite adversity is one of the greatest messages that a kid’s film can impart because it teaches children that the black and white rules set by authority aren’t always wise or informed…

Posted on May 24, 2013 in Reviews by

HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION

2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! It’s a near-perfect portrait of an actor who never became a household name and yet has earned the admiration of generations of filmmakers…

Posted on March 19, 2013 in Reviews by

SCI-FLY

2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL ANIMATED SHORTS SELECTION! Joey Shanks was able to do this film entirely on imagination and heart. I must say I applaud him for what he was able to achieve…

Posted on March 8, 2013 in Reviews by

FRUITVALE STATION

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC FEATURE SELECTION! Holding the screen with a combination of unforced humanity and strength in both calm and outrage, Jordan does justice to more than just a facsimile of the real Grant, but a generation of young African-Americans pigeonholed as a reflection of the worst of society…

Posted on January 31, 2013 in Reviews by

IN A WORLD…

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC FEATURE SELECTION! As part of the struggle between misogynist and feminist mentalities of who-needs-what and what-each-expects, there might be something to skewering the cinematic conventions of men having the power and women not realizing they are being pressed under their thumbs and other pointy appendages…

Posted on January 29, 2013 in Reviews by

THE WAY, WAY BACK

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! There’s nothing groundbreaking here by any stretch of the imagination but it’s not always the freshness of the joke but how well it’s told that matters…

Posted on January 28, 2013 in Reviews by

AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC FEATURE SELECTION! This is a consistently moving tone poem of a film, even if its immediacy doesn’t necessarily translate into long-lasting resonance…

Posted on January 22, 2013 in Reviews by

THE MOO MAN

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD DOCUMENTARY FEATURE SELECTION! Life on a farm isn’t that drastically different from day to day and one calf-birthing would have sufficed instead of the four or five Heathcote chose to film…

Posted on January 22, 2013 in Reviews by

CONCUSSION

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC FEATURE SELECTION! The sexuality in the film is handled with grace and class, and in more than a few moments, the physical release takes a backseat to the emotional connections fulfilled by the various couplings…

Posted on January 21, 2013 in Reviews by

THE SPECTACULAR NOW

2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Sutter Keely belongs to a long history of protagonists who behave with their own best interests at heart only to be sainted with some late-inning revelations not strong enough to forgive his past indiscretions…

Posted on January 21, 2013 in Reviews by

CRYSTAL FAIRY

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC FEATURE SELECTION! Cera plays against type, doing copious amounts of drugs and being more socially annoying than even his detractors could imagine he would be in real life, and the attempt to explode his on-screen persona is notable, but the movie actually plays not unlike the all-night hallucinatory drug experience that its characters seek – there are some ups and downs but the crash comes long before the sun comes up…

Posted on January 20, 2013 in Reviews by

CATERWAUL

2013 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORT FILM! A quiet mood piece; the cloudy days at sea, and the darker days along the beach, almost translate the chill in the air through the screen…

Posted on January 18, 2013 in Reviews by