PRINCE AVALANCHE

2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! While not a perfect film (it tends to drag in places which is odd considering it’s short run time) I really enjoyed “Prince Avalanche.” And again, it’s not a total return to form for Green, but it’s close…

Posted on March 8, 2013 in Reviews by

A TEACHER

2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! The movie itself doesn’t take enough risks. It’s too reluctant to push into ugly territory in order to unearth any substantial revelations…

Posted on March 8, 2013 in Reviews by

V/H/S/2

2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL MIDNIGHTERS SELECTION! The scares in “V/H/S/2” are totally different and more jump oriented than the eerie, slow builds in the original. And again, I can’t wait for this film to hit the streets so horror fans worldwide can experience “Safe Haven.” Meet me back here when it happens and we can discuss…

Posted on March 7, 2013 in Reviews by

STORIES WE TELL

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHT SELECTION! In her new documentary, Polley points the camera at members of her own family and not only informs on where her directorial efforts stem from but confirm her as one of the best and most interesting filmmakers working today…

Posted on February 10, 2013 in Reviews by

TOUCHY FEELY

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC FEATURE SELECTION! Not that the subject matter does not have the potential to penetrate into Shelton’s recurring themes of interpersonal connection, but the approach to it all ironically keeps us at a distance from really getting to know most of these characters…

Posted on February 9, 2013 in Reviews by

KINGS OF SUMMER

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC FEATURE SELECTION! Dig a little deeper into the occasionally very funny new film by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and one might consider that they had just watched the new “Mosquito Coast” for teenagers. Intrigued?

Posted on February 2, 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

VALENTINE ROAD

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DOCUMENTARY FEATURE SELECTION! While still an interesting conversation starter, this is a topic that needs more scrutiny and I remain unclear as to what “Valentine Road” is trying to say. ..

Posted on January 28, 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

AFTERNOON DELIGHT

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC FEATURE SELECTION! The inconsistency up and down in Soloway’s script and tone at least has the occasional deflection of Hahn doing her best to make this the character study it was likely intended to be…

Posted on January 26, 2013 in Reviews by

C.O.G.

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC FEATURE SELECTION! Kyle Patrick Alvarez will forever hold a unique spot among a select group of literature-loving cineastes in that he is the first writer/director to adapt a work by the beloved David Sedaris into a film…

Posted on January 25, 2013 in Reviews by

LASTING

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD DRAMATIC FEATURE SELECTION! Michal and Karina are not bad people, but they are immature and unsure of how to handle their problems when they come up; both make the mistake of retreating into themselves, and the result is the alienation of the other…

Posted on January 23, 2013 in Reviews by

TWO MOTHERS

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERES SELECTION! The unintentional laughs that came out at my screening were one of the only things I liked about the film…

Posted on January 22, 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

COMPUTER CHESS

2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Characters crop up, but with no real purpose, no depth, and no appeal, they fail to do anything of interest…

Posted on January 21, 2013 in Reviews by

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