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

AFTER TILLER

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DOCUMENTARY FEATURE SELECTION! The testimonials and conversations between patient and doctor are absolutely brutal. These women have no easy road to choose…

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

TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM

2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL 24 BEATS PER SECOND SELECTION! There’s little real attempt to delve into the systemic issues that make things the way they are for these women, just a one-sided look at their careers that inadvertently shows why most of them never made it to the spotlight in the first place: some are better singers than they are songwriters, others aren’t aggressive enough self-promoters, and others still simply aren’t interested in fame…

Posted on January 20, 2013 in Reviews by

INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR.

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NEW FRONTIER SELECTION! I appreciate films that challenge the audience and leave them thinking, and I think “Interior. Leather Bar.” does just that, regardless of how far into the meta-experience you let yourself go…

Posted on January 20, 2013 in Reviews by

CIRCLES

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD DRAMATIC SELECTION! Ultimately, this is a tale not of revenge, or even one of redemption…

Posted on January 18, 2013 in Reviews by

ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE

The one good thing about a movie genre dying off is that, like Westerns or Film Noir, it becomes a rarified commodity; and when one comes out every blue moon it tends to be either be quality work at best or a really interesting failure at worst…

Posted on July 14, 2008 in Reviews by

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