GHOST TEAM ONE

IN LIMITED RELEASE! This film does for ghost films what “Shaun of the Dead” did for zombie films, managing to blend comedy with horror in a genuinely fresh way…

Posted on October 11, 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

2013 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES JURY AND AUDIENCE AWARDS

The Slamdance Film Festival has announced the jury and audience awards for the 2013 event, which took place January 18-24, 2013, in Park City, Utah…

Posted on January 25, 2013 in Festivals by

THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING RANTS

2013 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL DOCUMENTARY FEATURE SELECTION! Whether it’s Gavin doing his off-kilter standup, or lecturing young people on how they are losing out on enjoying farts whilst in a convertible, this film is chock full of laughs…

Posted on January 23, 2013 in Reviews by

VIPAKA

2013 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SPECIAL SCREENING! Forest Whitaker is an intimidating presence on his most relaxed days, and here he’s an unpredictable mess that is alternately a loving father and a deranged son…

Posted on January 22, 2013 in Reviews by

APRIL

2013 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORT FILM SELECTION! Visually stunning and poetic, with a haunting soundtrack, “April” is a memorable powerhouse of a short film about, in some ways, how fear coupled with the best of intentions can turn into a self-imposed prison. In other ways, it’s a film about hope, and it never being too late.

Posted on January 21, 2013 in Reviews by

LOLLYWOOD

2013 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORT FILM SELECTION! If you’ve ever wanted to make a film, and found yourself up against the obstacles of “no budget, no cast, blah blah blah,” then “Lollywood” straight-up knocks your excuses out…

Posted on January 21, 2013 in Reviews by

PEARL WAS HERE

2013 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORT FILM SELECTION! For much of the film, Pearl’s actions and eventual plight are cute and humorous; at a certain point, however, a darker cloud starts to set in and there’s an ominous tension that develops, finally climaxing in a fashion that is as shocking to the characters in the film as it was to me watching…

Posted on January 20, 2013 in Reviews by

THE SANDWICH NAZI

2013 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORT FILM SELECTION! On the surface, sure, Kahil seems nutty, but his eccentricities extend to truly humanitarian actions. He also believes in manners and being accepting of others, regardless of personal difference; thoughts as much a part of his shop’s “sandwich nazi” rules (always say “please,” for example, and don’t answer your cell phone in the shop, lest you not get your sandwich) as his own personal code of life…

Posted on January 20, 2013 in Reviews by

HANK AND ASHA

2013 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE FEATURE SELECTION! The other major appeal to this film is the performance of Mahira Kakkar as Asha. Not to take anything away from Andrew Pastides, who does a fine job, but Kakkar’s charismatic joy and energy drives the film forward…

Posted on January 20, 2013 in Reviews by

THE INSTITUTE

2013 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL DOCUMENTARY FEATURE SELECTION! The documentary does a brilliant job of revealing the details of the game in a similar fashion to how the players would have experienced them, bolstered by interviews with former players and game organizers. The result is almost as much of a mindfuck as I can imagine blindly playing the ARG would’ve been…

Posted on January 19, 2013 in Reviews by

BEST FRIENDS FOREVER

2013 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE FEATURE SELECTION! It also look great, moves at a quick pace and contains wonderful performances by Brea Grant (who also directed and co-wrote the film) and Vera Miao (the other co-writer)…

Posted on January 19, 2013 in Reviews by

DIAMOND ON VINYL

2013 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL BEYOND FEATURE SELECTION! Sonja Kinski’s Charlie, on the other hand, often has the look of a predator about her, which is only reinforced by the way she worms her way deeper into the relationship of Beth and Henry. Still, while you could look at her as malicious, I think the portrayal is more one of careless naiveté…

Posted on January 18, 2013 in Reviews by

JOSEPHINE AND THE ROACH

2013 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORT FILM SELECTION! Overall entertaining, even if the imagery of a slovenly husband and the long-suffering wife isn’t the most original. It still captures a whimsical mood, and delivers a charmingly escapist story…

Posted on January 18, 2013 in Reviews by

TO THE BONE

2013 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORT FILM SELECTION! The film could’ve gone bleak and sad and ended there, but it also makes a statement about family and sticking together no matter what…

Posted on January 18, 2013 in Reviews by

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