STOKER

Don’t compare it to the more dramatically satisfying previous works from Park Chan-wook and don’t consider what could have been instead with a bit more screenwriting complexity. As an exercise in style, “Stoker” works, for whatever that’s worth…

Posted on March 2, 2013 in Reviews by

VERY GOOD GIRLS

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERES SELECTION! The most hellbound sin that is in any way associated with the film is not lying or having sex before marriage, but wasting such a promising cast…

Posted on February 18, 2013 in Reviews by

LOVELACE

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERES SELECTION! While Epstein & Friedman appear to be smoothing over the harsher elements of Linda’s life at the time, midway through the film shifts to retrace what we have come to witness to offer a different perspective. It’s an interesting approach that breaks down the alluded fantasy of fame over infamy and paves the way for Linda’s liberation through talk show appearances and a tell-all book…

Posted on February 17, 2013 in Reviews by

BYOD: BRING YOUR OWN DOC – EPISODE 73: SUNDANCE 2013 SPECIAL PT. 3: “WHEN I WALK,” “RUNNING FROM CRAZY” AND “AFTER TILLER”

Three doc films are featured from their Sundance debuts, showing the wild scope of the fest…

Posted on February 14, 2013 in Bring Your Own Doc, Features 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

BYOD: BRING YOUR OWN DOC – EPISODE 72: SUNDANCE 2013 SPECIAL PT. 2: “THE CRASH REEL,” “TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM,” “PANDORA’S PROMISE” AND “DIRTY WARS”

BYOD showcases four more stunning documentaries from Sundance 2013. With in-depth interviews with the filmmakers and film footage that gives us a look into the films we will look for in the coming months…

Posted on February 7, 2013 in Bring Your Own Doc, Features by

BYOD: BRING YOUR OWN DOC – EPISODE 71: SUNDANCE 2013 SPECIAL PT. 1: “ANITA,” “A RIVER CHANGES COURSE” AND “WHICH WAY IS THE FRONT LINE FROM HERE?”

The first Sundance Fest episode kicks off with Ondi talking to “Anita” filmmakers Freida Lee Mock and Lili Haydn….

Posted on February 7, 2013 in Bring Your Own Doc, Features by

ASS BACKWARDS

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL MIDNIGHT FEATURE SELECTION! Stupid can be funny. Ignorance is not. Particularly when it comes to recognizing what is funny or even endearing about these characters…

Posted on February 2, 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

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

BYOD: BRING YOUR OWN DOC – EPISODE 70: “THE SQUARE,” EGYPT’S REVOLUTION DOC WITH SUNDANCE WINNER, DIRECTOR JEHANE NOUJAIM

Fresh from winning the best World Documentary award at Sundance, “The Square” director Jehane Noujaim comes to BYOD to discuss her background in film and the process of telling the story of the Egyptian revolution…

Posted on January 31, 2013 in Bring Your Own Doc, Features by

IT FELT LIKE LOVE

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NEXT SELECTION! Lila’s misguided foray into adulthood is so insanely dangerous, you want to grab her shoulders and shake her, hard. The young cast delivers strong performances, and Persanti captures the reckless stupidity and false bravado of a girl who thinks she is making grown up decisions, while actually tottering willingly toward danger…

Posted on January 30, 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

GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – SUNDANCE “FEATURES” HEALTHY SALES

It’s time to get moving on your script for your soon-to-be-financed indie feature, because the distributors’ checkbooks are back and waiting to buy your cutting-edge, cinematic voice. All you have to do is make it good!

Posted on January 29, 2013 in Features, Going Bionic by

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