MANHUNT

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DOCUMENTARY FEATURE SELECTION! Greg Barker’s nonfiction corollary to Kathryn Bigelow’s dramatization of the hunt for Osama bin Laden and the agents behind it distinguishes itself almost instantly by covering the pre-9/11 period elided by that film…

Posted on January 22, 2013 in Reviews by

GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – SUNDANCING WITH DOCS!

As The Sundance Film Festival kicked off last Thursday in Park City, Utah, one surprising trend has emerged; docs are selling! Thus, today we’re exploring this appetite for documentaries. So, bundle up kids, because docs are as cool as the air in Park City.

Posted on January 22, 2013 in Features, Going Bionic 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

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

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

WHEN I WALK

2014 RXSM SELF MEDICATED FILM EXPO SELECTION! Despite the seriousness of the subject matter, the documentary eschews the maudlin and instead focuses on the realities of the filmmaker’s life…

Posted on January 21, 2013 in Reviews by

KILL YOUR DARLINGS

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC FEATURE SELECTION! While it may read as a work that could feel overly familiar, debut director John Krokidas’ approach is anything but stale…

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 LOOK OF LOVE

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERES SELECTION! There is a common joke amongst those familiar with Winterbottom’s output that he needs to “get out there and work more.” After seeing his latest period piece, I am certain that we can all agree he could use a break…

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

BREATHE IN

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERES SELECTION! No one learns any real lesson or appears to change for either better or worse as a result of this whole ordeal, making it all feel a bit zero-sum…

Posted on January 21, 2013 in Reviews by

PRIMATE CINEMA: APES AS FAMILY

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORT FILM SELECTION! Thus is an entirely unique short that lives up to its billing, raising questions about the effects of media on our chimpanzee relatives…

Posted on January 20, 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

WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL?

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD DOCUMENTARY FEATURE SELECTION! Bernal makes an engaging lead in anything he does and this is clearly a subject that’s close to his heart. Watching him play soccer with fellow travelers on a break from the train at one of many migrant stations or have conversations with people about the work they hope to find in their new lives has an inherent power…

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

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