WAWD AHP

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL MIDNIGHT SHORTS SELECTION! In my opinion, Steve Girard’s incendiary little film is severely vexing, deeply disturbing, extremely liberating, and highly intelligent…

Posted on March 12, 2014 in Reviews by

LITTLE HOPE WAS ARSON

2014 RXSM SELF MEDICATED FILM EXPO SELECTION! How the investigation unfolds, and the dramatics escalate, is as engaging as any compelling narrative can be…

Posted on March 8, 2014 in Reviews by

ONE PLEASE

2014 RXSM SELF MEDICATED FILM EXPO SELECTION! I won’t point out the twist, or try to figure out what it means, but this light-hearted piece of dark whimsy has a ton of dark charm filling its six minutes…

Posted on March 8, 2014 in Reviews by

MEET MY RAPIST

2014 RXSM SELF MEDICATED FILM EXPO SELECTION! This isn’t the easiest film to stomach. I certainly needed repeat viewings to process it. But you don’t have to be a rape victim to know that this is an important film…
[Y]ou don’t have to be a rape victim to know that this is an important film…

Posted on March 7, 2014 in Reviews by

ROVER (OR BEYOND HUMAN: THE VENUSIAN FUTURE AND THE RETURN OF THE NEXT LEVEL)

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE COMPETITION SELECTION! I’ll give this one credit for not going the mockumentary route, and for giving the creation of the film-within-a-film more layers than is common. I’ll give this one credit for not going the mockumentary route, and for giving the creation of the film-within-a-film more layers than is common. There are moments where one can ponder the meaning and importance of faith, and maybe that’s what the film is hoping will carry it along, but it’s just not enough…

Posted on February 2, 2014 in Reviews by

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AUDIENCE AND JURY AWARDS

The 20th Annual Slamdance Film Festival has announced the winners of this year’s features and shorts awards in the Audience, Jury and Sponsored Award Categories…

Posted on January 24, 2014 in Festivals by

BETWEEN REGULARITY AND IRREGULARITY

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS SELECTION! I’d say it was like a bad acid trip, but that wouldn’t be fair to director Masahiro Tsutani, who did not just toss stuff at the screen for the sake of weirdness but put some effort into it…

Posted on January 24, 2014 in Reviews by

THOSE PEOPLE OF THE SOUTH

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS SELECTION! The film is strange and somewhat random. Yet it is as complete of a document of a person’s life as anything else…

Posted on January 24, 2014 in Reviews by

ROUGH TRADE

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS SELECTION! So this film has some not insignificant qualities going for it. Yet, even as I say this, it grates the hell out of me…

Posted on January 24, 2014 in Reviews by

REAL ETHEREAL

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS SELECTION! It’s just madness from start to finish. It follows some degree of logic, but fucked if I can tell what it is…

Posted on January 24, 2014 in Reviews by

RAVEL

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS SELECTION! You wouldn’t think watching a woman drag half a dozen or so bottles tied around her through the desert for seven minutes could be enthralling to watch. Yet that’s the long and short of it…

Posted on January 24, 2014 in Reviews by

R/B/G

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS SELECTION! So did I like it? Of course! I wrote 900 words about a six minute film with no plot or dialogue…

Posted on January 24, 2014 in Reviews by

FLOWER

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS SELECTION! Director Naoko Tasaka knows how to pace his work, and does a beautiful job here…

Posted on January 24, 2014 in Reviews by

THE CORAL REEF ARE DREAMING AGAIN

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS SELECTION! Besides, you can never really go wrong when you try to be too artistic anyway. The worst you can do is not please everyone, and I just happen to be on the losing end of this deal…

Posted on January 24, 2014 in Reviews by

BIRD SHIT

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS SELECTION! Archeologists will be the first to tell you that the best way to get a good idea about what a civilization was like is to go through their garbage. Zoologists, likewise, will tell you that the best way to get to know an animal is to look through their fecal matter…

Posted on January 24, 2014 in Reviews by

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