WISH I WAS HERE

Zach and his co-writer brother, Adam Braff, throw a lot on the screen in the first hour, keeping everyone a little off-kilter as to just which plotline it’s going to land on for dominance.

Posted on July 18, 2014 in Reviews by

BOYHOOD

If it falls just short of its auteur’s best work, it is largely because of how difficult it was to produce. It’s not like Linklater took the last decade off to fine-tune this piece of filmmaking…

Posted on July 18, 2014 in Reviews by

LIFE ITSELF

But not only is “Life Itself” a fine remembrance of Roger Ebert, it’s also a good reminder to follow your dreams, love big and never give up…

Posted on July 4, 2014 in Reviews by

THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY: THE STORY OF AARON SWARTZ

“The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz” builds a strong case against the American government, whose insatiable ability to continually undermine its basic democratic principles caused the sad demise of one of the internet’s great heroes…

Posted on June 26, 2014 in Reviews by

THE LION’S MOUTH OPENS

2014 AFI DOCS FESTIVAL SELECTION! This is raw filmmaking at its finest…

Posted on June 21, 2014 in Reviews by

COLD IN JULY

“Cold in July” harkens back to the days of tough seventies thrillers. It pulsates with a no-frills real-ness that’s almost novel in our current age of CGI fakery. Most amazingly of all, it makes White Lion sound good. And that’s one helluva feat.

Posted on May 28, 2014 in Reviews by

BLUE RUIN

IN LIMITED RELEASE AND ON VOD! Like a vicious ripple in a serene lake or a virus unleashed and gone wild, revenge never ends well…

Posted on April 25, 2014 in Reviews by

THE GUEST

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL MIDNIGHTERS SELECTION! The fight scenes are just as humorous as they are impressively choreographed, culminating in a visually orgasmic coup de grâce set in a haunted house…

Posted on March 12, 2014 in Reviews by

KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL FEST FAVORITES SELECTION! Rinko Kikuchi is amazing as Kumiko. While she doesn’t have much to say, her eyes say it all as we at first see her simmering rage and frustration at her place in life. She tries to hold it in, but her vacant stares and, later, angry fits about her search really fill us in on her character…

Posted on March 12, 2014 in Reviews by

HELLION

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL FEST FAVORITES SELECTION! And so even though we have watched people heal before, we are invigorated by being so artistically given the chance to do so again…

Posted on March 12, 2014 in Reviews by

THE RAID 2

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL FEST FAVORITES SELECTION! You may prefer one action sequence over another in either film, but there is simply not a bad one on display…

Posted on March 9, 2014 in Reviews by

NO NO: A DOCKUMENTARY

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL FEST FAVORITES SELECTION! While Ellis is an interesting guy, the film covers his entire career and the things that happen along the way overshadow his own story which, although the guy was an all-star, he didn’t have a particularly great career…

Posted on March 9, 2014 in Reviews by

OBVIOUS CHILD

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL FEST FAVORITES SELECTION! Jenny Slate is the lynchpin of this material and it has the confidence of a true star-making performance…

Posted on March 9, 2014 in Reviews by

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL FEST FAVORITES SELECTION! The choice of going with a mockumentary format winds up working because of its inherent earnestness; these are fantastical creatures and situations, brought into a practical environment and examined for all their oddities. And while the mockumentary technique can be an excuse to go cheap with the production values, this film does the opposite…

Posted on March 8, 2014 in Reviews by

WETLANDS

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL SXGLOBAL SELECTION! A little masturbation here and some blood trickling there challenges our own stomach for a while, but when the boundaries are then continually tested with wound puncturing and freshly-made spinach semen pizza, the tolerance level for the material and the character goes downhill rather quickly…

Posted on March 7, 2014 in Reviews by

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