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

BOYHOOD

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL FEST FAVORITES SELECTION! 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 March 9, 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

SONG ONE

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION SELECTION! The absence of a genuine heartbeat in the chemistry between James and Franny leaves us to pursue an alternative beat in the soundtrack. Unfortunately it might take a superfan to really adapt oneself into the mindset that Flynn’s compositions are any different from every musician not sold at your nearest Starbucks…

Posted on February 22, 2014 in Reviews by

BYOD: BRING YOUR OWN DOC – EPISODE 125: 2014 SUNDANCE DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL, PART THREE: “LOVE CHILD,” “FED UP” AND “THE LION’S MOUTH OPENS”

“Fed Up,” “Love Child” and “The Lion’s Mouth Opens” are all documentaries that are previewed here from their 2014 Sundance Film Festival premieres…

Posted on February 9, 2014 in Bring Your Own Doc, Features by

HAPPY VALLEY

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL DOCUMENTARY PREMIERES SELECTIONS! In what could be the biggest miscarriage of justice yet, Bar-Lev has disgracefully played right into the hands of people he once exposed as the enemies, burying the lede to a sickening degree…

Posted on February 7, 2014 in Reviews by

LOVE IS STRANGE

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE PREMIERES SELECTION! A sudden forward jump in its final scenes might make some more angry than sympathetic, but the lingering power of Lithgow and Molina’s conversation over drinks should carry everyone into the final credits…

Posted on February 5, 2014 in Reviews by

HITS

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE PREMIERES SELECTION! Cross’ script does build its way to a climax that is so exceptionally funny that it once again calls into question all the lulls leading up to it…

Posted on February 2, 2014 in Reviews by

THE SLEEPWALKER

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION SELECTION! The drabness of the cinematography may accurately reflect the weather and the mood of the piece, but without even the spark of a fire to warm us up one is left wishing they booked a trip to someplace with more passion. Like Siberia…

Posted on February 1, 2014 in Reviews by

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