NEVER HERE, a film directed by Camille Thoman, is a beautiful fusion of film noir and art house thrillers. The film is about Miranda Fall (Mireille Enos), an artist who photographs strangers, but after some violence incidents in her neighborhood, she begins to believe she is being watched.
DON'T COME BACK FROM THE MOON is a diet sci-fi story focused more on the inevitable coming of age of its teenage characters than on developing anything else it contains. Do not be fooled by the slightly tempting plot description about men who disappear and leave behind notes to their children saying they "went to the moon." There are some compelling details squeaking out of this LA Film Festival flick, but a satisfying resolution is not quite one of them.
With the recent passing of Adam West, what better time than to watch a BATMAN movie? I received the opportunity to watch THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE for the first time and was super stoked. I love anything to do with BATMAN and I've only heard good things about this one. So, did it live up to its Batty-goodness?
Starring veteran talent like Josh Charles (TV's "The Good Wife"), Julia Stiles (THE BOURNE IDENTITY), Tracie Thomas (DEATHPROOF) and rising actor Avan Jogia (TUT), comes the latest film from director Bette Gordon since 2009's drama HANDSOME HARRY entitled THE DROWNING. Based on the novel by Pat Barker and written for the screen by Stephen Molton and Frank Pugliese, Gordon orchestrates a growing tension filled expression that slowly wraps and tightens around your heart, soul and insecurities.
It's hard to avoid politics from discussion nowadays as our current president is literally a TV personality and continues to make headlines on a daily basis, mostly for non-political reasons. One hot topic as of late is for businesses to refuse service based on religious beliefs. There are plenty of legal ramifications that come with this, but one could argue this promotes discrimination while another could say this allows government to say what's okay when it comes to religious beliefs. As an openly gay Mexican-American, this obviously makes me extremely uncomfortable and I do my best to avoid conversations like these as I always get nervous that someone is going to say something outrageously offensive. Hulu has found great success in their new series "The Handmaid's Tale", set in a future where women's rights are taken from them and serve only to reproduce. There's a flashback to when this movement started and two women are attempting to make a purchase at a coffee shop and the barista kicks them out while yelling obscenities. Both the women and viewers are furious watching this, but for that barista and other customers in the show, this is just another day and it's completely acceptable behavior. When I saw that scene, all I could think was "This is the shit I'm afraid of."
Shayna Connelly wrote and directed GARDENING AT NIGHT in which she describes her own work as an exploration of haunting and mourning, and this twelve minute short definitely fits snugly between those two categories. It takes the viewer over the course of a single night, where Samantha is anticipating the death of one of her oldest friends, Anne, who is across the country. She is receiving updates via phone calls and while waiting for the unfortunate, yet inevitable news, she decides to work on her neglected garden in the middle of the night.
I love disaster movies. I don't know if it's because even though they can be far-fetched at times, there is still a realistic nature to them. Disaster movies tend to scare me more than modern day horror films, to the point where I find myself incredibly stressed out and anxious over whatever intense, over-the-top calamity is unfolding. When I had the chance to review TUNNEL, which finds our main character trapped after a poorly constructed tunnel collapses, I couldn't pass up the opportunity.
Good evening fellow fiends of fright! Tonight we will discuss something a little different, so let's begin! As a fan of Halloween I am always interested in checking out films based on Halloween night. BOYS IN THE TREES, written and directed by Nicholas Verso, has a similar premise which made me excited to watch the film.
In what starts off as a dark and gritty crime thriller in the same vein as SE7EN, BLACK ROSE quickly going into quirky, buddy cop territory that muddles the impact that the first scene seems to skillfully set the entire film up for. While the production quality is high, the film fails to deliver anything more than a slightly-below-average Arnold Schwarzenegger film, but at least a slightly-below-average Arnold Schwarzenegger film boasts the Governator in all of his cheesy glory.
It's been a good long while since Italy served up heapings of cinematic pasta. With inundations of spaghetti westerns, spaghetti horrors, and spaghetti sci-fi's, the 60s, 70s, and 80s were piled high with cheap Italian knock-offs of popular American films. The trend eventually tapered off after those halcyon decades faded into memory, but here we are in 2017, and along comes THEY CALL ME JEEG which - at first glance - appears to be a spaghetti superhero flick. Considering how many bajillion dollars the Marvel and DC movies pull in every year, it only makes sense that our boot-shaped friends would want to get in on the action.
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Today I will be reviewing the dark comedy/noir SMALL CRIMES by writer/director E. L. Katz. To best describe the story, I will turn to the IMDB plot summary:
"A disgraced former cop, fresh off a six-year prison sentence for attempted murder - returns home looking for redemption but winds up trapped in the mess he left behind."
New Orleans-based congressional candidate, Jake Simon (Cary Elwes), rests at the center of a political scandal, but no one suspects that his wife, Veronica (Mira Sorvino), is guilty of having an affair. Veronica's subsequent attempts to free herself from the grip of her unstable lover, Victor Bernard (Christopher Backus), is the driving force behind writer/director John Stewart Muller's INDISCRETION. Split between recollections shared by Veronica (Sorvino) in a talkshow interview and dramatic flashbacks on her various indiscretions, the film gestures toward a complex pathos. Nonetheless, INDISCRETION is well within the canon of weekday afternoon Lifetime movies.
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Today I will be reviewing the science fiction short THE QUANTIFIED SELF by writer/director Gleb Osatinski. To best describe the story, I will turn to the IMDB plot summary:
"When well meaning parents turn the self-tracking into a family religion, the consequences fall far outside the quantifiable."
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Today I will be reviewing the weird comedy short byefurnow by writer/director Michael Elliott Dennis. To best describe the story, I will turn to the promotional material:
"A bereaved pet owner, on the suggestion of a stranger in a bar, resorts to a mobile app to help him find closure."
Last night, I was able to attend a special screening of THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, the latest installment of the wildly popular FAST AND FURIOUS series. I would be lying if I said I didn't enjoy all the movies to some extent - the mixture of over-the-top stunts, ridiculous scenarios, fast cars, and mega eye candy, definitely peaked my interest enough to get see each and every one of these films. When the trailer for THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS dropped, it promised all of the above and more, leaving me intrigued as to where the story would go in the absence of Paul Walker.
THE MASON BROTHERS is an upcoming crime/thriller produced, written, directed by and starring Keith Sutliff. The plot follows two of the Mason brothers and their close friend, played by Sutliff, Brandon Pearson and Matthew Webb, respectively, as they work to find their brother's (Michael Whelan) murderer after a bank robbery gone awry.
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Today I will be reviewing the science fiction noir feature HIDDEN RESERVES by writer/director Valentin Hitz. To best describe the story, I will use my own plot summary:
"In a future where corporations use deceased debtor's bodies for their own gain, an insurance agent begins to rethink his stance on humanity when he meets an activist."
David Lynch's domestic innards and emotional histories are examined under the saccharine afternoon light of the Hollywood Hills in DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE. Matching the impressionistic storytelling and recognizable style of its sole subject, this documentary oozes coded imagery out of every frame.
A few weeks ago, I had the chance to see the newest film from director Nacho Vigalondo, COLOSSAL. Having heard nothing but rave reviews coming from it's festival circuit, I was looking forward to experiencing what all the buzz was about. On the surface, the film plays out like a modern day monster movie, however, when you start to peel back the layers of the film, it's becomes more of a study on human behavior and the monster that is inside us all.