Movie Review: B&B

Movie Review: B&B

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." 

Stranger With My Face Film Festival Short Review: GARDENING AT NIGHT

Stranger With My Face Film Festival Short Review: GARDENING AT NIGHT

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. 

DVD Review: TUNNEL

DVD Review: TUNNEL

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. 

Movie Review: THE FOLLOWER

Movie Review: THE FOLLOWER

I love a good thriller: they always have me at the edge of my seat, wondering what will happen next. They're not always effective, but the ones that are can be far scarier than your average film. I recently watched the new film, THE FOLLOWER. Did it leave me in suspense? 

The Overlook Film Festival Movie Review: BOYS IN THE TREES

The Overlook Film Festival Movie Review: BOYS IN THE TREES

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. 

Movie Review: BLACK ROSE

Movie Review: BLACK ROSE

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. 

Movie Review: THEY CALL ME JEEG

Movie Review: THEY CALL ME JEEG

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. 

Chattanooga Film Festival Movie Review: SMALL CRIMES

Chattanooga Film Festival Movie Review: SMALL CRIMES

Welcome witches and warlocks,

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." 

Movie Review: INDISCRETION

Movie Review: INDISCRETION

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.

Boston Underground Film Festival Short Review: THE QUANTIFIED SELF

Boston Underground Film Festival Short Review: THE QUANTIFIED SELF

Welcome witches and warlocks,

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."

Boston Underground Film Festival Short Review: byefurnow

Boston Underground Film Festival Short Review: byefurnow

Welcome witches and warlocks,

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."

Movie Review: THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS

Movie Review: THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS

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. 

Movie Review: THE MASON BROTHERS

Movie Review: THE MASON BROTHERS

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. 

Boston Underground Film Festival Movie Review: HIDDEN RESERVES

Boston Underground Film Festival Movie Review: HIDDEN RESERVES

Welcome witches and warlocks,

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."

Chattanooga Film Festival Documentary Review: DAVID LYNCH- THE ART LIFE

Chattanooga Film Festival Documentary Review: DAVID LYNCH- THE ART LIFE

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. 

Movie Review: COLOSSAL

Movie Review: COLOSSAL

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. 

Movie Review: THE ASSIGNMENT

Movie Review: THE ASSIGNMENT

Good evening fiends of fright! Tonight we explore a genre film that's a bit different than what we usually review, legendary director and producer Walter Hill's THE ASSIGNMENT, which stars Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shaloub and Caitlin Gerard. Rarely do I get my hands on a film to review that is this star studded and stuffed with action, so needless to say, I was thrilled to jump into my assignment (pun intended). For an overview of the synopsis, I'll be turning to the pro's at IMDB for their breakdown: 

"After waking up and discovering that he has undergone gender reassignment surgery, an assassin seeks to find the doctor responsible." 

Boston Underground Film Festival Movie Review: DAVE MADE A MAZE

Boston Underground Film Festival Movie Review: DAVE MADE A MAZE

Welcome witches and warlocks,

Today I will be reviewing the inventive comedy DAVE MADE A MAZE by writer/director Bill Watterson. To best describe the story, I will turn to the IMDB plot summary:

"Dave, an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career, builds a fort in his living room out of pure frustration, only to wind up trapped by the fantastical pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation." 

Boston Underground Film Festival Movie Review: FRAUD

Boston Underground Film Festival Movie Review: FRAUD

While revolving their life around consumerism and big spending, an unknown American family of four commits fraud due to the piles of credit card debt they've created. This is all depicted in director Dean Fleischer-Camp's new conceptual, documentary titled, FRAUD, and shows how utterly nonchalant this family is towards their own actions. 

SXSW Film Festival Movie Review: M.F.A

SXSW Film Festival Movie Review: M.F.A

Females seeking revenge is a theme that seems to be popping up a lot in films as of late. Personally, I don’t have a problem with this as I’ve enjoyed seeing women fight for what they believe in and exact retribution on those who have wronged them. When I first heard about director Natalia Leite’s newest film M.F.A, I thought it would be an interesting portrayal of a woman seeking revenge after being assaulted. What I wasn’t expecting was just how powerful this film was in regards to sexual assault awareness and the parallels I found between my life and that of the lead character, Noelle.