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. 

Boston Underground Film Festival Movie Review: SHE'S ALLERGIC TO CATS

Boston Underground Film Festival Movie Review: SHE'S ALLERGIC TO CATS

Numerous people flock to Hollywood every day in the hopes of realizing their dreams and aspirations, wanting to make it big. They long to see their projects come to life on the big screen. Some just want to see their labors of love on any screen, as long as it's out there in the world being enjoyed. It's their passion. It's their art. It's their baby. Unfortunately, most of these people still need the proverbial day job. 

Boston Underground Film Festival Movie Review: BUSTER'S MAL HEART

Boston Underground Film Festival Movie Review: BUSTER'S MAL HEART

Welcome witches and warlocks,

Today I will be reviewing the dark comedy/science fiction feature BUSTER'S MAL HEART by writer/director Sarah Adina Smith. To best describe the story, I will turn to a slightly modified IMDB plot summary: 

"A family man's chance encounter with a conspiracy-obsessed drifter leaves him on the run from the police and an impending event known as The Inversion."

SXSW Film Festival Documentary Review: MISSION CONTROL - THE UNSUNG HEROES OF APOLLO

SXSW Film Festival Documentary Review: MISSION CONTROL - THE UNSUNG HEROES OF APOLLO

MISSION CONTROL: THE UNSUNG HEROES OF APOLLO is much different to the regular fare I cover for Nightmarish Conjurings - and by that, I mean it isn't a horror flick. Instead, this is a documentary that collects firsthand accounts of scientists and engineers involved in the Apollo missions during the 60's and 70's. These are the people who took man to space, and eventually landed up on the moon. This is inspirational stuff - as far away from horror as you can get, right?

Blu-ray Review: LIVE BY NIGHT

Blu-ray Review: LIVE BY NIGHT

Ben Affleck has been one of my favorite directors of the decade thus far, crafting masterful films such as THE TOWN and the Academy Award-winning ARGO. The actor/director had an up-and-down 2016, making bank at the box office with two films he starred in, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE and THE ACCOUNTANT, but struggling to find success critically (though I'd argue that THE ACCOUNTANT is the most underrated movie of last year). Unfortunately, at the tail end of 2016, Affleck was responsible for another film that fared poorly, this time as a star, writer, director, and co-producer. 

SXSW Film Festival Movie Review: INFLAME

SXSW Film Festival Movie Review: INFLAME

Welcome witches and warlocks,

Today I will be reviewing the psychological drama INFLAME by writer/director Ceylan Ozgun Ozcelik. To best describe the story I will use my own plot summary:

"A news editor has nightmares that begin to convince her that her parents might have died under political circumstances that have been covered up." 

SXSW Film Festival Movie Review: GORAN

SXSW Film Festival Movie Review: GORAN

Welcome witches and warlocks,
 
Today I will be reviewing the dark comedy GORAN by director Nevio Marasovic.  To best describe the story I will use my own plot summary:
 
"A simple taxi driver named Goran begins to see his life spin violently out of control soon after he discovers that his wife is probably having an affair."

Movie Review: ATOMICA

Movie Review: ATOMICA

Welcome witches and warlocks,

Today I will be reviewing the psychological science fiction feature ATOMICA by director Dagen Merrill.  To best describe the story I will use my own plot summary:

"A young safety inspector is sent to check out a remote nuclear power plant when communications go offline.  Upon arrival she begins to believe the two men running the plant may not be who they claim and might have their own ulterior motivations."