Drama

FANTASIA 2017: A Brief Look at Glass Eye’s MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND

There’s no denying that female directors are making a name for themselves as of late, and quite frankly it’s absolutely beautiful to see. If there’s anyone that deserves major credit, it’s Ana Asensio. Not only is Most Beautiful Island a powerhouse of a directorial debut, but Ana also produced, wrote, and starred in this 80…

Sunday Squabble: Arrow’s Release of DONNIE DARKO is a Great Edition of a Great Film… or is It?

Friday Fights getting posted on Sundays seem to be a thing lately. Fridays get crazy, then Saturdays follow suit. In this week’s case, I had this almost set Friday night, then finished it yesterday, then my computer died. When I turned it back on, it reverted to an unedited version… so, I’m finally almost done…

Scandal Always Followed LULU BELLE

Lulu Belle is a quintessential 1940s era film. Dorothy Lamour shines as the titular nightclub singer who gets swept off her feet by a young attorney (George Montgomery). The attorney, George, throws away everything for Lulu, but Lulu’s actions drive him to do the unthinkable, and he lands himself in prison as a result. Dorothy…

DOOBIOUS SOURCES is a Different Take on the Stoner Comedy

This is Zorn Tappadapo (Jason Weissbrod), the producer and cameraman of Instant Karma news team. This is Reginald “The Reg” Block-Hunsleigh (Jeff Lorch), the face of the Instant Karma team. Doobious Sources features the duo freelancin’ and freewheelin’ to score some big scoops to sell to local TV stations. Their methods aren’t always on the…

Have Your Turkey and Eat it Too: Not Much Fighting from the Gang When it Comes to KRISHA

Thanksgiving isn’t usually associated with having a wide spate of seasonal entertainment. It’s not Christmas, after all, or even Halloween, both of which are prone to month-long cable TV marathons and special theatrical releases. It’s a holiday that lacks the pomp and circumstance on a pop culture scale. As a society we’re content to gather…

Grant, Sinatra, and Loren Star in the Classic THE PRIDE AND THE PASSION

The film industry loves romance. Love infiltrates every genre. It’s in big budget action and in small budget horror. It’s in comedies of all shapes and sizes (not just the ones with a “rom” tacked on front). The near-universal applicability of this tango between two people isn’t surprising, or even a bad thing, as it’s…

31 Days, Day 26: Johnny Galecki Pukes Out an Adorable Pet Creature in THE MASTER CLEANSE at BHFF

Winner of Brooklyn Horror Film Fest’s “Best Effects” award, The Master Cleanse, has a star studded cast that includes Johnny Galecki, Anjelica Huston, Oliver Platt, Anna Friel, and Kyle Gallner. On top of the incredible effects and amazing cast, the film also has a great script, a fantastic sense of humor, and legitimately great cinematography.…

Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon…

Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon is an appropriately mouthful of a title; the film it reveals is equally awkward to get around, a lumbering 113 minute slice-of-life comedy that knocks about here and there before finally running the credits. Junie Moon (Liza Minnelli), Arthur (Ken Howard), and Warren (Robert Moore) are buddies…

Punk Rock in the Ghetto

What makes a movie punk rock? One could easily argue that punk movies are a specific genre onto themselves, but there’s no simple definition of what makes a punk movie. Is a punk movie simply a film with punk rockers in it? Does it need to have specific punk rock themes? Does a punk movie…

The Devil Inside…

… or How Netflix Exposed My Inner Demons There is a devil inside all of us.  Even the good natured, the devout follower, and the purest of heart has this devil buried somewhere below.  And if we watch closely, sometimes it will peak its head for brief moments… though, sometimes we need not watch too…

True Ethical Dilemma

As someone who considers himself a sociologist, it’s probably not surprising at all how extremely fascinating I found my first viewing of The Purge.  The stratified system of gender, race, and class is present in virtually all of the themes of the film.  From the mass execution and complete disregard of the homeless to interesting…