LA Film Fest 2012 Review: SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World isn't your typical pre-apocalyptic Hollywood thriller. There is no escaping or delaying impending disaster -- the end is coming and there are only two options: continue on with your regular life,... More »
  

LA Film Fest 2012 Review: RUBY SPARKS Sings of Honest Chemistry

There's no shortage of movies exploring the minefields of love and relationships. With the abundance of schlocky Hollywood romances, the presence of honest connections on the big screen is too often undervalued. When a film is able to capture those... More »
  

LA Film Fest 2012 Review: TO ROME WITH LOVE

To Rome with Love is Woody Allen's follow up to his immensely popular film Midnight in Paris. It stars Alec Baldwin, Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Penelope Cruz, Roberto Benigni and Woody Allen. It was released in Italy... More »
  

Bradford 2012 review: THE INNKEEPERS

Why do so many characters in horror movies end up dooming themselves through their stubborn refusal to take what's going on at face value? To be fair, we all say we'd do things differently but it's a hard thing to... More »
  

LAFF 2011: Final Wrap on The Beyond and Fantastic Films of LAFilmFest

LA Film Fest had a lot to offer this year for devotees of Fantastic Fest's brand of cinema. While the midnight section (known as "The Beyond") only featured five films, they were an excellently chosen few. But some key gala... More »
  

LAFF 2011: Documentary Feature Competition Wrap

LA Film Fest has wrapped on downtown Los Angeles with the jury award for Best Documentary Feature going to Beverly Kopf and Bobbie Birleffi's lesbian identity doc Wish Me Away about country singer Chely Wright. While we have yet to... More »
  

LAFF 2011: Narrative Feature Competition Wrap

LA Film Fest is just about wrapped up and awards have been announced for the Narrative Competition films premiering at this year's festival. The $15,000 top Narrative Prize went to Stéphane Lafleur's Familiar Ground. While I have yet to catch... More »
  

LAFF 2011: NATURAL SELECTION is Indie Gold

At a certain point in her career, Rachael Harris's agent advised her that she might be better off focusing on TV and commercials. To most audiences she is Ed Helms's bitchy fiancé from The Hangover - but she has also... More »
  

LAFF 2011: SENNA is This Year's Most Exciting Doc

Walking into Asif Kapadia's enthralling Formula One racing doc Senna, I knew almost nothing about the film's subject. While Ayrton Senna's story may be intimately familiar to racing fans around the world, it is very likely that many American filmgoers... More »
  

LAFF 2011: A BETTER LIFE Review

They are among us, even when we don't see them. They are aliens in our land, but they're not from a galaxy far, far away, they're from a country that may be far, far away. Or as close as next... More »
  

LAFF 2011: Refn's DRIVE is the No Nonsense Action Film You've Been Waiting For

One thing was made ridiculously clear at LA Film Fest's North American premiere of Nicolas Refn's Cannes hit Drive last night: We have a serious talent on our hands. For many accomplished Twitch readers this might seem pretty obvious. We've... More »
  

LAFF 2011: Linklater's BERNIE is a Funny Mess

Richard Linklater has long been a figurehead of independent cinema. Classics like Slacker and Waking Life have shunned the typical narrative structure to tell interesting and entertaining stories. In his latest, Bernie, Linklater heads once more down a curious narrative... More »
  

ATTACK THE BLOCK Review

The sky is falling, bizarre meteor-like chunks of rock crashing to earth all around a low rent, inner city council estate. But these are no mere space rocks. They are containers, vessels carrying within them a collection of vicious alien... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

CURLING review

Denis Côté's excellent Curling is the film Giorgos Lanthimos' Dogtooth should have been. An easy, armchair critic's copout, maybe? But it feels no less true for all that. A father creates a secluded hideaway where he can protect his young... More »
  

ANOTHER EARTH Review

The billowy temper of reverberating metal hauntingly inhabits this tale of spiritual rehabilitation. An examination of second chance among the stars, the lustral soul of reparations in a world of potential divergence. A tale of loss, strife, forgiveness and... More »
  

DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK Review

[Our thanks to Shelagh Rowan-Legg for the following review.]Any time a film has Guillermo del Toro's name attached to it, a viewer has some fairly standard and somewhat high expectations. A child protagonist, strange otherworldly creatures, a haunted house. Del... More »
By Todd Brown   
  
 
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