LA Film Fest 2012 Review: THE HISTORY OF FUTURE FOLK

Sci-fi comedy THE HISTORY OF FUTURE FOLK documents the origin story of real-life NYC-based bluegrass duo Future Folk, a pair of bucket helmet-wearing aliens hailing from the comet-threatened planet Hondo. General Trius--aka Bill, as he's known on Earth--came to this... More »
By Lainna Fader   
  

LA Film Fest 2012 Review: IT'S A DISASTER

Todd Berger's new film, IT'S A DISASTER premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival last week. It stars and ensemble cast that includes Julia Stiles, David Cross, America Ferrera, Rachel Boston, Erinn Hayes, Kevin Brennan, Jeff Grace and Blaise... More »
By Alex Koehne   
  

LA Film Fest 2012 Review: A BAND CALLED DEATH

In the early 1970s, three teenage African American brothers--David, Bobby, and Dannis Hackney--formed a band called Death and played "hard-drivin' rock & roll"--really, a precursor to punk rock, pre-dating pioneering black punk band Bad Brains by about five years--across their... More »
By Lainna Fader   
  

LA Film Fest 2012 Review: THE IRAN JOB

THE IRAN JOB is a documentary by filmmakers Till Schauder and Sara Nodjoumi. It follows Kevin Sheppard, a basketball player from the Virgin Islands as he begins his one year contract playing for the Iranian Basketball Super League. This... More »
By Alex Koehne   
  

LA Film Fest 2012 Review: BREAKFAST WITH CURTIS Will Leave You Hungry For More

Seeing HOOK for the first time as a child, I remember being enamored with Spielberg's vision of Never Never Land. For days and days after leaving the theater, I was fixated on the idea of living in that magical... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

LA Film Fest 2012 Review: THE KING OF PIGS Has Rage to Spare

On the surface, it's tempting to characterize The King of Pigs as another angry, cautionary tale about school bullying --  a worthy and topical theme to be sure, though not a particularly novel one. However, as the film hints from... More »
By Brian Clark   
  

LA Film Fest 2012 Review: GIMME THE LOOT is Criminally Charming

If you want to tell a story about American street culture and the rough and tumble young folks that live it everyday, it would seem New York City has got to be your setting. Fitting into the pantheon somewhere between... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

LA Film Fest 2012 Review: BRAVE

First a mini review: La Luna LA LUNA is the seven minute short that precedes Brave. It is a charming story about the newest member of a family finding his own way of doing things between his father's methods... More »
By Alex Koehne   
  

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 »
By Lainna Fader   
  

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 »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

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 »
By Alex Koehne   
  

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 »
By Matthew Lee   
  

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 »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

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 »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

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 »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

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 »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

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 »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

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 »
By Peter Martin   
  

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 »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

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 »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  
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