Dallas 2016 Review: SPAGHETTIMAN, How Superheroes Get Paid

Who else but an indie filmmaker would look at a bowl of spaghetti and a paper bag and think, 'I can make a superhero movie out of that!' A fun, imaginative, daringly low-budget affair, Spaghettiman is propelled by enthusiasm and... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Dallas 2016 Review: DAYLIGHT'S END, An Action-Packed Post-Apocalyptic Thriller

One of my favorite films of 2010 was William Kaufman's Sinners & Saints, a low-budget thriller with a great leading man (Johnny Strong) and brilliant action scenes. This year, Kaufman and Strong have teamed up for another movie called Daylight’s... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

TIFF Kids 2016: The Kids Review ODDBALL

TwitchFilm's tiniest film critics return to cover the TIFF Kids Film Festival, currently running from April 8 - 24th in Toronto, the children's arm of the Toronto International Film Festival group.     Willem (age 13) and Miranda (age 11) have... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Indian Film Fest LA 2016 Review: ALIGARH, A Human Tragedy

In April of 2010, Professor S.R. Siras died alone in a rented room. He'd been sacked from his job as the head of the department of regional languages in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India. He'd been a professor of Marathi at... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Indian Film Fest LA 2016 Review: KIRUMI, When Ambition Bites Back

Director Anucharan's debut feature, Kirumi, is the kind of calling card that every filmmaker dreams of. This thrilling drama boasts well drawn characters, enough twists and turns to keep the audience guessing, a visual style that is confident without feeling... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Indian Film Fest LA 2016 Review: FOR THE LOVE OF A MAN Profiles Fans Of India's Greatest Superstar

There are movie stars and then there are MOVIE STARS, and on some level beyond the latter, there exists Superstar Rajinikanth. For nearly forty years, this former bus conducter has inspired almost religious devotion from his fans both inside and... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Indian Film Fest LA 2016 Review: ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES, India's Women Are Docile No More

India, like every other film industry in the world, suffers from a significant shortage of films featuring women in leading roles. I'm not talking about women's films, chick flicks, or other films that celebrate women by exaggerating feminity to conform... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Indian Film Fest LA 2016 Review: OTTAAL, A Boy Trapped In The Cage Of Destiny

  Jayaraj's Malayalam language feature Ottaal (The Trap) begins with a boy writing a Christmas letter to his grandfather. Kuttappayi, the boy in question, writes this letter in the dark, obviously past his own bedtime and in secret. His miserable... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Diagonale Review 2016: THE DREAMED ONES, A Film Of Gently Brutal Nuances

As fragile and trembling as it is delicately clear, Ruth Beckermann's The Dreamed Ones revolves around a young woman (musical artist Anja Plaschg) and a young man (Laurence Rupp) reading part of the nearly two decades lasting correspondence between the... More »
By Ioana Florescu   
  

Review: AN Advises Everyone A Hearty Carpe Diem

(When life hands you lemons, make sweet red bean paste!) Japanese director Kawase Naomi's film An (also known in some territories as Sweet Red Bean Paste) played at the International Film Festival Rotterdam this February, where it turned out to... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

SXSW 2016 Review: PET Stirs Up Emotions That Are Not Easily Caged

A woman is locked in a cage by a man who wants to change her. That's both a metaphor for too many modern relationships and the premise of a new film by director Carles Torrens (Apartment 143). Seth (Dominic Monaghan),... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

SXSW 2016 Review: I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER, He Doth Protest Too Much

"There is a savage beast in every man," wrote George R.R. Martin in A Storm of Swords, and American teenager John Wayne Cleaver has taken those words to heart. John (Max Records) lives in a small, cold town in the... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

SXSW 2016 Review: WAR ON EVERYONE, Glorious, Riotous Fun

Within its first 10 minutes, War on Everyone smashes at least two dozen stereotypes familiar to anyone who has ever watched a cop movie made by a Hollywood studio, doing so in a rollicking and hilarious fashion. It's a barrage... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

SXSW 2016 Review: GOODNIGHT BROOKLYN - THE STORY OF DEATH BY AUDIO, Bittersweet And Rightfully Angry

A bittersweet memoir of a independent music venue that proved to be much more than a place for bands to play their music as loudly as possible, Goodnight Brookyn - The Story of Death By Audio is also a screed... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

SXSW 2016 Review: AMERICAN FABLE Teems With Brilliance

In 1982, Reagan's America looked pretty darn convincing ... on television ... if you were 11 years old. But for hundreds of farmers across the heartland of the U.S.A., times were desperate. They were losing their farms, their homes, their... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

SXSW 2016 Review: JOHNNY FRANK GARRETT'S LAST WORD, When Capital Punishment Is Not Enough

In October 1981, Sister Tadea Benz, a 76-year-old nun, was raped, strangled, beaten and stabbed to death. Johnny Frank Garrett, age 17 at the time the crimes were committed, was later convicted. He was executed in February 1992, one of... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

SXSW 2016 Review: In A STRAY, Refugees Are Not Left Behind

"You don't have to live like a refugee," Tom Petty sang in 1979. The musician was reacting to the pressures of the music business when he wrote the lyrics, he said later, but the song has resonated for years because... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

SXSW 2016 Review: TEENAGE COCKTAIL, A Potent Mix Of Love, Lust, And Something More

Ah, young love! Unexplored emotions come tumbling together, and every thought feels awkward. The gestures are fumbling, tentative, and clumsy: Where do I put my hand? Is it OK if I do ... that? Far more than a straightforward teen... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

SXSW 2016 Review: DON'T BREATHE, A Home Invasion With Wild Abandon

A muscular thriller, Don't Breathe manhandles a vaguely familiar premise into a fresh, frenzied experience. Directed by Fede Alvarez (2013's Evil Dead, pictured above), the setup is brisk. Three Detroit teenagers (Jane Levy, Dylan Minette, Daniel Zovatto) have made an... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

SXSW 2016 Review: KARAOKE CRAZIES Kills It

In Korea, few things are more important than karaoke. With thousands of karaoke bars, open all hours, littering every corner of the country, it's an activity that reaches every part of society, servicing hoards of stressed salary workers, bored teenagers... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  
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