The 2013 Slamdance Film Festival has been over for 12 days now and I just don't want it to end, hence no wrap up of the festival... until now. Better late than never then. So without much fuss let's dive... More »
In the final hours of the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival a group of filmmakers and I confiscated the Gallery screening room at Treasure Mountain Inn, made an impromptu circle and tossed a chair in the middle for my digital recorder... More »
The awards have been given, the screening rooms and offices are being disassembled as we speak, but Slamdance 2013 lives on and today we have a little video treat from the Slamdance TV gang of Ben Hethcoat and Michal Felker.... More »
And so it was on January 24th 2013, just after 10pm Utah time, amongst a few hundred warm bodies in the main screening room at the Treasure Mountain Inn that The 19th Slamdance Film Festival came to close with a... More »
After a week in Park City I can tell you there is nothing quite like living and breathing The Slamdance Film Festival. But seeing some of these films at home ain't a bad option either. And It's a good thing... More »
Adrian Sitaru's third feature Domestic begins with the residents of an apartment building in modern Romania gathering in the lobby to discuss with their building president Mr. Lazar (Adrian Titieni) the pesky presence of one mangy mutt whose been hanging... More »
The Deep South can be a very strange place for outsiders. Mired in traditions and rituals which may now seem foolish or outdated, it is still a ripe place to cull old legends anew, projecting them up on the silver... More »
One cool aspect of Slamdace that I have yet to talk about is Slamdance TV, which is a very cool gang of folks -- including Ben Hethcoat, Michael Felker and Eric Ekman -- who run around Park City making videos... More »
Not in Park City but want a taste of the cinematic anarchy that is Slamdance? No problem.Slamdace Studios have teamed up with the Facebook VOD platform, Cinecliq to bring you something uber special: Slamdance titles that you can catch right... More »
The short answer is, "Yes."The slightly longer answer is, "Quite a lot, but with a hell of a caveat."And the longest answer is the rest of this review.Looking like the freshest-faced 16-year old you could imagine, Canadian filmmaker Matt Johnson... More »
A mere click of the mouse is all it takes for you to strike an almost Faustian bargain with one of the mega corporations on the planet. With that click we get access to fantastic email service, genius music players... More »
We all have visions that we hold dear, ideas and ideals that we keep close to our hearts, ready to share in that moment when we absolutely must go forth and claim our stake in the world. As German author... More »
He's Way More Famous Than You is a zany bit of fame-whore lambasting, with co-writer and star Halley Feiffer fearlessly taking aim at just about everything under the Hollywood/celebrity sun, most notably herself, and more importantly her appearance in "Noah... More »
Nadia Szold's feature debut Joy de V. charts the speed of dreams; the layers and shapes, patterns and cadence of a fever dream. Of a man met with madness that may be of his own doing, by the flick of... More »
Brea Grant's debut feature Best Friends Forever is essentially a B-movie. And that's a compliment. So then is it an essential B-movie? Imagine if Roger Corman gave a couple of Punky, feminist chicks a bundle of money to make a... More »
A young white woman in high heels walks down a street in a black working-class neighborhood. Though clearly on edge, she walks with a purpose. She pauses at a row of trash cans. Clothes billow in the wind, threaded on... More »
J.R. Hughto's second feature Diamond On Vinyl premiered today at Slamdance. In my review I called the film a "SoCal-set Noir that effortlessly weaves genre into a naturalistic story of a man who is just trying to gain some semblance... More »
Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation and Brian de Palma's Blow Out are two films in the American cinematic canon that present to their audiences worlds of conspiracy and voyeurism through the provocative role of the audiophile. No less important or... More »
It's fitting that Nicole Teeny's feature documentary debut is my first proper film at Slamdance. Fitting as I knew that its focus on a group of Christian teens who compete in a hard-hitting game of memorizing and then citing Bible... More »
One of my most anticipated titles at this year's Slamdance has gotta be Nadia Szold's feature debut Joy de V. Every bit of info that has come my way, every still for this Brooklyn-set noir has piqued my interest more... More »
There are two things when one considers going to a film festival, or dare to put one on. The first is: location, location, location. The second (or perhaps it's the first): Movies, of course. Plenty of quality, eclectic flicks that will wow the locals and draw in film fans and...
I enjoyed Tomorrowland. There was a joy about the way Brad Bird shot the film that reminded me of early Spielberg, and if the whole thing ends up turning on the audience's willingness to believe that George Clooney has harboured a crush (and therefore a grudge) on a ninja robot...
Many of the famous film festivals have a movie market attached, and whenever people return from them, they bring posters, proofs-of-concepts, or just pitches, which are absolutely hilarious. Cannes was no exception, And Todd Brown brought us one pitch in which was particularly awesome. It may never get made, but...
Welcome to a new semi-regular subsection that we like to call the "Bullet-Points Memo." The idea behind BPM is to highlight multiple contemporaneous entertainment business stories that seem interesting to us (and, hopefully, you). We will be pulling stories, ideas and issues from La La Land and beyond and (again,...
In Mad Max: Fury Road, we get the great existentialist Western of our time. Save one character murmuring prayers in one shot to anyone who will listen, God is not in evidence. The movie is entirely bound up in human choices, and its characters come to understand that the only...