John Jarzemsky

Review: HABIBI Is An Earnest If Familiar Love Story

Susan Youssef's first feature Habibi is an earnest if not entirely impressive tale of forbidden love set in Israeli-occupied Palestine. While the film does stir and touch at appropriate moments, the threads of a tried-and-true narrative ultimately fail to come... More »
  

Review: CITADEL is Creepy, Atmospheric, and Packed Full of Quality Scares

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, or as the case may be with Citadel, a group of violent, marauding child-demons is exactly that. Cirian Foy's first feature film is nearly everything a horror film should be: creepy, atmospheric, and... More »
  

Review: SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN Journeys Into Musical Obscurity

[With the film opening today in the UK and tomorrow in the US, we revisit our review from SXSW.] Better late than never seems to be the recurring theme of Searching for Sugar Man, which follows the rise and stagnation... More »
  

Review: NESTING, A Non-Stop Parade of Yuppie Problems

I wanted to start this review by saying that for all its faults, at least Nesting is bland and inoffensive, but that statement's only half-true. While the endlessly tedious and humdrum feature by John Chuldenko is indeed bland, there's plenty... More »
  

SXSW 2012 Review: SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

Better late than never seems to be the recurring theme of Searching for Sugar Man, which follows the rise and stagnation of Rodriguez (a theme regrettably revisited by this late review). After releasing his debut album, Cold Fact, in 1970,... More »
  

SXSW 2012 Review: COMPLIANCE Presents Cheap, Dishonest Thrills

An interesting thing happened while I was viewing Compliance. It's something that might be unique to a festival viewing experience, but it nonetheless brings a few of the film's problems to the forefront. Let me explain: This feature from... More »
  

SXSW 2012 Review: CITADEL

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, or as the case may be with Citadel, a group of violent, marauding child-demons is exactly that. Cirian Foy's first feature film is nearly everything a horror film should be: creepy, atmospheric,... More »
  

SXSW 2012 Review: THE DO-DECA PENTATHLON

It's hard to argue, at this point, that Jay and Mark Duplass have not come into their own. The two brothers now have several feature films under their belts, and have only grown into more refined and mature artists... More »
  

SXSW 2012 Review: KID-THING

Kid-Thing is not, by any means, a terrible movie. The latest effort from brothers David and Nathan Zellner is the tale of a young girl caught in less than ideal circumstances, and at its core, the idea is somewhat... More »
  

SXSW 2012 Review: THE TAIWAN OYSTER

At some point in our lives, we all come face to face with a fact that may haunt us for the rest of our days: nearly everything about our existence is impermanent. The best we can possibly hope to... More »
  

SXSW 2012 Review: GIRLS AGAINST BOYS

It is as difficult to pinpoint exactly what is wrong with Girls Against Boys, as it is difficult to determine exactly what the film is trying to achieve. At its most basic, Austin Chick's story is about Shae (Danielle... More »
  
 
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