Peter Martin
Managing Editor; Dallas, Texas, USA

Peter began contributing to the site in October 2005 and became Managing Editor in December 2011. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he lived in New York for more than a decade and currently lives in Dallas, Texas, where he is a proud member of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics Association. He is on Twitter.

SXSW 2015: DEATHGASM Trailer Teases Heavy Metal, Blood, And More Blood

Do you like heavy metal? Do you like blood? If the answer to both is "yes," have I got a trailer for you! Deathgasm will have its world premiere at SXSW in Austin, Texas next month as part of the... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

SXSW 2015: CROW HAND!!! New Bloody Still And Short, Sweet Teaser

O joy! Brian Lonano's latest short Crow Hand!!! has been selected for the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, and to celebrate, we are pleased to showcase a new bloody still and a new, equally bloody teaser. SXSW kicks off its film... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: BHOPAL: A PRAYER FOR RAIN Makes An Earnest, Sincere Entreaty

It's one thing to glance at a headline about a terrible tragedy. It's quite another to witness actions over a period of months that eventually lead to a horrifying disaster. Inspired by a true story, Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain,... More »
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Review: WE ARE THE GIANT, Revolution In The Face Of Fear

You say you want a revolution. But are you willing to remain peaceful in the face of violence? Are you willing to die for your beliefs? Muhannan was a happy young man, according to the documentary We Are the Giant,... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Hey, New York City! Win Tickets To WYRMWOOD: ROAD OF THE DEAD, An Awesome Aussie Apocalypse

As a former resident of New York City, I feel your pain, and I have some relief. (It's called Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead, and it's from Australia, and it's mighty enjoyable, and we have had tickets to give away,... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: ENTER THE DANGEROUS MIND Exerts A Gravitational Pull

It's always the quiet ones. In Enter the Dangerous Mind, Jim (Jake Hoffman) is a quiet, unassuming, hesitant, and incredibly shy young man. He escapes into music, whaling blasts of noise and harsh beats that he shapes into accompaniment for... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Latin Beat: Ambulante Doc Fest Kicks Off; Watch Chilling Trailers For Peru's POSEIDAS And DESAPARECER

Our newest Latin Beat column features contributions from Eric Ortiz Garcia in Mexico and Ernesto Zelaya Minano in Peru. First, Eric tells us about the Ambulante documentary festival and presents his top five picks. Next, Ernesto shares news about two chilling... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

New AMIRA AND SAM Trailer Sparkles, Plus Military Date Night Offer

In a new trailer for Amira and Sam, Martin Starr and Dina Shihabi sparkle as a very unexpected romantic couple. Here's the official synopsis: Rousing, smart, and sweet, Amira and Sam is a confident feature debut from writer-director Sean Mullin,... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Dallas Gets Its Own South Asian Film Festival

Texas is not just for cowboys anymore. The first Dallas-Fort Worth South Asian Film Festival (DFW SAFF) is coming next month. Described as the "first-ever festival of South Asian independent cinema in North Texas," the event will be held at... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: AMIRA AND SAM, A Rare, Smart And Funny Love Story

A man and a woman meet cute. Opposites attract. Hostility melts and attraction grows. New York City. While all these standard romantic-comedy elements are present in Amira and Sam, they share time and space with the specter of the war... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: PROJECT ALMANAC, A Cautionary Time-Travel Thriller For Teens

Something funny happened on the way to delivering a found-footage time-travel movie for teenagers: it grew a heart and developed a conscience. Project Almanac (formerly titled Welcome to Yesterday) features science nerds, unrequited crushes, and an extended concert sequence. All... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

The Many Faces Of Joaquin Phoenix

Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice is doing its rounds West of the Atlantic, and the International Film Festival Rotterdam has scheduled the international premiere of the film for today. Dustin reviewed the film and enjoyed it lots, so what an... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Exclusive: TORO LOCO: BLOODTHIRSTY New Poster And Stills

We shared the first image from Patricio Valladares' Toro Loco: Bloodthirsty (aka Toro Loco: Sangriento) last summer, and now we've got the first look at a beautiful new poster by Alan Robinson (illustrator of V-Wars, published by IDW) as well... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Giveaway: Win 1 Of 3 DVDs Of William H. Macy's RUDDERLESS

The directorial debut of the great actor William H. Macy, Rudderless, is available today on DVD, and we have three copies to give away. Read on to learn how. (Spoiler: it's easy!) The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Films That Haunt: HORSEHEAD, A Potent Mix Of Dreams And Reality

Do movies haunt your consciousness? I'm not thinking so much about straight horror flicks, per se, but movies that enter your mind and continue to percolate long after you've seen them. In particular, I've been thinking about Horsehead (aka Fievre)... More »
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Amazon 2015 Pilot Season: THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE Stands Out

Fresh off winning two Golden Globes for the comedy/drama (aka "dramedy") Transparent, Amazon's annual pilot season is in full bloom, with 13 new pilot episodes debuting in the past few days. Of those, six are aimed at children, so I... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: VICE, Sexism Is Only Its First Offense

By featuring two scenes of repulsive violence against women in its early going, Vice digs itself into a deep hole. Theoretically, it's possible that Vice, an ostensible action vehicle driven by Thomas Jane -- with Bruce Willis sitting quietly in... More »
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Opening: AMERICAN SNIPER Takes Fire

Director Clint Eastwood aims for stoic, heroic grandeur in American Sniper, an adaptation of a bestselling book about Chris Kyle, subtitled "The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History." Eastwood's film, however, misses the target entirely for... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Sundance 2015: New Photos From Rodney Ascher's THE NIGHTMARE Keeps Things Creepy

Set to enjoy its world premiere at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, The Nightmare, directed by Rodney Ascher (Room 237), explores "sleep paralysis." Here's the official description: What if you knew that every night when you went to sleep, you... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

ENTER THE DANGEROUS MIND Trailer: How To Deal With Horrors No One Else Has Seen

Psychological-horror thriller Enter the Dangerous Mind is heading to iTunes and select U.S. theaters on Friday, February 6, and a new trailer provides good reason to check it out. Jake Hoffman stars as Jim, "a quiet, unassuming, hesitant, and incredibly... More »
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