Review: THE WRATH OF VAJRA Is Pure Martial Arts Madness

Martial arts films are a dime a dozen in Southeast Asia, however, finding a really good one is pretty difficult these days. Either the film's action is overly dependent on goofy wire work, or the filmmakers let ridiculous things like... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Review: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, An Ode To Joy

Regrettably, Beethoven got there first. In another world, The Grand Budapest Hotel, a celebration of wit and style and class, an example of a technical master working at the top of his craft, a work as warm and genuinely funny... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Review: HAIRBRAINED, Coming Of Age, Without The Quirk

All his life Eli, a 14-year old genius, has wanted to go to only one school. Harvard. But when the school rejects his application, he finds himself enrolled at Ivy League wannabe, Whittman College. When the Mastermind team from Harvard visits... More »
  

Review: HOLY GHOST PEOPLE Sadly Slips From Scary To Silly

For the first hour or so, Mitchell Altieri's Holy Ghost People is a tense backwoods thriller centered around a small charismatic Christian community somewhere in the Appalachian mountains. Once that hour is up, though, things turn a bit wacky and... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Rotterdam 2014 Review: THE PINKIE Is Fun, But Comes Up A Bit Short

(Talk about a film trying hard to wrap you around its little finger...) Lisa Takeba's feature film debut The Pinkie was one of the many World Premieres this year at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. A flashy little comedy drama... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Rotterdam 2014 Review: IN DARKNESS WE FALL Does Not Stumble

(In a cave, everyone can hear you scream...) While there is generally a dearth of genre films at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, on occasion we do get the odd treat or two. This year the festival had a bona-fide... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Rotterdam 2014 Review: AFTER THE TONE Leaves A Message

(Hi, this is Twitch, if you want to read the review, please start after the bracket...) Some films catch attention because of a single, clear, brilliant idea. Something you immediately know could be great, or fail badly, based on execution.... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: NURSE Nakedly Exploits Sex and Serial Killers for Fun and Profit

Exploitation (wink) films (wink) are so hard (tee hee! hehe!) to make (wink) nowadays. Back in the halcyon days of the 1970s, producer Roger Corman could assign a young director to make a film on a tiny budget on a... More »
  

Review: THE OUTSIDER, Just Outside Of Being A Great Action Film

Without a doubt, Craig Fairbass is a physical presence in any film he is in. As much as The Outsider tries, though, his emotional output as a concerned father is outmatched by his stature and physical strength. Fairbass plays a British... More »
  

Review: LOVE & AIR SEX Thrives On Honest Awkwardness

Comedy can come from honesty, and that's the greatest strength of Love & Air Sex. While much of the film is over the top with its antics, there's a crushing truth to the scenarios within that may hit you unexpectedly.... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: WHITEY Presents Criminal Ethics As A Spectrum Of Grey

It is no small irony that a film titled Whitey is actually so morally grey. Once again, one of the great documentary auteurs Joe Berlinger has provided a wonderfully nuanced take on an extraordinarily complex case, providing the viewers with... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: CAMP X-RAY, A Work Of Moral Ambivalence

I was busy processing the ending of Camp X-Ray, a film about a soldier relating to prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, when I saw the credit - Executive Produced by David Gordon Green. It's hard to say just what effect this great... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: FRANK, A Fun Musical Mashup That Doesn't Quite Mesh

All the ingredients are her for me to adore Frank. You've got a quirky premise surrounding a bunch of musical fun, a standout performance by one of the world's best actors, a mix of the somber and the slapstick all... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: IMPERIAL DREAMS Is A Taut, Effective Social Drama

About two-thirds the way through Malik Vitthal's remarkable film, the lead character makes it plain - he's just trying "to do the right thing."Back in 1989, another African American filmmaker showed how doing the right thing wasn't always easy. Spike's... More »
  

Review: 12 O'CLOCK BOYS Is A Hell Of A Bike Ride

It's no surprise to long-time readers of my reviews that I'm enamoured with David Simon's Baltimore. From Homicide: Life On The Streets, through The Corner and of course The Wire (still perhaps the best programme that has ever aired on... More »
  

Review: TIM'S VERMEER Conjures Up True Magic

For decades now, Penn & Teller have made a living pricking the balloon of illusion, showing the skill and sheer tenacity behind magical performances that's as compelling as any level of deceit or subterfuge. What makes their shtick so engaging... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: The U.S. vs THE NOTORIOUS MR. BOUT Examines A "Merchant Of Death"

The Pussy Riot documentary, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, had its world premiere last year at Sundance. The doc was co-directed by Russian filmmaker Maxin Pozdorovkin, who now is teamed with a different director (Tony Gerber), but returned to the... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: LIAR'S DICE Gives A Rising Star Another Chance To Shine

Indian independent cinema has been on the rise for the last couple of years. A rapid increase in visibility and growing interest in the biggest film industry in the world have fed this sudden surge in homespun tales of life... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Sundance 2014 Review: DRUNKTOWN'S FINEST, A Compelling Snapshot Of Contemporary Navajo Life

It may be a controversial statement, but this movie, that recently premiered at Sundance 2014, is better and maybe more enjoyable than Alejandro González Iñarritu's film of interconnected stories, Babel (I choose this one because it's the most recent of that... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: THE OVERNIGHTERS Packs A Powerful Punch

It's a rare and beautiful thing when a film can surprise you. I was taken completely off guard by The Overnighters, a film that I figured would be a stark if a bit earnest take on post-recession America. What I... More »
  
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