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First Period

First Period

| March 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

It’s been nine years since John Waters’s last film, “A Dirty Shame,” which describes the state of affairs for his fans, for whom roadshow productions of “Hairspray” the musical just aren’t the same. However, if you’d like to make a visit to a perfect facsimile of Watersland, then “First Period” is the movie that Mr. […]

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Satellite of Love

Satellite of Love

| March 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Three longtime friends: Sam (Nathan Phillips), Blake (Zachary Knighton; ABC’s Happy Endings), and Katherine (Shannon Lucio) all seem inseparable.  Sam and Katherine are in a relationship, but there’s an intimacy they share with Blake that makes him never seem like a third wheel.  All is well.  Fast forward 3 years and now Blake and Katherine […]

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The Loneliest Planet

The Loneliest Planet

| February 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Loneliest Planet (2011) by Julia Loktev is an incredibly harrowing tale of love, sadness, and an unfortunate circumstance. Immediately the film sets the tone with sound off screen, explaining that this will not be a movie that will take your hand to walk you through it. This film is more interested in having its audience […]

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Bullet Collector (Sobiratel Pul)

Bullet Collector (Sobiratel Pul)

| February 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Whether its something like Toshiaki Toyoda’s Blue Spring or even John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club, a solid teen angst film always warms me up inside. Sadly, this can’t be said for my experience with Artsploitation Films’ latest offering. Alexander Vartanov’s Bullet Collector (Sobiratel Pul), is a film that managed to make me feel completely uncomfortable […]

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Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild

| December 5, 2012 | 1 Comments

Benh Zeitlin’s first feature Beasts of the Southern Wild is an amazing portrayal of a child’s imagination and an impressive first feature film. The film takes place on a Southern Bayou island called The Bathtub and follows the exploits of a father, Wink (Dwight Henry) and his young daughter, Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis). Beasts is mainly […]

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Hospitalite

Hospitalite

| October 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

Koji Fukada’s Hospitalité is a lovely indie comedy that manages to explore Japanese family dynamics, xenophobia and gender roles within a whimsical 96 minutes. The Kobayashi family runs a small printing business, with Mikio (Kenji Yamauchi) running the business and his wife, Natsuki (Kiki Sugino) who helps with the accounting. Along with Mikio’s daughter from […]

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Small, Beautifully Moving Parts

Small, Beautifully Moving Parts

| September 18, 2012 | 1 Comments

Small, Beautifully Moving Parts is a funny—yet serious—story about a young woman who would rather play with her i-Pad than plan on the upcoming delivery of her new baby. But once it all sets in that she is, indeed, expecting, she feels a need to re-connect with her parents—a mother whom she hasn’t seen or […]

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The Color Out of Space

The Color Out of Space

| August 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

H.P. Lovecraft’s works have been notoriously difficult to bring to the screen successfully, largely because Lovecraft often wrote of things “beyond description” or that human language lacked the ability to convey. Unsurprisingly, though, many independent filmmakers have taken interesting routes to get to where bigger productions couldn’t quite reach: the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society’s silent-film […]

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Father’s Day (4-Disc Limited Edition)

Father’s Day (4-Disc Limited Edition)

| August 7, 2012 | 4 Comments

When I originally reviewed Father’s Day back in February (here), I knew the film was something great. Sure enough, six months later Father’s Day has proven to be my favorite film of 2012, and like all of the film’s rabid fans, I’ve been looking forward to its official release on Blu-ray for quite some time. […]

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4:44 Last Day on Earth

4:44 Last Day on Earth

| August 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

Having helmed several bleak, violent adventures in misanthropy, including The Driller Killer (1979) and Bad Lieutenant (1993), writer-director Abel Ferrara seems like a shoo-in to deliver a memorable apocalyptic thriller. And while his most recent film, 4:44 Last Day on Earth, is certainly a memorable end of days story, it keeps far away from thriller […]

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