Drinking Buddies (2013)

Drinking Buddies (2013)

With no end in sight to the glut of autobots and decepticons, board game adaptations and bloated Marvel costume parties passed off as narrative storytelling, Tinseltown could use a little more mumble in its movies.

DIFF 2012 Reviews: ‘Extraterrestrial,’ ‘Bindlestiffs,’ ‘Quick,’ ‘Robocop’

DIFF 2012 Reviews: ‘Extraterrestrial,’ ‘Bindlestiffs,’ ‘Quick,’ ‘Robocop’

“Extraterrestrial” Director: Nacho Vigalondo Writer: Nacho Vigalondo Starring: Michelle Jenner, Carlos Areces, Julián Villagrán “Extraterrestrial” is a movie I’ve been excited about for a while, in part because of how it was marketed – the small, almost invisible glimpses of the alien ships in the posters, and the creative viral marketing aspect to it all. […]

Things I Don’t Understand (2011)

Things I Don’t Understand (2011)

Someday, everyone you know won’t exist. Tomorrow doesn’t matter until it’s today. No one makes it through life unscathed, in one way or another. These are just a few of the lessons found in “Things I Don’t Understand,” a small indie rumination with big pretensions. In his follow up to his debut feature “…Around” (2008), […]

In Limbo at Cinema City

In Limbo at Cinema City

Maria Sødahl has made an assured feature debut with Limbo (2010) at the Cinema City film festival, Novi Sad, Serbia. The film was previously screened at Montreal and Thessaloniki. Set in the 1970s, Limbo centres on a Norwegian woman named Sonia who, with her two children, goes to Trinidad to join her husband Joe who […]

Cinema City Kicks Off in Novi Sad, Serbia

Cinema City Kicks Off in Novi Sad, Serbia

Last night the opening ceremony took place for the 4th annual Cinema City film festival in Novi Sad, Serbia. The festival introduced the members of its three main juries, who will award prizes to films from three of the festival’s sections: ‘National Class’ (Serbian films), ‘Exit Point’ (international auteur cinema, this year showcasing films about […]

‘Ashamed’ at the Berlinale

‘Ashamed’ at the Berlinale

Kim Soo-hyun’s distinctive way of looking at the world shines through in bursts of comic dialogue and unexpected visual twists in Ashamed (Chang-Pi-Hae, 2010). For the most part, the film is mildly engaging, rather like a teenage movie you might see on TV, but with some added moments of artistry. The film’s central narrative is a […]

‘Hævnen/In a Better World’ is Oscar worthy

‘Hævnen/In a Better World’ is Oscar worthy

There are a couple of reasons why everyone should watch “Hævnen”. The first is that is a beautiful film, a beauteous film, with all the slightly otherworldly aloofness that the word suggests. The second is that by about this time next year, Mikael Persbrandt will be a household name and by golly, you don’t want […]

‘Peepli Live’: Important, Not Excellent

‘Peepli Live’: Important, Not Excellent

”Peepli Live” has been the toast and tea of town for the better part of this past year. A Sundance selection and Berlinale screening, it has been picking up favor and five star reviews across the Prime Meridian, becoming the focus of India’s annual interest in evaluating its culture through the Western eye. Unlike the […]

Uptown (2009)

Uptown (2009)

Two attractive twentysomethings meet for the first time in a Manhattan restaurant and engage in obligatory small talk.  What was intended to be a meeting between indie film director and potential star soon promises to be the beginning of a long and complex relationship that won’t end how either had planned. So begins director Brian Ackley’s micro-budget […]

Lost in New Mexico: The Strange Tale of Susan Hero (2009)

Lost in New Mexico: The Strange Tale of Susan Hero (2009)

Jason Rosette’s no-budget tale of desolation, desperation and loss subtly weaves together the disparate lives of a group of struggling Southwesterners in “Lost in New Mexico.” Susan (Drea Pressley), grieving and aimless after the loss of her newborn daughter, thoughtlessly seeks out a rogue animal-cloning geneticist (Dr. Alan Rice) to reverse, or subvert, the most inevitable of human events […]

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