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The Great Gatsby Review: An Orgy of the Senses

You either hate Baz Luhrmann and his films, or you love them…that is if you love something insanely over-the-top, saturated beyond belief with colors, sound, glittering costumes, roaring and/or sweeping music, jarring and quick shots, and women who look like angels or devils. That being said, I love Luhrmann, and  his latest film The Great […]

Iron Man 3 Review: The Best Yet

There’s no point in beating around the bush, so I’m going to say it flat out: Iron Man 3 is without a doubt the funniest, most thrilling, and rewarding movie of the Iron Man trilogy. That being said, let’s move on to the particulars. Directed by Shane Black, Iron Man 3 reunites the audience with the ever-compelling Tony Stark (played by […]

Thale Review: Independent Norwegian Film Plays To A Very Specific Audience

I think it’s about time to dive deeper into Norwegian fantasy films. In 2010 I discovered Troll Hunter on Netflix and was blown away. It’s a found footage film that has the most compelling story I’ve ever seen in that style of film. Recently, while stumbling around the bowels of the internet for similar films, […]

Starbuck Review: Enjoyable, But Wait For The DVD

Does a formulaic American film automatically improve when it is shot in another language? There is proof out there of this: mediocre films made in America that make it big in other countries – reimagined or not. The Quebecois film Starbuck seems to be just that – an American film stuck in the body, if […]

Oblivion Review: A Familiar SciFi Outing Worth Seeing

If you are a fan of science fiction film dating back to the 1970s, the first thing that you will notice about Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion is that it seems familiar. You’ve seen it before but you can’t quite place what movie it reminds you of. Then it starts to dawn on you throughout the film […]

AIFF 2013: The Forgotten Kingdom

In The Forgotten Kingdom, Atang (Zenzo Ngqobe) is a thuggish young man living in the South African city of Johannesburg. After finding that his estranged father has died, he makes the long journey back to his ancestral homeland of Lesotho to bury him. While in Lesotho, Atang reconnects with his childhood friend Dineo (Nozipho Nkelemba) […]

AIFF 2013: Curfew

During the 12th Ashland Independent Film Festival, audiences were lucky enough to see three of the 85th Academy Award nominated short films, including the film that took home this year’s award, Curfew. Curfew is a darkly funny short, and I mean darkly funny. We open on the attempted suicide of Richie (played by Writer/Director Shawn […]

AIFF 2013: The Story of Luke

“Grandma said that I defy clinical categorization, I am just as special as anyone else, maybe even a little bit more,” explains Luke (Lou Taylor Pucci) about his autism. That explanation may even be the best way to describe The Story of Luke (directed by Alonso Mayo) as a film. Pucci plays Luke, an autistic […]

AIFF 2013: Buzkashi Boys and Asad

Three shorts in this year’s festival were nominated for the 2012 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. Though “Curfew” was hailed as champion, the other two films were nothing short of masterpieces. In the theater I overheard one of the festival’s producers state that the 2013 collection of shorts was the best he’d […]

AIFF 2013: Shephard and Dark

Sometimes the old ways are best. So it goes in “Shephard and Dark”, a documentary featuring the written correspondence of two best friends over the course of several decades. Their friendship and history through letters details two interesting lives, but much more than that, it chronicles history through the common man. Sam Shephard and Johnny […]