All posts tagged "U.S. Indie Film Review"

  • Young Bodies Heal Quickly | Review

    Youth in Revolt: Betzer’s Inexplicable Road Movie an Assortment of Prominent Instances Director Andrew T. Betzer manages to concoct an impressively pronounced feature debut with...

  • Wild Canaries | Review

    Good Neighbors: Levine’s Indie Murder Mystery a Passing Homage to Classic Comedy Actor/writer/director Lawrence Michael Levine reunites with director/actress wife Sophia Takal for his third...

  • Bluebird | Review

    Lives of Quiet Desperation: Edmond’s Masterful, Eloquent Debut “I stand in awe of my body. This matter to which I am bound,” is the poetic...

  • Everly | Review

    Everly, Baby: Lynch’s Grindhouse Glory Shoots Blanks If Pam Grier had starred in a 1970’s version of Oldboy directed by Jack Hill, it probably would’ve...

  • Mistress America | 2015 Sundance Film Festival Review

    Sister, My Sister: Baumbach’s Energetic Return to Facades of NYC The latest in Noah Baumbach’s prolific slew of projects, Mistress America is the follow-up collaboration...

  • All the Wilderness | Review

    Wild at Heart: Johnson’s Solipsistic, Sincere Coming-of-Age Drama Initially titled The Wilderness of James when it premiered at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival, Michael Johnson’s...

  • Ten Thousand Saints | 2015 Sundance Film Festival Review

    East Village Ennui: Coming of Age Story Displaced, Too Hip For Own Good A coming of age narrative comprised of the familiar: teen angst, frustration,...

  • Amira & Sam | Review

    The Misfits: Mullin’s Modest, Yet Conventionally Charming Debut Director Sean Mullin makes his directorial debut with Amira & Sam, a modest, carefully performed New York...

  • Da Sweet Blood of Jesus | Review

    S’Blood: Lee’s Facsimile of Bill Gunn an Odd Satisfaction Surprisingly, after the failure of his 2013 remake of Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy, provocateur Spike Lee’s latest,...

  • Grandma | 2015 Sundance Film Festival Review

    Citizen Lily: Weitz’s Character Study Homage to Iconic Lead Since beginning his directorial career with 1999’s American Pie, Paul Weitz has hovered in an in-between...

  • The Voices | Review

    Playing Off-key: Satrapi’s English Language Debut a Grating Misfire Iranian born director Marjane Satrapi, best known for her 2007 debut, Persepolis, and a 2011 follow-up,...

  • I Am Michael | 2015 Sundance Film Festival Review

    True Story: Kelly’s Objective Exploration of Sensational Subject For his directorial debut I Am Michael, Justin Kelly takes a provocative, controversial subject and crafts it...

  • Sleeping with Other People | 2015 Sundance Film Festival Review

    Other People’s Mousetraps: Headland Heads to Romcom One of the most acerbically hilarious new voices in the American indie world is writer/director Leslye Headland, whose...

  • Last Days in the Desert | 2015 Sundance Film Festival Review

    Just By Looking At It: Garcia’s Hollowed Jesus Flick At one time an adept purveyor of what could loosely be termed the modernized ‘women’s picture’...

  • Stinking Heaven | 2015 Rotterdam Film Festival Review

    A Place on Earth: Silver’s Period Commune Channels Cinema-Verite While his 2014 title Uncertain Terms still awaits theatrical release as it makes the rounds of...

  • True Story | 2015 Sundance Film Festival Review

    The Killer Beside Me: Goold’s Debut Warps Grisly Headline into Funereal Pallor The rapidly fluctuating career of James Franco got a dramatic jumpstart with a...

  • The Witch | 2015 Sundance Film Festival Review

    Better the Devil You Know: Eggers’ Debut Marinates with Menace Easily the most profoundly unnerving film to play at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, the...

  • Partisan | 2015 Sundance Film Festival Review

    Pledge Allegiance: Kleiman’s Intriguing Debut a Fascist Allegory Sure to draw superficial comparisons to other famed pre-teen assassin films like The Professional (1994) or Hanna...

  • City of Gold | 2015 Sundance Film Festival Review

    Eating One’s Way To Enlightenment: Gabbert Follows Gold Down A Rabbit-Hole Of Crucial Cultural Cuisine Everyone in Los Angeles knows that Jonathan Gold is the...

  • Z for Zachariah | 2015 Sundance Film Festival Review

    This is the End: Zobel’s Post-Apocalyptic Love Triangle Following the success of his galvanizingly uncomfortable 2012 film Compliance, director Craig Zobel teases his way into...

  • Tangerine | 2015 Sundance Film Festival Review

    Boulevard Ballads: Baker’s Enigmatic Journey into Hollywood’s Facade For those familiar with the cinematic offerings of Sean Baker, it will come as no surprise that...

  • The End of the Tour | 2015 Sundance Film Festival Review

    The Admiration Game: Ponsoldt’s Moving Homage to Artist and Artistry Following the critical successes of 2012’s Smashed and 2013’s The Spectacular Now, director James Ponsoldt...

  • Song One | Review

    Title Track: Barker-Froyland’s Cloying Debut Plays Familiar Tune “Sad song at night, hipster’s delight” should be the opening line in Kate Barker-Froyland’s mournful, musically inclined...

  • Cake | Review

    Let Them Have It: Barnz Banks on Adept Aniston Grief is a prickly emotion to convey within the confines of the indie American melodrama, a...

  • The Humbling | Review

    Or The Unexpected Convenience of Sexism: Levinson’s Perplexing but Deviously Funny Stab at Roth Decades passed between initial adaptations of novelist Philip Roth’s novels (1969’s...