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

  • Before I Disappear | Review

    The Sting Called Love: Christensen’s Debut Rife with Melodramatic Cliché Shawn Christensen, who won an Academy Award for his 2013 short film, Curfew, expands his...

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night | Review

    Walking After Midnight: Amirpour’s Expressive, Moody Debut Described as an Iranian vampire film with all its characters speaking Farsi, yet filmed in California and set...

  • V/H/S: Viral | Review

    Headcleaner: VHS Series Gets Third Installment Blues Perhaps after this third installment this franchise can enter the same void for the format which it’s named,...

  • Wild | Review

    A Prayer for the Wild at Heart: Vallee Continues Reinvention of Lost Souls Arriving at the end of star Reese Witherspoon’s auteur binge is one...

  • Starry Eyes | Review

    Eyes Without a Place: Kolsch & Widmyer’s Horrors in Hollywood Madonna’s famed verse asks the hypothetical question of Hollywood, “How could it hurt you when...

  • Miss Meadows | Review

    A Spoonful of Violence: Hopkins’ Unbalanced Sophomore Effort Actress turned screenwriter turned director Karen Leigh Hopkins unleashes her sophomore feature Miss Meadows after its premiere...

  • Rosewater | Review

    Solitary Confinement Is Boring: Stewart’s Adaptation Of Bahari’s Lengthy Detainment is a Slick, Tame Affair Jon Stewart’s first foray into the fictional film arena is...

  • Beyond the Lights | Review

    Why you wanna fly, Blackbird?: Mbatha-Raw Vibrantly Imbues Prince-Blythewood’s Showbiz Melodrama A systematically underrated director, Gina Prince-Bythewood returns with her third feature film, Beyond the...

  • A Merry Friggin’ Christmas | Review

    Blight Christmas: Shapeero’s Debut is Not the Most Wonderful Time of the Year There’s a reason why Tristram Shapeero’s film debut A Merry Friggin’ Christmas...

  • A Most Violent Year | 2014 AFI Film Festival Review

    Year of Living Stressfully: Chandor Returns with Slow-Boil Scald Baby, it may be cold outside, but the climate’s sure changing in J.C. Chandor’s flashback to...

  • Elsa and Fred | Review

    Anything Elsa: Radford’s Remake Rough Around the Edges English director Michael Radford, still best known for earlier works 1984 (1984) and the critical darling Il...

  • Winter in the Blood | Review

    Blood Simple: The Smith’s Sophomore Effort a Lyrical, Uneven Production It’s been well over a decade now since their first film, 2002’s The Slaughter Rule,...

  • Nightcrawler | Review

    While the City Sleeps: Gyllenhaal Gets His Money Shot in Gilroy’s Debut You’ll be hard pressed to find a more enjoyably witty criticism of modern...

  • The ABCs of Death 2 | Review

    Same Old Song: Scant Few Highlights Justify Lengthy Omnibus Well, alphabet soup horror is back with The ABCs of Death 2, a follow-up to the...

  • Laggies | Review

    We All Float Down Here: Shelton’s Latest Winning Slice of Arrested Development Remarkable in the sense that this is her third consecutive film to premiere...

  • Low Down | Review

    Groovin’ High: Hawkes Nuanced Performance Elevates Albany Memoir Despite taking home the best cinematography prize for Christopher Blauvet (who also provided superb camerawork on Kelly...

  • White Bird in a Blizzard | Review

    Skin Deep: Araki Weathers a 4th Decade in Filmmaking Gregg Araki’s latest ode to youthful alienation, White Bird in a Blizzard, is his most restrained...

  • John Wick | Review

    Who the Hell is John Wick?: Leitch & Stahelski’s Revenge Flick Energetically Entertaining Against the general mediocre trend of stuntmen turned directors, Chad Stahelski’s unassumingly...

  • The Heart Machine | Review

    Feel It In Your Heart Beat: Wigon’s Debut Explores Jagged, Media-Moderated Romance Film critic Zachary Wigon makes his directorial and screenwriting debut with The Heart...

  • Exists | Review

    The Pictures Got Small: Sanchez Unwisely Revisits Found Footage The co-director of 1999’s The Blair Witch Project, Eduardo Sanchez, returns to the fold of the...

  • Summer of Blood | Review

    Hemogobble: Turkel’s Latest Assay into Misanthropy Indie filmmaker Onor Turkel seems determined to remain hilariously unlikeable as his self-effacing, self-directed on-screen alter ego with his...

  • Default | Review

    Piracy Politique: Brand Uses Topical Subject for Common Critique Colombian born filmmaker Simon Brand cashes in on the current fascination with hijacking pirates for his...

  • Birdman | Review

    Bullets Over Broadway: Inarritu’s Vibrant, Exuberant Portrait Of Celebrity, Relevance, and Creative Passion Not only is Birdman (or The Virtue of Ignorance) arguably the best...

  • Young Ones | Review

    Young at Heart: Paltrow’s Sci-Fi Western is All Dried Up Dystopic draught heralds the end of times for the parable that serves as Jake Paltrow’s...

  • Listen Up Philip | Review

    Philip A. Dick: Perry’s Literary Minds Stuck In a Lonely Place Following up his dark hearted homage to road trip cinema with 2011’s The Color...