Cardinal X

Hello, My Name is Doris

Starlight

Bang! The Bert Berns Story

Inhumanwhich!

The Student

Gwilliam

Before the Fall

Dara Ju

Undatement Center

Cardinal X

Whatever the hell I was doing in 1985, I should have been in New York hanging with Angie Wang. Actually, of course, I know exactly what I was doing:  I was in Valdosta, GA enduring an Air Force term of enlistment and a starter marriage. The enlistment outlasted the marriage. New York would definitely have … Continued

Hello, My Name is Doris

Hello, My Name is Doris is the type of film I am programmed to hate by default, yet the writing, solid super cast, and narrative left such an impression as the credits rolled I couldn’t help but find myself in love. Directed and co-written by Michael Showalter of Stella and Wet Hot American Summer fame, … Continued

Starlight

When Iggy Pop is your guardian angel you either got some of the bad acid or you’re in a French art film. In the case of Sophie Blondy’s Starlight it’s the French film thing. I kept expecting the Muse song of the same name to spin up at some point. Synchronicity can be annoying. Starlight … Continued

Bang! The Bert Berns Story

Coming into Bang! The Bert Berns Story, I lacked an explicit familiarity with the man, but anyone with a working ear certainly knows his music and can recognize the obvious influence it’s had on music. Berns is the songwriting genius behind dozens of pop hits from the early to late 1960’s including “Hang on Sloopy” performed by … Continued

Inhumanwhich!

For generations, the Sloppy Joe has been a staple of cheap, greasy, quintessentially American cuisine. What it hasn’t been, however, is the subject of a schlocky monster movie – at least, not until now. Why writer/director David Cornelius thought that situation needed to change is a mystery for the ages, but considering that his film … Continued

The Student

The Student is a dark drama focused on the extremism of ideas and behaviors. Written and directed by Kirill Serebrennikov, who sought inspiration in a play by the German Marius von Mayenburg, the film comes equipped with comedic undertones and inflamed religious discourses. The script focuses on Venya (Pyotr Skvortsov), a tumultuous high school student … Continued

Gwilliam

A recently released criminal is looking for a good time. He can forget his sins but he can never forget…Gwilliam. Gwilliam is a short that exists for the sole purpose of proving that anything can be filmed. What baffles the mind further is that the 5-minute short film about a blow job in an alley … Continued

Before the Fall

The story of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is distilled to its essentials in a modern, thirtysomethings re-telling that focuses less on class and more on the relationships than the repercussions of the tangled storyline in Before the Fall. In this version of the classic story we meet Ben Bennett (Ethan Sharrett), a dashing attorney … Continued

Dara Ju

Dara Ju is an enthralling film about a man struggling to come to terms with his familial role, a tumultuous and cutthroat career, and a developing drug addiction. Aml Ameen plays lead Seyi Ogunde, a complex but generally likable character with a justifiably strained relationship with his Father that also quite evidently affects his relationship … Continued

Undatement Center

Dating is hard. Especially today, when you’re probably meeting your potential mate on Tinder or some other app or online site. When you fill out all that info about yourself, you’re probably putting as much thought into it as if you were filling out a job application. This is exactly what Undatement Center conveys, or … Continued