Possum

Shithead

Real Artists

Refugee

Ike Barinholtz Takes The Oath

Truth or Double Dare (TODD)

UB-13

River Runs Red

The Girl In The Spider’s Web

This Play Reveals the Origins of the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special

Possum

When I saw Possum at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, I was blown away. It’s such a weird, depressing, Nouveau-Dickensian nightmare that teeters on the borders of David Lynch and Mike Leigh’s Naked. I was absolutely shocked, however, when I found out exactly who the director was. His name is Matthew Holness, and this is … Continued

Shithead

I will attempt to summarize the plot of Shithead presently. CHENKO is a drug, derived from the iridescent exoskeletons of scorpions and manufactured solely by the band known as Face Fukka. Jordan is an addicted fan of both. In fact, his singular goal is to make it to the Face Fukka concert and get as … Continued

Real Artists

Ken Liu’s stimulating short story Real Artists, like much science fiction, puts thought-provoking ideas over examinations of human behavior. In it, leading animation studio, Semaphore uses an AI to generate films and biometrically measure the physical responses of focus groups. We see this process through the eyes of Sophie (Tiffany Hines), an idealistic film student … Continued

Refugee

The year was 2015, and the Syrian war was at its peak. Raf’aa, a Syrian mother, is forced into a corner. She flees the country leaving behind her husband Nazem, ill and in a hospital, as well as her two boys, Ahmed and Hamoudi. The idea was that she would secure asylum in Europe and … Continued

Ike Barinholtz Takes The Oath

He is a comedian, an actor, was a regular on MADtv, The Mindy Project, as well as a compelling Howard Stern show guest. And now Ike Barinholtz can add writer/director to his Wikipedia page. His indie film The Oath is a form of much-needed comedy therapy in these highly politicized times. Left wing and right … Continued

Truth or Double Dare (TODD)

So, as anyone who’s been watching movies for even a little while might know, there is absolutely no shortage of horror films. Big budget, low budget, micro-budget…they’re everywhere. An unfortunate rarity in the world of horror is the lack of female directors. Of course, there are far fewer female directors in general, and it’s not … Continued

UB-13

In Juri Ferri’s short film UB-13, you know right off the bat that it’s a student film because the title “London Film School” appears right from the get-go. Knowing it’s a student film ahead of time, you assume a few things (whether true or not). First, UB-13 has a limited budget. Second, the filmmakers are … Continued

River Runs Red

When a judge’s son is killed in an unjustified police officer killing, Judge Charles Coleman (Taye Diggs) becomes conflicted in trying to get justice for his deceased son from the same men he works with. Charles goes after those that are responsible with the help from a veteran detective (John Cusack) and another father (George … Continued

The Girl In The Spider’s Web

Let me first preface this review with the fact that I am not incredibly knowledgeable about the whole world surrounding Stieg Larsson’s wildly successful book series which started with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I did see the Niels Arden Oplev film adaptation of that book. NO, I didn’t see the David Fincher one, … Continued

This Play Reveals the Origins of the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special

What exactly were the origins of the notorious 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special? A new stage play in Los Angeles attempts to answer this question in a show called Special. Special runs December 14, 2018 through January 13, 2019 at the Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood,1517 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028. And the cast … Continued