Missing Child

Out of Nothing

Along for the Ride

Star Trek Meets TRON

Violet

Podcast : Star Wars Dysfunctional Skywalker Family

Alien: Reign of Man

Confessions

Out Gay Superhero in Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel

Most Beautiful Island

Missing Child

Sitting uncomfortably on the line between serious psychological drama and noir-ish suspense, director/co-writer Luke Sabis’s Missing Child gets off to an intriguing start but soon finds itself stumbling, as confused and uncertain as the lost young person suggested by its title. The film sets up a potentially compelling mystery in its opening sequence, a harrowing … Continued

Out of Nothing

Documentaries can be dry, or hokey, or too agenda driven.  It’s clear after you’ve watched a number of them that some filmmakers undertake a documentary planning to lash together a few raw facts, some old aboriginal wisdom, get their friend with Pro Tools to hammer out some traveling music, and that’s a doc. It certainly … Continued

Along for the Ride

IN THEATERS IN LIMITED RELEASE AT THE LæMMLE! “Along for the Ride” just might be the indie version of “Weekend at Bernie’s” as it begins with two brothers hauling the body of their dead father in a convertible…

Star Trek Meets TRON

Today is the 38th anniversary of the release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Upon its initial release on December 7th, 1979, the first film featuring the crew of the original Star Trek series was criticized for being slow-paced and even boring. In retrospect, this movie has aged the best of the Trek films, even … Continued

Violet

Movie-making is a visual storytelling process, but that doesn’t mean the camera has to be continually shaking, roving, or zooming, a la Michael Bay. Sometimes it is the camera’s restraint and stillness that makes the impact. The opening scene of Violet, a 2014 Dutch drama just now hitting North American shores, is virtually sound free, … Continued

Podcast : Star Wars Dysfunctional Skywalker Family

Twins separated at birth, domestic abuse near a volcano, space divorce and child abandonment on desert planets… the root of all evil in the Star Wars universe is not the Dark Side, it’s bad parenting! Listen as we explore the past and future of the Skywalker family as well as speculate about events in the … Continued

Alien: Reign of Man

I’m a bit of a sci-fi buff. From Stargate to Alien to Little Shop of Horrors, I’m a fan of the genre and all it’s strange, fascinating iterations. Despite this–sadly–I don’t know if I can say I love Alien: Reign of Man. In its entire runtime, I couldn’t exactly tell you what was going on … Continued

Confessions

Confessions asks a serious question: Faced with the obliteration of the world, what would is the last thing you would do before the end? It will take you longer to read this review than it will to watch this one-minute comedy short from writer/director Rick Darge.   “Faced with the obliteration of the world, what … Continued

Out Gay Superhero in Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel

The first out gay superhero appeared in 2006 in Surge of Power: The Stuff of Heroes and now returns to celebrate a decade of surging in Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel! Big City needs him and he’s there for them. “As a filmmaker, I am compelled to present our genuinely groundbreaking characters and the fun … Continued

Most Beautiful Island

With the title Most Beautiful Island, actress-turned-director Ana Asensio alludes to Manhattan, New York. The film, an auspicious directorial debut inspired by true events, won the best narrative feature at SXSW Film Festival and has drawn positive reactions wherever it has been exhibited. Besides directing, writing, and co-producing, Ms. Asensio also stars as Luciana, a … Continued