In This Gray Place

Father’s Day

Living Among Us

Deep Dish Apocalypse

The Year of Spectacular Men

Psychonautics: A Comic’s Exploration Of Psychedelics

El Aguacate (The Avocado)

Blood Feast

China Salesman

Father’s Kingdom

In This Gray Place

The “one-room pressure cooker” — a movie set almost entirely in a single location — is a filmic genre unto itself. Think of the big-time directors who used this setup to create career-making first features: Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Men), Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs) and Roman Polanski (Repulsion), to name a few. Or veteran director … Continued

Father’s Day

Larry (Larry Wang Parrish) is in Los Angeles visiting his two daughters, Betty (Betty Ouyang) and Angelita (Angelita Bushey), for Father’s Day. His friend Sam (James Karroum) drops him at their apartment, promising to return in a little while to pick him up. As Larry walks toward the door, homeless man Howard (Glen Willis) startles … Continued

Living Among Us

Vampires have just made themselves public. Now a group of documentarians has been granted access to learn how they live and coexist with humans. But as reality sets in, the crew realize their very lives are in danger. Imagine a world… where the vampires who have been lurking among us come out of the shadows … Continued

Deep Dish Apocalypse

The title of a book, movie, play, or game is crucial because it is what first entices the audience to consider giving the work a chance. 21 is a movie about blackjack, not someone turning 21 nor about 21 people, or to anything else that relates to that number’s importance. So, as a title, it … Continued

The Year of Spectacular Men

Contrary to its title, The Year of Spectacular Men is a showcase for a series of pretty forgettable men. There’s the straight-up asshole, who’s emotionally and verbally abusive. There’s the theater drama nerd, who wants to share a kiss and then just cuddle. There’s the inordinately sweaty drummer, who leaves something to be desired in … Continued

Psychonautics: A Comic’s Exploration Of Psychedelics

The ability to filter one’s experience into a humorous anecdote for a potentially receptive audience also forces stand-up comedians to hone in on the social zeitgeist and political atmosphere of their era. Such a skill makes the most observant and smart humorists some of the most profound people working since the first joke was told. … Continued

El Aguacate (The Avocado)

The short film El Aguacate hinges on something that’s unspoken and unconsidered for most of the time its narrative is playing out; there’s a question that might occur to viewers early on that, as the film continues to draw them in, they’re likely to push to the back of their minds until it resurfaces in … Continued

Blood Feast

Fuad Ramses and his family have moved from the United States to France, where he loses his mind and sets to stage a cannibalistic meal for an Egyptian goddess. I love the idea of revisiting a story that maybe didn’t get the best shot the first time around. It could even be considered a romantic … Continued

China Salesman

Amongst the many perennial debates of pre-teen boys, the holy grail argument is undoubtedly “Who would win a fight: X wrestler vs. X boxer?” While Rocky 2 put this idea to the test by matching wrestler Thunder Lips ( Hulk Hogan) against fighter Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), Tan Bing’s insane, multi-genre mash-up of flick China … Continued

Father’s Kingdom

Throughout human history, there are those — driven by profit, madness, divine provenance, or a proclivity to exert control over others — who have proclaimed themselves to be supernatural beings. Some of these soothsayers, the successful ones, have attracted large numbers acolytes who are in search of sort of meaning or shelter amidst the storms … Continued