Ekaj

Anna and the Apocalypse Director John McPhail

The Amityville Murders

Soul To Keep

Oscar’s Bell

Ben Is Back

6 Indie Films You Must Watch Before You Die

The Perfect Host: A Southern Gothic Tale

The Mercy

Convergence

Ekaj

In the sleepless streets of New York, Ekaj follows two street souls, Ekaj and Mecca, as they hustle and finesse their way through life. Each day is filled with drugs, alcohol, or stealing. Ekaj yearns for a wealthy lover to care for him, and take him away from the street life. Mecca gets through the day … Continued

Anna and the Apocalypse Director John McPhail

Imagine The Walking Dead and High School Musical had a zombie baby and you’ll have some idea of what the movie Anna and the Apocalypse is like. Aside from the undead carnage, the singing and dancing, and some very original kills, it’s also a surprisingly delightful Christmas movie for the whole family. Especially the family … Continued

The Amityville Murders

On the night of November 13, 1974, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. took a high-powered rifle and murdered his entire family as they slept. At his trial, DeFeo claimed that “voices” in the house commanded him to kill. This is their story. Everyone knows the iconic Amityville House. Those windows that peer down from the attic room, … Continued

Soul To Keep

I have previously written about how films taking their plots and aesthetics from the classics of their genres can be a risky business; yet some of the better genre films and series of the past decade, such as The Cabin in the Woods and American Horror Story, have proved their worth far beyond the risks. … Continued

Oscar’s Bell

Short films in the thriller/horror category follow a fairly straightforward structure. It all begins with a slow reveal uncovering the real plot of the story. Often warning us that things are not as they seem. After the slow reveal, comes the ending, like the punch line of a joke with emphasis on the word “punch.” … Continued

Ben Is Back

While writing the intense and brilliant Ben Is Back, Peter Hedges had a very specific narrative in mind to uniquely address the overwhelming drug epidemic, an increasingly important topic that has been the focal point of several films and TV shows this year. In his surprisingly funny and heartbreakingly honest film, we witness a crucial … Continued

6 Indie Films You Must Watch Before You Die

I can’t tell you exactly why, but I’ve always found there’s something compelling and hypnotic about hunting for that hidden gem of an indie film. Unfettered by big studio money and unconstrained by the claustrophobic restrictions of “what sells,” indie films are inherently hit or miss. The vast majority of indie films either glow with … Continued

The Perfect Host: A Southern Gothic Tale

While sorting her dead grandmother’s affairs, a young woman boards in an eerie, southern mansion and soon discovers the matriarch may desire more than just her company. Julie (Suilma Rodriguez) has a lot on her plate. Returning home to the dreary misery of a southern winter, she must handle her recently deceased grandmother’s estate. In … Continued

The Mercy

What is it that makes someone exceptional? Is it an IQ number, the amount of social and professional ground you can cover in a lifespan, or is it a single event? If it is a single event, what qualifies? Writing a great novel, leading an army to an impossible victory, getting away with a major … Continued

Convergence

Writer-director Steve Johnson presents a weighty scenario with his second full-length feature, Convergence. Martin (Jeremy Theobald) is a successful author who is grieving the death of his wife and child. The person who caused his family’s automobile accident is unknown, and this lack of closure is gnawing away at him. He prints out photos from … Continued