Beautiful Boy

Liz and the Blue Bird

Lost Child

American Dope: Acid Dreams

Bikini Moon

American Dope: White Powder, Black Power

Presentation

The First Man Landing

Portraits of Andrea Palmer

Lewis & Klarq

Beautiful Boy

Belgian filmmaker Felix Van Groeningen’s (The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgica) English-language debut is very much tonally akin to his efforts in his native tongue. Known for his emotional, sprawling tales of love and destruction, the director doesn’t miss a beat when shifting his setting to the breezy coast of California. Keeping in line with Van … Continued

Liz and the Blue Bird

The only thing I knew about Liz and the Blue Bird going in was that it was an anime. Back in the Netflix DVDs days, I was a huge anime fan. I’d put in order after order for series and features like Gundam, Dragon Ball Z, Hellsing, Vampire Hunter D, Berserk, and Escaflowne just to … Continued

Lost Child

The most dispiriting experiences you can have watching a film are directly tied to spoiled potential. Ramaa Mosley has already established herself as a significant new talent with her directorial debut The Brass Teapot in 2012, as well as her serving as producer on Richard Robbins’ Girl Rising in 2013. Now she returns to navigate … Continued

American Dope: Acid Dreams

Continuing with Al Profit’s American Dope series comes Acid Dreams, the history of lysergic acid diethylamide, otherwise known as LSD. Profit’s visual style and depth of research was discussed in my review of the White Powder, Black Power, so there’s no point in rehashing it here. Suffice it to say Profits style is a little rough … Continued

Bikini Moon

When I was given this movie to review, just based on the title alone I thought for sure it was going to be some half-hearted attempt at making a modern-day “sexploitation” film in the vein of 70s era smut king, Russ Meyer. What it turned out to be was far from a single horny dude … Continued

American Dope: White Powder, Black Power

A silly revelation, but anyone can make a documentary. You don’t have to be a stuffed shirt progressive PBS academic. Just do your research, exercise a great deal of patience piecing clips together, and oopsie-daisy, you have a documentary. Case in point, director Al Profit’s series American Dope lays out the history of drugs in … Continued

Presentation

We all have anxiety, and we all cope with it in different ways. We have this tendency to label anxiety as a dangerous trait in search of a cure. Thankfully, pharmaceutical companies have found that cure to make us all better and lead normal lives (he said sarcastically). Writer/director Danielle Kampf’s short film, Presentation, tells … Continued

The First Man Landing

Ryan Gosling’s performance as Neil Armstrong in First Man is discussed with special guests and NASA nerds, director Mark Dodson and actor Don Hannah. Mark and Don also happen to have their own NASA-related movie (in limited release and on VOD) called The Landing. This indie film explores the investigation into the hopeful beginnings and … Continued

Portraits of Andrea Palmer

Every so often a film appears that’s so vile, depraved and sadistic, you feel like you need a shower after watching it. Salò, Cannibal Holocaust and the original versions of I Spit on Your Grave and Last House on the Left openly depicted the barbaric side of humanity most of us would rather ignore, while … Continued

Lewis & Klarq

Films don’t always need to have a story with a beginning, middle, and end along with a few arcs. Some movies are essentially showcases of something. Action films showcase big stunts, elaborate fight scenes, and thin dialogue. Horror films showcase gory images, gruesome deaths, and jump scares. Even pornos showcase sex, sex, and ugh sex. … Continued