The Witness

Closure

Hook Up 2.0

Major Arcana

Room for Rent

We’ll Test It on Humans

The Light You Follow

Trial By Fire

Actress Wanted

False Flag

The Witness

From South Korea, The Witness takes a modern spin on the parable The Good Samaritan. Briefly, the Biblical story is about a man, beaten on the side of the road, and a religious leader passes by without helping. The man is rescued by a Samaritan and rewarded for his kindness. Unlike the parable, the stakes … Continued

Closure

The good news is that with new digital technology, it is easier than ever to make a movie and anyone can be a filmmaker. The bad news is that with new digital technology, it is easier than ever to make a movie and anyone can be a filmmaker. What is truly tragic about the indie … Continued

Hook Up 2.0

For much of the 20th Century, especially during the heady days of the space race, America believed that the rapidly growing technology and innovation sector would propel the nation and the world to great new heights. There would be jetpacks, flying cars, dehydrated foods, and the like. This rosy world view was often reflected in … Continued

Major Arcana

In Major Arcana Dink (Ujon Tokarski) is a carpenter by trade, but life has left him rudderless and he drifts from job to job. After living in Canada for several years, he returns to his backwoods hometown in Vermont on the occasion of his father’s death. An alcoholic from a family of alcoholics, he’s recently … Continued

Room for Rent

“You’re a dangerous woman,” a drugged character mumbles to Joyce, Lin Shaye’s tragic widow in Tommy Stoval’s psychological thriller, Room for Rent. He’s not kiddin’. The seemingly frail spinster has dark tricks up her sleeve. Not entirely dissimilar to Neil Jordan’s recent Greta, which may boast more of a “prestige factor,” Stoval’s modest effort may … Continued

We’ll Test It on Humans

Not that I should ever be giving advice, but here we go. Something I like to tell creative types is “Master the rules before you break them.” For example, filmmakers and writers are taught this standard story structure in film and literary classes and told to abide by it. But, once you understand why that … Continued

The Light You Follow

To make a road movie without a destination seems like the waste of a vital resource. Yet that is what Mike Hansen has done in his new film, which seldom picks the road often traveled. The heroes of The Light You Follow are obviously troubled, and they pick up a distinctly troubled hitchhiker. This prompts … Continued

Trial By Fire

It’s very timely that a film such as Trial By Fire should be released, as it begs the question, how much control should the government have over our bodies and in this case especially, our lives. Trial By Fire discusses the polarizing topic of the death penalty through a true story of an innocent man … Continued

Actress Wanted

Once in a while, you come across a “little film that could.” A film that knows exactly what it wants to be, and while it’s not a perfect film, there’s a great deal of heart behind it. Writer/director Minh Duc Nguyen puts together a low-budget indie thriller with a cool logline and sets it in … Continued

False Flag

The basic premise seems to be “What if Alex Jones is right?” The film opens with a pitch-perfect impression of Mr. Jones. A fictional show called “Fringe Facts” is used as a framing sequence setting up footage of an attack on personal liberty by the United States Government and warning us of the horror we’re … Continued