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Blu-ray Review: ‘Time Lapse’ Starring Danielle Panabaker

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Makes you wish you could see your own future to warn yourself you’re better off skipping it. Read More »

LA Film Fest: Kiernan Shipka of ‘Mad Men’ and Meg Ryan make ‘Fan Girl’ Fun

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'Fan Girl', by director Paul Jarrett and screenwriter Gina O'Brien, was a total trip when it premiered at the LA Film Festival. A “trip”? Dude, that’s so last century. If there is anything this movie isn’t, it’s last century. Fan Girl is a winner of a movie because of the writing, the casting, and the acting. If all that works together, the director deserves credit as well. On the surface Fan Girl is a story of teenager Telulah Farrow, played by Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men, Flowers in the Attic), who adulates the punk band All Time Low. She thinks she needs to connect with the band and create a music video for her filmmaking class to launch her movie career. What she really needs, and the story beneath the surface, is to learn what is really important in human relationships. Read More »

LA Film Fest: Tying People Up for Laughs and Revenge

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I’m making sure the windows are locked tonight. Three consecutive films I viewed at the Los Angeles Film Festival, June 10-18, dealt with tying people up. Not in a nice way, but at least in two cases, a funny way. 'Caught' tells the tale of a teen having an affair with a married man who is kidnapped by the man’s wife and, among other things, tied up. In 'Shevenge', three BFFs fantasize about how to punish men, which involves tying them up. In 'Old Tricks', a burglar learns that you should never try to steal from a retired magician and escape artist. They’re kind of hard to tie up. Read More »

Blu-ray Review: ‘Odd Man Out’ – The Criterion Collection

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It fits perfectly in with any other film noir of this era and is an excellent addition to one's library. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Set Fire to The Stars’ Starring Elijah Wood

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With "Set Fire to the Stars," filmmaker Andy Goddard has constructed a layered film that is clear and intentionally muted. Read More »

DWF: Three Shorts – Fantasy, Love and Our Fragile Grasp on Reality

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Why do filmmakers create short films? Sometimes they are truly motivated to tell a story which only fits in a short format. Other times, it is to show off their skills in order to establish their credentials. Once in a while, they may make a short version of a film that they ultimately want to turn into a feature length production. At this year’s Dances With Films (DWF) festival, held in Hollywood in June, the selection of short films was impressive and contained examples which both fit into and transcended the above reasons. Three films I found impressive all dealt with our perception of what is real: 'Funny Love,' 'Waste Paper,' and 'Waiting for You.' Read More »

Dances with Films Festival: Music, Movies, and Amazing Entertainment

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One of the amazingly enjoyable aspects of the Dances with Films Festival is the opportunity to see short films you might never otherwise never screen. Read More »

DWF Movie Review: ‘Wildlike’ – A Journey through Loss and Abuse to Redemption

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Wildlike, a film by writer/director Frank Hall Green, was shown during the eighteenth Dances With Films (DWF) indie-film festival in Hollywood. Dances With Films promotes itself as relying on “innovation, talent, creativity and sweat equity” rather than celebrity. All those good qualities are evident in Wildlike. The film has an intriguing story, great characters and an interesting production history. Read More »

Movie Review: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared

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Without doubt, the escapades of Allan Karlsson and his adventitious group of friends, will leave audiences reflecting on what it really means to grow old while attempting to retain the most valuable of all possible possessions. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Woman in Gold’ – A Very Personal Experience

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Two Jewish Seniors Relate Stories of Viennese Holocaust Survivors with Film Review of Woman in Gold Read More »