COLD IN JULY Review

     May 23, 2014

[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  Cold in July opens today in limited release.] Genre is a lifeline. We cling to it in order to guide our expectations of a film, and while …

Sundance 2014: COLD IN JULY Review

     January 20, 2014

Genre is a lifeline.  We cling to it in order to guide our expectations of a film, and while genres can be blended, we expect them to remain consistent.  But just because a clearly stated genre is conventional, that doesn’t …

Fantastic Fest 2010: STAKE LAND Review

     October 6, 2010

Sometimes you take a premise and wring it for all it’s worth and you add some soul, humor, great casting, and gritty action to give it the right flavor. That’s exactly what the post-apocalyptic vampire road movie Stake Land does, …

THE KING’S SPEECH Wins the Top Prize at TIFF

     September 19, 2010

Amid such high profile entries as Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, and Ben Affleck’s The Town, the period drama The King’s Speech entered the Toronto International Film Festival relatively low on buzz.  Such is no longer the …