COLD IN JULY Review

     February 10, 2015

[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

     February 10, 2015

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 2012: COME OUT AND PLAY Review

     February 10, 2015

Evil children make shitty antagonists.  It’s a lazy dichotomy to say, “Look!  The faces of the innocent and pure are doing horrible acts of violence!  HOW CAN THIS BE?”  But they shouldn’t be threatening to any adult.  You can’t be …

PUNCTURE Review

     September 22, 2011

Adam and Mark Kassen’s Puncture takes two inherently dramatic concepts and can’t find the drama in either.  The story takes the standard underdog-lawyer-vs-evil-corporation yarn and puts a drug addict character in the lead.   But these elements are rendered inert without …

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