“Dead & Beautiful”- A Slow Burn Subversion of the Vampire Film: Film Review

Just over a decade ago, Hollywood revitalized the classic vampire through the gaze of beautiful teenagers with media like Twilight, True Blood, and The Vampire Diaries. Dead & Beautiful builds upon these established tropes to deliver a film that truly upends the vampire feature as we know it. Director David Verbeek’s latest feature revolves aroundContinue reading ““Dead & Beautiful”- A Slow Burn Subversion of the Vampire Film: Film Review”

“Nightshooters” Is An Action-Packed Misfire: Film Review

Nightshooters‘ logline carries a great deal of potential. A low budget film crew witnessing a mob hit in a deserted industrial complex sounds like the perfect mix of Die Hard and One Cut of the Dead. Unfortunately, writer-director Marc Price struggles to deliver the promise of the premise. Marc Price does exhibit the qualities ofContinue reading ““Nightshooters” Is An Action-Packed Misfire: Film Review”

“The Beta Test” Is the Algorithmic “Eyes Wide Shut” for the Me-Too Era: Film Review

Over the last several years, writing, acting and directing triple threat, Jim Cummings, has grinded away on two indie films that have gained a small cult following: Thunder Road and The Wolf of Snow Hollow. However, despite its title, The Beta Test is anything but an experiment. This film is the culmination of Cummings’ previousContinue reading ““The Beta Test” Is the Algorithmic “Eyes Wide Shut” for the Me-Too Era: Film Review”

LPFF 2021- “I’m Your Man” Is “When Harry Met Sally” For Nerds: Film Capsule Review

Can an anthropomorphic algorithm make the perfect romantic partner? That’s the hypothetical question that director Maria Schrader seeks to answer in light sci-fi rom-com I’m Your Man. A cross between Ex Machina and a Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally) film, I’m Your Man follows, Tom (Dan Stevens), an programmed android who wants to feelContinue reading “LPFF 2021- “I’m Your Man” Is “When Harry Met Sally” For Nerds: Film Capsule Review”

LPFF 2021- The Power of Passionate Conversation in “Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy”: Film Capsule Review

While its title may spark mental images of dragons or Vanna White, Ry├╗suke Hamaguchi’s Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy is a simple and unassuming trio of momentary romances. There are no flashy shots or edits on display in this feature. Instead, Hamaguchi allows the conversations between the couples to shine, in what feels like anContinue reading “LPFF 2021- The Power of Passionate Conversation in “Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy”: Film Capsule Review”

LPFF 2021- “The Humans” Is A Post-9/11 Allegorical Bore: Film Capsule Review

With an all-star cast consisting of Steven Yeun, Richard Jenkins, Amy Schumer, Beanie Feldstein, Jayne Houdyshell, and June Squibb navigating familial anxieties in a post-9/11 society, The Humans sounds like an independent home run. Sadly, Stephen Karam’s directorial debut is so concerned with creating an accurate New York City apartment environment, that it forgets aboutContinue reading “LPFF 2021- “The Humans” Is A Post-9/11 Allegorical Bore: Film Capsule Review”

CIFF 2021- “Oscar Micheaux: The Superhero of Black Filmmaking” Doesn’t Save the Day: Film Capsule Review

Despite the eye-catching title that seems intended for the masses, Oscar Micheaux: The Superhero of Black Filmmaking is as dry as documentaries come. Unlike Micheaux’s works, the film lacks passion, evoking memories of rote academic material found in a film studies classroom. There no doubting that Micheaux is the godfather of Black American cinema. HisContinue reading “CIFF 2021- “Oscar Micheaux: The Superhero of Black Filmmaking” Doesn’t Save the Day: Film Capsule Review”

CIFF 2021- “A Cop Movie” and The Problem With Narrative-Doc Hybrids: Film Capsule Review

A Cop Movie initially seems like a brilliant endeavor to explore the state of Mexico’s police system through the combination of narrative and documentary storytelling. It allows director Alonso Ruizpalacios to develop several fantastic sequences as Teresa and Montoya break the fourth wall while on the job to share their experiences. However as the twoContinue reading “CIFF 2021- “A Cop Movie” and The Problem With Narrative-Doc Hybrids: Film Capsule Review”

LPFF 2021- “Golden Voices” Reminds Us of the Importance of Being Heard: Film Capsule Review

On Friday, October 22, 2021 at the 20th Annual Lake Placid Film Festival, the audience attending Golden Voices was pleasantly reminded what it means to listen to your own voice, even when surrounded by the pressures of societal norms and completely new surroundings.  The film follows Raya (Mariya Belkina) and Victor (Vladimir Friedman) Frenkel, anContinue reading “LPFF 2021- “Golden Voices” Reminds Us of the Importance of Being Heard: Film Capsule Review”

Lake Placid Film Festival 2021- “The Novice” Is An Expertly Crafted Sports Thriller: Film Capsule Review

The Novice┬ámade me frustrated that there isn’t a rowing subgenre like there is for basketball and boxing flicks. Director Lauren Hadaway allows the rigor and difficulty level for rowing to be on full display here. Not only does the audience learn about the core techniques and terms associated with the sport, we also visually experienceContinue reading “Lake Placid Film Festival 2021- “The Novice” Is An Expertly Crafted Sports Thriller: Film Capsule Review”