Reviews

Review: ‘Her’ is a Complicated and Poignant Analysis of Love

Review: ‘Her’ is a Complicated and Poignant Analysis of Love

Director Spike Jonze has made a career out of pushing visual aesthetics into visceral new levels of pleasure. His mind-bending tales challenge social commentary in some of the most profound ways possible with simple tweaks to familiar formulas. In fact, it is hard to even consider him a science fiction director simply because his tales […]

February 6, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Sundance Review: ‘Ivory Tower’ Makes Persuasive Points Against College Tuition

Sundance Review: ‘Ivory Tower’ Makes Persuasive Points Against College Tuition

If you have ever looked at the costs of college tuition and questioned its value, then Ivory Tower is a documentary for you. It follows the hierarchy of costs that goes into prestigious, higher education and wonders where that esteem came from. The result is a fascinating, diverse, and very dense look into how American’s school system […]

January 24, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Sundance Review: ‘Love is Strange’ is a Charming and Meaningful Comedy

Sundance Review: ‘Love is Strange’ is a Charming and Meaningful Comedy

In director Ira Sach’s Love is Strange, unforeseen circumstances await two elderly gay newlyweds that threaten to affect their way of living, as the film explores not only of how love can overcome prejudice, but how it can also survive in a place of hopelessness when nobody is around that cares. While its subject matter […]

January 24, 2014 | By | Reply More

Features

Tom’s Sundance Diary: Day 3

Tom’s Sundance Diary: Day 3

With three days under my belt, I managed to work through today’s Sundance experience with ease. My trip up from Salt Lake City didn’t feature any detours. I also was towards the front of the line for each screening. I may have seen significantly less films than everyone else in those lines, but I was […]

January 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Tom’s Sundance Diary: Day 2

Tom’s Sundance Diary: Day 2

Today is a day that I will dub Norway Day. For inexplicable reasons, both films I saw were created by Norwegian directors making their debut. This wasn’t a problem, as I have an appreciation for the typical Norwegian fare. I find a fascinating aspect to their contemporary looks at everyday life that in some ways is […]

January 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Tom’s Sundance Diary: Day 1

Tom’s Sundance Diary: Day 1

The very idea of Sundance for me has felt like this mysterious place of prestige. For years, it seems to have been the place that has spawned the seminal modern classics that actually mean something to me. Even Clerks, which is getting a special showing next week in Park City, is part of a list of […]

January 18, 2014 | By | Reply More

Doctor J

Dr. J Says Have A Little Fun; Try On This Piece Of ‘Blue Velvet’

Dr. J Says Have A Little Fun; Try On This Piece Of ‘Blue Velvet’

If you watch Blue Velvet on DVD, you receive an additional gift of a now infamous clip of Siskel and Ebert debating the merits of this idiosyncratic film. The rotund, orotund Roger Ebert is pained and angry almost to tears over the abuse that actress Isabella Rossellini is subjected to in the course of this […]

October 6, 2013 | By | Reply More
Dr. J Goes Back For More With Godfather II

Dr. J Goes Back For More With Godfather II

I feel uncharitable saying so, but Godfather II is a marked fall from the heights of Coppola’s scintillating first film in this series. I described Godfather I in terms of a Ferrari or a Porsche so beautifully shaped and constructed does it seem, but in II, we go from Carrera to a baggier Panamera. One […]

September 29, 2013 | By | Reply More
Dr. J Returns For An Audience With The Godfather (Part I)

Dr. J Returns For An Audience With The Godfather (Part I)

More than enough has been said about this film, and I doubt that any of it has been in dispraise. To watch it again many years after I first saw it is to be reminded not only how good a film The Godfather is, but how surprisingly recollected many of the scenes prove to be […]

September 25, 2013 | By | Reply More

Interviews

‘C.O.G.’ Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez Talks About Finding Your Own Way

‘C.O.G.’ Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez Talks About Finding Your Own Way

Back in January, writer/director Kyle Patrick Alvarez was trudging through the snow to the premier of his second film, C.O.G. But the blistering cold of Park City had no effect on his mood, as the beaming filmmaker walked proudly next to David Sedaris, an idol of his who turned into a partner of sorts. You […]

September 19, 2013 | By | Reply More
INTERVIEW: “Let Fury Have the Hour” Filmmaker Antonino D’Ambrosio

INTERVIEW: “Let Fury Have the Hour” Filmmaker Antonino D’Ambrosio

We had the opportunity to speak with Antonino D’Ambrosio about his documentary Let Fury Have the Hour, the evolution of the project from book to film, the theme of “creative response” in the film throughout his work, and what he’s working on next.

March 11, 2013 | By | Reply More
Director Daniel Hsia Talks About Americatown And His New Film ‘Shanghai Calling’

Director Daniel Hsia Talks About Americatown And His New Film ‘Shanghai Calling’

Daniel Hsia’s directorial debut, Shanghai Calling, is an incredibly heartwarming tale of an American in the Paris of the East. It’s a film that is funny, charming, and a really good time at the cinema, and I go much more into the praise in my review of the film here. I caught the film back […]

February 5, 2013 | By | Reply More

Killer Waves

Brennan’s Best (And Worst) Horror Films of 2013

Brennan’s Best (And Worst) Horror Films of 2013

As the year draws to a close, what else is a self-respecting horror blogger to do than create a list of their favorite genre films of 2013? Unfortunately for many, mainstream horror was an absolute bust with only one bland wide release horror film (the Carrie remake) in the whole of October. I’d at least prefer two […]

December 23, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Brennan’s Five Scariest Movies For Halloween

Brennan’s Five Scariest Movies For Halloween

Happy October, everybody! The holiday season is upon us, and if you don’t agree with that statement what are you doing on a horror blog anyway? The month leading up to Halloween provides the general public a chance to live like I do every week – watching scary movie after scary movie until the 31st. Unfortunately, […]

October 25, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Slash Register – Prom Night IV: Deliver Us From Evil

The Slash Register – Prom Night IV: Deliver Us From Evil

The Canadian Prom Night franchise is one of my absolute favorites. Having dedicated my life to watching a series of weird and terrible movies, these films always deliver. Why, you ask, did I decide to write about the fourth one when you, dear reader, almost certainly haven’t seen all of the others? Because, in the true […]

September 11, 2013 | By | Reply More

Trailers

Director Daniel Hsia Talks About Americatown And His New Film ‘Shanghai Calling’

Director Daniel Hsia Talks About Americatown And His New Film ‘Shanghai Calling’

Daniel Hsia’s directorial debut, Shanghai Calling, is an incredibly heartwarming tale of an American in the Paris of the East. It’s a film that is funny, charming, and a really good time at the cinema, and I go much more into the praise in my review of the film here. I caught the film back […]

February 5, 2013 | By | Reply More
Help support veterans by seeing ‘High Ground’ in Long Beach this month

Help support veterans by seeing ‘High Ground’ in Long Beach this month

We’ve got another Tugg event we wanna push, this time being coordinated by the SoCal Quilts Of Valor group. They are screening a touching documentary called High Ground about eleven veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan who attempt to scale the Himalayas despite the physical and emotional toll the wars have taken on them. 

September 29, 2012 | By | Reply More

Killer Joe Trailer Hints At Why It Wears the NC-17 Badge

Matthew McConaughey must loved Texas-sized murder movies, ’cause this year he’s in two of ‘em. After making a splash a few weeks back with Bernie, people are getting excited about his new film, Killer Joe, set to be released in July with a proudly worn NC-17 rating.

May 11, 2012 | By | Reply More

Other Recent Posts

Sundance Review: ‘Dear White People’ is a Powerful Reevaluation of Post Racial America

Sundance Review: ‘Dear White People’ is a Powerful Reevaluation of Post Racial America

There have been numerous films to explore race relations in American history, yet few choose to challenge the notion that the country is beyond that. With Dear White People, director Justin Simien creates an impressive deconstruction of post-racial American by satirizing what it means to be black, white people’s ignorance towards race, and how everyone […]

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Sundance Review: ‘Blind’ Puts a Fresh Spin on a Familiar Subject

Sundance Review: ‘Blind’ Puts a Fresh Spin on a Familiar Subject

Director Eskil Vogt’s Blind manages to do what few other films have done: humanize the blind people without relying overtly on sympathy. With his directorial debut, he explores how the loss of sight influences the perception of the individual, their relationships, and the social acceptance in the city of Oslo, Norway. It is a challenging, […]

January 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Sundance Review: ‘Camp X-Ray’ is an Intense Look at Forbidden Love at Guantanamo Bay

Sundance Review: ‘Camp X-Ray’ is an Intense Look at Forbidden Love at Guantanamo Bay

Director Peter Sattler’s Camp X-Ray is, at its core, a film that wants to understand those that are wrongly accused. In this drama that explores the relationship between soldier Amy Cole (Kristen Stewart) and prisoner Ali (Peyman Moaadi) form a strange relationship at Guantanamo Bay that goes against the army’s code of ethics. It is an […]

January 21, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More
Antichrist Aside, ‘Devil’s Due’ Fails to Deliver Much of Anything

Antichrist Aside, ‘Devil’s Due’ Fails to Deliver Much of Anything

Ever since The Blair Witch Project,  the “found footage” style of filmmaking has become inextricably linked with horror movies. It’s with good reason, I suppose, since the purpose behind the technique is to lend the film a raw, realistic atmosphere, and when something feels more realistic, it often feels scarier.

January 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Sundance Review: ‘The Foxy Merkins’ is a Sloppy, Uneven Comedy

Sundance Review: ‘The Foxy Merkins’ is a Sloppy, Uneven Comedy

The Foxy Merkins is both striking in title as it is in premise. Two homeless lesbian prostitutes befriend each other and become partners in making some cash. The story centers on the misadventures specifically of the chubby Margaret (Lisa Haas) as she deals with many suitors that result in comedic moments ranging from foreplay to […]

January 20, 2014 | By | Reply More