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Review: “Teen Titans: The Judas Contract”

It's really hard for me to believe, but there are now a staggering 28 DC Animated Feature Films.  I remember in 2006 when the first one came out, Superman Doomsday, which was an adaptation the Death and Return of Superman story arc from back in the 90's.  Yet I could never have dreamed that they would find [...]

By |April 21st, 2017|Movie Reviews|2 Comments

Review: “The Lost City of Z”

“The Lost City of Z” – “It is there, and we must find it.” – Col. Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) “Ain’t nobody comes back from up there.” – A disbeliever When traveling, I frequently look to my phone for five-star reviews for some out of the way restaurant or coffee shop.  Sure, I may not [...]

By |April 21st, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “The Promise”

“The Promise” – “There are churches and mosques like you wouldn’t believe.” In 1914 Constantinople, this is Mikael Boghosian’s (Oscar Isaac) reaction to Turkey’s most prominent city.  Although cultural differences can be a source of tension and divisiveness, Turks and Armenians live in relative harmony during this time, not only in this massive cultural center, [...]

By |April 21st, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Free Fire”

Humor and violence have always had an odd symbiotic relationship.  Be it was Buster Keaton narrowly avoiding catastrophe or Larry, Moe, and Curly gleefully gouging each other’s eyes out, we seem to have a primal enjoyment for brutality. If the violence from old Looney Toon and Tom & Jerry cartoons were brought into reality, it [...]

By |April 21st, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

2017 Phoenix Film Festival – Arizona Shorts A

Disciple - Directed by: Bob Reynolds A boy gets his soccer ball stolen by bullies, and his abusive dad is having none of it. He takes the tyke out back and using a baseball bat on a tree, demonstrates how to effectively beat the crap out of a bully to get his stuff back. With [...]

By |April 19th, 2017|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

‘IMperfect’ – Peering through the microscope of life with visceral scrutiny

Local filmmaker Ryan Thomas Andersen has completed his long anticipated feature ‘IMperfect’ and premiered his film to a sold out audience at the 2017 Phoenix Film Festival. If you’re not familiar with Andersen’s story, he is the filmmaker who won the 2014 ‘Crash The Super Bowl’ commercial competition with his ‘Time Machine’ entry. After writing [...]

By |April 15th, 2017|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Tommy’s Honour”

“Tommy’s Honour” – “I love the way the game of golf is lived and played in Scotland.  I always have.” – Tom Watson Many, many fans rightfully consider Tom Watson as golf-royalty, but “Tommy’s Honour” is a biopic about another athlete of the links, Tommy Morris (Jack Lowden), a 19th Century prodigy from Scotland. He [...]

By |April 14th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “The Fate of the Furious”

The Fast/Furious series has been one of the most resilient franchises in recent memory.  For better or worse it has reinvented itself more than once, survived the departure and return of one of the lead actors, scrambled its timeline without warning, and broken every law of physics known to man.  Perhaps more surprising is that [...]

By |April 14th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Colossal”

At the heart of “Colossal” is a fresh, unique concept. A young woman, Gloria (Anne Hathaway), learns that she is connected to a giant Kaiju directly on the other side of the earth like a cosmic puppeteer.   This core concept is brilliant, and a number of great scenes stem from it.  But in an ironic [...]

By |April 14th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

2017 Phoenix Film Festival Live Action Shorts Program A

The Phoenix Film Festival is still underway, but before too much time passes, here are some of the films I've seen over the past weekend. My schedule was jam-packed with short films from all over the world as well as two programs of Arizona made indies. The short films presented this year look very promising, [...]

By |April 11th, 2017|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments