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

Review: “Queen of the Desert”

“Queen of the Desert” – “I doubt there is anyone in the world as happy as I am now.” – Gertrude Bell (Nicole Kidman) Gertrude Bell was a pioneer, an explorer during the turn of the 20th Century, a time when women were generally not pioneers or explorers.  Gertrude’s circumstance is even more unique, because [...]

By |April 7th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Gifted”

“Gifted” – “I look like a Disney character!” – Mary Adler (Mckenna Grace) Mary - a seven year old - exclaims the aforementioned comment in utter disgust while dressed in a cute, frilly red outfit.  It is her first day of school.  Until this particular day, her Uncle Frank (Chris Evans) has homeschooled her, but he [...]

By |April 7th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|1 Comment

Review: “The Zookeeper’s Wife”

“The Zookeeper’s Wife” – “You can never tell who your enemies are or who to trust.  Maybe that’s why I love animals so much.  You look in their eyes, and you know exactly what’s in their hearts. They aren’t like people.”  - Antonina Zabinski (Jessica Chastain) Antonina (Chastain) and Jan Zabinski (Johan Heldenbergh) run a [...]

By |March 31st, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Review: “The Blackcoat’s Daughter”

“The Blackcoat’s Daughter” – “Creepy is better than just plain scary, because you can’t look away from creepy.  You want to know the truth.” – Ransom Riggs First-time director Oz Perkins made a confusing film. He made a sinister, spooky, atmospheric, and confusing film. Throughout much of its 1-hour 33-minute runtime, Perkins barely explains why [...]

By |March 31st, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments