Film Review: Parasite

Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” (2019) is like the wild and crazy evil twin of Hirokazu Koreeda’s “Shoplifters.” Both films deal with a family in poverty who resort to extreme measures to survive, but their cinematic methods are polar opposites. While “Shoplifters” is a quiet and subtle film, “Parasite” is a rapidly paced and boisterous dark comedy/thriller. [...]

By |2021-12-12T00:25:34-07:00December 12th, 2021|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Film Review: An Elephant Sitting Still

It’s rare for a filmmaker to create a masterpiece with their first film. Most filmmakers, from Martin ScorseseMartin Scorsese to David Cronenberg, had to develop their craft with their first few films before making their first great film. The most famous exception to this was Orson Welles, who astonished the cinema world with his classic [...]

By |2021-11-12T23:43:08-07:00November 12th, 2021|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Film Review: Sister Tempest

The astonishing film “Sister Tempest” is not for the faint of heart, nor for those with limited imagination. Instead, if you crave films that will sever your carotid arteries, as well as warm up your still beating heart, then the absolutely gonzo and brilliant filmmaker Joe Badon has created something that will satisfy your love [...]

By |2021-10-17T07:30:46-07:00October 17th, 2021|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Film Review: Red Post on Escher Street

Before he was a prolific and widely celebrated filmmaker, Sion Sono was a member of the avant-garde, public street performance art group Tokyo Gagaga, where he protested against all forms of authoritarian control. This rebellious spirit never completely left Sono when he began making films, and throughout his career he has experienced his fair share [...]

By |2021-09-28T23:37:22-07:00September 27th, 2021|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Film Review: Simple Like Silver

Some horror films operate on a more subtle level, drawing on subconscious fears that all of us share without relying on obvious violence and gore. Films such as Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining,” Mike Flanagan’s “Doctor Sleep,” and Alain Resnais’ “Last Year at Marienbad” fall into this category of arthouse horror films, as they slowly build [...]

By |2021-09-20T23:04:05-07:00September 20th, 2021|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: First Cow

As I reflect on Kelly Reichardt’s “First Cow,” which opens in select theaters this weekend, I can’t help but smile on my “first Reichardt” experience, “Certain Women” and the audience reaction to that film. It is important to set the stage for this experience in that I was not a member of the press, so [...]

By |2020-03-13T14:46:07-07:00March 13th, 2020|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Phoenix Film Festival World Cinema Shorts: Love, death and a three-headed dog

Melodi - Michael Kam (Singapore) In a tiny downtown apartment, a young man listens intently to his old, wheelchair-bound neighbor angrily berate the young servant girl that sadly cares for him. He peeks inside her apartment before being chased away by the old man and follows her to the bird store after she accidently releases [...]

By |2019-04-14T20:41:59-07:00April 14th, 2019|Independent Film, Movie Reviews|0 Comments

ASU Fall 2017 Capstones: Dogs and drunks, heroes and harlots

The ASU Fall 2017 Senior Film Showcase took place on December 2, 2017 and featured twelve examples of student work from the ASU School of Film, Dance and Theater that included a music video and two demo reels. After enduring the Spring 2017 Senior Capstone films way back in May, I had considered skipping the [...]

By |2019-03-11T17:02:52-07:00March 8th, 2018|Independent Film, Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Experimental films find a home in Jerome

The 5th annual Jerome Indie Film and Music Festival wrapped up another successful weekend of independent film, indie music, art and trains. Returning to the hills of Jerome Arizona, the festival recaptured the magic of its very first incarnation from years ago. Returning for my fifth straight year at the festival, I took a different [...]

By |2019-03-11T17:03:32-07:00September 17th, 2017|Independent Film, Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Arizona Filmmaker Showcase May: Film festival rewind

The May Arizona Filmmaker Showcase presented three films that had previously screened at the Phoenix Film Festival in April, along with two other films that were screened only the night before at the Short Shorts with Short Leash outdoor film festival. The Amazing Mortimer – Directed by Phil Wilson Old ventriloquist Mortimer (Greg Joseph) entertains an audience [...]

By |2019-03-11T17:03:54-07:00July 16th, 2017|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments