The Vesuvius Xperiment (2015)

If you haven’t heard of Joshua Kennedy by now, you should have. Really.  It’s your own fault. Joshua is one of a growing number of young filmmakers who turn out remarkable films for next to nothing, the garage bands of the film world.  He is also one of the more accomplished of that small but […]

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Arrival (2016)

[Warning:  Spoilers ahead!] Arrival arrived with a slew of ecstatic reviews, praising its science, its emotional impact, its stars and almost everything else about it.  I almost feel embarrassed going against the flow on this one. None of which changes the fact that I think this one fell flat. Let’s be clear here:  this is […]

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400 Days (2015)

The idea seems sound enough – a group of aspiring astronauts, preparing for a trip to Mars by spending 400 days in a simulator.   If they decide to leave the simulation, they won’t get to go to Mars. One would almost expect it to be an episode of the original Outer Limits… Oh, wait, […]

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Sufferosa (2010)

This is one of those efforts which suffers from the comparison with what we expect it should be. Somehow, the digital age led a lot of people to experiment with new art forms, although few of them have been particularly successful.  I can remember Scott McCloud in his graphic novel, Understanding Comics, envisioning comics wrapped […]

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Black Road (2016)

Somehow, while it would be easy to file Black Road under the heading of “Film Noir”, its cool, sunny Oregon coastal setting feels more like Paul Newman’s two movies based on Ross MacDonald’s Lew Archer novels – Harper and The Drowning Pool.  Which, yes, does seem a strange comparison for a movie set in a future […]

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