Movie Review: White Reindeer (2013, Dir. Zach Clark)

White Reindeer Movie Review 2013

White Reindeer, written & directed by Zach Clark, gives us an intimate but mostly funny look at coping with the holidays right after a tragedy. We open with a postcard-perfect view of the Hawaiian coast then are brought to the cold winter winds of Virginia where we meet successful realtor Suzanne (Anna Margaret Hollyman) who lives the perfect WASP life with her weatherman husband, Jeff (Nathan Williams). Life is about to get better as Jeff announces he has been hired in a coveted position in Hawaii. Suzanne excitedly prepares for their last Christmas in Virginia until she comes home to find her husband brutally departed, leaving her instantly enervated of life and its promises. Her parents’ attempts to support her during this time are politely rejected by Suzanne who intends to travel alone on this cruel sojourn she has been thrust upon. She soon finds solace in shopping and lethargy, willfully oblivious to the demands of her new reality.

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Buffalo Dreams To Host Screening of Troma’s Return to Nuke ‘Em High

Return To Nuke Em High Premiere

Greg Lamberson’s Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival (formally Buffalo Screams) will host a sneak peek of Troma Entertainment’s Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1. Return is the fourth film in the Nuke ‘Em High film franchise, and is the first sequel directed by Lloyd Kaufman.

Kaufman will be in attendance for a Q&A following the event. The sneak peek screening will take place on Saturday, November 9th at 9:30 pm at Dispon’s Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main Street, Buffalo NY. Admission is only $8.00

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Another International Trailer For The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

New International Trailer For Catching Fire

Of course I’ve read Suzanne Collin’s Hunger Games trilogy. As a self-proclaimed pop culture journalist, I do my best to keep atop of whatever is the trendiest thing of the moment. Yet when The Hunger Games hit theaters, I couldn’t wrap my head around the excitement movie-goers seemed to be full of. The movie seemed nonsensical without the knowledge of what happened in the novel, and if you had read the novel, it seemed like a dumbed down, boring selection of scenes to adapt, done as cheaply as possible. I mean, I couldn’t even tell if anyone was hungry.

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Movie Review: Touchy Feely (2013, Dir. Lynn Shelton)

Touchy Feely 2013

Touchy Feely is the third feature by Lynn Shelton, and stars Ellen Page, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Josh Pais.  Pais plays Paul, a dentist running a dying practice.  His sister, Abby (DeWitt) is a free-spirited massage therapist.  Paul hopes his daughter, Jenny (Page), will take over the practice one day, oblivious of alternative paths she may want to explore. Unexplained events occur threatening to unravel their lives.  It would have been nice if the plot thickened from there, but whatever force was at play withered away leaving a cast of talent wasted.

This could have been a fantastic movie with a strong story-line, but it wasn’t. It was a character study into a family, with gifted actors running around on screen unsure of what to do.

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At The Dark Divide Plans To Make Bigfoot Scary As Hell

At The Dark Divide Makes Bigfoot Scary As Hell

The makers of the short film Eaglewalk, which we covered several months ago on the site, have started a Kickstarter campaign to help them raise money for a new short set in the same universe as their earlier film. It’s going to be called At The Dark Divide, and they’ve announced a noble mission statement for the creation of this film: “making Bigfoot scary as hell.”

These guys have only got 12 days to come up with the funding to make the prequel to the best damn killer Bigfoot short film we have covered on the site since we came into being. But don’t take my word for it; go click that link down there, visit their Kickstarter, watch Eaglewalk for free on the page, and, if you like it and you can, donate some money.

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Movie Review: Dear Mr. Watterson (2013, Joel Allen Schroeder)

Dear Mr. Watterson Movie Review

When choosing films to see in my limited time at the Cinetopia Film Festival, I had to decide what to see. That may seem like a simple task, but when there are four films of different genres with different themes all of which sound great in different ways playing at the same time, it can be difficult to decide.

The other three films I saw, 5-25-77, Big Sur, and The Spectacular Now, I had heard of before. They had reputations and sounded like films that would interest me. Dear Mr. Watterson? Before seeing its listing on the Cinetopia schedule, I had no idea what it was. The name “Watterson” sounded familiar to me, but I could not place it. I had not read my Calvin and Hobbes comics in years.

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Movie Review: 5-25-77 (Dir. Patrick Read Johnson)

5-25-77 Movie Review

Patrick Read Johnson, director of Angus, Spaced Invaders, and The Genesis Code, has a new work called 5-25-77. Does that date seem familiar? If so, it is because that is the date that one little movie, Star Wars, came out. This semi-autobiographical coming of age story follows a character named Pat (John Francis Daley of Freaks and Geeks), an aspiring filmmaker in Illinois. He tries his damnedest to get family and friends to help him make the sequels to some of his favorite flicks like 2001, Jaws, and Planet of the Apes.

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Help Make DOOMED! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four

DOOMED! The Untold Story of Roger Corman's The Fantastic Four

The early 90’s Roger Corman production of The Fantastic Four has never officially seen the light of day. You can get bootlegged copies that are of a superb enough quality, but there’s been no official DVD release, and the film has never had a legitimate theatrical run. The details surrounding its lack-of-release are a bit foggy, and a mystery that I, for one, would love to know the answer to.

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Tribeca Film Fest 2013: Prince Avalanche (2013, Dir. David Gordon Green)

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I remember how I felt when I saw David Gordon Green’s All The Real Girls in theaters. At that point in my life, I was quite young, and I’d watch anything at the only arthouse theater in my town. Movies would pop up there, screen for a week, and vanish forever. I remember very little of the film itself, but there are remnants of the visuals left in my synapses; the warm organic closeness, and I recall my reactions. I know I was captivated, but I knew nothing massive was happening. I felt I should be bored, but I wasn’t.

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Bryan Singer Still Being Coy About Peter Dinklage In Upcoming X-Men Film

Bryan Singer coy about new X-Men

Comic book fans have been scratching their heads ever since Bryan Singer announced Peter Dinklage would be starring in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Some fans thought he would be playing Alpha Flight member Puck, but that was debunked after it was revealed he is a villain. Fans then thought he would be voicing a CG character, but Singer shot down that theory as well.

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