Okie dokie, that was a nice break for some other writing work. Finger cramps anyone? Let’s get to it for the last eight films I saw at Sundance. My favorite of the fest is in the mix, along with a few that left me pretty meh, and one that was sadly a big letdown. If … Continue reading Sundance Film Festival 2017 Recap – PART TWO
Hey gang. I’ve been asked to do a recap of my experience this year at the Sundance Film Festival. As many of you know I spend a week at Sundance every year. I’m a homegrown Utah boy and grew up not far from Park City, so I’ve been one lucky bastard that I’ve been able … Continue reading Sundance Film Festival 2017 Recap – PART ONE
Time for another incredible film that was just recently released in theaters, albeit very limited. Listen to me… if you have a theater near you that is playing Under the Shadow, see it immediately. This was my absolute favorite movie I saw at the Sundance Film Fest this past year. Shockingly I don’t hear many … Continue reading 10/12/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #12 – Under the Shadow.
I like to start each list off with a bang and usually pick one of my favorite horror flicks from the previous year. This year it was an easy choice with The Witch. I don’t even know where to start when it comes to this amazing experience. Movies simply don’t come around like this very … Continue reading 10/1/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #1 – The Witch.
I love minimalist horror movies, especially ones with a sci-fi flair. And you don’t really get much more minimalist than Cube. Cube is basically about a group of people that wake up in a maze-like structure filled with deadly traps that need to figure out how to escape. But they also need to figure out … Continue reading 10/19/14 – 2014 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #19 – Cube.
NOTE: I’m out of town this weekend, so this longer “double Feature” post works for both days and will allow me ample Vegas time. Thank you. Have you ever seen a movie where you honestly have no idea what you just watched? Something that defies logic so hard that it makes you … Continue reading 10/12/13 & 10/13/13 – 2013 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATIONS #12 & #13 – Detention (2011) / John Dies at the End
This was the horror movie I saw at Sundance earlier this year that absolutely knocked my socks off. I’ve been a fan of the horror anthology film ever since I was young. In fact, *spoiler alert*, I plan on doing another horror anthology film for tomorrow's pick as well! But let’s talk about V/H/S/2 right … Continue reading 10/10/13 – 2013 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #10 – V/H/S/2
Here’s a movie that I’ve had to do some battle over in the past, and I’m sure it will continue. No biggie, I welcome all comers. I saw Silent House at Sundance a few years back and I seriously loved it. At the time I’d never seen the original foreign film it was based on, … Continue reading 10/4/13 – 2013 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #4 – Silent House (2011)
A few days ago I borrowed a film review from myself that I completed this past Sundance Film Festival for The Pact. Well, today I’m going to do the same thing with this seriously twisted little ditty. I was going to wait until this Tuesday (10/16/2012), since that’s when it hits the DVD market for … Continue reading 10/14/12 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #14 – Excision.
In no way do these summarize the entire festival, but at least it's a little glimpse into my experience. Sort of.
Well, all good things have to come to an end. It's at this moment that I bid adieu to you, Sundance. As always, you had your ebbs and flows. The first weekend was completely insane, almost Vegas-like in it's franticness. Streets are filled to the brim wearing fashions all over the board, most are definitely … Continue reading *Sniff, sniff* Farewell Sundance…
My brain is constantly full of bizarre things that are pretty much impossible to describe. At any given moment, it's like a mass gathering of indescribable insanity. But you know, I enjoy it. It helps me write crazy shit and I'm never bored. This is exactly why I had a freakin' blast with John Dies … Continue reading Sundance 2012 Review: John Dies at the End
The Comedy is, in a way, a perfect example of what Joe Public probably thinks of when they think of a Sundance movie. It's definitely a director's vision, whether it makes any sense to actually put his vision on film or not. It's pretentious as all hell. It's an insanely low-concept character study with almost … Continue reading Sundance 2012 Review: The Comedy
Every year at Sundance, there's one movie that makes you go, "What the F*!# was that???" This year is no exception... Excision is definitely that movie. And shocker, I thought it was great. Although, holy hell should the phrase, "NOT FOR EVERYONE" be used in every discussion about this warped, twisted, confusing, entertaining, and wholly … Continue reading Sundance 2012 Review: Excision
Most people remember the first time they fell in love. You're young. You're kind of an idiot. You don't really know exactly what you're feeling, but strangely you both like and hate it at the same time. Awkwardness abounds, but it's exciting. All these feelings and emotions are on display in the movie The First … Continue reading Sundance 2012 Review: The First Time
To quote the Transformers, something that definitely helped craft my childhood, as well as that of the programmers in the film, Indie Game: The Movie is definitely more than meets the eye. At first look this is a glimpse into the world of independent programmers that most people don't even know exists. But as you … Continue reading Sundance 2012 Review: Indie Game: The Movie
With all the films here at the festival, I guarantee that The Pact, what appears to be a simple haunted house tale, is going to be overlooked. That's a shame because this is a well crafted and solid piece of spooky horror, complete with some interesting twists and turns. It was obviously created by a … Continue reading Sundance 2012 Review: The Pact
This review will be difficult to write. It's easy to write about cookie cutter movies, their flaws, their lack of imagination, and what they could have done better. But here, you have such an original and unique vision, it's almost like you're watching a new genre of film for the very first time. The typical … Continue reading Sundance 2012 Review: Beasts of the Southern Wild
Oh, Tim and Eric. How you frustrate me. There are sparks when true comedic genius comes through... and then there are the other times when I feel like you were given an amazing golden opportunity to make comedy wildfire, and you just light your fart instead and waste the match. Tim and Eric's Billion dollar … Continue reading Sundance 2012 Review: Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie
Look, I'll be honest. I can't write an unbiased review for Filly Brown because it was directed by a good friend of mine, Mike Olmos. But I will say this. Much like Hustle and Flow, or 8 Mile, this musical film about the journey, struggles, and hardships of a struggling artist trying to follow her … Continue reading Sundance 2012 Review… well, more like an extremely biased promo, for Filly Brown.
Every country is entitled to their own version of some plain and simple entertaining fluff. To me, that's exactly what Grabbers is -- Ireland's version of some easy to swallow, smile-causing fluff. It doesn't reinvent the wheel by any means, in fact it blatantly steals ahem, I mean pays homage to a slew of other horror movies. But … Continue reading Sundance 2012 Review: Grabbers
So my film viewing is ramping up. Seeing 3-4 movies a day, shuttling around town to different venues, all while trying to squeeze in some food and sleep, doesn't really provide too much time to write a longer review for everything. But I'm still going to try. Just don't blame me if some are shorter … Continue reading Sundance 2012 Review: A Fierce Green Fire
I love horror movies. You all pretty much know that already or else you wouldn't even be on this blog. And many of you know that one of my all time favorite movies from any genre is The Shining. To me there's almost nothing bettter than Kubrick's masterpiece. But lately right now I'm obsessed with … Continue reading Sundance 2012 Review: Room 237
One of my favorite sub-genre of horror films is the horror anthology film. A few mini-movies with a common theme, connected by a linking story that weaves its way throughout. They don't make them as much anymore so when I heard that Sundance had a "found-footage" anthology horror film in the Midnight section this year, … Continue reading Sundance 2012 Review: V/H/S
This is a difficult movie to review because it's one I'd much rather have people experience instead of read about. I'll admit to something right up front... I had no idea who Ai Weiwei (pronounced eye way-way) was before I saw this movie. Don't judge. I just didn't. But boy oh boy do I know … Continue reading Sundance 2012 Review: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Tomorrow I head to Park City for the glorious splendor of the Sundance Film Festival. Ahh, 7 straight days of drinking, movie viewing. I'm going to try and hit as many of the Midnight horror flicks as I can. I hope to provide a few small reviews of these little gems for anyone who might … Continue reading Sundance 2012 Here I Come.