Fish Tank – New Criterion DVD

Fish Tank is a raw and unflinching look at a teen girls coming of age while living in the cold, dank housing projects in Essex, England. The girl is Mia and she is played by first time actress Katie Jarvis. A fifteen year old who spends her time dancing in an abandon apartment. This isn’t […]

The Life Before Her Eyes – Uma & Evan

This film is a beautiful and lyrical meditation of what could have been.  What if things would have happened differently?  The Life before her Eyes is the second film from director Vadim Perelman, whose first film The House of Sand and Fog brought wide critical praise.  It was nominated for three Academy Awards, including best […]

“Water Lilies” – A Controversial French Teen Drama

This is an amazingly fearless movie that tackles issues no Hollywood studio would touch. “Water Lilies” is a French film that deals with the lives of three distinct teen female characters and their very real struggles. Set in the world of synchronized swimming, director Celine Sciamma takes you on a disturbingly honest depiction of the […]

“Chungking Express” A Film by Wong Kar Wai

The Virgin Spring – The 1960 Bergman Classic!

Swedish director Ingmar Bergman is regarded as one the great film directors of all time. He was nominated for 9 Academy Awards, while also fathering 9 children. He died in 2007 at the ripe old age of 89, but has left quite a legacy. The Virgin Spring was released in 1960 and has since been […]

Stuart Gordon’s “From Beyond” (1986)

After director Stuart Gordon made the cult hit “The Re-Animator” he reteamed with actor Jeffrey Combs for another movie based an H.P. Lovecraft story called “From Beyond”. This sci-fi horror film is right up there with “Re-Animator”. This movie is creepy weird and fun to watch. Combs plays physicist Crawford Tillinghast who along with Dr. […]

“The Collector” is a Suspenseful Good Time!

When the guys behind the most recent “Saw” movies had some extra time in their busy schedules they made a small independent horror film called “The Collector”. Since the “Saw” movies they were apart of were nothing but pure crap, I was a little hesitant about watching this movie, but I have to say that […]

“Mean Creek” An Intense Drama about the Bullies in our Lives.

Directed by Jacob Aaron Estes and starring a fantastic young cast that was recognized at the 2005 Independent Spirit Awards. This movie tells the story of a middle school bully who gets taught a very serious lesson from a bunch of neighborhood kids. This is a very powerful and disturbingly real drama about kids who […]

“Let Me In”

This is the American remake of the Swedish film “Let the Right One In” which I reviewed about a year ago (on my blog).  The original film also made my list of the top movies of the last decade. There was great debate as to whether a remake would tarnish the nearly flawless original, because […]

“Roger Dodger” – Jessie Eisenberg’s First Film Role

I saw this movie back in 2002 at the Austin Film Festival.  It featured the first two films from the up and coming actor Jesse Eisenberg, who as we all know is up for Best Actor for his portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg in “The Social Network” at this years Academy Awards. Eisenberg had a supporting […]