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Review: Hochet and Pastor Turn Character-Centric Found Footage On It’s Head In ‘Stéphane’

Cleverly dropping viewers into the film within the film, Timothée Hochet and Lucas Pastor’s debut feature Stéphane opens mid-scene as an up and coming director named Timothée (Bastien Garcia delivering a perfectly nuanced debut feature performance) shoots his latest action-packed, espionage short. He and his actors are interrupted by a peculiar man named Stéphane (Lucas Pastor himself, unrecognizable under makeup) […]

NBFF Review: James Morosini’s Weird Past Is A Hilariously Heartfelt Dramedy In ‘I Love My Dad’

After the words “The following actually happened. My dad asked me to tell you it didn’t.” flash across the screen viewers get their first glimpse of the lead as Chuck (Patton Oswalt of Young Adult and Ratatouille delivering another heartfelt and hilarious performance) finds a puppy in the park while on a walk with his son Franklin. He’s seen ripping […]

NBFF Review: Mali Elfman’s Next Exit Addresses Difficult Topics Via A Unique Lens

When a research scientist makes national headlines by seemingly proving the existence of an afterlife and opening a facility that facilitates the peaceful transition to the other side for research purposes, people from all over the country travel to be the first ones to experience it. Two lost souls, Rose (Katie Parker) and Teddy (Rahul Kohli) arrange travel plans with […]

Let’s Make Popular Movies with Bryan Connolly & John Gholson

Recently I sat down with Bryan Connolly (director, co-producer, co-editor, “kinda writer”) and John Gholson (lead actor) of ‘Make Popular Movies’ – an improvisational comedy film about making movies that are a commercial success, as well as the many hilarious situations that arise in the process. ‘Make Popular Movies’ screened at the 2022 edition of the Chattanooga Film Festival where […]

CFF Review: Bryan Connolly’s Charming Indie Comedy ‘Make Popular Movies’ Punches Up at Hollywood

One of the most exciting things about independent movies is being able to bring to life a concept that big studios wouldn’t fund, such as Bryan Connolly’s scathingly accurate satire of the Hollywood film industry Make Popular Movies. After opening with an absurdist skit involving a disruptive gorilla in a theater, which turns out to be a shoot for a […]

Sundance Review: Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead Dig Deeper With ‘Something in the Dirt’

There’s few voices in independent film who can weave a cinematic universe with enough depth to rival some of Hollywood’s biggest studios in terms of layered storytelling spanning multiple movies, however it seems to be second nature to filmmaking duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead who alongside their longtime producer David Lawson Jr. aim to do precisely this every time […]

Review: Matthias Schweighöfer’s ‘Army of Thieves’ Raises The Stakes and The Takes

A prequel that’s actually a traditional heist film not centered around zombies is something nobody could’ve expected upon watching Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead when it released earlier this year, but that’s exactly what audiences will be getting when Matthias Schweighöfer’s Army of Thieves hits Netflix on October 29. The film follows a young Ludwig Dieter, the oddball safe […]

Fantastic Fest Review: Casey Tebo’s ‘Black Friday’

Working retail during the yearly “Black Friday” sales that in modern times start on Thanksgiving night is something almost anyone would agree is a nightmare. In Casey Tebo’s darkly comedic holiday horror film Black Friday it’s taken to the extreme, as this year’s festive bargain hunting is interrupted by a meteor shower that ends up unleashing a parasitic alien life […]