Archive for June, 2014

Apartment Troubles

Apartment Troubles

in American Movies

Written and directed by co-stars Jenniifer Prediger and Jess Weixler, Trouble Dolls is your typical indie debut, with all the flaws and fresh ideas it implies. It is an inventive, amusing, talkative and self-absorbed work which looks like it was made on a shoestring budget. What differentiates it from most first features is the presence of some popular comedic figures […]

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Recommended By Enrique

Recommended By Enrique

in American Movies

As I was reading the synopsis for Recommended by Enrique on the LA Film Fest guide, I couldn’t really figure out what this movie was about: saying something like “based on a bizarre true story about an aspiring actress and a mysterious cowboy stranded in a border town”, this film seemed to wander in Mulholland Drive territory, which was leaving […]

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LA Film Festival 2014 Tuesday Recap

LA Film Festival 2014 Tuesday Recap

in LA Film Festival

Today was filled with highs and lows. I didn’t know what to expect of Jimi: All is by my side (read our review), a biopic about Jimi Hendrix starring Outkast’s Andre Benjamin in the title role. The film was successful at capturing the 60’s spirit, with a detachment at times reminiscent of French New Wave films. The film focuses on the […]

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The Great Museum

The Great Museum

in Austrian documentaries

The great museum mentioned in the title of this film is Vienna’s renowned Kunsthistorisches museum, which features several world-class masterpieces by Finish, German and international masters such as Johannes Vermeer, Pieter Bruegel (his Tower of Babel is seen prominently here and used as a metaphor for the complex museum) as well as gold artifacts, armors, musical instruments and more. Growing […]

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Los Ángeles

Los Ángeles

in Mexican Movies

Despite what its title might suggest, Los Ángeles does not take place in the city of angels but rather in a small Zapotec community in Oaxaca, Mexico. Contrary to most Mexican movies dealing with emigrating to the US, Damian John Harper’s film isn’t about the journey but about the destination. For the locals, LA is seen like an almost dreamlike […]

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LA Film Fest 2014 Sunday Recap

LA Film Fest 2014 Sunday Recap

in LA Film Festival

There was quite a few films worth watching on Sunday at the LA film festival as well as plenty of Coffee Talks taking place at the Luxe City Center Hotel. My pick for the day was the much buzzed-about Trouble Dolls (read our review), the debut from writer/director duo Jennifer Prediger and Jess Weixler, also starring here. This indie film […]

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LA Film Fest 2014 Saturday Recap

LA Film Fest 2014 Saturday Recap

in LA Film Festival

When covering a film festival here in Los Angeles, I always tend to base my selection on specific themes, picking one entry per subject I intend to visit. As a result, I usually focus on a list of 10 films, which represent my own – fully subjective and non-exhaustive – vision of the festival.  As for the themes, genres or subgenres covered, […]

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Heli

Heli

in Mexican Movies

Although the title doesn’t refer to any religious belief – at least that’s what the director is saying – it is impossible to not establish a connection with the harsh journey a family has to endure in this movie: with Heli, Amat Escalante delivers the uncompromising and violent portrait of contemporary Mexico. If the film includes a few scenes that […]

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LA Film Fest 2014

LA Film Fest 2014

in LA Film Festival

The LA Film festival was taking place from June 11th to June 19th 2014 at L.A. Live, downtown Los Angeles. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the festival, which we’ve been covering for the last 12 years. Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right) was the Guest Director of the 2014 Fest. Read our movie reviews below and check out […]

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The Missing Picture DVD

The Missing Picture DVD

in DVD Reviews

A gorgeous-looking documentary about a sordid story, The Missing Picture is now available on DVD and streaming (plus on Blu-Ray on the European market).  Making us experience a sordid life in a Pol Pot’s labor camps, this French/Cambodian documentary intertwines clay figures and archival footage to deliver a film that is both haunting and visually-stunning.  Unfortunately, as it is often the case for […]

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