BRIEFLY CONSIDERED: “Tougher than a Tank” and “Prince of Luna Park”

“Tougher Than a Tank” Marine Eddie Ryan was hit in the head by friendly fire in Iraq, and his condition was so grave that his parents came to his bedside expecting to say goodbye. Against all odds, Ryan not only survived but was soon able to speak and use his left arm. He maintained his sense of humor, even if certain emotional cues were now absent due to his injuries. The medical bills were ... more >

FILM REVIEW: “My best worst adventure”

Directed by Joel Soisson Starring Lily Patra, Pan Rugtawatr and Geoffrey Giuliano It is not often that a modern film about teenagers avoids turning them into cliches. Even more rare is the film that doesn’t talk down to its audience. It is refreshing to see a film such as Joel Soisson’s “My Best Worst Adventure,” a sweet coming-of-age story in which Jenny, a young woman, is sent to Thailand ... more >


Starring Noah Urrea, Kolton Stewart and Sofia Rosinsky Directed by Scott Boswell With a nod to the dreamlike opening to Paul Brickman’s 1983 classic “Risky Business,” writer/director Scott Boswell’s “A Wake,” opens (and ends) with an ambient melancholy led by a moody score from Tim Halo. After the death of a teenager, his family struggles with the emotions of loss that come with his passing. ... more >

THE HORROR FILES | “The Madness Inside Me” is a well-rounded thriller of psychological manipulation

“Revenge, the sweetest morsel to the mouth that ever was cooked in Hell” -Sir Walter Scott Directed by Matthew Berkowitz Starring Merrin Dungey, Devon Graye and Jennifer Gelfer Matthew Berkowitz’s “The Madness Inside Me” takes the clarity of the need for revenge and twists it into a sexually-charged thriller of self-discovery and psychological manipulation. Madison (an extremely good ... more >

MOVIE REVIEW: ” Candyman” (another point of view)

Starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett Directed by Nia DaCosta Cinema needs more women filmmakers, more films created by people of color. Horror cinema needs to be much more creative. Director Nia DaCosta takes care of each of these issues with her strikingly excellent direct sequel to 1992’s “Candyman,” which stands (in this critic’s opinion) as the ... more >

MOVIE REVIEW: Guy Pearce as a gruff cop in “ZONE 414”

Directed by Andrew Baird Starring Guy Pearce, Travis Fimmel and Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz In 2012, Guy Pearce started in the sci-fi film “Lockout,” The actor played a man who was going to prison but is offered his freedom if he rescued POTUS’s daughter who had been kidnapped by inmates of a prison. (Sound familiar?) Director John Carpenter thought so and successfully sued the screenwriter ... more >

SHORT FILM OUTING: L.A.’s DANCES WITH FILM FESTIVAL to showcase a short that caught our fancy

I’m a fan of a short film that can tell a complete story and foster a solid atmosphere in only so many screen minutes. Accordingly, if you happen to be in Los Angeles in time for the Dances With Film Festival, on september 1st do yourself a favor and check out “A Good Couple,” a dreamy psychological thriller from filmmaker Robert Gregson. Gregson’s short stars Julie Ann Earls and Alex Mandell ... more >