I Want My VOD: September 2013

by Ethan Alter September 4, 2013 4:46 pm
I Want My VOD: September 2013

Ken Marino and Gillian Jacobs have demon trouble in the horror sort-of comedy Bad Milo.

Indie Snapshot: K-11

by Ethan Alter March 15, 2013 11:27 am
Indie Snapshot: <i>K-11</i>

Usually the way nepotism works is that the offspring of some famous celeb is able to use his or her prestigious family name to help score the opportunity to write, director or act in their own feature (witness the careers of Scott Caan, Jaden Smith, Sofia and Roman Coppola, etc. etc.). K-11 can be viewed as a case of nepotism in reverse, as it marks the feature filmmaking debut of Jules Stewart, mother of Kristen "Bella" Stewart. A longtime script supervisor, Mama Stewart wrote and directed this micro-budgeted prison drama, which stars Goran Visnjic as a hotshot record producer who ends up in the slammer following a serious bender. But this isn't your ordinary garden variety prison -- no sir, it's a loony bin straight out of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, one that's overseen by a cruel prison guard (D.B. Sweeney) and packed with kooky characters played by an odd assortment of semi-famous actors, from Kate del Castillo and Portia Doubleday to Tommy "Tiny" Lister and Jason Mewes.

Indie Snapshot: Hyde Park on Hudson

by Ethan Alter December 7, 2012 6:00 am
Indie Snapshot: <i>Hyde Park on Hudson</i>

Bill Murray goes from Caddyshack to the White House in Hyde Park on Hudson. Also, our reviews of In Our Nature, Yelling to the Sky and more indie titles.

Indie Snapshot: <i>The Paperboy</i>, <i>Butter</i>, <i>The Oranges</i>, <I>Wuthering Heights</i>

Nicole Kidman gets an extreme makeover in the ridiculous potboiler The Paperboy. Also, our takes on Butter, The Oranges and Wuthering Heights.

Indie Snapshot: Josh Radnor Takes a Crash Course in the <i>Liberal Arts</i>

The How I Met Your Mother star tries to sweet-talk his Liberal Arts leading lady, Elizabeth Olsen, into playing his love interest this season. Also, our reviews of Arbitrage, Solomon Kane and two documentaries.

Indie Snapshot: Take This Waltz

by Ethan Alter July 13, 2012 6:00 am
Indie Snapshot: <i>Take This Waltz</i>

A slow weekend at the multiplex gives you time to catch up with some of the indie features -- like Sarah Polley's Take This Waltz -- currently playing at an art house or video on demand service near you.

I Want My VOD: September 2011

by Ethan Alter September 12, 2011 12:00 pm
I Want My VOD: September 2011

This month's VOD offerings include a Blair Witch meets Ghost Hunters scary movie, a tale of audio verite and an action movie based on a form of Japanese puppet theater.

Red State: God’s Lonely Man

by Ethan Alter September 2, 2011 6:00 am
<i>Red State</i>: God’s Lonely Man

A blood-soaked story of a rogue evangelical Christian sect and their self-appointed mission to punish the deviants and sinners (particularly those of the homosexual variety) in their midst, Red State isn't exactly what you would call a typical Kevin Smith film. And to be honest, that's a relief. Although the Jersey-born and bred writer/director has been building a strong media portfolio of late -- between his Twitter feed, podcasting empire, streaming radio service, comic book projects, a proposed daytime talk show and a just-acquired reality series about his comic book store, Smith seems to be competing for Howard Stern's old title of the King of All Media -- the crown jewel of his empire, namely his feature film career, has been creatively stagnant for much of the past decade. From the problematic father/daughter dramedy Jersey Girl, to the entirely unnecessary sequel Clerks II to the flaccid porn comedy Zack and Miri Make a Porno to the painful-to-watch hired gun gig Cop Out, Smith has either seemed completely disengaged from his work (as in Cop Out) or overly eager to repeat past successes (as in Clerks II) or just plain uncertain what kind of a movie he wants to make (Jersey Girl and Zack and Miri).

I Want My VOD: March 2014

by Ethan Alter March 12, 2014 12:19 pm
I Want My VOD: March 2014

Elijah Wood is the Piano Man in a new high-concept thriller.

I Want My VOD: February 2014

by Ethan Alter February 10, 2014 6:00 am
I Want My VOD: February 2014

Fran Kranz and Dichen Lachman venture beyond the valley of the Dollhouse in the VOD feature, Lust for Love.

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