LA Film Fest 2013 Wrapped Up In Photos

LA Film Fest wrapped up last Sunday with the LA premiere of The Way, Way Back. We took a look at that film back at Sundance, but that's not to say we didn't have plenty to say about the great... More »

LA Film Fest 2013 Review: TAPIA Takes a Hard Look at One Hard Dude

Johnny Tapia, the man, is a haunted character whose entire life and body is shaped by the violence that surrounds him. Tapia, the film that tells his story, is a similarly grim affair. Like James Toback's Tyson, boxing is... More »

LA Film Fest 2013 Review: DELIVERY is a Refreshing Twist on Found Footage Horror

The found footage style of filmmaking exploded into the public consciousness with The Blair Witch Project back in 1999. The form grew, matured and is now well on its way to being passé. While filmmakers like those behind the... More »

LA Film Fest 2013 Review: GOODBYE WORLD Waves Farewell in Fantastically Entertaining Fashion

Man has always been fascinated with the end of the world but filmmakers seem extra intrigued recently with World War Z, It's A Disaster, This is the End, After Earth, Oblivion, The Fifth Season, and Cloud Atlas all tackling... More »

LA Film Fest 2013 Review: RAIN is Contemporary Ballet Stripped Bare

It may be hard for a movie like Rain to get noticed. Many documentaries employ the TV formula of souped-up editing techniques (jerky pan of a photograph! brightness filters!), loud rock snippets and old heads reminiscing in order to... More »

LA Film Fest 2013: 12 Nuggets from Spike Jonze's Career and New Feature HER

Spike Jonze sat down with David O. Russell at LA Film Fest for a conversation about his career. While it got off to a rather pokey start, the conversation included a few great nuggets about Jonze's past work, as well... More »

LA Film Fest 2013: CODE BLACK and MOTHER, I LOVE YOU Take Top Jury Prizes, All Awards Announced

LA Film Festival has just about wrapped up its 2013 edition with the festival closing screening of The Way, Way Back coming tonight. The awards were announced today and it was Janis Nords's Latvian drama Mother, I Love You... More »

LA Film Fest 2013 Review: WINTER IN THE BLOOD Captures The True Western Spirit

Winter in the Blood focuses on a young, alcoholic Blackfoot Indian somewhere in central Montana as he struggles to maintain his sanity while constantly reliving traumatic events from his past. While Chaske Spencer plays the part with an intense and... More »

LA Film Fest 2013 Review: NOBODY'S DAUGHTER HAEWON And The Endearing Art Of Wandering

I've got a confession to make: Until last night I'd never seen a film by Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo (In Another Country, Woman Is The Future Of Man). So Why was that? My reasons in the past were fleeting, entirely... More »

LA Film Fest 2013: Nicolas Winding Refn's Top 5 Quotes from ONLY GOD FORGIVES North American Premiere

Controversial Cannes competitioner Only God Forgives made its official North American premiere at the LA Film Fest last night and director Nicolas Winding Refn was on hand and in his usual devilishly eloquent form. We've got his five most bombastic... More »

LA Film Fest 2013 Review: Mumbai Drama I.D. Can't Establish Credentials

To comment on Indian cinema growing beyond the Bollywood aesthetic that has defined it for so many years would be almost passé at this point. With films like Gangs of Wasseypur crashing onto the scene with great flourishes of... More »

LA Film Fest 2013 Review: AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS Sure Is Pretty, But It Ain't Quite Divine

As someone who spends a good portion of his days talking and writing about cinema, there comes an interesting moment when certain difficulties as to how to communicate rear their ugly head in either form of discourse. Sometimes it is... More »

Two Gorgeous New Posters For LAFF Selected Doc TAPIA

A selection of the now-running Los Angeles Film Festival, Eddie Alcazar's Tapia has just released a pair of stellar new posters for the sports documentary.Albuquerque-born boxer Johnny Tapia's life was a maelstrom of turmoil. The glory of his punishing ring... More »
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LA Film Fest 2013 Review: EUROPA REPORT Is Mushy But Enjoyable Sci-Fi

Ecuadorian filmmaker Sebastián Cordero has a handful of titles on his directing resume, the best known probably 2004's John Leguizamo-starring non-comic journalist drama Cronicas. All of his films have been in Spanish and none venturing into what we would... More »

LA Film Fest 2013 Review: ALL TOGETHER NOW, In The Woods, Rocking Out, And Philosophizing The Night Away

Multi-thread narratives or group narratives prove to be an interesting corner of cinema to explore. The best ones I find rarely rely on compelling plots, but are often loose and meandering affairs, with existential wit to spare and a cornucopia... More »

Watch The First Teaser For LA Selected Horror Flick DELIVERY

Kyle and Rachel have a baby coming. And maybe that's not such a good thing. Welcome to the basic premise for Delivery, Brian Netto's indie horror flick about to premiere at the LA Film Festival.In this unnerving chiller, Kyle and... More »
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LA Film Fest 2013 Review: SHORT TERM 12 Is The Rare Film That Gets Child-Adult Relationships Right

As someone who has spent much of his adult life working extensively with children and teenagers (from being a kindergarten aide to high school substitute, to a 1:1 aide at home and in school) I am always very wary going... More »

LA Film Fest 2013: Twitch Picks 12 Must-See Films

It's LA Film Fest time with LA's downtown fest kicking off tonight with Pedro Almodovar's I'm So Excited. Twitch will be on hand with a small crew to bring you news and reviews from around the fest. You can... More »

LA Film Fest 2013: Twitch Previews Downtown's Big Fest

It's LA Film Fest time once again with downtown's big fest kicking off tomorrow. Centered around LA Live's Regal Cinemas, this year's fest will again be an oasis of indie cinema in the epicenter of megaplex mayhem. We'll be... More »

Fresh Trailer For LA Selected Boxing Doc TAPIA

Soon to premiere at the LA Film Festival, Eddie Alcazar's documentary Tapia chronicles the turbulent life of champion boxer Johnny Tapia as told in his own words via the final interviews granted before his untimely death.Albuquerque-born boxer Johnny Tapia's life... More »
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