Tribeca 2013 Review: Does MR. JONES Take Found Footage Horror To A New Dimension?

"Scott is a filmmaker in need of inspiration..." in a film whose very genre is in need of inspiration: found footage horror. The TFF festival guide bills Mr. Jones' writer/director, Karl Mueller, as someone who has "taken the found footage... More »
  

Tribeca 2013 Review: STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS Proves A Unique And Lyrical Journey On The Autistic Spectrum

Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors is one of those rare tone poems that successfully straddles the line between an abstract avalanche of emotions and images and true narrative, complete with arcs, climax, and resolution. It's the story of a... More »
  

Tribeca 2013 Review: THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI Lacks Novelty And The Figurative Punch, But Provides Plenty of The Literal Kind

Muhammad Ali, aka Cassius Clay, is one of the most famous boxers in history, and one of the more recognizable names in all of sports. His legendary strength, speed, power, and his incredible brashness and pride set him apart from... More »
  

Tribeca 2013 Review: RAZE, A Bloody and Brutal Female-Centered Action Spectacle Headlined by Stuntwoman Turned Thespian Zoe Bell

If you're the type of person who ever thought, "Man, I wish there was a movie filled with attractive women beating the shit out of each other," well, Raze has come along to answer your prayers. A brutal, relentless machine... More »
  

Tribeca 2013 Review: OXYANA Is A Beautiful And Savage Documentary On The Plague Of Addiction

Oxyana is not a story about redemption. The feature-length documentary from director Sean Dunne, who brought us the most revealing look at a maligned subculture with his mini-doc, American Juggalo, is just about as bleak as it gets. With content... More »
  

Tribeca 2013 Review: Who's Afraid Of The BIG BAD WOLVES?

Editor's Note: some would consider this review a spoiler, as it discusses the ending, although doesn't reveal what happens.There were audible groans as the credits rolled on the pre-festival screening of Big Bad Wolves. Without giving anything away, I imagine... More »
  

Tribeca 2013 Review: The Bad Touch Leads To The DARK TOUCH

Six months from now, Kimberly Pierce's remake of Carrie will hit theaters and you've got to wonder--why? (Money.) DePalma's iconic adaptation is over thirty-five years old, and from the looks of the new version's trailer they're banking on young blood... More »
  

Tribeca 2013 Review: THE PRETTY ONE, With a Great Performance by Zoe Kazan In an Uneven Film

Actress Zoe Kazan (The Exploding Girl, Ruby Sparks) shines in a dual role as twin sisters in Jenée LaMarque's debut feature The Pretty One, receiving its world premiere at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Unfortunately, the film Kazan is in... More »
  

Tribeca 2013 Review: ADULT WORLD, An Obnoxious, Self-Consciously Quirky Would-Be Comedy

Like most other festivals, the Tribeca Film Festival is filled with films good, bad, and mediocre, but the nadir of my cinematic experiences here so far is certainly Scott Coffey's Adult World, a would-be comedy and self-described "satire" that is... More »
  

Tribeca 2013 Review: MCCONKEY Does Full Justice to the Legendary Skier

While Shane McConkey may not quite be a household name, for fans of action sports, the name McConkey will forever be synonymous with extreme. From helping to launch the freeskiing movement to pioneering ski BASE jumping (that's skiing off... More »
  

Tribeca 2013 Review: FLEX IS KINGS Liberates And Enchants

Those addicted to documentaries will immediately recall David LaChappelle's 2005 film Rize once they've read the plot summary of Deidre Schoo and Michael Beach Nichols' fascinating Flex is Kings. The two films are certainly not dissimilar, but in the end,... More »
  

Tribeca 2013: Short Film Round-Up

There are plenty of features to catch during this year's Tribeca Film Festival. There are also just as many shorts. For those of you in town who can't quite decide which short film blocks to catch, and for those of... More »
  

Tribeca 2013 Review: Inside the Mind of MICHAEL H. PROFESSION: DIRECTOR

You think you know Michael Haneke? Director of such uplifting films as The Piano Teacher, Cache, and Amour? Look at that Austrian death-glower. It shrivels the soul. He's got to be one of the most humorless individuals on the planet,... More »
  

Tribeca 2013 Review: FLOATING SKYSCRAPERS, The First Polish LGBT Film, A Boldly Intimate Story of Forbidden Desire

Floating Skyscrapers is described by its director Tomasz Wasilewski as the first LGBT Polish film, which makes the film itself as taboo-breaking as its main characters themselves, who struggle to assert their desires, and their right to express them, in... More »
  

Tribeca 2013 Review: HARMONY LESSONS, A Brilliantly Directed Tale of School and State Cruelty Straight Outta Kazakhstan

A village school and the surrounding area in rural Kazakhstan is the backdrop for the brutal Darwinism, of both the social variety and that found in nature, depicted in Emir Baigazin's astonishing debut feature Harmony Lessons, whose extraordinary accomplishments in... More »
  

Review: JACK & DIANE, A Dark Romance With Little Bite

The practice of transposing horror elements for the use of visual metaphors and nightmares in a film which is more or less a drama isn't a new thing. We at Twitch come across films that aren't quite full on horror... More »
  

Tribeca 2012 Review: Alex de la Iglesia's AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT

Iberian rapscallion Alex de la Iglesia returns with AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT, yet another darkly comic exercise in capricious causality. His previous film, THE LAST CIRCUS, is pretty popular around these parts, although it does have its detractors (namely,... More »
  

Tribeca 2012 Review: Amir Naderi's CUT And The Healing Power of Cinema

To my fellow cinephiles: In times of trouble, in moments of great doubt, when it seems like the world won't listen, or we can't hear, but whatever way it is, it all seems like it'll come crashing down, have we... More »
  

Tribeca 2012 Review: THE FOURTH DIMENSION

I came for the Korine. I stayed for the FAUNS. THE FOURTH DIMENSION is a triptych of vignettes all loosely centered around the titular theme of space and time. Produced in part by Eddy Moretti of VICE magazine, the film... More »
  

Tribeca 2012 Review: PLANET OF SNAIL

My personal favorite of all the films I've viewed at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, Seung-Jun Yi's mesmerizing and lovely documentary Planet of Snail slowly and patiently reveals to us the dimensions of the love story at its center. The... More »
  
 
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