Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Highway to Havasu: Movie Review


Indie version of high school boys trying to get laid.

Highway to Havasu is an independent raunchy buddy comedy. Not unique in anyway, but it is the overlapping of the two styles that makes it appear different, on the surface at the beginning, at least. The plot is your typical high school boys want to get laid and embark on a ridiculous in-your-face sex-filled adventure – which Hollywood has attempted many times over, as have indie filmmakers, but a lot fewer in number.   2017

Directed by: Jeff Janke

Screenplay by: Jeff Janke

Starring: Andrew Fromer, Caleb Thomas

Monday, March 20, 2017

Country Crush: Movie Review


Finding its own country musical niche, in a generic, uninspiring way.

It should be made very clear that Country Crush is a musical. There’s a big difference between a drama about a singer and a musical. While lead character Nancy (Madeline Merlo) is a singer and a third of the plot is her musical aspirations, this movie is purely a musical. But more specifically, it’s a country musical. Similar, at least in part, to High School Musical, but make it country, very country. That description alone should turn off many viewers, but for those that are left, it does make this film unique.   2016

Directed by: Andrew Cymek

Screenplay by: Andrew Cymek, Jake Helgren

Starring: Munro Chambers, Madeline Merlo

Thursday, March 16, 2017

1 Night: Movie Review


Teenagers and adults converge in short and sweet romantic drama.

Look in the mirror, take a trip down memory lane, and meet your younger self. Don’t worry, this is not some Hollywood comedy where that actually happens. 1 Night is simply an indie romantic drama where teenagers and thirty-something adults examine their lives and choices made. There’s a lot to like in this film beginning with how easy it is to relate to these characters.   2016

Directed by: Minhal Baig

Screenplay by: Minhal Baig

Starring: Anna Camp, Justin Chatwin