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

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Lost Cat Corona: Movie Review

Meanders along looking for a lost cat.

Lost Cat Corona has a real sense of atmosphere, and that is easily its strongest attribute. A film crafted to display the neighbourhood of Corona in Queens, New York, along with its characters and the lives they lead in all of their dysfunctional glory. There is a lost cat, but that becomes secondary to the story. The story is Dominic (Ralph Macchio) and his adventures in his neighbourhood with friends and con-men alike. 2016

Directed by: Anthony Tarsitano

Screenplay by: Anthony Tarsitano

Starring: Ralph Macchio

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Goat: Movie Review

A story of college fraternity, brotherhood and abuse that misses its mark

Goat may or may not have been intended to show the dangers of college fraternities – and the intense damage that it can cause to individuals physically, emotionally and psychologically, but nonetheless that’s what early viewers of the film picked up on and what most audiences are expecting. The story that Goat actually tells really doesn’t accomplish that, and it doesn’t actually accomplish much. 2016

Directed by: Andrew Neel

Screenplay by: David Gordon Green, Andrew Neel, Mike Roberts
Based on the memoir by Brad Land

Starring: Ben Schnetzer, Nick Jonas

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Table 19: Movie Review


Random quirkiness doesn’t elevate a romantic comedy.
As a romantic comedy, Table 19 doesn’t bring anything new to the genre, nor does it try to change anything; it just is. And as an indie comedy, Table 19 doesn’t bring anything new to the genre, nor does it try to change anything; it just is. The romantic comedy genre is satisfied by the fact that Eloise (Anna Kendrick) has just been dumped by the best man at her oldest friend’s wedding. She attends anyways and with the help of a handsome stranger, might find some closure. 2016

Directed by: Jeffrey Blitz

Screenplay by: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Wyatt Russell