Spotlight on indie horror ‘In the Dark’ + interview with director David Spaltro

A skeptical grad student and a paranormal specialist investigate a potentially haunted home and the troubled woman inside whose affliction may be beyond the capacity of either of them to diagnosis. In The Dark was an attempted shot of energy and breath of fresh air in a popular, but overcrowded genre marketplace, combining both the appeal of the thrills and chills …

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TCFF 2015 Indies Reviews: Touched With Fire + All the Time in the World + Band of Robbers

With just one day left in Twin Cities Film Fest, and I'm still playing catch up on reviewing the films I've seen so far! There's still a few reviews I haven't got around to, believe it or not. But I think I've done double the amount of posts I had last year, and definitely the most in my six years …

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TCFF 2015: Review of ‘The Adderall Diaries’ + interview with writer/director Pamela Romanowsky

It's safe to assume that James Franco loves literary adaptations. The Adderall Diaries is based on a memoir of the same name by Stephen Elliot. Franco played Stephen, a writer who seems to be at the height of his career. His agent constantly calls him about various book deals and options. There's even a new romance in the air, as …

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TCFF 2015 Short Film Reviews Part I – ‘Land Of 10,000 Stories’ Shorts Block + Documentary Short ‘Even The Walls’

Great things do come in small packages! Every year Twin Cities Film Fest screens a plethora of great short films, grouped together in a themed shorts block. Today, we have some of the film reviews from the Land of 10,000 Stories shorts block, and one documentary short Even the Walls that is part of this year's …

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Spotlight on indie drama A Year & Change + interview with director Stephen Suettinger

I always love stories of redemption and I think a smaller film can often tell such stories in a more sincere, heartfelt way. A Year and Change is a slice-of-life film of a divorcee named Owen who after a failed marriage is a bit lost and drifting aimlessly through life. After falling off the roof at a New …

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TCFF 2015 Day 6 Recap + Reviews: Anomalisa and Too Late

We've passed the halfway point of TCFF already, with just four more days to go in the 11-day cinematic festivities. There are still a whole bunch of great films coming in the next few days! The highlights of the past few days are definitely meeting the talents and filmmakers attending the film fest! It's especially gratifying to see Alexandria, …

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Spotlight on ‘It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong’ + interview with director Emily Ting

It's Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong Synopsis: Ruby and Josh spent an unforgettable night together in Hong Kong a year ago, and now their brief encounter is about to get a second chance. As effervescent as a perfect first date, this charming walk and talk romance takes full advantage of the chemistry of its leads, the playfulness of their exchanges, and the …

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Day 4 Review – TCFF 2015 Gala Screening: Youth

This is the first film from Paolo Sorrentino that I saw, as I missed his film The Great Beauty which won an Oscar foreign language winner in 2014. YOUTH is about about two longtime friends vacationing in the Swiss Alps, they're in their 80s so you could say youth is behind them. Michael Caine plays Fred, an acclaimed composer …

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Day 4 Review – TCFF 2015 Gala Screening: Brooklyn

Three of my most highly-anticipated films at TCFF premiered on Saturday. Two of them are studio features, Youth & Brooklyn and one is a small indie drama The Dust Storm, which I have reviewed here along with my interview w/ one of the director and cast members. It was quite a whirlwind day starting with the Future of Film …

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