SXSW Film Review: Fort Tilden

Fort TIlden

I blame Lena Dunham. It all started when Tiny Furniture premiered at SXSW’s 2010 Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature. She took the reigns from the mumblecore pioneers Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha) and Mark and Jay Duplass (The Puffy Chair, Baghead) and sold it to HBO. Movies made by twenty-somethings about twenty-somethings now has corporate money to share its millennial neuroses with the larger culture. Girls MORE

Film Review: Bad Words

Bad Words

The poster for Bad Words look almost austere: muted tones, calming white Helvetica title, Jason Bateman’s name, centered and high, with just a pinch of kerning. His mouth is the only image on display, curled as if about to spit or say a four-letter word. It could be the latest cinematic retelling of Jane Austen (“See You Next Tuesday: A Modern Emma” starring Lea Michele and Jason Bateman). It is the mass market equivalent of artsy and edgy. MORE

SXSW Film Review: Take Care (with Leslie Bibb)

Take Care / Leslie Bibb

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you got hit by a car in New York City and broke an arm and a leg? Are there people in your life that would take care of you? Well, Liz Tuccillo, writer and director of Take Care has imagined that exact scenario. The charismatic Leslie Bibb stars in the film as Frannie, a single woman who happens to live in a four-story walkup in Manhattan. Yes, Frannie, with two broken limbs declines her sister MORE

Film Review: Stranger By The Lake

Stranger By The Lake

Is Stranger By The Lake an allegory for AIDS? Is it the latest ode to Alfred Hitchcock? Is it an opportunity to see a lot of French taint without buying the latest movie from Treasure Island Media? Like Hitchcock, and like every gay porn ever, Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger By The Lake doesn’t spend its energy on back story or character motivation: everything is shown in a present tense of a nebulous past, every angle is wide and seemingly MORE

Review: Lifetime’s ‘Flowers in the Attic’

Flowers in the Attic

I don’t get many opportunities to relive parts of my childhood, but one such an occasion happened this past Saturday night when I got to watch Lifetime's version of the “classic” 1979 novel Flowers in the Attic. At 13, Flowers in the Attic was without a doubt my first adult novel that I read and it was the first book that contained sexual situations. Albeit the sex scenes were between brother and sister ... but still. I sat down to MORE

Film Review: Labor Day

Labor Day

Kate Winslet is no stranger to playing complex, multi-layered characters. In her new film, Labor Day, the Academy Award winner takes on the role of Adele, an aggressively agoraphobic single mom who lives with her tween son, Henry (Gattlin Griffith). Not only can she not lift a finger without her hands shaking, she also only leaves her house once a month to pick up groceries and supplies from a local convenience store. And by astutely observing MORE

Review: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s ‘Don Jon’

Don Jon

"There's only a few things I really care about in life. My body. My pad. My ride. My family. My church. My boys. My girls. My porn," Jon Martello tells us in a voiceover in the beginning of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut Don Jon. It's his version of "GTL," the phrase coined by MTV Jersey Shore star The Situation. For the record, it's Gym, Tan, Laundry for those of you who were fortunate enough to live your lives without ever hearing MORE

TFF2013 Film Review: Bridegroom

Bridegroom

There's a collective fluster among the crowd, who are seated in a theater in Chelsea, waiting for the world premiere of Bridegroom at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. The screening is running almost thirty minutes late and nothing is happening. George Takei, who is probably the most famous gay geek on the planet keeps coming in and out of our row and apologizing immensely each time. In typical NY fashion we're all complaining to the ushers and MORE

TFF2013 Film Review: Adult World

Adult World

Scott Coffey loves his screwball comedies. His directorial debut Ellie Parker which starred Naomi Watts was a brilliant little film that was criminally underrated. You also might know him as one of David Lynch's many muses. He has appeared in Mulholland Dr., Lost Highway and was the voice of Jack Rabbit in Inland Empire. Coffey is no stranger to weird, which is why I'm somewhat disappointed by his second feature Adult World. He replaces Ellie MORE

TFF2013 Review: Dark Touch

Dark Touch

Marina de Van is one of the most interesting filmmakers working today and PopBytes had the privilege of attending the world premiere of her new film Dark Touch at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. It's our first year officially attending the festival and it seemed rather appropriate for de Van to welcome us into the theaters of New York City with her brand of provocative and disturbing subject matter. Her first film, 2002's In My Skin, she plays MORE

Film Review: The Place Beyond The Pines

Ryan Gosling

Some movies are so full of impact that you never want to see them again. Such was the case with director Derek Cianfrance’s 2010 acclaimed indie, Blue Valentine. A meticulously detailed and unfiltered portrait of a dying marriage, the film provided some of the most brutally honest and heartbreaking depictions of falling out of love in contemporary American cinema. Aided by powerhouse performances from Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling, Blue MORE

Do not miss ‘Spring Breakers’

Spring Breakers

When I first heard about Spring Breakers, I immediately wrote it off as some lame teen flick, but then I found out it was directed by Harmony Korine (of Kids and Gummo fame) and everything changed. I've been a fan of Mr. Korine's work for years now and I was super stoked to see him making a mainstream movie. I was able to catch a screening of the film last week, and I must say it's definitely one of Harmony's best films. It's a cautionary tale of MORE

SXSW Film Review: Short Term 12

Brie Larson in 'Short Term 12'

During every film festival there are always movies that generate a lot of buzz. Sometimes you're attending said film festival and can see for yourself what all of the fuss is about. Unfortunately, sometimes you're stuck in the office that week and all you can do is refresh your Twitter feed and read the 140 character reviews that are gushing about said film. I experienced the latter earlier this year during the Sundance Film Festival. I had the MORE

SXSW Film Review: ‘Burma’ with Christopher Abbott

'Burma' with Christopher Abbott

Burma is my favorite kind of movie. It's one of those movies that offer a glimpse into the lives of other people. A brief look into the trials and tribulations of ordinary people with ordinary problems. The camera follows around their subject(s) in an honest and vulnerable way. It's a film that relies on an emotional yet comedic script. It's a film that needs actors that can carry both the light and heavy weights. It's the kind of film that MORE