In this conversation, Thomas Manning speaks with Jules Willcox and Marc Menchaca, the stars of the Fantasia Film Festival selection, “Alone,” directed by John Hyams. “Alone” tells the story of a recently widowed traveler (Willcox), who is kidnapped by a cold blooded killer (Menchaca), only to escape into the wilderness where she is forced to […]Read More Jules Willcox and Marc Menchaca Interviews – Alone – Fantasia Film Fest
In this interview, Thomas Manning speaks with Bao Tran, the writer and director of the new kung fu comedy and Fantasia Film Festival selection, “The Paper Tigers.” Three Kung Fu prodigies have grown into washed-up, middle-aged men, now one kick away from pulling their hamstrings. But when their master is murdered, they must juggle their […]Read More Bao Tran Interview – The Paper Tigers – Fantasia Film Fest
“Reel Conversations” highlights filmmakers behind official Real to Reel Film Festival Selections. On this episode of “Reel Conversations,” Thomas Manning speaks with John Gray, the writer and director of the short film Extra Innings. Real to Reel is honored to host this short for the 21st Annual Real to Reel Film Fest. Extra Innings follows a reporter as […]Read More A Conversation with director John Gray. [Real to Reel Film Festival]
Real to Reel Film Festival Selection Highlight – “A Modern Romance,” from writer/director/composer Nathan Shanahan, actors Gabriella Ramos and Lukas Freeman, and DP Brian “DeCon” DeContreras. Produced by NC Creative Co. in association with DeCon Films. From writer and director Nathan Shanahan comes the unbelievably charming, confident, and charismatic short film, “A Modern Romance.” With […]Read More “A Modern Romance” – Real to Reel Film Fest Highlight
Adapted from Damon Galgut’s 1995 novel of the same name, director Scott Teems’s film The Quarry comes to you as a gritty, grim, and bleak Neo-Western thriller. With a screenplay co-written by Teems and Andrew Brotzman, this feature exemplifies shades of the Coen Brothers’ 2007 instant classic No Country for Old Men and David Mackenzie’s […]Read More Neo-western “The Quarry” plays by its own rules.
Throughout years of film criticism, it has become cliché to say that a film “defies categorization” in reference to genre. Many times, the greatest films of this nature find a way to weave together distinct tones and elements from a wide array of classifications, developing something truly unique and memorable. Unfortunately, in other situations, the […]Read More New Satire “Greed” Misses the Mark
Chances are, if you have heard anything about UNCUT GEMS, from co-writers and directors Benny and Josh Safdie, it’s that you may very well have a panic attack while watching it. I am here to say that this motion picture absolutely lives up to the hype. I watched this film by myself, with nobody around […]Read More UNCUT GEMS – Anxiety-Inducing and Oscar-Worthy
So Bong Joon-Ho really made a film that combines family drama, dark comedy, intense social commentary, a Soderbergh-esque heist, Tarantino-style dialogue and scene structure, and Hitchcockian suspense, thrills, and narrative twists? And it all meshed beautifully? This man is a genius! The visual aesthetic of this film is absolutely spellbinding. The sublime manipulation of the […]Read More PARASITE – A Spellbinding Work of Art
War movies have been around since the days of silent cinema. There is something about this brutally intense human experience that, despite its horrific nature, always produces intriguing stories that can be massively impactful when told in an effective fashion. Some of the greatest films to speak of along this line of thinking include Francis […]Read More War drama “Danger Close” is an astounding testament the power of sacrifice, brotherhood, and dedicated cooperation.
So you’re telling me that Rian Johnson wrote, directed, and edited this modern-day crime-noir masterpiece on a shoestring budget of $500,000? Well good golly Miss Molly, that is one heck of an accomplishment. The direction of this film is spectacular. The cinematography is outstanding, with well-crafted shot composition, framing, and camera movement from DP Steve […]Read More Brick – Rian Johnson’s Directorial Debut