Category: Film Reviews

DESERT ONE Film Review

Shimmying like a kinetically charged Hollywood action-adventure film, DESERT ONE can make audiences feel as if they are flies on the wall, eyewitnesses to history through the marvel of a space-time-continuum created for them by a filmmaker in pursuit of truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth regarding The 1979 Iranian Hostage Crisis.
By Gregg W. Morris

Film Review: DAY RELEASE (FREIGANG)- A Palm Springs International Shortfest Nominee for Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes

A hell of a story. Compelling. Picturesque, from the doe eyes of star Anna Suk playing with incredible finesse single mom Kathi (with a felony conviction) struggling to keep the nasty fates and cruel verities of life that have dogged her from being passed on to her wide-eyed son Patrick, played with aplomb by Patrick Schmidl.

A THOUSAND CUTS Film Review by Marivir R. Montebon

“Diaz’s film is clear, gripping, balanced – straight from the mouths of journalists, apologists, and the president himself. One is taken to the finer detail of the glorification of power, the abuse of power, and the deadly engagement of writing it as it is.”
By Marivir R. Montebon.

Palm Springs International Shortfest

Palm Springs Shortfest – JOSIAH nominated for the Best U.S. Short; explores Hollywood’s unconscious stereotyping. DAY RELEASE, nominated for the Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes;story of a single incarcerated mother facing a grave deadline. THE LAST FERRY FROM GRASS ISLAND, nominated for the Best U.S. Short; story of a hunted former Triad.
By Gregg W. Morris

Film at Lincoln Center
THE LOAD Film Review

Anyone, especially cinema aficionados, planning to see Ognjen Glavonić’s superb THE LOAD, originally titled TERET, shouldn’t be surprised if they experience the visceral sensations of a déjà vu moment reminding them of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s WAGES OF WAR (1952) and William Friedkin’s SORCERER (1977).

LONG GONE BY Red Carpet Interview of Erica Muñoz & Izzy Hau’ula

By Gregg W. Morris – The lives of Ana Alvarez, a single Nicaraguan mother living and working hard in Warsaw, Indiana, and her teenage daughter, Izzy, also working hard as well as going to school and getting great grades, are disrupted because of the cruel fate of a routine check that leads to a deportation order for mom – but not for her daughter, who has just been accepted to Indiana University. The sacrifices and risks that Mom takes risks to help her daughter realize her dreams before she is deported will make many in the audience cringe.

VILLAINS Film Review

By Gregg W. Morris – Jules&Mickey played by Maika Monroe and Bill Skarsgård are an expletive-taunting, gun-wielding, pain-inflicting Bonnie&Clyde brimming with machismo, and they rob and steal at gunpoint to make $$$ to retire to a Florida beach. Fate has them subsequently meet up with George and Gloria played by Jeffrey Donovan and Kyra Sedgwick who could have easily starred in Director Wes Craven’s five-star horror piece, THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS, as Craven’s serial killing cannibalistic home owners. Uh oh!