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Destination of old published stories.

GAME Film Review

AJ Green, a new kid in town, shows up at the varsity basketball tryouts for the new season and makes quite an impression, so much that some veterans feel threatened, especially the star of the team whose bullying can match his inflated ego. We know how teens can act immaturely. Is AJ up to the challenge?

THE DEPARTURE Film Review

THE DEPARTURE aka ODEJSCIE is Director Lana Wilson’s sublime visual journal about a motorcycle-riding Rinzai Zen priest who is internationally known as a virtual, one-man, suicide prevention hotline in Japan.

SUPER DARK TIMES Film Review

The opening sequence for this viscerally stunning, allegorical tour de force about the millennials of a white, suburban Upstate New York town will make audiences shudder. A presage of the shuddering to follow.

BEFORE WE VANISH, NYFF 55 Film Review

Can a whimsical, end-of-the-world sci-fi feature about aliens from another planet attract big audiences, if, one, it isn’t directed/produced by Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Peter Berg, J.J. Abrams, Paul Verhoeven, Luc Besson, George Lucas, M. Night Shyamalan; two, lacks mind boggling special effects; three, is short on gloom, doom and carnage; and, four, might actually be about the power of love?

WESTERN Film Review, 55th New York Film Festival

Valeska Grisebach’s WESTERN tells a story about an all-male group of German workers building a hydroelectric power plant in remote rural Bulgaria near the Greek border, and the conflict that arises between a new hire and his redneck site supervisor, as well as conflicts between the German workers and the local Bulgarian townees whose town is located not far from the border with Greece. Lots of metaphors here!