I Am Not a Serial Killer

Release: Friday, August 26, 2016 [Netflix] Written by: Billy O'Brien; Christopher Hyde Directed by: Billy O'Brien It's a bold move naming your protagonist as a riff on real-life serial killer and rapist John Wayne Gacy, but then this is a bold movie with a bold title, one based on the 2009 novel of the same name written … Continue reading I Am Not a Serial Killer

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They Look Like People

Release: Friday, February 26, 2016 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Perry Blackshear Directed by: Perry Blackshear They Look Like People is the debut feature from Perry Blackshear, a quietly unassuming hybrid of horror and psychological thriller elements built on a shoestring budget. The film, which revolves around a young man who has visions of an impending apocalyptic event, premiered at the … Continue reading They Look Like People

Jafar Panahi’s Taxi (Taxi Tehran)

Release: Friday, October 2, 2015 [Netflix] Written by: Jafar Panahi Directed by: Jafar Panahi Jafar Panahi is an Iranian filmmaker seemingly undeterred by the consequences of his actions. Those consequences have, as a matter of fact, formed the basis of some of his oeuvre, such as his acclaimed 2011 documentary This is Not a Film, wherein he captured a day in … Continue reading Jafar Panahi’s Taxi (Taxi Tehran)

Night People

Release: Friday, November 13, 2015 (Ireland) [YouTube] Written by: Gerard Lough Directed by: Gerard Lough This review is my sixth contribution to Mr. Rumsey's Film Related Musings and my first of this month's selections. I'd like to give my thanks to James for offering this one to me.  Beautiful, haunting imagery and a few interesting ideas don't quite coalesce … Continue reading Night People

Dope

Release: Friday, June 19, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Rick Famuyiwa Directed by: Rick Famuyiwa Rick Famuyiwa's Sundance darling isn't particularly revelatory filmmaking, but it's much more intelligent than its dopey title suggests, rejecting racial stereotypes and erasing cultural gaps as confidently as it embraces its young leading trio as a righteous symbol of individualism. Dope channels an infectious spirit à la executive … Continue reading Dope

Park City

Release: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 (limited) [iTunes] Written by: Hannah Rosner; Julia Turner Directed by: Hannah Rosner Undoubtedly best viewed through the eyes of a filmmaker, Hannah Rosner's mockumentary offers up a fairly fun adventure for those curious about behind-the-scenes action in the life of an aspiring indie film crew. A mostly satisfying blend of documentary-style intimacy and mumblecore … Continue reading Park City