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Film Comment Names GOOD TIME Best Film of 2017

Film Comment has released their top films of 2017, with Josh and Benny Safdie‘s Good Time taking the number one spot. The number two and three spots went to Terence DaviesA Quiet Passion and Olivier AssayasPersonal Shopper respectively.

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John Waters Announces His Top 10 of 2017

Among the dozens of individual top ten lists I read each year, there are only two that cause me to seek out each movie I haven’t already seen- Quentin Tarantino and John Waters. Today, Mr. Waters’ list for 2017 has been revealed

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TORMENTING THE HEN Review

Tension abounds in writer/director Theodore Collatos’s latest feature, Tormenting the Hen, as nearly every discussion and/or interaction is laced with potential avenues providing offense and/or judgments, even the more inconspicuous and trivial subjects up for discussion harbor the possibility of illuminating surprising truths and viewpoints. With his script, Collatos has crafted a proverbial minefield for his characters to navigate, one that is laden with opportunities to weaponize any and all words and the hazards of crafting conclusions about others with incomplete information.

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Kickstart Sunday: ADA

This week’s Kickstart Sunday pick comes to us from director Eleanore Pienta and her upcoming comedic short Ada. Shot on glorious super 16mm, this film stars Pienta as an unlikable competitive walker who has an unfortunate run-in with a hose. Intrigued? I

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SOME BEASTS Review

In his debut, Cameron Bruce Nelson has managed to present an effective portrait of humility in slow burn, a case study on the matter of adaptability as the nature of Sal’s situation remains in a constant state of flux, trying in earnest to readjust until finally realizing that he may not belong or be able to make do as nature decisively states its dominance emphatically. A bittersweet tale occupying the margins of the in between, in between the dusk of unrealized, cast off dreams and the threshold of promise and new beginnings.

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Kickstart Sunday: BOY FROM WAR

This week’s Kickstart Sunday pick comes to us from director Usama Alshaibi and his upcoming 6th feature, Boy From War. This animated memoir will take a look at Alshaibi’s youth escaping Iraq and growing up in Iowa’s punk scene in the 1980s.

Short Film: John Wilson’s THE ROAD TO MAGNASANTI

Having recently screened at this year’s New York Film Festival, John Wilson‘s latest short form documentary, The Road to Magnasanti is available to stream through his Vimeo channel. If you’re familiar with Wilson’s work you’ll have an idea of what to expect

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GEOSTORM And The Beautiful Mess of Disaster Films

The critics at the Cahiers Du Cinema had a practice in the first decades of the magazine to let admirers of a given director review that director’s films. The thought was to give those with the best chance of seeing a film’s

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Short Film: A STUDY IN TYRANNY

In this entertaining and oddly timely short film, director Andrew Laurich tells the story of an unlikely assassin who heads back in time to take down Hitler in A Study in Tyranny. Equal parts comedy and think piece, this well-shot black and