Theodore Collatos’s latest short is one that is positioned as an origin, of sorts, for his upcoming feature-length film, Tormenting the Hen (which I covered here); an influential starting point that informs a certain segment of his feature, specifically, as variations of


Kickstart Sunday: TWELFTH MAN

This week’s Kickstart Sunday pick comes to us from director Mark Brennan and his short film Twelfth Man, telling the true story of a theatre company attempting to perform Shakespeare‘s Twelfth Night during the 1966 World Cup Final. The film


Short Film: HAVE HAD

This week’s short film pick comes to us from director Jack Turits and his film Have Had. The film stars Imogen Poots and Ben Rosenfield as siblings meeting each other for the first time after the passing of their mother and the


Kickstart Sunday: HUMAN SUN

This week’s Kickstart Sunday pick comes to us from director Carl Bird McLaughlin and his short film Human Sun. This dramatic comedy revolves around a motivational speaker who teeters on the verge of a complete mental breakdown right before he


Film Pulse’s Top Movies of 2017 So Far

It’s been a pretty fantastic year for movies, and because we’re now past the halfway point through 2017, it’s time to take a look back and highlight the best pieces of cinema we’ve seen so far. Jordan Peele‘s Get Out is clearly our


Kickstart Sunday: LAIKA

This week’s Kickstart Sunday pick comes to us from Aurel Klimt and his animated film Laika. This science fiction story proposes that Laika, the first dog in space, didn’t perish but instead finds a new world outside of this planet. The

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On the surface, writer/director Christopher Jason Bell’s short film, left, appears to be a rudimentary walkthrough of a very basic premise - a young woman roaming an airport; and to a certain extent, this is true. It is, in its entirety, nothing more than a young woman wandering through the confines of an airport while attempting to arrange a place for herself to stay. However, it is within this elementary narrative framework that Bell experiments with the role of the camera as well as a minimum allowance in terms of narrative.


Kickstart Sunday: BLACK COP

This week’s Kickstart Sunday pick comes to us from Cory Bowles and his film Black Cop. As the title suggests, the film centers around a black police officer who, after being persecuted by those around him decides to use his badge

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UNSUNG INDIES: Ahmed Khawaja and Andre Puca’s AP & AK

This edition of Unsung Indies marks the first time a director has been featured for a second time for their work. In this particular case it is directors, plural; as in, Ahmed Khawaja and Andre Puca, whose first film together, KWAK or Kassandra with a K, was not only a film I featured here but also one that I consider to be one of the best films of the current decade. Their second feature-length collaboration, AP & AK, is a natural extension of KWAK, another chapter entry in the diary film saga of their friendship.

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Short Film: BIG DOG

This week’s short film pick comes to us from directors Jamie Gyngell & Jamie Whitby and their film Big Dog. This stark, beautifully shot film involves a young man getting a job at a meat processing facility after re-entering society



I always love a good awkward comedy and when you mix in a heaping pile of suspense I’m all in and such is the case with Ben Gutteridge‘s short film Steak Knife. A man arrives at his date’s home only to find an


Kickstart Sunday: NIGHT RUN

The film market is currently awash with ’80s throw backs, some good, some horrifically bad, but thankfully The Playback Collective‘s Night Run looks like it’s going to be former. The problem with too many of these movies is that they