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THE OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS 2020: ANIMATION Review

Multi-Oscar-winning director Brad Bird once said that, “Animation is about creating the illusion of life, and you can't create it if you don't have one.” It’s a simple observation that is often taken for granted, one that nonetheless highlights the detectable traces of life found in every pen stroke, clay imprint and line of code collected together to produce this year’s nominees for the Animated Short Films Oscar. 

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EDGE OF THE AXE Arrow Blu-ray Review

If you’re in the market for a more obscure ’80s slasher, featuring a creepy killer, ridiculous dialogue and predictably silly ending, Edge of the Axe is worth a look and is certainly a step above the rest of the derivative genre titles we saw in the waning moments of the decade.

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Slamdance 2020: SANZARU Review

Although it nearly doesn’t stick the landing, with things culminating abruptly and ending with less gravitas than the build-up had me anticipating, Sanzaru remains a thoughtfully crafted story that combines dread with melodrama to deliver a creepy, nuanced horror tale.

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MY NAME IS MYEISHA Review

Gus Krieger’s experimental hip-hop/spoken-word film mash-up makes My Name is Myeisha both memorable and challenging to watch. 

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COLOR OUT OF SPACE Review

Color Out of Space is a fun bit of cosmic horror and a welcome return to feature films for Richard Stanley, something I hope is a sign of things to come.

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GIVE ME LIBERTY Review

Give Me Liberty is a quirky, fun film that has a relatability because of the issues it tackles, but it feels like pieces are missing. 

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VHYES Review

VHYes is a film I love in concept, and while it was executed perfectly on a technical level, the actual content left a bit to be desired.

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UNDERWATER Review

Bolstered by a kick-ass performance from Kristen Stewart, Underwater is a satisfying B movie that delivers nearly non-stop action with some chilling creature moments to boot.

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DON’T BE A DICK ABOUT IT Review

Sometimes the simplest stories can be the most endearing; such is the case with Ben Mullinkosson’s slice-of-life documentary Don’t Be a Dick About It. Hilarious and touching, this brisk little story follows two brothers simply living their lives, an act that proves

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IN FABRIC Review

Salacious and nonsensical in such admirable manners, the film sees Strickland harnessing his more obtuse qualities as a director and stylist to great effect.

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DANIEL ISN’T REAL Review

Despite being a bit rough around the edges, Daniel Isn’t Real adds enough unique properties to the psychological horror genre to warrant a recommendation, if for no other reason than to experience that wild finale.  

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LITTLE JOE Review

Jessica Hausner’s Little Joe is a caustic riff on the classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers motif but takes aim at the pharmaceutical industry, specifically antidepressants and the act of altering one’s mood with the use of chemical aids.