whiplash-poster 8.5


Of all the films that could be chosen to kick off the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash seems like the perfect choice to start it with a bang.  This loud, intense film provides not only a captivating story, but also gives the viewer a complete sensory overload with its boisterous performances and amazingly percussive sound design.


Sundance NEXT FEST Announces Its 2014 Lineup

One of my favorite programming sections of the Sundance Film Festival is its NEXT series, which features new filmmakers with bold visions.  Sundance is celebrating this series by holding a Summer festival featuring some of the more popular entries, and the lineup

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COOTIES review

What would happen if the disgusting, processed chicken nuggets served in school lunches harbored a deadly virus? Well, according to Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion’s horror/comedy Cooties, the children would turn into ravenous flesh hungry monsters.

Sundance 2014: Health Doc FED UP Gets a New Poster

Sundance 2014: Health Doc FED UP Gets a New Poster

Stephanie Soechtig‘s documentary Fed Up, which is set to premiere next week at the Sundance Film Festival, released a new poster today, which teases the fact that something happened 30 years ago that made us all fat.  The film aims to “blow



Set to premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival kicking off next week, a new teaser trailer has been released for the Iranian vampire flick A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.  Although the footage is very brief, it’s certainly enough to

‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ Trailer

‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ Trailer

This year’s most acclaimed film at Sundance was undoubtedly Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, which won the Grand Jury prize at the festival. Today, we saw the first trailer for the film, which will be released on June 27. From

‘Restless City’ Trailer

‘Restless City’ Trailer

I first heard about Andrew Dosunmu’s feature-film debut, Restless City, on the Shadow & Act blog over at Indiewire. Honestly, if you would like to follow everything about African and African-American cinema, you need to check out Shadow

‘Safety Not Guaranteed’ Trailer

‘Safety Not Guaranteed’ Trailer

Safety Not Guaranteed played earlier this year at Sundance and now will be hitting theaters on June 8th. Colin Trevorrow’s debut narrative feature starring Mark Duplass, Aubrey Plaza and Jake Johnson centers on Kenneth (Duplass), who puts an ad in the newspaper

OSLO, AUGUST 31ST Review 7.5


MPAA Rating:  Not Rated
Director: Joachim Trier
FilmPulse Score: 7.5/10

Oslo, August 31st is the newest adaptation of the novel Le feu follet by Pierre Drieu La Rochelle. The novel was adapted for the screen before in 1963 by none


The Film Pulse Podcast Episode 1

In the first full episode of The Film Pulse Podcast, Kevin and I discuss the Oscars, Kill List, The Innkeepers, Chronicle, and a bunch of other movies, and we introduce a new segment called “Ryan Watches a Movie” with A Serbian Film.

Sundance Winners

‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ was awarded the grand jury prize in the US dramatic competition, with Eugene Jarecki’s ‘The House I Live In’ winning the grand jury prize in the US documentary competition.

For a full list of the winners.

Sundance Updates

‘The Surrogate’ was picked up by Fox Searchlight for $6 million, making it the biggest acquisition, so far, at Sundance. John Hawkes plays journalist and poet Mark O’Brien, who is afflicted with Polio and lives most of his life in an iron