Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Documentary: A Lillie In A Valley (2018)

The modern age is seemingly a time of infinite change. From the end of the 19th century to this very day, the world seems to be constantly evolving in an unprecedented manner. But, imagine witnessing the same process almost from the start of the 20th century right through to the present moment. A Lillie In A Valley is a documentary that covers this exact concept through a story of a very special yet very regular lady living in the US. Here's how the film describes itself:

A Lillie In a Valley., “The story of Lillie B. Johnson”, is a non-fiction documentary film celebrating the life and services of Lillie B. Johnson, an African American woman who has been blessed to be on this earth for over a century as she turns 103 years of age. Born on April 16, 1912, Lillie B. Johnson has lived through many countless historical events including segregation and the civil rights movement, as well as lived to witness the inauguration of the first black president of the United States of America; all in which has took place during her lifetime.

As a pillar within the Wheeler County community, Lillie B. Johnson is valued and appreciated by an innumerable amount of family members, friends, and stakeholders within the rural South-East Georgia town. She has touched and influenced many generations of people who have went on to become successful in life. The story has true disposition in highlighting the importance of family as well as uncovering the true essence of what it means to value God, family, and love. This particular film captures the annual birthday celebration as family and friends prepare for the event that takes place on Lillie B. Johnson St.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

First Look: The Shard’s Wave (2019)

One of the most impressive abilities of the science fiction movies and works of art, in general, is to open up our perspective to what the world is and what it could become. Sometimes these visions are grim and terrifying. At other points, they might be uplifting and hopeful. But, in any case, they provide a glimpse into a world that could be a reality even today, just lying in someone’s mind before that same person makes it happen in the future.

The upcoming movie called The Shard’s Wave is precisely this - a film about perception and the future of our minds and souls. The movie is about two souls that are connected to each other through their minds. One belongs to a regular and innocent person, while the other one is something completely different: a criminal. The story of the Shard’s Wave is about how these connect with each other and change their other lives and the lives of people around them

As a sci-fi thriller that will be released both in English and in Tamil, the film looks really promising, even judging by nothing more than its poster that was recently released. See it below:

The film should be out in 2019 and for any additional information check out this Facebook post.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Indie Showcase: Trouble Is My Business (2018)

Some of the best films ever created over the course of the 20th century were purebred noir thrillers. From The Big Sleep to L.A. Confidential, there is no doubt that a classic noir movie can never get outdated in any shape or form. Trouble Is My Business is a new indie film that works in the cinematographic frame of this incredible genre. Here is why the film has to say about itself.

Detective Roland Drake falls for two beautiful Montemar sisters. One woman is dead and the other wants to kill him. “Trouble” is a new feature film that is a love letter to noir. Trouble Is My Business is a dark, doomed romance filled with mystery, murder and betrayal. Starring Brittney Powell and Vernon Wells. Written by Tom Konkle and Brittney Powell. Directed by Thomas Konkle. 

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Indie Showcase: Karma (2018)

Friendship and loyalty are things we respect throughout the world and seemingly ever since we became aware of ourselves as a species. However, can both of these ideas push people into horrible decisions and even worse actions? These are the questions that are raised by Karma, a new indie thriller created by SummerTyme Productions. Here’s the film’s synopsis:

It's Ciana's Birthday and she is lucky enough to have six friends to spend it with. After a celebration the seven of them cozy up on the beach to socialize, reminisce, and tell scary stories. Little do they know they're about to endure a real scary story of their own.
When one friend is attacked, the girls turn around and attack her attackers. Murder, mayhem, resentment, and betrayal consume them. With two overzealous cops on their trail as well as the Karma that the girls are enduring, they are becoming more and more frantic about the outcome of their situation and hope they can stop everything before it's too late.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Indie Showcase: Badsville (2017)


The noir movie genre is perfect for any period - it might have been born in the early 20th century, but it is still going strong. A perfect example of this is the fact that it works in so many different settings and time periods. In fact, it even works for those films that are apparently outside of real time and space. Badsville is a new indie release that apparently uses the same principle to great effect.Here’s how the film describes itself:

A violent greaser gang is ripped apart when their leader finds love and is determined to leave Badsville - a town where love doesn't exist.

The trailer, which is super-short, does a great job presenting a violent and desolate place where the main character appears and tries to stay above the water. Badsville is pleasantly “clean” in the terms of cinematography - the shots and photography are defined and steady, focusing on the characters. The moment when violence erupts seems to be a crucial part of the life in the fictional Badsville. However, even if the place is non-existent, the dynamic of the life in a place like this feels more than real.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Short Film Review: Side Effects (2018)

Zombie movies and the genre of comedy are not exactly strangers to each other. Ever since George Romero provided us with the first true vision of the brain-eating (or general human body-eating) brain-dead ghouls, humanity was hooked on this idea and rightly so. Unlike many other genres of horror, zombie one comes with a subtle disclaimer that this is not the most serious topic in the world.

Sure, they can come with truckloads of drama and The Walking Dead as a TV show epitomizes this premise. But, below the surface, we all kind of gets that walking corpses looking to eat the living aren’t exactly an expression of existential philosophy.

Jonathan Vargas as the writer and director of Side Effects, a short zombie movie, did not have any dilemmas about making his premise both zombified and ridiculous. In the movie, a small hustler and self-proclaimed ladies’ man ends up in trouble when he can’t repay the money he owns to the wrong people.