Pizza Shop: The Movie

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Ah, being a reviewer of any kind isn’t that easy, and I especially loath moments like this: when you have basically nothing positive to state about someone’s work. “Pizza Shop: The Movie” is a comedy written and directed by George O’Barts, who was also kind enough to provide me with a review copy, so the bashing that will follow is done with a heavy heart.

“Pizza Shop” revolves around a group of employees in the titular shop. The film is divided into story arcs, only loosely connected. We first meet the crew as Pete (Robert Bielfelt), the shop’s most eager [...] Continue Reading…

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Indie Film Announcements #7 – July 29th, 2014

Attention

This edition of IFA brings us a couple of titles…
AMERICAN BURGER

A busload of American teenage clichés – jocks, cheerleaders and nerds –are on a cultural travel through Europe. Deep down in the European woods they find a mysterious hamburger stand, selling 100% American meat. At a visit to the hamburger factory, they make the shocking discovery that American burgers are something completely different from what they are used to…The trip turns into a struggle for survival and they learn lessons about friendship, sex, and to never visit a fast food chain again…
The English version of the film will be [...] Continue Reading…

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Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief

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“Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief” (“D,L,IC”) is writer / director Pablo D’Stair’s second film. This one came with a friendly warning which I quote directly from the e-mail: This new one is (1) quite different than “A Public Ransom” and (2) a length shorter, so shouldn’t be too much of an ordeal.

Leonard questions his wife Lana about a strange man that had come up to him at work and introduced himself as Lana’s ex-husband. This being first word of it to Leonard, he is naturally curious and a little unsettled, even more so after Lana flatly denies it all. This [...] Continue Reading…

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The Machine

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Perhaps unoriginally, but nevertheless aptly titled, Caradog James’ “The Machine” is one surprisingly well-made sci-fi film. Sometimes in the future, the world plunged in economic crisis due to a new cold war with China. Vincent (Toby Stephens) is a brilliant A.I. scientist and is developing implants for Britain’s Ministry of Defense to help soldiers with brain damage. His secret project is to develop a technology to save his daughter affected with Rett’s syndrome. For this he brings help in the form of a young woman Ava (Caity Lotz). Vincent and Ava work together and make a functioning quantum brain a [...] Continue Reading…

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Mis-drop

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“Mis-drop” is a short sci-fi, clocking at a little over 13 minutes. Written and directed by New Zealand filmmaker Ferand Peek, “Mis-drop” is – can you guess it? – about a mis-drop. Set 300 years into the future in a huge-ass battle, a group of mercs are about to be deployed into the war zone via drop-pods. Thing go wrong, of course and you get to witness the proverbial shit hitting the fan.

But how do you pull off an epic scale battle without having a budget? Well, you use your imagination. “Mis-drop” is told from the perspective a forensic [...] Continue Reading…

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