film

Remembering Miami Independent Film Director Joel Sotolongo

Fellow Miami creative and friend of tuffgnarl.com Joel Sotolongo has lost his battle with cancer. Joel directed two films Work of Art and That Was Piddie Korn. He was actively working on a third film titled Rolling 20s before his death. Sotolongo was known a staunch advocate for independent guerrilla film-making in Miami and was a wealth of knowledge […]

Interview: Popping in with pop-culture artist David Irvine

Artist David Irvine, aka The Gnarled Branch (no relation to us at TuffGnarl!), works in many mediums and themes, has shown in galleries all over and has a huge on-line presence. But as I am an unabashed fan of pop-culture, his handcrafted “upcycling” of tossed off paintings particularly caught my eye one night and I […]

Marvel characters that need to be on TV/film: Part 3

As Netflix has just released the first of five new television series set in the Marvel cinematic universe, I began to think about other characters that are not currently featured in a film or television show and not currently in pre-production. This is the final list of my three-part series. To find part one click HERE and part […]

Marvel characters that need to be on TV/film: Part 2

As Netflix has just released the first of five new television series set in the Marvel cinematic universe, I began to think about other characters that are not currently featured in a film or television show and not currently in pre-production. This is my second part of a three-part series. (To find part one click HERE.)   […]

Marvel characters that need to be on TV/film: Part 1

With Netflix’s recent release of the first of five new television series set in the Marvel cinematic universe, I began to think about other characters who aren’t currently featured in a film or television shows and those not currently in pre or post-production. My list does not discriminate between which film studios currently have the rights to […]

MOVIE REVIEW: Space Pirate Captain Harlock

Space Pirate Captain Harlock Directed by: Shinji Aramaki Toei Animation Company I’ll begin by prefacing this review with the following disclaimer: Though I am a long time fan of Japanese animation, I am only marginally acquainted with the exploits of the renowned Captain Harlock. So, despite a few run-ins with later incarnations of the show, […]

INTERVIEW – Emil Friis Talks “Sand In Your Eyes”

As someone with the task of reviewing countless albums a year, the whole process becomes overwhelming at times. The truth is that I’m always on the hunt for new and fascinating music, but it’s not too often that a record will stop me dead in my tracks. Emil Friis’ debut Sand in Your Eyes is […]

FILM REVIEW: The Impossible Dream – “Jodorowksy’s Dune”

Jodorowky’s Dune Alejandro Jodorowksy, Michel Seydoux, H.R. Giger, Chris Foss, Nicholas Winding Refn, Amanda Lear, Richard Stanley Directed by Frank Pavich City Films/Sony Pictures Classics 2013 The greatest movie never made. That is the message director Frank Pavich wants to convey to us with his endlessly fascinating new documentary about Chilean-French auteur Alejandro Jodorowksy’s failed […]

Kevin Arrow: #MyHandHoldingThings, A Digital Gallery

Kevin Arrow is a multidisciplinary artist living in Miami Beach who has been a part of South Florida’s art and music scene since the ‘80s. A painter, filmmaker, photographer and collagist; he has recently turned his obsessions with collecting and collections (read: obsessive compulsive behavior) to his Instagram presence with the hashtag #MyHandHoldingThings. There is […]

Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review [Spoiler-Free]

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Directed by Marc Webb Screenplay by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner Starring Andrew Garfield, Jaime Foxx, Emma Stone A Studio Film by Columbia Pictures I grew up reading Spider-Man comics and justifiably still do, because they’re some of the most thought provoking, brilliant and innovative stories ever written. However, the characters of […]

MOVIE REVIEW: Contracted

Contracted (2013) Starring Najarra Townsend, Caroline Williams and Alice MacDonald Written and Directed by Eric England Horror used to be fairly simple.  There was big-budget horror you could see in the theaters and low-budget horror you caught on video or on television.  With multiple mediums (Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant, hundreds of channels on DirecTV, et […]