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 in the field. He served […]

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MOVIE NIGHT INSTANT SCREENING: Nevermind Citizen Kane… Here’s SWAMP APE!

It’s a real shame that Hollywood dismisses independent filmmakers because they’re not rich, elitist or “pretty” as them with their shitty facelifts and sag-away boob jobs. Any filmmaker worth a shit will tell you that it takes plenty of grit, know how and passion to tell a good story on zero budget utilizing art’s most expensive canvas. The film Swamp […]

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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.)   Nova Richard Rider, also known […]

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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 characters. It’s just a simple […]

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Otto Von Shirach & Blowfly May Have Just Broken The Internet With Pineal Warriors

Miami’s Otto Von Shirach has teamed up with rapper Blowfly and a slew of Miami artists and musicians to release what may easily go down as the craziest bit of cinematography to ever come out of Miami. The film is called “Pineal Warriors” and I’m declaring it the viral video of 2015. Pineal Warriors Writer/Director: Otto von Schirach, Egon von Schirach Cinematography: Jonathan David Kane […]

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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, I was largely unfamiliar with […]

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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 attempt at making a film […]

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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 something inherently archival about the […]

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Stanley Kubrick is Dead, Long Live Stanley Kubrick or: How I Stopped Worrying and Let Under the Skin Give Me a Lobotomy

Under the Skin Directed by Jonathan Glazer Screenplay by Walter Campbell and Jonathan Glazer based on the novel by Michael Faber Starring Scarlett Johansson A Studio Film 4/BFI release 2014 It’s been a long time since I walked out of a film and thought to myself, “Well, that movie just completely fucked me in the head”. Thanks to Jonathan Glazer, […]

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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 the Spider-Man comic book universe […]

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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 al), it has become impossible […]

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