FILM REVIEW: Prisoners

There is a strange scene early in Prisoners, the English-language debut of French Canadian director Denis Villeneuve (whose Oscar-nominated 2010 film Incendies was as shocking as it was heartbreaking): a close, static shot of a tree trunk. The scene’s presence is functionally unnecessary, considering the film’s 153-minute running time, and it adds zilch developmentally. Yet it is unsettling in its […]

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Movie Review: Elysium

Taking its namesake from the ancient Greek concept of heaven, Elysium, South African sci-fi writer/director Neil Blomkamp’s second foray into feature film territory, is further evidence of a promising, burgeoning talent. Although it falls short of his first effort (the superlative District 9) in terms of overall “wow” factor, Elysium still showcases his certain knack for using genre cinema to […]

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Pacific Rim Review

Though this post is devoid of any real spoilers, some details of the film are discussed in greater depth than what has been shown in previews. For moviegoers who wish to retain as much mystery as possible going into the picture, it is advised that they see the film first and come back afterwards to compare their experience with the […]

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Filmmakers Alex & Felix Alvarez Creators of Night Terrors

Tuffgnarl had the chance to sit and yap with two of Miami’s Independent filmmakers, Alex Alvarez and Felix Alvarez (no relation) of Odd Job Productions, about their latest release which has won Miami’s Indie Film Clubs ‘I’m not gonna move to L.A.’  award for their film Night Terrors. It’s nine minutes of “a horror project we’d been working on for quite some time” Alex Alvarez […]

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Manborg Review

Director Steven Kostanski’s Manborg is not only a tribute to 80’s VHS, sci-fi, action trash cinema. It is an inspiration to all no-budget film makers everywhere. The 72 minute film was shot on a mere budget of $1,000 Canadian dollars (yes you read that right) and was filmed over three years. One could call Kostanski’s film company, Astron-6 the Canadian equivalent […]

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