Movies

FILM: Miami Underground Film Festival to debut at Churchill’s Pub

Miami isn’t necessarily known for its film output. Many consider pop cultural outings such as Miami Vice and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective as its celluloid peak. Recently though a growing group of creatives have been releasing independent films that have won plenty of praise from critics – best example of this would be Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight. The […]

Tim Seeley interview

  Hey everyone today I have a special treat for you guys, an interview with a top DC comics writer Tim Seeley hope you enjoy. What made you want to be a comic book writer and artist? I never really considered doing anything else. This was the only job I wanted. If you could write […]

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: 5 Questions with Neopolitan

Neopolitan‘s music brings to mind a mix of Miami 80s themes and at times gives the vibe of Goblin sans instruments. It’s original and much needed in this scene where shitty DJs and electronica have lost there way. I chatted with Pedro Caignet about the band and its influences. Neopolitan’s music seems familiar yet it’s nothing that anyone can […]

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 […]

INTERVIEW: Shooting the shit with Joe R. Lansdale

Joe R. Lansdale may be the most prolific writer you haven’t heard of. Champion Joe (as his fans call him) has written everything from novels (The Drive-In), short stories (Bubba-Ho-Tep), screenplays (the animated Son of Batman film) and comic books  (DC/Vertigo’s Jonah Hex: Two-Gun Mojo).   Lansdale even dipped his pen into a few episodes […]

The five best live-action anime adaptations

Whenever I find myself on the verge of being overwhelmed by adulthood (a malady I’ve fought hard to stave off ), I often seek comfort in the sweet, heroin addled claws of anime. Over the last quarter century, our tentacle loving brothers and sisters to the east have helped shape my sensibilities in a way […]

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, […]

TUFF GNARL CASTING CALL: Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns”

Many years ago, the now-defunct comic book periodical Wizard Magazine ran an ongoing segment entitled “Casting Call” in which they would envision a film based on another medium – comics, animation, literature, etc. – and suggest which actors would best portray the major characters in the story. Sometimes they hit the nail on the head, like when […]

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 […]

Riddick Review **Spoiler-Free**

When Pitch Black hit theaters back in 2000, audiences were charmed by the modestly budgeted sci-fi film’s original setting, creative plot and inventive set pieces, many of which involved the unusually nasty and novel creatures that inhabited the planet the film took place on. More than anything, however, we were introduced to a budding new […]

Interview with Ehmm Theory Creators- Brockton McKinney & Larkin Ford

Brockton McKinney and Larkin Ford are the creators of Ehmm Theory, a new comic book released by Action Lab Comic that revolves around protagonist Gabriel Ehmm and his talking kitten, Mr. Whispers, as they embark on an adventure that I can best describe as Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey meets Dead-Alive meets ALF. I first heard about Ehmm Theory while picking up new books one fateful Wednesday in […]

‘The Wolverine’ Review

(The reviewer wrote this article with the assumption that the reader has seen the standard trailer for the film – provided conveniently at the bottom of this review. If you have not seen the trailer and wish to be kept completely unaware, you have no business even being here in the first place, you crazy […]

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 […]