Follow on: Facebook Twitter Google+
Evan Crean Evan Crean
Starpulse Contributing Writer
Become a "Starpulse Contributing Writer" Start Here
Bio/Profile
A part time archaeologist and obtainer of rare antiquities, Evan is a fan of all things Indiana Jones. He currently resides in the Boston area and also writes movie reviews for his own blog ReelRecon.

IFFBoston Review: 'Sightseers'

April 28th, 2013 6:01pm EDT
Sightseers 1
The British can make almost anything funny with their dry, cheeky sense of humor, including murder. Sounds messed up, right? You might be wondering, “How could murder ever be humorous?” Well, it can be hilarious, if it’s for all the wrong, outrageous reasons in Ben Wheatley’s dark road-comedy “Sightseers.”

All of the violence and chaos in the film seems logical and amusing, because you find out quickly, that the main characters each have a screw loose. First there’s Carol (Eileen Davis), an overbearing, melodramatic, mother who can’t stand the thought of her 34-year-old daughter Tina (Alic...
READ MORE

IFFBoston Review: 'The Way, Way Back'

April 27th, 2013 4:25pm EDT
Liam James and Sam Rockwell in The Way Way Back
If Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s directorial debut “The Way, Way Back” had a theme song, it would be Bonnie Tyler’s “I Need a Hero.” Why a tune from the ‘80s film “Footloose?” A couple of reasons.

First, when facing a ridiculous dilemma in the movie, the character Owen (Sam Rockwell) looks out into a crowd, and jokingly asks for assistance by quoting it. The amusing kicker is that no one gets the reference, even after he tries to mention the recent “Footloose” remake. The gag and the impending laughs from its failure are indicative of this picture’s delightful retro style.

Second, and more imp...
READ MORE

IFFBoston Opening Night Review: 'The Spectacular Now'

April 26th, 2013 9:12am EDT
The Spectacular Now
Independent Film Festival Boston opened Wednesday night with a screening of “The Spectacular Now,” which I was lucky enough to attend.

James Ponsoldt’s film “The Spectacular Now,” draws inspiration from John Hughes and Cameron Crowe ‘80s teen flicks, to tell an unabashedly earnest tale of young love. In fact, Ponsoldt’s movie is so unapologetically honest, that his lead actors don’t even wear make-up. This decision keeps the picture grounded and relatable though, because when you see their imperfections up close, you actually feel like you’re watching real kids in high school.

One of thos...
READ MORE

IFFBoston Preview: 'Lonely Boy'

April 24th, 2013 12:35pm EDT
Lonely Boy 1
Independent Film Fest Boston starts tonight, so I thought I’d kick off my coverage with an early review of “Lonely Boy,” a film playing at the festival that I think is definitely worth checking out.

If you think "Silver Linings Playbook" takes an overly cutesy, unrealistic approach to mental illness, you’ll probably appreciate Dale Fabrigar’s indie drama "Lonely Boy." In this movie, there’s nothing humorous or endearing about mental disease, for the person who’s sick or the people who care about him.

"Lonely Boy" follows Franky (Alev Aydin) a schizophrenic young man stuck in a downward sp...
READ MORE

Book Review: 'Plague Nation'

April 22nd, 2013 9:59am EDT
Plague Nation Cover
Ever since I devoured Dana Fredsti’s thrilling zombie novel Plague Town last April, I’ve been anxiously awaiting its sequel Plague Nation. Thankfully I was rewarded with it earlier this month, and got a chance to start it during my morning commute. I found myself on the edge of my seat, literally so absorbed, that I didn’t even realize I had gotten on the wrong train. Now that’s gripping zombie literature!

For those that missed Plague Town, here’s a quick recap: our heroine Ashley Parker, is a smart, strong, sarcastic young woman from northern California who helped contain a zombie outbrea...
READ MORE

Review: Sci-Fi Cinema Did It Better Before 'Oblivion'

April 20th, 2013 10:02am EDT
Olga Kurylenko and Tom Cruise in Oblivion
Joseph Kosinski’s sci-fi flick “Oblivion” is like the South Park episode “Simpsons Already Did It,” where Butters tries to cause havoc, and is continually foiled when he learns that “The Simpsons did it!” first. With Kosinski’s film though, you might say, “Cinema did it!” repeatedly after the introduction of each well-traveled science fiction theme in the movie.  

In “Oblivion,” Jack (Tom Cruise) is one of the last remaining people on an Earth scorched by war with alien invaders. Mankind is colonizing a new home, so most humans are preparing for the voyage, on a giant space station orbitin...
READ MORE

‘42’ Is About More Than Just One Man’s Struggle

April 14th, 2013 7:10am EDT
42
Brian Helgeland’s “42” is a biopic about Jackie Robinson, the African American athlete who broke down baseball’s color barrier. The film chronicles his difficult road to the majors and the results of his challenging rookie season with the Brooklyn Dodgers. What’s funny about the movie is that even though it’s a Jackie Robinson biopic, he doesn’t feel like the main character.

There’s more emphasis on Branch Rickey, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, played by Harrison Ford. Rickey decides in the beginning that he wants a black player on his squad to attract African American fans. As Rickey ...
READ MORE

Weekend Movie Preview: ‘Evil Dead’ and ‘Jurassic Park 3D’

April 7th, 2013 10:06pm EDT
Evil Dead Poster
Welcome back to Weekend Movie Preview. Things have been pretty busy for me over the last month or so, which is why you haven’t seen as many of my movie reviews coming out. However I’m trying to get back into the swing of things and hope to deliver you guys with more regular columns. I had such fun at the theater this week, I felt like I just needed to share my thoughts on the new “Evil Dead” and “Jurassic Park 3D.”

EVIL DEAD

Five twenty-something friends spend a weekend at a remote cabin, where they discover a Book of the Dead and accidentally summon demons residing in the nearby woods....
READ MORE

Arkin Astounds In ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’

March 17th, 2013 8:30am EDT
Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi in The Incredible Burt Wonderston
Films like “The Illusionist” and “The Prestige” use magic as a vehicle for suspense and intrigue, but Don Scardino's comedy “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” reminds us that this trade doesn't need to be taken so seriously. In Scardino's movie, a magician's calling isn't to fool you; it's to inspire your childlike sense of awe and spark your imagination. This gooey idea is one that the picture sets up right in its beginning and continues to reinforce throughout.

“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” opens in the early 80s and focuses on young Burt and Anton, two social outcasts who discover th...
READ MORE

Book Review: ‘Shh! It’s a Secret’ by Daniel M. Kimmel

March 4th, 2013 11:00am EST
Shh! It's a Secret Book Cover
Full disclosure: author Daniel M. Kimmel is my friend, and my colleague in The Boston Online Film Critics Association. However I can honestly say that I would have loved his book Shh! It’s a Secret: a novel about Aliens, Hollywood, and the Bartender’s Guide, regardless of whether I knew him personally. Kimmel’s debut novel is brilliant satire of the film industry, which also happens to be a hilarious, heartwarming science fiction story about unexpected friendship.  

To provide some context for his expertise, Kimmel has been a critic for over 25 years and is currently a professor of film at...
READ MORE