June 17th, 2014 1:45pm EDT
With such a flurry of flicks hitting the screen as of late, it’s hard to keep up. So we decided to put together a gaggle of reviews below that provide a more succinct encapsulated look at recent movies hitting multiplexes. In this edition we take a gander at four flicks including at a doc on the high cost of college, a sci-fi horror outing where folks are forced to run or die, a high drama India import about two brothers involved the underground film industry and finally a mystery drama about a war journalist who may or may not be crazy – welcome to encapsulated reviews for "Ivory Tower,"...
June 17th, 2014 11:00am EDT
Can previously troubled romance be rekindled? We’re gonna find out as we check out the new to DVD flick "Some Velvet Morning" out June 24 from Cinedigm Home Entertainment. The ups and downs of relationships abound get reviewed below!
Title: "Some Velvet Morning"
Cast: Stanley Tucci, Alice Eve
Director: Neil LaBute
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 82 minutes
Release Company: Cinedigm Home Entertainment
The Flick: What should feel like a dull two-person play instead unfolds like a riveting battle of power under the ample direction o...
Review: 'Some Velvet Morning'
June 17th, 2014 10:00am EDT
Ready to check out a museum dedicated to...longfellows? Then follow us as we check out the new to Blu-ray doc titled "The Final Member" out now from Drafthouse Films. We examine and review the specimens below!
Title: "The Final Member"
Cast: Sigurður "Siggi" Hjartarson, Páll Arason, Tom Mitchell
Director: Jonah Bekhor & Zach Math
Runtime: 82 minutes
Release Company: Drafthouse Films
The Flick: This doc featuring the penis preservation Icelandic Phallological Museum may come off as controversial, but it’s actually a fasci...
June 16th, 2014 11:10am EDT
Nothing makes a movie more memorable than an actor or actress with diversity, so anyone seeing films at the LA Film Fest 2014 should remember the name Haley Lu Richardson. As a legitimate powerhouse acting double threat, Richardson has not one but two amazing and totally different performances in two separate films in the fest and they’re both equally captivating to watch. In the touching film "The Young Kieslowski," Richardson plays a sweet and charming college student who finds herself in love, pregnant and wanting to keep the baby despite heavy-duty obstacles. By contrast in the dark ...
June 16th, 2014 5:00am EDT
Events do indeed flow like wine at the LA Film Fest 2104 and we have the pics to prove it! We’re putting the film viewing on pause as we got an invite to head over to the lush Festival Lounge for happy hour with Film Festival Sponsor Renwood Wines to drink their signature Old Vine Zinfandel with the Winemaker himself Joe Shebl for the ultimate schmooze and booze fest. We took some pics pre-party (you’re not getting into this one when it’s if full drink swing without a pass folks!) to give you just a sip (yes, wine slang!) of what went down. Cleanse the palate and breath in the oak flavor...
June 13th, 2014 12:20pm EDT
The great Los Angeles Film Festival 2014 (held in Downtown Los Angeles at LA Live June 11-19) is underway and we’re hitting the flicks and events hard and fast for the fans. But up first in our comprehensive coverage of the 20th Anniversary of the fest is some encapsulated reviews to keep everyone up to date – Day One style! Check ‘em out below!
“The Well” – With one of the co-writers Jacob Forman being the genius behind the script for "All The Boys Love Mandy Lane" it’s of little surprise that "The Well" sports a lushly layered and ass kicking female lead character. What is unexpec...
June 12th, 2014 10:15am EDT
Defying genre boundaries and playing successfully with tone has become a staple of filmmaker Bong Joon-ho. In the film "Memories of Murder" the auteur took on the traditional detective mystery, went after the monster movie with "The Host" and explored paternal responsibility with "Mother." So it’s only fitting that his latest flick "Snowpiercer" also skillfully examines separate important issues like class system and the effect of a post-apocalyptic world and turns them on their ear. But unlike the previous films from the famed Southern Korean director this one sports a mostly English la...
Los Angeles Film Festival 2014 - 'What To See'
June 11th, 2014 11:22am EDT
Hey LA film freaks – it’s that time of year again! Yup, our favorite Los Angeles Film Festival held in Downtown Los Angeles at LA Live is upon us again taking place June 11-19 (head over to www.lafilmfest.com for more details!) and it’s going to be a real special year. Not only are there some amazing original films and cool events planned, but this is the official 20th Anniversary of the fest that has long prided itself on bringing movie geeks everywhere the best of cinema both big and small. So in celebration of their long standing achievements, Starpulse.com is kicking off our comprehe...
LA Film Fest 2014 Review - Visually Stunning 'Snowpiercer' Lacks Acting Authenticity
June 6th, 2014 11:10am EDT
Filmmakers resort to all sorts of tactics these days to creep out movie fans. From thick blood and gore to slow building flicks with a shocking payoff, there’s no shortage of product on the market eager to put audiences in a state of unease. That’s why the Dutch import "Borgman" is even more impressive – in its five-star accomplishment of being unnerving from start to finish it boldly uses none of the above.
As the film opens three men are seen amassing various weapons of sorts. All local townsmen, including one who’s a priest, the gents seem to be on a mission to destroy. Seems they’r...
June 5th, 2014 11:15am EDT
I’ll admit it - I’m so sick of found footage flicks. What started as a clever and cheap device for filmmakers Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez back in 1999 for their breakout horror flick "The Blair Witch Project" (not the first of course, but certainly the most prolific!) has spawned so many subpar films that it’s all but exhausted every aspect of the first person camera movement. And yet with his uncanny ability to manipulate tone and pace effectively, "The House of the Devil" and "The Innkeepers" filmmaker Ti West manages with his latest film "The Sacrament" to transcend and actually ...