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Screamfest 2019 – Forty-Seven Short Film Reviews

The 2019 Screamfest Film Festival may be officially over but we’re still going strong in our coverage via WhySoBlu and there are more many more films to dissect.  (So many flicks, so little time!)  With only a few more articles to go this one is dedicated to the genre outings short in stature as we dissect a whopping forty-seven short films all of which screened at this year’s fest. From sentimental zombie stories to grannies with gut slashing gumption here’s the skinny on all things short film!

 

 

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Screamfest 2019 – ‘The Wave’ Director Gille Klabin Talks Mixing Genres (Plus Bonus Five-Star Review!)

The ever-amazing Screamfest Horror Film Festival 2019 (go to www.screamfestla.com for more details!) taking place October 8th – 17th at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in LA at the Hollywood and Highland Center is still going strong with the frightful flicks unspooling fast and furious.  But what to do when you come across a flick that is not only utterly original but also firmly entrenches itself in your top 10 films of the year?  It’s feature time!

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Screamfest 2019 – Undead “Eat Brains Love” Knows How To Bring Characters To Life (Movie Review)

In today’s horror laden movie climate zombies have become a dime a dozen.  Long gone are the days of Romero’s stark new vision of flesh eating ghouls as the walking dead have literally gone mainstream.  Thus it takes some utterly original tinkering to make any such film a standout, but fortunately the latest cinematic outing involving the undead from helmer Rodman Flender titled Eat Brains Love has just enough humor, quirk and highly memorable characters to make it rise above the buried alive fray and live again.

 

 

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Screamfest 2019 Interview: “Eat Brains Love” Director Rodman Flender Talks Horror, Humor and Subverting Expectations

With the amazing Screamfest Horror Film Festival 2019 (go to www.screamfestla.com for more details!) taking place October 8th – 17th at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in LA at the Hollywood and Highland Center soon to be underway it felt right to delve into things head on (or off!) by digging the grave a tad deeper and getting some insight into the opening night film titled Eat Brains Love.  (Catchy!)  And who better to provide the inside skinny on all things love and zombie related than the very man who made the film.  (We go right to the horse’s mouth for our comprehensive coverage!)

 

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Screamfest 2019 – “What To See” (Father & Son Edition!)

For those who live in Los Angeles and have a love for all things horror, October is the month to watch for in that it houses the ultimate genre festival of the year – the beyond compare Screamfest 2019!  That’s right fright fans, for those who need their blood bucket filled to the movie brim the Screamfest Horror Film Festival 2019 (go to www.screamfestla.com for more details!) taking place October 8th – 17th at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in LA at the Hollywood and Highland Center is on the dark horizon and as usual this year’s crop looks to be a wondrous mix of both blood and gore for the conservative yet cannibalistic cinephile.  From creepy features to scary shorts, the line up for Screamfest 2019 proves once again why the yearly event is the king of seeking out the outstanding in the realm of what makes us scared.  And since there is such an abundance of savory unsettling selections this year, both film critic Jason Coleman and his proud movie-loving pop Michael Coleman will be working in tandem to bring the skinny on the full crop of horror hopefuls.  (Two movie geeks for the price of one!)  But as always first up are the initial impressions on what they think are the hot tickets of the fest.  Father and son coverage time… it’s What To See’!

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Rom Com Fest 2019 – Five Features & Six Short Film Reviews

There’s a wrap on the 1st ever Rom Com Fest 2019 (go to www.romcomfest.com) and what an event it was.  Desserts were plentiful, tears ran rampant and love was truly in the air.  But before we bid a fond farewell to the to films that make our hearts swoon, I’m taking a critical look back at the latest flicks that unspooled this year for your maximum review coverage reading.  Consisting of five features and six shorts all within the realm of romance and hilarity here are the skinny on the films that made up this year’s fest an unforgettable one.  Here are my…Rom Com Fest 2019 Reviews.

 

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Rom Com Fest 2019 – ‘What To See’

Well hello WhySoBlu.com readers – blast from the past movie critic Jason Coleman reporting for damn fine film fest duty!  Still on cinematic retirement, but compelled to share some tasty movie goings on with all of you (think of me as merely a gopher sticking his head above ground to survey the lay of the land ala Caddyshack!) and there is an upcoming event I wanted to bring attention to.   One with originality, a ton of movie “must sees” and that, had me hello – the first ever Rom Com Fest!  That’s right, for those looking for a little passion in their picture mixed with silly in their screening, the Los Angeles based Rom Com Fest (taking place June 20-23, 2019 at the Downtown Independent Theater – go to www.romcomfest.com for more info!) is just the ticket seeking to “celebrate love through film and experiences” and being a sucker for cinematic matters of the heart, it’s one fest I’m not going to miss.  (And yes, a multi-review article of the various flicks unspooling will follow!)

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Jason Coleman’s Top Ten Films Of 2018 (w/Bonus #1 Destroyer Director Karyn Kusama Interview + Jason’s Final Farewell!)

This is it folks – all good things must eventually come to an end.  As such it’s with this final column that I Jason Coleman bid a fond farewell to both WhySoBlu.com and a career as a critic that has lasted over thirty glorious years.  So to make sure I go out with a bang below is jam-packed with goodies guaranteed to make your movie day.  First up is my Top Ten Films of 2018 and let me tell you film fans it was not easy to nail down.  A year with so many memorable and groundbreaking films made it hard to narrow the choices, but in the end my selections were made with both care and hopes of enlightening those who may have missed some great five-star films.  (Plus I’ve added three honorable mentions that on any other year would have made the top ten easy!)  After that a rare treat for fans – my exclusive one-on-one chat with the helmer of my #1 pick Destroyer Director Karyn Kusama (nothing but the best for this last hurrah!) for some added insight and finally my Final Farewell, a grand goodbye to readers highlighting the best of the best and shout outs to fantastic folks from all my years of cinema service.  So let’s get started – first up….Jason Coleman’s Top Ten Films Of 2018!

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Jason Coleman’s Top Five Male & Female Performances Of 2018 (w/Bonus #1 Actress Nadia Alexander Interview!)

With only two more columns to go here at WhySoBlu, there is nothing more exciting to this humble movie critic than praising the work of actors who go beyond the norm.  Thespians who not only enhance the story of the project they are in, but mange to standout by creating an original performance filled with elements that make their characters utterly unique.  This year in particular saw some savory on-screen turns by actors in smaller films that I’m happy to highlight here loud and proud for those who may have missed them.  Plus as a goodbye bonus treat I’m joined a little later by my #1 pick in the female category Nadia Alexander for a little Q&A interview insight into both the roles that made her a standout this year.  So from undead teens to channeling Steve McQueen and everything in between here are my illustrious (and last ever!)…TOP FIVE MALE & FEMALE PERFORMANCES OF 2018.

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews (Last EVER!) – Twenty-Four New And Old Indie Titles (And One Short!)

Well this is it film fans!  Not only is this officially the last Encapsulated Movie Reviews of 2018, but also the final review column ever for this humble film critic.  That’s right, after a few amazing years right here at WhySoBlu.com this fun filled column, which began on June 24, 2016, will now come to a close and I will be leaving the balcony for good.  And while I still have two magical and beyond the norm filled columns to come (both my Top Five Male/Female Performances of 2018 and Top Ten Films of 2018 both with special celeb guests bonuses are still to come – stay tuned!) the below marks my final batch of Encapsulated Movie Reviews as a film critic for all time.

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Six New And Old Indie Titles

Back with more films from 2018 new and old counting down to the end of the year and those highly anticipated Top Ten lists.  This week sees three new outings, an exclusive single night director’s cut and a couple of notables that film folks have been chatting up all on the critical chopping block.  Tales of unlikely friendships, aging hitmen, Christmas tales with bite, the damning cycle of abuse, killing in five parts and a murder mystery hatched out of self preservation all make up the six flicks covered via this week’s Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the short opinions on Green Book, Asher, All The Creatures Were Stirring, GeminiBack Roads and The House That Jack Built: Director’s Cut below.

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Seven New And Old Indie Titles

Flicks from 2018 new and old are once again up on the cinematic chopping block in time for Thanksgiving – and to keep everyone’s year-end list up to date to boot.  Docs on the damning effects of social media plus fictitious flicks featuring tales set in the old west, teens facing conversion therapy, internet models with doppelgangers, dysfunctional families that somehow work, wolves who hunt humans and South Korean murder mysteries make up the seven flicks dissected in this week’s edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the critical skinny on The Cleaners, The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Cam, Shoplifters, Hold The Dark and Burning all below.

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Twelve New And Old Indie Titles

Since the year is winding down yet award hopefuls are hitting now fast and furious, there is no shortage of indie outings to choose from.  So to help alleviate the overabundance of movies past and present I’m taking fans over the next two months on my journey of not only the traditional tried and true weekly releases, but also flicks that have been mentioned to me as ones to see this year.  So the twelve films listed below represent both the new and old (though still from 2018!) as I keep on the search for movies to fill out my end of the year best film list.  From docs on kids who cook, Hollywood harassment, and the merits of communism in Gilligan’s Island to features about father/daughter relationships, bad call center events, killer horse wranglers, dads with dark secrets, killers who know how to party, love across time, hospitals designed for criminals, troubled teen mermaids and puppets that are putrid the following films are all given critical dissection for your convenience.  Check out the Encapsulated Movie Reviews of Chef Flynn, Hearts Beat Loud, The Guilty, The Reckoning: Hollywood’s Worst Kept Secret, Lasso, The Clovehitch Killer, Monster Party, How Long Will I Love U, Hotel Artemis, Blue My Mind, The Gilligan Manifesto and Possum below. Continue reading ‘Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Twelve New And Old Indie Titles’

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Q&A Exclusive – ‘The Collector’ Himself Juan Fernández Helps Dissect His Man Of Mayhem For Halloween

Welcome fright fans!  Halloween is almost upon us and seemingly out of tricks it felt like time for a little tasty treat.  For both the genre geeks and my own beloved boss and cool critic Brian White I’m presenting something truly special this year to celebrate the dark magic of All Hallows’ Eve.  I, much like Brian, am a massive admirer of the 2009 Marcus Dunstan helmed five-star original outing The Collector, a terrifying tale of two professional gents – one a master thief and the other a cunning killer – who find themselves trapped in a house together and both use their own ‘specific set of skills’ to fight and survive the night.  From the suspenseful staging to the eclectic array of brutal booby traps, The Collector is a true hidden horror gem that ups the ante on traditional thriller themes.  But besides the earnest work by lead man Josh Stewart as relatable robber Arkin, there’s a singular tasty turn that truly gives the flick its damn fine film flavor.

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Six New Indie Titles (And One Digital Series!)

With the great pumpkin holiday soon upon us all, it seems fitting that there are five horror titles via the indie outings dissected below – all with varying degrees of satisfaction.  (At least for yours truly!)  Tales mired with a myriad of twists and turns that demand secrecy, redemption in the boxing ring, stones with time travel power, dancing that leads to dark deeds, brutal bachelorette parties, gals who hold a forty year grudge and quick ‘morning after’ scenarios make up the six feature films and one digital series covered in this weeks edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the critical skinny on The Dark, Glass Jaw, Silencio, Suspiria, Killer Kate!, Halloween and the digital series Waking Up With Strangers below!

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Three New Indie Titles (And One Short!)

A mere tripod of full-length indie outings this week – plus one short – to give those with a hankering for smaller cinema some choices alongside big budget film fare.  Tales of somber egg donation, the mystery behind cults, dealing with some ghastly apparitions and Thanksgiving at gunpoint make up the three features films and one short dissected in this weeks edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the critical skinny on Private Life, The Apostle, The Book Of Birdie and Holiday Hostage below!

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Five New Indie Titles (And One Short!)

Back with the skinny on smaller film fare, it’s time once again to round up the indie animals and see if they are up to the cinematic excellence challenge.  Tales of 80’s romance, gambling and bookie action on the down-low, being trapped with family dysfunction for the holidays, fighting for life with the help of baseballs, mirror images with nefarious intentions and male and female relationships gone awry make up the slew of five feature films and one short covered in this edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the short opinions on Cruise, All Square, Await Further Instructions, Knuckleball, Look Away and Punching Bag below.

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True Indie: Life And Death In Filmmaking By Don Coscarelli (Book Review)

Being a huge fan of both filmmaker Don Coscarelli and his impressive and original body of work, reading his new memoir entitled True Indie: Life And Death In Filmmaking for me is a no brainer.  But what about those who aren’t so aware of his famed exploits – can a mere film student or average fan also get some insight via Coscarelli’s prose?  In taking on the book for dissection in all pertinent avenues, that’s exactly what we’re here to find out!

 

 

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