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LA Film Festival 2017 – Best Of Fest ‘Wrap Up’

While a cinematic calm has come over the recent LA Film Festival 2017, there’s still some final thoughts for us here at WhySoBlu.com.  Amidst the gems and duds reviewed there were a few special notables that require a secondary shout out as being stellar damn fine film contributions.  So as is standard with any cool fest coverage for a finale we’re highlighting those who stood and let their movie moves wash over us like a smooth silky cinematic wave.  Stand and be recognized for the genius you embody (and we appreciate you!) – here are our picks of the….

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LA Film Festival 2017 – Final Film Reviews

The films have unspooled, the curtain is about to come down and even here at WhySoBlu.com we’re officially winding down our very comprehensive coverage of the LA Film Festival 2017.  It’s been an awesome entertaining affair with ups, downs and most importantly an all out celebration of all things indie cinema.  Trying to procure as many flicks under the viewing belt as possible below are the final nine titles dissected and given their respective critical skinny.  Unique zombie tales, forest fright nights, strange neighbors, missing husbands, colorful comedies, road trips flicks, the traps of being a new parent, witness thrillers and one damn disappointing doc on the late Whitney Houston make up the encapsulated reviews below of It Stains The Sands Red, Desolation, The Neighbor, And Then There Was Eve, Fat Camp, Your Own Road, 20 Weeks, Never Here and Nick Broomfield’s Whitney: Can I Be Me. Continue reading ‘LA Film Festival 2017 – Final Film Reviews’

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Three New Indie Titles

With recent back to back film fest coverage it’s been quite a task keeping up with the weekly indie releases (have no fear – quantity in smaller cinema will return to full force film fans!), so this week we’re hitting a couple missed flicks and one new one.  Unconventional childhood stories, tales of survival in the face of human chaos and a post apocalyptic time of war for the human flesh hungry – all covered via this trio edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the critical skinny on The Book Of Henry, It Comes At Night and The Bad Batch below! Continue reading ‘Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Three New Indie Titles’

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LA Film Festival 2017 – More Film Reviews

Films, films and more…films.  (LA Fest style!)  We here at WhySoBlu.com are trying to keep up with the cinematic offerings of the ongoing LA Film Fest 2017 (taking place June 14-22 at various Arclight Cinemas and theaters around LA – go to www.lafilmfest.com for more details!) and it’s a long movie race for sure.  Full of dramas, docs, comedies and carnage, this year’s crop is definitely a diverse group of flicks geared to fans with different indie tastes.  So below is the second wave of Encapsulated Movie Reviews via LAFF 2017 – the good, the bad and the…curious.  Father/son stories, docs on animated primates (and the people who make them!) and sperm donors, the horrors of aging, young killers in training, the power of money (and not having it!) and tales of teenage angst – all given critical skinny for your consideration!  Check out the reviews of LAFF hopefuls Humor Me, Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators, Thank You For Coming, Replace, My Friend Dahmer, Beauty Mark and And Then I Go below.  Continue reading ‘LA Film Festival 2017 – More Film Reviews’

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

Only a few lesser known flicks dissected this week (LA Film Fest is underway – can you say cinematically swamped!) to counter all things big budget.  (Though for those who want to get their indie on check out previously mentioned fest!)  Docs on movie music, shark infested fright fests, POV action flicks and a special short via a famed filmmaker all get the critical skinny scenario below!  Check out Encapsulated Movie Reviews of Score: A Film Music Documentary, 47 Meters Down, Kill Switch and the short Rakka for your convenience!

 

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LA Film Festival 2017 – First Film Reviews

It’s officially underway and the flicks show no sign of stopping!  Yup, the Los Angeles Film Festival 2017 (taking place June 14-22 at various Arclight Cinemas and theaters around LA – go to www.lafilmfest.com for more details!) has begun to display its movie wares and WhySoBlu.com is gloriously taking them all in.  We’ve seen a few more than reviewed below, but bound by dates that they unspool at the fest we’re sworn to cinematic secrecy until public release.  (And yes, there are some terrifically tasty ones already viewed!)  But since this fest happens over a mere nine days a modicum of movie reviews will have to do for now (have no fear – next week will be a multi-numbered one!), so here are three first flicks given some critical skinny for your consideration. Boxing docs, science guys dissected and unwelcome houseguests all make an appearance – check out the LAFF 2017 Encapsulated Movie Reviews of CounterPunch, Bill Nye: Science Guy and The Housemaid below! Continue reading ‘LA Film Festival 2017 – First Film Reviews’

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LA Film Festival 2017 – ‘What To See’

For those here in LA the film fest fever never stops as witnessed by the myriad of movie gatherings in the month of June alone.  So up next in our WhySoBlu.com comprehensive coverage is a famed fest so prestigious and well known that a cinema celeb sighting is all but guaranteed – it’s time for Los Angeles Film Festival 2017!  Taking place June 14-22 at various Arclight Cinemas and other theaters around LA (go to www.lafilmfest.com for more details!), this year’s cinematic crop promises to be more memorable flick filled than ever before and we’re super excited to partake in the wares within.  So to start the journey off right we’re taking first look at some of the more savory selections that the fest has to offer and the choices were not easy to narrow down.  From the doc delights of filmmaker Nick Broomfield to a new movie featuring my 2015 LAFF Best of Fest actor award winner Jemaine Clement (love that guy!), there’s much to enjoy.  So follow us on a LAFF 2017 film journey of…“What To See!” Continue reading ‘LA Film Festival 2017 – ‘What To See’’

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Dances With Films Festival 2017 – Best of Fest ‘Wrap Up’

The curtain has permanently closed on the illustrious 20th Annual Dances With Films Festival 2017 and we’re frankly movie exhausted.  (In a good way!)  With over a dozen feature films and a gaggle of shorts given critical skinny and even a layered leading lady turn highlighted with some additional interview insight, this year WhySoBlu.com has been bloody busy.  But as the curtain closes it’s time to give a final farewell with our own awards, highlighting what we consider the best of the best via the Dances with Films Fest and the competition was high.  But in the end (or in each category!) there can be only one – welcome to the our picks of the… Continue reading ‘Dances With Films Festival 2017 – Best of Fest ‘Wrap Up’’

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Dances With Films Festival 2017 – Final Film Reviews

The shows almost over via our coverage of the 20th Annual Dances With Films Festival 2017 and it’s been a busy movie ride indeed.  But before we head into out final Best of Fest article we’re slapping down a few more reviews just for good measure.  So below are an additional six features and 4 shorts with topics ranging from saints to safe crackers to make this movie meal complete.  Check out the Encapsulated Movie Reviews of DWFF 2017 feature flicks Resistance Is Life, The Midnighters, Tater Tot & Patton, Jimmy The Saint, The Scent Of Rain And Lightning and All I Want, plus shorts Land of Happy Dreams, G-4, Hidden Daylight and Supermom below! Continue reading ‘Dances With Films Festival 2017 – Final Film Reviews’

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Dances With Films Festival 2017 – Three Features/Five Shorts Reviews

With the still ongoing 20th Annual Dances With Films Festival 2017 (taking place June 1-11 at the Chinese 6 Theaters at Hollywood and Highland – go to www.danceswithfilms.com for more details!) heading into its final weekend there’s still plenty of time and tickets to check find that cinematic hidden gem you’ve been looking for.  (I’m going to be there all day Sunday movie watching myself!)  But to get you excited about heading into the unknown we’re checking out a second wave of flicks and the results are pretty spectacular.  Meaning in the three features and five shorts covered below there are a lot of notable items that prove Dances With Films know their stuff.  Depressed teens looking for solace, strange gals from outer space and homeless hustlers, plus angry zen masters, ladies who love themselves, worry warts, tainted tots and the effects of dementia are all themes explored in the Encapsulated Movie Reviews below.  Check out the critical opinions on the features Holden On, Imitation Girl and Landing Up and the shorts Herbie, Wink, Panic Attack!, Thirteen, and Tonight And Every Night below! Continue reading ‘Dances With Films Festival 2017 – Three Features/Five Shorts Reviews’

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Forgotten Friday Flick – “Runaway”

With the lack of big budget quality hitting the cinemas this week, wanted to positively counteract its seemingly DOA status with a old school good guys and bad guys past picture notable to provide some needed movie pleasure – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick!  Today’s tale mixes old school police investigations with a distinctive techno angle for a flick with plenty of memorable moments.  It focuses on a squad whose sole job it is to take down artificial intelligence that has malfunctioned, but they’re about to get a lesson in the real damage a mastermind of robotics can do.  Smart bombs, small heat seeking bullets, strange circuits and robotic spiders with acid for blood all make up the world of Michael Crichton’s…Runaway!

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Six New Indie Titles

Balancing two films festivals plus the weekly haul of indie flicks recently has proved taxing to say the least, but I’m all about seeking out great films, hailing those that surpass expectations and letting readers who are interested what to watch for.  (And what not to of course!)  So going beyond the sites featured Blu-ray’s and big budget fare, I’ve managed to squeeze in six new indie titles (my small and humble contribution to the amazing site that is WhySoBlu.com!) in between fests to help the avid movie fan get more bang for the movie buck.  Awkward meals, killers with remorse, aging icons, rocky relationship trios, vampires and art and a killer camera all get covered via this weeks Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the critical skinny on Beatriz At Dinner, The Hunter’s Prayer, The Hero, I Love You Both, Manhattan Undying and Camera Obscura below!

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Dances With Films Festival 2017 – Nine Encapsulated Movie Reviews

The cinematically filled 20th Annual Dances With Films Festival 2017 (taking place June 1-11 at the Chinese 6 Theaters at Hollywood and Highland – go to www.danceswithfilms.com for more details!) is in full film swing and the reels are unspooling fast and furious for film fans to enjoy.  Continuing our own fest coverage, below are a massive nine feature film reviews and even that is merely a taste of the myriad of flicks that have screened so far this year.  Revenge tales with super powers, father/daughter dramas, real life inspired flicks, tales of both serious and comical woe, haunted houses, deadly dogs, musicians, hackers and deadly hobos without a shotgun – it’s all dissected here for your convenience!  Check out the Encapsulated Movie Reviews of the first feature film crop via the DWFF 2017 including Eliza Sherman’s Revenge, Tomorrow, Maybe, D-Love, Grief, Inheritance, Chance, American Folk, Missing In Europe and Central Park via three different film categories below!

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DWFF 2017 Interview – Captivating “Cassidy Red” Actress Abby Eiland Talks Westerns, Female Grit And Becoming Something Dangerous

There’s nothing better than a no-nonsense leading lady force to be reckoned with to make a wild west yarn even wilder.  But add to that a careful character layering that also infuses equal amounts of passion, romance, heart and grit and you’ve got one dynamic and long lingering female performance that demands to be seen and praised.  Such is the fate of the terrific turn by actress-to-watch-for Abby Eiland via the Dances With Films 2017 recently screened dramatic western set against the 19th century American Southwest titled Cassidy Red.  Eiland plays Josephine “Joe” Cassidy, a headstrong daughter of a prostitute and a gunslinger who heads into town with skills and singular vengeance in mind when she finds out her lover has been gunned down – and she’s not happy.

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Forgotten Friday Flick – “Hanna”

With Wonder Woman looking to kick a little cinematic ass this weekend, it felt right to explore a past picture with equal amounts of feisty female hand-to-hand combat but for the pint size set – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick!  Having already covered the likes of Anne Parillaud in La Femme Nikita and Melanie Griffith in Cherry 2000 as some of my favorite movie mavens with moxie, a flick about a gal who proves that big action can come in small packages from 2011 then immediately came to mind.  It’s a tale of a child who has grown up and trained with a singular focus that is suddenly thrust out into the real world filled with love, hate and human monsters.  Think on your feet, adapt or die and check out the action awesomeness of…Hanna.

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Dances With Films Festival 2017 – ‘What To See’

It’s June here in Los Angeles and that could only mean one thing – multi-film festival time!  First up for the indie film enthusiast is the coveted and prestigious Dances With Films Festival 2017 (taking place June 1-11 at the Chinese 6 Theaters at Hollywood and Highland – go to www.danceswithfilms.com for more details!) which this year is celebrating it’s amazing 20 year anniversary! (Congrats!)  Notable flicks of the past like Honeyglue, Soledad and Lola’s Last Letter (all featuring 5-star turns by the likes of actors Adriana Mather, Jesse Celedon and Valerie Brandy!) and filmmakers to watch for like the stunning Christopher Soren Kelly (his short Monkeys has pure Fincher aesthetic!) all came out of the fantastic film festival known as Dances with Films.  This year seems even more filled with promise as 2017 boasts more than 160 films to choose from – the odds are most assuredly in a movie geeks favor!  So in gearing up to find the good stuff, I’ve strapped on my movie-watching boots and am hitting the flicks hard to provide you with the most comprehensive cinematic coverage beginning with a first look preview.  And while there are a myriad of fine films to choose from (hey, can’t list them all here!), below is merely a tiny taste of the films that initially intrigued and peaked my possible best of fest interest – an on-screen appetizer for those hungry for more.  So from gals kicking some Wild West ass to docs through the eyes of resilient youngsters here are my first glance picks on…”What To See!”   Continue reading ‘Dances With Films Festival 2017 – ‘What To See’’

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Five New Indie Titles

Two very full film fests are hitting hard and fast in June (comprehensive coverage is the motto!) so no time like the present to get to the weekly array the lesser known film fare for those seeking smaller cinematic selections.  Examinations of former beleaguered British Prime Minsters, sisters with a desire to seek out the truth, spiritual sci-fi stories and two father/son tales – one involving vampirism – grace the themes via this weeks colorful crop of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the critical skinny on the five films Churchill, Past Life, Dean, 96 Souls and Aaron’s Blood below.   Continue reading ‘Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Five New Indie Titles’

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Forgotten Friday Flick – “Southern Comfort”

Having recently watched another oldie but goodie in remembrance of the late great Powers Boothe (the previous being Extreme Prejudice!), I thought why not throw it up this week to keep the tribute going – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick!  Today’s hidden gem was the first collaboration between famed Director Walter Hill and the brilliant Boothe as the two took on the dangers of the Louisiana bayou.  (Both in front and behind the camera!)  Seems a gang of ill equipped National Guardsman find themselves in the crosshairs of some very sinister swamp folks after a little not-so-harmless prank and end up fighting for their very lives.  Bravado and bullets, explosions and spear beds, killers and Cajun Cooder music all set the stage for a little unwelcome…Southern Comfort. Continue reading ‘Forgotten Friday Flick – “Southern Comfort”’

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