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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Nine New Indie Titles

It seems super strange but also super wonderful to me that week to week there’s no shortage of smaller film fare to check out.  (Shame to those who say there’s not that many films being released these days!)  This week sees a crop of nine new cinematic hopefuls for those with a hankering for flicks off the beaten path.  Tales of music fandom gone awry and romantic, a park ranger who takes his job a tad too seriously, the return of the smallest killing machines, an strange school with an ulterior motive, the ups and downs of struggling family life, a brother and sister that attract disaster, a young man having a rough time letting go of a dead friend, a return to the scene of The Cove and a sheltered girl who makes a troubled new friend make up the stories in this edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the critical skinny on Juliet, Naked, The Ranger, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, Down A Dark Hall, We The AnimalsDr. Brinks & Dr. Brinks, Show Yourself, A Whale Of A Tale and Porcupine Lake below. Continue reading ‘Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Nine New Indie Titles’

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Eleven New Indie Titles (And ‘The Meg’!)

For those looking for an abundance of Indie outings your movie ship has come in!  This week sees a massive and groundbreaking eleven smaller flicks dissected below – and one studio movie just for fun – to keep fans up to date on smaller film fare.  (Told you I was gonna make up for mere trio of flicks covered last week!)  Tales of possible killers next door, cloning for all the wrong reasons, an African-American cop messing with the ku klux klan, seven horror shorts squeezed together for a maximum single terror serving, demonic possession that runs in the family, trust in a post apocalyptic world, cops trapped inside a mazed gun-ridden drug den, coming of age in farm country, cybercrimes stopped by cybercops, learning to live life without cancer, being kidnapped alongside ones number one fan and a big budget killer fish flick (whew!) make up the eleven Indies and single big budget outing via this edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the critical skinny on Summer of 84, Elizabeth Harvest, BlacKkKlansman, Blood Clots, Along Came The Devil, What Still Remains, Buybust, The Swan, Ghost Source Zero, Hope Springs Eternal, Pretty Bad Actress and The Meg all below! Continue reading ‘Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Eleven New Indie Titles (And ‘The Meg’!)’

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Three New Indie Titles

A mere trio of Indie outings critically covered this time (rest easy film fans – there are ten in the following week!), but there are some diamonds in the lesser-known movie rough.  Docs on difficult musicians, plus flicks about the struggles of criminal families and a guessing game of who is the serial killer cover the three flicks via this edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the short opinions on 40 Years In The Making: The Magic Music Movie, Night Comes On and The Forest Of The Lost Souls all below.

 

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Seven New Indie Titles

Your mission should you choose to accept it – seek out Indie outings!  And to provide a little help in the area of lesser-known cinema are seven smaller flicks dissected below to help film fans along the way.  Featuring docs on Hollywood icons and the dark side of medical devices, plus tales of love and puzzles, abuses of power in Nazi Germany, forbidden love both past and present, a odd opinions on today’s important issues and a freaky forest fright fest make up the wide array of films covered in this week’s edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the skinny on King Cohen, The Bleeding EdgeThe PuzzleThe Captain, Snapshots, Sorry To Bother You and Dead Night below.

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Seven New Indie Titles

Mamma mia – there sure are a lot of Indie outings this week!  (So…here we go again!)  We’re hitting the lesser known cinema scene to check out the offerings for film fans looking to reach well beyond the standard studio fare with seven hopefuls in various categories.  Tales of lyrical racial tension, the price of fame, the effect of tragedy, surviving those middle school years, tales of espionage in Syria, a man who puts down animals for a living and an alien invasion in a small Australian town all make up the subjects covered via the diverse crop of flicks dissected this week.  Check out the Encapsulated Movie Reviews of Blindspotting, Broken Star, 1/1, Eighth Grade, Damascus Cover, Euthanizer and Occupation below!

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Seven New Indie Titles

Back on track with a slew of seven alternate outings this week all to add a little Indie film flavor to the current cinematic stew.  Included in the batch of lesser known flicks are docs on famed and feared stuntmen, critical chefs with something to prove and the dangerous world of Islamic terrorism, plus fictitious films about love during criminal capers, brutal battles between ex’s, technology and its consequences and true stories of distinctively unfake news are all included in skinny opinion form.  Check out the Encapsulated Movie Reviews of To Hell And Back: The Kane Hodder Story, Siberia, Custody, Constructing Albert, A.I. Tales, Shock And Awe and Path Of Blood below.

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Skyline Sound & Cinema Rooftop Series ‘I, Tonya’ w/Tonya Harding In Person – A Photo Tour

Recently the Alamo Drafthouse (which will have an LA location in the future!) and The Bloc (a new awesome open-air plaza where Drafthouse LA will be hanging its hat hopefully soon!) have teamed up to provide downtown Los Angeles fans with an unforgettable outdoor movie watching experience they have titled the Skyline Sound & Cinema Rooftop Series.  Taking place atop the roof of the famed Bloc at Flower and 7th, the very cool series which features local food venders and special event extras is vast becoming a must see ticket event. (Their first one featuring the Hugh Jackman music extravaganza The Greatest Showman was a blast and the next few features include The Princess Bride and iconic Die Hard!) Continue reading ‘Skyline Sound & Cinema Rooftop Series ‘I, Tonya’ w/Tonya Harding In Person – A Photo Tour’

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Eight 2018 Retro-Recommended Titles

After recovering from the onslaught of flicks that unspooled at the recent Dances With Films Festival 2018, this movie geek needed a little break.  (New Indie titles will be popping up soon!) But in taking a little film reflection time and seeing that I had only two films with five-stars in 2018 (that would be Thoroughbreds and Marrowbone people!) I decided to take a step back and check out some of the possible gems I missed along the way.  So below are eight films out already that were recommendations from close critics I trust to reviewers on this very site in an attempt to try and flesh out my low five-star flick list.  (Only scored one more – but it’s still something!)  So for all those willing to look back with me here are the Encapsulated Movie Reviews of You Were Never Really Here, Three Identical Strangers, First Reformed, A Quiet Place, Sicario: Day Of The Soldado, Ocean’s 8, Overboard and Life Of The Party below for your ready reference.

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Dances With Films Festival 2018 – Best Of Fest ‘Wrap Up’

It’s officially over folks!  That’s right you film fans, our comprehensive coverage of the Dances With Films Festival 2018 via father/son team Jason and Michael Coleman was a huge undertaking and the Coleman clan met the challenge head on with gusto.  With a gigantic seven articles, over eighty-seven feature and short film reviews and even a featured tag-team interview with our favorites Christopher Soren Kelly and Jessica Graham, this year’s coverage was a massive cinematic success.  So to give a final goodbye to all things DWF 2018 the two Coleman’s are giving their personal picks of the films they loved most of all.  (They even agreed in both the feature doc and short film categories!)  From top Narrative Features dealing with everything from female empowerment to race in America and to an actress that shines with sass and sarcasm and an actor with a serious sullen side who both snag the acting prizes, for better or worse these are their winners.   Here are the final picks via this last article featuring the… Continue reading ‘Dances With Films Festival 2018 – Best Of Fest ‘Wrap Up’’

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Dances With Films 2018 – Final Father/Son Film Reviews

This is it film fans!  (Well – almost it!)  The 21st Annual Dances With Films Festival 2018 is over and what a massive amount of Indie cinema there was.  Our Coleman critic team of Jason and Michael each took on their fair share of flicks and as a result more movies got covered this year than in any other previous.  They are still putting together their very own Best of Fest ‘Wrap Up’ where they choose their own selection of winners in each respective category, but just before that hits they have some final film reviews to pass along.  So below are seventeen reviews – fifteen features, one documentary feature and one doc short – that will finish out their critical skinny for this year’s crop.  Check out reviews of Antiquities, The Best People, In This Gray Place, At The End Of The Day, Deany Bean Is Dead, Concrete Kids, Double Eagle Ranch, A Brilliant Monster, Purdah and Al Imam all below! Continue reading ‘Dances With Films 2018 – Final Father/Son Film Reviews’

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Dances With Films Festival 2018 – Many More Father/Son Reviews

The older and younger Coleman critic clan are going cinema strong by still watching many movie outings via the current Dances With Films Festival 2018 (taking place June 7-17 at the Chinese 6 Theaters at Hollywood and Highland – go to www.danceswithfilms.com for more details!) and it’s far from over film fans!  So below as they head into the home stretch (only two more articles left to go!) is an array of nineteen film reviews – seven features and twelve shorts – all for your reading pleasure.  Check out the critical skinny on The Lake Vampire, Shooting In Vain, Murder Made Easy, Bully, Psychonautics: A Comic’s Exploration Of Psychedelics, Caligari In The Desert, Sam Did It, The Truth Seeker, Rotting Love, Deep Dish Apocalypse, Third Date, Silence, Wytches, Midnight Delivery, Pardon Our Pixie Dust, The Avocado, 1968 all below!

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Dances With Films Festival 2018 – Even More Father/Son Reviews

The older and younger Coleman critic clan are going cinema strong still watching many movie outings via the current Dances With Films Festival 2018 (taking place June 7-17 at the Chinese 6 Theaters at Hollywood and Highland – go to www.danceswithfilms.com for more details!) and the reviews are pouring in.  This time out there are twenty-two reviews in total – eleven Narrative features, four Doc features, three Doc shorts, three Fusion shorts and one TV & Web Pilot – that Jason and Michael have dissected for your reading pleasure.  Check out the critic skinny on Save Yourself, Meant To Be Broken, Miss Arizona, Nathan’s Kingdom, Doubting Thomas, An American In Texas, Stay, At The Drive-In, Father’s Kingdom, Between The Shades, Shirts!, I Am Famous, The Kaleidoscope Guy At The Market, The Shiva List, Someone You Know, Brock Bledsoe: Future Hero and Doucheaholics: Melody & Madison below! Continue reading ‘Dances With Films Festival 2018 – Even More Father/Son Reviews’

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DWF 2018 Interview – ‘Murder Made Easy’ Dynamic Duo Jessica Graham & Christopher Soren Kelly Provide Some Killer Insight

More likely than not, most people have either seen the work of or heard the names Jessica Graham and Christopher Soren Kelly.  Two multi-talented artists who have been dipping their creative toes into so many different endeavors for years, the pair has seemingly made it their mission in life to stay innovative and original.  On the movies front not only has the couple made numerous notable short films together wearing many different crew hats (see Monkeys and Chasseur!), but they’re also putting the final finishing touches on a sci-fi feature film called The Tangle.  Christopher is a writer, director and actor (see recent outing Infinity Chamber!) who also dabbles in teaching spiritual stuff, while actress/writer/filmmaker Jessica who also teaches meditation even has a new book out titled Good Sex: Getting Off Without Checking Out.  (These two are busy bees!)  Continue reading ‘DWF 2018 Interview – ‘Murder Made Easy’ Dynamic Duo Jessica Graham & Christopher Soren Kelly Provide Some Killer Insight’

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Dances With Films Festival 2018 – More Father/Son Film Reviews

The first opening weekend of the ongoing Dances With Films Festival 2018 here in sunny LA (taking place June 7-17 at the Chinese 6 Theaters at Hollywood and Highland – go to www.danceswithfilms.com for more details!) has come and gone and it’s been a minefield of movies galore!  Of course there’s tons more to come this week including more reviews and interviews, but there’s a gaggle of flicks that have already played the fest and are in need a little critical coverage via our father/son WhySoBlu team.  So below are the first set of a massive twenty-eight film reviews – eleven features, thirteen midnight shorts, one competition short and three TV/Web Pilots – from the Coleman clan via this year’s crop of hopefuls.  Enjoy the critical skinny on features Reach, Diminuendo, Chasing Bullitt, Till Death, End Trip, shorts F@cking Drama, Instinct, Granny, Bad Seed, Frenchies, Feast On The Young, Stay, Hajji, and TV/Web Pilots Inspirational TherapyGeek Lounge and Yellow below. Continue reading ‘Dances With Films Festival 2018 – More Father/Son Film Reviews’

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Dances With Films Festival 2018 – Opening Night Review – ‘No Alternative’

The amazing and movie filled Dances With Films Festival 2018 (taking place June 7-17 at the Chinese 6 Theaters at Hollywood and Highland – go to www.danceswithfilms.com for more details!) is now underway and the flicks are unspooling hard and fast!  Both Jason and Michael are getting ready for a busy cinematic weekend, so their first piece of coverage hits now – ladies and gentlemen from the perspectives of the young and old Coleman gents here is the review of the DWF 2018 opening night film. Continue reading ‘Dances With Films Festival 2018 – Opening Night Review – ‘No Alternative’’

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Six New Indie Titles

Even in the midst of a major film festival the Indie outing dissections just keep on coming from yours truly.  (Whew!)  In any case flicks all over the map this week to add a little lesser-known film joy to the movie going experience.  Tales of complicated family woes, docs on decent dudes and old film saviors, a hotel with a hook in everyone, a bank job gone awry and the dark side of a family tree all get the small skinny treatment via the six films that make up this week’s edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Up for examination – Nancy, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Saving Brinton, Middleground, 211 and Hereditary all below!

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Dances With Films Festival 2018 – ‘What To See’

Hiding excitement is near impossible as June in the Los Angeles area means only one thing for an eager film fan seeking savory movie solace – time for the illustrious and movie gem ridden Dances With Films Festival 2018!  (Taking place June 7-17 at the Chinese 6 Theaters at Hollywood and Highland – go to www.danceswithfilms.com for more details!)  And with this year’s DWF Fest being the 21st Annual edition and proudly touted as being ‘bigger, badder and bolder’ our coverage is gonna reflect the whole cinematic supersizing as well.  Not only will films be reviewed, dissected and extra examined by WhySoBlu film guy Jason Coleman, but his proud pop, yes the man who taught him the ways of finding damn fine flicks, his father Michael Coleman will be joining in to provide some much needed father/son tag-team coverage of his own.

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Five New Indie Titles

In between big budget outings it’s good to know that Indie flicks are still alive and well for the film fan who demands more movies.  This week sees five lesser known flicks hitting the big screen and thanks to continued cinematic diversity in smaller film fare there’s a little something for everyone.  (Well, almost everyone!)  Old school tales of revenge and microchips, righting war history wrongs, youths and their get rich quick schemes, growing up in the gaming era and enlightened females gone mad all make up the works featured in this edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the short opinions on Upgrade, The Last Witness, American Animals, eHero, and The Misandrists below!

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