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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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‘First Man’ Is An Emotionally Satisfying Rocket Ride (Movie Review)

If I didn’t know any better, I’d think this was a movie about the first “caveman” given its title.  I know that’s a complete stretch, but for some reason First Man came as a surprise to me.  I knew nothing about it, but given the success and my adoration of 2016’s Hidden Figures I was instantly intrigued upon seeing the first trailer this year.  My love for space and interstellar voyages knows no boundaries, but my debunking of what’s true and what’s not gets the best of me every single time.  That’s why First Man kind of had me at hello.  Truth be told, the initial positive reviews of it also helped as well.  Let’s go on this voyage together and take a closer look down below at what First Man is all about. Continue reading ‘‘First Man’ Is An Emotionally Satisfying Rocket Ride (Movie Review)’


LA Film Festival 2018 – Final Father/Son Film Reviews

It’s almost time to lower the curtain film fans!  This year’s LA Film Festival is officially over but WhySoBlu.com is still going cinematically strong with this second to last article with eleven indie reviews to round out the 2018 coverage.  From tales of chef’s with a past passion to flicks about rehab and music, the Coleman’s have been hard at work and with the below crop they are close to the movie dissecting finish line – it’s time for Jason and Michael’s…Final Film Reviews.



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LA Film Festival 2018 – More Father/Son Film Reviews

Movies, movies, movies!  The yearly Los Angeles Film Festival (taking place September 20-28 – go to www.lafilmfestival.com for info!) is well underway and the flicks are unspooling fast and furious.  With only a few more days to check out budding filmmakers indie wares, the Coleman duo are hitting the movies like their lives depended on it – and beyond!  So below are twelve cinematic dissections to keep the film fest train moving, everything from tales of dramatic and horrific doubles to cowboys looking for a place to hang their hat, here via Jason and Michael are…More Father/Son Film Reviews!

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LA Film Festival 2018 – Twenty First Film Reviews

Head’s up – LA is in full film fest mode fans!  That’s right cinefiles, the prestigious and uber-diverse Los Angeles Film Festival 2018  taking place September 20-28 at various Arclight Cinemas and other movie houses around LA (hit up www.lafilmfestival.com for info!) is in full swing and there’s a little something for everybody.  (Retro screenings go from Half Baked to Mystic Pizza – it’s a wide cinematic spectrum for sure!)  Both the Coleman’s – the younger critic Jason and his elder film father Michael – have been burning the midnight movie oil to get those interested the skinny on what the fest has to offer this year.  So to get things started the Coleman’s combined are presenting a massive twenty feature-film reviews below right off the bat (oh, there’s even more coming people!) to get Indie freaks in the mood.  From tales of quirky disenchantment to murder mysteries with a soft porn edge, there are Jason and Michael’s…First Film Reviews!

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Review: Monsoon


I’ve sat through countless films this year which are terrifyingly inarticulate, depressive, and pseudo-inert. In a landscape of meaningless art, it is a joyous occasion (a near miracle) to watch a filmmaker take precision with their film, and for director Miguel Duran, the results are ferocious, compelling, and at times, emotionally overwhelming. Not only is “Monsoon” one of the best of this year, it would be the best of any given year. 

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Twelve New Indie Titles

For those who claim there is a shortage of film releases week to week, the list of flicks below sure puts you to multiple movie shame.  There are a whopping twelve releases dissected here and that’s only because I didn’t have time for the rest.  (I am only ONE film critic folks!)  Docs on imprisonment and hope, the abortion issue and how we got the commander in chief we got, plus tales of gun slinging payback in South Africa, a lone wolf let loose in a locked down stadium, demons coming through the net, love in Nazi occupied Germany, cults and crazed vigilantes, Viking sword stories, the effects of PTSD, taking in kids who may be evil and wrong place wrong time dramas make up the plethora of flicks covered in this massive movie edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the critical skinny on Letter From Masanjia, Five Fingers For Marseilles, Final Score, Reversing Roe, e-DEMON, Where Hands Touch, Mandy, Redbad, Armed, American Chaos, Lost Child and Warning Shot all below.

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‘The Predator’ IS Absurd, Goofy & Fun 80’s Cheese (Movie Review)

The Predator Movie ReviewThe Predator is a sequel that feels like it was a long time coming.  Like Alien it’s such a lucrative franchise and almost a guaranteed success for Fox, but regardless all we really have is four of them now to enjoy.  And yes, this is the fourth installment in the film franchise, which succeeds Predator (1987), Predator 2 (1990) and Predators (2010).  Notice I did not say anything about the two Alien vs. Predator films, and rightfully so.  They were for the most part awful.  The first one was rated PG-13 and the second was so bad that I’d like to forget much like they do with the bad entries in the X-Men series.  Time travel solves everything!  Speaking of time travel how do these various Predators (at least from the two first entries) get here?  Hold that thought as I utilize it to segue into my next talking point. Continue reading ‘‘The Predator’ IS Absurd, Goofy & Fun 80’s Cheese (Movie Review)’


Forgotten Friday Flick – “Breaking In” (Burt Reynolds Tribute Edition)

As everyone knows the iconic actor/director Burt Reynolds passed yesterday, but fortunately he left behind an immense body of work that was unparalleled in terms of diversity and longevity. Having created so many cool characters, memorable movies and all with joyful everyman quality, Reynolds was one of the last of the Hollywood movie stars.  So when I found myself scouring his various cinematic wares to select five of the best pieces of work from the man known for his legendary smirk and swagger, it became almost impossible to pick just a handful of films that he should be remembered for.  His dramatic turn in Deliverance, his joy in comedies like The Cannonball Run, Smokey And The Bandit and Stroker Ace (my guilty pleasure!), his action prowess in 80’s fare like Stick, Heat, Malone and Rent-A-Cop and of course his Academy Award nominated role as charismatic pornographer Jack Horner in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights, prove that Reynolds was far from a one hit wonder.  So in tribute to one of my favorite actors of all time I’m putting up some movie remembrance in the form of a lesser known Reynolds gem the only way I know how – welcome to…Forgotten Friday Flick.  Today we delve into the recesses of Reynolds movie lore to dissect a 1989 outing that has plenty of beautiful Burt bravado.  It’s the classic tale of an elder criminal who befriends a younger counterpart and the things they equally learn from each other along the way.  Ready for your lesson in safe cracking 101?  Time to get….Breaking In!

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Five New Indie Titles

This week sees a handful of smaller cinematic fare up for dissection for those looking to expand both the mind and movie palate.  Mysteries involving religion, tales of family drama, moms looking to get a little gunplay justice, the damage the death of a loved one can do and surfing mixed with some seriously bad acting all make up the colorful cast of films covered this week.  Check out the Encapsulated Movie Reviews of The Apparition, Crown And Anchor, Peppermint, Sacred Heart and Surfer: Teen Confronts Fear all below.

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Four New Indie Titles

Under a handful of Indie hopefuls this week (though check out my career interview posted earlier this week with Samantha Mathis – click HERE – in anticipation of the film Boarding School also out this week!), but some cinema is better than no cinema.  (Movies big and small are all important to dissect after all!)  A doc about canines looking to excel, plus tales of heists gone wrong, what lengths one will go to in clearing their good name and big ass alligators that bite make up the four flicks covered this week ala Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the critical skinny on Pick Of The Litter, Let The Corpses Tan, Reprisal and Lake Placid: Legacy all below!

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Summer of 84 Delivers 80’s Nostalgia w/ a Dark, Delicious Twist (Movie Review)

Summer of 84 Movie ReviewSummer of 84 garnered a lot of praise coming out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  Our own Jason Coleman gave Summer of 84 a P-E-R-F-E-C-T Score over here and called it a “five-star ride that’s righteous.”  Now Jason is more knowledgable than I can ever pretend to be in the world of movies so coming from him that’s a ringing endorsement that I MUST-SEE this film whatever the costs or stakes may be.  That’s just what I did too.  Given the fact that I’m stuck in Austin, TX for the unforeseen future I had to wait my turn for its iTunes’ 4K debut on the platform this past Friday the 24th.  The movie, which saw a limited theatrical release back on August 10th, never made it down here.  I digress though as I am used to it.  Austin is no Los Angeles or Hollywood.  Now let’s talk about this teenage, retro 80’s thriller. Continue reading ‘Summer of 84 Delivers 80’s Nostalgia w/ a Dark, Delicious Twist (Movie Review)’


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

Indies, indies, indies!  Banking on the theory that some good movies do indeed come in small packages, it’s time once again to dig into the lesser-known cinema scene in hopes of finding some gems amongst duds.  (Or at least a flick that entertains and inspires!)  Tales of missing kin, the history behind a classic flick, an angry man seeking a little payback, terror amidst trees, a day in the life of a sassy sports bar, an obsessed fan with dark habits and the violent effects of the falling housing market make up the films covered in this week’s edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  (Plus there’s a savory short film review thrown in for good movie measure!)  Check out the critical skinny on Searching, The Coolest Guy Movie Ever, I Am Vengeance, What Keeps You Alive, Support The Girls, Dead Envy, Arizona and the short film Long Way Back Home below.

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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’


The Meg Swallows The Competition This Weekend With “Meg”a-Size Fun! (Movie Review)

The MegI know The Meg is based off a book, which we’ll cover in a moment, but one look at its insane trailer, crazy cast and cute name had me instantly at hello.  I don’t even care if the movie is a turd or a shipwreck of events.  I have to go see it if for nothing else than to get my DC Batwoman err I mean Ruby Rose fix, but I digress.  I just like saying Ruby Rose for some reason.  It flows off your tongue effortlessly and it’s fun to say and count all her tattoos too.  Didn’t I say I digress a second ago?  Well this time I really do mean it.  The Meg is really just a movie about a big @$$ shark.  It is being released in my favorite summer month of August.  It features something that I never see here in Austin, TX…beaches and water.  What’s not to love about it already?  Am I right?  Damn right I am! Continue reading ‘The Meg Swallows The Competition This Weekend With “Meg”a-Size Fun! (Movie Review)’


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’!)’


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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Review: Dead Night

Dead NightThere aren’t a whole lot of reasons to watch Dead Night. There are many impressive gore effects, but there’s no genuine terror behind them. The way cinematographer Kenton Drew Johnson captures the snowy wilderness is nothing short of hypnotic and sensuous. The elegant, otherworldly work from Johnson provides the heavy lifting for a weak script. 

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