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Unnamed Footage Festival 2021 – Encapsulated Movie Reviews

What a difference 24hrs. makes!   The cinematic curtain has closed on a recent online fest that focused on a genre that has gotten a bit of a bad rap over the years – found footage.   The Unnamed Footage Festival, which started on March 26th, 2021 and ran a full 24hrs. long, highlighted not only found footage but also faux-documentaries, screenlife film and POV cinema all in an attempt to entertain and fundraise helping local movie theaters.  And for those who came, saw and witnessed UFF 2021 it was exactly as promised – a chaotic mix of everything first person including features, shorts, some Q&A material and block intros with goofball host Vernon Herman Salinger.  (Think William Castle meets SCTV!)

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Sundance Film Festival 2021 – Fourteen Encapsulated Movie Reviews

The 2021 Sundance Film Festival has officially closed its virtual curtains and it was an interesting one to say the least.  On the positive side one could not only check out various film fare from home but also skip past the way too revealing programmer intro so going into the movie cold was a blissful reality.  Downside is even though it was impossible to see everything (wasn’t able to see Coda and I missed the screening time for Knocking!) what I did see was a mixed bag.  While there were a couple of serious standouts, there were also some dismal outings that warranted a zero dog rating from yours truly.  It’s a strange thing to see such subpar stuff coming out of the iconic Sundance and maybe marks a need for a shift in those who program the fest.  (Weird doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better people!)  In any case taking on the good, so-so and very ugly I was able to check out a whopping fourteen titles over a week and the opinions are now live.  Docs about getting to the truth, tales of female empowerment, love during quarantine, the effects of trauma and so much more – check out our Sundance Film Festival 2021 Encapsulated Movie Reviews below!

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It’s Time 2 Get ‘Freaky’ (Movie Review)

On Friday the 13th, a deranged killer with a final girl’s body will wreak havoc at Blissfield High. The body-swap trope gets a slasher makeover (or is it the other way around?) in Christopher Landon’s new genre mashup. Vince Vaughn is the knife-wielding maniac, and Big Little Lies‘ Kathryn Newton is a shy teen who won’t seem so shy once an ancient dagger magically links the two together. Hilarity and some pretty gnarly deaths abound. Let the kill count commence as things are about to get Freaky!

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TREMORS: SHRIEKER ISLAND Has The Same Sweet Moves As The Last Time (Movie Review)

Oddly enough, it appears I’ve become the de-facto “Tremors guy” here on Why So Blu. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy these goofy little camp classics (Some of them). But, I’m not super deep into lore and rewatches aside from the first one every so many years. But, I find myself writing a review for a third direct to video sequel in the series. And I’m not mad about that, they are what they are and they really do know what they are doing. Feels like back handed praise, but I’m not sure how else to put it. The latest is title Shrieker Island. Of course, it brings back Michael Gross, but Jamie Kennedy has opted not to return. Instead, he’s been replaced by Jon Heder (Though as a different character). What could Burt Gummer be up to now?

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Screamfest 2020 – Best Of Fest ‘Wrap Up’

Fright fans – it’s awards time!  The amazing SCREAMFEST HORROR DRIVE IN FILM FESTIVAL 2020 has passed, we have done our own comprehensive coverage (six articles in total!) and it’s time for a little credit where credit is due time.  In our many ‘Best’ categories we pay tribute to the brightest that Screamfest had to offer in 2020 and the winners certainly kept us turning in our movie graves.  For your consideration – it’s the…

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Screamfest 2020 – Final Film Reviews

With the latest SCREAMFEST HORROR DRIVE IN FILM FESTIVAL 2020 over it’s time to clean up the movie review aisles for this year.  So were giving critical skinny on the last two feature films to give fans a complete picture of the crop of 2020.  So before we end our review coverage, here are two…Final Film Reviews!

 

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Screamfest 2020 – Even More Film Reviews

The scary has already unspooled but our coverage of the carnage never ends!  That’s right kiddies, the final films of the iconic SCREAMFEST HORROR DRIVE IN FILM FESTIVAL 2020 have come and gone but WhySoBlu.com is still in the haunted review house for your carnal consideration.  Today we take on two features, sixteen shorts and one student short in an attempt to separate the gems form the duds.  Check out below…Even More Film Reviews!

 

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Screamfest 2020 – More Film Reviews

Are you fright film fans ready for more blood and gore galore?  We’re keeping our coverage going fast and furious of the amazing SCREAMFEST HORROR DRIVE IN FILM FESTIVAL 2020 (go to www.screamfestla.com for more details!) currently taking place October 6th – 15th right from the safety and comfort of your own car at the Regency Theatres – The Plant Drive In (7876 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys CA 91402) and there is a ton of scary and fun content to be witnessed.  This time out we’re giving our critical skinny on a little bit of everything including three features, fourteen shorts and even ten student shorts that have all had their day of the dead at Screamfest this year.  So light the pumpkin candles and grab your cinematic treat bags as we prepare for your consideration even…More Film Reviews!

 

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Screamfest 2020 – Sunday Shorts Reviews (Thirty-One)

It’s the last day of the weekend fright fans and you know what that means – it’s Sunday Shorts Review Day!  That’s right genre fans we’re taking all the shorts that have been seen thus far via the SCREAMFEST HORROR DRIVE IN FILM FESTIVAL 2020 (go to www.screamfestla.com for more details!) currently taking place October 6th – 15th right from the safety and comfort of your own car at the Regency Theatres – The Plant Drive In (7876 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys CA 91402) and putting them on the skinny review (matching their equally short running time!) chopping block for your carnal convenience.  And there are a whopping thirty-one below – so let’s get started. Time for…Sunday Shorts – 31 Reviews!

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Screamfest 2020 – First Film Reviews

It’s underway fright film fans and the tricks and treats are flowing link blood from an open wound!  That’s right kiddies the yearly genre spectacle that is the SCREAMFEST HORROR DRIVE IN FILM FESTIVAL 2020 (go to www.screamfestla.com for more details!) is currently taking place October 6th – 15th right from the safety and comfort of your own car at the Regency Theatres – The Plant Drive In (7876 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys CA 91402) and thus far it’s been a notable slew of flicks.  We’re keeping our own comprehensive coverage via WhySoBlu.com going by taking a reviews gander at some of the films that have unspooled thus far for those looking for some critical skinny.  Anthologies, slashers and get-togethers turned deadly – below are the encapsulated opinions on three new features for your consideration.  Check out thoughts on features Books Of Blood, Initiation and An Ideal Host via our…First Film Reviews!

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The Matches Light Up Their History With BLEEDING AUDIO (Movie Review)

Prior to taking in Chelsea Christer’s energetic and enduring documentary, Bleeding Audio, I had no awareness of the pop punk quartet known as The Matches.  Originating in Oakland in 1997 (as then, The Locals), the group hit the road hard. While finding success in their shows, signing to a record label and releasing 3 albums, they were never able to commercially take off as many industry scouts might have hoped. Continuing the push for 12 years, The Matches finally lost their spark and went their separate ways in 2009. With time passed, they found themselves rekindling and putting together some reunion shows years later to surprising resurgence. Bleeding Audio takes us through this frantic journey with the band, the people who supported them, collaborated with them and their fans.

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Russell Crowe Gets ‘Unhinged’ In This Fast & Furious Vehicle (Movie Review)

Unhinged Movie ReviewUnhinged will go down in the record books as the first new studio film to open with a wide release since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down everything five months ago.  While I am just perfectly fine with my #10 movie of all time, Birds of Prey, taking home top honors this year at 2021’s Academy Awards it was the trailer for Unhinged that had me hook, line and sinker.  Call me a sucker.  Call me what you want.  When you throw in an addictive cover of a Nirvana song such as “Heart-Shaped Box” in the film’s trailer, you got yourself a sucker here.  They say one’s born every minute so that makes me your sucker of the minute here.  However, fret not because Solstice Studios feels confident in what they bill as an “edge-of-your-seat” thriller here will remind you what you’ve missed about seeing movies on the big screen.  Let’s find out if that’s true or not down below. Continue reading ‘Russell Crowe Gets ‘Unhinged’ In This Fast & Furious Vehicle (Movie Review)’

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The Swan Princess: A Royal Wedding (Movie Review)

Walt Disney Studios isn’t the only animation department crafting fairy tale princess franchises these days. Sony Pictures has had their own animation and own princess franchise going for a while now. Granted, its much less high profile and well, its very much straight to video on demand services, but it exists nonetheless. I’m referring to The Swan Princess. Through my research, since rebooting the film with new animation in 2014 (Originally a Sony hand drawn animated film back 1994), there have been a handful of entries in this magical world of a princess that once took the form of a swan. This latest entry, The Swan Princess: A Royal Wedding, arrived for consumption on August 4th. This latest entry give focus less on our Swan Princess and introduces us to a Japanese princess Mei Li and her struggles against sorcery and transformations. Continue reading ‘The Swan Princess: A Royal Wedding (Movie Review)’

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You Should Have Left (Movie Review)

You Should Have Left DVDIn this psychological thriller from Blumhouse Productions and legendary screenwriter David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, Panic Room), Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried star as a couple seeking a restful vacation in a remote home in the Welsh countryside. What at first seems like a perfect retreat distorts into a terrifying nightmare when reality begins to unravel, dark episodes from the past resurface, and a sinister force in the house refuses to let them leave. Continue reading ‘You Should Have Left (Movie Review)’

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Alice (Movie Review)

Alice Movie ReviewHappily married Alice’s (Emilie Piponnier) life is turned upside down when she discovers her husband (Martin Swabey) has spent all their money on prostitutes and they are now a year behind on their mortgage. In a last-ditch bid to support herself and her child, Alice becomes a high-end escort, which challenges her perceptions of life and love. At times bitterly funny but always brutally honest, the film traces Alice’s journey to her own kind of freedom. Writer-director Josephine Mackerras’ powerful debut feature won the Grand Jury Award at last year’s SXSW, and the ‘Spirit of The Festival Award’ at the 27th Raindance Film Festival, and stars Emilie Piponnier in a breakout performance.
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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Nine New Indie Titles

Trying to do my critical part during this time of quarantine and no open theaters, I thought it proper to take a gander at the wave of indie flicks hitting home for those in need of some good movie comfort.  And despite the lack of current productions, there are still a massive amount of movies hitting various services to help those with a hankering for their film fix.  I weed through a whopping nine titles, from well-woven dramas about father and daughters to horror outings set down under, I brave a batch of nine hopefuls to give you the skinny on what’s hot and not.  Check out the Encapsulated Movie Reviews for Guest of Honour, YES, GOD, YES, Relic, Two Heads Creek, We Are Little Zombies, Parallax, All Hail The Popcorn King, The Beach House and Superhuman: The Invisible Made Visible below!

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A Joel Schumacher Tribute – Top Five Films

We recently lost someone who in my humble movie opinion was a filmmaker who possessed a distinctive style and a definitive movie magic quality – Director Joel Schumacher sadly passed away after a yearlong battle with cancer.  Having been a fan of his work since I was a kid, I can honestly say that some of his films had a long-lasting effect on me.  And while there were some outings that were merely just entertaining (Phone Booth had its moments!) and fluffy (Batman Forever is a guilty pleasure for sure!), there were also more than enough notable and even five-star flicks of his that broke ground to have their rightful place in cinema history.  (And I have reviews going back years that rave about the selections below!)  From bitter businessmen who have had enough to the hijinks of a wacky cab company, here’s my tribute to the late great Joel Schumacher with a look at his…Top Five Films.

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7500 (Movie Review)

As movie theaters are on the advent of opening in the very near future, one could not squander an opportunity for something new until that happens. The German film 7500 starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, 500 Days of Summer) was actually released in 2019 but is just now making its way to North America. Directed and co-written by Patrick Vollrath (Ketchup Kid), the 92-minute drama features a minimal cast on a short budget, though it manages to make the most out of everything.

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