Posts tagged with "indie watch"

Indie Watch: Game

Posted by Sean Fitzpatrick November 10, 2013 0 Comment 3319 views

The set-up is the most important part of most horror movies. Chances are that films ranging from The Shining to Hostel would merely be random depictions of extreme horror and terror without the careful (with the latter film, I use the term loosely) exposition, character development, and setting. It’s a testament to a horror film’s […]

Indie Watch: The Decelerators

Posted by Sean Fitzpatrick November 3, 2013 0 Comment 6042 views

Being able to stop the flow of time is a superhuman feat that becomes increasingly more desirable as we get older. Somewhere between the ages of 20 and 25, we generally become nostalgic and begin to wish for the simple, sunny salad days of our respective youths – in short, that time when we wanted […]

Indie Watch: Close-Up

Posted by Sean Fitzpatrick October 20, 2013 1 Comment 3598 views

Is there a single non-sexual activity more cinematically overused than gambling? You can’t throw a roulette ball in a movie retailer (which, I must admit, would be an odd thing to do in an environment that’s quickly going the way of the Dodo) without hitting the bright, shiny DVD or Blu-Ray case of a new […]

Indie Watch: Love in Motion

Posted by Sean Fitzpatrick October 6, 2013 0 Comment 5304 views

I’m consistently tickled by the fact that, despite my general aversion to the genre in my daily life, my Indie Watch column regularly features appraisals of romantic comedies. In my better moments, I just watch the film and try to determine its good and bad qualities without applying too much of my own biases to […]

Indie Watch: Mallas, MA

Posted by Sean Fitzpatrick September 29, 2013 0 Comment 5407 views

Ghost hunting is something of a famous and funny profession these days. Between the SyFy’s Ghost Hunters series, found-footage films like Paranormal Activity, and that movie with Slimer and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man that shall remain nameless without Ray Parker Jr. coming through your computer’s speakers, ghost hunting is a job that few are […]

Indie Watch: Goldfield

Posted by Sean Fitzpatrick September 15, 2013 0 Comment 6288 views

A couple months back, I reviewed a short film called The Winking Boy by Australian director Marcus Dineen. The Winking Boy featured gifted writing and acting from Aussie newcomer Alan King. I was, and am still, impressed by both Dineen and King’s ability to quickly and assuredly capture the essences of both genre and character […]

Indie Watch: The Greyness of Autumn

Posted by Sean Fitzpatrick September 8, 2013 0 Comment 7333 views

Despite their predominant popularity as Muppet-style children’s entertainment, puppets are often used for more subversive purposes on television and in the movies. From Peter Jackson’s outrageously offensive Meet the Feebles to the sewn-up serial killers in the Canadian television series Puppets Who Kill, puppet shows have proven to be fruitful pieces of nefarious and hilarious […]

Indie Watch: Mario the Magician: Building Magic

Posted by Sean Fitzpatrick September 1, 2013 0 Comment 8891 views

Let’s face it, despite their best intentions, most human interest stories are boring, predictable pieces of manipulative feel-goodery. The genre, which mostly finds its home on television fluff-piece segments reminiscent of Bart’s People, is easily one of the most maligned subcategories of the documentary tradition. In recent years, though, a slew of fascinating and inspiring […]

Indie Watch: Ismail

Posted by Sean Fitzpatrick August 18, 2013 0 Comment 6410 views

Sometimes, seemingly small moments in a person’s life can have an enormous impact on their future actions. This is the crux of Ismail, the new short film from Palestinian filmmaker Nora Alsharif. The film documents one day in 1948, immediately following the Palestinian exodus from Israel, in which real-life Palestinian painter Ismail Shammout (Khaled Al […]

Indie Watch: The Truth About Romance

Posted by Sean Fitzpatrick August 10, 2013 1 Comment 9875 views

James G. Wall’s debut feature film, The Truth About Romance, is a low-budget romantic comedy that meets and often exceeds the well-worn criteria of its genre. The film tells the story of Josh (Jordan Greenhough), a luckless and lovelorn young man, and his budding relationship with Emily (Danielle Jackson), a mysterious girl who enters into […]

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