David Archive

Movie Review: ‘Babyteeth’

Greetings again from the darkness. There is no logical explanation for how an Australian indie film, the first feature from director Shannon Murphy, can contain so many elements: a terminally ill teenager, first love, addiction, music lessons, questionable parenting, comedy, a small time drug ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘7500’

Greetings again from the darkness. The first airplane hijacking movie I remember seeing was AIRPORT (1970, with Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin). Since then, it’s been a recurring, relatively common cinematic topic blending our natural fears (flying and terrorism) with our love and admiration ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘Tainted’

Greetings again from the darkness. Filmed in Canada with a mostly Canadian cast by a Canadian director, we are reminded how challenging it is to make a low budget action-thriller. Writer-director Brent Cote delivers a masterclass in genre clichés, yet there’s enough here to ...Read More

Movie Short Review: ‘Innocence’

Greetings again from the darkness. We wouldn’t expect a 19 minute crime drama to have sufficient time to create the tension needed for impact. Writer-director Ben Reid and his co-writer Owen Gower serve up a short film that packs a punch, a twist, and ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘Sometimes Always Never’

Greetings again from the darkness. “That’s not a word.” “It’s a word.” Anyone who has ever played Scrabble has both shrieked the phrases and been the target of those same screeches from opponents. Word play is in full effect during the feature film debut ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘Exit Plan’

Greetings again from the darkness. Euthanasia, ‘Dignity in Death’ or assisted suicide. Whatever you prefer to call it, those against the idea have likely never been in the situation where medical treatment provides no hope. Max Isaksen (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, “Game of Thrones”) is an ...Read More

Movie Short Review: ‘Quiet Crossing’

Greetings again from the darkness. The film opens with data points of 1967 East Germany. 300 watchtowers, 65 miles of trenches, hidden bunkers, 11,000 armed guards, and hundreds of “ordinary” people shot down trying to escape a communist regime shielded by a 96 mile ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘The Hunt’ Blu-ray

Greetings again from the darkness. Let’s face it. It was a brilliant marketing strategy. In the wake of mass shootings, the release date of this film was delayed when its subject matter was deemed controversial, even scandalous The film’s new marketing slogan became, “The ...Read More

Documentary Review: ‘Return To Hardwick’

Greetings again from the darkness. ‘The greatest generation.’ Some might consider it an overused colloquialism, but watching this documentary from Michael Sellers proves yet again just how true that “greatest” description is. Mr. Sellers blends the history of the 8th Air Force, 93rd Bombardment ...Read More