Primer – film review (C++)

(The C++ is a joke for the computer crowd) It’s probably unfair to review Primer, an independent sci-fi time travel film, in the same way as other films.  For one, its budget was $7,000.  Yeah, only three zeroes.  One person, Shane Carruth, is listed as writer, director, actor, editor, and music composer.  He had to…

Escape from Tomorrow – film review

The Happiest Place on Earth? A typical family is winding up a Disney vacation when Dad gets a phone call that he has lost his job.  The shock and sadness cause a series of delusions and hallucinations while they travel through the Magic Kingdom and other parks.  Even a beautiful place like Disney can seem…

“Sleepwalk with Me” – film review

Almost anyone can name a few obscure comedians who can bust your gut even though few others have ever heard their names.  One who kills me is Mike Birbiglia.  He’s got a deadpan delivery similar to Stephen Wright (for those over 40) and a delayed, self-deprecating style much like Ellen DeGeneres.  He is very relatable…

Ebertfest 2012 – Take Shelter

There are several hot topics in American right now.  One, because it’s an election year, is the up-coming election.  Two, because she’s questionable, is Sarah Palin’s ability to do anything but look MILFy.  Three, is global warming.  Although it’s not inherently obvious or overtly stated, I believe the film Take Shelter is all about number…

Ebertfest 2012 – Terri

Terri It takes courage to be yourself when others want you to change, and it take courage to change when you realize that you’re no longer the same person you used to be.  Terri is a story about an obese teen who also isn’t easily accepted.  However, since Terri (Jacob Wysocki) wears nothing but pajamas…