Tribeca Film Festival 2013

Kill Team Review photo
Examining US troops that murdered innocent Afghan civilians for sport
The war in Afghanistan is the longest military conflict in which the United States has been involved. The operation is nowhere near as successful as hoped, which is part of the reality of fighting a war in Afghanistan, a less... read feature

Whitewash, Big Bad Wolves photo
The success and failure of comedy in the face of tragedy
I like film festivals for a lot of reasons, but one of the best is the way films are forced into context with a number of other, entirely unrelated films. The act of watching multiple films in a day alone creates all sorts of... read feature

Let the Fire Burn Review photo
A rousing but incomplete portrait of a grave injustice in Philadelphia
In 1985 there was a tragic stand-off between the extremist Africa-American group MOVE and the city of Philadelphia. At the end, 11 members of MOVE were killed, including five children, and 65 other houses in the area were bur... read feature

Dark Touch Review photo
Abuse triggers nihilistic mayhem in a Euro horror throwback
There were so many varying opinions at the screening of Dark Touch I went to. Flixist's pal Steve over at Unseen Films is going to compile some of the reviews from critics who talked to him about Dark Touch because they ... read feature

Muhammad Ali Review photo
How Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali
I remember talking to a friend of mine about Muhammad Ali once, and he mentioned the nuttiness of the Ernie Terrell fight in 1967. About three years prior to that match, Ali had joined the Nation of Islam and officially chang... read feature

Cutie and Boxer Review photo
The mighty roar of artists Ushio & Noriko Shinohara
A friend of mine who's a poet once told me that she'd never date another writer. If I remember the conversation right, it had a lot to do with sharing too many neuroses and concerns with someone, which would become intolerabl... read feature

Prince Avalanche Review photo
What happens when Paul Rudd stops playing Paul Rudd
After the forest fires that destroyed much of the southwest this past year David Gordon Green wanted to make a movie set in the charred forests and ruined homes of the aftermath. What resulted was Prince Avalanche a film... read feature

Frankenstein Interview photo
Director Richard Raaphorst discusses the music and mayhem of Nazi zombots
Even though I had issues with the found-footage aspect of Frankenstein's Army, there's a great anarchic imagination in the film, and it belongs to director Richard Raaphorst. I had a chance to sit down and talk with Raaphorst... read feature

VHS2 Snack Pack Interview photo
An 18-minute Snack Pack attack w/ Simon Barrett, Jason Eisener, Eduardo Sánchez, and Adam Wingard
It's odd how things work. The day after I wrote a very negative review about a found footage movie I didn't like, I wound up interviewing four of the directors responsible for V/H/S/2, a found footage movie that I did like. G... read feature

Byzantium Review photo
The story of a 200-year-old Little Red Riding Hood
Imagine you are in a large store and off in the distance you see a quilt. It’s an intriguing design, and you walk towards it, fascinated. It’s really a gorgeous thing, brilliantly composed with designs depicting b... read feature

Before Midnight Review photo
Part three of one of the most perfect trilogies in cinema
To follow up Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, two of the best character pieces ever made, was always going to be a challenge. Keeping that quality and that momentum going into a third film made another nine years later ... read feature

Some residents of Oceana, WV claim the film misrepresents their community
Alec and I didn't like the drug addiction documentary Oxyana at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Apparently we're not alone. A number of West Virginia residents are upset with director Sean Dunne and claim that he has misre... read feature

Tribeca Awards and Recap photo
Heck yeah.
And so another film festival comes to a close. This year's Tribeca wasn't the most spectacular fest of all time, but it had a solid lineup and we saw some good movies. As per usual, Hubert rocked things hardcore, and Alec pic... read feature

Will You Still Love Me? photo
A whimsical story of Taiwanese homosexuality
Here's an interesting fact: Taiwan is among the most gay-friendly countries in Asia. Gay marriage is not explicitly legal (a bill attempting to fix that stalled nearly a decade ago), but even as far as 2006, a poll of the pop... read feature

Northwest Review photo
Youth is rotting in the state of Denmark
In some ways Northwest could be written off as another movie about how crime doesn't pay. There's an escalation of criminal activity, there's the brief taste of a modest sweet life, there's the tragic inflation of egos, and t... read feature

The Project Rreview photo
The Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF) vs. Somali pirates
At the end of The Project we're shown events that happened in March 2013 involving the Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF). There's  a harrowing stand-off with Somali pirates just off the coast. Since the events and de... read feature

Richard Pryor Cap. Review photo
An overview of one of the most important comedians of the 20th century
Richard Pryor is one of the best stand-up comedians of all time. Whether it's an album like That N***er's Crazy or the Live on the Sunset Strip comedy special, there's such incredible comic timing in his work, and also just p... read feature

Powerless Capsule Review photo
The struggle for electricity in Kanpur, India viewed from different angles
At the beginning of the documentary Powerless, we're told that 1.5 billion people in the world live without electricity, and that 400 million of those people live in India. The numbers are pretty staggering, especially w... read feature

The Moment Capsule Review photo
Memory, murder, and a lack of focus
If there was a marketing blurb for The Moment that could sell its strengths, it would probably say something like "Christopher Nolan's Memento meets Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up." That's really the best possible scenario ... read feature

Stand Clear Cap. Review photo
A question of length and medium while people watching on the A, C, E
Sometimes I watch a film and wind up thinking about two things: length and medium. In terms of length, I wonder if a feature film should be a short instead (and vice versa). In terms of medium, I wonder if the film's content ... read feature

Bending Steel Interview 2 photo
Chris "Wonder" Schoeck, Dave Carroll, and Ryan Scafuro on the act and meaning of bending steel
Here's the second part of our interview with the team behind Bending Steel: director Dave Carroll, director of photography/producer Ryan Scafuro, and Chris "Wonder" Schoeck. The documentary was my favorite movie at this year'... read feature

Bending Steel Interview 1 photo
Chris "Wonder" Schoeck, Dave Carroll, and Ryan Scafuro on the art of the old-time strongman
The documentary Bending Steel was my favorite movie at the Tribeca Film Festival. It follows Chris "Wonder" Schoeck in his quest to become an old-time strongman, but the act of bending steel winds up meaning so much more -- i... read feature

Fresh Meat Review photo
Never invade the suburban homes of cannibals who happen to be Maori
Before interviewing director Danny Mulheron and actress Kate Elliott about Fresh Meat, I was talking to another film blogger/journalist about the movie. She  brought up the idea of brew and views with her friends: double... read feature

Danny Mulheron Interview photo
Fresh Meat's director on the suburbs, consumption, Robert Mitchum, and Meet the Feebles
Director Danny Mulheron has a really huge personality, and talking to him last week I could sense a lot of that in the movie Fresh Meat. Both he and actress Kate Elliott were in town for the Tribeca Film Festival, and the fes... read feature

Kate Elliott Interview photo
Fresh Meat's femme fatale on action, acting, Clint Eastwood in hot pants, and pizza
Fresh Meat is a manic horror-comedy from New Zealand about a group of screw-up criminals that take a suburban family hostage. The family just happens to be a bunch of cannibals. The leader of the criminals is a badass named G... read feature

The Rocket Review photo
Home, family, tradition, 'splosions, and James Brown -- what's not to love?
The Rocket was one of the films at Tribeca that I'd planned to see much earlier in the festival but unfortunately couldn't get to until later. This Australian production set in Laos won both the audience award and the jury pr... read feature

Gore Vidal Review photo
A fine hurrah for a great American gadfly
It seems like we're well beyond the age of the public intellectual, or even the public author who may show society the way. Writers like Gore Vidal, Kurt Vonnegut, Norman Mailer, Paul Goodman, and others used to appear on tel... read feature

Oxyana Review photo
Desolation porn without relevance or release
A couple of weeks ago, the 1995 patent on the painkiller OxyContin expired. OxyContin is a particularly potent form of the opioid Oxycodone, and is intended to be released over time rather than immediately. When taken orally,... read feature

The Machine Review photo
You probably rented this on VHS in the 1980s
Retro-style futures sometimes look more futuristic than modern approximations of what the future will be like, and there's a definite retro aesthetic at work in The Machine. In some ways, it's similar in style to Beyond the B... read feature

Tricked Review photo
Paul Verhoeven's noble experiment in crowdsourced screenwriting
Paul Verhoeven is due for a comeback in the United States. He mentioned at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier in the week that Showgirls sort of ruined him in Hollywood, and that Starship Troopers didn't help matters either si... read feature

Raze Review photo
Street Fighter II: Misogynist Torture Porn Edition
Zoë Bell is a stone cold badass. For years she's been one of the best stunt performers in the world, doubling Lucy Lawless in Xena: Warrior Princess, Uma Thurman in Kill Bill, and even appearing as herself in Death Proof... read feature

Lil Bub & Friendz Review photo
You can has a cheezburger, and a pretty amusing documentary
There are a few common blackholes for me on the internet. I'll go into catch-up blackholes where I'll read all the bookmarked articles I've amassed for a few weeks. I'll go on Vice documentary blackholes as well, and exotic p... read feature

Run and Jump Review photo
Will Forte takes a turn for the dramatic in Steph Green's sad-in-a-funny-way debut
Run and Jump features a bit of semi-stunt casting that got me interested in the movie: the film features Saturday Night Live's Will Forte in a dramatic role. The role isn't devoid of humor, however. Like Steve Carell in Littl... read feature

Lil Bub Interview photo
Talking with Juliette Eisner, Andy Capper, and Lil Bub's owner Mike Bridavsky
Juliette Eisner and Andy Capper delve into the odd and adorable world of cat memes in their film Lil Bub & Friendz. The documentary provides an overview of the internet cat phenomenon, with special focus on Mike Brid... read feature

Mistaken for Strangers photo
♫ I won't f**k us over, I'm the lead singer's brother / I'm the lead singer's brother, I won't f**k us over ♫
If you're going into Mistaken for Strangers looking for a rockumentary/tour documentary on The National, you're in for disappointment. The film was directed by Tom Berninger, the younger brother of the band's frontman Matt Be... read feature

Mr. Jones Review photo
The case against found footage
Filmmakers who are reading this: please, just stop with the found footage already. Seriously. Stop it. For the love of all that is good in the world, please stop it because you're hurting the quality of your own work. Actuall... read feature

Bending Steel Review photo
Zen and the art of being an old-timey strongman
I believe that the definition of definition is reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. Completely. That's how Henry Rollins begins the essay "The Iron," which is all about how ... read feature

Adult World Review photo
A bad young poet tries to write more good
In my blurb review for Neil Jordan's vampire film Byzantium, my main gripe had a lot to do with the age of the main character. Eleanor in that movie is a well-traveled and world-hardened 200 years old, but she's written like ... read feature

Genius of Marian Review photo
A love letter in the form of a film
Intensely personal documentaries sometimes work best when they eschew notions of reportage and simply become confessions or professions of something. The films are less like dispatches and more like personal essays and memoir... read feature

Möbius Review photo
Muddled thrills and multiple fake orgasms
There's a moment in Möbius where I expected a turn toward high-stakes adventure and evasion. As in any story of spies and espionage, this is where a fine plan goes horribly, uncontrollably wrong. People who shouldn't get... read feature

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