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Is it Time to Change the Role of the Film Critic?

Recently, there has been an onslaught of critic’s articles about El Chicano with mixed feedback. I must say I was disappointed to read the negative feedback but understand that everyone has a different opinion. If critics are looking for some positive discourse with the filmmaker, maybe we should all consider changing the dynamic. If reviews are about helping filmmakers see their errors or fix the film, then it should be done before the movie is released in a setting where it can be rem...

Brightburn, Review: Stay non-aliened

Brightburn, Review: Stay non-aliened Comic-book creators took Moses as inspiration and wrote out a character called Superman, who arrives on earth as a baby, in a spaceship, from a planet called Krypton, is adopted by a childless couple, shows super powers and grows up to save the world from crisis after crisis. Soon, Superboy, who grew up to be Superman, became an on screen superhero, and a cult figure from the DC comics stable. He even joined hands with other superheroes on occasion and ba...

Aladdin, Review: Aladdindeed

Aladdin, Review: Aladdindeed Believe it or not, Aladdin is a one-in-a-thousand-and-one story, part of The Thousand and One Nights (also called The Arabian Nights), stories narrated by a queen called Scheherazade, at bedtime, without revealing the end, to save herself from being killed by her husband, the murderous sadist who kills all his wives the day after he marries each one of them. Disney made an animated version in 1992, and here comes their live action CGI, musical avatar, directed and...

India’s Most Wanted, Review: Mission without ammunition, found wanting

India’s Most Wanted, Review: Mission without ammunition, found wanting Indian spy thrillers have been on the scene ever since the first film of James from Thames was released in India in the early 1960s. They were broadly divided into categories: rip-offs of 007 and C grade thrillers, with action and a bit of titillation. Remarkably, some of them even managed to incorporate catchy songs into the narrative. In the last two decades, after international terrorism, other than the eternal bo...

John Wick 3-Parabellum, Review: Wicktory is yours

John Wick 3-Parabellum, Review: Wicktory is yours Break neck, break arm, break leg, and break everything action, in all forms of martial, some pre-martial and some post partial arts, glass and furniture, horses galloping, cars and bikes strewn all over the place, one unstoppable man-machine that’s a treat for action lovers, whether Wicked fans or non-wicked. A good example of the benefits reaped by turning to the creator-writer, (co) director and star who put together the first and seco...

A Dog’s Journey, Review: Dogfather

A Dog’s Journey, Review: Dogfather However incredible this may sound, Hollywood has made a film in the traditions of Wadia, Devar and Bokadia, Indian film-makers who dealt with themes involving animals, their exploits, their torture at the hands of human beasts and their faithfulness to their owner and his/her family. A Dog’s Journey is not so much about canine exploits as it is about a dog’s faithfulness, with generous aid from the almighty, who has been falsely accused of ...

One month til Regular Deadline ends

Hey Everyone, so our regular deadline is a month away, so don't delay, get your film in before June 15th!  Frank Festival Director ...

Last Chance to Catch #Tribeca2019!

NEW YORK, NY:  Mustafa ÖNDER It's your last chance to catch #Tribeca2019!  There are still plenty of opportunities to see some amazing new films and events before It wrap up Sunday.  This year's Festival included 113 feature-length films, 63 short films, and 33 immersive storytelling projects representing 44 countries. Screenings of the award-winning films will take place throughout the final day of the Festival, Sunday, May 5th, at various venues. ...

UglyDolls, Review: I’mperfect

UglyDolls, Review: I’mperfect Toys and dolls are inanimate objects, to which we sometimes add motion and flight, using technology. Yet, why do children, and sometimes adults, get so attached to them? Though there exist pet animals, birds and water-borne life that can be, and are often, adopted and accommodated in homes, the attraction that draws young minds, more girls than boys, to dolls, of all shapes, sizes and functions, is a force to reckon with. Most likely, the child owners of su...

After, Review: Noah’s arch

After, Review: Noah’s arch Teens to twenties romances do not come to us as just pure teenage romances, which can get terribly boring. There was Love Story, with cancer as the villain, and there was Goodbye Columbus, which had a devil-may-care heroine who invites her boy-friend to live with her family and seduces him with pre-marital sex. Also in the same milieu was When Harry Met Sally, which was drawn around the premise that men and women cannot just be friends. After has a girl brough...

Tribeca reviews: "Wild Rose"

Cute movie about a girl from Glasgow, Scotland who has to make amends for her past and present before things can go right in her future.  Rose-Lynn is obsessed with country music, and is dreaming of getting to Nashville, TN to "make it" as a country singer.  Little does she realize, that she is sitting on one of the greatest unwritten country songs to date, her own life story.  Fresh out of prison, she references the late, great, Johnny Cash, and how, he too, spent tim...

Avengers, Endgame: Thanostradamus

Avengers, Endgame: Thanostradamus As star casts go, Avengers: Endgame runs up a mind-boggling score. Like in theatrical performances, where all characters come on to the stage after the performance to take a bow, Endgame brings them all on screen, even resurrecting the dead, in a show of ultimate strength, before their nemesis is vanquished. Just as it takes two lives to conquer the dark force, the dark force itself needs to be conquered not once but twice. It is ingenious writing, to lay out...

Revised Entry options

Hello Film Makers, due to an overwhelming number of requests for us to accept feature length films we have decided to do just that!  Below are the new deadline dates and fees for our upcoming festival... submit away!!!     Forty and Over Film Festival (hereafter: “FOFF”) competition is open to the United States and International entries to writers or directors 40 years of age and over only. All other participants (i.e. actors, crew, producers, etc.) c...

2019 Tribeca Film Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow

    NEW YORK, NY:  Mustafa ÖNDER   The Tribeca Film Festival will kicks off April 24 with the world premiere of HBO documentary “The Apollo” at the iconic Harlem venue. The documentary by director Roger Ross Williams follows the history of the Apollo, and includes new interviews with Patti LaBelle, Pharrell Williams, Smokey Robinson and Jamie Foxx. It also tracks a new production of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “B...

Festival Lineup Announced & Tickets on Sale for 14th South East European Film Festival

14th South East European Film Festival: May 1-8, 2019 in West Hollywood & Beverly Hills   The 14th edition of SEEfest, running May 1-8, 2019, features 56 films from 18 countries, including 13 narrative features, 7 documentary features, 6 shorts programs, a Sci-Fi side-bar with 2 features and a shorts program, and a Business of Film Conference about data in the film industry. This year the festival will explore theme of cinematic audacity by drawing attention to South East European ...

Hellboy, Review: Unapologetic, ugly, bloody mayhem; who’s complaining?

Hellboy, Review: Unapologetic, ugly, bloody mayhem; who’s complaining? This hell of a film, mutatis mutandis, might have come from either stable, Marvel or DC. As it happens, it owes its genesis to Dark Horse Comics graphic novels and follows on two enterprises helmed by Guillermo del Toro, in 2004 and 2008.  Del Toro was to venture into a third outing too, but that kept simmering on the back burner for a whole decade. Finally, when it saw light of day, the director’s credit ...

Pet Sematary, Review: Grave errors

Pet Sematary, Review: Grave errors Like most horror films, Pet Sematary begins with a family relocating to a remote house, near a forest, thereby extending an invitation to the supernatural to prepare a proper welcome for them. The only obvious difference is that here the spirits do not reside inside the house, but in a cemetery nearby, though the undead nevertheless float in and wreak havoc on the isolated inmates, as part of their job profile. A few genuine scares towards the end of the sto...

Dumbo, Review: Have ears, will fly

Dumbo, Review: Have ears, will fly When they first thought of a new Dumbo, perhaps the best decision Disney and Burton made was to remake their 1941 animation film in live action, adding 3D for the heightened reality effect. The first Dumbo rescued Disney from financial disaster arising out of three previous expensive films. Its 2019 avatar has a different storyline, though the name and the basic premise—that of a baby elephant that can fly--are retained. Abounding in the usual generic ...

The Least of These, Review: More was needed

The Least of These, Review: More was needed In India’s turbulent political climate, making a true-story movie on the life and work of a Christian Missionary who was accused of forced conversions and brutally murdered, along with his two sons, might not be such a good idea. That it is patchily made proves, once again, that all true stories are not film material, and not everybody can impart cinematic strength to powerful subjects. It is true that Australian missionary Graham Staines was...

Us, Review: Shadow boxing

Us, Review: Shadow boxing Us takes its own time in building up a premise and gives no indication that it is going to turn-out as a horror film, with macabre goings on and blood-baths included. To its credit, the film gives a whole new dimension to the genre, but having got there, it does not know what to do next. Repetition is the bane of any thriller, horrific or otherwise, and Us falls into that quagmire a little too early. Back in 1986, young Adelaide Thomas is on a vacation with her pare...

Regular Deadline June 20, 2019

Hey Film Festival filmmakers, So we are now in our Regular Entry phase that ends June 20, 2019 and couldn't be more thrilled about the stories coming in from writers and directors 40 and over.... such life experience and fascinating films we're getting!  Keep 'em coming please! So exciting!! All genres welcome. A film festival that is actually a festival of films!  No Categories, so your chances increase exponentiall...

Wonder Park, Review: Who said it can’t be done?

Wonder Park, Review: Who said it can’t be done? Released in the USA with a PG certificate, Wonder Park is about an imaginary amusement park created by the imagination of a 10-year old girl and her mother.  It tweaks logic and science to create fantastical rides and talking animals, making conventional amusement parks look like child’s play. It’s good holiday viewing for the 5-12 age-group, with a riot of colours and exciting thrills, causing adrenaline rushes, with the ...

Photograph, Review: Ode dear

Photograph, Review: Ode dear If only vignettes and mosaics could add up to a good script, Photograph would look refreshingly different. If improvised dialogue and incomplete scenes could substitute for a coherent narrative, Photograph would find its place in the album of memorable cinema. Forlornly, though, Ritesh Batra’s Photograph unpeels itself like the layers of an onion, offering emptiness at the end of the exercise, instead of discovery and resonance. Arriving with a sumptuous tr...

Early Deadline tomorrow March 15th

Hey Film Makers, Writers and Directors, So tomorrow is the Early Deadline for our Forty and Over Film Festival and just wanted to give a shoutout to everyone to get their films in before the fee goes up. We are so excited to see the amazing films coming in so far and can't wait to see what else is out there!    Good luck everyone!! Frank Festival Director ...


**2019 London Independent Film Awards – WINNER – Best Feature Film** **2018 Jersey Shore Film Festival – WINNER – Best Suspense Thriller, Best Actress** **2017 Atlantic City Cinefest – WINNER – Best Feature, Best Cinematography, Best Actor**   Viva Pictures will release the upcoming horror film THE SAMARITANS On Digital and On Demand on April 16, 2019. Watch the Official Trailer: THE SAMAR...


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