The Atlantan (Straight Shooter Film Review)

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015 in Feature Length, Featured, Narrative, Straight Shooter Reviews (Feature Narrative) | 0 comments

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Director: Andrew Treglia
Distributor: TBA
Genre: Crime/Noir
Running Time: 81 minutes
Expected Rating: R for violence and language
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Reviewer: Jeremy T. Hanke
Famous Films It Resembles: Layer Cake, Reservoir Dogs, El Mariachi
Similar Directors: Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez
Final Score: 8.0 (out of 10)

Jimmy (Andrew Treglia) is a man who tries to do good for his community by helping out as a substance abuse counselor. However, when a tragic accident kills his wife, Melanie (Shanal Curtis), and newborn son, Jimmy Jr, he finds himself without a rudder, adrift in a river of despair. In his grief, he returns to his old addictions and adds some new addictions along the way which threaten to destroy his very soul.

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Sarah’s Room (Straight Shooter Film Review)

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Feature Length, Featured, Narrative, Straight Shooter Reviews (Feature Narrative) | 0 comments

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Director: Grant McPhee
Distributor: Indie Flix
Genre: Arthouse/Experimental
Running Time: 80 minutes
Budget: $6,000
Expected Rating: R due to language, adult situations, and imagery
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Reviewer: Jeremy T. Hanke
Famous Film it’s most like: Eraserhead
Similar Directors: David Lynch, Darren Aronofsky
Final Score: 6.0 (out of 10)

Joe (Patrick O’Brien) is a reclusive man with dark secrets in his past, psychological problems, and addictions he wallows in. To help with the cost of their home—and to help keep her spirits up—Joe’s wife, Hannah (Kitty Colquhoun), invites her best friend, Sarah (Hanna Stanbridge), to move in as a housemate with them. However, when Sarah moves in, Joe’s world crashes down around him as he becomes lost in a world of visions, dreams, and confusion which might have something to do with drug use, mental issues, witchcraft, infidelity, obsession, sleepwalking—or none of the above.

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‘Psychedelic Madness!’ is the catch phrase the filmmakers use to describe this film on IndieFlix and, in this regard, they are dead on the money! read more

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Precaution (Short Critique)

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Critiques, Critiques (Short Narrative), Featured, Narrative, Short Length | 1 comment

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Director: Manuel Crosby
Expected Rating: PG
Distribution: Self-Distributed
Budget: $175
Genre: Suspense-Thriller
Release Date: February 6, 2015
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Running Time: 18 minutes, 3 seconds
Critique Issue: #110 (05/15)
Critiqued By: Jeremy T. Hanke
Final Score: 9.2 (out of 10)

Long time readers of MFM will quickly recognize Manuel Crosby as the director who made Broadcast, a surreal survival-thriller a couple years back. With “Precaution,” he’s back with another thriller, but this one in a modern urban setting.

Henry (Dave Reimer) is an unemployed architect with a very pregnant wife, Shelley (Amy Lynn). Unable to find a job, he becomes obsessed with a criminal who’s broken into a nearby house and killed the owner. To try to protect his family, he decides to take precautions. But will he be able to anticipate the events those precautions will set into motion?

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The Good Book (Feature Critique)

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in Critiques, Critiques (Feature Narrative), Feature Length, Featured, Narrative | 0 comments

The Good Book

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The Good Book
Director: Sharon Wilharm
Expected Rating: G for General Audiences
Distribution: Bridgestone Multimedia Group
Budget: $10,800
Genre: Silent/Inspirational
Release Date: February 2, 2015
Official Website: GoodBookMovie
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Running Time: 62 minutes
Critique Issue: #107 (02/15)
Critiqued By: Jeremy T. Hanke
Final Score: 8.0 (out of 10)

The Good Book is the story of how people’s lives are impacted by a single book—a red-covered Gideon’s Bible—that gets passed from person to person in the course of a series of events. With the hook being that this is a silent film, all the stories are presented solely through music and visuals (albeit, sans title cards).

Daniel (Even Fielding) makes a poor decision about illumination in his home one night and ends up with a house fire. Scared to deal with the repercussions, he runs away, learning about the real world through a series of providential encounters, one of which provides him with a copy of the aforementioned Gideon’s Bible. The Bible goes on to Alex (BK Bomar), a detective who helped Daniel find his parents, then the narrative follows him as he and his wife lose a child and are forced to struggle with their pain. From here it moves on to a homeless woman, a preacher’s daughter, an overworked waitress, and so on. read more

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Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl (Straight Shooter Review)

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Feature Length, Featured, Narrative, Reviews, Straight Shooter Reviews (Feature Narrative) | 73 comments

The future is a strange place. Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl tells a story about a world in which China finally declares war on—Google?? Following China blowing up part of Google’s home base, the U.S. declares war on China and their allies, launching nuclear missiles to deal with the problem. The effected allies in turn declare war on other countries, launching their own nuclear...

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The Strange and Unusual (Feature Critique)

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Critiques, Critiques (Feature Narrative), Feature Length, Featured, Narrative | 0 comments

Joel (Tim Ross) is the producer of, “The Strange and Unusual,” a reality show that probes the mysteries of the unknown every week. When the show gets cancelled, Joel discovers he's allowed to do a series finale that people will remember forever. Armed with the show's star, Martin Luckey (Dervin Gilbert), and a skeleton crew, Joel heads to a small town in South Carolina to uncover a mysterious...

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