Smile Again, Jenny Lee (Straight Shooter Review)

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Feature Length, Featured, Narrative, Reviews, Straight Shooter Reviews, Straight Shooter Reviews (Feature Narrative) | 0 comments

In 2013, Carlo Caldana released an independent novel called, Smile Again, Jenny Lee, about a world renowned tennis player with a personality like Tonya Harding, who got her leg messed up like Nancy Kerrigan. (Only in this tale, she actually was knocked out of her sport for good.)

Two years later, in a feat of moxy that’s truly impressive, Carlo Caldana translated his novel into a script, directed the film, and cast himself as the colead alongside Monique Hafen who played the titular Jenny Lee.

The tale of the film revolves around Jenny’s attempt to find her place in the world after losing her spot in tennis. Low on funds and about to be cut off by her wealthy mother (Linda DeMetrick), she agrees to help a lawyer named Charles Landale (Carlo Caldana) track down her absentee father, hoping that he will float her some cash. However, when the mystery of her father’s disappearance grows more ominous, she and Landale will have to keep their wits about them to unravel the mystery.

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The Last Buck Hunt (Straight Shooter Review)

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Feature Length, Featured, Narrative, Reviews, Straight Shooter Reviews, Straight Shooter Reviews (Feature Narrative) | 3 comments

Reality show host and hunting prodigy Kenny Wayne (Zack Gold) drags his camera crew on a hunt for the most legendary, terrifying buck in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. While Kenny tries to prove his hunting worth by capturing the quest on video, cameraman Steve (Cathan Bordyn) and sound recordist Alex (Briana Chicha) must figure out if the hunt is legitimate, or simply a hoax. What will they find out in the woods?

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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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