Oculus: The Man with the Plan (Flashback Critique)

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With the amazing new Oculus feature film about to come out on April 11th, it seemed appropriate for us to showcase the flashback critique that began the film franchise back from 2006. Some slight changes have been made to transform it for the current database system, and the links for getting new information on this film have all been updated. As a bonus, at the end, we’ll include the bonus extended trailer for the 2014 film!

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Trane & Miles (Short Critique)

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March 2nd and April 22nd of 1959, Miles Davis and John Coltrane teamed up to record “Kind of Blue,” an album that would become one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time and would mold the sound of most of the jazz that came after. Trane & Miles tells a possible tale of these momentous recording sessions between these iconic musicians from the fictionalized perspective of a post-life Miles Davis, who’s had some time to reflect on things and really focus on his most endearing memories.

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Romancing Sydney (Final Critique)

All against the dramatic backdrop of the city of Sydney.

This is the third and final critique of Anoml Mishra’s Romancing Sydney. Elisa and Sachen are a couple in love; so are their friends, Alex and John, who have recently gotten engaged. Since Elisa’s visa is about to expire, Sachen has gotten the idea to propose to her so that they can stay in Australia together. But there’s one problem – Sachen has let John’s constant teasing get the better of him, and, to retaliate, Sachen has sabotaged John and Alex’s relationship in revenge. And even though…

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Gold Field (Short Critique)

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Set in the brutal Gold Rush of Australia in the 1850′s, Gold Field tells a tale of betrayal and greed. Guillaume (Dino Marnika) and his brother, Frederic (Albert Goikhman), are camping on their claim in the Australian region of Victoria. As Frederic heads off to gather more wood for the fire, Guillaume catches sight of an old acquaintance in the dark and calls out to him. Etienne (Alan King) emerges from the surrounding thicket, stripped naked with his hands tied in front of him. Guillaume invites him to the fire and….

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Romancing Sydney (Critique)

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[We previously critiqued the film "Romancing Sydney," in its semifinal form, under the name "A Walk in Hyde Park." ] “Romancing Sydney” is a love story between Sachen (Anmol Mishra) and Elisa (Susanna Richter.) The two meet by chance one night – Elisa has been kicked out of her apartment and is sitting on the beach, crying. Sachen’s car breaks down in the same spot where she is sitting, and the two strike up a conversation that leads…

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Broadcast (Critique)

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Ethan is a car thief. He boosts cars for a living, which has led to a lifetime of friction and disconnect between himself and those closest to him. When he carjacks a car, throws the occupant out by the side of the road, and drives off into the boonies, it’s just another day in his life. However, as he drives toward the rendezvous he’s set up ahead of time with his cohorts, a disturbing news broadcast makes him realize that this is the worst day for business as usual.

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The Brother (Critique)

Mark is happy with his life in the big city.

Mark is living his dream in the big city and everything is going well, until he receives a call from his estranged mother. She tells him that his brother Danny is dead, but because she didn’t know how to reach Mark, Danny’s funeral has already passed. Mark decides to return to his small hometown to make peace with both his brother and his past.

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A Walk In Hyde Park (Critique)

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Sachen (Anmol Mishra) lives in Sydney, Australia, and works at an antique store. One day, his car runs out of oil and he happens to run into a damsel in distress – Elisa (Susanna Richter), a German immigrant. She had just been kicked out of her apartment and was sitting outside crying. Sachen offers her comfort, and soon this unlikely meeting evolves into a relationship.

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Tumbleweed! (Critique)

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For their first foray into digital (at least that I’ve seen), the Varavas (Justin wrote andd Jared directed) went with the RedOne (which is arguably the highest end digital rig that most microbudget filmmakers can afford to rent and still stay microbudget). But what to tell with this digital exploration? Why, what else? A Western tale about a tumbleweed, of course! But not just any tumbleweed, of course. A loner tumbleweed who marches to the beat of his own windstream!

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Quinkin (Critique)


In Aboriginal legend, the time of creation is known as the Dreamtime. It was a sacred and mystical era in which spirits created the world. One of those spirits – still feared by modern-day Aborigines – was known as the Quinkin. The Quinkin had two distinct beings: one was described as being long and whip thin with a rounded head that had spikes coming out of it. This being lives in cracks in rocks and is good-natured. The other being is evil in nature – big and fat, and known for any and all kind of mischief and bad deeds. Some Aborigines are afraid to even pronounce the name of this spirit for fear of its power.

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Dig (Critique)

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David (Aaron Himelstein) appears to be an average college student in 1962. He spends most of his waking hours debating philosophy with his friends in a local coffee shop and questioning how morality is subject to perspective. However, one day, as David is chatting with Marie (Tiffany Brouwer) and a few of his collegiate friends about Nietsche, his theory of the ubermensche (“superman” or “overman”), and how his viewpoints can justify many of the most horrific acts between human beings, the discussion goes from abstract to personal for David when a man from his past walks into the shop. Upon seeing the man, David knows he has no choice but to do something he’s never done before. What this is, why he feels this compulsion, and how he intends to carry it out is what makes Dig such a powerful film.

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