Hate and Horror – THE UNDERBUG

It’s India’s Independence Day, and sectarian violence is raging across the countryside. A man (Hussain Dalal), his shirt covered in blood, stumbles through verdant undergrowth and comes upon an isolated bungalow, apparently deserted. He is frightened and anxious, and warily searches the house to make sure no one is there. There are clues that inhabitants have come to a bad end; lamps are overturned, the radio is blaring, and there’s a pool of blood on the floor. He settles in to wait out the riots.

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Spy Dad-STARRING JERRY AS HIMSELF

By Daniel Mendes, TheCinebuff.com Jerry is a mild-mannered, soft-spoken Chinese immigrant living in a humble apartment in Orlando, Florida, and enjoying his retirement. Jerry is frequently visited by his three children, and maintains a good relationship with his ex-wife, Kathy. One day, however, he receives a mysterious phone call that upturns his quiet life. The … Continue reading Spy Dad-STARRING JERRY AS HIMSELF

Silent No More-SILENT LOVE

By Maribeth Thueson When Marek Kozakiewicz began filming his observational documentary Silent Love, he thought it would be about 35-year-old Agnieszka and her 14-year-old brother, Milosz. Agnieszka had left their Polish village years before to work in Germany, but after their mother dies (their father died years before), Agnieszka returns to Poland to raise Milosz … Continue reading Silent No More-SILENT LOVE

The Need for Human Contact – THE RIGHT WORDS & ALMOST HOME

By William J. Hammon, founder ActuallyPaid.com In just under a week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will officially announce its nominations for the 95th Oscars. In 10 of the 23 categories, the competition was narrowed in late December to shortlists of 10-15 entries after the respective branches completed preliminary voting and consideration … Continue reading The Need for Human Contact – THE RIGHT WORDS & ALMOST HOME

Episode 1214: New York Film Festival 2022 Recap

On this episode William J. Hammon of ActuallyPaid.com (click on the highlighted links to read his review) and host Jason Godbey take review the films of the New York Film Festival 2022 including: Stars at Noon starring Margaret Qualley, Enys Men directed by Mark Jenkin, Showing Up starring Michelle Williams, Till directed by Directed by Chinonye Chukwu, Armageddon Time starring Anne Hathaway, Decision to Leave directed by Park Chan-wook, and Tar starring Cate Blanchett.

Definitely Follow – INFLUENCER at Brooklyn Horror Film Festival

There’s a certain joy in rooting for the bad guy in a movie. A truly great villain can win you over in a number of ways, be it strong characterization, a sadistic glee in their methods, or a logic in their actions that surprises the viewer by making an odd sort of sense. That’s what I got from Influencer. Writer-director Kurtis David Harder crafts a relatively simple but massively fun bit of modern horror thanks in large part to his focus on a truly compelling baddie that will earn your respect, and perhaps even outright admiration.

New York Film Festival Shorts

In Tiger Strike Red Qatari-American artist Sophia Al-Maria explores the relationship between Western art, history, and the legacy of colonialism. Four young people of color cavort through London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, talking in echoey voice-overs about how their interpretation of the meaning of various objects in the collection is different from the traditional Western view. Al-Maria throws in everything from Boudicca to the East Indian Company to British army “redcoats,” juxtaposing them with film snippets of pop culture from A Man Called Horse to Red Dwarf to Buffy the Vampire Slayer to make her point, which is that the truth of history depends on who you’re talking to.

Fatal Expression-SMILE

“Smile though your heart is aching.” Part horror and part psychological drama, Parker Finn’s debut feature Smile is a scary good time. Sosie Bacon stars as Dr. Rose Carter, a therapist who harbors traumas of her own. Following the gruesome suicide her patient, Rose soon begins to experience strange and supernatural occurrences. As the events progressively worsen, Rose has to find a way to stop the evil before the evil overtakes her. 

The Band’s Gonna Make It – ANVIL: THE STORY OF ANVIL

The best music documentaries all have one basic thing in common: showing the audience something they haven’t seen before. Essentially, introduce the viewers to something new, or take a novel approach to the familiar. Recent high points in this regard are Brett Morgan’s Moonage Daydream, which offered a unique insight into David Bowie’s life through a stream of consciousness of his artistry; and Edgar Wright’s The Sparks Brothers, a journey through the career of one of the most influential groups in pop and rock history, even though they rarely achieved mainstream success despite more than five decades of output.