'Dominika' is a surprise film in multiple ways. Telling the story of a man whose life is turned upside down when a baby is left on his doorstep. Come to find that the baby ages every time he gets angry. While there are moments that are patently unsavory, regarding the strange sexual tension early on in the film, there is also a tremendous amount of heart. Proving to be a sort of Oedipal manifestation come to life, the film pushes the narrative of maturation and inner healing from repressed turmoil. As the film progresses, the audiences matures with the characters and it sort of becomes a shared experience. While the premise isn't necessarily breaking new ground, the execution is relatively unique. 'Dominika' is a surprisingly poignant and uplifting tale that exudes a peculiar warmth.
3.85/5 Pretty Cool Bro
'Bonehill Road' is another brand of WTF. Buffalo Dreams never fails to disappoint with their late night screenings and this is no exception. The story of a mother and her daughter, who flee to escape domestic violence and end up getting stranded and having to face evil from all directions. Certainly a slow build, it's important to note that horror fans will need to grit their teeth through the first two-thirds of this film. With a sound design and visual scope that struggle during the lead in, 'Bonehill' takes a hard, and we mean hard, left turn in its final third. Going from 0-60 in no time, when the narrative shifts to a balls to the wall pace, the film flourishes. Fortified by impressive practical effects and some really solid performances, 'BoneHill Road' is one wild ride, worth a watch for genre fans, but it sure ain't for the squeamish.
3.65/5 Pretty Cool Bro
'Hablar Con Los Muertes' is a strange film that seems to be struggling from identity crisis. Following a young man as he deals with issues surrounding his ability to speak with the dead, he must battle a dark spirit to set trapped souls free. From the jump, this film has some script problems. The opening sequence seems completely irrelevant, save for providing a some early comedy, but doesn't really set the tone for the rest of the story. The narrative is a jumbled mess, and the editing is a struggle, with a series of awkward silences during conversational dialogue. The acting, aside from the male lead, leaves a little to be desired. The story feels like a jigsaw of other, more impressive films and the climax plays a little silly. With few redeeming qualities, 'Hablar Con Los Muertes' is a miss by any definition, but somehow still manages its own quirky form entertainment.
2.5/5 Do Better Bro
'The Harrowing' is an ambitious film that aims high and so nearly succeeds, but feels like it's missing something. The story of a police officer who goes undercover at a psychiatric hospital to uncover the mystery behind the death of his Best friend. The aesthetics of this film are brilliant and vibrant. Choosing an over saturated palette was a wise choice by director Jon Keeyes. The performances are particularly notable, especially that of lead actor Matthew Tompkins, who keeps the train from derailing on a number of occasions. Their is a distinct ambiguity attached to the narrative that creates an enigmatic tone, but at over two hours, the films run time poses major problems to pacing. Overall, The Harrowing is a very polished film, visually, but struggles to maintain quality of narrative thru a lumbering 125 minutes.
3/5 Not Bad Bro
'Countrycide' is a survivalist tale that mixes some body horror with a suspense thriller in the vein of The Most Dangerous Game. A young couple, traveling to a wedding, stop to camp out for the night and are stalked by wolves and something more deadly. While the sound design and dialogue leave much to be desired, the pacing and visual cues help supplement any potential issues. The final third of the film separates itself and provides blistering entertainment and visceral violence that will leave genre fans with a big smile on their faces. 'Countrycide' starts slow, but builds to an impressive climax. Solid performances anchor a film whose script struggles at moments, but is ultimately a fun thriller.
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On this edition of "what in the hell did I just watch?" We have the new Troma film 'Return to Return to Nuke Em' High aka Vol. 2.' With a title like that, what could possibly go wrong?! This batsh*t crazy movie has everything you hope to never have to see on a big screen. There are whole scenes of women dancing and laughing maniacally in the nude. There are so many penis's even Ron Jeremy blushed a little. There is gratuitous and over the top violence. There are malevolent Nazi type villains. There are viciously vulgar and offensive jokes. There are lesbians, bestiality, grotesque monsters, poor acting, terrible special effects and a guy with a Prince Albert piercing who whacks an evil principals face against his bear wang almost a dozen times. Is your head spinning? Well try watching that on screen for 90 minutes. What. The. Hell. /5 WTF Bro?! #Movies#film#cinema#theater#moviereview#filmreview#festival#filmfestival#broknows#broknowsbdfff#buffalove#buffalo#independent#indiefilm#independentfilm#horror#comedy#masochism#Troma#Tromaville#nukeemhigh
Buffalo Dreams filmmaker of the year, Adrian Esposito, does it again! A rarity for Dreams to feature two films from one director, 'Greetings From Tromaville' is yet another amazing documentary from an incredible documentarian. Featuring the life of the mad scientist behind Troma pictures, Lloyd "Uncle Lloydie" Kaufman, choosing to go the opposite route of his more inspirational 'Diffability Hollywood'. Esposito creates a wildly entertaining and hilarious film that puts the wit and charm of its subject on the forefront. Containing a slew of interviews and some insane stock footage, we get to dig deeper into the psyche of the man behind such cult classics as 'The Toxic Avenger' and 'Class of Nuke Em' High'. Living up to his smart ass--fun loving reputation, Kaufman is brilliant as a sort of self narrator through our journey into the history behind the independent giant that is Troma. 'Greetings From Tromaville' is probably one of the most humorous and entertaining documentaries you're likely to come across.
3.85/5 Pretty Cool Bro
'Tangent Room' is probably too smart for its own good. Four scientists trapped in a room playing a dangerous game for their lives as they race the clock to prevent an impending cosmic collapse. While the premise presents potentially grandiose expectations, this singular setting film takes place entirely in one room. There are no spectacular visual displays or an over abundance of gimmick, instead, ‘Tangent Room’ is a dialogue driven narrative that appears to be a mathematician's dream (or nightmare). Some of the abstractions could have been too complex, but filmmaker Bjorn Engstrom boils it down to the base and creates a palatable structure that finds a way to convey its message without pretension. For a sci-fi film with essentially no visual effects work, There is still some real entertainment value to be had. A conceptually cerebral narrative will keep you invested throughout a very lean runtime.
'Diffability Hollywood' is a tremendously informative and inspiring documentary surrounding the history of performers with both physical and intellectual disabilities. Able to broach the subject with a distinct depth and care, filmmaker Adrian Esposito develops a concisely crafted educational journey detailing the maturation in Hollywood on how those with disabilities are portrayed and treated. With a myriad of interviews that feature the likes of Johnny Knoxville, Danny Woodburn, Edward Barbanell and many more, 'Diffability Hollywood' provides an incisive documentation of a far too overlooked part of our society. This is exactly how documentaries are supposed to be made, and this is a must watch for any film fan or history buff.