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Hearts Beat Loud (MovieMan Dan’s Guest Review)

SWEET, CHARMING, AND

SURE PUTS SMILE ON YOUR FACE


 

“Hearts Beat Loud” is the latest feature film from indie writer-director: Brett Haley of “I’ll See You in My Dreams” and “The Hero” fame. Ahead of a well-received Sundance debut back in January – this film was picked up by the folks at Gunpowder & Sky who after touring the film at various film festivals all Spring have now begun the film’s theatrical release… It was a busy weekend where I had three other films to see but I managed to find the time to check out this film for myself along the way but before I dive in with my thoughts on the flick, here’s a brief plot synopsis for those who are wondering what the film is actually about. Read more

Thoroughbreds (MovieMan Dan’s Guest Review)

DARKLY FUNNY, WIDELY ENTERTAINING,

AND COMPLETELY UNPREDICTABLE


Cory Finley’s “Thoroughbreds” was on my watch-list since it first premiered to great reactions/reviews out of the Sundance Film Festival last January. Shortly after the premiere, the film was acquired by the folks at Focus Features who continued to play the film at a variety of festivals across the US and UK throughout 2017 before ultimately dating the film for a March 2018 theatrical release. Read more

The Seagull (MovieMan Dan’s Guest Review)

SOME THINGS ARE BETTER

LEFT UNTOUCHED


 

As someone who has never really been into theater arts or plays in general, I’ll admit that I had no idea what to expect from “The Seagull” when I finally decided to sit down and watch the film Thursday night. To be completely honest; as I hadn’t heard much about this one ahead of the release, I would have probably skipped it altogether had I had not taken a quick look at the film’s IMDB page first… Read more

You Were Never Really Here (MovieMan Dan’s Guest Review)

A MUST-SEE FOR FILM FANS,

BUT IT LEFT ME COLD


As many of you have probably noticed, I have been absent on Jason’s site for quite a few months now. My reason behind this isn’t the best excuse but basically I’ve been very busy at work and haven’t been unable to keep up with my writing as of late.  I’ve still been watching lots of movies *mostly on my days off which I usually spend at the local multiplex* but I haven’t had the time to do any reviews/coverage as of late as I have had to make sacrifices in order to make a living.

Rest assured, I’m back now and I hope to have some new reviews for you guys in the coming weeks/ months. Most recently, I was given the opportunity to check out some of the films from the 15th edition of the Calgary Underground Film Festival *one of the top rated Genre Festivals in Canada* which I’m really excited to talk about.  The festival just wrapped up and while I was unable to attend in person this year *due to work and other obligations* – I was able to see some of the most buzzed about films in the lineup with the help of screeners and the PR agents who were willing to help me out in exchange for the coverage.  I will be posting these reviews as I can over the next couple of weeks so stay tuned. I’m still working. I’m just going to force myself to find the time to write because I’ve missed it. Read more

The Breadwinner (MovieManDan’s Guest Review)

NOT YET FINISHED


Intro: Over the past few days; a strong contender in the 2017 Best Animated Feature race has emerged in “The Breadwinner” – the latest film from the folks at GKIDS. This title has been stealing top prize from Disney Pixar’s “Coco” in several of the smaller critics groups and it’s been gaining huge momentum along the way.  This film had its world premiere at TIFF ‘17 where it opened to some great reviews but I don’t think many were expecting this one to be as large of a threat to Pixar’s “Coco” as it’s quickly becoming.  The film was just recently released in Limited Release and so most are seeing this one at home through screeners instead of on the big screen *as they haven’t been given the option yet* but regardless – people are none-the-less seeing it and it’s quickly turning heads along the way. Read more

Our Souls at Night (MovieMan Dan’s Guest Review)

A LIGHT-HEARTED

AND REALLY SWEET DRAMA


 

Our Souls at Night” had its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival back on September 1 – Now, mere weeks later, the folks at Netflix have released the film on select NY/LA screens for an Oscar Qualifying Run and on its streaming service for at home viewing for all of their subscribers.  I got my chance to check the film out recently and so here I am to share my thoughts. Read more

Beach Rats (MovieMan Dan’s Guest Review)

A QUIET YET EFFECTIVE

COMING OF AGE DRAMA


 

Intro: Well, it’s hard to believe, but in just over one week I’ll be back in Halifax, NS for the 37th edition of the Atlantic International Film Festival…

I will be seeing 20+ films during my time at the festival this year and I simply can’t wait to be back in Halifax for another week of great films. There are some incredible looking movies in the lineup this year and I can’t wait to begin watching. Before I arrive though, I have a couple festival selections/titles to review beforehand.  These reviews will be for films that I have scheduling conflicts with and for films that some distributors and PR agents were kind enough to provide me with so that I could see more festival titles and provide more coverage this year. First up is “Beach Rats” but before I dive in, let’s first talk plot… Read more

Ingrid Goes West (MovieMan Dan’s Guest Review)

A DARK SATIRE ON THE

SOCIAL MEDIA AGE


 

Intro: Matt Spicer’s “Ingrid Goes West” left a big splash at the Sundance Film Festival back in January where it won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award and generated a lot of positive buzz for itself.  All of these months later, the film is finally being released in North American cinemas from the folks at Neon Rated (in the US) and Mongrel Media (in Canada) who picked the film up after it’s successful premiere at the festival. It’s a film I was looking forward to for all of these months and I finally got my chance to see it recently.

So, Does it live up to the hype?

To answer the question in one word: Yes.

If you want my deeper thoughts and analysis you’ll have to keep reading. Before I dive in any deeper though, here’s the plot synopsis for those of you who are wondering what this one is even about. Read more

Logan Lucky (MovieMan Dan’s Guest Review)

AN ABSOLUTE BLAST FROM

START TO FINISH


Intro: Well here we are: Steven Soderbergh’s:” Logan Lucky” has finally arrived into theaters across the country. This has been one of my Most Anticipated Movies of the year since it was first announced and rightfully so as it brings one of my absolute favorite American directors out of retirement after a long 4 year hiatus.

Even more exciting though is that for the first time: Solderbergh has cracked the big studio system. He found independent ways to finance the film on his own and as a result, this film has had no outside influence from the studio executives who would normally stick their heads into things.  Yes, you read that right, “Logan Lucky” is 100% Soderbergh and that’s not an easy feat for a film of this size and scale!  Even with it’s large cast and A-list talent it feels more like an indie.

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Brigsby Bear (MovieMan Dan’s Guest Review)

A QUIRKY INDIE DRAMEDY

WITH A LOT OF HEART


Intro: It seems that every week now – I’m here reviewing a film hot off the festival circuit and well, this week is no different. Today, I’m here to talk about the much anticipated indie dramedy: “Brigsby Bear”. A film that even Kevin Smith took to Social Media to praise in the weeks leading up to it’s release. So the question is: After 7 long months of festival hype – Does ‘Brigsby’ live up? Let’s dive in. Read more

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