Column: IFFBoston ‘13 Experience: The Year of Whedonites

Column: IFFBoston ‘13 Experience: The Year of Whedonites

As April draws to a close each year, I look forward to the exit of snow, the entrance of beach days and most importantly, the Independent Film Festival Boston.  Like many a film fan, I would look longingly at the major film festival lineups, yearning for the cold establishment of Sundance, the searing hot mayhem of SXSW, the friendly Canadian discovery of TIFF, and the art-house bravado of Cannes.  I quietly hoped for the chance to be a part of the conversation.  So it is with all the awkward excitement of a pimply teenager that I claim IFFBoston as my first.  This year marked my fifth year of attendance at the festival and it was certainly unique. [Read more…]

IFFBoston ’13 Review: This is Martin Bonner

IFFBoston ’13 Review: This is Martin Bonner

“This is Martin Bonner” is the second feature from writer/director Chad Hartigan. The film stars Paul Eenhorn as the titular character, and is a steadily paced character-study shot slowly and beautifully.
IFFBoston ’13 Review: Good Ol’ Freda

IFFBoston ’13 Review: Good Ol’ Freda

To Freda Kelly, the Beatles were just a local band. Working in a secretarial pool around the corner from the famed Cavern Club, early in Good Ol’ Freda, Kelly estimates she saw maybe 190 of the Beatles 295 performances there. While her officemates were swooning over Pat Boone and Cliff Richard, Kelly was obsessed with John, Paul, George and Pete. (Ringo came later, and Kelly quickly became obsessed with him too.) To her, The Beatles were the band that would occasionally give her a lift back to her parents’ house after a gig because they lived in the same neighborhood. She was the one that would call Paul at home and make a request for the next show. [Read more…]

IFFBoston ’13 Review: The Spectacular Now

IFFBoston ’13 Review: The Spectacular Now

We live at a time where teenagers in cinema are portrayed in a few very distinct ways: you have fantasy-filled “vampire” movies, highly stylized “High School Musical”-type movies, and high school sex comedies in the vein of “American Pie.” While I’m not looking to make a commentary on the quality of these films, they typically deal with “teenage problems” through metaphor or humor, and the characters rarely feel like real kids facing real issues.

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The LonelyReviewer Show: Episode 4: “A Star is Burns”

The LonelyReviewer Show: Episode 4: “A Star is Burns”

lr-Podcast-ArtworkWe’re back at it with the latest episode of “The LonelyReviewer Show!” In this episode, we talk about PAX East, the upcoming Independent Film Festival of Boston, and “Spring Breakers.”

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PAX East 2013 Wrap-Up

PAX East 2013 Wrap-Up

PAX East is an amazing yearly convention that focuses on the amazing community of games: tabletop, PC, and of course all varieties of electronic gaming. PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) started as a smaller convention in Seattle before expanding to the East coast four years ago, and more recently to Australia. The convention continues to grow, and, considering how packed the fairly new Boston Convention Center was during PAX East 2013, one wonders how they’ll deal with expansion in the coming years; regardless, PAX is its still an amazing event. [Read more…]