The MICRO-FILM Review

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Happy Thanksgiving from MICRO-FILM!

It’s a cliche, which we’re not particularly fond of ’round here at the Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters, but with these less than stellar economic times – buoyed somewhat by an election cycle that has brought about more hope than sustained dismay – we certainly have to be thankful for what and whom we have in our lives. We hope that you will have a peaceful Thanksgiving this week with your family and friends. Cheers to all!

As to all the quiet here on this Midwestern front as of late … we’ll be posting some important news during the next few weeks about the future of MICRO-FILM. It may be inevitable, but the pathway towards conclusion is not exactly what you’d expect.

~ Jason Pankoke

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Written by japan70

November 25, 2008 at 1:22 am

Posted in Greetings

Review :: SUGAR

SUGAR
Golden, Jolley, Reynolds

by Jeff McCoy

Your outer breath stops and you experience stark reality;
   your immaculate naked awareness clear.
At that instant you must recognize it as yourself.
The Bardo Thodol

With a quote as enigmatic as its title, SUGAR opens with its silent, nameless protagonist (Samara Golden) cowering in a refrigerator. Venturing out into her squalid, debris-strewn apartment, she removes the grating from a crawlspace and drags out a corpse which may belong to the former tenant Anthony. Answering machine messages from concerned individuals – mother, landlord, creditors – indicate that Anthony was on a downward spiral before his (apparent) disappearance. As the apartment’s new occupant clears out detritus, she begins to uncover disturbing clues that Anthony’s spirit may be lingering. Is Anthony dead, and if so, did the young woman kill him? Is she insane? Or has Anthony’s own insanity seeped into the apartment itself, infecting its new tenant?

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Written by japan70

March 14, 2008 at 11:24 pm

Posted in Reviews

Review :: ROCKET SCIENCE

ROCKET SCIENCE
Duly Noted, Inc./B&W Films

by L. Rob Hubbard

A confession upfront – high school coming-of-age stories are not my favorite film genre. ROCKET SCIENCE is such a film, despite a title that infers something along the lines of OCTOBER SKY or other NASA-related subjects. Instead, it concentrates on the suffering of a young misfit with a stuttering problem (Reece Daniel Thompson) who is recruited by a pushy student (Anna Kendrick) into joining the school’s debate team, seeming to commit a good amount of the sins of the genre and of “hip” indie comedy at first glance.

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Written by japan70

March 7, 2008 at 1:38 am

Posted in Reviews

Review :: EVILMAKER DOUBLE FEATURE

EVILMAKER DOUBLE FEATURE
Pipedreams Entertainment

by Jason Pankoke

Poverty-row programmers of the contemporary sort, John Bowker’s THE EVILMAKER and ABOMINATION: THE EVILMAKER II appeared amidst the early flood of shot-on-video, no budget horror movies a while back, landing on labels that didn’t give them much of a push. The fine B-movie folks at Tempe Video have elected to hustle this mildly entertaining duo back into the marketplace with a spruced-up double-feature DVD, which the undemanding will find packs enough old-fashioned titillation and thrills to make it worth the peek.

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Written by japan70

March 1, 2008 at 12:59 pm

Posted in Reviews

Review :: JANE WHITE IS SICK & TWISTED

JANE WHITE IS SICK & TWISTED
D & K Enterprises

by Damian Duffy

There is a scene towards the end of JANE WHITE IS SICK & TWISTED in which the eponymous heroine attempts suicide. The brief hope that this shrieking caricature of a human being may come to a merciful end is the one shining moment in this otherwise execrable … thing.

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Written by japan70

February 22, 2008 at 11:22 pm

Posted in Reviews

Review :: SUFFERING THE LEGITIMACY…

SUFFERING THE LEGITIMACY OF AESTHETICS
J.M. Magrini

by L. Rob Hubbard

SUFFERING THE LEGITIMACY OF AESTHETICS is an experimental film which its filmmaker synopsizes as “a film that explores art as a legitimate species of autonomous knowledge.” Um, yeah.

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Written by japan70

February 16, 2008 at 1:27 pm

Posted in Reviews

Review :: PREMUTOS

PREMUTOS: LORD OF THE LIVING DEAD
IMAS Filmproduction

by Dr. Squid 

If you’re picking up something that A. sports LORD OF THE LIVING DEAD as its subtitle, B. is from Germany, and C. is made by a director with a name like Olaf Ittenbach, you’re betting it’s going to be chock full of blood and gore. To illustrate how proudly this horror flick delivers the goods, just before the end credits roll the total body count is displayed: 139. Damn!

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Written by japan70

February 7, 2008 at 10:18 pm

Posted in Reviews