LA Film Festival Review: “Beyond the Gates” is where nostalgia effectively slays

There are some genres of films that get me instantly excited. Horror comedies just make my heart soar. It’s where the tortured comedic souls go to turn their twisted nightmares into almost farcical magical little films that the public hates because genre mashups “confuse them.” “Beyond the Gates” had all the makings of being a sinful […]

Film Review: In The Treetops (★★★)

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL: Teenage ennui is frequently a risky move for compelling cinema. Written, directed and starring Matthew Brown, not far from his teenage years at 24 (and a dead ringer for Billy Boyd), he depicts an insignificant chilly night with his real school pals. It’s DIY filmmaking, embracing a rugged documentary-like style. Brown is not interested […]