Author Archives: Alyssa

Review: SPECTRE

SPECTRE Terrific and perfect. Challenges Casino Royale as my favorite. Craig delivers a farewell – even the signature gun barrel sequence as an opening* – with everything but gratitude now that it’s “supposedly” over for him. I was required to … Continue reading

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Review: JOBS

Fassbender gives a brilliant, electrifying performance. Its fast, its brutal and it is an enthralling movie. There are only two historical figures who will never be redeemed or have movies made about their lives explaining the psychological factors, i.e., their … Continue reading

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Review: Crimson Peak

Dazzling sets and profoundly gorgeous costumes by Kate Hawley. Hiddleston captures the essence of Rhett Butler with a Heathcliff subtext. Chastain walks off with every scene she’s in. It’s Gothic glamor for our sensibilities. It’s infused with roiling sex. Guillermo … Continue reading

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LOST ANIMATION from MONTY PYTHON & THE HOLY GRAIL Released

Forty years after its release, Monty Python & The Holy Grail remains one of the most popular indie comedies of all time, if not one of the great comedies in general. Designed on a shoestring budget and as a result … Continue reading

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Review: The Martian

Director Ridley Scott is 77 years old and still capable of creating compelling and engaging cinema. His latest film is about a young botanist who gets stranded on Mars and must use his intelligence; training and limited resources to stay … Continue reading

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Review: The Walk

Warning this is a wild ride. If you suffer from motion sickness, fainting spells, high blood pressure, back or neck problems or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure Do Not See This Movie. (I borrowed that from … Continue reading

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Choosing the Right Film Festival for your Script or Film

Let’s face it, entering into a film festival is a great way to get exposure for your work, for it allows not only a critical audience to view your film or read your script, but offer these possibilities to get … Continue reading

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Behind-the-Documentary that reveals the Behind-the-Scenes over one of College Football’s Most Controversial Moves

One of the directors behind this year’s most fascinating sports documentaries shares with Film Festival Today the issues, the difficulties, and the lessons learned in making the behind-the-scenes story of Texas A&M’s move to the Southeastern conference. In recounting all the political … Continue reading

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Review: SICARIO

A sharp, uncompromising thriller and Benicio Del Toro gets his own franchise.   The film starts with the etymology of the word ‘sicario’. It begins with the word’s origin in ancient Roman history (actually, it’s the legal Latin standard plural … Continue reading

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The King of Official Screenplay Nominations – and Wins – Shares his Secrets of Success

Steven Prowse, an international CFO, is a restless fellow that is rarely satisfied with the status quo.  His favorite quote is from Mario Andretti, an ex Formula 1 driver, “If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.” … Continue reading

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