Movie Reviews From a Spiritual Perspective

SENNENTUNTSCHI: CURSE OF THE ALPS

September 30, 2011

Review on the Run: This epic Swiss horror/mystery told the legend of a female spirit who was supernaturally summoned into a doll made out of a broom and rags, which manifested into a flesh and blood young woman.  The brutish men who cast this spell assumed that she was their sex slave, ignoring that she had her own will like a regular human being.  Problems proliferated as the men tried to control her.  The church also passed judgement against her.  From a spiritual perspective, I found it to be a fable about what happens when you disrespect the female energy no matter how it manifests.  The head priest of the church in the small village where this supernatural event took place was surrounded by suspenseful, dark music whenever he entered the scene.  I thought this was quite revealing since most religions project their own demonic attitudes on the feminine energy.  The story was told in flashbacks and sometimes got a bit confusing, but all loose ends were wrapped up at the end.  Very high production values and excellent acting made this a very watchable and engaging horror film. 
Official Movie Website: http://www.sennentuntschi.com/
 

DICK NIGHT

September 30, 2011

Review on the Run: Dick Night was the best Tucson-made film I have ever seen!  This wild, yet tasteful, sex comedy was so professionally made and well-written that I forgot I was watching a local film.  The story is about Rachel, well played by Jennifer June Ross, who is considering having an affair to rebound from being left at the altar and living alone in her wedding home which is filled with wedding gifts to be returned.  The wedding home is out in the middle of nowhere in the desert.  Sk...
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SWEET LOVE AND DEADLY

September 30, 2011

Review on the Run: Sweet Love and Deadly, a Tucson-made film noir feature written and directed by Paul E. Clinco, fit right in with the dark and edgy films shown at this year's AZ Underground Film Festival.  The acting was excellent as was the high-quality black and white cinematography and editing; although I think the film could have been tightened up a little.  After encountering audio difficulties on location, Clinco undertook the mammoth project of re-recording the entire audio track to ...
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SNOW ON THA BLUFF

September 25, 2011

Review on the Run: The story of Snow On Tha Bluff is that it's a video diary of Curtis Snow's every day life in the "Hood" in the Atlanta area, filmed with a stolen camera by Curtis Snow's buddy, Pancho Perez.   Snow engages in minor drug wars, stealing, shooting, visiting relatives, dealing and doing drugs, etc.. Damon Russell, the director, molded Snow's video footage into a coherent film complete with soundtrack.  If what's on the screen is really the actual video dairy, then it's a chilli...
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THE SANDMAN (Der Sandmann)

September 25, 2011

Review on the Run: The Sandman, a Swiss film, is a very funny, creative and romantic fable about how crapping on your own creative dreams is no excuse for crapping on other people's creative dreams.  It's also a story of how crapping on yourself can prevent you from appreciating people who resonate with your most precious qualities. High production values, great acting and great writing make this a very delightful, engaging fantasy film.
Official Movie Website: http://dersandmann.ch/

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DEAR GOD NO!

September 24, 2011

Review on the Run: My first impression of this parody of 1970's biker, thrill-kill drive-in horror movies, was that it's MISOGYNISTICALLY PUERILE (derived from the Latin, "puer", meaning child, boy).  It was as alarmingly bad as any film that I've accidently sat through when I snuck into the drive-in during my high school days in the 70's.  It would be better to have Joe Bob Briggs review this film.  But having said that, from a spiritual perspective (and a feminist perspective), I very much ...
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ADVOCATE FOR FAGDOM: A PORTRAIT OF BRUCE LABRUCE

September 24, 2011

Review on the Run: This documentary is about the life and films of Bruce LaBruce, a Canadian rebel in Gay culture.  Reflections of LaBruce's work were shared by filmmakers such as Gus VanZant, John Waters, Harmony Korine and others.  His actors were also interviewed, including Susanne Sachsse, the most prominent female in his later films.  Sachsse had many insights into acting out sexually explicit scenes and greatly contributed to the discussion on the difference between sex in porn and expl...
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WE ARE THE MODS

September 24, 2011

Review on the Run: We are the Mods is an engaging coming-of-age type film about Sadie a photographer in her senior year of high school and her close relationship with Nico, a fellow student who is outspoken, rebellious and into 60's Mod Culture. From their relationship, Sadie is inspired to open up her creativity.  Great character & story development, cinematography, acting and great clothes!  Also a nice introduction to Mod Culture in San Francisco.  Recommended!
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OF DOLLS AND MURDER

September 22, 2011

Review on the Run: Of Dolls and Murder is an engrossing documentary about the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death dioramas created by Frances Glessner Lee in the 1940's.  Lee's dioramas are still used effectively and famously to train police detectives in medical forensic thinking so homicide cases can be solved scientifically.  Many professionals were interviewed including forensic pathologists, police detectives, medical examiners, autopsy technicians, a producer from the CSI TV show and ...
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SAVAGE (ODJURET)

September 22, 2011

Review on the Run: Savage, based on a Swedish true story, is an in-depth, cinema verite style character study of Kim, a frustrated young man who is trying to lift himself out of the low vibrational life he's grown up in with his cold, menacing father, who makes a living as a petty criminal.  In a forced and desperate attempt to create a new life for himself, he meets with frustration and loss at every step.  His friends lives are unconsciously frustrated by their respective home environments ...
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