5 items from 2016
“We’re Still Together” sounds like a title for a tough-love romantic drama — a study of a marriage, perhaps, that has held fast through thick and thin. But there is no such union to be found in Canadian director Jesse Klein’s plucky, rough-hewn character drama, while the platonic relationship at its center is barely a couple of hours old. Instead, the “we” of “We’re Still Together” may refer to sorely tested individuals trying to keep their own disordered lives in one piece: specifically, overweight teenage wallflower Chris (Jesse Camacho) and careering, hard-drinking single father Bobby (Joey Klein), whose paths improbably converge for a long, dark and mutually therapeutic night of the soul. If the story is built on a layer of contrivance characteristic of much North American indie fare, the compassion of Klein’s filmmaking rings true; following its premiere in competition at Karlovy Vary, further festival bookings and modest, »
- Guy Lodge
“Do you know the difference between looking at someone and staring at them?” Claire (Eve Harlow) asks the question rhetorically, because it’s obvious to her — and to us — that the guy who’s been gawking at her from the candy aisle of her convenience store doesn’t have the slightest clue. Chris (Jesse Camacho), it’s easy to extrapolate, is so used to being stared at that he’s likely forgotten how people prefer to be seen.
The trembling heart of Jesse Klein’s smart, sensitive and instantly engaging second feature (2010’s “Shadowboxing” was his first), Chris only wishes that he could be as invisible as he feels. Living with his mom in a dreary Montreal suburb, the unambiguously overweight twenty-something is hard not to notice but easy to ignore, and so many of his interactions turn sour that he would rather retreat into himself than try opening up. »
- David Ehrlich
Lost After Dark, 2015.
Directed by Ian Kessner.
A group of partying teenagers are stalked by a cannibalistic killer after they sneak out from their high school dance.
When several filmmakers tried to recreate the 1970s a few years back the results were pretty good, with films like Machete, Death Proof, The Devil’s Rejects and Black Dynamite all hitting their targets and paying loving homage to the decade. The 1980s, however, have proven to be a little trickier to recreate successfully; there has been the odd glimmer of greatness – last year’s Turbo Kid proving that it’s the little details that create the most nostalgia – but on the whole it seems that the ‘80s is a decade best left 30 years in the past.
But it won’t be and filmmakers are insistent on »
- Amie Cranswick
Metrodome have announced the home entertainment release date for director Ian Kessner's 80's slasher homage Lost After Dark and the new horror is set to arrive on DVD here in the UK on 29th February. The movie stars Robert Patrick (The X-Files, Terminator 2), Sarah Fisher, Mark Weibe, Jesse Camacho, and David Lipper and we have 3 copies of the DVD up for grabs. Head below now for your chance to win.. Contest Ends on Monday, March 07, 2016 »
Metrodome have announced that they are set to release the retro slasher Lost After Dark on DVD next month. Directed by Ian Kessner and starring Robert Patrick (T2, Scorpion, The X-Files), Sarah Fisher, Mark Weibe, Jesse Camacho and David Lipper, the film has been described as… “a fitting homage to the slasher flicks of the 1980’s, Lost After Dark draws heavily upon the roots of the genre to fulfil its premise.”
A group of stranded teens turn to an abandoned farmhouse for shelter from the elements but soon find a far greater danger lies inside. When one of the friends is brutally murdered, the group begin to fear they are being stalked by a vicious cannibalistic murderer. As the students are picked off one by one, a deadly game of survival begins that only the lucky ones will survive.
Lost After Dark is released on DVD in the UK on February 29th. »
- Phil Wheat
5 items from 2016
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