4 items from 2010
[Editor's note: If anyone says 2010 was a sh!% year for movies, please refer them to this post.]
Instead of the usual "best" or "worst" films of the year lists, I thought a good way to take a look at the highs and lows of the 2010 film year would be to compile almost every single review we published in 2010 and let readers meander through the wasteland as it were.
I'm really amazed at the range of films we managed to cover from around the globe this year. Quiet Earth has certainly come a long way over the years and it's really due to the talents and passion of our team of writers who literally travel a world of fests to bring news and reviews of new films.
I hope you're all taking notes. Many of these films were from fests and will probably be hitting VOD and Blu-ray sometime in the new year, so this is a good chance to get a start on your must-watch lists.
Writers: James Mann
Review by: agentorange
Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Desert Son is a stylishly filmed, angsty coming-of-ager that feels a lot like Larry Clark riffing on the wilderness survival genre. That is to say it is a haunting look into the dark side of aimless adolescence that pulls no punches when examining how messed-up kids can be when drunk on a potent cocktail of confusion, raging hormones and ego. And with an odd little family / love triangle at its core, Desert Son even manages to ruminate on how the dysfunction we're brought up with becomes the baggage we carry around with us forever. Like the battered old suitcase Philip carries with him throughout the film, our past is an extension of who we are and contains all the bits and pieces that make up what we will become.
In fact, »
Directors: Max Jacoby
Writers: Max Jacoby
Review by: Rick McGrath
Rating: 4 out of 10
Add a snail’s pace to very very little action about a small and boring love triangle set in some upper class version of post apocalyptic paradise and you have Dust – hopefully it won’t settle on you.
This is one of those movies where you really wonder what the heck the creative team are up to -- save the usual arthouse killer cinematography and crunchy use of sound Dust tells a story in 82 minutes that should have been told in 22. Just long enough to be a half hour TV show. Which is too bad, but you have to understand very few of the ingredients in Dust make for a great story. But it is weird in its relentless footdragging to go nowhere. For example, twice I found myself absently cleaning my »
You can tell right away that Desert Son directors, James Mann (Brandon Nicholas co-directed), started out as a cinematographer. In fact, this stunning trailer for his intriguing indie thriller features some of the best desert photography I've seen since probably Dark Country. He actually manages to make it look as romantic as he does a hell-on-earth.
At it's heart, Desert Son is a coming of age movie set around an interesting high concept teen thriller. A boy is abandoned in the desert and joins a couple of other kids to form a home for themselves. To survive they must commit crimes against residence of the nearest town. Of course, things go completely south. Reminds me a little of Max Jacoby's recent film, Pa film, Dust, actually with a bit more teen angst and crime.
A boy is abandoned in the heart of the desert by his step father. »
4 items from 2010
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