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Finding Home (2003)
10/10
Bland, harmless film-making
14 September 2005
I saw this film earlier this year at a film festival and I found it to be dull, uninspired and unoriginal. It's the filmic equivalent of a glass of warm milk or elevator music. Servicible acting, workmanlike direction and competent writing: it's all as flavorless and exciting as plain white bread. Don't get me wrong, it's not "so bad it's good". It's so bad it's boring! If you like your films mild and movies with interesting characters and story lines are too spicy for you, I highly recommend "Finding Home". It won't get you all riled up, in fact you can sleep right through it. Don't worry about catching it on the festival circuit though, wait a couple of weeks and watch it on Lifetime where it belongs.

I'm not sure where all of the positive reviews are coming from - I guess the director must have a lot of friends. Good for him.
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10/10
Twin team skims cream of comedic crop with buckling swash
14 August 2004
The Hefner brothers have done it again! 'An Occurrence at Black Canyon' is a deft blend of swordsmanship, quick wit and stunning visuals. Playful and irreverent without descending to cheap camp, 'Black Canyon' is a loving homage to the Musketeer films of the early '70's.

The leads are excellent with Ms. Knotts in particular providing a stand-out performance. She's funny, as always, but, more surprisingly, she proves herself a very capable action heroine. You can tell she's having fun in this role and her enthusiasm is catching.

Tech credits are superb. Although it is under twenty minutes in length, the film manages to create a number of memorable set pieces each with its own distinctive look and feel. From the bucolic splendor of its opening scenes to the moody shadows of the Black Canyon itself, Team Hefner has created a richly imagined, hauntingly beautiful world.

The swordplay is fantastic. I applaud the Hefner Bros. effort to keep away from the chaotic, choppy editing technique that has made so many modern action films a headache to endure. Here they've kept the camera at a bit of a medium distance thereby allowing us to enjoy the intricate choreography of the well-designed stunt sequences. Bravo, Hefs.

I honestly can't say enough about this film. With great music, a taut, truly funny script and amazing performances, 'An Occurrence at Black Canyon' is an all-around pleasure and a great joy to watch. Catch this film when you have the chance. Richard Lester would be proud!
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