Sunday, April 22, 2018

Ariela takes on Slut in a Good Way (2018) Tribeca 2018

Slut In A Good Way is a Canadian film, filmed in black and white, which tells the story of three teenage girls who are best friends. The girls decide to get a job at a toy store to try to meet some straight boys. I thought this film was fun and cute,and I enjoyed it.

Both the girls and the boys in the film all have their own interesting personalities. The film does a good job of talking about double standards between boys and girls and also does a good job of dealing with sex, friendships and girls trying to figure things out.

I don't often see modern day movies that are filmed in black and white, and I liked it a lot. I'm curious why the director decided on that. I recommend it. It was a fun and entertaining movie.

The Dark (2018) Tribeca 2018


THE DARK will break your heart, but not in a good way. What starts out as grand and glorious homage to the wild and crazy horror films of the 70’s and 80’s where nothing is certain and anything is possible goes sadly off the rails after about 40 minutes as the pacing slows and the seems to become an allegory about surviving sexual abuse.

I’m not going to give you details, but he film has to do with the relationship between the monstrous Mina who lives in the wooded Devil’s Den and the blind Alex who was brought there by a very bad man. As Mina ponders why she doesn’t have the urge to kill Alex the pair begins to bond.

For the first part this is a balls to the wall creepy horror film that mixes horror and humor to stunning effect. We laugh at things that end up catching in our throats. The plotting of the film is such that there is no way to really know where the hell this is going. It is in its way one of the most original horror films in years. We have an undead beast tearing throats and traveling with a young man who has been horribly blinded.

The audience of critics I saw this with was talking back to the screen in fear.

And then things begin to change…

… the internal logic falls away and what was most definitely a kind of supernatural horror film shifts. Alex and Mina begin to bond and the film largely stops being about a manhunt and monsters but about two people who have been horribly sexually abused. Alex begins to connect to Mina and Mina begins to literally become human and alive again, with the visible scars of her “death” slowly disappearing along with her desire to kill and inability to eat people food. The film I revealed to NOT be a horror film but an allegory about recovering from horrific sexual abuse.

While I and the audience members who didn’t walk out on the film had no problem with the film turning into an allegory, the trouble is the switch is so radical it’s as if the filmmakers took two scripts and grafted them together. Plot threads fall away. The internal logic of a supernatural film crashes into the brick wall of reality. Questions don’t appear but explode like rabbits with a suite of copy machines.

To be fair I suspect that the switch is not supposed to be a complete dropping of the horror film- but if you don’t stop thinking of the film as a horror film it becomes unbearably bad. Any plot threads and all internal logic just cease. To think of the last hour as a straight up horror film means you want nothing to work because nothing in the last hour nothing does. It’s such a radical shift that it forces you to rethink what you saw in the first part and it destroys the film completely.

On the other hand if you view the film as purely from the point of view of Mina’s internal dead psyche, that she is not really a monster but a young woman who had been raped and abused by her mother’s lover helping a young man who was kidnapped by a sexual monster who did unspeakable things to him then the film works better. We understand why she connects to Alex. We understand why here physical appearance changes. Of course that still doesn’t explain people referring to her monstrous appearance or some horrific actions- but it makes the film at least tolerable.

Frankly THE DARK disappoints. I think it’s the result of the filmmakers desire to make a serious film about abuse that collided with a need to make a film people would want to see. Somewhere along the way good intentions derailed a good movie. I want to applaud the attempt but despite a good cast and great filmmaking the film never achieves the heights it was reaching for.

A noble miss.

For more information and tickets go here.

Home + Away (2018) Tribeca 2018

Matt Ogens' HOME + AWAY follows three students in their last years at El Paso's Bowie High School which is 150 yards from the US border with Mexico. Over the course of the film we follow  soccer player Erik Espinoza Villa, baseball player Francisco Matta, and wrestler Shyanne Murigia - as they try to finish up their courses, compete for District championships and deal with lives that are split across the border.

Quiet and unassuming HOME + AWAY seems to be the sort of film you've seen any number of times. The lower income kid struggles to make good and achieve their dreams. It is the sort of film that the Tribeca Film Festival is full of every year.  However what sets HOME + AWAY from most others is that the film just shows us life . We are there on the playing fields, in the living rooms and in the classrooms as the kids try to do their best and figure our what direction we want to go.  Nothing is over sold we just watch it happen, even if everyone is very aware the camera is there.

I know that sound like it isn't anything special. And for most of the film I was thinking that this was just another poor kid over comes adversity film that would come and go quickly. Then something happened- As the film moved into its final moments I found myself tearing up and crying. Ogen's low key approach had worked it's magic and I found that I really cared about hat happened. I really wanted to know where they are now. It truly mattered to me.

Damn you Matt Ogens, I didn't want to care and I didn't want to cry.

If you are willing to be patient and willing to wait for Ogens to work his magic HOME + AWAY is recommended

For tickets and more info on the remaining screenings of HOME + AWAY go here

Saturday, April 21, 2018

KAISER: THE GREATEST FOOTBALLER NEVER TO PLAY FOOTBALL (2018) Tribeca 2018

If you asked me what film got some of the biggest laughs of the early part of the Tribeca pre-festival critics screenings I would not have guessed KAISER. While it seems like a joke, and it is a crazy story, I didn't expect it to be laugh out loud funny at times.

This is the story of Carlos "Kaiser" Henrique Raposo, who in the days before the internet managed to talk his way on to numerous professional football (aka soccer) teams in Brazil, despite never actually playing a game...and he did this for 26 years.

There is no way I can explain this simply. Its too crazy a story, and besides the story changes depending upon who is telling it. Basically you are just going to have to go see this film because you aren't going to believe it---probably not even after you see it. I say that because I'm not sure I believe it- yet apparently it's true.

Think of it as a real version of the legendary Sidd Finch April Fool's story that Sports Illustrated ran in 1985.

I laughed my way through the film which absolutely delighted me, even its late in the game revelations.

Highly recommended.

For more information and tickets to the remaining screenings go here.

Homeless: The Soundtrack (2018) Tribeca 2018

Utterly charming film follows singer "Cami" Jenni Alpert as she reconnects with her biological father. Unable to care for her because of addiction problems Don gave up his little girl. Now she has found him and tries to help him put his life back together after a life on the street.

Lovely film about lovely people with rightly warm your heart. Filled with lots of great music by the father and daughter, as well as great conversation the film wonderfully shows how people can reconnect after decades apart and how one small kindness can change the world.

I have very little to say beyond go see this film. It is just wonderful. This is one of the best shorts at Tribeca.

I kind of wish I had been able to attend the world premiere since I would love to talk to the pair and see how Don was liking New York- which is some place he constantly says he wanted to visit.

For more information or tickets to HOMELESS: THE SOUNDTRACK which screens as part of the HOME SWEET HOME block of shorts go here

Time for Ilhan (2018) Tribeca 2018

This portrait of Ilhan Omar who made history as the first Somali-American Muslim woman to hold elective office is a joyous celebration of the American system

Showing what it took to get elected this film brought a couple of tears to my eyes. This is a feel good film about how you can fight the system and how you can bring change if you really want it.

Following Ilhan from when she decides to run through the primary, where she effectively won the seat (the Republicans didn't put anyone up against her), through the troubles that arose via fake news and on to her taking her seat, this is good time with a great lady. That the film is as compelling as it is is due to entirely to Ilhan,who has a natural charm and charisma that makes her a natural. You an see why the political organizers wanted he to run.

What got me misty was the small human moments such as the absolute love and pride in the faces of her husband and dad when she won or the small but thundering moment when Ilhan's husband pulls her aside to simply say I love you.

Hands down one of the best films at Tribeca TIME FOR ILHAN is a must see.

For Tickets and more information go here

A few pictures from IN A RELATIONSHIP Red Carpet at Tribeca 2018


Earthrise (2018) Tribeca 2018

Quite possibly the best film I've seen in 2018 is EARTHRISE a film about the Apollo 8 mission around the moon that produced the iconic image of the distant earth rising over the surface of the moon.

A reminiscence of the three astronauts Bill Anders, Frank Borman, and Jim Lovell about what it was like to travel to the moon, EARTHRISE is the first film I've ever come across that truly made clear what it was like to not only be in space but to go away from earth and look back at the planet from an impossibly far distance. I was moved to tears by the men's simple words about what they saw and experienced.

I am in awe of the achievement of this film. Simply the three men talking while we see film they shot while on their mission, There is, on the face of it nothing special, the film we've seen before and the stories we've heard but something about this film makes it all click. Seeing the world so far away on a big screen while the men told of what they saw I was reduced to raw emotion. For the first time I understood how and why they were changed by their flight.

Whats most amazing is the photographs were secondary. The first priority was getting their and back and while they were there the moon was what they had to shoot not the earth---however when they all saw the earth rise they all knew that was why they had come.

I have no words other than see this film- preferably as bi ah humanly possible when it plays in the HOME SWEET HOME collection of shorts at this year's Tribeca on April 24,25 and 28.

For tickets and more information go here.

David Alan Basche on the Red Carpet for Egg at Tribeca 2018



Wendy's Shabbat (2018) Tribeca 2018

The first film I saw for Tribeca 2018 is an absolute charmer. Almost certainly guaranteed to put a smile on your face, Wendy’s Shabbat is an absolute delight.

The film is about a group of Jewish seniors in Palm Desert, California who get together on Friday nights for a Shabbat meal at the local Wendy’s. (It’s the meal that starts the Sabbath). The group started accidentally when a couple casually mentioned to a friend that they were going to Wendy’s for Shabbat and asked if they wanted to go along. Since the group is traditional more than religious, they keep the traditions in order to keep the community, the group grew over time to the point where they now call to make reservations.

A joyous celebration of life and friendship and belonging, Wendy’s Shabbat delights. These are real people living life and hanging out with friends. These are senior citizens of the type that I am very familiar with, grand folks who are living life to the fullest and hanging out with friends. While nominally a religious gathering it really is about having a place and sense of community.

I smiled from ear to ear for the whole time.

I can’t recommend this film enough. Its one of the best films of any length at this years Tribeca

A must see at Tribeca or where ever you can manage to see it.

Tribeca Day 4- Friends and filmmakers

It was supposed to be a quick in and out day at the festival where I saw no one  but I ran into all sorts of friends, JB, Ariela, Hubert Matt, Mike Gingold, Liz Whittemore, Melissa Hanson, Oron (who made be laugh to the point I almost fell over) and a few others. Its talking to everyone that makes festival going so much damn fun.

I was introduced to one of my most favorite directors, Jon Kasbe and had to work hard not go completely fanboy on him. Hopefully soon I will get to talk to him about his wonderful WHEN LAMBS BECOME LIONS and all his other amazing films.

I was also introduced to Gabrielle Brady the director of ISLAND OF HUNGRY GHOSTS and Po Lin who is the subject of it. They both were a complete joy to speak to. Also after talking to Ms Brady I'm going to have a hard time writing a review that will match the words that flowed from my me in expressing my feeling for her film.

Thank you Susan Norget for the introductions to both directors.

After the movie today I snapped a couple of pictures on the Red Carpet for EGG. They'll be coming (As will the ones I took from the IN A RELATIONSHIP Red carpet yesterday)

Today's films were

SATAN AND ADAM- perhaps my favorite film of the festival. A super doc about the blues and a decades long friendship that changed two men.

7 STAGES TO ACHIEVE ETERNAL BLISS BY PASSING THROUGH THE GATEWAY CHOSEN BY THE HOLY STORSH - I hated this film. Not really funny comedy that tries way too hard. It would have been great if they had only played it straight

BETHANY HAMILTON UNSTOPPABLE- Great looking and sounding surfing bio needs to be seen big and loud. The sound and image make the film greater than it would be otherwise.

Reviews will be coming of all of the films.

Now to rest and write up everything from the last two days.

Tribeca ’18: Blue Night

You should not judge Vivienne Carala too harshly for ignoring her body’s warning signs. When you are a jazz vocalist, you have to strike while the iron is hot and you can never stop hustling. However, missing out on her daughter’s childhood is another matter entirely, but that is the price she paid for kind of-sort of making it. A tumor diagnosis will rudely prompt her to reconsider all the choices she made throughout the fateful day before she is admitted for an invasive battery of tests and treatment in Fabien Constant’s Blue Night, which screens during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.

Carala has been gigging at a high level for over two decades. She is preparing for the twenty-fifth anniversary of her first Birdland gig (presumably, she has one of those weekend spots), which is an accomplishment, but instead of fulfilling her ambition of playing the main auditorium of Carnegie Hall, she might have to settle for Zankel Hall (which is also really nice).

Those were all yesterday’s concerns. This morning’s diagnosis has put everything in doubt. Yet, she still goes through the motions at a rehearsal and in press interviews. She has many people in her life she should tell, but she has trouble communicating with them (rather ironically, considering she is a vocalist in the Susannah McCorkle mold, who specializes in dramatically interpreting lyrics, rather than dazzling audiences with her chops).

Frankly, Blue Night is a lot better than you might expect, because it really looks like New York and gets a lot of the jazz details right. There is a scene shot on location in Birdland and another looks a lot like the Cornelia Street Café bar. The way Carala interacts with her musicians also feels very real (except for the fact that she is sleeping with her drummer, which happens less frequently than you might suppose). It is therefore frustrating that Constant did not have more confidence in jazz to use it for the underlying soundtrack. Instead, we hear a great deal of discordant strings.

Regardless, you have to give Sarah Jessica Parker a great deal of credit. First of all, she is willing to look her (and Carala’s age), often under harsh light and unflattering circumstances. Make no mistake, there is nothing vain about this film. She also handles Carala’s vocals with surprising taste and sensitivity. In fact, she really nicely turns a Rufus Wainwright original and a cover of Ritchie Cordell’s “I Think We’re Alone Now” that plays over the closing credits.

When it comes to the drama, Parker develops some remarkably, ambiguously poignant chemistry with Common, playing her manager Ben. She also has some honest and effective scenes with Gus Birney and Simon Baker, as her daughter and ex-husband. However, the melodrama with her high-maintenance mother Jeanne (portrayed by the scenery-gorging Jacqueline Bisset) always feel forced and phony.

Sometimes Constant hits us over the head, as in Carala’s scenes with her mother and a chance encounter with a former friend and colleague, who essentially made the opposite choice, opting to raise her family instead of pursuing her career. Yet, somehow, he uses a lighter touch for the business with a Lyft driver who keeps crossing paths with Carala. By not forcing the issue, their final meeting packs a quiet wallop. It is just too bad there isn’t more music in the film Carala would actually like to hear. Recommended with all its imperfections, Blue Night screens again this Monday (4/23) and the following Sunday (4/29), as part of this year’s Tribeca.

This Is Climate Change (2018) Tribeca 2018

THIS IS CLIMATE CHANGE is a four part VR documentary showing the effects of climate change across the globe. It is an amazing experience. Three of the sections are playing at Tribeca, To of them are now available for download via via the WITHIN app, available on iPhone, Android and all major VR headsets. The other two episodes will be available on the app later in May.

FEAST ( Downloadable now) reveals a section of the Amazon jungle as it goes from pristine beauty to being a cattle farm. We watch the land disappear, the cattle come and go off to be slaughtered. We also see the wet forest becomes a dusty grassland.

FAMINE (Downloadable Now) places us in a refugee camp in Somalia as a drought blights the land and puts everyone's lives in danger. We watch as a small child is taken to a hospital and eventually dies from the diseases running rampant in the camps.

MELTING ICE (Downloadable in May- Not screening at Tribeca ) takes us to Greenland which now looks more like Brownland thanks to the receding glaciers leaving behind water and mud.

FIRE (Downloadable in May) has us tagging along with the men fighting wildfires in California, a state that is in perpetual fire season.

Awe inspiring imagery will leave you speechless. When I finished the four films I staggered into the hall way and stammered at Erica, the young woman who set it all up for me.

"Did you like it?" she asked

"I'm going to be emailing and texting everyone I know when I get out of here about it so yes" I replied before saying something that really didn't explain what I had just seen and felt.

To say that the films will make you think is an understatement. I spent the rest of the day pondering what I had just seen- and trying to get my breath from the work out I got watching it since things really are happening all around you so you have to keep spinning in your chair to catch it all. I don't think I did.

I do know that I was so into it that I tried to move the IV tubes for the sick young girl in Somalia to make it easier for her, until I realized that the things in my hands were the cables for my head set.

Visually the film overwhelms, be it the fly overs in Brazil, the crashing ice in Greenland or the fires in California this images will leave you breathless and speechless. When it was don I wanted to go again simply to experience some of them a second time.

While the .films are near perfect- they do have one flaw which is that there are sequences with text over the images. If you are not oriented in the right position you will miss the information the text imparts. It was something that happened several times as noise to my left  or right had me turning away from where text would appear. It is not fatal, but if you feel like you missed something it is possible you simply were looking in the wrong direction.

I loved this film a great deal. Seeing it was one of the highlights of this year's Tribeca film festival. If you can make the time and go see it. It will not only change the way you see the world, it's frequently just a damn cool experience.

(Sorry if that isn't perfect but it's somewhere past words)

For tickets and more information go here.


Smuggling Hendrix (2018) Tribeca 2018

SMUGGLING HENDRIX is a noble mess. Desperately trying to be a comedic drama, it tries t do way more than that with the result it never satisfies.

Yiannis' life has gone off his rails. His girlfriend has left him. His rent is months overdue and some scary guys want the money they loaned him. A bad decision to briefly unleash him results in his dog Jimi running away...and into the occupied portion of Cyprus. While he finds Jimi, getting him back to his side of the island proves to be a major problem.

Beautifully acted film has great characters, great photography and music but  very messy screenplay. Its a very messy plotted film  saddled with a deep need to make a point.

The problem with the plotting is two fold. First, even if allow that Yiannis has never crossed the border into occupied Cyprus, you have to believe that he knows absolutely nothing about crossing the border- which I would accept except he lives right at the border. His actions at other times make us aware he should know about many things he knows nothing about.

The other problem is the film allows the politics to get in the way of everything. Everything that happens makes reference to the politics of the situation. I mean everything-Yiannis constantly calls Hasan's house his house- despite being out of it for over four decades. We have the trio of Yiannis, Hasan and the Smuggler always moving together as if a visual representation of things. It grows tired real fast since everything happens has a "POINT!!!!!!!!!!!"

I tuned out. While I wanted to know if Jimi came back, I really didn't are about the rest.

No that is not true- I wanted to see a version of the story without the shit storm of the politics.

I am not a fan.

For more information on SMUGGLING HENDRIX at Tribeca go here.

Tribeca Day 3- COMING SOON: Reviews,Reports and Martin Freeman

Long day in the salt mine had me up from 5:30 AM and getting home at 12:30 AM, so I'm too beat to do anything approaching reviews or reports.

I saw three films today:

THE ISLAND OF HUNGRY GHOSTS is a docu-essay-narrative. It's it's own thing that will thrill you if it clicks with you. There is much to say about it.

UNITED SKATES is wonderful documentary about  the death of roller rinks and how that has effected the African American communities across the country. Its really good

Jon Kasbe's WHEN LAMBS BECOME LIONS is a visually stunning look at the people who are on other sides of ivory poaching. I have a lot to say so expect a long review of a film that I consider truly great. (I also hope to be posting the Q&A)

I went to the Dolby Studios Masterclass on Sound and Music in film and was blown away. What was random unplanned drop in was absolutely fantastic. A report is coming.

Lastly I spoke with Martin Freeman about CARGO and GHOST STORIES. It was a wonderful talk only marred by a connection so low I couldn't record it. I have a written report done in long hand- o to just retype it.

General Magic (2018) Tribeca 2018

Even if you effectively create the future it won't matter if the present can't handle it. Such was the case with General a company financed by Apple with the idea that people would want what we know as smartphones effectively 15 years before the technology could handle it. The story of the failure that changed the world is the subject of General Magic which is playing at the Tribeca Film Festival.

A nostalgic look back by the people who lived it the film goes from creator Mark Porat legendary red book which layed out exactly what should be done, and predates the modern cellphone by decades on through the set by Apple, the halcyon early days of development when the best and brightest worked on the project through Apple's turning on their bastard child for one of their own, the collapse and the world changing aftermath. Its kind of everything you'd want to know about the project and maybe a little less.

The audience I saw the film with was split by the film. Half the audience loved the great things come out of great failure story. They saw a lovely tale of hope for the future. The rest of us saw a very messy film that kind of works and kind of doesn't.

My problems with the film began from the start as tiny, even on the huge screening room screen, white letters on a lightly colored background told us to turn off our cellphones and then something witty -or at least I thought it might be- but I couldn't read it since the letter bled into the background. Its a problem that repeated itself over and over again through the film as letter to small to notice and too white to read appeared over light colors.

From there the film sped through events at pace mixing historical footage with modern interviews. Its interesting to a point except that the story is told in fits and starts with no real focus. Everyone is telling their version of what happened but details are left out. Additionally odd bits are left in such as the creation of Ebay which is an amusing tale but really doesn't belong here. I have the feeling that this was made by people who knew their subject but really didn't know how to organize it- or even give a sense of the passage of time. Whole sections of the story as the relationships with Apple need more details- certainly more than- Apple set up the company then stole the designs.

The film also suffers from a giant "gee whiz" factor that is damn annoying. Over and over again we are told the the project bombed badly but great things came of it. That would be all well and good but it effectively wipes out any reason to watch the film since we know from frame one how it's going to go. There is no real sense of loss, only the feeling of "we bombed but gosh darn it we picked ourselves up and went on". I would have liked to have had some sense of what it really felt like when it died.

Visually the film made me ill. Outside of the interviews the camera is in constant motion- the camera in the original footage is constantly moving from person to person while in the modern footage there is way too many shots of the ocean of landscapes from above over which the camera turns and pivots and makes one motion sick. After tens of thousands of films over the years this was the first to make me queezy by simply moving.

What a mess.

To be honest there is a great film in this story- but this isn't it.

The 716th (2018) Tribeca 2018

There will be a feature version of the 716th, there has to be partly because the short is so good that some studio is going to snap it up, but mostly because the cliffhanger of an ending is such that anyone who sees it is going to demand to know what happens next.

The plot of the film has ships doctor stealing an unarmed shuttle craft to rescue two soldiers left behind on a backwater planet before the last ship leaves. Complications arise of course.

Wickedly funny and beautifully acted, The 716th is an absolute blast. I would have no trouble saying that it is one of the very best of the 50 or so films I saw pre-Tribeca. This is a rip roaring smart ass action adventure that riffs on smart ass space action adventures but smartly doesn’t steal any thunder it simply muscles its way up to the bar and buys a round a round of drinks. The result is a film that makes the audience go from wary glances to best bud bear hugs in the course of 14 minutes.

Credit writer director and star Andrew Bowen who has written himself a megastar making role (assuming the feature gets made) while putting himself into the mix to write and direct a Hollywood blockbuster.

This is the sort of film I really love, one that is not only wonderful on it’s own terms but also one that puts a great filmmaker on my radar. I want to see more films from Bowen.

The 716th is highly recommended. It can be found in the Tribeca shorts block INTO THE VOID. For more information and more importantly for tickets go here

Friday, April 20, 2018

Jellyfish (2018) Tribeca 2018

15 year old Sarah is the adult in the house. Her mother is so depressed she can't get of bed. She has to shepherd her younger brother and sister to school and life. She is the sole breadwinner for the family. On top of that she is bullied and her performing arts class is requiring a stand up comedy.

A dark drama is a tough look at life. Sarah is truly put upon but we completely understand each and every choice she makes to try and keep the wolves at bay. Our hearts bleed for her because there doesn't appear to be any hope. It is almost painfully watchable.

Making the film bearable is the performance of  Liv Hill as Sarah. It is a stunning star making turn where we can see all of the pain in life bubbling behind her eyes even if we can't see it in her expression. It is a performance that should not only get Hill noticed but a boat load of awards.

Assuming you can score tickets to the remaining screenings, JELLYFISH is recommended.

For tickets and more information go here.

In a Relationship (2018) Tribeca 2018

This is the story of two couples - Owen and Hallie who may or may not be on the road to break up, and Matt and Willa who are falling in love and having an unexpected romance.

Light as a feather romantic drama  is so light that in the time between I saw the film and sitting down to write about it it completely evaporated. It's not that I wasn't entertained, but more there isn't anything really special here. As someone who sees more than the legally allowable number of inde films each year this plays very similar to any number of other ones. We've been here before, though maybe not dressed up in the garb of the current millennial clothing.

Part of the reason I'm not particularly high on the film is that of the two couples the lead couple of Owen and Hallie are the least interesting. While they are positioned as the "main" story the more interesting couple is Matt and Willa who get less screen time. Matt is a nerdy kind of guy who is sweet and enthusiastic while Willa, Hallie's cousin, is supposed to be a man-eater and above it all. They are a pairing that isn't supposed to work but somehow surprisingly they do.  For me the best stuff was in their story because it wasn't the typical romance story because they aren't the typical romantic leads. Had the film focused on Matt ans Willa this film would have been something to rite home about.

Great looking and wonderfully acted  by everyone IN A RELATIONSHIP is worth a look but it isn't anything you need rush out to see.

For more information and tickets to the Tribeca screenings go here.

Driver Ed (2018) Tribeca 2018

Limited web series screening at Tribeca concerns a  man who needs to get his driver's license fast in order to impress his on line girlfriend who thinks he's a professional race car drive. Then things happen...

Amusing story is kind of hurt by being broken into three minute bits. The starting and stopping of the pieces hurts the flow of the story which would be much funnier running straight through as either a short or feature

While I was only given the first three parts to screen I found it amusing enough that I really want to see where this goes. Considering that more often than not I'm done after a first episode of a series (which is why I tend not to review web series) saying I want to see the rest is an absolute rave.

For more information on the series go here.(Both screenings are completely sold out)