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Michigan Short Film Round-Up (May 2019 Edition)

By |05/24/2019|

Short films just as feature films invoke emotions. Sadly there isn't much of a market for short films since there are so many of them, and people prefer to not [...]

Monsterpalooza 2019: Douglas Schulze’s Mimesis: Nosferatu

By |04/05/2019|

In 1992, a decade before Michigan took a great interest in film with tax credits and film incentives, and the growing accessibility of digital film technology that makes it even [...]

1st Annual Defacto Film Awards: Robert Butler’s Picks

By |02/22/2019|

To celebrate the Oscars, I am pleased to announce the Best of 2018 nominees and winners in fourteen categories. I selected the top five picks in the following categories: Best Picture, [...]

Road to the Oscars: Alfonso Cuarón Retrospective

By |02/21/2019|

Alfonso Cuarón is a pure filmmaking genius. He's directed a total of 8 very impressive feature films. I've seen every single one, and everyone is impressive in their own right. [...]

2019 Oscar Nomination Predictions

By |01/20/2019|

The Golden Globes, the Critics' Choice Awards have came and gone, and the British Academy Awards made their favorites known. The road to the Oscars narrows it's journey on early [...]

Bye Bye Man

By |01/24/2017|

The Bye Bye Man (2017, USA, d. Stacy Title, 96 minutes) by Noah Damron It wouldn’t be January without a C-level horror film and this year is [...]

Live By Night

By |01/24/2017|

Live By Night (2016, USA, d. Ben Affleck, 128 minutes) by Noah Damron As the poster child for career comebacks, Ben Affleck has proved himself to one [...]

The Olives of Wrath

By |03/08/2016|

by Barry Germansky   Just as The Leopard (1963) can be seen as Italy's answer to Gone with the Wind (1939), Rocco and His Brothers (1960) can be seen as [...]

Out of Which Past?

By |03/08/2016|

by Barry Germansky   Richard Kelly's Donnie Darko (2001) proves there is no such thing as genre outside the enterprise of convenient label-making. Due to the malleability of language, any [...]

Invasion of the Adulthood Snatchers

By |03/08/2016|

by Barry Germansky   The adult world is polymorphously corrupt and lacks the imagination to recognize that "The Way Things Are" is merely a byproduct of a deteriorating sense of [...]