Category: nextfest

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Next Fest 2017: L.A. Times, by David Bax

Michelle Morgan’s L.A. Times is an attempt to update the ‘hyper-verbose, aimless young people’ blueprint of 90s fare like Reality Bites to the current day. From the opening scene, in which jaded but overly confident lifestylers at a bourgeois cocktail bar casually assert...

Nextfest 2016: The Greasy Strangler, by David Bax 0

Nextfest 2016: The Greasy Strangler, by David Bax

  There’s a strain of comedy that we’ll call so-dumb-it’s-smart (think Paul Rudd protesting cleaning up his mess in Wet Hot American Summer) that came out of the 90s and early 2000s alt-comedy scene. Jim Hosking’s The Greasy Strangler is a hollow echo...

Nextfest 2016: Under the Shadow, by David Bax 0

Nextfest 2016: Under the Shadow, by David Bax

Babak Anvari’s politically and socially minded Iran-set horror film, Under the Shadow, begins atypically for its genre, with lengthy text detailing the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war and the repeated missile strikes the two countries delivered upon one another’s citizens. Set sometime during that...

Nextfest 2016: Morris from America, by David Bax 0

Nextfest 2016: Morris from America, by David Bax

Chad Hartigan’s Morris from America, being the story of a young African-American teen (Markees Christmas as Morris) living in Heidelberg, Germany with his widower father (Craig Robinson), is certainly novel in its premise. But after that novelty wears off, what remains...

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Nextfest Review: Entertainment, by David Bax

Rick Alverson’s challenging, stirring, at times forcefully unpleasant but vital new film Entertainment starts with perhaps its most beautiful sequence, one that is surprisingly hopeful given the fact that it takes place in a kind of cemetery. The film’s protagonist,...