Octavio Paz has said: 'an imprisoned man has only to close his eyes to be able to blow up the world.' I would add, in paraphrase: it would suffice for the white pupil of the cinema screen to reflect the light which is proper to it, to blow up the universe. the cinema is capable of putting him into a state of ecstasy more effectively than any other mode of human expression. but more effectively than any other, it is capable of brutalising him. --Luis Bunuel

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New York Series: The Skeleton Twins (2014)

It's here! The first episode of the New York Series is a series of videos I shot in New York that I will be releasing in the month of October! But obviously with The Skeleton Twins already out, it can't hurt to release this spanking new video a bit early can it?! I had the help of my friend Jenn to review the film with me. We saw it at IFC where Director Craig Johnson, Kristen Wiig, and Bill Hader joined us for a Q&A after. And to be frank with you, the entirety of the Q&A was better than the film with Wiig and Hader recounting their deliriously stacked day from waking at the crack of dawn to attending The Today Show to barely eating to arriving at IFC! 

It was an incredible feeling just being all the way in New York and experiencing what I would've normally be experiencing in LA but with a New York crowd! Definitely each side of the coast is eternally lucky to have such a vibrant and rich film scene! And I could not be more grateful about it. 

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More New York Series episodes will premiere every Monday in October! Watch out for it!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Love It / Hate It: The Spectacular Now (2013)

Love It / Hate It is a new segment I'm doing on every Wednesday in the month of Sept where Kristen Sales of Sales on Film and I discuss films we hate or love! 

This week Sales on Film and I discuss James Ponsoldt's The Spectacular Now starring Miles Teller & Shailene Woodley in this coming-of-age story about a hard-partying high school boy name Sutter who starts challenging his life perspective after meeting "nice girl" Amy. 

Once again, I can understand Sales' take on why she disliked the film and initially, I felt the same way but as I reflected more on the characters and the authenticity of the story, I began to appreciate and understand to love this story that isn't actually a love story but more of a coming-of-age story of a troubled and confused kid. If you haven't seen it, please watch and let us know if you loved it or hated it!


Next Episode: Upstream Color (2013)

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Jason Reitman's 'Men, Women, & Children' Poster & Trailer

Jason Reitman's new film, Men, Women, & Children just snuck up on all of us and it seems like it's going to be a thrilling ride. Based on the novel of the same name by Chad Kultgen, the story follows a group of high school teenagers and their parents, as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their form of relationships, communication, and lifestyle. The film has a great cast starring Ansel Elgort, Adam Sandler, Judy Greer, Jennifer Garner, Dennis Haysbert, and Rosemarie DeWitt to say the least! The trailer comes off like a mood piece, spotlighting on various characters and their different experiences with technology. The story seems to be delving in the serious aspects and effects of the internet like video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame-hunting, and just the prolific illicit materials on the internet(s). 

TIFF is going on right now and many of you have already heard from other critics their opinions but it'll be interesting how each person consumes this powerful story of our digital times. Every person has their own experience with the internet and how it has affected them for the better or worse. This kind of special millennial experience is a subject that I've seen incorporated in films nowadays with text bubbles popping up here and there but this has to be the first where it discusses and dissects the effects it has on us as a society. I can't wait to see! And with such a stacked cast, I'm sure Oscar Buzz is not too far away. Men, Women, & Children comes out October 17!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Love It / Hate It: Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners (2013)

Love It / Hate It is a new segment I'm doing on every Wednesday in the month of Sept where Kristen Sales of Sales on Film and I discuss films we hate or love! And this week is Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, Maria Bello, Paul Dano, and Melissa Leo. 

(such strong words... maybe just disliked!)

Next Episode: The Spectacular Now (2013)

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Trailer Reactions: The Overnighters (2014)

The trailer for the most anticipated and buzzed about documentary at Sundance is finally here. Jesse Moss's The Overnighters is a unrelentingly important film that speaks volumes about the devastating unemployment struggle in America right now. Not only does it tell a story about what it means to be an American in this day and age but the story also focuses on a local pastor who risks everything to help them. 

I have been pining to watch this film and luckily, I was able to at LA Film Fest this past year and it was one of my favorite films of the fest. I did a mini review of it in my Top 5 Films of the Fest (down below) so check that out before I do a full length review soon. But before that, watch my trailer reaction and bring out those tissue boxes cause my reaction is an emotional one!

The Overnighters is one of the most important films about America to come out in the last decade! If this trailer doesn't convince you to watch the film, I don't know what else will. Mark your calendars folks and witness all the praise on October 10th!

Here my short and sweet review of The Overnighters! 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Thank you everyone for helping me reach 1000 subscribers and tuning into my channel! I'm trying to change my channel a little bit so I can showcase more segments and have more content! Let me know what I can do to improve on and what not! A few of my announcements are:

1. Badass Femmes on Crome Yellow (Every other Friday)
2. Love It / Hate It (Every wed in Sept at 11:00AM)
3. New York Series! (October)


Film Review: Starred Up (2013)

I saw Starred Up at LA Film Fest this past year and I absolutely fell in love with this gritty father and son prison drama. It is finally coming to theaters in New York and VOD this week! If there are any films that you should see this month, it is this film. A troubled and explosive violent teenager Eric (Jack O'Connell) is transferred to an adult prison where he finally gets to meet his match--his father (Ben Mendelsohn). Rupert Friend also stars in this as Eric's counselor who is battling his own demons. 

I thought that after seeing The Prophet (2009) that I saw the ultimate realistic portrait of the inter-workings of prison life but Starred Up is another unrelentingly riveting piece about prison culture and male behavior. Remember Jack O'Connell's name cause he's soon to be blowing up everywhere starting with Angelina Jolie' Unbroken (2014) about the life of Louis Zamperini. If you haven't seen the trailer, please do! It's probably going to be the film that puts O'Connell on the Hollywood map! We do need a more well-deserving and uber talented leading man other than the likes of Sam Worthington or Shia LaBeouf (sorry). Let me know what you think of Starred Up. And if you did watch it, what your favorite parts were!

See my LA Film Fest review of Starred up starring from 5:50

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

'Death Race 2000' Stills

(1975, Paul Bartel)

Grade: B

Monday, August 25, 2014

BADASS FEMMES: Tina Belcher from 'Bob's Burgers'

Badass Femmes is a bi-weekly column that I write on Crome Yellow about all the Badass Females in pop culture that has shaped my life.

This week I talk about the incomparable Tina Belcher from Bob's Burger and her effortless DGAF style that has everyone alike swooning and chuckling. Tina has got to be one of the most talked about and adored character in recent animation history. This little 13-year-old has changed my life for the better and hopefully many other young females and males. Read more here...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Gregg Araki's 'White Bird in a Blizzard' Poster & Trailer

As a long time Gregg Araki fan, I can tell you that I am overly excited for White Bird in a Blizzard to arrive. Although, Shailene Woodley is like the new Jennifer Lawrence and have inundated the Independent and mainstream film scene to the point of nausea, but I am interested in seeing her range as a troublesome teenager who, like the trailer, shows her indulging in some sexual activities amongst other things. This is quite an explosive trailer that exposes many hidden secrets within Kat's (Shailene Woodley) family when her mother Eve (Eva Green), suddenly disappears one day. Araki hasn't come out with a film since 2010 with Kaboom so I am elated to finally see another film by him. I'm also hoping they release another poster because the one above makes it seem like a sappy Nicholas Sparks romance film. Come on, you can do better than that. 

Araki is no ordinary Independent filmmaker that just dabbles in teenage coming-of-age stories but one who actively pushes the boundaries of conventional story-lines and characters to highlight the dark aspects of youth. Without a doubt, his masterpiece film Mysterious Skin starring Joseph Gordon Levitt is one of my favorite films of all time that is one of the most important and haunting LGBT film I have ever seen. JGL is mesmerizing in the film that'll leave you taunted and spellbound. And I am sure White Bird in a Blizzard comes will have the same effect! Gabourey Sidibe is also in it so it has to be good! Be sure to mark your calendar, the film comes out on VOD September 25 and in theaters October 24!