Steve's Review of the Short Film "Fear"
"Fear" by Steve Kahn is a psychological horror short film. At just 14 minutes the movie takes you into the mind of a woman as she experiences fear.
At the start of the movie we are not sure what is going on. We are watching the woman played by Jessie Rabideau get ready for a bath. Then does she hear something? Is there somebody there? Is her “love” home? Is it just the dog? Or is there something evil out to get her? These are the questions we ask ourselves while watching the movie.
The movie is skillfully made keeping us in the dark and in suspense. It uses familiar clichés from horror movies to keep you off balance. There are elements of home invasion movies, paranormal movies, and some Hitchcockian vibes too. At some point you begin to think this is just becoming a spoof of horror movies but you are never sure. At the end we are left wondering if it is all in her head.
I will admit I had to watch the movie a couple of times to get some of the details and I feel after each time I watch it I see something new. The visuals and sound really get you in to head. Jessie Rabideau does a great job a portraying the fear with her eyes and expressions. The dialogue did feel a little off. At one point she is yelling at the phone for some unexplained reason. When she starts yelling for her “love” and “baby” it borders on the silly side.
Overall I am still trying to figure out the ending and certain parts didn't make sense to me. I love the eeriness of the movie and the psychological downward spiral that the woman enters. But at the end I do like my movies with a bit more plot.
I hope this movie gets played at some more film festivals and more people can see it. I think it will cause some interesting discussions and that out of everything is an important part of movie watching.
Steve's Review of "Birdman"
We got a chance to get to see an early screening of Birdman. It is one of the most talked about movies of the year so far and I was very excited to get to see it. And it delivered everything that was promised.
Steve's Review of "Gone Girl"
David Fincher is one of my favorite Directors and every one of his movies is an event. Even though it took me a while to see it I finally got around to seeing Gone Girl in the theatre. At 2 and half hours I thought it might be a long movie but it keeps you enthralled and the twists and turns keep you guessing. It doesn’t have that dark moody feel that Seven and Fight Club had but it is a dark psychological thriller.
Steve's Review of "Fury"
I wasn't sure what I was getting into when I went to see Fury. I knew it was a war movie and it was going to be violent but other than that I haven't read much about it. It felt good going into a movie knowing very little and being surprised by it.
The closing night film at the Mikwaukee Film Festival was The Surface. It was a fitting movie because it was filmed entiry in and around Milwaukee. It employed a lot of the local film community as part of the crew. Not to mention that screenwriter Jeff Gendelman is from Milwaukee. So, what better place to have the world premiere then right here at the Milwaukee Film Festival.
A film fan from an early age, Chris is a true cinephile. Starting with his first big screen experience, Star Wars to the current indie films, it's obvious he is obsessed with film. Chris has been writing about film and television since the early days of the internet. Chris is also a member of OFTA, the Online Film and Television Critic's Association.
A lover of all movies. Steve will watch anything from classic silent films to modern horror films. Obsessed with the Oscars and Film festivals. Steve prides himself on watching every movie on the AFI 100 Greatest Movies and every Oscar winner.