Since 2000, the festival has grown considerably, yet still remains one of the friendliest to independent filmmakers and their audiences.
James Mangold and the screenwriters have delivered up a decidedly hard R adventure.
Not just a classic Robin Hood-type fable, but an ode to the fading American way of life.
From the tremendously played cast, to the quippy, well-penned script, Fuqua’s vision really fires on all cylinders.
Bank robberies, cops on the trail, open carry – all sounds like the formula for an action film, but Hell or High Water gets more mileage out of dialogue, strong character and anticipation of violence.
The creators of each show, David Schickler & Jonathan Tropper (Banshee) and Jonathan Logan (Penny Dreadful), made a thoughtful decision to end their shows where they felt they should be.
The film goes just far enough with its take on a woman-with-a-gun storyline, any further and you dip into “Bad Girls” territory and the strong female leads become too jokey.
The characters tend to go into story a lot, as opposed to being in more in-the-moment conversations, but something drew me in to where the final-hour finale packed a big punch.
By now everyone knows who Robert Downey, Jr. is. But how many of you out there are familiar with his father, Robert Downey, Sr, a virtual powerhouse of audacity with sparks of brilliance demonstrated in so many of his off-the-wall films of the ’60s and ’70s?
Ray Schillaci recaps more of the best of the fest from The 2015 Phoenix Film Festival, including “Slow West”, “Exeter” and “White God”.
The title says it all.
Spoiler Alert: “Captain America” is awesome and “Cowboys & Aliens” isn’t.
From the dawn of silent films, humans have had to navigate the treacherous social waters of yet another group entertainment decision
Joel and Ethan Coen have directed better films than this version of “True Grit”, but not many directors have directed films even this good.