JUDY & PUNCH – Review by Liz Whittemore

The synthesized version of period music played over the opening scene sets the tone for a film that is dark and twisted in ways you will never see coming. Utilizing the theatrical hysteria and absurdity of the time period, the script dives deeper into fear and mythology and superbly plays with the superstitions about life and death.

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Alexandra Serio Talks TINGLE MONSTERS and ASMR Horror – Liz Whittemore interviews

Tingle Monsters is a short film that tackles online abuse in a new and frightening way through the gaze of horror and Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (aka ASMR), the popular YouTube phenomenon. An ASMR artist uses whispers into sensitive microphones or make intense noises by tapping on the microphone to cause a sensation often referred to as ‘tingles,’ a sort of euphoria. Alexandra Serio’ terrifying tale pulls from personal experience that reveal the gross culture of individuals hiding behind a keyboard.

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SOUTH MOUNTAIN – Review by Liz Whittemore

South Mountain is about intimacy and human connection. The need to feel, something, anything, is uncontrollable. The audience experiences volatility through the screen.  A line in the script pinpoints the overall feeling: “Where there is love, there’s a potential for violence.” The viewer is waiting for the pot to boil over at any moment.

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THE PUSHBACK (SXSW2020) – Review by Liz Whittemore

“Politics as usual” no longer exists. The Pushback shines a light on the darkness of immigration reform failures. It shows us how small selfless acts can lead to huge changes. It explains why 2020’s election will be the single most important election of our history. This inspiring documentary is not just about Texas. It’s about humanity. We need it right now for inspiration to keep fighting.

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BLOW THE MAN DOWN – Review by Liz Whittemore

While grieving for the loss of their mother, the Connolly Sisters suddenly find they have a crime to cover up, leading them deep into the underbelly of their salty Maine fishing village. Blow The Man Down is filled with surprises and its very own version of a Greek chorus in Maine fisherman form.

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THE SHED – Preview by Liz Whittemore

As an orphan living with his abusive grandfather (Timothy Bottoms) and always under the watchful eye of the local sheriff, life sucks for Stan (Jay Jay Warren). But he’s got it better than his best friend Dommer (Cody Kostro) whom he regularly defends from the school bullies. Additionally, their best friend Roxy (newcomer Sofia Happonen, Stan’s schoolboy crush, has fallen in with the cool crowd, who constantly harass Stan and Dommer.

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MARY – Review by Liz Whittemore

Mary brings sea-faring scares but might be a sinking ship. Genuinely frightening visual moments and a fantastically effective score by The Newton Brothers add to the atmosphere of terror. What I was missing is the clarification between the siren legend and missing children specifically. Sirens tend to temp sailors to their death, while adding in an entirely separate curse aspect into the story feels a bit muddled.

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