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Review: Mad God

— by WILLIAM STERR — If you enjoyed them, and so many other marvels, both stop action and CGI, you can thank Phil Tipett. This versatile behind-the-scenes guy was inspired by the great Ray Harryhausen (“Earth vs The Flying Saucers,” “Five Million Miles to Earth,” “Clash of [...]

Review: We Are As Gods

— by WILLIAM STERR — This is the story of fascinating octogenarian Stewart Brand. Brand, among other things, was the creator and editor of “The Whole Earth Catalog.” But that isn’t even the beginning. The documentary’s writer/directors, Jason Sussberg (“The Immortalists”), an[...]

Review: The Long Rider

— by WILLIAM STERR — Aspirational dreams. We all have them. Some of us actually achieve them; many of us do not. “The Long Rider” is the story of a young man, born in Brazil but raised in Canada, whose dream was to ride a horse from Canada, down through North, Central, and into South[...]

Review: Offseason

— by WILLIAM STERR — A woman, obviously in distress and emotionally fragile, speaks to us. She tells us of her fears, her nightmares, and how she has sought freedom from them. She was told of a place where she could be free, but it was false. Wherever she went, her fears followed. So, sh[...]

Review: The Prey: Legend of Karnoctus

— by WILLIAM STERR — You look at the poster for this film and, at least on the one I saw, Danny Trejo (“Machete”) is top billed. Other posters display him prominently. Pretty good work if you can get it, because Danny only appears early for three minutes and 49 seconds (9:25 – 12:1[...]

Review: The Righteous

— by WILLIAM STERR — It’s winter, but there is no snow. A middle-aged couple sits alone in a pew as a priest officiates at a funeral for their young daughter. They stand with a few mourners at the graveside; together they clutch a white rose. Things are not as they seem. While his wife[...]

Review: Castro’s Spies

— by WILLIAM STERR — In 1898, the United States fought a war against Spain. At the conclusion of that war, the US seized the Philippines, Puerto Rico and smaller Pacific islands that had been part of the Spanish Empire. Cuba was not seized but remained occupied until 1902. From then unti[...]

Review: A.K. Tolstoy’s A Taste of Blood

— by WILLIAM STERR — What if your father, with the aim of protecting you, went out one night, and came back the next night as a monster – the very thing he tried to protect you from? A. K. Tolstoy, older second cousin to the more famous Leo Tolstoy, was a literary giant of […][...]

Review: MAU

— by WILLIAM STERR — “Think about the number of times you can close your eyes and open them in a space where you only see the natural world; and you realize that it’s almost never; it’s almost zero. That what you’re experiencing, your life is a designed life. And the beauty of th[...]

Review: The Ants and the Grasshopper

— by WILLIAM STERR — “The Ants and the Grasshopper” is a documentary that will appear at the “EarthX Film Festival in mid-May in Dallas, Texas. The festival’s mission is to “bring awareness of the environmental crisis in order to create sincere action on both an individual and [...]

Review: A Thousand Little Cuts

— by WILLIAM STERR — This is a disturbing movie. A movie that is difficult to watch. It is also a movie that deals with a very difficult subject – one that we as a society need to be reminded of again and again and again. The film opens with a woman jogging. She jogs […][...]

Review: Black Box

— by WILLIAM STERR — You are on European Airlines Flight 24, from Dubai to Paris, just flying into French airspace. It’s 7:24 a.m. and breakfast is being served in all classes. You ask for coffee. Then any flyer’s nightmare begins. The plane begins to descend, rapidly. This is what y[...]

Review: Prince Philip: The Man Behind the Throne

— by WILLIAM STERR — “Prince Philip: The Man Behind the Throne” is a loving, tender, indulgent biography of the late Prince Philip, consort to Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, to whom he was married for 73 years. The film begins with a description of Philip’s childhood. He was [...]

Review: Death on the Nile

— by WILLIAM STERR — Imagine you are young, of good family, vibrant, intelligent and in love. Desperately in love with a wonderful man for whom you would do anything. This is at the heart of Agatha Christie’s 1937 classic “Death on the Nile.” The late (she died in 1976, two years b[...]