Just another lonely weeknight doing laundry in the creepy basement of an apartment building-what could possibly go wrong? With a nod to that benchmark of urban horror, “Candyman” (1992), “Laundry Night” has great fun in building up suspense and delivers on some chills in a very short runtime.
The cinematography is perfect in depicting an old, atmospherically dingy and slowly decaying basement laundry room where the lead, Nicole Weiss talks to a friend on her phone while engaging in the title domestic chore. She mentions that she has taken a self-defense class and is carrying a knife which is a nice foreshadowing of the showdown to come. Ancient and unreliable circuit breakers play a key role in the elusiveness of the stalker who lurks in the labyrinthine halls surrounding the laundry room. Continue reading Greenpoint Film Festival Review: Laundry Night
“Ace” (2020) is a wonderfully dark and atmospheric little tale perfectly animated in muted colours and stylized figure drawing. The setting is the “Eternity Circus” and various circus performers are costumed as playing cards. The Master of Ceremonies is brilliantly foreboding as he sets them in competition with each other to achieve a series of tasks. Continue reading Greenpoint Film Festival Review: Ace
Microplastic is a term that refers to a type of degraded plastic pollution that can be inadvertently ingested by animals and humans. The implications of this is the stuff of nightmares and yet “Microplastic Madness” (2020) is an upbeat and even inspiring documentary about a group of fifth graders taking on the horrors of waste contamination. Their energy is engaging, their commitment is sincere and quite simply, they’re adorable so it’s fun to join them on their exploration of the environment. Continue reading Greenpoint Film Festival Review: Microplastic Madness
To create a feature length film primarily within one location, and one character can seem like an extreme task, but Yung-Jen Yan effectively did so in his thriller ‘Locked Alone.’ The narrative follows a young woman (Claire Hsu) moving into a Manhattan apartment. A seemingly nice location, affordable apartment and the world at her feet. However, she soon finds out that it is far from the American Dream-like life she was hoping for, as an unwelcomed presence locks her in the apartment, isolated and with minimal resources. Continue reading Greenpoint Film Festival Review: Locked Away
Jennie (Finnerty Steeves) is a character actor in New York, looking back on her marriage after its demise. You see moments of Jennie and her husband David (Jeremy Davidson) throughout their marriage, all the good, bad, and ugly bits. You see them at their wedding reception. You see them in love and planning their future. You see them at the beginnings of the fracture of their marriage. And you see them as the inevitable occurs. Continue reading Greenpoint Film Festival Review: “Before/During/After”
You know Chuck Berry. Even if you haven’t consciously sought out and listened to his records, you’ve heard him in films (eg Johnny B. Goode in “Back To The Future” and You Never Can Tell in “Pulp Fiction”), and heard the musicians he’s influenced (basically any guitarist post-1960). To be blunt, Chuck Berry is not only a legend: he may be the most influential musician to ever live, and new documentary “Chuck Berry” goes forth with that 100% in mind, to both its benefit and detriment. Continue reading Greenpoint Film Festival Review: Chuck Berry