Summer of ’84 Movie Review from @kleffnotes

Set in Ipswich, Oregon in 1984, Summer of ’84 is full of eerie feelings and worried thoughts. Davey Armstrong is a 15 year old who thinks that a killer could be lurking anywhere in his suburban neighborhood. His conspiracy theories begin to come to head when he starts to suspect his own neighbor is a serial killer. Reminiscent of 1980’s classics like The Goonies, but with a Rear Window style edge, Summer of ’84 is a new movie that perfectly hits that nostalgic urge. Continue reading “Summer of ’84 Movie Review from @kleffnotes”

Little Odessa Movie Review from @kleffnotes

The streaming service MUBI is the perfect place for film lovers. This curated movie site shares both old and new features within a variety of categories. As part of their January and February collections they have presented a Sundance Takeover, which began in late January. Two of the features that I had already seen and recommend are But I’m a Cheerleader and Winter’s Bone, which are both still available on the site. I wanted to highlight a movie that I had never seen before and chose to check out Little Odessa, which dropped on February 3rd. Continue reading “Little Odessa Movie Review from @kleffnotes”

The Bi Line: New Year, New You and Terrible Tropes from @kleffnotes

Normally I don’t really write articles that delve into what I disliked about a piece of pop culture, but after watching New Year, New You on Hulu I just kept fixating on how much this movie frustrated me. This movie came out as part of the Into the Dark series and acted as their January holiday themed feature. Based on the trailer I was really looking forward to checking this new addition out, especially since I really enjoyed the other movies they’d released. When I started the movie I was enjoying it and relishing in the fact that this was an all female horror movie cast, until the first death happened and I started fuming. Continue reading “The Bi Line: New Year, New You and Terrible Tropes from @kleffnotes”

Fangirl Freakouts: Lez Bomb from @kleffnotes

I am a bit late to the party with Lez Bomb, but this holiday film took a bit of planning for me to watch. There are so few queer movies that also fit within a holiday theme and Lez Bomb is a Thanksgiving focused story that shows us one woman’s attempt to come out to family that just doesn’t seem to be listening. I share my thoughts on this movie in this week’s Fangirl Freakouts. Continue reading “Fangirl Freakouts: Lez Bomb from @kleffnotes”

Mail Order Monster Movie Review from @kleffnotes

Mail Order Monster is a family film that examines love and loss with a focus on a young girl named Sam. After a series of events Sam finds herself being bullied at school and with no one that she truly feels she can call a friend. On top of that her dad is trying to move to the next level with his girlfriend, which is forcing Sam to think about life with a step-mom. With all of this going on Sam finds herself looking for friendship within a comic book ad for a Mail Order Monster, who she thinks might be able to fix everything. Continue reading “Mail Order Monster Movie Review from @kleffnotes”

Werewolf Movie Review from @kleffnotes

Werewolf is not a horror movie, though the title might initially lead you to believe that, but rather a film about the horrors of addiction. The plot follows Blaise and Nessa, who are methadone users who have become outcasts in their small town. Their addiction pulls the two of them together and while Nessa wants to try and get away from this life their addictive personalities keep them trapped in a vicious cycle. Continue reading “Werewolf Movie Review from @kleffnotes”

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow Short Film Review from @kleffnotes

The short film Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, written and directed by Emerson Gullifer, uses the character of Lizzie as a way to examine the world of theater and how difficult it is for women to advance in the way that men can. The film focuses on a production of Macbeth, in which Lizzie has been cast as Lady Macduff. As rehearsals begin the director insists upon creating a viscerally charged version of the play, which begins to push Lizzie to her breaking point. Continue reading “Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow Short Film Review from @kleffnotes”

Choke Movie Review from @kleffnotes

The short film Choke debuted this weekend at Outfest as part of the “Emerging Voices” short program. In her film, Rolla Selbak examines immigration and identity through her focus on small town refugee, who has become a rising MMA star. As the big fight grows closer Sara finds herself being asked to share more in interviews, but she is still trying to hold tight to a number of secrets including her immigrant status and her identity as a lesbian. Continue reading “Choke Movie Review from @kleffnotes”

My Erotic Body Movie Review from @kleffnotes

Michele Beck has created a documentary that allows viewers to delve into the world of pole dancing. While this topic might seem sensational Beck’s work looks at how taking pole dancing classes has impacted the lives of a diverse group of women. Each of the people she showcases have lives outside of the classroom that might surprise those who come into watching My Erotic Body with preconceived notions about those who derive satisfaction from these classes. Continue reading “My Erotic Body Movie Review from @kleffnotes”