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Pig at Phoenix Film Festival

Phoenix Film Festival wrap-up: The good, the bad, the surprising

The Phoenix Film Festival has become my favorite way to spend three or four days away from home. That even beats out Disneyland, which I went to for the first time this year. This year’s Phoenix Film Festival did it again with a ton of great movies, parties and seminars. There wasn’t enough time for me to take it all in so I dedicated most of my time to watching movies and eating Harkins concessions. This year I saw 16 feature films and a few shorts.  I’m going to rank them from my most favorite to my least favorite; I’ll give you a short synopsis of the film and then tell you what I did or didn’t like about the film. Continue reading

Phoenix Film Fest 2012

International Horror & Sci-Fi joins Phoenix Film Festival

It’s back for 2012! The Phoenix Film Festival is back and it’s promising to be better than years past! Not only do you get the Phoenix Film Festival, but you also get the International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival. Housed at the always spiffy Harkins Scottsdale 101, you can see a full week of films starting with the opening gala on Thursday, March 29th and finishing up on Thursday, April 5th. Continue reading

The Big Something

Arizona indie ‘The Big Something’ a big hit

Lewis is a down on his luck, vinyl aficionado. He’s broke, lives out of the record store he works in, and now he’s the prime suspect in the murder of his boss and friend, Marcus. Poor guy can’t catch a break. Luckily, the prime suspect label doesn’t last long.

One morning Lewis comes home to the record store to find his boss dead with a bullet shot to the head. Two of Arizona’s dumbest cops quickly apprehend Lewis and hand him off to the most casually dressed detective you’ll ever see. After a brief chat about Travis Tritt, the detective declares Lewis innocent and the death of the record store owner to be an obvious suicide. Case closed. Lewis knows better though.  Continue reading

The Big Something

The Big Something utilizes unique AZ locations

Travis Mills is a young, up-and-coming director and writer from Phoenix, Arizona. He’s the cofounder of both Running Wild Films and GUERRILLASTAR PRODUCTIONS, both based out of the Phoenix area, although GUERRILASTAR has roots in New York as well.

I first came across the work of Mills at the 2010 Arizona Underground Film Festival, which contained two projects Mills had worked on: Bloody Basin in which he was producer and script supervisor, and The Ruffians, his debut into both the worlds of directing and writing. Continue reading

Top 10 movies of 2010

Top 10 movies of 2010

It’s that time of year again! Time for every film blogger on the internet to put out a top 10 list. We’ve whipped up a list of our own with some of our favorite movies of 2010 from comedy to drama, indie to big budget Hollywood productions. Some of these are Oscar-caliber and some are… well, some are definitely not, but we still loved ‘em and they’re all worth checking out. So here it is, Trashwire.com’s top 10 of 2010.

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AZ Underground Film Fest showcases new talent

For the past three years the Arizona Underground Film Festival has rapidly been growing both in and outside of Arizona as a top-notch underground cult film festival. The non-profit festival allows truly independent artists the chance to showcase their talents to an audience regardless of genre. Whether you’re looking to see a truth seeking documentary or an over-the-top exploitation film (AZUFF is the only fest that offers an exploitation category), AZ Underground Film Festival is sure to have something for everyone. Continue reading

Amexica exposes harsh realities of human trafficking through impressive performances

Amexica, from writer/director Ron Krauss, was hands down the best short film I screened at the 2010 Arizona Underground Film Festival–and in no way is this a slight to the other films there. Amexica was simply just that good. Continue reading

Misguided Sympathies of Flowers is certainly misguided

Misguided Sympathies of Flowers is supposed to be about isolation. It’s supposed to be about how a mentally ill homeless woman deals with being alone. It’s supposed to be dramatic and disturbing. At least this is what the IMDB.com page for this short tells us director/writer Gregory Dyke was trying to get across to us. Continue reading