Thursday, April 23, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Gives "Halina" a 4-Star Review!

Another Halina review went live today, this one courtesy of In this write-up, the author delves into the philosophy of one of the themes in Halina: should we care about a machine?

"Writer / Director Ralph Suarez has put together an interesting piece to think about. It just so happens that questions aside... it's actually also a really good short film to watch."

I like that the author showed so much interest in the many questions the world of Halina raises; questions that may be near impossible to answer. Be sure to read the entire review right here, and check out IndyRed's other articles and their comprehensive indie film database. 

This was an awesome way to start my morning. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Forest City Short Film Review: "Halina" is Must See Short of 2015!


Well this is an awesome start! A film writing blog with a specialty in short films posted a review of Halina today, and said some very very nice things. Forest City Short Film Review, run by freelance writer Nicholas La Salla, declared Halina to be the "Must See Short of 2015":

"'Halina' is Forest City Short Film Review's first MUST SEE SHORT of 2015, and frankly it's also one of the finest short films I have ever seen."

Read the review in its entirety right here (it's pretty spoiler-free). What I really appreciate about this write-up is that the writer looked at the film's credits, and then paid each key player their earned respect. From DP Mike to Steve the composer to the Influencers band . . . he took the time to appreciate the many puzzle pieces that created this final image. That's something more film sites could benefit from.

There's my review for the review! We're off to a good start here, folks!

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

"Halina" Trailer Now Available on YouTube

I got a few requests for this so I uploaded the Halina trailer to YouTube - feel free to enjoy, share, embed, etc.!

Monday, April 06, 2015

Damien Rice @ Beacon Theatre 4/4/2015

This weekend Damien Rice returned to New York City, and even though I'd just seen him last November, I couldn't resist going again. And I'm sure glad I did: even though much of the set list was the same, the show itself was dramatically different and full of surprises.

Since he's essentially performing alone with no band, Rice can really keep you on your toes during his performances. He can completely change a song's tempo from verse-to-verse (as he did with "Volcano"), he can extend a song's ending and jam for a few extra minutes (as he did with "9 Crimes" and "I Remember"), or he can invite guests on stage to sing with him (which he did more of in the previous show; this show was mostly solo). And with these little adjustments, Damien Rice makes absolutely sure that no two shows of his are ever identical.

This show gave me a few of my personal favorites that didn't happen last year, such as "Cheers Darlin'" and "The Greatest Bastard." But the biggest surprise of all was at the end, when Glen Hansard took the stage to a thunderous applause. Hansard performed "High Hope" on his own, and then joined Rice for an a cappella cover of "Chelsea Hotel #2," a Leonard Cohen song. Here's the complete set list:
  1. My Favourite Faded Fantasy
  2. 9 Crimes
  3. Colour Me In
  4. It Takes a Lot to Know a Man
  5. Delicate
  6. I Don't Want To Change You
  7. Cheers Darlin'
  8. Elephant
  9. I Remember
  10. The Blower's Daughter
  11. Long Long Way
  12. Volcano
  13. The Greatest Bastard
  14. High Hope (Glen Hansard solo)
  15. Chelsea Hotel #2 (Leonard Cohen cover a cappella duet with Glen Hansard)
This show flew. I wasn't keeping track of the amount of songs I'd heard, and when the house lights came on at the end, I couldn't believe it was over already. Like the previous show, however, I left the theater feeling inspired, motivated, and changed. I honestly can't choose between this show and the previous one if I had to pick a favorite. It's almost as if instead, the two performances go together, and create one single concert that's probably the best one I've ever seen.