New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF): Full Circle and SIMPLE THINGS. The former seemed to him a standard, if stylish, piece of ghetto-pleasing pizzazz (and pizza), while the latter proved a much slower-paced combination of thriller and character study that, despite some faults, has a noticeable level of integrity.
song from the musical, Hair?) and Luke's lovely business partner, Andrea. Hall manages all this in extreme close-up, with sharp dialog, a couple of traces of blood, and actors -- Charlie Kemp (above) and Rebecca Keatley (below) -- who are first-rate. It's a very immediate and frightening scene, and could stand on its own as an calling-card example of what can be done with little money but a lot of creativity and talent.