Review: ‘The Rendezvous’

By Eli Brunsman I had no idea what to expect before seeing The Rendezvous at Heartland. I went into the theater only knowing that it is an action film with some romantic elements. I’m not typically drawn to action, but the promise of a romance convinced me to see the film. The Rendezvous centers around a doctor named Rachel and a government official named Jake … Continue reading Review: ‘The Rendezvous’

Review: ‘The Chocolate Case’

By Kyle Wooldridge Have you ever purchased a chocolate bar in your lifetime? If so, I have bad news for you: you’re a criminal. You may be wondering when Congress passed a law against chocolate, but that’s not actually the issue at hand. The issue is that everyone who has bought chocolate has supported child slavery. Don’t be alarmed. You’re not going to jail or … Continue reading Review: ‘The Chocolate Case’

Review: ‘And Then I Go’

By Eli Brunsman And Then I Go was the last movie I saw at Heartland. It is definitely the film I was most excited to see because I love when movies feature talented young actors. This film definitely does! And Then I Go focuses on eighth grader Edwin and his best and only friend “Flake.” Edwin and Flake are constantly bullied at their middle school. The … Continue reading Review: ‘And Then I Go’

Review: Heartland Shorts Program 12 (After Hours)

By Ross Bembenek One of the things I love about the Heartland Film Festival is the emphasis they put on short films. Every year I can count on there being a handful of solid shorts, and this year was no different. Something I didn’t expect, however, was seeing an entire block of short films that was fantastic all the way through. Shorts Program 12 (the … Continue reading Review: Heartland Shorts Program 12 (After Hours)

Review: ‘Intent to Destroy’

By Ross Bembenek I feel like I’ve been in this situation before: I randomly picked a documentary out of the Heartland guidebook to see, and then felt MISERABLE walking out of the theater (see my 2015 review of the documentary Crocodile Gennadiy, later renamed Almost Holy). Now, let me clarify what I mean by miserable: the subject matter is so heavy, so severe and serious, … Continue reading Review: ‘Intent to Destroy’

Review: Heartland Shorts Program (Comedy)

By Kyle Wooldridge In honor of the Heartland comedy shorts, I’m going to deliver this review in the same manner as they were presented. Without further ado, here is a quick review of the comedy shorts program. They were good. Oh, you wanted more than that? Alright, I guess I’ll do my duty as a member of the press and actually review these films one … Continue reading Review: Heartland Shorts Program (Comedy)

Review: ‘Stuck’

By Ross Bembenek Every once in awhile, a film pops up that is legitimately moving, that conjures up genuine emotion. Sometimes it’s joy, sometimes it’s anger or sorrow, but I always walk out of the theater satisfied if a film makes me actually feel something. Let me conjure up an image: a film that gives you a sense of unity and hope in humanity. A film … Continue reading Review: ‘Stuck’