Review: ‘Palace’

By Michael Smith When I try to place Palace into a genre, drama is one of the first to mind, but this does not fully encapsulate this film. Rather, this film is best categorized within a type more associated with anime. I’m talking about the “slice of life” genre. “Slice of life” refers to a storytelling structure that presents a seemingly arbitrary sample of a character’s life. … Continue reading Review: ‘Palace’

Review: ‘Miss Arizona’

By Michael Smith This year at the Heartland Film Festival, everything I saw fulfilled the festival’s mission to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. However, no film that I saw was as relevant to the current climate as Miss Arizona. Miss Arizona follows Rose Raynes, former Miss Arizona, now a housewife who has a troubled marriage to a successful Hollywood agent and … Continue reading Review: ‘Miss Arizona’

Review: “Einstein-Rosen”

By Kyle Wooldridge As you may remember, about two weeks ago I reviewed the Comedy Shorts Program at the Heartland Film Festival. In that review, I mentioned that there were technical difficulties with the screening of the short “Einstein-Rosen” and that I couldn’t give it a fair review. Fortunately, the director of the short, Olga Osorio, saw my review and contacted us at The Reel Deal. … Continue reading Review: “Einstein-Rosen”

Review: ‘That Trip We Took With Dad’

By Michael Smith This has been a very hard movie for to me to review. This was the first film I saw at Heartland this year and my review for it has gone through the most revisions. When I first saw That Trip We Took With Dad, I enjoyed it but had a few issues. As I have reflected on it more, though, I have … Continue reading Review: ‘That Trip We Took With Dad’

Review: ‘Dealt’

By Michael Smith I’ve always loved watching documentaries. I’ve always felt like it is a great way to expand your knowledge in one place using film, a medium I thoroughly enjoy. Ever since I became a telecommunications student at Ball State, I’ve found myself being inadvertently pulled out of a film by a jarring editing decision or an off shot. For me, the only exception … Continue reading Review: ‘Dealt’

Review: ‘The S Word’

By Michael Smith For this review, I will start it off a bit differently. I will say right away that everyone should absolutely see this movie. It is about a subject that is so seldom talked about in a serious manner: many believe they are alone in having suicidal thoughts. I believe that it is important to allow people without such thoughts or mental illnesses … Continue reading Review: ‘The S Word’

Review: ‘Thank You For Your Service’

Nathan Richard This is truly one of the most emotional films I’ve seen since Manchester by the Sea. While Thank You for Your Service might be hard to watch, it’s a film that I feel is very important. The film feels like it’s the sibling of American Sniper, which shouldn’t be surprising since the screenwriter of that film, Jason Hall, writes and directs this film as well. I … Continue reading Review: ‘Thank You For Your Service’