List: Top 5 Films of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival

By Kyle Wooldridge This year, I was fortunate enough to go to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah with our Executive Producer, Brandon Kratkoczki. While we were there, we told ourselves that it was just a vacation, that we weren’t going to do much work for the Reel Deal so we could enjoy ourselves. Naturally, that didn’t work too well, because I … Continue reading List: Top 5 Films of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival

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: ‘We Love You, Sally Carmichael!’

By Kyle Wooldridge We’ve all heard of Twilight right? Mega popular book series-turned movie series? Unless you lived under a rock for the last two decades, I’m sure you’ve heard a thing or two about it. Well, have you ever thought, “man Twilight is cool, but you know what would be cooler? If it was about a merman instead of a vampire!” If that’s the … Continue reading Review: ‘We Love You, Sally Carmichael!’

Review: ‘The Last Laugh’

By Kyle Wooldridge The old saying goes, “tragedy + time = comedy,” but is this really the case? Is it ever appropriate to joke about tragedy? If so, how much time needs to pass before it is appropriate? These are the kinds of questions that comedians have to ask themselves every day in order to do what they do. One of the biggest and most … Continue reading Review: ‘The Last Laugh’

From the Vault Review: ‘The Princess Bride’

By Kyle Wooldridge Due to Rob Reiner’s lifetime achievement award, Heartland held special retrospective screenings of two of his all-time classics, Stand by Me and The Princess Bride. Naturally, I jumped at the opportunity to watch The Princess Bride and hear Rob Reiner talk about the film afterwards. In honor of this retrospective screening, as well as the film’s 30th anniversary this year, I’m going … Continue reading From the Vault Review: ‘The Princess Bride’

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: 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: Tim Timmerman, Hope of America

By Kyle Woolridge Tim Timmerman, Hope of America gave me hope for amusement. It gave me hope for a fun, light-hearted look at high school culture that isn’t afraid to make fun of itself. I hoped for a comedy that was actually funny and didn’t fall prey to clichés. Unfortunately, that is not what I got. Let me start with what this movie does well. The … Continue reading Review: Tim Timmerman, Hope of America

Review: Trivia Night

By Kyle Woolridge Trivia Night is the perfect underdog story: protagonist is humiliated and embarrassed while attempting to fight unbeatable odds, sulks for a few years while slowly learning from his mistakes and prepping for a second chance, faces setbacks, and ultimately prevails despite the world seemingly working against him. Sounds like a classic sports movie, right? Well, this movie isn’t set in any stadium … Continue reading Review: Trivia Night