Rendezvous with Madness 2014

Rendezvous with Madness 2014: Tapia Review

Tapia Possibly the heaviest film playing at this year’s festival (which, given the subject matter overall, really says a lot) comes in the form of this documentary from Executive Producer 50 Cent about boxing legend Johnny Tapia. Raised on the streets of Albuquerque, New Mexico and dubbed “the babyfaced assassin” in the ring, the former […]

Rendezvous with Madness 2014: No-No: A Dockumentary Review

No-No: A Dockumentary In the early 1970s, no pitcher had more pure talent than Pittsburgh Pirate Dock Ellis. His style wasn’t pretty, but he won a lot of games for his ballclub. The problem: he didn’t really remember most of them because he was either drunk or high at the time, most infamously pitching a […]

Rendezvous with Madness 2014: Gabriel Review

Gabriel Rory Culkin delivers one of the best performances of the year as a troubled young man rapidly losing touch with reality after his release from a mental hospital in Lou Howe’s effectively chilling psychodrama. Instead of heading directly home to his still frazzled, but loving mother (Deirdre O’Connell) and his judgemental older brother (David […]

Rendezvous with Madness 2014: Ne Me Quitte Pas

Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas) It takes genuine bravery to look at yourself and confront your problems, and it takes even more strength to laugh at them just a little bit.  Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas) is a powerfully stunning documentary look at the raw power of loss and how there’s […]

Rendezvous with Madness 2014: Rocks in My Pockets Review

Rocks in My Pockets Nobody ever wants to be depressed, and it’s one of the hardest feelings to properly encapsulate and visualize.  Writer, director, and animator Signe Baumane takes elements from her own struggles in Rocks in My Pockets, a poignant, gorgeous, and emotionally brave experience that’s unlike any other film you’ve ever seen on […]