“Center City” – Reel Review

CinemaSlice.com’s Indy Film Spotlight for the month of June is the noir short film “Center City”. Directed by August Aguilar and written by Frank Aguilar “Center City” centers around the seemingly simple plot of a woman, played by Jenny Moon, being driven around Philadelphia while having a conversation about the local landmarks with her driver, played by Mike Raymond. After being dropped of at a hotel for awhile and arriving back to the vehicle with a man, played by David Pelella, we begin to find out that this is no innocent tryst and that there are far more sinister motives to this meeting.

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“Midland Street Wicked” Reel Review

CinemaSlice.com’s Indy Film Spotlight rolls on with the 3rd installment of the monthly cinematic series.

Next up is “Midland Street Wicked”, a horror film by Even Keel Productions and a movie that was also shot right in my neck of the woods, Bay City, MI. When people are found dead on Midland St. the local community starts to become concerned for their safety. In the area, a group of women get together to have some drinks and we find that one of them may have a connection to a mysterious pair of sunglasses that were lost years earlier.

A connection between the murders on Midland St., the strange sunglasses, and the female friends all lead up to a horrifying conclusion.

This was very entertaining and terrifying short film that showcased awesome gory special effects for a low budget movie. The pacing is good with a suspenseful intro that sets up the events nicely, which leads to a fun middle section that introduces us to the main characters in lighthearted way. This makes the back half of the story very effective when we start to see the horror and carnage that unfolds throughout the last 10 minutes of the film.

“Midland Street Wicked” is part of a series that centers around the pair of sunglasses that are described in the film. It can, however, be watched as a standalone experience although I could see the sunglasses being a bit confusing to first time viewers.

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“Nano Addiction” – Reel Review

CinemaSlice.com has launched a new series highlighting a new movie each month that embodies the spirit of great independent filmmaking.

The second movie that has been selected for the Indy Film Spotlight is the sci-fi action/adventure “Nano Addiction” by Zach Deering. Life gets very weird and more than a little dangerous when a drug addict, Ferric (James Hudson), inadvertently takes a strange substance known as Nanobots. Ferric quickly finds out after taking the Nanobots that his life may never be the same again.

This was an extremely well done, stylistic action flick.

I enjoy sci-fi that attempts to show a more realistic version of the genre by mixing elements of our real life everyday activities with the science fiction elements. Films like HER (2013) and THE MARTIAN (2015) are some examples. Although I am not an addict, the main character Ferric is written and acted so well that I felt his struggles and wanted to continue this journey with him through the film. The special effects were also a standout and they were clearly done with great care and thoughtfulness. They elevated the action scenes making them more tense and effective.

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