Film Roundtable: “Orion” – a post-apocalyptic, visually striking film and a David Arquette harsher than we’re used to seeing

By Gordon K. Smith The 2016 Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF 2016), which concluded in April, featured no less than three films with a “post-apocalyptic” theme; the most visually striking of these was ORION, by second-time writer/director Asiel Norton and starring David Arquette in a role harsher than what we’re used to seeing him in.   […]

Roundtable “NO LETTING GO” Cheryl Allison and Randi Silverman discuss their indie film about a family’s struggle with their son’s mental health crisis

By Gordon K. Smith NO LETTING GO is a small but vital independent film about a family’s struggle with their son’s mental health crisis. At a roundtable interview in late March, we learned about the film and its mission from actress Cheryl Allison (Catherine the mother) and co-writer/producer Randi Silverman. The film is based on […]

Film review: “Amy” a powerful documentary for the 24/7 video age

Film review by: Gordon K. Smith A powerful documentary for the 24/7 video age, Asif Kapadia’s AMY follows the short, sweet, and sad life of British soul singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse from the age of 14 until her tragic, yet unsurprising, death in 2011, officially from alcohol poisoning.  The fact that most of this period is […]

Movie Review: “Cake” – Jennifer Aniston gives a career-milestone performance

Review by: Gordon K. Smith Jennifer Aniston gives a career-milestone performance in CAKE, a movie you’ve no doubt already heard about due to Aniston’s lack of an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, despite Golden Globe and SAG nominations. She has taken it in good spirit, proudly wearing the label of “number one Oscar snub” (among […]

Film Review: “Interstellar” a mixed bag. But still…see it.

Film review by: Gordon K. Smith In the decades since STAR WARS, ALIEN and BLADE RUNNER made science-fiction epics viable box-office commodities, the genre has largely been identified by slimy aliens, super heroes, violence and lots (and lots and lots) of things blowing up real good. What’s gotten lost too much of the time is […]

Dallas VideoFest 27 to show featured works directed and produced by Knowshi.com’s very own Gordon K. Smith!

VideoFest Dallas 27 is underway and which gives us a few reasons to be happy. Knowshi’s very own film genius Gordon K. Smith has a couple projects included in this year’s festival lineup! Gordon dons his “Film Director” cape with his satirical “film appreciation” short JUST A CIGAR?  plays on the festival’s closing day October […]

Dallas VideoFest Enters it’s 27th Year! Check out our Interview with Festival Artistic Director Bart Weiss

Written by: Gordon K. Smith Now in its third decade, this year’s Dallas VideoFest, starting October 8th, 2014, looks to be the best yet. At a recent roundtable interview, the fest artistic director and all-around guru of Dallas video Bart Weiss discussed this year’s innovations: “This being our 27th year we decided to do things […]

Movie Review: “Are You Here” – Does Matthew Weiner’s storytelling gifts translate well to the big screen?

Film review by: Gordon K. Smith I had high expectations for ARE YOU HERE, the feature film debut for writer/director Matthew Weiner, the creator of Mad Men.   I love Mad Men, and revere that there’s at least one cable series that finds drama in character detail and dialog instead of gratuitous flesh/gore and guns in […]

Filmmaker Interview: ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ with documentary producer Frank Pavich

Roundtable interview by: Gordon K. Smith In 1970, a bizarre, X-rated surrealist western from Mexico entitled EL TOPO became the first midnight movie sensation.   Its star/director/writer, Chilean Alejandro Jodorowsky,  followed it three years later with the similarly trippy THE HOLY MOUNTAIN.  Also hugely popular at that time were the fantasy/science-fiction novels of Frank Herbert, Dune […]

2014 DIFF Film Review: ‘JOE’ – A well-acted but violent backwoods noir worth seeing for a return to form by Nicolas Cage

Film review by: Gordon K. Smith Cross last year’s outstanding MUD with a redneck TAXI DRIVER and the resultant offspring might be something like JOE (no relation to the 1970 cult fave), a well-acted but violent backwoods noir worth seeing for a return to form by Nicolas Cage, after years of gimmicky action flicks. Cage  […]