Friday, April 28, 2017

Chattanooga Film Festival 2017: Buster's Mal Heart

Once again, I was able to return to the Chattanooga Film Festival with Mass Listeria!  I love cinema in all of its forms, so the Chattanooga Film Festival is one of my favorite times of year because I spend four days being surrounded by movies and fellow film lovers!  To get a sense of why I love the Chattanooga Film Festival so much, read my post from the start of my coverage of the 2016 Chattanooga Film Festival (found here)...every word of it still holds true!

We already did an overview episode on Mass Listeria (found at, but for the next several episodes of The Gargyle Podcast, I'll be providing reviews of each of the films that I saw individually.  Up next in my coverage of the 2017 Chattanooga Film Festival is:  Buster's Mal Heart

I'm providing the description of the films provided in the Chattanooga Film Festival program and trailers via YouTube, when available.  The descriptions and trailers of the movies might let you know what they are about, but if you want to know what I thought of them...well, you are just going to have to give the podcast a listen.

The CFF program description for Buster's Mal Heart was:
From her very first feature, the eerie and mysterious The Midnight Swim, filmmaker Sarah Adina Smith cast a spell on us.  At the center of Buster's Mal Heart, her brilliant follow-up, Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) stars as a mountain man on the run from authorities, surviving the winter b scavenging and breaking in to empty vacation homes.  He's plagued by recurring dreams of being lost at sea, only to find that he is the man lost at sea.  He's one man in two bodies.  This is the story of how he split in two.  Malek, whose haunting work on the hit television series Mr. Robot propelled him to stardom, is excellent here.  "Firmly in the tradition of actors like Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Shannon, or even Peter Lorre, who perform in their own transfixing rhythms, Malek is thoroughly convincing as a man at odds with himself," wrote Variety.  Breathtaking visuals and an excellent supporting cast featuring beloved veterans Lin Shay and Toby Huss and indie favorite Kate Lyn Sheil lend much to a film that is not only beautiful, it's nearly impossible to get out of your head.

I saw 21 feature films, short films, partial films, or live shows during the Chattanooga Film Festival!  So, be sure to check back soon for more of my CFF coverage!  And if you enjoy movies, conventions, comics, games, cartoons, Star Wars, horror, or just about anything sure to keep coming back for all things geekery!!  In the meantime, follow me here, on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and YouTube and be sure to subscribe to my podcast on iTunes and/or Google Play for more geek coverage!

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