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Bill Arceneaux

@billreviews

Independent film critic & freelance writer

New Orleans - Northshore

Southeastern Film Critics Association member, Rotten 🍅s approved. Writing, blogging, and emailing from Hollywood South, LA.

58 Posts

  1. Five Movies for after Memorial Day! 🇺🇸 🍿

    By Bill Arceneaux Dear Moviegoers, Sitting at my desk throughout Memorial Day, I couldn’t help but think of what’s been lost and what we’re struggling to regain and find in America. From reproductive health care to voting rights to school lunches, the fascist regressives and the fa
  2. Reel Scenes, in Real Moments: ‘Showgirls’

    By Bill Arceneaux Dear Moviegoers, Getting into a narrow tube and staying still for an hour, with sounds buzzing around me, might as well be my middle name. I’ve often proclaimed that I could withstand a trip to the planet Mars by myself, though now I add the asterisk that I might
  3. Let That Sweat Drip, Let That Sex Swing Ye 'Challengers'

    By Bill Arceneaux Dear Moviegoers, There is only sex and death. Everything else is negotiable. “What else is there to talk about?” Filmmaker Peter Greenaway’s words /storytelling philosophy was on my mind when watching the tennis game at play in Luca Guadagnino’s Challengers , a film
  4. The Iconography of Batman and Gotham City, Reconstructed

    By Bill Arceneaux Dear Moviegoers, The Joaquin Phoenix starrer Joker , that twisted adaptation of Batman’s crown prince of crime, for sure had its share of detractors and had caused much chaos among critics - applause for that accomplishment. No matter what though, it did make for a
  5. Plenty of Plague, Few Pleasures in the "Perfect Sewer" of the Salton Sea

    By Bill Arceneaux Dear Moviegoers, It’s been twenty years since the release of Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea , and it’s now a few days past Earth Day 2024. But, I doubt the situation in the documented California region is any better. Former politician and very former musicia
  6. 'Nat Bates for Mayor' Subverts Notions

    By Bill Arceneaux Dear Moviegoers, Beginning a documentary with footage of a toxic oil refinery incident can set the stage for a pretty bleak story. And one would expect that story to be primarily about a corporate and environmental disaster. However, in a movie with a title like N
  7. In 'Jack Has a Plan,' Letting Go Isn't So Complicated

    By Bill Arceneaux Dear Moviegoers, An ending with dignity. Not every movie gets that, and not every person gets to make that happen for themselves. A man’s final years are documented by close friends and family in Jack Has a Plan , making for a rich, frank, and honest film. It’s conf
  8. Fishbone Funk Around in 'Everyday Sunshine'

    By Bill Arceneaux Dear Moviegoers, To call Everyday Sunshine a story of destruction wouldn’t be entirely accurate, but it also wouldn’t be completely incorrect either. The unclassifiable band Fishbone, who fused multiple sounds and genres to become something truly exciting to see l
  9. 'Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire' Breaks Ice (and warms up)

    By Bill Arceneaux Dear Moviegoers, Despite some subversions in the new Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire , the kind that made it more of a lite-horror than a family adventure - though both “family” and “adventure” are included - this second foray into a sequel series from the 1980s classi
  10. Suicide by Friends in 'Unfriending'

    By Bill Arceneaux Dear Moviegoers, Not unlike movies such as The Invitation and The Last Supper , Unfriending goes for presenting something disturbing with tension and humor. Mind you, this film, directed by Bret and Jason Butler , isn’t exactly like those other flicks, as it has no
  11. Little Budget, Big Laughs in 'Dad & Step-Dad'

    By Bill Arceneaux Dear Moviegoers, Having some heart is good for a filmmaker, but a funny bone comes in handy more often. In Tynan DeLong’s hilarious feature Dad & Step-Dad , two men aggressively struggle to smile politely at each other through a family bonding trip. Accompanied by t
  12. Witness as 'Hundreds of Beavers' Invade!

    By Bill Arceneaux Dear Moviegoers, Immediately after watching Hundreds of Beavers , I thought about Tom Hardy’s line of dialogue from his villainous role in the much more “serious” film that shares a similar setting, The Revenant . In response to losing a large amount of fur pelts du
  13. 'Circus of the Scars' Excites with Video Archives of Stunts and Shocks

    By Bill Arceneaux Dear Moviegoers, No film, narrative or documentary, exemplifies the Superchunk song “Misfits & Mistakes” as much as Circus of the Scars does. I hold “Misfits & Mistakes” in pretty high regard, for its great name and the line “say you will, say you will, put all th
  14. Special Coverage: SF Independent Film Festival 2024, Feature Selections

    By Bill Arceneaux Dear Moviegoers, Occasionally, I’ll review films from beyond the bayous of Louisiana and the Gulf South. Well, more than occasionally. Often. This time, I’ve been invited to give some thoughts on some of the films from this year’s SF (San Francisco) Independent Film
  15. Special Coverage: SF Independent Film Festival 2024, Short Selections

    By Bill Arceneaux Dear Moviegoers, Occasionally, I’ll review films from beyond the bayous of Louisiana and the Gulf South. Well, more than occasionally. Often. This time, I’ve been invited to give some thoughts on a selection of films from this year’s SF (San Francisco) Independent
  16. When Goode Met Hopkins in 'Freud's Last Session'

    By Bill Arceneaux Dear Moviegoers, To reference a line from the great Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure , as said by the movie’s Sigmund Freud, “What is a geek?” For all of that brilliant man’s intelligence, he couldn’t wrap his head around being made the butt of a joke in modern tim
  17. Not Even Forklifts Can Make 'Project Dorothy' Rise Above Challenges

    By Bill Arceneaux Dear Moviegoers, There’s a malfunction at the junction of Project Dorothy that no amount of heart can clear up. As an extremely low-budget independent sci-fi flick, certain expectations pop into place: single setting, few characters, poor effects. To overcome thes
  18. Only Fools Rush in for ‘Fast Charlie'

    By Bill Arceneaux Dear Moviegoers, Pierce Brosnan’s charm can make almost any movie enjoyable. Almost. I remember the trailer for the family drama The Greatest , and how, during a particularly emotional moment on a beach, he delivers some heavy feeling with expressions one could jus
  19. Blu is the Warmest Media

    By Bill Arceneaux Dear Moviegoers, As I look on my computer desk, I see the two custom USB media copies of the short film series The Eyeslicer . Out of the corner of my eye, I see DVDs of indie movies Able Edwards and She Hate Me . Behind me is a shelf of Blu-rays and box sets, inclu
  20. Bill and Brandon Talk 'The Holdovers' and SEFCA's Top Ten

    By Bill Arceneaux Dear Moviegoers, I was a guest once more on the great Branon Ledet’s Swampflix podcast. On this episode, we discussed one of my favorite films of 2023, The Holdovers , and chatted about SEFCA’s Top Ten List /some of the award winners. Embedded below: What films should

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