Ain’t it cool news – Review

I was impressed, if for no other reason, with the ambition behind this Buffalo-based indie crime thriller from writers Jenna Ricker (who also directed) and Greg Stuhr (who stars). THE AMERICAN SIDE is set with the backdrop of Niagara Falls where a curious suicide has...

Throwback To The Classic Detective Film Noir

I’ve missed the days of the legitimate film noir, starring the hard-boiled chain-smoking detective. These days the idea of film noire is just a blend of a modern thriller and crime drama, with very little elements of what a noir should be. Thankfully for “The American...

“THE AMERICAN SIDE”– 4 STARS

There is a point where film noir can be too stylized for its own good.  Its traits of small-time crime, femme fatales, anti-heroes, and the underbelly style of all things that creep in the urban dark can be too fictitious and extreme. There’s room for film noir...

Jenna Ricker on THE AMERICAN SIDE

Star and co-writer Greg Stuhr sat in on my interview with co-writer and director Jenna Ricker.  You can almost hear him off mic adding a word or two, but he chose to remain a suitably enigmatic, though thoroughly affable, presence rather than a participant as Ricker...

‘American Side’ an homage to film noir

When the people who made “The American Side” brag in promotional material about its “twisting, almost impenetrable plot,” they know what they’re talking about. It’s film noir, all right. “Noir” means black, and that pretty much sums up the chances of figuring out for...