More and more films premiere on Video on Demand — if they don’t simply bypass a theatrical release altogether. Because VOD reviews are often scarce and hard to find, Criticwire created VODetails, a recurring column to help you figure out whether a new VOD release is worth your hard-earned dollar. This time we’re looking at “Red Flag,” the new film from Alex Karpovsky — not a six hour documentary on the making of Billy Joel’s “Storm Front” album.
Director: Alex Karpovsky
Cast: Alex Karpovsky, Onur Turkel, Jennifer Prediger
Current Criticwire Average: B+ (out of 8 critics)
Official Synopsis: “A laugh-out-loud road trip comedy, starring writer/director Alex Karpovsky (‘Girls’) as Alex Karpovsky, a newly-single indie filmmaker who hits the road with an old friend (Tukel) to promote one of his films. As the pair travels from one half-empty theater to the next, pursued by an adoring fan (Prediger) who drives them into an exceptionally uncomfortable love triangle, Alex-as-Alex is forced to suffer an endless series of humiliations, each one more absurd than the last.”
“A clever treatise on the creative practice.”
“Karpovsky proves himself to be an adroit (to borrow an adjective from the film) filmmaker, as he wrestles with concepts of truth and fiction on multiple levels.”
“Drily funny but never seeking the audience’s sympathy.”
“‘Red Flag’ is a wank if ever there was one, the type of film any filmmaker who’s ever suffered this sort of tour has always wanted to make, but it stays endearing thanks to the performances of tagalong friend Tukel and Prediger.”
“The film will likely lose some viewers in its first twenty to thirty minutes, but it’s worthy of a complete watch.”
“Red Flag” is now available on VOD and opens in limited release in New York this Friday.