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VODetails: 'Red Flag'

Criticwire By Matt Singer | Criticwire February 19, 2013 at 10:03AM

Is one of Alex Karpovsky's new movies worth your VODollars? (And yes, he has a couple of new movies. Plural.)
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Alex Karpovsky in "Red Flag."
Alex Karpovsky in "Red Flag."
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 AverageB+ (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."

Trailer:

Reviews:

Eric Kohn, Indiewire:

"A clever treatise on the creative practice."

Don Simpson, Smells Like Screen Spirit:

"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."

John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter:

"Drily funny but never seeking the audience's sympathy."

Jordan Hoffman, Badass Digest:

"'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."

Kate Erbland, Film School Rejects:

"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.

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