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Remarkably intelligent and impressive: Angel of Anywhere review

  • Aside from the wonderful dialogue between the main players, Kicklighter also adorns his short film with a visual smorgasbord of filmmaking treats. From the aforementioned one-take opening of Angel entering the club, to a charming little sequence where he fixes a lightbulb, several sequences in Angel of Anywhere are beautifully filmed and delivered. There is a daring to the craft that does not let the central themes do all of the heavy lifting. Instead, the aesthetic and mise en scéne are just as integral to the movie’s power as the characters and dialogue. This can be seen in the wonderfully atmospheric backroom where the key scenes take place, with its cold blue light and sparseness, and Angel filling the room with his almost naked body. This expertly suited the emotional vulnerability of the characters who entered.

    September 7, 2017. UK Film Review >>

Smart and Challenging: Angel of Anywhere review

  • There’s quite a bit of symbolism tucked inside the short runtime of James Kicklighter‘s latest film Angel of Anywhere, a 16-minute, well-made short that hides a greater message about human relationships behind the skin of an all-male strip club. While the setting isn’t exactly a new one of course, it’s far less about the stage show or even the relationships of the dancers, but rather the impact of one man who serves importance in ways even he’s not entirely aware of.

    It’s important to pay attention to these details in Kicklighter’s movie, written by Kate Murdoch and Casey Nelson, as nothing is not connected, every action tied to the next and ultimately to a twist ending. Things might seem superfluous and have potential to be disregarded as filler, but that is missing the larger point of who and what Angel is and what the end reveals about his fate. It’s smart and it’s challenging. Any film that forces questions like this are worth a closer look.

    September 7, 2017. That Moment In >>

If Angel can help, he will: Angel of Anywhere review

  • The Anywhere club is a small dive where women, who are just looking for a fun time, can go to watch male strippers perform on stage or in private rooms for a little one-to-one action. One of the most popular dancers is Angel (Axel Roldos), a genuinely nice guy who can’t help but try and fix everything he comes across that is damaged and/or broken; from light bulbs to speaker systems, people with monetary problems to crumbling marriages – if Angel can help, he will. Axel Roldos is well-cast as the likable Angel. Briana Evigan, who also starred in a couple of Step Up films, as well as Sorority Row and as Sonja in the From Dusk Till Dawn series brings some gravitas to the production and is very strong in her performance as Michelle.

    September 6, 2017. Screencritix >>

Short Film Review: Angel of Anywhere

  • A perfect example of concept, structure, and execution. Kicklighter’s camera makes wonderful use of the loud and colorful club setting…backed by an incredibly talented cast, director, and writers. I also got my wish to see where some very intriguing new talent is heading.

    September 1, 2017. Crushed Celluloid >>

Axel Roldos on Making Angel of Anywhere

  • I struggled for months trying to manifest this desire to make something. You might be surprised how difficult it is to make all the pieces come together. I didn’t have a story in mind, or even a concept really, I just knew I wanted to act and I wasn’t interested in waiting for permission anymore. I met James [Kicklighter] at the Atlanta Film Festival, where he was screening a documentary film he directed, Digital Edition, and we spoke at length about my desire to find a way to move forward in my career…he connected me with everyone else who would become intimately involved with making this movie even happen. Everything, from the writing to the hiring and casting, was entirely their sorcery.

    June 29, 2017. Axel Roldos >>