Aug 23, 2017
. . . Colma: The Musical is sweet, odd and utterly charming.
Dec 12, 2007
Colma is so blazingly original that it bursts off the screen with the sort of breathtaking energy that reminds you why you love movies in the first place.
Nov 21, 2007
It's not a great film, but we sure enjoyed it more than many bigger films that try harder to convince us they're great.
Oct 26, 2007
When it lets its characters express their universal youthful ennui through hook-laden tunes with clever lyrics, it works. The 'let's-put-on-a-show' attitude is a welcome relief from the navel gazing typical of coming-of-age.
Oct 12, 2007
A winning amalgam of MySpace-ish self-involvement, digital video immediacy and 'Hey kids, let's put on a show' gumption.
Aug 25, 2007
Colma: the Musical makes up in heart what it lacks in glitz and real, singable songs.
Aug 23, 2007
Colma works because the filmmakers believe it can and aren't listening to anyone who tells them otherwise.Take a visit to Colma, you won't regret it.
Jul 18, 2007
H.P. Mendoza's clever melodies and pointedly constructed rhymes rescue the movie from the detriments of its tired plot and unfocused pace.
Jul 12, 2007
Suburban teenage frustration: Didn't it always go down best with a salty side of Journey? Or the Smiths?
Jul 10, 2007
A little rough around the edges, this likable movie is filled with adolescent angst, youthful energy and hope.
Jul 9, 2007
There hasn't been a movie that lays out the confusion and heartbreak of the first tentative steps into adulthood this mercilessly since Ghost World.
Jul 9, 2007
Director Richard Wong is alert to every nuance, cleverly framing the heavily satirical situations with appropriate deadpan affection and deft use of split-screen.
Jul 7, 2007
compare this with other films about being a teen (even the good ones), and few match this level of happy, resourceful creativity and unforced diversity.
Jul 6, 2007
Mendoza's 13 original numbers...provide the slender story with structure, and overall the songs are surprisingly catchy despite the bare-bones music production and the fact that of the leads, only Renigen has a standout voice.
Jul 6, 2007
The songs sound like they were recorded on a toy synthesizer in someone's basement, and neither of the two male leads can sing.
Jul 6, 2007
An itty-bitty movie with a great big heart, Colma: The Musical is about how we learn to give voice -- joyfully, honestly, loudly -- to the truest parts of ourselves.
Jul 5, 2007
This is a potentially brilliant scenario, so it's unfortunate that Colma pays so little attention to Colma; it may as well be set anywhere.
Jul 3, 2007
Wonderfully staged numbers -- a raucous song in a tavern, a lovely ballad sung in a cemetery with couples dancing through the tombstones -- that give this little indie a big heart.
Jun 26, 2007
breezy and irreverent in idiom, yet it examines with sometimes wry, but always unflinching, even brutal, honesty, the impact and consequences of emotional betrayal. And it does so without missing a beat, or a combination step.
Jun 22, 2007
Deserves to be seen for its sheer originality and audacity.