AUSTIN STUDIOS LAUNCH FROM FORMER AIRPORT

FILM THREAT EXCLUSIVE! When Austin’s Robert Mueller Airport shut down in 1999 following the opening of the new Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, city and state officials wrangled over what to do with the abandoned Mueller facility. How about a full-fledged Hollywood-style film production studio?



Posted on November 16, 2000 by

PENNYWEIGHT

4 Stars
Year Released: 1999
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 39 minutes

What’s the goofiest thing you would do for a large sum of money? Would you dye your hair purple? Wear a diaper to your sister’s wedding? Tattoo “I Love Film Threat” on your forehead? These are the questions we ask ourselves when it’s late, we’re drunk and there’s nothing good on television…


Posted on November 1, 2000 by

STORY OF MY LIFE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2000
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 19 minutes

In “Story of my Life,” director Josh Tate uses the notion of life lived on video as the basis for a tantalizing but ultimately frustrating mockumentary…


Posted on November 1, 2000 by

TAP WATER

3 Stars
Year Released: 1999
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 83 minutes

Young struggling guys in Hollywood like to make movies about young struggling guys in Hollywood…


Posted on September 27, 2000 by

IN FLAGRANTE

IN FLAGRANTE
2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2000
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 71 minutes

Steve Mims, who teaches a well-respected filmmaking course in Austin, Texas, turned his 1998 class into a full-fledged feature production team…


Posted on September 14, 2000 by

THE STRANGE AND THE GRUESOME

2 Stars
Year Released: 2000
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 54 minutes

If I had to make a list of the top 50,000 things I’d like to see on my television screen, it’s unlikely that graphic eye surgery and open-air circumcision would make the final cut…


Posted on September 14, 2000 by

THE BULLS’ NIGHT OUT

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2000
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 82 minutes

These ex-cops take matters into their own hands and dispense a little old fashioned vigilante justice…


Posted on September 1, 2000 by

IN HOCK AND STAYING THERE

1 Stars
Year Released: 1998
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 72 minutes

What happens to these budding Kubricks and Scorseses once they’ve come face to face with the cold reality of rejection?


Posted on August 2, 2000 by

21

21
2 Stars
Year Released: 2000
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 105 minutes

I don’t know whether or not “21” is autobiographical, but it plays that way; it’s straight out of the same “me and my buddies” mold…


Posted on August 2, 2000 by

DEAD DOGS

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 1999
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 92 minutes

What distinguishes “Dead Dogs” from the rest of the pack is its deadpan humor, convincing performances, and ability to transform its low-budget liabilities into gritty, claustrophobic realism…


Posted on July 4, 2000 by

THE BRIER BITCH PROJECT

1 Stars
Year Released: 2000
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 82 minutes

At the risk of sounding like Charlton Heston, what the hell is this country coming to when you need a permit to purchase a semi-automatic weapon, yet any maniac off the street can walk into Best Buy and pick up a digital video camera?


Posted on July 4, 2000 by

CHILLICOTHE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2000
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

With “Chillicothe,” writer/director Todd Edwards doesn’t exactly reinvent the wheel, but he has produced a sharp and witty take on the near-defunct Gen-X comedy…


Posted on June 13, 2000 by

LOOFA

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2000
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 66 minutes

The lesson is, skip the ‘making of an indie film’ comedy and go straight to your second feature instead…


Posted on June 10, 2000 by

EVERYBODY LOVES SUNSHINE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2000
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 97 minutes

Don’t be fooled by the shiny, happy title…”Everybody Loves Sunshine” is your basic Black Trenchcoat Movie…


Posted on June 10, 2000 by

HABITUAL TENDENCIES

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2000
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 14 minutes

I would be interested in seeing the cigarette budget for “Habitual Tendencies.” I’m sure it exceeded the cost of every other aspect of the production put together…


Posted on May 27, 2000 by

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