FILM THREAT’S SXSW 2005 WRAP-UP

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

THE AGGRESSIVES ^ What “The Aggressives” really is, is an all-access look into the world of several New York City butch lesbians…

THE ARISTOCRATS ^ Directed by comedian Paul Provenza, “The Aristocrats” is a brilliant solution to the eternal problem of how to discuss the creative process behind comedy without becoming boring…

THE BOYS OF BARAKA ^ “The Boys of Baraka” is highly recommended…

THE COMEDIANS OF COMEDY ^ Between the stand-up routines and the day to day craziness, there’s hardly a chance to catch your breath. Yet throughout the film you never feel like these comics are trying to out-funny one another or that they’re playing to the camera. They’re just four funny friends having a blast and the audience is lucky enough to be along for the ride…

COWBOY DEL AMOR ^ You ever stumble upon that hunting channel on cable and curse the human race? Yeah, me too. Not that I’m a militant vegan or anything, it’s just that sometimes I get really disappointed in my “fellow man”. That same disappointment reared its ugly head again during the first several opening moments of this documentary…

CULTURE CLASH IN AMERICCA ^ Equal parts sketch comedy, performance art, stand-up comedy, and poetry slams, “Culture Clash in AmeriCCa” plays out on an empty stage with only a huge American flag serving as a backdrop. Directed by Emilio Estevez, this concert is captivating from its opening monologue featuring a Muslim cabdriver…

DERAILROADED ^ Whether you actually enjoy his music and maybe even want to go as far as calling it brilliant, or you think it’s just a bunch of gibberish, you have to admit one thing – it’s honest. This in-depth documentary is a loving tribute, an entertaining yet tragic tale, of a true singer-songwriter…

THE DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON ^ For those that don’t know, Daniel Johnston is best known as a brilliant singer-songwriter who has the lyricism of Dylan, but the musical chops, or lack thereof, of Wesley “King of Rock ’n Roll” Willis…

DREAMS OF SPARROWS ^ As we’re so used to the news telling us what life is like on the streets of Baghdad during these warring times, this taste of reality is so bitter it just might make you choke, but it’s something we should all experience anyway…

THE EDUCATION OF SHELBY KNOX ^ And now, Film Threat’s first-ever political endorsement – Ms. Shelby Knox for President in 2030!

EMMANUEL’S GIFT ^ I’m not sure how directors Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern learned of Emmanuel’s story, but the world is a better place because they did…

ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM ^ Powerful on many levels at once, “Enron” couldn’t be more necessary as we wade into the muck of a second Bush term — an era in which corporations will undoubtedly be given even more leeway with which to rob the American public…

A LIFE WITHOUT PAIN ^ The biggest achievement of “A Life Without Pain” is simply introducing the viewer to this exotic and nearly unbelievable condition…

MURDERBALL ^ “Murderball” goes beyond the obvious subjects to explore the lives that quad rugby affects…

OCCUPATION: DREAMLAND ^ Cynical and blunt, yet full of ironic and caustic humor, “Occupation: Dreamland” succeeds in putting human faces on both the soldiers that we read about so clinically in our papers…

OUR BRAND IS CRISIS ^ Unlike Carville’s first silver screen go-around, in the superior cult classic documentary “The War Room,” however, this is not a race for the White House, but for the presidency of that Latin American basket case of a country, Bolivia…

PUCKER UP ^ “Pucker Up” is inherently funny and entertaining simply due to its subject matter. These people take their whistling very seriously…

REEL PARADISE ^ Steve James’s “Reel Paradise” is an honest look at the experience of a family who lives a yearlong tropical movie adventure on a remote island in Fiji…

ROCK SCHOOL ^ The question isn’t whether Paul Green is a great teacher or a complete asshole. Don Argott’s documentary “Rock School” reveals that he’s both…

SARAH SILVERMAN: JESUS IS MAGIC ^ Silverman’s routine is, to put it mildly, a bit raw. Her act is full of jokes about AIDS, minorities, and 9-11, and while much of the material is quite funny, one can’t help but wonder how long she can maintain the novelty of her act…

STAGEDOOR ^ Stagedoor Manor frankly comes across as sort of a creepy place, where melodramatic drama queens, repressed sexuality, and overblown egos run amok…and that’s just the camp counselors…

STEPHEN TOBOLOWSKY’S BIRTHDAY PARTY ^ Memo to both Mr. Brinkmann and Mr. Tobolowsky: don’t wait another fifteen years before making the sequel…

STRANGE FRUIT ^ Tragic though Ray Golden’s case may be, “Strange Fruit” is simply the pits…

YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME ^ “You’re Gonna Miss Me” just kind of sketches Roky Erikson and his family, and we never really get to know them…

Let’s get into some shorts in part three of FILM THREAT’S SXSW 2005 WRAP-UP>>>




Posted on March 22, 2005 in Festivals by
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