SPRING BREAKERS

Korine doesn’t live by Hollywood rules. He smashes the shit out of them and makes the films he wants to make. He’s not weird for the sake of being weird. He’s just fucking weird. Take it or leave it…

Posted on March 15, 2013 in Reviews by

GOOD NIGHT

2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT SELECTION! Throw Alex Karpovsky, Todd Berger, Jason Newman and Chris Doubek into a room together and some sort of cinematic magic is going to happen; but there is also no doubt that it is the emotionally dynamic duo of Adriene Mishler and Jonny Mars who turn “Good Night” into something that is truly special…

Posted on March 15, 2013 in Reviews by

SOME GIRL(S)

2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT SELECTION! The actors’ dialogue is meticulously-crafted, as if torn from the pages of classic literature; their brains seem to work on hyper-drive, allowing them to concoct the most perfect response to each other in the matter of milliseconds…

Posted on March 14, 2013 in Reviews by

I AM DIVINE

2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT SELECTION! Divine was going to do what Divine wanted to do and in an era of so many celebrities who market analyze their personalities to appeal to the most potential Twitter followers, it’s refreshing to be reminded of an entertainer who carved his own path through the bullshit…

Posted on March 14, 2013 in Reviews by

SEQUIN RAZE

2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL SHORT FILM SELECTION! This isn’t a short film that is played for laughs, nor is it some false melodramatic extreme. It’s two people going up against each other in an emotional moment, with all the potential fallout that entails. A film like this lives or dies by the performances, and “Sequin Raze” does not disappoint…

Posted on March 14, 2013 in Reviews by

SAHASI CHORI (BRAVE GIRL)

2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL AFS SHORTCASE SELECTION! Part of me was waiting for some miracle ending that would turn everything around; that salvation was just a story beat away. Unfortunately, that’s not this story and, by the appearance of the end credits, we’re left with the most horrible of possible outcomes…

Posted on March 14, 2013 in Reviews by

ELENA

2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL VISIONS SELECTION! Perhaps Costa’s point as a filmmaker is that she too never got to know Elena but that’s not a point that’s effectively made through the film. It’s just a piece of work that one can never get their hands on…

Posted on March 14, 2013 in Reviews by

WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL

2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION FEATURE SELECTION! The unfortunate awkwardness of “William and the Windmill” is the heavy focus on Rielly, a character who has latched onto William and as such ends up feeling like a larger focus of the documentary than its true subject…

Posted on March 14, 2013 in Reviews by

MILIUS

2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL VISIONS SELECTION! The collection of people that directors Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson convinced to talk about this character is an attribute to how loved and respected (and maybe even feared) he is in Hollywood. The stories they relate are all quite interesting, at times hilarious and end up presenting a fair and seemingly complete story of Milius’ life up until this point…

Posted on March 13, 2013 in Reviews by

THE RETRIEVAL

2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE COMPETITION SELECTION! Eska’s unwavering desire to achieve perfection in his productions doesn’t hurt matters either, because the production quality of “The Retrieval” is damn near flawless…

Posted on March 13, 2013 in Reviews by

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT SELECTION! What Fillion and all the other actors provide is a well acted and directed discourse from one of the greatest playwrights ever to walk the Earth. Acker and Denisof steal the show and make great use of their surroundings throughout the movie, with both actors willing to use physical comedy as their conduit, while others do the talking…

Posted on March 13, 2013 in Reviews by

2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES JURY AND SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS

There’s still half a film festival to go, but the jury and special award winners of the 2013 SXSW Film Festival have been announced…

Posted on March 13, 2013 in Festivals by

THE WORLD PREMIERE OF “HOLY GHOST PEOPLE” WAS…

Sorry for the lack of updates, it’s insane here at South by Southwest 2013. Did you know there’s free beer everywhere?! There is. And I can’t stop drinking it. Plus there was quite a bit of nervous running around before Sunday’s world premiere of “Holy Ghost People” which was, for the most part, pretty fantastic…

Posted on March 13, 2013 in Blogs by

TPB AFK: THE PIRATE BAY AWAY FROM KEYBOARD

2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL EVENT SELECTION! At its best, Simon Klose’s film embraces these double-edged swords, such as when the three founders – Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Fredrik Neij, and Pete Sunde – each give completely different answers as to why they founded the company in the first place. Was it just to control a massive website? Was it to give people access to art? Was it to make a profit? Was it just for fun? Whatever the reason, The Pirate Bay has changed the world of copyright law and internet piracy and the story is far from over…

Posted on March 13, 2013 in Reviews by

BIG JOY: THE ADVENTURES OF JAMES BROUGHTON

2013 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL VISIONS SELECTION! Animated backgrounds with Broughton’s words spread upon them, footage from Broughton’s best films, even friends reading his poetry – these are the kind of elements in which the viewer can feel Broughton himself coming through his biography instead of just hearing people talk about their notable friend (he passed in 1999)…

Posted on March 12, 2013 in Reviews by

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