BYOD: BRING YOUR OWN DOC – EPISODE 135: “UKRAINE IS NOT A BROTHEL” – FEMEN DOCUMENTARY FROM 2014 SXSW

“Ukraine Is Not a Brothel – The FEMEN Story” is a new documentary that shows protests in Ukraine that have taken a bold, new post-feminist dimension of nudity to highlight the sexual oppression and exploitation experienced by so many Ukraine women…

Posted on March 19, 2014 in Bring Your Own Doc, Features by

BYOD: BRING YOUR OWN DOC – EPISODE 134: “PRINT THE LEGEND,” 2014 SXSW AWARD WINNER

“Print The Legend,” the new documentary on the 3D printer phenomenon and the vast implications of the invention from weaponry to copyright, won a special recognition for storytelling and editing at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival…

Posted on March 13, 2014 in Bring Your Own Doc, Features by

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL SPECIAL EVENT SELECTION! You will laugh harder than you ever have at a Wes Anderson film and will enjoy all the adventures you see while visiting this five-star hotel — the charm cranks to a new level of appreciation in every movie he makes…

Posted on March 13, 2014 in Reviews by

VERONICA MARS

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL HEADLINERS SELECTION! Unlike a lot of TV shows turned into films, it serves not as an epilogue to the series but, hopefully, the beginning of a new franchise…

Posted on March 13, 2014 in Reviews by

BYOD: BRING YOUR OWN DOC – EPISODE 133: “VESSEL” – ABORTION IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS DOCUMENTARY, 2014 SXSW AWARD WINNER

“Vessel,” the new abortion documentary that takes us to sea with Dr. Rebecca Gomperts as she sails through legal loopholes to provide women with medical service to end their unwanted pregnancies, premiered at the 2014 SXSW Festival, and won a special award…

Posted on March 13, 2014 in Bring Your Own Doc, Features by

LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL 24 BEATS PER SECOND DOCUMENTARY FEATURE SELECTION! It’s always entertaining, sometimes over-the-top and brash, but likewise populated with subtle, sentimental moments and reflection. A quality time with Swedish House Mafia, whether you know what that could mean or not…

Posted on March 13, 2014 in Reviews by

THAT GUY DICK MILLER

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT SELECTION! You may not know how much you love Dick Miller but this movie will make sure you do by the time it’s over…

Posted on March 12, 2014 in Reviews by

THE GUEST

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL MIDNIGHTERS SELECTION! The fight scenes are just as humorous as they are impressively choreographed, culminating in a visually orgasmic coup de grâce set in a haunted house…

Posted on March 12, 2014 in Reviews by

KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL FEST FAVORITES SELECTION! Rinko Kikuchi is amazing as Kumiko. While she doesn’t have much to say, her eyes say it all as we at first see her simmering rage and frustration at her place in life. She tries to hold it in, but her vacant stares and, later, angry fits about her search really fill us in on her character…

Posted on March 12, 2014 in Reviews by

WAWD AHP

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL MIDNIGHT SHORTS SELECTION! In my opinion, Steve Girard’s incendiary little film is severely vexing, deeply disturbing, extremely liberating, and highly intelligent…

Posted on March 12, 2014 in Reviews by

HELLION

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL FEST FAVORITES SELECTION! And so even though we have watched people heal before, we are invigorated by being so artistically given the chance to do so again…

Posted on March 12, 2014 in Reviews by

BYOD: BRING YOUR OWN DOC – EPISODE 132: “THE GREAT INVISIBLE,” 2014 SXSW GRAND JURY PRIZE DOCUMENTARY

“The Great Invisible,” the documentary on the gulf oil spill, won the 2014 SXSW Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, and we talk to director Margaret Brown about the stunning film that illuminates the lives of those affected by the disaster…

Posted on March 12, 2014 in Bring Your Own Doc, Features by

EVAPORATING BORDERS

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL VISIONS SELECTION! Aesthetically, I’ve never seen such magnificent cinematography in a documentary, and love the way the landscape, sea and the free-living flamingos are juxtaposed against the displaced, and the violent. Equally impressive is Radivojevic’s skill in driving her message home, by subtly and seamlessly building upon each preceding vignette…

Posted on March 11, 2014 in Reviews by

SOUL BOYS OF THE WESTERN WORLD

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL 24 BEATS PER SECOND SELECTION! Eschewing the talking head interviews scattered throughout many a documentary also allows the audience to focus in on the visual and, more importantly for a doc about Spandau Ballet, the music…

Posted on March 11, 2014 in Reviews by

BEGINNING WITH THE END

2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION SELECTION! I think it’s easy to think of the experience for all involved as life-changing, and no doubt it is, but I also see it more as a series of small life-altering adaptations that add up…

Posted on March 11, 2014 in Reviews by

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