SXSW 2013 Review: HOURS Makes the Mistake of Putting All Its Dramatic Weight on Paul Walker's Shoulders

All human beings have a talent for one thing or another, and Paul Walker is a human being, so Paul Walker undoubtedly is good at something. But whatever it is, it's not acting. Acting is not the thing Paul Walker... More »
  

SXSW 2013 Review: GO FOR SISTERS Is an Easy-Going Character Drama from John Sayles

Few filmmakers are more legitimately "independent" than John Sayles, who has now written and directed 18 features since 1979 (Return of the Secaucus Seven) without studio backing. His latest, the affable character drama Go for Sisters, while not an outstanding... More »
  

SXSW 2013 Review: COLDWATER Is Lukewarm

Shedding light on important issues through the power of narrative filmmaking can be a tricky proposition. The very nature of fictional storytelling can sometimes make the issues brought to the forefront seem less worthy of inspection (ie: "it's just a... More »
  

WASTELANDER PANDA Is Coming For You. New Series Teasers Begin

Last year we found out about a strange new hybrid of awesome, a webseries about a Max Rockatansky-style panda wandering the blasted post-apocalyptic landscape. A prologue for this series, Wastelander Panda, was launched online, and after an overwhelming vote of... More »
  

SXSW 2013 Review: AWFUL NICE is Painfully Funny

To call director Todd Sklar's sense of humor peculiar is to understate the weird and wacky no-holds-barred comedy we've come to know in his work. One look at his hit short '92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card and his... More »
  

SXSW 2013 Review: SWIM LITTLE FISH SWIM Is A Sincere Look At The Stubbornness Of Artists

The opening moment of Ruben Amar & Lola Bessis' Swim Little Fish Swim (his feature directorial debut, her directorial and feature acting debut) finds Bessis in a rather precarious position: hogtied and posing for a grizzly-bearded naked painter. This moment... More »
  

SXSW 2013 Jury Awards Go To SHORT TERM 12 and WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL

Short Term 12, which stars Brie Larson as a supervisor at a foster home for at-risk adolescents, took home the SXSW 2013 narrative prize, awarded by a jury which included Indiewire editor and Chief Dana Harris and GQ articles editor... More »
  

SXSW 2013 Review: REWIND THIS! Is About More Than Just Tapes, It's About Love

One could be forgiven for imagining director Josh Johnson's documentary debut, Rewind This!, to be a look inside the tiny niche of the current VHS collecting boom. Many of the promotional materials are a bit misleading in that way. However,... More »
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SXSW 2013 Review: THE RETRIEVAL Quietly Takes on Life, Loss, and Hope

Chris Eska crafted the finely-honed, modern-day drama August Evening, which featured a resilient, older Mexican immigrant who stoicly dealt with life's challenges as they arose. The Retrieval is Eska's followup, and it's a similar, low-key, high-quality affair that etches portraits... More »
  

SXSW 2013 Review: SNAP Rattles Nerves as a Mind Unhinges

It's always the quiet ones. Jim (Jake Hoffman) is a quiet, unassuming, hesitant, and incredibly shy young man. He escapes into music, whaling blasts of noise and harsh beats that he shapes into accompaniment for daily news footage, and posts... More »
  

SXSW 2013 Review: THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE Pits Magic Against Stunts

Jim Carrey easily steals the spotlight in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone away from leading man Steve Carell, but it doesn't take a magician to understand why. As the titular character, Carell is the straight man, a wildly successful Las Vegas... More »
  

SXSW 2013 Review: BIG ASS SPIDER! Attacks Los Angeles With More Humor Than Horror

Truth in advertising is such a rare commodity that Big Ass Spider! gets one of its eight legs up on the competition because of it. Clearly, director Mike Mendez and his collaborators behind the camera completely buy into the idea... More »
  

SXSW 2013: Drafthouse Films Adds Some CHEAP THRILLS To Its Roster!

Hot off its World Premiere during the midnight screening on March 9th the U.S. distribution rights for the comedy thriller Cheap Thrills has been picked up by Drafthouse Films and Snoot Entertainment. The film was produced by Snowfort Pictures, who... More »
  

SXSW 2013: BIG ASS SPIDER Clip Will Melt Your Face Off!

There is an expression in the world of Metal music called 'The Face Melter'. It is when you get a heavy metal solo that is so awesome and powerful, it causes one's face to melt. You will not find any Heavy Metal music in this... More »
  

SXSW 2013 Review: WHITE REINDEER Decks the Halls with Boughs of Hilarious

Not every Christmas can be a merry one, but the punishment Zach Clark puts his protagonist Suzanne (Anna Margaret Hollyman) through in his third feature outing White Reindeer gives a whole new meaning to bah humbug. Luckily, Clark infuses... More »
  

SXSW 2013 First Impression: REWIND THIS! Spreads the Cinematic Love Past the Living Room

Director Josh Johnson and producer Carolee Mitchell's VHS docu Rewind This! is every bit the love letter to the mostly forgotten format that we've been promised, but there is plenty more than just nostalgia here as well. This is just... More »
  

SXSW 2013 Review: PLUS ONE Invites Sci-Fi to a College Party

A high-level sci-fi concept, a raucous college party, and a desperate attempt at romantic reconciliation mix uneasily in Dennis Iliadis' Plus One, a movie whose worthy ambitions largely outstrip its execution. Disguising the first act of the movie as a... More »
  

SXSW 2013 Review: THE SHORT GAME Will Double-Eagle Your Heart

Documentaries live and die on the strength of their characters. Think about some of the most memorable docs in recent years; Billy Mitchell in King of Kong, Steve "Lips" Kudlow in Anvil: The Story of Anvil, or the soldiers of... More »
  

SXSW 2013 Exclusive: SWIM LITTLE FISH SWIM Trailer Makes A Delightful Splash

Director Ruben Amar is no newb to the world of film festivals, what with his slew of short films, including Checkpoint, playing the likes of Slamdance, Saraosta and Palm Springs. Teaming up with his fellow French compatriot Lola Bessis for... More »
  

SXSW 2013 Review: MILIUS Sparks New Interest in a Brilliant Filmmaker

They say that in Hollywood, you're only as good as your last picture. It's a good thing nobody told the wunderkinds of yesteryear, otherwise documentarians Joey Figueroa and Zak Knuston might never have given us Milius, an exhaustingly comprehensive chronicle... More »
  
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