SXSW 2013 Review: KISS OF THE DAMNED Intricately Apes Classic Eurohorror, Warts And All

There are few subgenres of film quite as specific and instantly recognizable as '70s Eurohorror. Filmmakers like Jean Rollin, Jess Franco, Jose Ramon Larraz and a few others left an indelible mark on the international horror market. Their creations were... More »
By J Hurtado   

SXSW 2013 Review: DOWNLOADED is a Fascinating Look at Our Wired Times

Downloaded is a great documentary for many reasons. The greatest of these might be its effortless and uncanny ability to throw into stark relief just how massively the world of computers and the Internet has radically changed in just... More »
By John Jarzemsky   

SXSW 2013 Review: MAIDENTRIP is a Beautiful Celebration of Youth

You may have already heard this story: A fifteen-year-old girl wins a legal battle versus the Dutch government to stay in the custody of her parents and is therefore able to set out on her 40-foot sailboat in an... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

SXSW 2013 Review: HAUNTER Delivers an Enjoyably Tame Ghost Story

Time is a fluid thing in the atmospheric Haunter, but it's set mainly in 1985. It's the day before Lisa's 16th birthday. It has been for a while. Lisa (Abigail Breslin) and her wholesomely plain family -- mother (Michelle Nolden),... More »
By Eric D. Snider   

SXSW 2013 Review: GROW UP, TONY PHILLIPS is More Wholesome Fun from Hagins

Emily Hagins has already made quite a name for herself in the Austin film scene with three full leangth features including 2011's indie hit My Sucky Teen Romance. In her fourth feature, Grow Up, Tony Phillips, Hagins shows more... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

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 »
By Eric D. Snider   

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 »
By Eric D. Snider   

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 »
By John Jarzemsky   

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 »
By Simon de Bruyn   

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 »
By Ryland Aldrich   

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 »
By Ben Umstead   


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 »
By Brian Clark   

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 »
By J Hurtado   

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 »
By Peter Martin   

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 »
By Peter Martin   

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 »
By Peter Martin   

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 »
By Peter Martin   

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 »
By Andrew Mack   

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 »
By Andrew Mack   

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 »
By Ryland Aldrich   
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