SXSW 2017 Quick Review: Game of Death

I hate to simplify this and say it’s just gory death Jumanji but not as creative….but it is basically just gory death Jumanji but not as creative. A group of unlikable teens find a game while partying that proposes that they kill or be killed. What follows is a lot of style over substance with […]

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SXSW 2017 Quick Review: Madre

Dir. Aaron Burns A pregnant mother struggles to take care of her autistic child as her husband travels for work. At her wits end, a chance encounter brings a savior nanny into their lives. The child immediately improves, no more outbursts, he speaks in full sentences, and all seems well. Of course, this is all […]

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SXSW Quick Review: Most Beautiful Island

The debut feature from Ana Asensio is a study in tension and suspense…but only as it moves into the climax of the final act. What comes before is subtle sometimes meandering character building of an immigrant woman trying to make ends meet in the big apple, but the pay off is well worth it. It’s […]

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SXSW 2017 Quick Review: Baby Driver

Dir. Edgar Wright Whoa baby. What a ride. The new film from Edgar Wright is exhilarating, fresh, funny, charming, slick, etc. It’s an amalgam of genres and a celebration of classic and modern pop/rock music. A technical feat of expert pacing and insanely kinetic well executed car chases. The adrenaline rush from the chase scenes […]

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SXSW 2017 Quick Review: The Disaster Artist

James Franco’s adaption of the making of the cult classic film, “The Room,” is a competent, humorous, energetic, and surprisingly emotional piece of work. Performances across the entirety of the cast are fantastic, the story is engaging and sticks close to the source material, and most importantly, the film is crafted and dedicated to the […]

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SXSW 2017 Quick Review: Win It All

Writer/Director Joe Swanberg continues his string of consistently accessible and likable films. Jake Johnson plays a schlub with no focus and no luck who finds himself in a compromising situation: a bunch of cash and no accountability. It’s a story that has a lot of heart but ends just about exactly as you’d expect. But […]

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SXSW 2017 Quick Review: Small Town Crime

Small Town Crime, Dir. Esholm and Ian Nelms A broken down former cop dives back in when a local crime peaks his interest, giving him a shot at redemption and purpose. A fantastic vehicle for a versatile actor like John Hawkes who shines here, along with a stellar ensemble cast. It’s a low-key tight thriller […]

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SXSW Quick Review: The Hero

Our bloggers are downtown all week this week at SXSW.  We’ll be posting very concise reviews from the fest for your enjoyment!  Because about the only way you’ll be able to catch these flicks until they begin releasing to the world unless you too are locked with a badge or a wristband, we’ll try to […]

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Filmmaker Interview | Jamie K. Kennedy | ‘Voice for the Lonely’

While taking the Digital Filmmaking course at Austin School of Film, local Austin filmmaker Jamie K. Kennedy began brainstorming an emotionally driven character study that would later became the short film Voice for the Lonely. After a long journey, the film is finally finished and making the rounds on the film festival circuit. We got a […]

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INTERVIEW with “Prisoner X” Director Gaurav Seth

As a part of their year round Premiere Series, Other Worlds Austin screened the science-fiction film Prisoner X, which is based on the novella Truth by Robert Reed. Being its Austin premiere, the film’s director Gaurav Seth was present at the screening for a Q & A. An hour before the screening, at the Flix Brewhouse where they were hosting […]

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