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SXSW 2014: Frank Movie Review

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On March - 11 - 2014 0 Comment

Title: Frank Directed By: Lenny Abrahamson Starring: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy, François Civil, Carla Azar Screened at SXSW 2014 Frank is essentially a character with one sole, lifeless facial expression yet his journey comes with more vivacity, passion and poignancy than the large majority of performances that don’t require the actor to have a gigantic fake head covering his face. “Frank” focuses on Domhnall Gleeson’s Jon, a cubical dwelling button pusher during the week and an aspiring musician in his free time. Jon’s passionate about his craft and does have ability; he just can’t seem to tap into it enough to produce a decent song. When  [ Read More ]


SXSW 2014: Joe Movie Review

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On March - 11 - 2014 0 Comment

Title: Joe Directed By: David Gordon Green Starring: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Gary Poulter, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Adriene Mishler, Sue Rock Screened at SXSW 2014 “Joe” may not be a particularly pleasurable watch, but David Gordon Green certainly earns your time, attention and emotion by constructing a palpable reality with two thoughtful characters at its core. We begin with Gary (Tye Sheridan), a 15-year-old kid stuck living alongside his abusive drunk of a father, Wade (Gary Poulter). They’ve got a roof over their heads but only because they pulled the boards off a condemned house. Even though Gary seems to have a good head on his shoulders and the drive  [ Read More ]


SXSW 2014: Cesar Chavez Movie Review

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On March - 11 - 2014 0 Comment

Title: Cesar Chavez Directed By: Diego Luna Starring: Michael Pen?a, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, Jacob Vargas, Yancey Arias, Wes Bentley, John Ortiz, John Malkovich Screened at SXSW 2014 Diego Luna’s “Cesar Chavez” bears some weight courtesy of its true roots, but the abundance of information and lack of heart makes it feel more like a history lesson rather than a dynamic cinematic experience. Michael Peña leads as the title character, a man who decides it’s time to dedicate his life to pursuing farm workers’ rights. With the help of Dolores Huerta (Rosario Dawson), Chavez forms the United Farm Workers labor union, rouses thousands across the state of California and initiates  [ Read More ]


SXSW 2014: Kelly & Cal Movie Review

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On March - 8 - 2014 0 Comment
Kelly & Cal

Title: Kelly & Cal Directed By: Jen McGowan Starring: Juliette Lewis, Jonny Weston, Josh Hopkins, Cybil Shepherd Screened at SXSW 2014 “Kelly & Cal” marks solid feature debuts for both director Jen McGowan and screenwriter Amy Lowe Starbin. There are some hiccups here and there, but the title characters are so complex and well layered that the film is still undeniably absorbing. “Kelly & Cal” kicks off six weeks after Kelly (Juliette Lewis) has her first child. Even though she loves her husband (Josh Hopkins) and they both adore their newborn son, the birth causes a rift in their relationship. With Josh working well into the night, Kelly’s left desperately  [ Read More ]


According to Collider, the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival will feature three highly-anticipated films among its list of screenings–Paul, Conan O’Brien and The Beaver–however each one are anticipated for very different reasons. The anticipation for the sci-fi comedy Paul has already given the movie a bit of a cult status, partially due to the cast, which includes Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Seth Rogen. The story, also written by Frost and Pegg, involves two buddies traveling across America who happen to find an alien trying to escape from the top-secret base at Area 51. Conan O’Brien: Can’t Stop is a continuation of the fantastic year the television host has  [ Read More ]

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The most engaging and emotional movies are often those that incorporate meaningful societal issues into their captivating plot-lines and characters. That’s certainly the case with the new gritty, realistic and timely film, ‘From Nowhere,’ which was written and directed by Matthew Newton. The drama, which stars Julianne Nicholson and Denis O’Hare, is set to have its world premiere at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. As Shockya prepares to return to the Austin-based festival that’s held every year in March, we’re debuting three new photos featuring the SAG Award-nominated actress, as well as two of her younger, up-and-coming co-stars. ‘From Nowhere’ features an ensemble cast that’s led by Nicholson, who plays  [ Read More ]


Two Step Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On August - 10 - 2015 0 Comment

Title: Two Step Director: Alex R. Johnson Starring: Skyy Moore, James Landry Hebert, Beth Broderick, Jason Douglas, Ashley Rae Spillers, Barry Tubb, Brady Coleman A small town-set indie crime drama of smartly modulated disquiet, ”Two Step” is a refreshing reminder of the abundance of talent, onscreen and off, that lies outside of the conventional cinematic production hubs of Los Angeles and New York City. A SXSW world premiere, writer-director Alex R. Johnson’s film is a slow-boil affair, marked by superb performances and a solid technical package. Baylor University wash-out James (Skyy Moore) returns home, only to have the grandmother who raised him somewhat suddenly pass away and bequeath him a five-figure inheritance.  [ Read More ]

categories: MOVIES, REVIEWS

Surprisingly, there is little left to the imagination about the entire plot of “Terminator Genisys” in this brand new trailer. If you’re very worried about being spoiled, definitely don’t watch this trailer, since it gives away a very big plot-point. However, if you don’t care, then take a look at what you’ll see in the theater. The storyline and the actual big bad is rather interesting. Although, even as a person who isn’t a “Terminator” junkie, I wish they had saved a little for the actual theatrical release. People still like being surprised by their popcorn movies, right? The new stills, thankfully, are not spoiler-filled, so you can look at  [ Read More ]

SXSW 2015 Interview Colin Hanks and Sean Stuart Talk All Things Must Pass

Enthusiastically discovering and pursuing a thriving business venture you’re intensely passionate about isn’t a luxury everyone has the privilege to explore in their lives. But for those who have that powerful advantage, they naturally exude a powerful devotion to spread that eagerness to everyone who works, and interacts, with them. Such is the case with Russ Solomon, the founder of the renowned 20th century music store, Tower Records, who created such an engaging environment for his employees and customers, that people around the world were keen on taking part of the company’s movement and history. Actor Colin Hanks intriguingly captured the world’s attraction to Tower Records in his feature documentary  [ Read More ]

SXSW 2015 Interview: Ben and Chris Blaine and Abigail Hardinham Talk Nina Forever

Enduring a crippling sense of pain and loss often seems to be an isolating experience, as you struggle to overcome the harrowing feelings of being abandoned by, and detached from, the outside world. Whether you live in the quiet suburban countryside or in a chaotic city, people often don’t feel as though their self-imposed seclusion would be considered normal, as their emotions don’t get much attention by any part of society. Intensely missing someone who’s no longer in your life, and attempting to stay connected to that person you have so longingly loved, intriguingly fuels the new horror film, ‘Nina Forever.’ Brothers Ben and Chris Blaine, who made their feature  [ Read More ]

SXSW 2015 Interview: Ross Dinerstein Talks The Diabolical and The Nightmare

Instinctively finding ways to fight the menacing evil that’s harrowingly invading your life, particularly by lurking in your home at night and disturbing your sleep, can be a terrifying experience for many people. However, such intuitively motivated characters, who willingly embrace the challenge of fighting back against their terrifying intruders, are grippingly featured in two of producer Ross Dinerstein’s latest movies, the horror thriller narrative, ‘The Diabolical,’ and the sci-fi horror documentary, ‘The Nightmare.’ From a mother who’s determined to protect her young children from a threatening presence in ‘The Diabolical,’ to people around the world who are forced to face the daunting prospect of stopping malevolent beings from interrupting  [ Read More ]

SXSW 2015 Interview: He Never Died's Jason Krawczyk and Henry Rollins

As people struggle to find and hold onto a meaningful purpose in their work and relationships, they often find it difficult to simply define the overall objectives in their lives. So they often determinedly set out to describe and showcase their strengths, in a powerful attempt to validate their existence and merits. Writer-director Jason Krawczyk and actor Henry Rollins profoundly highlighted their persistence in telling an equally emotional and action-driven horror story in their new film, ‘He Never Died,’ which premiered during last week’s SXSW in Austin, Texas. The performer’s complex anti-hero also enthrallingly showcased his dedication to finding the significance in his own life, particularly when it comes to  [ Read More ]

SXSW 2015 Interview: Turbo Kid's Yoann-Karl Whissell, Anouk Whissell and François Simard

Courageously embarking on an emotionally and physically daunting journey in order to achieve what you truly want in life can be a terrifying process for anyone, no matter what stage in their lives they’re at, or what kind of experience they have. The daring young protagonist in the new adventure horror film, ‘Turbo Kid,’ fearlessly fights his enemies to protect not only himself, but also the people who have come to depend on him. In order to brazenly make their feature film debut, writer-directors Yoann-Karl Whissell, Anouk Whissell and François Simard, who go by the collective name RKSS (Road Kill Super Stars), boldly overcame their struggles of making the movie  [ Read More ]

SXSW 2015 Interview: Pod's Mickey Keating, Dean Cates, Brian Morvant and Giona Ostinelli

Struggling to find a gratifying balance between an estranged group as they strive to overcome their differences in an effort to better themselves and their lives can be a harrowing struggle for everyone involved. That’s certainly the case in the electrifying new horror thriller, ‘Pod,’ which had its World Premiere at this year’s SXSW, during the festival’s Midnighters Section on March 16, at the Alamo Ritz theater in Austin, Texas. While the family in writer-director-executive producer Mickey Keating’s mystery film often relatably clash over their ideas on how to best lead their respective lives, the filmmaker and his cast and crew embraced closely collaborating together to make an emotionally exhiliratingly  [ Read More ]

SXSW 2015 Interview: The Automatic Hate's Justin Lerner, Katharine O'Brien and Joseph Cross

Testing the boundaries of your seemingly loving relationships with the most important people in your life, from your parents to your long-term significant other, can be a revealing insight into how strongly you trust them and believe in their commitment to protecting your well-being. That enticing process of engaging in seemingly dangerous situations is captivatingly showcased in director Justin Lerner’s second feature film directorial effort, ‘The Automatic Hate,’ the follow-up to his debut movie, the 2010 drama, ‘Girlfriend.’ The helmer, who co-wrote the script to his latest film with Katharine O’Brien, grippingly cast actor Joseph Cross to portray a seemingly successful young man who willingly put his connections with his  [ Read More ]

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