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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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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 ]

The Nightmare's Distribution Rights Acquired by Gravitas Ventures After SXSW Premiere

‘The Nightmare’ is once again leaving audiences afraid to turn out the lights at night, as the documentary’s distribution rights have been acquired by Gravitas Ventures. The distribution company picked up the movie after it screened on Friday night during the Midnight section at the SXSW Film Festival. The acquisition comes after the documentary, which was produced by Campfire’s Ross M. Dinerstein and Zipper Brothers Films’ Glen Zipper, frightened audiences and earned acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Gravitas Ventures is set to release ‘The Nightmare’ in Northh America in theaters and on VOD on June 5. The documentary, which was was directed by ‘Room 237′ helmer, Rodney  [ Read More ]

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Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On November - 9 - 2014 0 Comment

DRUG LORD: THE LEGEND OF SHORTY Gravitas Ventures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B+ Director:  Angus MacQueen Screenwriter: Angus MacQueen Cast:  El Chapo, Chino, Angus MacQueen Screened at:  Review 2, NYC, 11/3/14 Opens:  November 14, 2014 If you heard that the authorities captured Public Enemy Number One, responsible for a large number of 80,000 people murdered during the last ten years or so and the poisoning by drugs of millions around the world, what sentence would you give him?  Would capital punishment be too good for him?  How about having him drawn and quartered?  Surprisingly when the Mexican authorities first captured Joaquín Guzmán Loera  [ Read More ]

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Predestination Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On November - 4 - 2014 0 Comment

Predestination Movie Review Vertical Entertainment Reviewed for Shockya by Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer Directed by: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig Screenplay by: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig, based on a short story “All you Zombies” by Robert A. Heinlein Cast: Ethan Hawke, Sara Snook, Noah Taylor Release Date: January 9, 2015 Readers you have been warned: do not try to make a logical sense of Predestination, especially not after the first viewing. If you hope to understand it by reading the short story “All You Zombies” by Robert Heinlein, upon which the screen play is based, you may not have a better luck. Predestination is the story of Temporal Agent (Ethan Hawke)  [ Read More ]

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Kelly and Cal Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On September - 5 - 2014 0 Comment
Kelly and Cal Movie Review

Title: Kelly and Cal Director: Jen McGowan Starring: Juliette Lewis, Jonny Weston, Josh Hopkins and Cybill Shepherd People have often envied their friends, family members, peers and neighbors for the seemingly positive personal and professional opportunities they’ve been granted, and strive to reach that same level of success. The two title characters in the award-winning independent comedy-drama, ‘Kelly & Cal,’ which played at this year’s SXSW, lead lives that superficially appear as though they couldn’t be more different from each other. But the movie, which marks the feature film debuts of director Jen McGowan and writer Amy Lowe Starbin, passionately showcases that when people truly talk, they can discover their  [ Read More ]

categories: MOVIES, REVIEWS

Frank Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 18 - 2014 0 Comment
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FRANK Magnolia Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B Director:  Lenny Abramson Screenplay:  Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan, based on Jon Ronson’s original newspaper article Cast:  Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy, François Civil Screened at:    Review 2, NYC, 6/9/14 Opens:  August 22, 2014 Here in New York, the city with the world’s most diverse population, you’re lucky if one day passes without your spotting at least one crazy out of our seven million people.  But I’ve never seen a guy wearing a large plaster mask covering his entire face, hair painted on top, fitted so he is unable to take solid nourishment.   [ Read More ]

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