SXSW 2013: THE ACT OF KILLING Review

     March 15, 2013

History is written by the winners, and in Indonesia in 1965, the winners were killers.  In Joshua Oppenheimer‘s shocking and thought-provoking documentary The Act of Killing, we bear witness to a nation transformed by its past into a sick, twisted …

SXSW 2013: SHORT TERM 12 Review

     March 14, 2013

Earlier this week, I wrote in my review of Kelly + Victor about how love couldn’t always overcome past abuse.  The film makes a fine presentation of its theme, but it left me feeling empty all the same.  I want …

SXSW 2013: REWIND THIS! Review

     March 14, 2013

Nostalgia and entertainment technology go hand-in-hand.  We spend so much time with a physical device that we develop a personal bond with the joy it brings us (talk to any fan of the Sega Dreamcast, and they’ll talk about it …

SXSW 2013: MILIUS Review

     March 13, 2013

Writer-director John Milius is too colorful of a filmmaker not to have his own documentary.  Ironically, the man who wrote Apocalypse Now and Dirty Harry as well as writing and directing Conan the Barbarian and Red Dawn has now faded …

SXSW 2013: I GIVE IT A YEAR Review

     March 13, 2013

Dan Mazer‘s I Give It a Year is the rom-com in reverse and two rom-coms in one.  Mazer takes the difficult task of showing a marriage fall apart, and turns it into a surprisingly funny and witty comedy that never …

SXSW 2013: KELLY + VICTOR Review

     March 12, 2013

Love cannot conquer all.  I would like to believe it could.  I like movies where love can overcome misunderstandings, doubt, and various illnesses.  Kieran Evans‘ Kelly + Victor is an anti-love story.  It doesn’t argue that love is false or …

SXSW 2013: BIG ASS SPIDER! Review

     March 12, 2013

There are two ways to go about creating a movie that’s so-bad-it’s-good (or “good-bad” as I’ll refer to them from here on).  In its pure form, a filmmaker lacks the competence, awareness, and funds to create a good movie.  A …