SXSW 2012: THE DO-DECA-PENTATHLON Review

     May 15, 2012

Jay and Mark Duplass don’t really go dark or deep with their movies.  Most of their films look at a family dynamic by introducing a strange but not outlandish hook, and then let the performances and heartwarming story carry the …

SXSW 2012: THE SOURCE Review

     March 12, 2012

Religious cults get a bad rap, which may have something to do with the most famous ones being known for murder and suicide.  All religious cults arguably deserve our contempt, but Jodi Wille and Maria Demopoulos‘ documentary The Source takes …

SXSW 2012: THE AGGRESSION SCALE Review

     March 11, 2012

If the folks behind Funny or Die did an R-rated spoof of Home Alone, their parody would most likely bear a passing resemblance to Steven C. Miller‘s The Aggression Scale.  The home-invasion thriller isn’t owned by Chris Columbus’ 1990 family …

SXSW 2012: SMALL APARTMENTS Review

     March 11, 2012

Small Apartments deserves credit for getting inside your head through force of strangeness alone, and it has enough going on to merit at least some kind of interpretation.  You can argue with yourself to no end about whether or not …

SXSW 2012: HUNKY DORY Review

     March 11, 2012

Hunky Dory will inevitably draw comparisons to Glee, but only because they both feature paper-thin teenage characters singing about their feelings.  Not every teenage character in movies and television needs to go through something profound, but we still need to …

SXSW 2012: WELCOME TO THE MACHINE Review

     March 11, 2012

Our relationship to technology is ever-changing.  We’ve come increasingly aware of the fact that machines, with their enhanced capabilities, may rob us of our humanity as we become increasingly dependent on them.  But only the awareness has changed; the historical …

SXSW 2012: THE BABYMAKERS Review

     March 10, 2012

The Babymakers is a film I would have made when I was thirteen, and that is not a compliment.  Jay Chandrasekhar‘s comedy occasionally appeals to one’s guilty pleasure adolescent side, but it lacks the sophistication to bring out big laughs …

SXSW 2012: THE CABIN IN THE WOODS Review

     May 4, 2012

The Cabin in the Woods is one of the sharpest satires of the horror genre ever made.  Great satire can only come from intelligent, witty, and devious minds.  Director Drew Goddard and his co-writer Joss Whedon have those minds.  They …

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