Tag: SXSW 2013

SXSW 2013: BIG ASS SPIDER! Review

     March 12, 2013

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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 …

SXSW 2013: HAWKING Review

     March 12, 2013

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When I see a documentary about a famous figure, I expect to learn something new.  I’ll leave it to the biopics to play up familiar aspects, dramatize particular moments, and bend the truth.  When it comes to the documentary and …

SXSW 2013: THE OTHER SHORE Review

     March 11, 2013

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One of the great joys of the documentary form is the unpredictability of the narrative.  Fictional narratives can indulge us, but a documentary must be rooted in some perception of a hard fact.  It’s up to the documentary filmmaker to …

SXSW 2013: AWFUL NICE Review

     March 11, 2013

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When I was a kid, I stuck a plunger on my brother’s face.  Another time, he hit me in the back of the head with a hockey stick.  Brothers fight, and some of the time they grow out of it.  …

SXSW 2013: MILO Review

     March 10, 2013

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Jacob Vaughan‘s Milo is revelatory in multiple ways.  It’s a sly comment on our culture’s obsession with stress and how to relieve it.  It’s an intimate family drama about a man afraid of becoming a father when he was abandoned …

SXSW 2013: MEDORA Review

     March 10, 2013

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The small factory town is dead, and it’s not coming back.  We can talk about the heartland with nostalgic fondness, but it’s almost become meaningless since we know that these are the ghost towns of the 21st century.  Medora puts …

SXSW 2013: HAUNTER Review

     March 10, 2013

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Ghosts aren’t all bad.  Some of the time, they’re just depressed, and you would be too if you had to float around for the rest of whatever.  There’s monotony, but the desire to reach out, whether you’re alive or dead, …

SXSW 2013: KILIMANJARO Review

     March 10, 2013

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Kilimanjaro is the weak slogan, “Life is what happens when you’re making plans,” extended to an 80 minute film.  It’s not insightful, emotional, and confuses “real” with “bland” (watching a guy discuss his vacation schedule with his boss is rarely …

SXSW 2013: A TEACHER Review

     March 9, 2013

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The behavior behind female teachers sleeping with their male students is perversely fascinating.  As a society, it creates a gender divide where some people feel openly comfortable being impressed with an abuse of power.  But no one wants to acknowledge …

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