About J. Ryan Parker

#KillerSerials: THE PATH, S2 Ep. 11

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss the latest episode of THE PATH, now streaming on HULU. They talk about Richard's gamble, Felicia's wisdom, and human frailty. Listen below. … [Read more...]

A GHOST STORY Trailer Release

There are few films that we are looking forward to as much as David Lowery's A Ghost Story. We'll obviously post a review of the film closer to it's release on July 7th, along with, hopefully, a conversation with Lowery. A24 released the trailer this morning. Check it out, along with a synopsis of the film, below. … [Read more...]

#KillerSerials: THE PATH, S2 Ep. 10

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss the latest episode of THE PATH, now streaming on HULU. They talk about the importance ritual and group confession and accountability, Tess' explosive entrance, and the impossibility of reconciliation and atonement while maintaining outsiders. Take a listen after the jump. … [Read more...]

At SXSW2017: DISGRACED

You know you've got a problem, if you're a university, when people lose track of the sports scandals plaguing your institution. The new documentary, Disgraced (directed by Pat Kondelis) traces the 2003 death of Baylor basketball player Pat Dennehey and the ensuing attempts by head coach Dave Bliss and members of the University to cover it up. In the process, it sheds light on the corruption of much of college athletics, the hypocrisy of Christian institutions like Baylor, and the ways in which … [Read more...]

At SXSW2017: PORNOCRACY

Ovidie is a French feminist filmmaker icon, who began her career in the world of adult film. Like so many other industries in our global capitalist world, it has been overtaken by one multinational corporation, created by a computer programmer that now controls a great majority of all videos (nearly all of which stream online for free). … [Read more...]

At SXSW2017: WALK WITH ME

Walk With Me, the documentary with unprecedented access to Thich Nhat Hanh and his Zen Buddhist community in France, premiered at SXSW yesterday. It recalls another great religious documentary, Into Great Silence, about Carthusian monks in France. Both are quiet and meditative and give credence to the concept of film-watching as spiritual practice. … [Read more...]

At SXSW2017: FLESH AND BLOOD

Docudrama in the most pure and challenging sense of the word, Mark Webber’s Flesh and Blood is one of the standout films at SXSW this year. Blending family members with actors and real experiences with scripted events, Webber turns his attention to broken families and communities, made especially more vulnerable with events of the last few months. … [Read more...]

At SXSW2017: ATOMIC BLONDE

Atomic Blonde has all the action and brilliant fight choreography of the John Wick series but with a stronger story and more compelling heroine. It'll likely be one of the biggest hits of the summer. Not since Kill Bill has a female lead kicked so much ass, and Charlize Theron is completely believable in the lead role. … [Read more...]