At SXSW2017: LUCKY

Lucky's titular character is the perfect vehicle for Harry Dean Stanton, giving him ample opportunity to gruffly philosophize through the proceedings. The film boasts a great supporting cast, which includes David Lynch, Ed Begley Jr., Beth Grant, and Tom Skerritt. … [Read more...]

At SXSW2017: LET THERE BE LIGHT

Science! That's got to be the immediate reaction to Let There Be Light, the new documentary about scientists who are, essentially, attempting to create a star in order to solve our energy crisis.Directed by Mila Aung-Thwin and Van Royko, the film primarily centers on the work of ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor), "one of the most ambitious energy projects in the world today." Based in southern France, engineers and scientists from 35 nations are working to build the w … [Read more...]

At SXSW2017: SIGNATURE MOVE

Signature Move (written by Lisa Donato and Fawzia Miriam and directed by Jennifer Reeder) is the type of film that we need right now, beautiful, light, funny, and overflowing with diversity. It presents viewers with a vision of America, Islam, and LGBTQ communities that flies in the face of preconceived notions and news coverage of them. … [Read more...]

At SXSW2017: STRANGER FRUIT

You have to watch a film like Stranger Fruit through two lenses to appreciate its flawed importance. It was one of the most buzzed-about films leading into SXSW. It will be interesting to see how viewers respond to it and, more importantly, what, if any, effect it has on the Michael Brown case. … [Read more...]

At SXSW2017: TROPHY

I missed Trophy at Sundance, so I was glad for the chance to screen it at SXSW. It could be one of the better documentaries of the year (releasing widely later this Summer). Focusing on big game hunters/hunting, it also speaks to our global economical, political, spiritual, and environmental crises. Thankfully, it's not simply a scathing critique of a niche market, but rather a complex take on a host of divisive topics that makes for one of the more complex and frustrating films of the year.  … [Read more...]

At SXSW2017: AMERICAN GODS

It's not just about the tech, films, and music at SXSW anymore, and one of the highs of the festival is sure to be the premiere of American Gods, the adaptation of Neil Gaiman's divine novel. It premieres on Starz on Sunday, April 30th. Read on for a recap of the pilot. … [Read more...]

At SXSW2017: 2 PIGEONS

It's only day two here at SXSW, but 2 Pigeons will likely be not only my favorite Midnighter, but one of my favorite films overall. It's a truly unique narrative that's wickedly funny and grotesque and a perfect example of the effectiveness of single-location filmmaking.   … [Read more...]

#KillerSerials: THE PATH S2, E8

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discusses the latest episode of The Path, now streaming on HULU. They talk about Cal's desparate attempts to fundraise (or friend-raise!), Eddie's drug-fueled spiritual journey, and the secret Cal's mom wants to share from her deathbed. Take a listen after the jump.  … [Read more...]