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Film Festivals

21 Jump Street: SXSW Reviews

 I’ll put all my cards on the table right now, I really enjoyed ’21 Jump Street’. I haven’t been a fan of all of the remakes and TV Show reboots that have been taking over theaters for the last decade but this movie was a pleasant surprise. Comedy was definitely the right direction to take the film. 


Killer Joe: SXSW Reviews

 I’m sorry but I just didn’t see it. What started out as a great film really spiraled out of control, and it had so much potential. Immediately after the screening I overheard people enthusiastically referring to the film as a masterpiece but for the moment I’m going to chalk that up to the “festival experience”. 




Lovely Molly: SXSW Reviews

 I’m really not a fan of found-footage films but when I saw that the creators of “The Blair Witch Project” were behind “Lovely Molly” I was anxious to give it a shot. After all these are the guys who pretty much launched an entire wave of found-footage filmmaking. Not to mention that I enjoyed the original Blair Witch, much more than I have anything that has come after it, including the entire Paranormal Activity franchise.



Safety Not Guaranteed: SXSW Reviews

Colin Trevorrow’s Safety Not Guaranteed is a feel-good comedy about a group of misfits looking for love and acceptance. The film uses a touch of movie magic to form an interesting new twist on the same old romantic comedies seen time and again. With a fantastic all-star cast to boot, this was one of the festival’s greatest gems.


Fat Kid Rules The World: SXSW Reviews

Fat Kid Rules The World, based on the K.L. Going book of the same name, marks actor Matthew Lillard’s impressive directorial debut. A microbudget film, it is notably well shot and cast and is simply a very fun time at the movies. It is no big surprise it received the Narrative Spotlight Audience Award at this year’s South By Southwest festival.


Paul Williams Still Alive: SXSW Reviews

Stephen Kessler’s Paul Williams Still Alive is a charming documentary about legendary songwriter and unlikely 70’s icon Paul Williams. A film six years in the making, it’s the story of Stephen’s childhood idol and how the unlikeliest of friendships is born between them. It is a kind of love letter that manages to be captivating and funny while not having to resort to any extravagant Hollywood magic.


The Do-Deca-Pentathlon: SXSW Reviews

Jay and Mark Duplass hold a special place in the heart of many Austinites. This is why it was only fitting that their long delayed yet highly anticipated film The Do-Deca Pentathlon would have its world premiere at this year’s South by Southwest. A film that has been in some form of production for several years (before shooting began on Cyrus), it was a great treat to have the final cut finally available for audience viewing.


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