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    Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny | Review

    Friday, September 1st, 2017

    Having the look and feel in some ways of a Linklater film, the doc traces Linklater’s life and career from Slacker up through Everybody Wants Some!!, featuring a brilliant selection of film clips from Linklater’s filmography as well as interview footage with Ethan Hawke, Jack Black, Patricia Arquette, Matthew McConaughey and others. Additionally, there is stellar footage of Louis Black sitting and interviewing Linklater while they rummage through boxes of his early career memorabilia, including journals, scripts, handbills and more.

    Slash | SXSW Review

    Sunday, March 20th, 2016

    Writer-director Clay Liford cleverly uses slash fiction as a vessel for Julia and Neil to explore their own sexual identities and invent themselves, juggling the societal norms of reality with the fantasies that they have only been able to realize within the fictional context of their writing. Slash fiction gives these two adolescents a forum to address their erotic fantasies, using fictional characters as avatars to echo their own desires; this also allows Julia and Neil to mold their heroes into much more relatable personalities. Functioning as a rebellion against the homogenized heterosexuality of mainstream fiction, slash writing enables Julia and Neil to create utopian worlds free of gender and sexuality biases.

    Hunter Gatherer | SXSW Review

    Sunday, March 20th, 2016

    Joshua Locy — the art director on Cold Weather, Prince Avalanche and Manglehorn — captures the dilapidated wear and tear of South Los Angeles perfectly. Hunter Gatherer nails the hopeless tone of Ashley’s world, relishing in the minute details of the unpicturesque atmosphere.

    Rainbow Time | SXSW Review

    Sunday, March 20th, 2016

    Linas Phillips’ Rainbow Time is a film that designed to challenge the audience’s perception of Shawn, by way of comparing Lindsay and Todd’s treatment of him. Does Shawn need to be treated with kid gloves or like an adult? How cognizant of his thoughts and actions is he? Are Shawn’s sexist tendencies genetic, learned, or part of his developmental disorder?

    Before the Sun Explodes | SXSW Review

    Friday, March 18th, 2016

    While the plot of Debra Eisenstadt’s Before the Sun Explodes may sound familiar, its execution is refreshingly novel. Eisenstadt develops Ken into a very sympathetic character. He is a good parent who has suffered a lot of bad luck in his career; if anything, his current lack of financial responsibility is based on the fact that he is family-oriented, while his wife is career-oriented.

    Alchemist Cookbook, The | SXSW Review

    Friday, March 18th, 2016

    While some have labeled The Alchemist Cookbook a horror film, it could easily be argued that this film completely defies genre. This is a unique vision of one of the most intriguing young auteurs in American independent cinema. With this film, Potrykus has grown leaps & bounds as a director (that is by no means a discredit to his trilogy).

    Papagajka | SXSW Review

    Thursday, March 17th, 2016

    On paper, Papagajka might sound like a psychological thriller, perhaps one with science fiction undertones, but Rozanski admirably has absolutely no intentions of giving into standard genre tropes and conventions. With its relatively sleight narrative and slow-yet-precise pacing, Papagajka relies a lot upon the visual and audible elements to compliment and inform the story.

    Claire in Motion | SXSW Review

    Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

    Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson’s Claire in Motion is not so much about dealing with loss as it is about conflicting personality types. A profound and engrossing character study riddled with the subtle undertones of a psychological thriller, Claire in Motion astutely compares Claire with Allison, using Allison as a stand in for Paul — meaning that we can only assume that Claire probably had some of the same relationship issues with Paul (despite her denial) as she does with Allison.

    Spaceship | SXSW Review

    Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

    Alex Taylor’s Spaceship plays homage to the misfits and the outcasts of society. The teenage characters are an amalgamation of hippie, glam, punk, goth, and rave cultures, celebrating individuality and personal freedom with stylistic bombast. The oblique narrative exists on a metaphoric plane, rather than a physical one. Steeped in mythologies, Spaceship is a sublime blend of the metaphysical and the psychedelic.

    Little Sister | SXSW Review

    Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

    One would expect a film by Zach Clark (White Reindeer) featuring a goth-turned-nun, her monstrously disfigured brother and their perpetually stoned parents would be wacky as all hell, but Little Sister’s (co-written by Melodie Sisk) household of misfit characters are baked in emotional honesty.

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