SXSW 2010

SXSW Film 2010

I had a chance to sit with the guys from Dance With the One, which was almost as fun as seeing the film. The film is one of those perfect storms in independent filmmaking when an exciting story, skilled director, and a good cast create an entertaining experience on screen.

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Tiny Furniture

Too often we’re made to feel as if we might root for characters who we’d otherwise want to smack, if they were real. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. And in the case of Tiny Furniture, it doesn’t quite work. However, I will concede that it is the single most adorable movie I’ve ever seen that involves characters who I’d otherwise like to see get hit by a bus.

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Red White and Blue

Simon Rumley’s Red, White & Blue is a film about grey areas. There are no heroes or villains in the unforgiving landscape of this film, a landscape featuring characters that make life-altering bad decisions or knowingly do unforgivable things. It’s a dense, serious study of unfortunate happenstance, one which implements a brooding quietude throughout.

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The Runaways: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning and Floria Sigismondi

I was able to see The Runaways here at SXSW, which is kind of a cool experience. One minute you are watching some kick-ass girls rock out on the big screen, the next minute you can see some of the impact those girls had on rock n’ roll out on the streets of Austin. I loved the film, and I was pretty excited to be able to speak with the woman behind the curtain. When sitting with The Runaways director Floria Sigismondi I could tell that she was very much in control of how to tell the out of control stories of Cherie Currie and Joan Jett

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Plastic Bag

This week, Sunday Shorts is back with something very special. Have you ever wondered what the life of a plastic bag is like? From its birth in a grocery store to its late life in a landfill? Have you also wondered what the existential thoughts of said bag would sound like? Yes, they would sound like Werner Herzog. That was my first thought, as well.

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Tony London Serial Killer

I had never heard of a British film called Tony; no buzz did I behold on any horror site and even when it was announced as part of the slate the publicity was oddly stifled. I really didn’t expect much from it, a bias based on nothing other than the fact that I had never heard of it and no one was talking it up. Despite my completely unfounded preconceived notion, Tony was an unassuming little film that knocked me on my ass.

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Higanjima

Thanks to the Fantastic Fest at Midnight slate of films at this year’s SxSW, greatest idea the festival has ever had by the way, I was able to see a Japanese vampire film called Higanjima. Would it be another title from the far east that struck my fancy, or would this vampire film just plain suck? Rimshots upon request.

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SXSW Film 2010

Join Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, director Aaron Schneider, and producer Dean Zanuck for lunch as they discuss Get Low.

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SXSW Film 2010

Despite the rumors, the world is a pretty ok place. Amidst the talk of global warming, fuel prices and the Kardashians…there is this whole “Green Initiative.” So what does it mean for a project or institution to go green anyways? Miranda Bailey would be happy to tell you what it means, and how it just might be more than you bargain for.

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Pelada

Leave it to non-fiction filmmaking to engross me in the story of a sports-related subject I previously knew and cared little about. That’s exactly what the soccer documentary Pelada does, immersing me in a fascinating human story and being a damned impressive sports documentary at the same time.

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Greenlit

As I’ve mentioned time and time again (and time again, mind you) in reviews of documentaries, there’s a certain “lightning in a bottle” element to creating a cinematic experience out of a real life situation. It is impossible to manufacture a story where no story exists, and even more difficult to craft a story out of a little bit of story. Such is the case with Greenlit, the eco-friendly doc about making a movie that has less of an impact on our environment.

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Winter

One can see why the people of Sundance loved Winter’s Bone enough to give it the Grand Jury Prize and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. Upon initial appearance it’s exactly the type of independent film beloved at the festival in Utah that later goes unnoticed by the rest of the world.

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Skeletons

In Skeletons, we meet a company that comes into your home, and through a mysterious process involving a pair of rocks, a fire extinguisher and a team of regular guys in business attire, they will discover your deepest, darkest secrets and then report back to you what they find. Now, isn’t that a fascinating service…

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SXSW Film 2010

When you visit a film festival, you are sure to find plenty of films that seem odd in subject matter and some that have odd names. Marwencol can own up to both of those distinctions. In the end though, the film can call itself the Best Documentary Feature of SXSW 2010, and my favorite documentary of recent memory.

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SXSW Film 2010

I am a comic book geek. I won’t fight it. Call me a nerd, and what have you. Those of you who know and love comic books though, probably realize how big of a deal that Mark Millar is. What you may not know though, is that he is one of the nicest and most passionate people I have ever met.

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SXSW Film 2010

When films are cast perfectly, you can tell. There is a certain energy and chemistry that makes these characters feel alive. So when casting an improvisational comedy, could you ask for two better guys than John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill?

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Thunder Soul

In the making of a truly special documentary, you have to be both lucky and good. First, the story has to be there. That’s often the luck. Then, you have to know what to do with said story. That’s where being good comes in hand. In the case of Mark Landsman and his powerful documentary Thunder Soul, all of these pieces fit together perfectly.

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Neil Marshall

Centurion weaves the epic tale of Rome’s 9th legion. This was a legion stationed in the northernmost portion of the empire; modern day England. Rome found some of its greatest adversaries in the Pict tribe that inhabited this region. Masters of guerrilla warfare, the Pictish tribes attacked Roman garrisons in the dead of night and caused innumerable casualties.

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Cargo

Cargo takes place, where else, in the future. The Earth is dying and a new planet, called Rhea, has been colonized in the outer regions of space. The problem is that obtaining a visa to travel to Rhea is unbelievably expensive. A young doctor, Laura, agrees to take a job as medic on the cargo ship Kassandra to help fund her passage to the Utopian outland…

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The Runaways has plenty of components working against it. It’s an independent film that stars Kristen Stewart, who since her work in Twilight has been dismissed by many of us who avoid that series like the plague as a textbook example of the overexposed and the undertalented.

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published: 04.19.2014
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