This weekend sees the local release of Richard Linklater: dream is destiny, a portrait of the life and career of the Austin filmmaker. To celebrate this release, we take a look back in the archives of the Chronicle to offer up some backstory.
It's rare that a no-name film comes with buzz attached, but that's what happened at SXSW with Fede Alvarez's new feature. Before it screened, it was just called Untitled Fede Alvarez/Ghost House Thriller, but after its Midnight world premiere, the secret was out: His home invasion horror was called Don't Breathe.
Fantastic Fest, the Alamo Drafthouse's celebration of the most bizarre and coolest of world cinema, has announced its second wave, with a huge addition for an opening night film: the highly touted Arrival, the new science fiction thriller starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario).
DVD commentary tracks on feature films are a contradiction: facts being talked over a fantasy. In Director's Commentary: Terror of Frankenstein, the commentary itself is a story, a head-spinning metafiction twisting another film. "It's new ground," said director/co-writer Tim Kirk, "and we're making it up as we're going along."
Going to a show at a drive-in movie theatre these days is an exercise in intense nostalgia role-playing. You roll up with your nuclear family blasting some doo-wop on the car stereo, grab your classic, cheap concession fare, and then settle in for a Fifties sci-fi or tame horror flick, or perhaps even an Sixties teen beach movie if you’re nasty.
It's scarcely a month before Fantastic Fest, Austin's biggest genre film fest, shows the state of the art. Now Fantastic Market, the industry sidebar to the main festival, has announced a big change, big speakers, and the first flushes of the future of out-there movie making.