Other Worlds Austin Review: The Axe Murders of Villisca
Which is scarier? Being a teen evading ghosts, or being a teen evading other teens? That's the underlying tension of The Axe Murders of Villisca, a supernatural creeper with a surprising dramatic edge.

9:00AM Wed. Dec. 7, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Tower Lands on Oscars Doc Shortlist
When Austin filmmaker Keith Maitland’s Tower had its world premiere in March at the South by Southwest Film Festival, it took home the Grand Jury Award and the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature. Turns out those twin prizes were a harbinger of many more accolades to come.

6:00PM Tue. Dec. 6, Kimberley Jones Read More | Comment »

Other Worlds Austin Review: Hidden Reserves
The old certitudes have always been death and taxes. In Austrian Stille Reserven (Hidden Reserves, which just received its North American premiere at Other Worlds Austin), even the inevitability of the grave has been ripped away.

2:30PM Sun. Dec. 4, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Other Worlds Austin Review: Ghost Rockets
There's a supreme arrogance in pretending there is no life beyond Earth. But isn't it equally hubristic to think they would traverse inconceivable interstellar distances just to see us scarcely upright apes? And yet, as Fox Mulder would say, we want to believe.

1:45PM Sun. Dec. 4, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Short and Sweet With Other Worlds Austin
Just because a story is short, that doesn't mean it's short on story. This weekend's Other Worlds Austin festival is brimming with short films that build a whole world in a few minutes.

1:00PM Sat. Dec. 3, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Rollerblades, Saxophones, and Aliens in Max Juren's Latest Film
When your film revolves around Rollerblades, saxophones, and an intergalactic interloper, you are bound to end up with something unique. That's surely the case with Bladeroller, a low-budget, sci-fi action film set in a futuristic world where a saxophone is the key to interstellar communication and possibly the planet's survival.

2:45PM Thu. Dec. 1, Will McCarthy Read More | Comment »

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Austin Filmmakers Announced for Sundance
The annual announcement of the next crop of competition films slated for the Sundance Film Festival held in January always indicates that a new year is on the horizon. And I know a great many of us are ready to chuck off the dastardly 2016 and try our luck with a new calendar year.

12:40PM Thu. Dec. 1, Marjorie Baumgarten Read More | Comment »

DVDanger: Dead Ringers
Cinema has two of the most perfectly chilling insights into the messianic complex of surgeons. First is Alec Baldwin's "I am God" speech in Malice. Second is Jeremy Irons in Dead Ringers, telling his brother of a failed procedure: "There's nothing the matter with the instrument. It's the body."

11:00AM Wed. Nov. 30, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Other Worlds and Under Worlds With Bears Fonté
Today may seem grim, but the future, well, at least sci-fi holds out some hope for a better tomorrow. As SF celebration Other Worlds Austin morphs into its latest incarnation, founder Bears Fonté said, "This is definitely our best festival yet."

11:55AM Tue. Nov. 29, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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