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SXSW Film Review: R#J
If Romeo and Juliet were penned today, it’s certain that elements of the story would take place online and a few integral plot devices would be misconstrued by the ease of communication. Viewed almost entirely through the confines of a smartphone, the latest adaptation, R#J, fits this modern day mold exactly.

6:43PM Fri. Mar. 19, Laiken Neumann Read More | Comment »

SXSW Film Review: The Spine of Night
Rotoscoping - the art of drawing animation directly from live action reference footage - has been adopted by many artists, but for many audiences it's still synonymous with Ralph Bakshi, whose incomplete adaptation of The Lord of the Rings showed the form's ability to create strange, fantastical worlds.

6:32PM Fri. Mar. 19, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

SXSW Film Review: Lily Topples the World
The perfect SXSW film would be a confluence of unusual art, unconventional technological know-how, and against-the-odds business success. That's why Documentary Feature Grand Jury prize-winner Lily Topples the World, about domino artist Lily Hevesh, may be as perfect as a South By title as possible.

4:43PM Fri. Mar. 19, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

SXSW Film Review: The Hunt for Planet B
“In our own Milky Way Galaxy there are a hundred billion stars, and we now believe in our universe there are more than a hundred billion galaxies. So if you just do the math, the chance that there’s a planet like earth out there, with life on it, is very high.”

4:22PM Fri. Mar. 19, Marc Savlov Read More | Comment »

SXSW Film Review: How it Ends
How It Ends, the dark comedy from co-writers and directors Zoe Lister Jones and Daryl Wein, opens on the morning of the day the world ends. Dragged out of bed by the metaphysical manifestation of her younger self (Cailee Spaeny), Liza eats a massive stack of pancakes and bemoans how she’s going to die alone.

2:30PM Fri. Mar. 19, James Scott Read More | Comment »

SXSW Film Review: Violation
Ill-omen hangs like a cloud over the weekend when sisters Miriam (Madeleine Sims-Fewer) and Greta (Anna Maguire) go for a weekend away. Miriam is guarded, brusque with husband Caleb (Obi Abili) in the car there, while old jealousies and frictions are inflamed in Greta's spouse, Dylan (Jesse LaVercombe).

2:24PM Fri. Mar. 19, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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SXSW Film Review: The Drover's Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson
The Drover’s Wife is not an easy watch. Adapted from the 1892 Henry Lawson story of the same name, it’s an epic by short story standards, about a woman protecting her children on the Australian frontier while her husband’s off droving cattle – replete with the requisite daily tragedies of the genre.

2:10PM Fri. Mar. 19, Lina Fisher Read More | Comment »

SXSW Short and Sweet: “Love is Only Just a Death Away”
Welcome to Short and Sweet, our look at short films playing at SXSW. Today's pick is "Love is Only Just a Death Away" - Bára Anna Stejskalová's stop motion story of loneliness and longing in a garbage pile.

2:00PM Fri. Mar. 19, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

SXSW Film Review: I'm Fine (Thanks for Asking)
Masks abound in Kelley Kali and Angelica Molina’s written and directorial feature film collaboration, I’m Fine (Thanks For Asking). Funded by stimulus checks, it’s a COVID-era creation, through and through, but its complete avoidance of directly addressing the pandemic offers a breath of fresh air.

1:54PM Fri. Mar. 19, Laiken Neumann Read More | Comment »

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