For Your Consideration ...

Austin Film Festival Preview



W/D: Onur Tukel; with Kirk Wilson, Robert Longstreet. (81 min., 35mm)

A comedy that begs to be clasped to the collective bosom and fondled forthwith, Ding-a-Ling-LESS tells the woeful tale of a 28-year-old man with a noticeable absence of manhood. His quest to surgically enhance his nonexistent genitalia and the confounding results thereof are, ah, touching in the extreme, and the film's poker-faced tone only serves to underscore the nonsensical melodrama unfolding onscreen. Balzac's La Comédie Humaine it ain't, but still charming in its own special, special way. -- M.S.

(10/11, 11:30pm, Driskill; 10/14, 9:30pm, Driskill)


W/D: Alvin Ecarma; with Frank Prather, Cash Flagg, Jr. (75 min., video)

"You should have died when he killed you!" Absurdities like that litter this breathless action-flick satire like intestinal loops at a zombie rodeo, proving once and for all that "good" and "funny" don't have to be synonymous for either to succeed. Director/writer/producer/editor Ecarma, however, generates much of both in Lethal Force, which skewers everyone from John Woo to QT amid comically gushing exit wounds and hyper-spastic martial arts sequences that must be seen to be disbelieved. -- M.S.

(10/13, midnight, Dobie; 10/17, 9:15pm, Dobie)

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Keep up with happenings around town

Kevin Curtin's bimonthly cannabis musings

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle