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Review: ‘The Good House,’ We All Want to Live There

Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline star in a sobering account of one woman’s reckoning.  By and large, character portraits of older adults have decamped from movie theaters, heading for the friendlier confines of streaming services, where the presumed “target audience” will settle in for a comfortable evening at home, watching stars of yesteryear in movies that can be easily paused, whenever desired.  More’s the pity, … Continue reading Review: ‘The Good House,’ We All Want to Live There

Review: ‘Young Plato’

We all have that one teacher that stands out as a guiding figure in our formative years, whether they served as an emotional crutch or a source of newfound knowledge and inspiration. Now imagine that person having to navigate the lives of young boys in Northern Ireland and reconcile that land’s troubled history of violence. That’s the situation Declan McGrath and Neasa Ni Chianain’s documentary … Continue reading Review: ‘Young Plato’

Festival Files- Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘A Life on the Farm’, ‘Attachment’, ‘Lynch/Oz’

Is it simple luck or does the adage that we make our own luck apply to the thin barrier between notoriety and anonymity? What creates a David Lynch or a Harmony Korine while the weird humanity of someone like Charles Carson (or thousands of others) is lost in the film (tape) strip abyss? Whatever the cosmic algorithm, perhaps Oscar Harding’s documentary A Life on the Farm … Continue reading Festival Files- Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘A Life on the Farm’, ‘Attachment’, ‘Lynch/Oz’

Festival Files- Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘Everyone Will Burn’, ‘Deep Fear’, ‘The Antares Paradox’

It seems every horror film nowadays has to be tinged through the lens of trauma. David Hebrero’s Everyone Will Burn takes that concept to wicked places, mixing in folk horror and telekinetic violence for good measure. If the film doesn’t quite completely escape its derivative nature, it does get points for trying. And it looks terrific. Taking place in a small Spanish village where an … Continue reading Festival Files- Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘Everyone Will Burn’, ‘Deep Fear’, ‘The Antares Paradox’

Festival Files- Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘Missing’, ‘Amazing Elisa’, “Unidentified Objects”

If a theme emerged in the opening night of Austin’s 2022 Fantastic Fest, it’s the manner in which young adults deal with grief and the general ugliness of the world. Whether it’s a cramped Japanese city on the verge of fear from a roaming serial killer or a perfectly manicured homes in Spain where an intruder has the tables sexually turned on him, both films … Continue reading Festival Files- Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘Missing’, ‘Amazing Elisa’, “Unidentified Objects”

The 2022 Ernie Kovacs Award: Al Franken

Event- The Texas Theatre When- September 22, 2022 at 7:30pm The previous list of performers who’ve been awarded the Ernie Kovacs award from Dallas VideoFest is far reaching. From filmmakers like Terry Gilliam to scribes like Robert Smigel, it’s an event that always promises to expose audiences to unique and prominent voices in the entertainment field. So it’s no surprise that this year’s event presents … Continue reading The 2022 Ernie Kovacs Award: Al Franken