SXSW 2016: THE REST OF THE FEST

SXSW 2016 HONORABLE MENTIONS 1. ACCIDENTAL COURTESY: DARYL DAVIS, RACE & AMERICA Thought-provoking and (during at least one SXSW post-screening Q&A) argument-sparking, Matt Ornstein’s documentary examines racial discrimination through the eyes of Daryl  ...

THE FIVE BEST FILMS I SAW AT SXSW 2016

1. THE TOWER Winner of both the SXSW 2016 Jury and Audience Awards for Best Documentary, director Keith Maitland’s animated/non-fiction hybrid depicting the 1966 mass shooting at the University of Texas is roughly  ...

SXSW REVIEW: Preacher

A sneak peek of AMC’s lollapalooza new series “Preacher” screened on 3/14 to a packed house at Austin’s Paramount movie palace during the SXSW film/music/interactive festival in advance of the show’s official 5/22 launch. Reactions were decidedly mixed. On  ...

Oscars 2016: Live Tweets by Andrew Osborne

Okay…My wife & I are fortifying ourselves with pizza & onion rings…a vapid model’s being vapid on E! It’s #Oscar2016 time! #RedCarpet greatest hits…Michelle Williams, Halle Berry, and that backless dress that made straight guys momentarily hot for Hilary  ...

BEST OF 2015: MOVIES

Top Ten lists are obviously subjective...so what makes a movie Best of 2015 material? For me, it's usually about some combination of the following: originality, degree of difficulty, consistency of execution, and indelibility. Is it a film I keep thinking  ...

Best of 2015: TV

1. "THE SOUP"   Sure, it's just a basic cable clip show of snarky jokes about TV's dopiest programs. Yet by policing the low standards of lowest common denominator viewing (and the cynical corporate interests that never go  ...

Bizarro Con 2015

It was sometime after the man in the mushroom cap sang a song about earwigs yet well before Werner Herzog's nihilistic re-imagining of "The Wizard of Oz" that I realized I wasn't in Kansas anymore. Instead, I was sequestered  ...

SOUTH-BY WRAP-UP

  I've already discussed my Top 5 favorite films of SXSW 2015 (and five notable shorts), so before we look ahead to 2016, here are some final highlights from (and thoughts on) the festival just past.  ...

Five Shorts from SXSW 2015

  Feature films get most of the hype, but a tightly focused short can often be as much of a satisfying cinematic experience (with far less filler) than a full-length movie. Exhibit A: the following five gems from "South  ...

Top Five Films at SXSW

According to Boston Magazine, the term FoMO ("Fear of Missing Out") was coined by a marketing strategist back in 2000, but the basic concept has been perfected by the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, TX. Boasting 145 feature  ...