Top Three Documentaries at SXSW 2020

Though SXSW 2020 was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, a digital sampler plate of the festival's scheduled lineup nevertheless yielded three amazing documentaries to watch out for via a screening service (or, hopefully, eventually maybe even a theater)  ...

Lapsis; I’ll Meet You There

Full disclosure: after covering the jam-packed South-by-Southwest line-up for more than a decade, 2020 is the first and only time I've ever managed to see EVERY film in the festival's narrative feature competition because THIS  ...

Outcry (Showtime)

True crime tales are an evergreen genre (whether in tabloid, podcast, or mini-series form) because they tap into primal human emotions, including a basic need to know whodunit, while the best ones -- a distinction which certainly applies to  ...

TFW NO GF

Depending on your political leanings and/or the culture in which you were raised, you might feel many of the world's problems are caused either by (a) Islamic fundamentalists, (b) black/Latinx gang members, and/or (c) toxic white incel (or "involuntarily  ...

Sad by Southwest: Tales from a Cancelled Festival

South-by-Southwest (a.k.a. SXSW) began in Austin, TX as a music festival in 1987, continuously expanding in the years since to feature movies, TV, comedy, games, art, podcasting, and conferences/exhibits on everything from education and sports to politics and cutting  ...

Best Movies 2019

1. AVENGERS: ENDGAME True, Martin Scorsese said comic book movies are nothing but theme parks...but, WHAT a theme park. And though it may not even count as cinema for some people, this climactic  ...

Best TV 2019

1. LODGE 49 (AMC) Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to pay tribute to one of the weirdest, most singular TV programs since "Twin Peaks: The Return" (and the  ...

Booksmart (2019)

As of this writing, "Booksmart," Olivia Wilde's directorial debut (starring Jonah Hill's sister, the luminous Beanie Feldstein) is sporting an impressive 100% "fresh" score on Rotten Tomatoes, due in part to its empowering girl power message (both onscreen and  ...

The 48 Hour Film Project Hits Boston

When it comes to having an idea for a movie, the journey from dream to screen can often takes years (assuming it's completed at all).  But the 48 Hour Film Project offers the satisfying experience  ...