Small Movie Theaters in the Time of Corona

In the midst of the pandemic, a handful of movies initially slated for theatrical release refused to be left behind in the binge boost under StayAtHome orders. With businesses temporarily shutdown, and all of us shut in, people have  ...

Glories of Tango (2014)

Tightly wound and intimate as tango dancing itself, the film Glories of Tango by Oliver Kolker and Hernán Findling is a movie that the viewer knows prior to conclusion will require and invite a second watching. The overall acting  ...

Batsh*t Bride (2019)

A good comedic film is much harder to create than a dramatic one. The distributor for Jonathan Smith, a 2004 graduate of Yale University’s Film Studies, releases Smith’s third feature film Batsh*t Bride for which he wrote the script  ...

SXSW Online:

Amazon recently announced that it will be streaming movies from this year's canceled SXSW festival free for 10 days in late April -- and while the exact dates and line-up are both unknown as of this posting, here are  ...

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  ...

The Burnt Orange Heresy (2019)

At the intersection of Noir mystery thriller and art appreciation is the film, “The Burnt Orange Heresy,” by director    Giuseppe Capotondi. When an ambitious, but fallen-from-professional-grace art critic, James Figueras (Claes Bang) gets  approached to steal a painting  ...