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 my Top Ten picks from the event's digital press screeners:  ...

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) near you at some point in the future:  ...

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 year... ...well, y'know, SXSW was cancelled  ...

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 the new Showtime docuseries "Outcry" (based on the first two  ...

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 celibate") alt-right trolls.  But what if the true answer is  ...

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 edge technology.    Personally, I've  ...

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 from an acclaimed but reclusive elderly artist, Jerome Debney (Donald  ...

The Outsider

A sex scandal leads to the resignation of an elected official and creates a leadership vacuum. Political fodder for today’s newsfeed? Nope. These actions fuel the engine of the most astonishing election campaign to emerge in what is already an astonishing election year. My fellow  ...

Culture Clash (Still) in America

In their fifth appearance at Berkeley Rep, Culture Clash, kings of provocative, politically charged comedy with a Latin flavor, have not lost their mojo. After their 35 years performing together, the three Mission District natives, Richard Montoya, Ricardo Salinas, and Herbert Sigüenza, are back at the Rep in their  ...