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Spin Me Round Review | SXSW2022

Spin Me Round Review | SXSW2022

Jeff Baena is known for his “uproarious” comedies that center around bizarre or irregular situations. His movies' circumstances bring a sensation of on-purpose awkwardness. It may have its audience, but I haven’t been able to enjoy any of them. The one thing that I like about his pictures is the likable cast, which includes Allison Brie and Aubrey Plaza, who everybody loves dearly. Spin Me Round (possibly named after Flo Rida’s 2009 bop), has Baena reuniting with an all-star comedy cast consisting of Brie, Plaza, Molly Shannon, Lil Rel Howery, Zach Woods, Ben Sinclair, and Fred Armisen. It centers around…
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The Cellar | SXSW2022

The Cellar | SXSW2022

Keira Woods (Elisha Cuthbert) and her family have moved into a new house in the country. In complete possessed-house fashion, it contains a cellar that includes several secrets. Then, one day, out of the blue, Woods’ daughter (Abby Fitz) disappears in the cellar after being locked in it. She must act quickly to find a way to get her daughter’s soul back as she discovers that there is an ancient and powerful entity controlling their home. Now, Brendan Muldowney’s The Cellar might have a pretty simple premise at the start of things. Still, there is much to uncover, especially in…
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X Review | An Ode to Grindhouse Cinema- SXSW 2022

X Review | An Ode to Grindhouse Cinema- SXSW 2022

I’m a big fan of grindhouse and exploitation cinema. There’s something really fascinating about watching a sleazy horror or an excessively violent action movie. From Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond to Ferrara’s Ms. 45, grindhouse cinema covers many circuits of the low-budget genre including slashers, sexploitation, nudies, mondo, & more. Many of these movies were banned and left to rot due to the reactions when they first released, but as the years pass, they are being restored for the new generation to experience their delights. Many directors have been inspired by the works of this kind like Eli Roth, Quentin Tarantino,…
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Jethica Review | SXSW 2022

Jethica Review | SXSW 2022

What happens after we are gone? What is life without human connection? Is there something waiting for us in the end? These questions rattle in our heads time and time again, echoing stronger throughout the years. In a different variation of a ghost story, Pete Ohs’ Jethica explores those thoughts and uncertainties in a comedic fashion. The film follows Jessica and Elena, who reconnect in a New Mexico gas station after a long time. Jessica has been living in fear because a man named Kevin is stalking her. However, Elena has also been having some troubles as she hides in…
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Pirates Review | SXSW

Pirates Review | SXSW

It’s 1999, and three friends, Cappo (Elliot Edusah), Two Tonne (Jordan Peters), and Kidda (Reda Elazouar), are trying to get their music careers up and running through pirate radio. However, their focus on New Year’s Eve is to drive through London in search of tickets to the best party of the millennium. Remember, Y2K is supposed to happen, and many believed there would be a technological apocalypse, so if there was going to be a party, it would be a big one. En voyage, they get in trouble with exes, confront past incidents, and gear up for the event. Overall,…
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Everything Everywhere All At Once Review | SXSW2022

Everything Everywhere All At Once Review | SXSW2022

EVERYTHING beautiful, hyper kinetic, wildly strange and strikingly imaginative! EVERYWHERE brilliant– story, sound and silliness that blows your mind. I’ve never seen a movie like it. The less sense it makes the better it is ALL AT ONCE. Evelyn is hanging on by a thread as she manages her family’s laundromat while mismanaging their taxes. The threat of divorce and seizure of the family business by the IRS looms, as does her daughter’s desire to come out. Evelyn’s fracturing life will continue to splinter in ways she could never imagine as an alternate version of her husband inhabits her actual…
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The Lost City Review | SXSW2022

The Lost City Review | SXSW2022

In a landscape devoid of original Hollywood blockbusters, The Lost City dashes onto the screen erecting a classic action rom-com that is everything you’d expect plus a hint of meta. A steamy jungle treasure hunt oozing with charisma and movie stardom. After the loss of her archaeologist husband, Loretta Sage is emotionally and socially withering away. The audience that craves her steamy romance novels, her publicist, and the series cover model aren’t. One Last book tour lands her in the crosshairs of a not-so mustache twirling super rich bad guy who believes Loretta can decipher a dead language that leads…
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It Is In Us All Review | SXSW2022

It Is In Us All Review | SXSW2022

It is In Us All by Antonia Campbell-Hughes tells the story of Londoner Hamish Considine, who is the victim of a shocking car crash because he felt the spirit of his long-deceased mother while driving back to his hometown. The collision rips him apart, slowly draining him emotionally and physically. Hamish is a broken and wounded beast lost in his ancestral homeland of Donegal, in west Ireland. Amidst the troubling reverberations of the crash, he is drawn by a young teen named Evan, who was also involved in the accident. This develops an unlikely relationship between the two, as both…
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Deadstream Review | SXSW2022

Deadstream Review | SXSW2022

The horror/social media crossovers in recent years haven’t been up to par. The most acclaimed horror film in recent years must be Rob Savage’s Host, which surprised many of us with its practical effects and genuine scares. Many other directors have tried to replicate what he did in the 2020 pandemic-adjacent horror flick to no avail. Even Savage wanted to outdo himself with a feature of a similar degree with DASHCAM, but it ended up being the most insufferable movie that screened at TIFF that year. Nevertheless, there is still potential to be found in these types of pictures. That’s…
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32 Sounds Review | SXSW2022

32 Sounds Review | SXSW2022

Academy Award-nominated documentarian Sam Green has always been curious about the role that sound plays in his life and the little details that come with it so he decided to make a documentary capturing the phenomenon of sound and its ability to cross borders and shape the perception of how we see (and hear) the world via thirty-two different sounds. It is an interesting concept that displays how sound affects, not only our daily lives, but our memories, as well. Sam Green also prompts the questions “Do sounds die?” and “How do recordings trigger the various emotions one experiences?”. The…
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