SXSW 2018: The Bill Murray Stories

The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From A Mythical Man offers a glimpse into the many stranger-than-life stories about comedian Bill Murray. This is a film that took director Tommy Avallone across the country and even to the United Kingdom in order to collect all these crazy-but-true Bill Murray stories.  He heard his first Bill Murray story over a decade ago–it was the one about Murray covering someone’s eyes and telling them that their friends…

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San Luis Obispo: Man on Fire (Slamdance 2018)

Man on Fire offers a glimpse at life in Grand Saline, Texas, where a white preacher Charles Moore killed himself in 2014. Moore’s life came to an end in 2014 with an act described as self-immolation.  Self-immolation is described as the the killing of one’s self, usually by lighting their self on fire.  At the time of his suicide, if you want to call it that, Moore was an elderly white man and it is…

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SXSW 2018: Half the Picture is Timely And Important

With a topic that could not be more timely with the gender parity among directors in Hollywood, Half the Picture is such an important film. Amy Adrion, who directs the film, is a first-time director.  There’s a staggering statistic regarding female filmmakers in that 84% will become a one-time director.  A lot of this is due to financing or lack thereof.  It doesn’t have to be this way.  Studios can and should get better when…

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SXSW 2018: You Can Choose Your Family

With its mix of comedy and drama, You Can Choose Your Family delivers the goods in filmmaker Miranda Bailey’s narrative feature directorial debut. Frank Hansen (Jim Gaffigan) is a awful human.  He’s perhaps the worst human of the world even if he isn’t willing to admit it.  Frank’s problem is that he has two sets of everything but nothing is more secretive than his having two families.  All his trips for work have been nothing…

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SXSW 2018: If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd

If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd tells the story of the band through recent and archived interview footage. From “Free Bird” to “Sweet Home Alabama,” and beyond, the rare interviews and never-before-seen archive materials tell the story of the band that found their way from Jacksonville, Fla. to Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Ala.  Beyond the songs, there is a pivotal moment in the band’s history that, while emotional, must…

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SXSW 2018: TransMilitary – 2018’s Most Important Documentary

TransMilitary is the most important documentary that anyone will view during the 2018 calendar year. In a perfect world, there would not be any controversy with regards to transgender people serving in the United States Military.  Being transgender isn’t something that should take away from someone having the ability to serve in combat.  The road to lifting the transgender military ban was a long one.  It’s one in which SPARTA, the LGBTQ Military Organization, played…

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SXSW 2018: Blockers: An Instant Classic from Kay Cannon

Blockers is the type of comedy that will lead one to fall out of their seat from laughing so much. The film will recall classics like Porky’s, Superbad, and American Pie but Blockers is an instant classic in its own right.  After all, how many films feature butt-chugging?!?  Best of all is that Kay Cannon is a female director of an R-rated studio film in which the women get to call the shots of when…

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SXSW 2018: Wild Honey Pie

Wild Honey Pie offers actress Jemima Kirke an opportunity to move forward from her Girls days. Gillian (Jemima Kirke) and Oliver (Richard Elis) are at a good place in life.  The two of them are married and even though they don’t have any children, they’re both relatively happy.  Gillian’s a writer, much to the dismay of everyone around her.  This is something that other writers, myself included, can relate to in that we’re happy with having…

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SXSW 2018: Most Likely to Murder

As Most Likely To Murder premieres at the SXSW Film Festival, the comedy noir is the rare film that makes a crazy ex-boyfriend villain out of its star. Billy Green, a lowly concierge working in Las Vegas, finds himself back hometown of Valley Stream for Thanksgiving.  Billy talks up Vegas as if he’s boss there.  The reality is that he’s not living the glamorous life that he tells people.  Unlike his old classmates, he’s still…

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SXSW 2018: Las Sandinistas

Las Sandinistas gives voice to the women who broke barriers during the 1979 Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua. A lot of credit goes to director Jenny Murray for telling their stories.  What she ultimately does is tell a story that hasn’t been told before.  Dora Maria Téllez was a 22-year-old medical student when she helped pave the way for their first victory in a major city.  It’s possible that these stories might very well be lost to history…

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