10 items from 2015
Title: Two Step Director: Alex R. Johnson Starring: Skyy Moore, James Landry Hebert, Beth Broderick, Jason Douglas, Ashley Rae Spillers, Barry Tubb, Brady Coleman A small town-set indie crime drama of smartly modulated disquiet, ”Two Step” is a refreshing reminder of the abundance of talent, onscreen and off, that lies outside of the conventional cinematic production hubs of Los Angeles and New York City. A SXSW world premiere, writer-director Alex R. Johnson’s film is a slow-boil affair, marked by superb performances and a solid technical package. Baylor University wash-out James (Skyy Moore) returns home, only to have the grandmother who raised him somewhat suddenly pass away and bequeath him a five-figure inheritance. [ Read More ]
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This is a repost of our review from the 2014 SXSW Film Festival.
Don’t pay any attention to its baffling, boring title – Two Step is actually a nasty and riveting little flick that, thanks to its excellent execution and fine performances, should land at the top of any self-respecting thriller junkie’s watchlist.
Two Step opens with James (Skyy Moore), a dopey guy in his early twenties who, after being kicked out of college, finds himself tasked with settling the affairs of his recently deceased grandmother. When James discovers that his beloved relative was being conned out of thousands by a criminal masquerading as him over the phone, he foolishly decides to try to track down the man, a rough customer named Webb (James Landry Hébert), and confront him on his own. When Webb unexpectedly shows up on his grandmother’s doorstep and realizes James’ identity, things go south fast. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Premiering earlier this year at the SXSW Film Festival, Alex R. Johnson’s directorial debut Two Step is one of those surprisingly adept, slow burn gems that sometimes have trouble finding an audience outside of the festival circuit. Though it features several recognizable character actors, a mere plot synopsis can’t quite do justice to Johnson’s ambiguous title, which takes the concept of a simple dance move and makes it a surprisingly violent situational character study. Though it may ultimately prove too slight for some, and Johnson may not be reinventing the genre, it features enough unexpected moves to prove a heightened command of narrative and tone. At times, it even feels like he’s downplaying the capabilities of his two lead protagonists, and yet, it all seems entirely plausible.
When his grandmother suddenly passes away, James »
- Nicholas Bell
A visibly irritated, middle-aged leader of a small-town criminal syndicate lectures a younger, much more junior member of his band of thugs. The latter has just informed him that he might be able to rustle up a portion of the 10 grand he owes him over the next few days. “I don’t live in a $10,000 world of maybes, Webb,” says the boss, Duane (Jason Douglas). I live in Texas.” (The troubled and troubling sociopath Webb is played by James Landry Hebert, a man who will be going places.) Don’t look for logic in the sage’s upbraiding. The statement is […] »
- Howard Feinstein
One of the discovery highlights of SXSW 2015 was the thriller “Two Step” from director Alex R. Johnson. Starring Beth Broderick, James Landry Hébert, Skyy Moore, Jason Douglas and Ashley Rae Spillers, the movie is a fast-paced Texas thriller in which the lives of a directionless college dropout and a career criminal with his back against the wall violently collide. But one of the things we enjoyed about it so much was the emotional heft mixed in with the taut tension of a tradition thriller. Our review from SXSW called the movie “deeply human and quietly unsettling,” and the picture should be one that lands on your radar. Set in Texas, music is an important part of film, and country, alt-twangy tunes sit alongside a score from Andrew Kenny of the '90s and '00s indie rock bands The American Analog Set and The Wooden Birds. With the film's release on the horizon, »
- The Playlist
Following the new trailer that arrived last month, IGN has released a new clip from Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection of F. The animated movie is set for a limited theatrical release from August 4 through August 12 in the states, and fans can purchase tickets from DragonBallZ.com. This new clip features a fearsome dragon asked to bring the powerful villain Freiza (Chris Ayres) back to life. And it's done with unexpected results.
One peaceful day on Earth, two remnants of Frieza's army named Sorbet and Tagoma arrive searching for the Dragon Balls with the aim of reviving Frieza. They succeed, and Frieza subsequently seeks revenge on the Saiyans. The film is set to feature the return of cast members Sean Schemmel as Goku, Christopher Sabat as Vegeta/Piccolo, John Burgmeier as Tien, Kyle Hebert as Gohan, Mike McFarland as Master Roshi, Monica Rial as Bulma, Sonny Strait as Krillin, Ian Sinclair as Whis, »
For those of you who like to dance, maybe you've got the two-step down cold. It requires your right and left feet to be in sync, or when it comes to writer/director Alex R. Johnson's "Two Step," it amounts to a balance between genre thrills and emotional impact, and today we have an exclusive new trailer for the film. Starring Beth Broderick, James Landry Hébert, Skyy Moore, Jason Douglas and Ashley Rae Spillers, the film tracks the intersection of directionless college dropout James and career criminal Webb. Kicked out of college, James visits Grams, his only remaining family member who dies shortly after his arrival. While settling Grams' affairs, James learns she's been the victim of the 'Grandparent Scam', in which someone posing as James has been slowly bilking her out of thousands of dollars. But before James can go looking for the culprit, he shows up at the front door, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Recently, ABC released the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Nashville" season finale episode 22 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "Before You Go Make Sure You Know," and it turns out that we're going to see some very interesting and dramatic stuff take place when Avery's latest decision, makes a huge impact, and more! In the new, 22nd episode press release: Deacon And Rayna Confront The Threat To Their Future Together, And Juliette's Spiral Prompts Avery To Action, On The Season Finale Of ABC's "Nashville." Press release number 2: Juliette is going to be laser-focused on finishing her album - and when she puts everything and everyone she loves behind it - Avery is going to make a decision that impacts their lives forever. Deacon's life will hang in the balance, but Rayna and the girls will be by his side. With the clock ticking and the future uncertain, »
- Andre Braddox
Recently, ABC released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Nashville" episode 21 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "Is The Better Part Over," and it turns out that we're going to see some very interesting and dramatic stuff go down as a surprising visitor shows up for Will. Juliette's recent behavior, may be signs of postpartum depression, and more. In the new, 21st episode press release: Juliette Is Back On Top Following Her Performance High Above Highway 65 While Deacon's Cancer Diagnosis Becomes Public And He And Rayna Grapple With What The Future Holds. Press release number 2: Juliette is going to be back in the news - and back to feeling like her old self -- following her rooftop performance high above Highway 65, but while she enjoys the attention, her team will have growing concerns that she may be suffering from postpartum depression. In the meantime, Will is going »
- Andre Braddox
Recently, ABC delivered the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Nashville" episode 20 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "Time Changes Things," and it turns out that we're going to see some very lively and interesting stuff go down as Jade throws a very wild beach party. Rayna continues her efforts to help Deacon, and more. In the new, 20th episode press release: Jade Throws A Malibu Beach Party, Juliette Gives An Impromptu Rooftop Concert And Rayna Tries To Save Deacon's Life. Press release number 2: Rayna will travel to Natchez, Ms to try to help Deacon and we are going to learn how her past with him affects his life-and-death struggle today. Jade is going to invite Luke, Jeff and Layla to her beachfront bash in her home in Malibu which turns into an all-night rager. Back in Nashville, new mom ,Juliette, will try to jump-start her career with a last-minute rooftop concert, »
10 items from 2015
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