5 items from 2016
There’s a beauty in the way that Carchietta (and co-writers Sage Bannick/Chris Sivertson/Amelia Yokel) balance pretty-in-pink teenage crushing with warm, comforting relationship notes, with the added bonus of being a twisted obsession thriller. Because that’s what teenage wilds are all about, right? Hormones, brash decisions, devoted love, thoughts of independence, and the truly dangerous cocktail those emotional factors form – something a bartender might call “Your Chaotic Childhood.” Carchietta understands this insanity, and leads viewers on a sensual journey with a wicked sense of danger. This is a story about love, and the crazy fucking shit we do in its name.
Nichole Bloom stars as Annie, a typical teen who develops a not-so typical crush on her dance-loving classmate, »
- Matt Donato
Ah, young love! Unexplored emotions come tumbling together, and every thought feels awkward. The gestures are fumbling, tentative, and clumsy: Where do I put my hand? Is it Ok if I do ... that? Far more than a straightforward teen romance, however, Teenage Cocktail has greater aims in mind, and consistently pushes back against stereotypes. Young protagonists Annie (Nichole Bloom) and Jules (Fabienna Therese) slowly and believably fall in love, which in itself is a wonderful accomplishment. They sound and look and act like teenagers, not always sure of themselves, but positive that they want to make their own decisions and deal with the consequences as they see fit. Annie has recently moved to the area, against her will, with her parents (Michelle Borth and...
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While it may not necessarily be a horror movie, Teenage Cocktail popped up on my radar due to the talent involved. Co-writer/director John Carchietta, who previously worked on the underrated The Hills Run Red, makes quite a statement with his directorial debut that hypnotically explores the dangers of Internet culture and how some teenagers’ narrow senses of judgment can have huge ramifications.
Teenage Cocktail follows Annie (Nichole Bloom), who has recently been transplanted into a new neighborhood and school, causing her to feel unsure about who she wants to be and how she fits into the world. She’s immediately drawn to her fellow classmate Jules (Fabianne Therese), a bit of a free spirit who flitters about with a sense of reckless abandon (ah, to be young!). The pair start off as friends, but over time their relationship evolves into something more intimate than sleepover buddies, and we see »
- Heather Wixson
Annie (Nichole Bloom) is starting at a new high school, but she’s only part way through her first day when an altercation earns her time with the principal (A.J. Bowen) and a disappointment-filled ride home with her mom (Michelle Borth). The only bright spot, and the only thing destined to make school worthwhile, is a chance meeting with Jules (Fabianne Therese). The two teens hit it off as friends and maybe something more — Annie likes girls, Jules is flexible on the subject — and it’s not long before the duo are planning to escape their little town and head for New York City. Running away doesn’t come cheap, and when Annie discovers Jules is moonlighting as a web cam girl the two begin working together to earn even more cash. It’s innocent enough at first — “One time I took a nap?” says Jules. “Made $120.” — but that all changes when they cross paths with »
- Rob Hunter
It’s hard to believe that another South by Southwest Film Festival is almost upon us, and this year’s lineup is yet another stellar collection of indie films, shorts, documentaries and experiential projects from all over the world. As we prepare to bring our readers extensive coverage over the next week from Austin, here’s a look at the 11 genre-related films and TV shows we’re excited to check out during the festival, which begins on Friday, March 11th.
[Writer’s Note: During Sundance 2016, this writer had the privilege of covering two great genre films: Under the Shadow from Babak Anvari and Mickey Keating’s Carnage Park. Since I had the chance to catch both of these films back in January, I decided it wouldn’t be fair to include them here in my preview piece (however, genre fans attending SXSW should definitely check out both films during the fest, as they are equally incredible).]
Festival Synopsis: From Blumhouse, the film tells the story of a drifter named Paul who arrives in a small town, seeking revenge on the thugs who murdered his friend. Sisters Mary Anne and Ellen, who run the town’s hotel, help Paul in his quest for vengeance. Cast: Ethan Hawke, Taissa Farmiga, James Ransone, Karen Gillan, John Travolta (World Premiere)
- Heather Wixson
5 items from 2016
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