5 items from 2014
Richard Linklater on the set of BoyhoodPhoto: IFC Films If you're not yet familiar with Richard Linklater's new film Boyhood that's something you're going to want to remedy sooner rather than later. Filming began in 2002 when Linklater cast seven-year-old Ellar Coltrane as Mason and began work on a project that would take twelve years to complete. Coltrane stars as Mason as snapshots of the young boy's life were captured each and every year with Ethan Hawke playing his father who, before the film even begins, has divorced his mother (Patricia Arquette). Mason lives with his mother and sister (Richard Linklater's own daughter, Lorelei Linklater) and the film bounces through time as Mason goes from elementary school to his very first day in college. It's a film as unique as they come and another showcase for the writer/director that brought us films such as Dazed and Confused, School of Rock »
- Brad Brevet
“Austin City Limits” is humming an interesting tune: The PBS musical staple is about to celebrate its 40th anniversary with a landmark two-hour TV special. Yet its top producer sees a day when digital transmission of video and audio plays a significantly greater role in how the show operates.
“The day may come when as many or more people will be watching our show online as will be watching it on TV,” said Terry Lickona, the show’s longtime producer. “Acl,” as it is often called, has already begun streaming its taping sessions, which often make it to television in edited form six months later. “It’s difficult to experiment, but I think that sense of immediacy and immediate gratification is something people want to experience, and so why not make that possible?” Even so, he acknowledged, PBS “is our home base, and hopefully always will be.”
With that in »
- Brian Steinberg
This week on Sordid Cinema, Elijah Wood stars as a celebrated pianist who, five years after a notorious fiasco of a performance, is making a nervous, much-hyped return to the stage in Eugenio Mira’s Hitchcock inspired thriller, The Grand Piano. Afterwards, we discuss Almost Human by first time writer/director Joe Begos. This gory sci-fi / horror hybrid, made for just $50,000, is a throwback to the exploitation midnight movies, maniac massacres, sci-fi films and graphic horror flicks of the 80′s. Finally we also take a look back at the Big Bad Wolves, written and directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado. This brutal, unrelenting Israeli thriller from the filmmaking team behind 2010′s Rabies was named Quentin Tarantino’s favourite film of 2013. We’ll let you know what we think of it. All this and more!
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- Sordid Cinema Podcast
Documentarian Margaret Brown's new movie, The Great Invisible, depicts the response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and resultant oil spill from multiple viewpoints. Brown has deep ties to Alabama, one of the states hit hard by the oil spill, and used to call Austin home as well. Her previous film work includes the acclaimed 2004 Townes Van Zandt documentary Be Here to Love Me and 2008's The Order of Myths (Jette's Cinematical review), a look at segregated Mardi Gras celebrations in Mobile that went on to win an Independent Spirit Award.
The Great Invisible is showing as part of SXSW's Documentary Competition, and will have its world premiere at the fest. (The music is from Austin composer David Wingo.) Director Brown recently participated in this interview (via email) with me.
Slackerwood: Once you chose to document the response to the Deepwater Horizon spill, what was your approach? How did you pick the interview subjects? »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
A review of tonight's "True Detective" coming up just as soon as I throw you a barbell when you're drowning... "My life's been a circle of violence and degradation, long as I can remember. I'm ready to tie it off." -Rust We've spent the previous six weeks of "True Detective" talking quite a bit about the thin way that Nic Pizzolatto has written the characters who aren't Rust and Marty, and debating whether this is a feature or a bug. Now, this has always been a very self-aware series, one that's commenting on various clichés of police procedurals and serial killer melodramas even as it deploys them all, and one where our heroes spent the first five hours (and, for Marty, part of the sixth) looking into a video camera — and, more often than not, directly at us — and offering commentary on the story that we're watching. Pizzolatto has written crime stories of his own, »
- Alan Sepinwall
5 items from 2014
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