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SXSW 2017 Review Round-Up [Part 2]: Like Me, Game Of Death, and The Honor Farm

22 March 2017 12:31 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

It was a busy year for me at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, as I had the opportunity to watch 16 films (17, including the 10th anniversary screening of Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon). Here are my thoughts on the final three films that I had a chance to see while in Austin: Like Me, Game of Death, and The Honor Farm.

Like Me: I had absolutely no idea what to expect from first-time director Robert Mockler’s Like Me, but after seeing what he could do with his cautionary tale about the dangers of social media obsession, and how it can affect those unable to cope with the isolation it often leads to, I’m an instant fan of Mockler. Like Me ended up being the most unpredictably wonderful movie-going experience I had during all of SXSW 2017.

Like Me opens at a drive-thru window of a small-town convenience store, »

- Heather Wixson

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Movie Review – Kong: Skull Island (2017)

11 March 2017 2:15 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Kong: Skull Island, 2017

Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John GoodmanJohn C. Reilly, Corey Hawkins, John Ortiz, Tian Jing, Toby Kebbell, Jason Mitchell, and Will Brittain.

Synopsis:

A team of explorers and soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mythic Kong.

At once passably entertaining and undeniably disappointing, the latest attempt to re-imagine King Kong – this time ahead of a planned cinematic scuffle with Godzilla in 2020 – misses almost as much as it hits, but propelled by the titular beast’s sheer mythic power, it just barely scrapes a pass regardless.

Government agent Bill Randa (John Goodman) leads an expedition of explorers and soldiers to an uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean known as Skull Island, and upon  arriving, their explosive experiments immediately rouse the over-sized, ill-pleased ape resident himself, »

- Shaun Munro

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Movie Review – Kong: Skull Island (2017)

9 March 2017 7:10 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Kong: Skull Island, 2017

Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

Starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John GoodmanJohn C. Reilly, Thomas Mann, Corey Hawkins, John Ortiz, Tian Jing, Toby Kebbell, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, Eugene Cordero, Will Brittain, and Richard Jenkins.

Synopsis:

A team of explorers and soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mythic Kong.

By now, it’s a given that Kong: Skull Island is an explosive stop on the road to the hugely tantalizing future prospect of King Kong squaring off against Godzilla in a showdown of metaphorical and literal epic proportions. However, what may surprise some is that this early slice of 2017 blockbuster fare is not some half-assed, get the movie shot and in the can solely to tease the real main event, lifeless exercise in big-budget studio filmmaking. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts »

- Robert Kojder

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‘The Honor Farm’ Exclusive Clip: A Group of Teenagers Summons the Dead in SXSW Teen Horror-Comedy

7 March 2017 11:48 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Honor Farm” will bring a blend of horror and comedy to South by Southwest. The film marks the narrative feature directorial debut of Karen Skloss, who has helmed various shorts and documentaries, and stars NBC’s “Revolution” alum Olivia Applegate in the lead role of Lucy.

Read More: ‘Assholes’ Exclusive Trailer and Poster: Two Recovering Drug Addicts Behave Badly in SXSW Comedy

Here is the film’s synopsis: “When Lucy’s prom night falls apart, she finds herself jumping into a hearse headed for a psychedelic party in the woods. Looking for a thrill, the party wanders deeper into the forest, to a haunted and abandoned prison work farm. A secret wish and a summoning of the dead sends the group on a mind-bending trip into a dangerous trap.”

The story was written by Skloss alongside Jay Tonne Jr. and Jasmine Skloss Harrison. The cast includes Louis Hunter, Dora Madison, »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Movie Review – Kong: Skull Island (2017)

2 March 2017 2:05 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Kong: Skull Island, 2017

Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John GoodmanJohn C. Reilly, Corey Hawkins, John Ortiz, Tian Jing, Toby Kebbell, Jason Mitchell, Will Brittain

Synopsis:

A team of explorers and soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mythic Kong.

If you were worried about Kong: Skull Island not being about the titular ape, or that Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla remake was too subtle with its monster action, don’t worry as King Kong shows up on screen in the first five minutes of this movie. It’s almost as if they were worried the audience would get instantly bored, as if Michael Bay’s brand of mind-melting action filmmaking had trained us to ignore the music between the notes and focus only on the smashy-smashy explosions and noise.

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- Luke Owen

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