Archive for May 14th, 2018

SXSW 2018 Review: JINN

By Jan Hamilton Summer (Zoe Renee) is not a typical African-American high school senior from Southern California.  Her mother Jade (Simone Missick) is a TV weather forecaster and local celebrity.  Summer wants to dance and has applied to an art school for college.  She also is trying to define herself–exploring her sexuality, establishing beliefs, and […]

SXSW 2018 Review: FIRST LIGHT

By Jan Hamilton Sean (Theodore Pellerin), a tall, thin teen, is doing his best to take care of his skateboarding brother and his almost comatose grandmother.  One rare night, he sees Alex (Stefanie Scott), a girl from his childhood at an outdoor party.  Though they haven’t spoken in years, they briefly argue and she goes […]

SXSW 2018 Review: DAMSEL

By Jan Hamilton Damsel, written and directed by the Zellner Brothers, the filmmaking duo known for the wonderful film Kimiko the Treasure Hunter, is a western comedy, though not quite in the vein of Blazing Saddles.  Robert Pattinson (of the Twilight series) is Samuel, an earnest young man who enlists the aid of a preacher […]

SXSW 2018 Review: PROSPECT

By Jan Hamilton This is a sci-fi thriller with a dad named Damon (Jay Duplass) and Cee (Sophie Thatcher), his young teen daughter, working on a distant planet, looking for a strange sort of gem.  It seems to be found in a living plant/animal and must be carefully harvested or else it gets ruined by […]

SXSW 2018 Review: AMERICAN ANIMALS

By Jan Hamilton Four college kids, from upper middle class families in Lexington, Kentucky, decide to steal some of the world’s most valuable books from Transylvania University.  The books include an Audubon’s first edition of Birds of America, Darwin’s On The Origin of Species, and the Bible.  Warren (Evan Peters), the defacto leader of the […]