Archive for the ‘SXSW’ Category

Review: AMERICAN ANIMALS

Film Review: “American Animals” is an Unbelievable True Story You May have Missed – Watch Now!   By Liz Lopez Rating: A Often times, we read that a movie is “based on” some real events and so it is to be anticipated that some of the events/action is a dramatization. From the very beginning of […]

Review: WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

By Mark Saldana  Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars) Between 1963 and 2001, Fred Rogers entertained and educated via his television programs which not only instructed children about the world around them, but also fueled their imagination and creativity.    Morgan Neville’s documentary goes behind the scenes to reveal the real Fred Rogers, a humble […]

Review: AMERICAN ANIMALS

By Mark Saldana  Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) On December 17, 2004, four childhood friends attempted to steal several highly valuable books from the Transylvania University Library.  This story and the events prior to and after the theft form the basis of this true crime film directed by Bart Layton.  Layton intercuts his dramatic […]

SXSW 2018 Review/Interview: UPGRADE

Leigh Whannell’s Award Winning “Upgrade” Hits Theaters.   By Liz Lopez Rating: B+ Filmmaker Leigh Whannell (D: “Insidious: Chapter 3” and writer/actor of the “Saw” and “Insidious” franchises) wrote and directed “Upgrade” and made the World Premiere at the SXSW Film Festival this past March. The Alamo Drafthouse Ritz Theater was packed to the gills […]

SXSW 2018 Review/Interview: UPGRADE

By Mark Saldana  Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) I went into this South by “Midnighter”with high hopes, but restrained expectations. Writer/director/actor Leigh Whannell had previously impressed me with his work on the Saw, Insidious, and Conjuring franchises, but my instincts told me that this foray into pulpy science fiction could be something really special.  […]