Posts Tagged ‘2013 AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL’

Review: INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

By Mark Saldana  Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) When Bob Dylan first sang, “The times, they are a-changin.” he wasn’t just whistling Dixie. Big changes in pop culture, politics, mores, and music arrived in a huge way in the 1960s. Dylan, the main icon of 60s folk music changed as well when he went […]

Review: NEBRASKA

By Mark Saldana  Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars) Perhaps the perfect third title in Alexander Payne’s road trip trilogy, Nebraska is pure unadulterated Payne; and that is surprising considering that his latest script came not from his usual partner, Jim Taylor, but from new collaborator Bob Nelson. Still, Nebraska has all the right elements […]

AFF 2013 Interview: RICK ROSENTHAL AND ELOISE MUMFORD OF DRONES

By Mark Saldana Two drone pilots, operating out of a trailer in a Nevada desert, have acquired a target in Afghanistan and are faced with a moral dilemma. They must follow their orders and terminate with extreme prejudice or face punishment for disobedience.  This is the premise of the AFF film entry title Drones.

AFF 2013 Review: THE ART OF THE STEAL

By Mark Saldana  Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars) After the utter disappointment with Coffee, Kill Boss, I was so incredibly grateful that my next film turned out to be a fun, clever, witty and entertaining heist film in the vein of Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven.  The Art of the Steal obviously borrows some of […]

AFF 2013 Review: COFFEE, KILL BOSS

By Mark Saldana  Rating: 1.5 (Out of 4 Stars) My Austin Film Festival got off to a funky start with their opening night film that often left me exasperated and baffled.  I had initially planned to give this film a higher rating as it did occasionally make me laugh; however, I came to the conclusion […]