Posts Tagged ‘Austin Film Festival’

Austin Film Festival 2017 Review: DARKEST HOUR

By Liz Lopez Rating: B+ Despite remarks made by others about multiple Winston Churchill or Dunkirk related films that have been released, this year director Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” and Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour” relates a part of history with a different story and each has value. I viewed the highly successful “Dunkirk” twice in the […]

AFF 2013 Review: CHILD OF GOD

By Mark Saldana  Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) James Franco’s adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s third novel is appropriately as raw, primitive and coarse as its feral title character.  Franco, who co-wrote the screenplay with Vince Jolivette, never filters or dilutes the sometimes sickening and often disturbing subject matter. This faithfulness to McCarthy’s novel makes […]

AFF 2013 Actress Spotlight: Cassidy Schlitz

By Mark Saldana Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Cassidy Schlitz caught the acting bug at a young age. Flash forward to the present after an extensive acting education and Cassidy is now pursuing her life -long dream and performing in movies.  Currently based in L.A. the vibrant young actress scored a role in the […]

AFF 2013 Review: THE MAID’S ROOM

By Mark Saldana  Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars) Part psychological thriller and part soap opera, The Maid’s Room does offer suspense, tension and some unexpected twists, but some of the beats play out a bit too cheesy for its own good. Nevertheless, the talented cast manages to maintain some gravity to their story, making […]


By Mark Saldana  Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) Certainly a curiosity piece, Living Dolls is a documentary which focuses on an unusual assortment of doll collectors. A young man who lives with his companion and parents has an obsession with collecting Barbie dolls and her accessories. A very eccentric artist loves turning Barbies and […]