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At this year's South by Southwest Film Festival there were a lot of high profile movies that only garnered limp shrugs and seesawing hands when you would ask the festival's hardcore how they were. But there was one movie had everyone in rapturous "OMG YOU'VE GOT TO SEE IT" mode, and that movie was "Short Term 12." The affecting drama, written and directed by "I Am Not a Hipster" filmmaker Destin Cretton, won both the Grand Jury Prize award and the Audience Award at SXSW (a rare feat indeed), and based on this trailer, it's easy to see why. Get More »
There's nothing metaphorical about that title; this is indeed a movie about a very large arachnid.
You wish you were going to SXSW, 'cause if you were, you'd be able to catch the world premiere of "Big Ass Spider" (or, rather, "Big Ass Spider!"), a film that follows in the footsteps of other creature features such as "Snakes on a Plane" in that the title serves as the pitch. Get More »
Disappointed that Sacha Baron Cohen's latest movie chose to forgo his controversial prankster tactics? Fear not -- Indian-American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi has come to save the day.
In the SXSW Film Festival award-winner "Kumare," Gandhi dupes a handful of all white Americans into believing he's a spiritual guru. Why he chooses to embark on this journey is what fuels the curiosity factor of this provocative documentary. One thing's for sure: "Kumare" was made to ruffle a few feathers. Get More »
Angela Sarafyan is on top of her game and playing the field. In the last couple of years, the young Armenian-American actress has dipped her toe in TV (costarring with Colin Hanks on the short-lived Fox series "The Good Guys") and big-budget tentpoles (she's Tia in "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2"). She's currently filming James Gray's "Low Life," in which she plays Marion Cotillard's sister.
In the new indie "American Animal," Sarafyan is Angela, a friend of Jimmy's (writer-director Matt D'Elia) who, along with Jimmy's roommate and her friend (also named Angela), becomes sucked into a madcap world of pop culture and personal torture. It's part comedy, part drama and like nothing you'd expect.
Sarafyan talked to us at last year's SXSW about the innovative process of working on "American Animal," along with details on why shooting a "Twilight" movie isn't that different then a tiny, micro-budget indie. Get More »
South by Southwest starts on March 9, and Sundance had better watch its back.
Although Park City's film festival still reigns supreme as America's preeminent independent film event, Austin's SXSW is running a close second. The reason? It's cooler. And we're not talking the temperature. Get More »
South by Southwest is slowly coming to close. Are we sad? Of course. For every new movie release, there's a trailer. They're like bits of happiness that can be cracked open during work -- assuming your PC monitor isn't in your boss's eye line.
The latest trailer from the fest, "A Bag of Hammers," was posted to the web in conjunction with film's premiere. The footage is delightful, mostly because it features the impossibly beautiful Rebecca Hall. Get More »
They put their own spin on the zombie movie with "Shaun of the Dead" and the action genre with "Hot Fuzz," and now Simon Pegg and Nick Frost work their magic on another cinematic classic: the road movie (or the alien movie, depending on how you look at it).
"Paul" finds the British actors taking a trip across the deserts of the American southwest and having an extremely close encounter along the way. While passing Area 51, they pick up Paul, a three-foot, wide-eyed alien with a penchant for drinking, smoking, farting and crude insults. And he's voiced by Seth Rogen. How can you not love him? Get More »
South By Southwest is like the renegade cousin of prim and pristine Sundance. The film portion of the Austin, Texas-based festival has been kicking for seventeen glorious years, with a week of innovative films by a mix of emerging filmmakers, fresh faces, established talent and a few of the best hold-overs from Sundance.
SXSW finds its roots in rock and roll, and that spirit is alive and burning in this year's film selections. Horror flicks, music docs, sci-fi adventures, introspective dramas, off-kilter comedies and hedgehogs who love drinking beer -- no stone goes unturned.
An Oscar nomination carries more weight than you'd think.
Like magic, the honor helps unearth projects that have been lying dormant for years. Such is the case with "Hesher," a film that debuted at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and is finally nearing the end of the tunnel: a proposed theatrical release in April.
The sudden release isn't surprising - with Best Actress nominee (and frontrunner) Natalie Portman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt of "Inception" in the cast and hitting the peak of their buzz, it's the perfect time for a smaller film like "Hesher" to hit public eye. Especially a movie as offbeat as "Hesher." Get More »