SXSW Daily Recap: Days 8 & 9

I only attended two screenings on the last day of SXSW (including festival closer Life), so I’ve combined days eight and nine. For most of the films at SXSW, ballots are issued so that the films can be rated on a scale of one to five. You’re not able to give a half point rating (e.g. […]

SXSW Daily Recap: Day 7

Each day at SXSW I’ll post a brief rundown, in chronological order, of the screenings from the previous day. For most of the films at SXSW, ballots are issued so that the films can be rated on a scale of one to five. You’re not able to give a half point rating (e.g. 3.5), so […]

SXSW Daily Recap: Day 6

Each day at SXSW I’ll post a brief rundown, in chronological order, of the screenings from the previous day. For most of the films at SXSW, ballots are issued so that the films can be rated on a scale of one to five. You’re not able to give a half point rating (e.g. 3.5), so […]

SXSW Daily Recap: Day 5

Each day at SXSW I’ll post a brief rundown, in chronological order, of the screenings from the previous day. For most of the films at SXSW, ballots are issued so that the films can be rated on a scale of one to five. You’re not able to give a half point rating (e.g. 3.5), so […]

SXSW Daily Recap: Day 4

Each day at SXSW I’ll post a brief rundown, in chronological order, of the screenings from the previous day. For most of the films at SXSW, ballots are issued so that the films can be rated on a scale of one to five. You’re not able to give a half point rating (e.g. 3.5), so I’ve been rounding up when applicable. I’ll share my SXSW rating, along with my preferred rating in parent

SXSW Daily Recap: Day 3

Each day at SXSW I’ll post a brief rundown, in chronological order, of the screenings from the previous day. For most of the films at SXSW, ballots are issued so that the films can be rated on a scale of one to five. You’re not able to give a half point rating (e.g. 3.5), so I’ve been rounding up when applicable. I’ll share my SXSW rating, along with my preferred rating in parentheses.

SXSW Daily Recap: Days 1 & 2

I’m told that the first day of SXSW typically doesn’t have many screenings, and this year (my first) was certainly no exception. I only saw two films on Friday. Two films in one day seems like a lot under most circumstances, but at SXSW it’s a paltry sum. With that in mind, I’ve lumped days […]

A December to Remember

There was a lot of discussion following the success of Scream (released in December of 1996) and the subsequent horror films that it influenced, about how it revived a genre that was essentially on life support. Well, now that we’re twenty years on (Jesus!) we can take an objective look back. Let’s start by examining […]

Not Your Father’s Vampires

What’s the most terrifying premise for a vampire story? Countless vampire films have a climactic scene where the sun is coming up and a survivor of the previous night’s carnage pulls back a curtain (or shoots holes in the walls) to expose the undead assailant to sunlight. Vampire ‘splodes, movie over, and all they had to do was hold out until morning (not so easy in its own right). But what if there wasn’t the seemingly obligatory reprieve of daybreak? What if our hero had to hold on for a month instead of a night?

Strangler Things

Okay, where to begin? The Greasy Strangler is the most unique film I have ever seen. I know, in theory, that something cannot be the most unique. My mother is an English teacher and she explained to me when I was young that unique is an absolute and can’t be modified (you can’t be a little pregnant, or extra dead). However, when it comes to the word unique, I feel like this rule is wrong even though I know it is right (I’m invoking Colbert’s “Truthiness” here). Technically, everything in the world is unique, but it feels like some things are more unique than others. For example, I am a Caucasian American. I am not old, I am not young. I am not fat, I am not skinny. I am not tall, I am not short. I have brown hair and brown eyes. I am the embodiment of the average American male. Having said that, I am unique. I am unique because there is not another person in the world who is exactly like me. The Greasy Strangler is more unique because there is not another film in the world that is anything like it. Is it good? No, not really. Is it bad? No, I don’t think so. What is it then? It is… the most unique film I’ve ever seen.

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