Day: March 23, 2015

SXSW Film Review: ‘GTFO: Get The F&#% Out’

March 23, 2015

Image Courtesy of SXSW The pervasive sexist abuse that women often face in the video gaming world — from online multiplayer games to tournaments to industry boardrooms — is spotlit in “GTFO.” Shannon Sun-Higginson’s documentary takes a less angry/appalled tone than one might expect, while nonetheless charting plenty of instances in which female players, designers, programmers, et […]

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SXSW Film Review: ‘Deathgasm’

March 23, 2015

Image Courtesy of SXSW If the title appeals, then you’re probably going to be tolerably amused by “Deathgasm,” which combines heavy metal, gore-horror and comedy into an inevitably rude, bloody mess. Still, this amiably dumb feature debut for New Zealand writer-director Jason Lei Howden could have used some additional polish on the scripting side to bump […]

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SXSW Film Review: ‘7 Chinese Brothers’

March 23, 2015

Image Courtesy of SXSW To call “7 Chinese Brothers” featherweight would be an injustice to feathers. Only completist admirers of Jason Schwartzman’s misfit gallery need trouble with this perilously thin tale of a guy who runs through a couple of low-end jobs and … well, that’s about it, actually. Proving once again that “quirky” alone isn’t enough, […]

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SXSW Film Review: ‘Madina’s Dream’

March 23, 2015

Image Courtesy of SXSW A potent look at civil war in Sudan, “Madina’s Dream” provides eyewitness reportage of an ongoing, lesser-sung African regional/ethnic conflict. This latest documentary from Andrew Berends (“Delta Boys,” “The Blood of My Brother”) looks at refugee camps as well as life in the Nuba Mountains war zones where government forces are trying […]

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Film Review: ‘Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island’

March 23, 2015

Image Courtesy of Showbox/Mediaplex “Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island” is a disappointing follow-up to the far more sprightly “Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow” (2011), also helmed by Kim Sok-yun. Though not without some zingy segs, this South Korean period action-comedy-adventure — about a brilliant detective with a bumbling streak and his far […]

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Film Review: ‘Un homme ideal’

March 23, 2015

To quote “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “I always thought it would be better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody.” Mathieu Vasseur, the panicked impostor at the center of the frequently preposterous French thriller “Un homme ideal,” might as well have written that line himself. As hacky aspiring novelists go, he’s far more […]

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SXSW Film Review: ‘Sneakerheadz’

March 23, 2015

Image Courtesy of Friendly Films/Jump Films With equal measures of bemusement and amazement, co-directors David T. Friendly and Mick Partridge zip around the world to examine a shoe-centric subculture in “Sneakerheadz,” their fleet and fly documentary about the designing, retailing, trading and fanatical stockpiling of unique sneakers — or kicks, as those who know the lingo […]

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Film Review: ‘Bali Big Brother’

March 23, 2015

Image Courtesy of Colorbird If Japan and Bali were assessed according to the GNH (Gross National Happiness) index, which would rank higher? The answer is a no-brainer in “Bali Big Brother,” a madcap motivational comedy based on Japanese tycoon Takatoshi Maruo’s success story on the Indonesian island. Japanese-Korean helmer Toshio Lee (“Detroit Metal City,” “Box!”) treats audiences to […]

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Film Review: ‘Backcountry’

March 23, 2015

“We’ll be lucky to see anything bigger than a chipmunk,” says a weekend-warrior hiker to his skittish girlfriend early on in “Backcountry” — and, if you listen closely, you can hear a chipmunk tittering knowingly at the grisly jackpot to come. A wilderness (mis)adventure of surprising ingenuity and blunt-force trauma, Canadian actor-turned-director Adam MacDonald’s debut […]

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