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Short of the Day: Learning Tagalog With Kayla

Posted by Greg on Mar 26, 2021 in Movies

Learning Tagalog With Kayla (Teaser) from Kayla Abuda Galang on Vimeo.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Spoilers ahead.

As we continue gushing about SXSW (trust us, you’ll be hearing about SXSW for weeks from us), we want to shed light on a short film that floored us. Learning Tagalog With Kayla begins exactly as it sounds. Read more…

 
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Eddie Huang’s Boogie Disappoints

Posted by Greg on Mar 25, 2021 in Movies, NYC

We’ll just come right out and say it. We’re Focus Features junkies. Ever since the boutique, art-house film group started releasing films in 2002 we’ve done our part to try and see as many Focus Feature films as possible. It started with Far From Heaven and 18 years later we’re still trying to watch whatever they put in front of us. While they’re still prone to mistakes we can say we like at least 75 percent of what they’ve released to date. Read more…

 
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Potato Dreams of America is a Winning and Charming Film

Posted by Greg on Mar 24, 2021 in Movies

Potato Dreams of America: Back To Russia from Catherine Joy on Vimeo.

We’re still trying to process and review all of the films we saw as part of SXSW’s 2021 Film Festival. However as the more time passes the more we’re beginning to realize that might be a tall order. There is one film though we’re quick to review and recommend: Potato Dreams of America. Read more…

 
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SXSW Film: Day 1 Highlights, Docs FTW!

Posted by Greg on Mar 17, 2021 in Movies

THE OXY KINGPINS – "Alex & Papantonio" from The Young Turks on Vimeo.

Well here we are. SXSW is raging on and we are just plumb-tuckered out. We just finished participating in “Dream” (more on that later). For now, the film highlights from Day 1. It was a doc-heavy day. Not many, if any, narrative films to speak of so far. Highlights include: Read more…

 
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Film of the Week: A Tiny Ripple of Hope

Posted by Greg on Feb 15, 2021 in Movies

A Tiny Ripple of Hope Online Poster

This past weekend one of our favorite film festivals kicked off its 27th installment: Slamdance. While overshadowed by the more ballyhooed Sundance, this Park City-based festival showcases promising filmmakers long before they become household names. To date the film’s screenplay competition has introduced the likes of Marc Forster (“Loungers), Rian Johnson (“Evil Demon Global from Hell!), Christopher Nolan (“Following) , Bong Joon-Ho (“Barking Dogs Never Bite”) and the late Lynn Shelton (“We Go Way Back”) to name a few. The documentary portion of the festival has introduced the likes of “The Real Dirt on Farmer John” (2005) and more recently “The Art of the Prank” (2015) and “Kifaru” (2020). Read more…

 
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SXSW Announces 2021 Film Lineup

Posted by Greg on Feb 11, 2021 in Movies


EDITOR’S NOTE: This post by all accounts is our longest to date, but if you’re a cinephile like us, you’ll want to keep scrolling.

We haven’t talked up film since our year-end list of favorite movies. As we have documented previously COVID found us watching more film than listening to music and we don’t see that trend stopping anytime soon.

The all-virtual iteration of the 2020 Florida Film Festival allowed us the opportunity to view every single film on the Eventive streaming platform. While that made for an insane amount of screen time, it sure did leave our hearts and minds full. At the end of the day is there anything else we can ask for?

SITH will be making its SXSW Film Festival debut next month and to say we are pumped is an exaggeration. We just received the list of films screening this year and to say we are excited would be an understatement. While mathematically and logistically it will most likely not be replicable we are hoping to adopt the same all-in approach that we adopted in FFF.

SXSW’s 2021 program includes 57 world premieres, 3 international premieres, 4 North American premieres, 1 U.S.premiere, 8 Texas premieres and 53 films from first-time filmmakers + 84 short films including music videos, 5 episodic premieres, 6 episodic pilots, 20 virtual cinema projects, 14 title design entries, plus 30 special events. The format will feature seven films at a time in two hour increments from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. We’re hoping to use the Connected Brightcove smart TV app features give our tablets and laptops some much needed rest.

Clearly our plan is too ambitious but as Mason Jennings once opined, “I believe you fall in love, you should jump right in.” And to say we are smitten with the SXSW film festival this year is an understatement. Fingers crossed our ambition will be met with success.

Without further ado, here’s the list of films screening this year. Feel free to comment and let us know if there are any you are excited about and/or want us to document. We already have at least two-to-three dozen (and more) we hope to see. Read more…

 
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The Top 50 Films of 2019

Posted by Greg on Dec 5, 2019 in Movies

Maybe we’re being charitable but this year felt like an amazing year in filmmaking. We never like rankings or lists and quite frankly we were tempted to just list them in no particular order much like our albums, but alas, the temptation overtook us. Listed below are the Top 50 Films of 2019:

50. Downton Abbey
49. Brittany Runs a Marathon
48. A Hidden Life
47. Fighting With My Family
46. The Disappearance Of My Mother
45. An Elephant Standing Still
44. Alita: Battle Angel
43. Us
42. Rocketman
41. Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice
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Film of the Week: Give Me Liberty

Posted by Greg on Aug 30, 2019 in Movies

If you see one movie this year make sure it is Give Me Liberty, the latest film from Kirill Mikhanovsky. Not sure who he is? No worries, he probably expects that. But after this film, you will most certainly know his name. Written by Mikhanovsky and Alice Austen and released via Music Box Films the film is complex, hilarious, infectious and completely unpredictable. What carries the film is its many moving performances and its novel use of comedy. Equal parts frenetic, frank and familiar, Give Me Liberty is one of the best depictions of marginalized communities we have ever seen. Read more…

 
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New Release Friday: Black Grapefruit – Fade/Forget

Posted by Greg on Jun 28, 2019 in Movies

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Quite simply, we’re agog over Fade/Forget, the new album from Portland duo Black Grapefruit. A stirring amalgam of R&B, pop and alternative music, the duo possess the kind of sonic gravity that makes one stop and wonder: so this is what perfection sounds like? Vocalist Randa Smith and multi-instrumentalist Brian Dekker are equal parts dynamic, engaging and downright irresistible. Read more…

 
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Must Watch: Mumford & Sons’ 12 Years Strong

Posted by Greg on Apr 25, 2019 in Movies, Music

Our favorite video platform, Vevo, and one of our favorite bands, Mumford & Sons, have released the film “Mumford and Sons: 12 Years Strong,” a documentary that provides behind-the-scenes footage of the band’s US Delta tour. One of the highlight’s of the film is an exclusive live performance of current single “Forever” featuring Americana multi-instrumentalist Jerry Douglas. That is one of just many memorable tunes, as is a look back at the 2012 album Babel and the making of their current album Delta.

Whether or not you like or appreciate Mumford & Sons, 12 Years Strong is an absolute must-watch and easily the best thing we’ve viewed this week.

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