EXCLUSIVE: Mike Ott and Cory Zacharia Discuss ‘California Dreams’ – See it at SXSW!

2017 Berlin Critics’ Week: The ambitious docufiction, “California Dreams,” which is already garnering critical praise, debuted in Berlin. I had a chance to interview director Mike Ott and the film’s star, Cory Zacharia, who, essentially, played himself in the film. We discussed where the documentary ended and the fiction began, Ott’s influence for this idea, […]


SXSW Announces ‘Life’ With Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds as Closing Night Film

South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals announced the World Premiere of “Life,” directed by Daniel Espinosa, as its Closing Night Film on March 18. Columbia Pictures and Skydance’s “Life” is a terrifying sci-fi thriller about a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when […]

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Lee Daniels, Cheryl Boone Isaacs Headed to SXSW 2017

South by Southwest (SXSW) announced its second wave of speakers and keynotes today. The festival revealed that Academy Award-nominated director Lee Daniels as well as AMPAS president Cheryl Boone Isaacs will speak at the fest. Daniels is best known for “Precious: Based on the Novel by Sapphire” and the hit TV series “Empire.” He is also known for the 2013 critical […]

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SXSW Announces New Films for 2016 Lineup including New Pee Wee Herman Film and Seth Rogen Directed Feature

South by Southwest (SXSW) has announced six more films that will have their premiere at its film fest in March, including: Paul Reubens’ “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,” “Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru,” “Beware the Slenderman” and the Seth Rogen-directed “Preacher.” Jeff Nichols’ sci-fi drama “Midnight Special,” which stars Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton and Kirsten […]

SXSW: Sally Field Enters the Best Actress Race for ‘Hello, My Name is Doris’

Two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field came back into Oscar’s good graces in 2012 with Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.”  A likely runner-up to Anne Hathaway’s winning performance in “Les Miserables,” we’ve waited patiently to see her next movie and that has seemed to come in the form of “Hello, My Name is Doris” which premiered at […]

Sake-Bomb (★★)

Like all great adventures and road trips, this is a journey of self discovery and finding yourself. ‘Sake-Bomb‘ features Gaku Hamada as Naoto and Eugene Kim as Sebastian. Written by Jeff Mizushima and directed by Junya Sakino, two well-known filmmakers of many talents from Japan. Naoto is from Japan and preparing for the rest of […]

SXSW: The East (**½)

How can a movie with such fantastic performances and interesting subject matter feel so drawn out and boring? It’s a quagmire of a situation. On one hand you have an in-depth exploration of eco-terrorism and cultist behavior that’s given time to grow and enrapture you. On the other hand, it takes it’s sweet time to get there […]