During the SXSW Conference just about anything can happen, and that anything includes fictional restaurants you never imagined you’d get to visit. In the past we’ve seen Big Kahuna Burger from Pulp Fiction, but this year we were treated to Los Pollos Hermanos. If you aren’t familiar with this famous chicken restaurant then you must not be familiar with Breaking Bad or its prequel spin-off show Better Call Saul that brought it too SXSW. We get to take part in a special press day where the show’s star, Bob Odenkirk who plays Saul, and returning star Giancarlo Esposito who plays the drug dealing owner of the restaurant Gus, were present. Check out our pictures from the event below!
Coming into the festival I was excited to see that The Big Sick was actually playing after it did so well at Sundance, and considering its content. I’ll get into the plot in a bit, but the content I’m talking about is that it is an adaptation of the writing team of Kumail Nanjiani (who also stars) and Emily V. Gordon’s relationship. I’ve been a fan of Kumail for quite some time and I know Emily from podcasts he’s done with her and as such I felt kind of close to their story already. So I was excited to see if it held up with more detail and a dramatization of it all.
It’s always a pleasure to see an actor you like make their first move into directing, and that was what drew me to Alice Lowe’s directorial debut Prevenge. If you don’t know her she is likely best known for writing and starring in Sightseers, though I know her most from Hot Fuzz and she has been close with Edgar Wright since then. With two wonderfully macabre comedies being what I know her for, this one sounded right up my alley. So without further putzing about let me tell you about it.
I’ve made it no small secret that I am a big fan of the James Bond franchise and all of their films. Those of you that know the series well will likely have a question for what is widely considered biggest shortcoming of any official Bond film (so, not counting Never Say Never Again) and that is, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. George Lazenby stars in it as the second actor to play Bond and also as the only one to do it just once, and his story is even more interesting than that. That interesting story is what is the focus of Becoming Bond to tell, from Lazenby’s own words, so it easily topped my list of must see films this year at SXSW. I got into the premier and its time for me to tell you what I think.
Walking Out popped up on my radar as I’m a fan of one of it’s stars, Matt Bomer, so I chose it over a few other options. I knew the basic summary going in but that was about it which is always the best way to see a film so I was ready to go for a drama. I don’t really have much else to say on that though so let’s get right to our review.
You know what’s a great feeling at a festival: Knowing nothing about a movie and maybe not even being that interested and then suddenly needing to see it. That was the case for me with Atomic Blonde since even just reading the description slightly I didn’t think I was interested until the trailer showed up a few days before the premier. Seeing a crazy action movie with Charlize Theron and directed by David Leitch who co-directed John Wick had me waiting in line 2 hours during SXSW to see this one and to be able to give you this review now.
When I went into This is Your Death while at SXSW I was excited by the talent behind it, but admittedly I wasn’t so sure on the story. Some of you may know this old story of watching a trailer and guessing the plot. All things considered I feel that may not be the case for everyone going in but either way it still left me excited to see Giancarlo Esposito’s direction as this was the first time I’d seen him do so, even if it was his second outing. But that is enough rambling, without further ado lets get into it
If you’re a film buff in Austin, TX you’ve definitely heard of Mondo Tees and if you’re from anywhere else there’s a fair chance. Mondo has consistently been a source of gorgeous popculture posters, art and most recently vinyl soundtracks that will pull on most nerd’s heart strings. If you recall we in the past from our Instagram we have covered a special gallery opening hosted by Drive director Nicholas Winding Refn, but this time it was a gallery show of a series of art by one of Mondo’s frequent contributor, Mike Mitchell. Mike has been working on a full series of Star Wars portraiture that is gorgeous and also goes quite deep into the series’ character library. We were invited to a press viewing before the doors officially opened and got some pictures of the gorgeous artwork we want to share with you now, after the jump.
Hello all and welcome to the first day of the SXSW Conference 2017! That’s right, the festivities start off today and I will be down there all week long. I will be trying to cover as many movies and events as I can with reviews and the like on the site, as well as a few interviews. But I will also be doing my best to keep Social Media updated too. If you want to keep up with me at the conference then you’ll want to follow me and the site on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Periscope. The links are as follows:
At Fantastic Fest 2014 John Wick premiered to a crowd a little dubious of a big star led action movie (we get plenty that are no more than marketing) and turned out to be an instant classic. Ben was there and got the chance to sit down with John Wick himself, Keanu Reeves, for an interview. As John Wick 2 premiers today we wanted to share that interview with you again. You can find the interview here and keep an eye out this weekend for our John Wick 2 review!