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
I first heard about Girls Lost when a press contact asked me about being interested in a screener of the film, and after reading the description, it certainly caught my eye. A Swedish film about gender and sexual identity with a magical element really sounded different and engaging to me so I took the offer. So without further ado, why don’t I get into the review.
I went into Kubo and the Two Strings knowing nothing more than that it was the newest film by the amazing Laika studios and that it was set in ancient Japan. It’s rare that I get a chance to enter into a film with that much potential behind it basically blind so I was certainly excited. Even the crowd of children in the theater didn’t dissuade me since Laika’s films are generally for kids, even if they aren’t the best movie theater companions.
Don’t Think Twice is a movie I didn’t know was coming until I saw it at SXSW this year actually. I’m a big fan of Mike Birbiglia as a comedian and his first film, Sleepwalk With Me, was a well told story with an interesting style and his voice as it was based off his standup. So needless to say I was quite excited to see his sophomore feature and to see how he handled a narrative not well rehearsed from his standup and his life. I didn’t get to review it after SXSW but I did get a chance to see it again now and I’m happy to share my feelings on it.
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