SXSW Film Festival: ‘For the Record’ and ‘Made For Love’ Reviews

For the Record Episode One

SYNOPSIS: Ray and Angela just broke up. What if the iconic songs we all know and love had the power to bring them back together? Follow the interconnected people, stories & music that mend their broken hearts.

Ray and Angela are breaking up, and they have a fantastic record collection that they are fighting over. The intensity of these first moments is how you feel throughout this emotional battle between the two.

While the story is perfect in this first episode, it simply doesn’t work without the fantastic chemistry between Anna Hopkins and Julian De Zotti as Angela and Ray. While we are witnessing the downfall of these relationships, you see the emotions pour out within Anna/Julian’s body language, how they deliver their lines, and what makes you connected to what is happening.

It’s the dynamite first episode, and I can’t wait to watch more.

Here is my interview with the leads of the show.

Made for Love Episode One Review

photo via HBO

Based on Alissa Nutting’s tragicomic novel, Made for Love is a dark, absurd and cynically poignant story of divorce and revenge following Hazel Green (Cristin Milioti), a thirty-something woman on the run after 10 years in a suffocating marriage.

Made for Love opens in an intriguing way that leaves you guessing what is transpiring. We meet Hazel (Cristin Milioti), who we bounce back and forth from where she is with her rich husband and on the run.

Hazel has some robotic mannerisms that fully encapture the idea of a woman being in a terrible marriage. Milioti is a star, and her performance in this pilot only enhances just that. We see her play two sides within this episode and she kills both of them. Now Bennett’s (Caleb Foote) introduction is marvelous, a wealthy young billionaire who you love to hate within his first moments on the screen. The writers do a great job of setting him in this villain-like role right out of the gate.

A pilot has to reel you in from go or are more inclined to pass on future episodes. The ‘Made for Love’ pilot is perfect—the setup, delivery, acting, and execution work from all parties.

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