SXSW Review: “Spin Me Round”

-Allison McCulloch Spin Me Round was like Suspiria-lite. The film is set at a cooking institute in Tuscany, Italy, with characters taking trips the Italian Riviera. We learn the difference between Ragu and Bolognese and how faking headaches to go on day trips can lead to quite some adventures. Producer/co-writer Alison Brie also stars as Amber,... Continue Reading →

SXSW Review: “Jethica”

-Allison McCulloch Jessica (Ashley Denise Robinson) is being terrorized by Kevin (Will Madden). Enlisting the help of her friend Elena (Callie Hernandez), they work together after the police claim that he wasn't breaking any laws. The story rang true: women aren't often believed and if they are, they aren't taken seriously. Jessica plays his messages... Continue Reading →

SXSW Review: “The Cow”

-Allison McCulloch 90 mins. | USA | 2022 When couple Kath (Winona Ryder) and Max (John Gallagher Jr.) end up at a cabin that is double-booked, they roll with it. Al (Owen Teague) and Greta (Brianne Tju) are the polar opposites of Max and Kath: free, easy, and uncommitted.  Things continue to get weird after... Continue Reading →

SXSW Review: “Lover, Beloved”

-Allison McCulloch 78 minutes | USA | 2022 Director: Michael TullyScreenwriter: Suzanne VegaCinematographer: Amy BenchEditor: Michael Carter “How I love you. How I loathe you.” Singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega of “Luka” and “Tom’s Diner” fame created a one-woman stage show called Lover, Beloved about the life of writer Carson McCullers and released an accompanying album of... Continue Reading →

SXSW Review: “To Leslie”

I'm sure it's crazy to describe practically every performance from Andrea Riseborough as tour de force yet here we are. Andrea Riseborough plays Leslie, a single mother with a grown son. She has blown through not only her lottery prize money but all of her relationships as well. Riseborough's Leslie is so chaotic, recalling Gena... Continue Reading →

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