Lost ‘DUDES’ found at Oak Cliff Film Fest: An interview with director Penelope Spheeris

Preston Barta // Features Editor There’s a scene in 1985’s BACK TO THE FUTURE where Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) plays a heavy-metal guitar riff for the people of the ’50s. They don’t exactly appreciate it. “Guess you’re not ready for that yet,” Marty sheepishly apologizes. Then he adds: “But your kids are going to love it.” Every once in a while, there’s something so ahead of the cultural curve that it’s misunderstood. It can take ...

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‘HEREDITARY’ director and cast craft a terrifying family drama birthed in hell

June 7th, 2018 | Film Festivals, Interviews, Movie Interview, SXSW | 0 Comment

Preston Barta // Features Editor Of the three features I saw one sleepy midnight in March at the South by Southwest film festival, A24’s HEREDITARY kept me the most awake — so much so that I didn’t really sleep at all that night. It’s a slow-burn horror film of the third degree. And it deserves a place in your nightmares (as morbid as that sounds). Ari Aster makes his feature debut with HEREDITARY, and he enters the horror genre like a seasoned ...

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‘AMERICAN ANIMALS’ director Bart Layton bites into true heist story with panache

June 7th, 2018 | Film Festivals, Interviews, Movie Interview, SXSW | 0 Comment

Preston Barta // Features Editor Heist movies promise their characters the ultimate shortcut to the American dream. They tell us if you put in a hard day’s work, you could be set for life. But then again, this is Hollywood talking. Reality is a different story. Reality is you forgetting to disarm the security system, forgetting to dust off your fingerprints from the vault or forgetting that personal item that gives your identity away. It’s those messy ...

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