SXSW Review: ‘EIGHTH GRADE’ – anxiety is only one click away

March 22nd, 2018 | Film Festivals, Movie Review, Reviews, SXSW | 0 Comment

James Cole Clay // Film Critic EIGHTH GRADE Not yet rated, 94 minutes. Director: Bo Burnham Cast: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson and Missy Yager Somehow 27-year-old comedian and all-around internet sensation Bo Burnham was able to tap into the mind of a 13-year-old girl in his directorial debut, EIGHTH GRADE. It takes a grounded approach to the psyche of Kayla Day (Elsie Fisher), who is going through her last week of - you guessed it - middle ...

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SXSW Interview: ‘A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN’ director and star strike fear in grisly prison-boxing film

March 22nd, 2018 | Film Festivals, Interviews, Movie Interview, SXSW | 0 Comment

Preston Barta // Features Editor A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN Rated R, 116 minutes. Director: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire Cast: Joe Cole, Vithaya Pansringarm and Panya Yimmumphai One of the many films A24 had at the South by Southwest Film Festival last week was the bio-drama A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN. Directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire (JOHNNY MAD DOG) and starring Joe Cole (GREEN ROOM), the film takes us inside the monstrous world of Billy Moore, an English boxer who ...

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SXSW Interview: ‘EIGHTH GRADE’ director Bo Burnham and star Elsie Fisher

March 19th, 2018 | Film Festivals, Interviews, Movie Interview, SXSW | 0 Comment

Preston Barta // Features Editor When it comes to crafting an coming of age story, comedian Bo Burnham takes anything but a textbook approach. His tender, true to life EIGHTH GRADE represents today's age remarkably well. Stacking markers, slipping in a “like” between every other word and gushing over the popular kids – we’re nearly in documentary mode here. Last week at the South by Southwest Film Festival we sat down with writer-director Burnham and ...

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