‘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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Dark night of the soul: ‘FIRST REFORMED’ wrestles with minister’s waning faith, growing anxiety

May 31st, 2018 | Film Festivals, Interviews, Movie Interview, SXSW | 0 Comment

Preston Barta // Features Editor Filmmaker Paul Schrader began his career in movies as a film critic in the late ’60s, writing for the Los Angeles Free Press and later for Cinema Magazine. It wasn’t too long after that when he was penning screenplays of his own (notable achievements such as Martin Scorsese’s TAXI DRIVER and RAGING BULL) and later directing movies (including AMERICAN GIGOLO and AUTO FOCUS). “I was becoming this Travis Bickle kid ...

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