Tender mercies: Ethan Hawke directs moving tribute to Texas musician Blaze Foley

August 23rd, 2018 | Interviews, Movie Interview, Movie Review, SXSW | 0 Comment

Preston Barta // Features Editor When we hear the term “biopic,” we know what to expect by now: an actor looking for a short cut to the Oscar podium by performing in a two-hour movie loaded with montages, prologues, monologues, epilogues, flashbacks — everything in the kitchen sink. Finally, cap off the climax of the film with a scene of the main character melodramatically saying the title of the film — the equivalent of Gary Oldman spitting, “This is ...


Movie Review: ‘BLINDSPOTTING’ an impressive hip-hop-inflected tour of Oakland, with powerful themes

Preston Barta // Features Editor BLINDSPOTTING Rated R, 95 minutes. Director: Carlos López Estrada Cast: Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Ethan Embry, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Wayne Knight Some issues are too difficult to narrow down, despite our media’s best efforts. But there are matters that shouldn’t get the short end of the stick. They deserve a story — a real story, one that allows ...


‘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 ...