SXSW 2022 Review: Emergency

Year: 2022 Runtime: 105 minutes Directors:  Carey Williams Writers: K.D. Davila Cast: Donald Elise Watkins, RJ Cyler, Sebastian Chacon, Sabrina Carpenter, Maddie Nichols By Tom Moore Impactful conversations on racial discrimination and college party antics come together in director Carey Williams’ latest film, “Emergency”(2022), to make for a fun and funny coming of age story with a gut-punching finale. As Williams introduces “Emergency’s” main duo, … Continue reading SXSW 2022 Review: Emergency

SXSW 2022 Review: A Lot of Nothing

Year: 2022 Runtime: 104 minutes Directors:  Mo McRae Writers: Sarah Kelly Kaplan, Mo McRae Cast: Cleopatra Coleman, Y’lan Noel, Justin Hartley, Shamier Anderson, Lex Scott Davis By Tom Moore The feature directorial debut of Mo McRae, “A Lot of Nothing” (2022), tells an interesting story about black rage and frustration that’s unfortunately foiled by its approach and lack of focus. In the initial moments of … Continue reading SXSW 2022 Review: A Lot of Nothing

Exclusive SXSW 2022 Interview: “Pretty Problems” Director Kestrin Pantera

By Joan Amenn Fresh from winning the Narrative Spotlight Audience Award at SXSW this year, I got to sit down with Kestrin Pantera and talk about her film, “Pretty Problems” (2022). Also, I learned she has an adorable cat and is a talented musician in addition to being a savvy film director. Joan: What films influenced your vision in creating this film? Kestrin: For the … Continue reading Exclusive SXSW 2022 Interview: “Pretty Problems” Director Kestrin Pantera

SXSW REVIEW: “NOTHING LASTS FOREVER” (2022) SHOWTIME

Year: 2022 Runtime: 87 minutes Director: Jason Kohn By: Peggy Marie One of the most fascinating documentaries at SXSW was from director Jason Kohn, who takes on the diamond trade with “Nothing Lasts Forever” (2022). The documentary takes a good, hard look at the world of diamond cartels and most importantly, at the difference between synthetic and real diamonds. Clue: you won’t know the difference and De … Continue reading SXSW REVIEW: “NOTHING LASTS FOREVER” (2022) SHOWTIME

SXSW 2022 Review: Master

Year: 2022 Runtime: 98 minutes Directors:  Mariama Diallo Writers: Mariama Diallo Cast: Regina Hall, Zoe Renee, Amber Gray, Julia Nightingale, Ella Hunt By Tom Moore Mariama Diallo’s feature directorial debut, “Master”(2022), is a psychological horror trek through systemic racism in American education that presents an enticing and engaging atmosphere. As the film’s two central black women arrive at the fictional college campus of Ancaster College, … Continue reading SXSW 2022 Review: Master

SXSW REVIEW: “THE COW” (2022)

Year: 2022 Runtime: 90 minutes Director: Eli Horowitz Starring: Winona Ryder, Dermot Mulroney, John Gallagher Jr., Owen Teague, Brianne Tju Review By: Peggy Marie Winona Ryder is truly at some of her best here in Eli Horowitz’s “The Cow” (2022), along with Dermot Mulroney in this rather fun “genetic” little mystery thriller that twists along to an ending you’d never quite think of. While it’s not without … Continue reading SXSW REVIEW: “THE COW” (2022)

SXSW REVIEW: “SERIOUSLY RED” (2022) Roadshow Films

Year: 2022 Runtime: 94 minutes Director/Writer: Gracie Otto, Krew Boylan Starring: Krew Boylan, Jean Kittson, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Celeste Barber, Daniel Webber, Thomas Campbell Review By: Peggy Marie “It’s Hard to Be a Diamond in a Rhinestone World” – Dolly Parton Director Gracie Otto makes a bold choice and opens her film “Seriously Red” (2022) with a terrific and unorthodox lead into to her main … Continue reading SXSW REVIEW: “SERIOUSLY RED” (2022) Roadshow Films

SXSW 2022 Review: Linoleum

Year: 2022 Runtime: 101 minutes Writer/Director: Colin West Cast: Jim Gaffigan, Rhea Seehorn, Tony Shaloub, Gabriel Rush, Amy Hargreaves, Michael Ian Black, Twinkle Burke, Katelyn Nacon, Elisabeth Henry, Roger Hendrickson By Joan Amenn Linoleum is a surface consisting of multiple compressed layers of linseed oil and sawdust, among other things. This might seem like a completely irrelevant title for this film but when you think … Continue reading SXSW 2022 Review: Linoleum