SXSW 2022 Review: Bitch Ass

Year: 2022 Runtime: 83 minutes Directors:  Bill Posley Writers: Bill Posley and Jonathan Colomb Cast: Teon Kelley, Tunde Laleye, Me’lisa Sellers, Kelsey Caesaer, Sheaun McKinney, Tony Todd By Tom Moore Writer/Director Bill Posley crafts an imperfect crowd-pleaser with his feature directorial debut, “Bitch Ass”(2022), and provides the horror genre with something it lacks and desperately needs, an intriguing and fun modern black slasher. Posley and … Continue reading SXSW 2022 Review: Bitch Ass

SXSW 2022 Review: Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story

Year: 2022 Runtime: 94 minutes Directors: Frank Marshall, Ryan Suffern By Joan Amenn As Wordsworth wrote, “The world is too much with us…” and he didn’t even know about social media. With the heaviness of these days, it is a comfort to turn to music. “Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story” (2022) brings us a respite in its depiction of the fifty-year history of this … Continue reading SXSW 2022 Review: Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story

SXSW 2022 TV REVIEW: Paramount+’s Halo (First Two Episodes)

Year: 2022 Series Creators: Steven Kane, Kyle Killen Cast: Pablo Schreiber, Bokeem Woodbine, Yerin Ha, Natascha McElhone, Shabana Azmi By Tom Moore Paramount+ throws their hat in the very competitive ring of video game adaptations with an adaptation of the legendary “Halo” series. A “Halo” adaptation is no small feat as it is one of the biggest and most pivotal gaming franchises of all time. … Continue reading SXSW 2022 TV REVIEW: Paramount+’s Halo (First Two Episodes)

SXSW REVIEW: “I LOVE MY DAD” (2022)

Year: 2022 Runtime: 90 minutes Director/Writer: James Morosini Starring: James Morosini, Patton Oswalt, Lil Rey Howery, Amy Landecker, Claudia Sulewski, Rachel Dratch Review By: Peggy Marie “The following actually happened. My Dad asked me to tell you it didn’t.” One thing I can honestly tell you going into SXSW Film Festival is, I didn’t expect to utter the words, “Patton Oswalt is in the best … Continue reading SXSW REVIEW: “I LOVE MY DAD” (2022)

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SXSW 2022 review: “Still Working 9 to 5”

More than 40 years after the workplace comedy 9 to 5 showcased three secretaries plotting against their sexist boss, the SXSW 2022 documentary Still Working 9 to 5 reunites stars Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton to talk workplace equality. More in this review from film site In Their Own League. Continue reading SXSW 2022 review: “Still Working 9 to 5”

SXSW 2022 Review: Bad Axe

Year: 2022 Runtime: 100 minutes Director: David Siev By Joan Amenn There are many stories of immigrant families coming to the US to build better lives for themselves. Until recently, their struggles didn’t include surviving a global pandemic. Director David Siev turned a camera on his family as they struggled to maintain their restaurant business during Covid-19 because he felt it was an important time … Continue reading SXSW 2022 Review: Bad Axe

SXSW Review: The Return of Tanya Tucker: featuring Brandi Carlile

Year: 2022 Runtime: 108 minutes Director: Kathlyn Horan By Joan Amenn Tanya Tucker has had a remarkable life and this new documentary shows that her voice remains remarkable, too. While “The Return of Tanya Tucker: Featuring Brandi Carlile” (2022) does not delve too deeply into her past, it is a joyful celebration of her present as she continues her prolific career. The film focuses on … Continue reading SXSW Review: The Return of Tanya Tucker: featuring Brandi Carlile