THIS WEEK'S FILM EVENTS

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AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY SCREENINGS:

Friday at 7pm
AFS at The Marchesa
6226 Middle Fiskville Rd.
 
Sunday at 4pm
AFS at The Marchesa
6226 Middle Fiskville Rd.
 
Sunday at 7pm
AFS at The Marchesa
6226 Middle Fiskville Rd.
 


The Ten Commandments (1956)
Sunday at 2pm
Wednesday at 2pm & 7pm
Cinemark Pflugerville
Cinemark Hill Country
 
 
 
 
Thursday at sundown
Fiesta Gardens
The Lonely Island guys are special
guests - Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer,
and Jorma Taccone!
 
With The Lonely Island
Friday at 12:25am
Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline
The Lonely Island guys will be there!
 
 
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Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane
 
Saturday at 12:45pm
Tuesday at 2:05pm
Alamo Drafthouse Ritz
 
Batman Forever
Saturday at 7pm and 10pm
Alamo Drafthouse Ritz
Saturday at 10:20pm
Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane
 
Sunday at 2pm
Alamo Drafthouse Ritz
 
Terror Tuesday
Tuesday at 9:55pm
Alamo Drafthouse Ritz
 
Street Law (1974)
Wednesday at 10pm
Alamo Drafthouse Ritz
 
Blue Ruin
Thursday at 7pm
Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane
Director Jeremy Saulnier & Star Macon Blair will have a Q&A
SXSW: Bad Words Print E-mail
Friday, 14 March 2014 07:57

There is very little to be said about Jason Bateman’s performance in Bad Words. In Bateman’s directorial debut, it’s as if he directed everyone but himself. Playing the monotone, bitter, character might be bearable, even funny, for a scene, but never changing your character is exhausting. By the middle of the film I had lost all interested in what was motivating this character to compete. 

 

The speculation on why Guy Trilby (Jason Bateman) character is a fairly large element in the film but by the time it is answered it makes very little impact. Even the resolution of the film when Guy finally has the opportunity to express himself it is wasted on an anti-climatic poor me party. 

 

It’s not just that Bateman’s character is unlikable, there have been plenty of enjoyable films with unbearable main characters. It’s that nothing about the film excites or seems realistic. Regardless of the rules there is no way an older gentlemen is competing the national spelling bee. There is no way a father allows his pre-teen son to spend so much time with an adult male alone. There is no way that a genius doesn’t accomplish anything in life because of a grudge. There are so many factors of the film that make you think, “yeah, that’s not right” to actually feel satisfied when something positive does occur. 

 

This film reminded me a lot of Flight, there was so much room to explore, and it was all held down by a character that wouldn’t let it succeed. I am a firm believer that there has to be something, just one thing, that makes a character attractive, but in Bad Words, everything Jason Bateman’s character touches turns to stress. 

 

Rohan Chand plays Chaitanya Chopra, and with a name like that it is easy to see why he needed to be so good at spelling. Rohan’s character is the bright spot in the film. If you had a horse that had three broken legs, Rohan would be the one leg keeping it in the race. As we all know though, it only takes one leg to be broken for that horse to be put down. 

 

This film makes you want to grab Jason Bateman and yell, “I get it, we all get it. Please, you’re Jason Bateman, you have so much potential, make something enjoyable”. That’s really all audience’s want, is to escape their lives and live vicariously through another character. Hell, we’ve kept Will Ferrell around long enough he might actually be funny one of these times. 

 

In The Lego Movie the “Everything is Awesome” song was rammed down our throats for the first 20 minutes. This movie rams down “Everything Sucks” for an hour straight. 

To conclude this review/rant I would like to say that it’s really not all that bad, it just never even attempted to be positive. I understand that was the movie, and what was intended was most likely accomplished, it just wasn’t fun. 

 

 
SXSW: Obvious Child Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 March 2014 23:58

          We first meet Donna Stern in what any national geographic commentator would call her, “natural habitat”. We immediately get to see her character’s type of comedy, and it is raunchy and slightly dry and something that usually isn’t associated with “ladies”. At the same time we meet her we also meet her boyfriend. His displeased face during her introductory routine sets the stage for their breakup, her subsequent “downward spiral”, and ultimately her unexpected pregnancy. 

 

          I enjoy when films disregard the three act structure and go with something that is more true to the story. In Obvious Child there is the beginning that keeps going, and the end that starts mid way. This structure works though because we stay central to one character. 

 

          When a woman is mentally worn or emotionally hurt it starts off unbearable and turns into stress for an audience. Her light hearted approach and way of coming off as cute somehow successful and rather than being bothered by her misfortunes we find ourselves rooting for this character. Both her parents want to be there for her, but they both approach her situation in different ways. The contrast that came with dealing with a dad who simply wanted her to smile and a mom who wanted to use her current situation as a wake-up call showed how her parents could be separated, and which side of the isle she chose to stand on. 

 

          A film like Obvious Child proves two very important thing. One, a woman comedian can lead a film without being overly eccentric or goofy to the point of overacting. And two, that a film like that can be enjoyable. Yes the cast is great, Jenny Slate (Donna) and Jake Lacy (Max, and more importantly Baby Tuna in The Office) act authentically, and Gillian Robespierre’s story came to life with her at the helm as director. What I saw more with the film is passion, a passion that only comes when money is a main factor, and there is no set audience or distributor for a film. A risk, one that produces a lot of shit film, also produces gems like Obvious Child.

 

          Her lack of taking anything really serious gives us the sense that no matter what she can start over and everything will be okay. I wish I had known about the film while the Kickstarter was active, I wouldn’t have donated, but it would have been cool to follow it. Obvious Child was an enjoyable film regardless of what the result is at the box office in a couple of months. 

 
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