THIS WEEK'S FILM EVENTS

All times are subject to change!! Please check them beforehand!
 

AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY SCREENINGS:

SAVAGE GOLD
Monday at 8pm
AFS Screening Room
1901 E. 51st Street
 
BLOOD OF A POET
Tuesday at 7:30pm
AFS Screening Room
1901 E. 51st Street
 
 
 

 
FANTASY FEST:
Saturday at 8:30pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wednesday at 7:15pm
Alamo Drafthouse Ritz
 
WEIRD WEDNESDAY:
The Human Tornado
Wednesday at 10:15pm
Alamo Drafthouse Ritz

ACTION PACK:
Wednesday at 7pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village
Thursday at 7pm
Alamo Drafthouse Ritz
Sunday at 6:50pm
Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter

 

Saturday at 10:20pm
Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter

 

Annie The Musical In Austin Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 18:30

 

By Lyndsay Bredahl

The minute Annie walks on stage, you begin to feel like a kid again! Issie Swickle commands the stage with her portrayal of Annie. She has charisma and so much chemistry with the rest of the cast. From the moment she sings, you slip in a different time, the 1930s in fact. This production of Annie is directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro. Featuring book and score by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse, and Martin Charnin, Annie is the winner of 7 Tony Awards and has such unforgettable songs such as It’s the Hard Knock Life, Easy Street, I Don’t Need Anything But You, and everyone’s favorite, Tomorrow!

Annie lives in an orphanage run by an awful woman named Miss Hannigan. She escapes, but gets caught again. Her luck soon changes when she gets selected to spend 2 weeks with Daddy Warbucks during Christmas. She warms Warbucks’ heart along with his staff and he decided to offer a $50,000 reward to find her parents. Miss Hannigan, along with her brother, Rooster and his fiancĂ©, plans on scheming Oliver Warbucks out of the money.

The sets on UT's Bass Concert Hall stage were spectacular and the live dog, Sandy, adds perfectly to the performance. But Lynn Andrews plays a wonderful antagonist with her performance as Miss Hannigan that solidifies the show.

A lot of you have grown up on Annie watching the film that was released in 1982. This stage performance will give you that sentimental and fuzzy feeling of watching that film and slipping back into time.

For more information, call (512) 471-4454 of to buy tickets, click here!

 

Photo of Issie Swickle as Annie and Sunny as Sandy in the performance of Tomorrow.

 
SXSW: Turbo Kid Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 21:05

By JJ Pollack

Mad Max with bikes. That’s the simplest way to describe Turbo Kid, from filmmakers François Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissell. And yet it’s also more than telling about the attitude and tone which pervades the film. Set in a dingy, gray, post-apocalyptic world where water is the most precious commodity after an unnamed catastrophe, Turbo Kid follows the exploits of the Kid (Munro Chambers) as he sets off to protect his newfound friend Apple (Laurence Laboeuf) and prove his mettle against your standard 80s big-bad Zeus (handled with usual effortlessness by Michael Ironside).

 

If this all sounds familiar, that’s because it is; Turbo Kid is essentially a homage to 80s media of all kinds, and combines the grit of a world without a future, with the naivety  (and awkwardness) of pubescence.  It’s perhaps not the most original of plots, and we’ve seen many of these characters in very similar iterations – but then, the source materials that gave the inspiration for this film were never very big on experimentation either. Style has and largely continues to be the most important factor for making these types of movies, and in this regard Turbo Kid succeeds beautifully. Slap some grain and a FBI warning on the film, and you’d be fooled into thinking the constant stream of clever one-liners and over-the-top gore was born out of the 80s itself.

I got the chance to sit down the filmmakers and talk to them about Turbo Kid (be warned, the interview contains minor spoilers). Check it out below:
 

 

 
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