THIS WEEK'S FILM EVENTS

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

 

AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY SCREENINGS:

Tuesday at 7:30pm
AFS at The Marchesa
6226 Middle Fiskville Rd.
 
Wednesday at 7:30pm
AFS at The Marchesa
6226 Middle Fiskville Rd.
 
Saturday, 10am - 1pm
AFS Breakroom
1901 E. 51st Street
 
Sunday
5:30pm - Cocktail Reception
6:30pm - Conversation
Harry Ranson Center
300 W. 21st. Street
 
 
 
Wednesday at 10:10pm
Alamo Drafthouse Ritz
ONLY $3!
 
and Dance Party
Friday at 10:30pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village
Friday at 10:00pm
Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar
 
The Queen Sing-Along
Thursday at 10pm
Alamo Drafthouse Ritz
 
Interview With The Vampire
Friday & Saturday at 7pm 10pm
Alamo Drafthouse Ritz

 

AFF Review: The Humbling Print E-mail
Monday, 24 November 2014 18:05

 

I’m not sure if this year is the new of the “aging actor”, but with Birdman and now the Humbling it sure seems like it. Barry Levinson’s newest film follows Simon Axler (Al Pacino) who is a theater actor whose isn’t getting any younger. He no longer has the fire of the young man he once was. In comes Pageen (Greta Gerwig) the daughter of Simon and they haven’t seen each other in years.

The Humbling seems awfully familiar to Birdman, and I wasn’t the biggest fan of birdman, but that film was at least interesting to look at visually and thematically. This film plays it even safer which is saying something, because I thought Birdman didn’t take many chances. I’m a huge fan of Greta Gerwig, but she just seems miscast as the hopeless romantic that is a little insane.  Gerwig shines the most when she plays somebody who is unsure of her own future, and this character she plays isn’t unsure, she seems underwritten.

Pacino does his job. Even at his old age he can still hit the open jumpers. He isn’t the superstar once in a lifetime talent he once was, but heck when you get that old who is as good as they were in their prime? The only fault in this film is the writing. You wish Pacino character had something interesting to do. No many how far their careers are apart you can’t help but compare Pacino to DeNiro. DeNiro who is a worse actor nowadays picks the better scripts that he knows he can do. DeNiro does Silver Linings Playbook, and Pacino is still searching for his next win. 

 

 

 
AFF Review: All Relative Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 02:26

Things seemed perfect for Harry and Grace, a young New York City couple who have it all, until Grace's mother turns Harry's world upside down. Will Harry’s past come back and haunt him?

It’s strange when you watch a film and it feels incomplete, that’s the kind of vibe I got from All Relative. The scenes seemed rushed and despite it’s 85 minute run time the film kind of drags as a whole. Sara Paxton is such a great actress that she pulls her character through and you believe her, despite her questionable motives a lot of the times. The rest of the cast isn’t great, but they do their jobs, none of them stick out as bad actors. Just seems like they’re working with a weak script.

When you watch smaller films you hope to see something fresh, that’s why a film liked “Having Fun Up There”, because it seems to be a story that had to be told. All Relative seems like a film that was made for money, but doesn’t seem like a film that will reach the masses. It’s a Katherine Heigl film without the budget or cast.  It's funny at times and weird, but it never goes anywhere you don't expect. 

 

 
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