SFN @ SXSW 15: Best Animated Shorts
Mar29

SFN @ SXSW 15: Best Animated Shorts

From Comedic to Psychotic, There Were Animated Shorts for Everyone All Your Favorite Shows! by Danny Madden You know when you go on a Netflix binge for hours and hours, and upon being forced to go back to your dull life your brain starts triggering images and scenes from said binge via your everyday activities? That is what this short brings to life. The constant reminder of how much television, or how many movies, we watch and how we...

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SFN @ SXSW 15: ‘Mr. Robot’ Hacks Its Way Into Our Lineup [TV Review]
Mar29

SFN @ SXSW 15: ‘Mr. Robot’ Hacks Its Way Into Our Lineup [TV Review]

Mr. Robot Is Mysterious, Intelligent and Perfectly Relevant With numerous companies being hacked in the past year (sorry Target, Google, Neiman Marcus and others), a television series centered around the goal of hacking a giant, evil corporation definitely turned some heads at SXSW. Traditionally, one would go to see a film or show centered around hacking and receive an overly embellished story centered around underdeveloped and...

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SFN @ SXSW 15: Judd Apatow [INTERVIEW]
Mar27

SFN @ SXSW 15: Judd Apatow [INTERVIEW]

Judd Apatow Talks Trainwreck Once again on the red carpet at SXSW 2015, Drew Maggs got to catch a passing glance at comedienne, Amy Schumer, but the carpet was a little saturated and she spoke to whom she could. However, we did talk to the Trainwreck’s producer, Barry Mendel. Here is what he had to say. After that, we spoke with bromantic comedy filmmaker, Judd Apatow. His newest film, Trainwreck, takes a step away from the...

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SFN @ SXSW 15: Aubrey Plaza [INTERVIEW]
Mar27

SFN @ SXSW 15: Aubrey Plaza [INTERVIEW]

Aubrey Plaza Gives us the Low Down on Ned Rifle Music editor and film connoisseur, Drew Maggs, got to check out the red carpet for Ned Rifle at SXSW 2015. Ned Rifle is the third film in director, Hal Hartley’s trilogy which started with Henry Fool in 1997 and then Fay Grim in 2007. This closes out his tragicomic trilogy. Here is what he had to tell us about his latest film starring Aubrey Plaza. After we spoke with Hartley, we...

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SFN @ SXSW: ‘The Diabolical’ [MOVIE REVIEW]
Mar26

SFN @ SXSW: ‘The Diabolical’ [MOVIE REVIEW]

The Diabolical Proves that Originality does not Always Equal Greatness We have all seen haunted house stories. Some did it well (Poltergeist) and others did it badly (House on Haunted Hill), but none of them have ever put such a strange twist on it as The Diabolical. When the moment of realization came, I was surprised by what they did. It hadn’t been done before — but maybe that is because the twist is kind of dumb (and...

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SFN @ SXSW 15: ‘The Invitation’ [MOVIE REVIEW]
Mar26

SFN @ SXSW 15: ‘The Invitation’ [MOVIE REVIEW]

The Invitation is both Frightening and Welcoming The Invitation, starring Logan Marshall Green and Tammy Blanchard, is the kind of slow burn psychotic nightmares are made of. Green plays Will, a grieving father who lost his son in a tragic accident. At the time, he was married to his baby mama, Eden (played by Blanchard). After their son’s death, the two cannot jive and eventually divorce. But, like any good divorced couple...

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SFN @ SXSW 15: Henry Rollins Will Never Die [INTERVIEW]
Mar25

SFN @ SXSW 15: Henry Rollins Will Never Die [INTERVIEW]

Henry Rollins and Jason Krawcyzk Talk About He Never Died So, if you haven’t had the chance, check out our review of He Never Died starring Henry Rollins and directed by Jason Krawcyzk. We got to catch up with both Rollins and Krawcyzk during the premiere of their film. I totally enjoyed our interview the film’s director. He was very friendly and even offered us some popcorn. Here’s what he had to say about He Never...

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SFN @ SXSW 15: ‘KTown Cowboys’ [MOVIE REVIEW]
Mar24

SFN @ SXSW 15: ‘KTown Cowboys’ [MOVIE REVIEW]

Korean Humor for the Masses – KTown Cowboys I first watched the trailer for this film, and my initial thought was “A Korean version of The Hangover.” Hell, Ken Jeong has a cameo in the film and helped produce it. Surely, that was what I was in for with KTown Cowboys. Well, not exactly. I didn’t know the history behind this film. I just knew what I saw from the trailer. Since returning home from SXSW 2015, I...

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SFN @ SXSW 15: ‘He Never Died’ [MOVIE REVIEW]
Mar24

SFN @ SXSW 15: ‘He Never Died’ [MOVIE REVIEW]

He Never Died Let’s Henry Rollins Unleash His Internal Bad Ass! Everyone knows that Henry Rollins can destroy someone’s life in one of two ways: a massive uppercut through the rib cage that plants his five fingers of fury directly into your heart or through his eloquent and thoughtful gift of political and social gab. Rollins, for lack of a better word, is a man of all seasons…of death. Now, imagine how terrifying he...

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SFN @ SXSW 15: ‘Hello, My Name is Doris’ [MOVIE REVIEW]
Mar24

SFN @ SXSW 15: ‘Hello, My Name is Doris’ [MOVIE REVIEW]

Sally Field Delivers a One-of-a-Kind Performance in Michael Showalter’s “Hello, My Name is Doris” for a Sold Out SXSW Audience The Paramount Theater was packed Saturday, March 14. It was 5 o’clock and Michael Showalter’s new film, Hello, My Name is Doris, was seconds from its world premiere. This was Showalter’s second directorial feature, his first since the little-seen and underrated “The Baxter” from 2005. “Doris” started to pick...

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SFN @ SXSW 15: ‘Turbo Kid’ [MOVIE REVIEW]
Mar24

SFN @ SXSW 15: ‘Turbo Kid’ [MOVIE REVIEW]

Turbo Kid is like Mad Max on ADD Meds Turbo Kid is the shit. There is not much else to say. As far as the indie/midnight selection at SXSW 2015, this movie was absolutely my favorite. Not only was the premise unique, but the execution is perfect. Well, almost perfect…but that just adds to an already incredibly satisfying experience. Turbo Kid takes place in a desolate wasteland in a post-apocalyptic future of 1997. The earth has...

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SFN @ SXSW 15: ‘Trainwreck’ [MOVIE REVIEW]
Mar22

SFN @ SXSW 15: ‘Trainwreck’ [MOVIE REVIEW]

Trainwreck is anything but Damn, Amy Schumer can act! I was actually kind of shocked. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I have always thought she was a funny stand-up comic, but aside from some TV guest spots and a Comedy Central roast or two, Schumer hasn’t had many opportunities to show off her thespian skills. For all of you perverts out there untrained in the world of drama, a thespian is an actor or actress. I would have...

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SFN @ SXSW 15: ‘Furious 7′ [MOVIE REVIEW]
Mar22

SFN @ SXSW 15: ‘Furious 7′ [MOVIE REVIEW]

Super Secret Showing of Furious 7 at SXSW 15 Pssst….I have a secret. Just between us, ok? I haven’t seen a Fast and Furious film since 2000’s The Fast and the Furious. With the latest installment, Furious 7, it looks like they are running low on title-juice. After seven films, I can imagine it would be a bit of a pain in the ass to keep coming up with new ones. I am really looking forward to Fur 8 and F9 after...

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SFN @SXSW 15: ‘Krisha’ [MOVIE REVIEW]
Mar22

SFN @SXSW 15: ‘Krisha’ [MOVIE REVIEW]

 Krisha Movie Review Grand Jury Prize Winner? Seriously? This year’s grand jury winner at SXSW 15 was pretty disappointing for me. Krisha, while it had some spectacular performances and some excellent cinematography, it was also the definition of self-indulgent and I actually took moral issue with a lot of it. I know, for me to be morally offended at a film is a little crazy considering my line in the sand is so faded, I often...

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SFN @ SXSW15 : ‘Get Hard’ [MOVIE REVIEW]
Mar22

SFN @ SXSW15 : ‘Get Hard’ [MOVIE REVIEW]

Kevin Hart helps Will Ferrell Get Hard  For anyone who has seen a comedy in the past 15 years, you know the drill. Man-child makes a fool of himself, man-child cleans up mess and becomes a man-man. If you walk into a Will Ferrell comedy and expect anything different, you might need to get your brain checked. Mama dropped you one too many times or put paint chips in your bottle. Either way, let’s just say I wasn’t surprised...

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SXSW Episodic Recap: ‘Silicon Valley’ S01E01-3
Apr26

SXSW Episodic Recap: ‘Silicon Valley’ S01E01-3

Mike Judge does it again with HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ When Mike Judge is attached to something comedic – be it animated or live action – you sign on the goddamn dotted line. Don’t even ask what it’s about. Just say “yes.” I know I did, and it is a blessing that “Silicon Valley” is everything I dreamed of in a geeky programming comedy show and more. Mike Judge fans can...

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