SXSW 2021 reviews: Jacob’s wife, language lessons & more!

The 2021 South by Southwest (SXSW) virtual film festival is finally starting and has had the opportunity to visit and see some of the incredible films in its catalog, including the Barbara Crampton-directed Chiller Jacob’s wifewho have favourited Powerful and Funny Dramedy Language lessons and more! Follow us as we regularly update our round-up with new reviews throughout the week!

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  • Written and directed by: Jess Brunetto
  • With: Sarah Burns, Mary Holland, Jorma Taccone, Rob Huebel and Florence CM Klein
  • rating: 8/10

If you are familiar with the story of two estranged siblings who get together to care for their seriously ill mother, you will not be accused of believing that you are right and that you are Sisters does not shy away from knowing its genre and finally using it. Unlike many full-length endeavors of a similar story, Jess Brunetto’s implementation of the theme in a concise format prevents it from overshooting its greeting or creating a meandering plot around it, but instead allows viewers to meet the title sibling and quickly decide whether to It is they who have a desire to bond with one or both and just enjoy the character moments and humor, which all feel authentic and grounded, thanks in part to the standout twists and turns of stars Sarah Burns and Mary Holland.

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  • Directed by: Let Walker; Co-written by: Let Walker & Kristen Uno
  • With: Pooya Mohseni, Lynn Chen, Nican Robinson, Danny Jacobs
  • rating: 8.5 / 10

Aside from Richard Linklater’s legendary Before trilogy, it’s rare for filmmakers to examine the subject of a couple who reunited and each led their own lives years after their original breakup, but even more so when either of them makes a transition in the trilogy has time since then and Mari Walker and Kristen Uno See you would do well to explore this in a unique way, even if it is a little too superficial. Since Kris left Naomi suddenly and wordlessly during their college days together as she struggled with the realization that she had to switch, it’s pretty surprising to see how much the two get along for the majority of the movie, and how rarely they sit in an uncomfortable silence or stumble. But what really sets it apart is that the movie goes on and it almost looks like there will be some kind of reconciliation between them. Walker and Uno are not afraid of pulling the carpet out from under the feet of the audience and seeing Kris and Naomi compelled to face their problems and hurl any insult, every identified personality flaw, tear and broken hearted sigh comes thanks to the Skilful writing and the incredible achievements of Pooya Mohseni and Lynn Chen are so authentic that they all lead to a thoughtful, moving and insightful story.

Lily overthrows the world

  • Directed by: Jeremy Workman
  • Presentation: Lily Hevesh
  • rating: 9/10

In exploring the world of viral fame, so many films and documentaries tend to get drawn into the dangers and more toxic realms of this realm, as if a movie like Jeremy Workman’s Lily overthrows the world decides to approach his subject with a kind hearted and optimistic attitude, it is a breath of fresh air. Lily Hevesh, the title world toppler, is a very cute and interesting subject, and her domino art is downright breathtaking. The testimonials of her friends and family offer a lovely glimpse into the artist, thus allowing viewers to travel with her from crossing the choice between staying in college and pursuing her passion to be a compelling one. While the documentary could have benefited from delving a little deeper into Lily outside of the domino world and giving her a slightly more rounded profile, it still turns out to be a thoroughly satisfying and charming watch.

Woodland Dark and Days Bewitched

  • Directed by: Kier-La Janisse
  • rating: 6/10

The folk horror subgenere is certainly a joy to watch and its story is a rich textbook with fascinating connections to the various social viewpoints. While Kier-La Janisses Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched were clearly doing research to explore this realm, it might have disappeared a bit too far. The film lasts more than three hours and certainly covers almost all areas of the world of popular terror. The problem, however, is that it doesn’t move fast enough and the expert testimonies often revert to the same points made before the documentary highlights the need to shed some fat in order to cut the length and make a smoother and more convincing documentary. Even so, the film is still relatively interesting, and the experts pointing to titles that even the biggest cult fans may not have heard of, prove to be a sufficiently enjoyable exploration for hardcore genre fans.

Broadcast signal intrusion

  • Directed by: Jacob Gentry; Written by: Tim Woodall and Phil Drinkwater
  • With: Harry Shum Jr., Kelley Mack, and Chris Sullivan
  • rating: 7/10

Aside from his son as a filmmaker, it feels like the unique style and atmosphere of David Cronenberg’s classic cult filmography, namely his techo-surrealist Videodrome, has yet to really be recreated by another filmmaker, though one of the few who come close not just once but now twice is Jacob Gentry, one of the minds behind the miserably underrated 2007 gem The signal and now the eye on the director’s chair Broadcast signal intrusion. After the video archivist James plunged into a rabbit hole of obsession to solve the mystery behind a series of broadcast signal hacks and how they might have been linked to his partner’s disappearance, the film might begin down the path of a fairly traditional narrative formula, but in the formula Over time, it takes a few interesting twists and turns that keep things more confusing and ambiguous. While this approach worked in Cronenberg’s favor in the 1983 picture, it turns out to be more of a hindrance for Burglary, with the sudden arrival of the conclusion at the end of the film, which feels more similar The ring or FeardotCom as something original or convincing. Other than that, Gentry’s direction is sleek and superb, Harry Shum Jr. delivers an absolute powerhouse of lead performance, and the graphics and atmosphere are appropriately haunted, making for a pretty terrifying return to ominous tech-based horror of the past.