Six years after his film “Kill List” premiered here, director Ben Wheatley returns to SXSW with his film “Free Fire.” The film focuses on a group of criminals who meet to broker a gun sale in a large warehouse.
Fresh off the successes of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” director Gareth Edwards hosted a SXSW keynote to discuss how he got his start in filmmaking.
Lee Daniels, director of “Monster’s Ball,” “Precious” and “The Butler,” as well as co-creator of Fox’s hit television series, ”Empire,” gave an inspiring, personal keynote on Sunday.
Sunday night kicked off with “Atomic Blonde,” a film based on the graphic novel, “The Coldest City.” Set in Berlin before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, the film stars Charlize Theron as Lorraine Broughton, an MI6 agent who teams up with Berlin spy David Percival, played by James McAvoy, to take down a group of spies who assassinated an undercover agent.
Film festivals are useful venues for independent filmmaking. Among the lineup was “Small Town Crime,” directed by brothers Eshom and Ian Nelms.
Passion is truly the name of the game here at SXSW. Every filmmaker, well-known or not, poured heart and soul into these productions, and that couldn’t be more evident when Edgar Wright premiered his new film, “Baby Driver,” at the Paramount Theatre.
For all the praise this year’s Oscars field garnered for being diverse and inclusive, the awards show still featured a familiar shortcoming: zero women nominated for Best Director. This isn’t unusual: in 85 of the show’s 89 ceremonies, the category has been all male, and only four females have ever been nominated (Kathryn Bigelow is the lone winner for “The Hurt Locker”).
South By Southwest officially begins this weekend down in Austin, Texas. With a stacked lineup of artists, keynote speakers, films and television shows, SXSW is gearing up to be an amazing festival. The Daily Cardinal Arts staff will be flying down to cover the event, and here’s what they are most looking forward to:
The release of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2” on Nov. 20 marked the end of another popular series of film adaptations—and that was evident in the theater. As I sat in my plush Marcus Theatres movie chair, I could practically feel the anticipation and bittersweet emotions floating through the air as friends and families alike shuffled into the already-crowded theater to see Katniss, Peeta and Gale in action one last time. Although “Part 2” may not live up to some of its predecessors, it is undeniably the emotional, unsettling and suspenseful conclusion that this series deserves.
This Friday marks the beginning of the Marquee Film Festival, and the main connection between the movies on display will be their unbelievable high quality. The genre and tone of these films range from the deadpan and quiet artfulness brought by “Amour Fou” to the utterly insane gorefest that is “Dude Bro Party Massacre III,” and everything in-between.
“Harry Potter.” “Twilight.” “The Hunger Games.” “The Martian.” What do all of these have in common? The obvious answer is that they are all wildly popular young-adult books, but there is much more to it than that—they are also movie adaptations. They have also hit the big screen in the last two decades.
Cheers to the weekend and all of its entertainment glory.Catch a flickThe Marquee is hosting three free movies including “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Lanthanide Series” and “Wild Tales.”Show your Badger prideBefore Saturday’s game Union South holds a Badger Bash with the Wisconsin Marching Band. Also, the band holds a fifth quarter with singing and dancing after the game concludes.Enjoy a festivalThe Sett is hosting the Snake on the Lake Festival Friday featuring Burial Hex, Samantha Glass, Mr. Jackson, Myrmidons, Proud Parents, and DJ Evan Woodward. The Edgewater & Isthmus Concert Series Friday will host Simon Balto, Anna Vogelzang, Solid Gold and Field Report.Get your hands dirtyWheelhouse Studios is hosting Free Art Friday as well as a Habitat Souper Bowl Saturday with free clay to make bowls.Want to bango?Be?la Fleck and Abigail Washburn are bringing bluegrass to Memorial Union Saturday.If you feel like payingAll weekend the Comedy Club on State shows Owen Benjamin. Thursday Granger Smith performs at the Majestic and Probcause performs at the Frequency. Friday Ratatat performs at the Orpheum.Check The Daily Cardinal each Thursday to find out what to do for entertainment in Madison each weekend. Hint: We like things that are free.
So as finals dawn on us once again, many of you will be looking for ways to less productively divert your time and eradicate stress (while preserving brain cells). And while, as a film student, watching films “technically” counts as studying for me, it remains the absolute perfect way to kill a couple of hours. So without further ado, I humbly present a list of films, from old favorites to new friends, with which to amuse, thrill, reflect on and altogether distract yourself this, or any, exam’s eve (and for bonus points, most of them are on Netflix).
'The Grand Budapest Hotel'