SXSW 2019: POPAXIOM’s Top 5 Films Of SXSW

The 2019 South by Southwest has come to a close, and it was a great year for the festival in Austin, Texas. POPAXIOM was able to see and review 49 feature-length films! Although there were a few films that fell flat (*cough* The Curse of La Llorona *cough*), a significant majority of the films were… Continue reading SXSW 2019: POPAXIOM’s Top 5 Films Of SXSW

SXSW 2019 – Review: ANY ONE OF US Doesn’t Have Any Tricks To Show Off

Any One of Us is a new documentary film directed by Fernando Villena. The movie tells the story of professional mountain biker Paul Basagoitia who, after a massive accident, is left paralyzed by a spinal cord injury and sets out on a long and difficult journey of recovery. It debuted at the 2019 SXSW Film… Continue reading SXSW 2019 – Review: ANY ONE OF US Doesn’t Have Any Tricks To Show Off

SXSW 2019 – Review: ALICE Is A Touching Film About Desperation

Alice is a new French dramedy written and directed by Josephine Mackerras. The film follows a woman named Alice who, after her husband suddenly leaves, is left to find a way to care for her child and save her apartment which is about to enter foreclosure, turning to the world of high-end escorts to make… Continue reading SXSW 2019 – Review: ALICE Is A Touching Film About Desperation

SXSW 2019 – Review: FRANCES FERGUSON Is Shocking… And Shockingly Bad

Frances Ferguson (billed in the credits as “Frances Ferguson and the Substitution”) is a new offbeat dark comedy co-written and directed by Bob Byington. The film tells the story of a small-town substitute teacher who is found at the center of a controversy when she forms an inappropriate relationship with a student. It debuted at… Continue reading SXSW 2019 – Review: FRANCES FERGUSON Is Shocking… And Shockingly Bad

SXSW 2019 – Review: STRANGE NEGOTIATIONS Is A Wonderful And Spiritual Music Documentary

David Bazan drives to perform at his next house show. Credit: Colin Mika.

Strange Negotiations is a new music documentary directed by Brandon Vedder. The film is about David Bazan, who started as the lead singer of indie rock Christian band Pedro the Lion before starting a solo career after questioning his beliefs. It debuted at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival. The story of this film is far… Continue reading SXSW 2019 – Review: STRANGE NEGOTIATIONS Is A Wonderful And Spiritual Music Documentary

SXSW 2019 – Review: TREAD Is A Documentary With An Unusual Story

Tread is a new documentary from director Paul Solet. The film tells the story of Marvin Heemeyer who in 2004 went on a rampage in Granby, Colorado in a bulldozer fortified with steel and concrete and armed with weapons to right the wrongs committed against him. It debuted at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival. The… Continue reading SXSW 2019 – Review: TREAD Is A Documentary With An Unusual Story

SXSW 2019 – Review: GO BACK TO CHINA Is A Cute Comedy

Go Back to China is a new dramedy film written and directed by Emily Ting. The movie follows a spoiled rich girl who, after blowing through half of her trust fund, is told by her factory-owner father that she must return to work for him in China or be cut off. It debuted at the… Continue reading SXSW 2019 – Review: GO BACK TO CHINA Is A Cute Comedy

SXSW 2019 – Review: THE MOUNTAIN Doesn’t Make It To The Peak

The Mountain is a new drama film co-written and directed by Rick Alverson and starring Tye Sheridan and Jeff Goldblum. The movie tells the story of a grieving young man who goes to work as the assistant for a doctor that specializes in the dying practice of lobotomies. It debuted at the 2018 Venice Film… Continue reading SXSW 2019 – Review: THE MOUNTAIN Doesn’t Make It To The Peak

SXSW 2019 – Review: MICKEY AND THE BEAR Will Send You Into Hibernation

Mickey and the Bear is a new drama film written and directed by Annabelle Attanasio. The movie tells the story of a young girl who must decide between her obligations to her drug-addicted father and following her own aspirations to move away from home for college. It made its debut at the 2019 SXSW Film… Continue reading SXSW 2019 – Review: MICKEY AND THE BEAR Will Send You Into Hibernation

SXSW 2019 – Review: YES, GOD, YES Goes All The Way

Yes, God, Yes is a new coming-of-age comedy film directed by Karen Maine. The movie is about a girl in Catholic high school who discovers her sexuality after a seemingly innocent online chat gets racy. It made its debut at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival. The story of this film is definitely very compelling. The… Continue reading SXSW 2019 – Review: YES, GOD, YES Goes All The Way

SXSW 2019 – Review: MAIDEN Almost Gets Lost At Sea

Maiden is a new documentary film directed by Alex Holmes. The movie tells the story of Tracy Edwards who, in 1989, led the first all-female yacht crew to compete in the Whitbread Round the World Race. It debuted at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and played at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival. Edwards’s story… Continue reading SXSW 2019 – Review: MAIDEN Almost Gets Lost At Sea

SXSW 2019 – Review: PINK WALL Is An Intriguing Romance In Six Parts

Pink Wall is a new romantic drama film written and directed by Tom Cullen and starring Jay Duplass and Tatiana Maslany. The movie documents a couple’s relationship over six years through six important scenes in their story as their ambitions and their love for each other begin to clash. It debuted at the 2019 SXSW… Continue reading SXSW 2019 – Review: PINK WALL Is An Intriguing Romance In Six Parts

SXSW 2019 – Review: THE BOY BAND CON: THE LOU PEARLMAN STORY Is Not What You Would Expect

The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story is a new documentary directed by Aaron Kunkel and produced by Lance Bass of NSYNC. The film tells the story of music manager and entrepreneur Lou Pearlman, who discovered some of the most successful bands of the 90’s like the Backstreet Boys and NSYNC and was later… Continue reading SXSW 2019 – Review: THE BOY BAND CON: THE LOU PEARLMAN STORY Is Not What You Would Expect

SXSW 2019 – Review: RUNNING WITH BETO Is A Relevant Documentary

Running with Beto is a new documentary film directed by David Modigliani. The movie shows the behind-the-scenes goings on in the 2018 campaign of Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke in the Texas race for U.S. Senate as he attempts to unseat Republican Senator Ted Cruz. It made its debut at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, where… Continue reading SXSW 2019 – Review: RUNNING WITH BETO Is A Relevant Documentary

SXSW 2019 – Review: SAINT FRANCES Is A Wonderful And Touching Dramedy

Saint Frances is a new film directed by Alex Thompson and written by and starting Kelly O’Sullivan. The movie is about a woman in her thirties who takes a job as a nanny for the older child of an expecting lesbian couple as she herself is dealing with the consequences of a recent abortion. It… Continue reading SXSW 2019 – Review: SAINT FRANCES Is A Wonderful And Touching Dramedy

SXSW 2019 – Review: THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON Flies Above The Pack

The Peanut Butter Falcon is a new dramedy film written and directed by Tyler Nilson and Mike Schwartz. The movie is about a boy with Down syndrome who embarks on a cross-country journey to meet his favorite wrestler, the Salt Water Redneck. It made its debut at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival. Being that the… Continue reading SXSW 2019 – Review: THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON Flies Above The Pack

SXSW 2019 – Review: LITTLE MONSTERS Is A Zombie Film With More Heart Than Brains

Little Monsters is a new horror-comedy film written and directed by Abe Forsythe and starring Lupita Nyong’o and Josh Gad. The movie follows a former musician, Kindergarten teacher, and disgruntled children’s television show host as they attempt to survive a zombie attack while on a field trip with a group of Kindergarten students. It debuted… Continue reading SXSW 2019 – Review: LITTLE MONSTERS Is A Zombie Film With More Heart Than Brains

SXSW 2019 – Review: LONG SHOT Is Funny, But Not Quite Satirical Enough

Charlotte Fields (CHARLIZE THERON) and Fred Flarsky (SETH ROGEN) in LONG SHOT. Photo Credit: Hector Alvarez.

Long Shot is a new comedy film directed by Jonathan Levine and starring Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron. The movie tells the story of a controversial journalist who reunites with his first crush, now the Secretary of State, when she hires him to be her speech writer for her upcoming Presidential campaign. It made its… Continue reading SXSW 2019 – Review: LONG SHOT Is Funny, But Not Quite Satirical Enough

SXSW 2019 – Review: BOOKSMART Is Hilarious By-The-Book Fun

Beanie Feldstein stars as Molly and Kaitlyn Dever as Amy in Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, BOOKSMART, an Annapurna Pictures release. Credit: Francois Duhamel / Annapurna Pictures.

Booksmart is a new coming-of-age comedy that serves as the directorial debut of Olivia Wilde. Described as a “female Superbad”, the film follows two high school seniors on the day before their graduation as they set out to have a crazy night of all the fun they missed in high school. It made its debut… Continue reading SXSW 2019 – Review: BOOKSMART Is Hilarious By-The-Book Fun

SXSW 2019 – Review: STUBER Needs To Increase Its Rating

Stuber is a new action-comedy film directed by Michael Dowse and starring the duo of Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista. The movie features Nanjiani as an Uber driver who picks up a cop played by Bautista, who forces them to go on a wild night in pursuit of a drug kingpin. It debuted as a… Continue reading SXSW 2019 – Review: STUBER Needs To Increase Its Rating