The usual fare that plays at Fantastic Fest is hilariously brutal, pushing audience members to the limits of what they can reasonably handle, which makes it all the more interesting that the relatively bloodless “I Declare War” won the Audience Award at last year’s festival. The film portrays children’s games in a truly fantastical, wildly entertaining story about the dynamics of childhood and friendship.
The best coming-of-age films have a distinctly personal stamp, and “The Spectacular Now” shines for the authenticity director James Ponsoldt employs. Ponsoldt visited Austin to host a Q-and-A at a screening of “The Spectacular Now,” and The Daily Texan sat down with him to discuss the film.
The long-delayed “You’re Next” is a perfect capper to a summer filled with chilling horror flicks. The Alamo Drafthouse brought Crampton and Bowen to Austin as part of a promotion for “You’re Next,” and The Daily Texan sat down with them for an interview.
Of all the films one would expect to launch a franchise, “V/H/S” is both one of the most unlikely and the most surprisingly sequel-friendly. “V/H/S/2” ups the ante in every way, with a much-improved roster of reputable horror directors delivering a veritable Baskin Robbins of terror.
Were the show a cake, clever crude humor would be the soft cake inside, nude content the frosting, and variations of the f-word being thrown around the fondant decor — this delicious cake belongs on your dessert plate.