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SXSW 2021 Movie Review: Potato Dreams of America

By: Rachel Ho – Potato Dreams of America is the tale of two movies: life for sexually confused little Potato (Hersh Powers) growing up in the USSR with his mother, Lena (Sera Barbieri), and grandmother (Lea DeLaria); and an immigrant story for adolescent Potato (Tyler Bocock), Lena (Marya Sea Kaminski), and Potato’s new stepfather, John (Dan … Continue reading

Podcast: Contra Zoom Reviews Films From SXSW 2021

By: Staff –  In a new feature to Aesthetic Magazine, we are proud to announce that we are the new presenting partner for Toronto-based film podcast Contra Zoom. Your host, Dakota Arsenault, goes in depth about everything film; from lists, to reviews, and more! On this episode, we review films screened during SXSW 2021. Rachel Ho … Continue reading

SXSW 2021 Movie Review: Islands

By: Rachel Ho – Joshua (Rogelio Balagtas) is a man seemingly content with life. He lives at home with his parents, his mom (Vangie Alcasid) cooks and cleans, and he has a clock-in, clock-out job as a janitor at a university — he’s comfortable. But of course, comments about finding a girlfriend and having children … Continue reading

SXSW 2021 Movie Review: Our Father

By: Rachel Ho – Sometimes you enjoy the ride of a movie but aren’t quite sure where it took you after it’s over. Our Father was just that for me. When Beta (Baize Buzan) and Zelda (Allison Torem) learn that their father has passed away, they embark on a journey together to not only connect with his … Continue reading

SXSW 2021 Movie Review: Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

By: Rachel Ho –  After watching Midsommar (2019) recently, I’ve gone down quite the rabbit hole with folk horror and so I was really excited to watch Kier-La Janisse’s documentary. It’s a long doc (3 hours, 13 minutes) but to cover a topic as vast and interesting as folk horror, the run time doesn’t feel excessive. Woodlands … Continue reading

SXSW 2021 Movie Review: “Alien on Stage” Waves Its Nerd Flag High With a Low-Budget Rendition of the Sci-Fi Classic

By: Dakota Arsenault – As someone who grew up in community theatre, there is a charm to the imperfection. Budgets are limited, actors are untrained, crew members have day jobs and of course you don’t actually get paid. People do community theatre because they love it. They love coming together as a group and creating … Continue reading

SXSW 2021 Movie Review: “Disintegration Loops” Provides In-Depth Look at One of Ambient Music’s Greatest Minds

By: Dakota Arsenault – The first film watched during the 2021 SXSW festival was the documentary Disintegration Loops directed by David Wexler and chronically the history and impact of the landmark ambient album by artist William Basinski of the same name as the films title. The doc was shot in 2020, over Zoom as interviews … Continue reading

Preview: 10 Movies to Watch at SXSW 2021

By: Dakota Arsenault – Last year’s SXSW festival was scheduled to occur just as COVID-19 fully brought its weight to the United States, it unfortunately meant that the festival didn’t happen as planned. This year, they are able to still host it in full, albeit online. The film festival is just as big and grandiose … Continue reading

SXSW 2020 Preview – Interview: Moaning Talks “Uneasy Laughter”, Sobriety, & DIY Music

By: Curtis Sindrey – Moaning, the musical effort from vocalist/guitarist Sean Solomon, bassist/keyboardist Pascal Stevenson and drummer Andrew MacKelvie, will follow-up their 2018 self-titled debut with Uneasy Laughter via Sub Pop Records on March 20th. What happens when an abrasive rock trio trades guitars for synths, cranks up the beats and leans into the everyday anxieties of simply … Continue reading

SXSW 2020 Preview – Interview: Ellis Talks “Born Again”, Anxiety, & Emo Bands

By: Curtis Sindrey – Ellis – Hamilton, Ontario’s Linnea Siggelkow – will release her debut album, Born Again on April 3rd via Fat Possum. Produced by Jake Aron (Snail Mail, Solange, Grizzly Bear), Born Again arrives as the follow-up to Ellis’s debut EP The Fuzz—a self-released, self-produced effort. In a departure from the viscerally charged dream-pop of The Fuzz, … Continue reading

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