richard linklater mondo gallery

Director Richard Linklater is one of Austin, Texas’ favorite sons, so it was not surprising in the slightest when his newest movie, Everybody Wants Some, was selected to open this year’s SXSW Film Festival. Linklater’s work has screened at the fest on several occasions and Linklater himself has put in more than a few memorable appearances. He interviewed fellow Texan Wes Anderson after a screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel a few years ago and it was magnificent.

And that brings us to the news of the moment: Mondo, the Austin-based purveyor of terrific film and pop culture-related posters that sell out way too fast, is dedicating its next gallery show to Linklater and his work.

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Jack Goes Home

South by Southwest is just over a month away, and just in case you weren’t excited enough already, the festival has just unveiled this year’s Midnighters lineup. Highlights include Mike Flanagan‘s Hush, a new Fede Alvarez thriller, and the remastered Phantasm. And if needed even more reasons to get pumped, they’ve also announced a new selection of Festival Favorites and short films to look forward to.

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SXSW 2016 Movies: Feature Film Lineup Announced

SXSW 2016 movies

We only just closed the book on Sundance 2016, but it’s already time to look ahead to one of the year’s other major festivals: South by Southwest, which takes place in Austin, Texas from March 11-19.

This year’s lineup includes 139 movies in total, including 89 world premieres and 52 feature debuts. Among the highlights are Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, Richard Linklater‘s Everybody Wants SomeTi West‘s In a Valley of Violence, and Mike Birbiglia‘s Don’t Think Twice. TV lovers will be glad to see the world premieres of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s Preacher, Jody Hill and David Gordon Green‘s Vice Principals, and Adam Wingard‘s Outcast, among others. Hit the jump for the full SXSW 2016 movies.

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new Linklater film

Richard Linklater‘s Everybody Wants Some already has an April 15, 2016 release date locked in thanks to Paramount. But before the film rolls out nationwide, it’s making a quick stop in Linklater’s beloved Austin, Texas. The 1980s-set film has been selected to open the 2016 SXSW Film Festival, which kicks off March 11, 2016. Get more details on the Everybody Wants Some SXSW debut after the jump.  Read More »

Hello My Name is Doris trailer

Hello, My Name is Doris premiered at this year’s South by Southwest. The film, co-written and directed by Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer), was acquired by Roadside Attractions after its premiere for the price of $1.75 million, the biggest purchase made at the festival this year. The comedy, starring Sally Field (Lincoln), also won the audience award for headliners. Watch the Hello, My Name is Doris trailer after the jump.

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Peace Officer trailer

All over cable news networks, blogs, newspapers and more, the topic of police force militarization has become a hot button issue sparking a lot of lively debate. Now a new documentary hopes to dive into the subject in order to shed light on just what’s going on among today’s American police ranks.

Peace Officer debuted at the SXSW film festival, landing the Audience Award and Grand Jury Award, and it looks like quite the timely and thorough examination of a prominent topic of discussion that requires our full attention. Watch the Peace Officer trailer after the jump! Read More »

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7 Chinese Brothers trailer

After premiering at SXSW earlier this year, the indie comedy 7 Chinese Brothers will put Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore, Moonrise Kingdom, Scott Pilgrim vs. The world) back into unlikeable mode next month. But thankfully, he doesn’t seem to be anywhere near the arrogant prick that he played in the Sundance selected Listen Up Philip.

This time the Wes Anderson favorite plays Larry, a slacker bartender who was just fired for drinking on the job (he favors the drink anytime really). But he might be able to turn things around when he gets a job at a nearby tire and lube shop, even though he doesn’t really have the skills to complete his everyday tasks.

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Jason Edmiston -eyes without a face

The essence of every character is the eyes and nowhere is that better seen than right this moment at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas. Their latest exhibit is called Eyes Without A Face by Jason Edmiston. Edmiston is an unfathomably talented painter who can capture the likeness and emotion of a character in ways you didn’t think were possible. He takes that ability to the next level with this show, where he painted the eyes of over 150 different pop culture characters. It’s a unique and fascinating exercise to prove you can almost instantly pick out any character, just by seeing a few inches of their face.

And, just to make things interesting, he did each painting in actual size. So King Kong is several feet long while characters from The Lego Movie are less than an inch. Below, find out more about the show, see images from inside and just a fraction of the amazing art in Eyes Without a Face at the Mondo Gallery. Read More »

Raiders of the lost ark documentary

In 1981, when Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark was released, everyone was changed by the world of Indiana Jones. However, few changed as much as Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala. The then teenagers decided they wanted to remake the film, shot by shot and did so over the course of the next seven years. It’s a story that’s very well known on the Internet because the Internet pretty much brought it to the masses. The end game of that story is a new documentary called Raiders!, directed by Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen, which not only documents the process and struggles behind the original version of the remake, but incorporates new footage as Strompolos and Zala come back decades later to complete the one scene they were never able to do: the airplane fight scene.

Raiders! had its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival over the weekend and you can continue to read our Raiders of the Lost Ark documentary review below. Read More »