Jack's top 10 films of the year

At times, 2016 was an emotionally exhausting year at the movies. We saw plenty of tearjerkers and great, empathetic filmmaking over the past 12 months. 2016 was a rare time where I could often sense crowds were mostly on the same page. Sitting in a huge audience, and feeling that nearly everyone else is captivated by the same story, is a great experience, one that doesn’t happen frequently — but I think it was something I was lucky enough to see occur more than a few times in 2016, thanks to some emotional movies.

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best films of sxsw 2016

The 2016 SXSW Film Festival is over, so you know what that means: it’s time to sift through the wreckage and hand out imaginary awards created by a jury composed entirely of a single writer. Welcome /Film’s SXSW Awards, where the categories only exist as an excuse to talk about the best movies that I saw at this year’s fest.

This was a strong year for a typically strong festival – as usual, everyone involved outdid themselves. For a complete look at everything I saw, you can head over here. But now it’s time to take the stage and start handing out fake trophies to a bunch of movies that deserve actual accolades.

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Everything We Saw at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival

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Few film festivals offer the breadth and variety of SXSW and this year was no exception. During my eight days there, I saw gentle comedies, brutal horror movies, fascinating dramas produced on shoestring budgets, inventive documentaries and even an R-rated animated film about talking food. It was one helluva week.

Here is everything that I watched, including the (often very good!) movies that didn’t get full reviews.

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linklater

Richard Linklater‘s newest film, Everybody Wants Some, recently premiered at the ongoing South by Southwest, and Linklater fans should be pleased to learn the spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused is already a hit with critics. Our own Jacob Hall called Everybody Wants Some “Linklater’s funniest film in years,” and most reviews have echoed that sentiment.

If you’re a fan of the director and you’re in Austin, then this must be a good week for you, because, in addition to the debut of the filmmaker’s latest work, Mondo is currently celebrating his filmography with a show called “No Longer/Not Yet.”

Check out the posters below.

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Everybody Wants Some Red Band Trailer

With some advanced screenings and a premiere out of SXSW behind us, the buzz on Richard Linklater‘s new comedy Everybody Wants Some!! (yes, the title has two exclamation points) has been extremely positive. Our own Jacob Hall just caught the film down in Austin, Texas and he called it “a joyous film, a comedy tinged with an invisible melancholy.”

In anticipation of the film’s release on April 1st, a new red band trailer has arrived to show off the wild party that drives this spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused. Of course, beware of the salty language and college party nudity that lies within this trailer, making it NSFW or any libraries that you crazy college students might be using to procrastinate. Read More »

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everybody wants some review

Richard Linklater is defined by his empathy. Few filmmakers love their characters quite as much as he does, and his affection fills his low-key dramas and broad comedies alike. Linklater’s affection for the young men at the core of his new film, Everybody Wants Some, is evident in every frame. These guys, young, dumb, and prepared to make all kinds of bad decisions because they’re obviously going to be 18 forever, are as realized as any comedic characters of the past decade. To watch their movie is to get to know them, to hang out with them, to join their party.

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2016 SXSW Preview: 10 Things We’re Excited to See

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Year after year, SXSW proves itself to be one of the best film festivals in the world, offering an astonishing variety of programming that appeals to every taste. Emotional arthouse dramas? Yep. An always stellar documentary line-up? You betcha. An insane midnight program that offers a look at bonkers movies from all over the world? Of course. Gigantic premieres and previews for upcoming studio releases and high anticipated TV shows? Take a guess.

So when we decided to limit our 2016 SXSW preview to only ten titles, we knew we were leaving dozens of fascinating movies on the cutting room floor. But that’s the joy of any film festival – you go in with certain expectations, only to stumble over a whole slate of great films you never saw coming. /Film will be in attendance at SXSW, bringing you news and reviews straight from the fest, but here are the screenings we’re looking forward to seeing the most.

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everybody wants some early buzz

Richard Linklater is one of those filmmakers who just sneaks up on you when you least suspect it. He doesn’t command a loud and unruly fanbase. His films tend to be low key, sometimes flying under the radar altogether. And yet, he’s a true chameleon, a director capable of sliding between genres and juggling tones like tea others. His personal stamp may be subtle, but it is always evident – no one knows how make movies about hanging out, about conversation, better than Linklater.

His latest film, Everybody Wants Some, is set to premiere at the SXSW Film Festival later this week and I fully intend to be there (look for a review this weekend). However, the film has also screened for critics, who were allowed to tweet about it. So far, the reactions have been glowing.

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Everybody Wants Some Beer

Not only are Alamo Drafthouse theaters known for being spectacular places to see all sorts of great films from today and years past, but they also allow you to toss back a cold one while watching them. And when Richard Linklater‘s latest film, Everybody Wants Some, debuts at SXSW next week, it will be followed in a few weeks by the movie’s own official beer fro Austin Beerworks.

If there’s one movie that deserves to have its own beer, it’s the spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused, which brings us a story about college life in 1980. But if you’re not of age to drink, or you just hate beer, there’s also a cool new Mondo poster for the movie that has just been unveiled in conjunction with the forthcoming Richard Linklater gallery show.

Find out where and when you can get the Everybody Wants Some beer and see the Mondo poster for the movie below. Read More »

the ring 3

2002’s The Ring was a genuinely unsettling experience, one that slowly dug itself under your skin and lingered there long after the credits had rolled. But its sequel, 2005’s The Ring Two, was nowhere near as effective. And now its threequel, Rings, seems to be struggling even to get to the theater. Originally slated for a 2015 opening, Rings has just been pushed back again, this time all the way to fall 2016.

Meanwhile, also shuffling up and down the release calendar are Richard Linklater‘s Everybody Wants Some, which will arrive a smidge earlier than anticipated, and an as-yet-untitled Universal Monsters movie, which will drop a tiny bit later.  Read More »