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A Spirited Q & A With “Lovers of Hate” Director Bryan Poyser (photo)

A Spirited Q & A With “Lovers of Hate” Director Bryan Poyser

As a way of celebrating this year’s nominees for the Spirit Awards in the weeks leading up to the ceremony, we reached out to as many as we could in an effort to better understand what went into their films, what they’ve gotten out of the experience, and where they’ve found their inspiration, both in […]

In Dependence: “Tiny Furniture,” Reviewed (photo)

In Dependence: “Tiny Furniture,” Reviewed

This review originally ran as part of our coverage of the 2010 SXSW Film Festival. Honestly, “Tiny Furniture” should be intolerable. It’s about post-college malaise, the type of topic that becomes exponentially harder to relate to as you get distance on it. It’s about the added doldrums of figuring out a career when you come […]

“Tiny Furniture”: In dependence. (photo)

“Tiny Furniture”: In dependence.

Reviewed at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival. Honestly, “Tiny Furniture” should be intolerable. It’s about post-college malaise, which is the type of topic that becomes exponentially harder to relate to as you get distance on it. It’s about the added doldrums of figuring out a career when you come from the kind of privileged background […]

Having it both ways with “Lovers of Hate.” (photo)

Having it both ways with “Lovers of Hate.”

Reviewed at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival. “Why don’t you just help me?” Rudy Lucas (Chris Doubek) pleads of his brother Paul (Alex Karpovsky) at one point in “Lovers of Hate.” It’s a simple question, but it takes nearly Bryan Poyser’s entire movie to answer. Strangely, this is long after our awkward first impression of […]

Minor Crises (photo)

Minor Crises

Whether he likes it or not — and we’re talking about a director whose characters feel so much ambivalence that you can practically see it radiating off of them in waves — Andrew Bujalski has become the patron saint of the burgeoning grassroots indie movement misleadingly known as mumblecore. (The people in these films may […]

SXSW 2009: “Trust Us, This Is All Made Up.” (photo)

SXSW 2009: “Trust Us, This Is All Made Up.”

How to capture improvised comedy, which is the essence of having to be there, on film? Recorded, performances are always going to feel flat without the high wire act immediacy of watching people pull characters, jokes and storylines out of thin air. The central hour or so of Alex Karpovsky’s documentary “Trust Us, This Is […]

SXSW 2009: Andrew Bujalski Minds His “Beeswax” (photo)

SXSW 2009: Andrew Bujalski Minds His “Beeswax”

You’d think that a film shot and set in Austin would see its world premiere at SXSW. “Beeswax” even features the festival’s new producer Janet Pierson in a supporting role, as well as a slew of faces from the local filmmaking scene (the Zellner brothers, Kyle Henry and Bryan Poyser). And of course, “Beeswax” is […]