Salty Winters

Salty Winters once said, "Everything I learned I learned from the movies." He was quoting Audrey Hepburn.

Nerdlocker Movie Review: A Most Violent Year

Writer/director J.C. Chandor (All Is Lost, Margin Call) is quietly building a resume of mature, thought-provoking films and A Most Violent Year is arguably his best picture yet. It feels like the work of a seasoned vet -like the capstone at the end of an already accomplished career- but this is only Chandor’s third feature. […]Read More

Fantastic Fest 2014: Day 6

Previous recaps: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5 Day 6: Tuesday 9/23 On the sixth day of Fantastic Fest, the never-ending string of movies and fun events finally caught up with me and I found myself dozing off midway through the third film of the day. Joe Lynch’s shoot-em-up action vehicle […]Read More

Fantastic Fest 2014: Day 5

Previous recaps: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5: Monday 9/22 My excursion to MondoCon was a lot of fun, but I was ready to get back to the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar and pack in as many movies as possible. Monday kicked off the second half of Fantastic Fest, a […]Read More

Nerdlocker Interview: Director E.L. Katz

ABCs of Death 2, the sequel to the popular 2012 horror anthology, hits theaters on Friday, October 31st (Halloween). It continues in the tradition of it’s predecessor with 26 gruesome shorts, one for every letter of the alphabet, each with different directors and limited to five minutes. At Fantastic Fest, I had the chance to […]Read More

Fantastic Fest 2014: Day 4

Previous recaps: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4: Sunday 9/21 As much as I wanted to go to MondoCon first thing and line up for Laurent Durieux’s Back to the Future Part III poster, I didn’t want to miss Drawn and Quartered 2014, the animated short film program at Fantastic Fest. I’m glad […]Read More

Fantastic Fest 2014: Day 3

  Previous Recaps: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3- Saturday 9/20 On Saturday, I had a tough decision to make. Fantastic Fest or MondoCon… It was the inaugural year of MondoCon, a convention put on by Mondo celebrating film, music, and art, with panels, screenings, and artists selling limited edition posters, records, toys, and other […]Read More

Fantastic Fest 2014: Day 2

Previous Recap: Day 1 Day 2- Friday 9/19 Friday started with an interview of E.L. Katz, director of Cheap Thrills and the “A is for Amateur” segment from ABCs of Death 2. We discussed both of those projects and the one he’s currently working on. Cool guy. It will post in the coming weeks. After […]Read More

Fantastic Fest 2014: Day 1

Fantastic Fest 2014 has come to a halt (two weeks ago), and man was it a blast! It was the 10th year of the festival and the first year I was able to attend. I’ll be back. The same love of cinema and attention to detail that the Alamo Drafthouse applies to their regular programming […]Read More

Weekend Movie Rundown: 3 Reviews

Reviews for No No: A Dockumentary, Frank, and Dinosaur 13. No No: A Dockumentary is the compelling story of enigmatic baseball player Dock Ellis, the pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates that once threw a no-hitter (a “no no”) while tripping on LSD. Ellis was a character, a bold individual that spoke his mind at a […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: The Congress

In 2008, Ari Folman hit radars with the critically acclaimed Israeli animated documentary Waltz with Bashir. It depicts his search for lost memories as a soldier in the 1982 Lebanon War. Not your typical animated film, it was nominated for dozens of awards worldwide including Best Foreign Language Film at the 81st Academy Awards. Folman […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Revew: Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

When Sin City hit theaters in 2005 there was nothing like it. Robert Rodriguez successfully brought Frank Miller’s neo-noir comic to the big screen with a highly stylized, atmospheric look consisting of stark black-and-white cinematography and splashes of bold color (mostly red). The star-studded cast had fun with a darkly comic script and if the […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: The Giver

I have not read Lois Lowry’s Newbury award-winning children’s novel The Giver, and went into the movie blind. Having not even seen the trailer, I didn’t know what to expect from Hollywood’s latest literary adaptation. All I had to go on were two images, neither of which gave much insight. One was the cover of […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Mood Indigo

Like a modern day Georges Méliès, director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep) fills Mood Indigo with luscious practical effects that give the film a wonderful handmade quality. There’s a crawling doorbell critter, stop-motion food, rotating handshakes, and dozens of other visual gags and metaphors. The mood of the […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Code Black

Code Black is an experiential documentary that takes viewers behind the scenes of America’s busiest emergency room. It is a first-person reflection of director Ryan McGarry’s own training at Los Angeles County General Hospital’s legendary trauma bay, “C-Booth”, the birthplace of Emergency Medicine, where “more people have died and more people have been saved than […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Premature

Premature debuted at SXSW in March and was immediately dubbed as Groundhog Day meets American Pie. It borrows the repeating day structure of the former and the crude humor and high school setting of the latter. Director Dan Beers cites John Hughes as an influence and the movie does have an ’80s vibe, but it’s more […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Boyhood

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is a cinematic experience like no other. 12 years in the making, it is the culmination of a dozen summers’ worth of collaborations with star Ellar Coltrane. The result is a fascinating examination of childhood, adolescence, and family, and is perhaps the most honest portrayal of growing up in the history of […]Read More

Weekend Movie Rundown: Apes and Witches

Reviews for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Witching and Bitching. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a damn fine summer blockbuster. This is the movie that should’ve been released last week during the long holiday weekend. The followup to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes expands on it’s […]Read More

Weekend Movie Rundown: Fourth of July

Short reviews for Obvious Child, Begin Again, and Snowpiercer. Howdy, folks! Fourth of July weekend is upon us and I would like to provide a few alternatives for people looking to escape the heat and go to the movies, but aren’t necessarily into fighting robots (Transformers: Age of Extinction) or pedestrian comedy (Tammy). Here’s a […]Read More