SXSW Film Festival 2022


Sheryl Crow rose to fame at a particular time in popular culture. Succeeded in 1993 with her debut album “All I Want”, Tuesday Night Music Club, Crow skyrocketed to pop and rock superstar status in an era before social media and smartphones made music artists as ubiquitous in fans’ daily lives as apps. weather. It’s still a mystery to be a music artist, Amy Scott’s new documentary for Showtime, Sherylhappiness comes in.

Featuring in-depth interviews with Crow and a panel of her colleagues, friends, and contemporaries, Scott (who also directed the documentary Happy Hal Ashby, Hal) explores the many paths of Crow’s career, as well as some of her own personal battles with depression, cancer, and quite notably sexism. The document begins with the type of questionnaire that was loaded aimed at female celebrities in the 90s, especially those trying to take control of their own careers by becoming a producer (of which Crow was the go-to person). before) and continue to follow the ongoing creative process of the entertainment business then and now. But the abundance of home movies and scenes that pull back the curtain on that era, never seen before, is what brings Sheryl an intimate, chatty charm, even if playing hits is usually fun.



Steve “Spaz” Williams is responsible for the CGI dinosaurs in Jurassic Park. Meaning, in his own right, Spaz is responsible for the modern digital effects world of blockbuster movies. However, until recently, this was not common knowledge, even among movie buffs. And that is enough to make director Scott Leberecht’s life come to life Spaz The documentary offers an in-depth look at the fast and furious days of filmmaking in the 1980s and ’90s, particularly in the field of digital effects.

However, Leberecht not only recorded Williams’ achievements. A special effects artist himself, Leberecht provides insiders with an understanding of the competition, ego and politics of the industry, while also having a sense of his subject matter to step back from and let Williams tell her story, flaws and all, in her own words. With a rough, garish personality and a gaze that could blind the eye, Williams asymmetrical with his “Spaz” name “small” would be to describe Shaquille O’Neal. Williams is an artist – very guilty – with the energy of a rough man. But that sense of perfection gives Leberecht a documentary subject who can tirelessly describe even the faults of his own life.

Spaz provides long-overdue recognition of one of the most important talents in recent film history, while also offering essays on how that talent may not be celebrated, even if it went towards a wall.


The unbearable weight of mass talent

The energetic actor, movie star and meme muse is giving one of the most commendable performances of his career in Michael Sarnoski’s film. Pig. On the surface he is a healthy and thriving 58-year-old man with nothing but sunny days to look forward to. And yet, his latest and greatest Cage-ian movie, The unbearable weight of mass talentacts as a kind of career eulogy in the middle. SXSW Film Festival 2022

Charles Jones

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