All posts by Chris Singh

SXSW Interview: Sacha Jenkins talks hip hop and art for new Netflix series Rapture

Netflix has hooked up with Sacha Jenkins and several other directors to curate a new eight-part docuseries on hip hop. Premiering around the world at the end of March, Rapture will bring unique perspectives on the personal lives of various well-known and rising stars within the culture, from Nas and T.I to Dave East and Rapsody, with each episode focusing on one or two of these artists and really focusing on different aspects on their careers and stories.... Continue Reading

SXSW Interview: Upgrade director Leigh Whannell, stars Betty Gabriel & Logan Marshall-Green discuss the acclaimed sci-fi horror film

With his new film Upgrade having its premiere at SXSW Film this past week (where it won a prestigious Audience Award), we caught up with Australian director and writer Leigh Whannell as well as cast members Logan Marshall-Green and Betty Gabriel to talk about the sci-fi horror and its wider implications.... Continue Reading

SXSW Film Review: Leigh Whannel crafts an incredibly fun sci-fi horror with Upgrade (Australia, 2018)

Technology gone overboard is a sci-fi trope that has been done to death in cinema, but it’s a pleasure to watch stories that are still bringing fresh takes on the theme. The latest is Upgrade, a techno-horror slash detective thriller written and directed by Leigh Whannell who moves away from the past few years of supernatural scares with the Insidious franchise and finds himself a bit closer to the gritty horror-thriller territory that first made him famous back in 2004 with Saw. This isn’t no torture-porn outing though, focusing on the paranoia of a technologically advanced world with Logan Marshall-Green’s oddly-named Grey Trace serving as Leigh’s conduit.... Continue Reading

First Impressions: The Last O.G is a triumphant return to form for Tracy Morgan

There’s something very sincere and heart-warming about Tray, the character played by Tracy Morgan in new TBS show The Last O.G. The forthcoming series, backed by John Carcieri and Jordan Peele, is a welcome return for the endearingly 30 Rock star, who still very much embodies the on-screen personality often attributed to him but grounds it in a very raw, very honest look at Brooklyn. Gentrification, isolation and displacement sit at the heart of the series and fuel both it’s timely (and often unpredictable) comedic hits and deeper meaning, giving Morgan plenty to work with as he plays an ex-con who is returns to Brooklyn after a 15-year stint in prison on drug charges.... Continue Reading

SXSW Interview: Hao Wu on his award-winning documentary People’s Republic of Desire

After winning the Documentary Feature category at the South by Southwest Film Awards earlier this week, People’s Republic of Desire from filmmaker Hao Wu is poised to become one of the most important watches of 2018. For his third documentary on different layers of Chinese culture, Wu takes a very close and unnerving look at the almost pathological culture of live-streaming and the multitude of effects it can have on both the streamer and the audience. We’re talking about life engineered through a digital lens with the end-goal of money and status, and with social media such a hot topic at this year’s SXSW film (Generation Wealth and Social Animals, both part of the program, also tackled similar subjects), it was only right that we catch up with Wu to chat about his fascinating new documentary.... Continue Reading

SXSW First Impressions: Hereditary (USA, 2018) is as close to evil as a horror movie has ever been

When light finally filled the theatre at Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse Cinema I could see that the older man sitting next to me was visibly shaken. In fact, I could see many people who looked like they were in desperate need of a good, long hug and maybe a bathtub full of bright yellow rubber ducks with a Disney marathon playing in the background. I shared that feeling, whatever it was; the shared sinking sense of dread mixed with awe – powerful and strong responses to a powerful and tough-as-nails film. That’s the astounding debut from Ari Aster, Hereditary: a narrative feature he has both written and directed with such an ironically beautiful sense of pain, presenting one of the darkest horror-drama films I have ever seen. ... Continue Reading

SXSW Film Review: Boots Riley holds no punches in kafkaesque comedy Sorry to Bother You (USA, 2018)

Boots Riley has over two decades of powerful, biting and important work behind him as emcee of The Coup, so Sorry for Bothering You, his directorial debut, isn’t as big of a leap as it appears to be for the artist. Well, it’s not big in the sense that smart political satire is anything new for Boots, and there’s no doubt that his work with the seminal rap band has given him a unique approach to the film world. That approach is translated into this multifaceted comedy-drama which aggressively tugs on the threads of institutionalised racism, power structures and forced-labour and watches them all fall into a surreal, mind-warping dystopia of anthropomorphism, cocaine and orgies. It’s as weird and lovingly unique as it sounds.... Continue Reading

SXSW Interview: Jermaine Fowler & Armie Hammer talk Boot Riley’s debut feature Sorry To Bother You

We caught up with Jermaine Fowler and Armie Hammer at SXSW to talk about their new film Sorry To Bother You. Watch the full interview below, where we learn more about the characters, and the political messages found in the film, which is the directorial debut of musician Boots Riley (The Coup, Street Sweeper Social Club).... Continue Reading

The world premiere of Blockers headlines SXSW Day Two, plus pop ups for The Terror, Westworld and more!

It’s day two of SXSW in Austin, Texas – and with the Westworld Pop-Up event taking place just outside of town and getting everyone talking, here’s a look at a few of the other highlights from the day (since, sadly, we weren’t able to get tickets to Westworld ourselves; tickets went out the door in some ten seconds!).... Continue Reading

SXSW Interview: Antifa leader Daryle Lamont Jenkins talks about Alt-Right: Age of Rage

To further explore Alt-Right: Age of Rage, a new documentary by Adam Bhala Lough receiving its world premiere at this year’s SXSW, we chat to Daryle Lamont Jenkins. Jenkins, one of the most prominent and recoginsable figures of the antifa (or “anti-fascist”) movement in America has a lot to say about the increasingly salient clash between the “far” left and the “far” right, touching on his views of Richard Spencer, the now well-known white supremacist who also serves as a subject in Alt-Right, obligation, and more.... Continue Reading