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SXSW Shorts Review: Chuj Boys of Summer, The Other Morgan, Plant Heist

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Some more short reviews of shorts: Chuj Boys of Summer, Max Walker-Silverman Stunning shots of Colorado help shepherd in a what I assume to be an all too familiar scenario of immigrants struggling to find a place in a new country. This film really does a great job of putting you into the lives of those struggling in their new world. The Other Morgan, Alison Rich Is the grass really greener on the other side? A comedic exploration into that …

SXSW Shorts: Learn Tagalog with Kayla, Marvin’s Never Had Coffee Before

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SXSW Online this year might lack the power of the mighty Hollywood machine (and the hilarity that ensues when something like what happened with Ready Player One occurs) but I have found the Shorts section of this year’s film programming to be of extremely high quality. Here’s two that stood out: Learn Tagalog with Kayla (2021, Kayla Galang) This short, without spoiling too much, captures a certain post-pandemic vibe that I think we can all relate to. There’s a realness …

SXSW Review: The Chairs, GRRRL GANG

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View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ricky Lam (@panicmanual) Having seen a few shows now for SXSW Online, I really appreciate the effort some bands put into their SXSW streaming content. Some just go the extra mile. The Chairs Playing in what I can best describe as an indoor fishing pond that is popular in parts of Asia, The Chairs blew me away with their simple three song set. With a seemingly Wong Kar-Wai inspired feel, the …

SXSW Review: The Mysterines, Enjoyable Listens, Scrounge

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View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ricky Lam (@panicmanual) Watching SXSW Online 2021 is an interesting experience. On one hand, I was rather sad that I was unable to attend these sets live and in person in Texas, but on the other hand, I was excited to discover new music again. In a way, I felt sorry for these bands because: a) The audience is smaller b) They can’t feed off the energy of the crowd However, …