SXSW2019 @hammertonail Coverage, Part 2

Director Erin Lee Carr and subject/journalist Jesse Barron of I LOVE YOU, NOW DIE with Chris Reed

My Hammer to Nail coverage of the 2019 SXSW Film Festival continues with 4 reviews and 2 interviews:


Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton of WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS with Chris Reed

SXSW2019 @hammertonail Coverage, Part 1 + Festival Overview at @filmfesttoday

Chris Reed and Rodney Evans of VISION PORTRAITS

My coverage of the 2019 SXSW Film Festival begins with 5 reviews and 1 interview at Hammer to Nail plus an overview piece at Film Festival Today:


“Reel Talk” – with Chris Reed and Mae Abdulbaki – on the 2019 Oscars, “The Wedding Guest” and “Captain Marvel”

Christopher Llewellyn Reed, “Reel Talk” host, w/ Mae Abdulbaki of

Welcome to the fourth episode of the 2018-2019 season of Dragon Digital Media‘s Reel Talk with Christopher Llewellyn Reed. My guest this time was Mae Abdulbaki, film critic at Movies with Mae, TV editor at The Young Folks, member of the Alliance of Women in Film Journalism, and, like me, a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Association (or WAFCA). We discussed the 2019 Oscars and also reviewed two new films, The Wedding Guest and Captain MarvelEnjoy! Be sure to check out our firstsecond and third episodes of the season, or even last year’s season (Episode 1Episode 2Episode 3Episode 4 and Episode 5). We’ll be back in May. Until then!

In Howard County, Maryland, you can watch the show on Channel 41 (if you’re a Verizon customer) or Channel 96 (if you’re a Comcast customer), and you can watch it online from anywhere. The fantastic Dragon Digital Media team did their usual superlative job putting this together, especially producer Karen Vadnais and director Danielle Maloney, as well as floor manager Anthony Hoos. Have fun this summer at the movies! Here’s hoping there are at least a few great films!

@fogoftruth Episode 506: SXSW 2019 Reviews/Interviews of/with PAHOKEE and RAISE HELL: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MOLLY IVINS

For SXSW we discuss two of the films playing this year, Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins and Pahokee, and Bart and Chris interview the filmmakers of each while in Austin, Texas. To see the videos that accompany our interviews, please go to our “video extras” page. As always, you can find the audio of the episode on our “episodes” page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available. Enjoy!

This concludes Season 5. Stay tuned for a few bonus episodes over the next two months, with Season 6 slated to begin in mid- to late May.

Coverage of 2019 Sundance Film Festival at @hammertonail, Part 3 + Review of UNITED SKATES

Emelie Mahdavian of MIDNIGHT TRAVELER with Chris Reed

My Hammer to Nail coverage of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival continues with four more reviews and one interview:

In addition, here is my review of United Skates!


“Captain Marvel” Is Everything a Superhero Film Should Be

Captain Marvel (Anna Boden/Ryan Fleck, 2019)

As I always feel compelled to write at the start of a review about a Marvel film, I am no fan boy of the superhero genre, having long-ago abandoned any real interest in comics. I do, however, love good action/adventure sagas, and so I approach each and every movie like this with the hope that it will deliver thrills and more. The good ones (or at least the entertaining ones) among them – Ant-Man, Black Panther, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man and Thor: Ragnarok – tell their stories through as much wit and charm as muscle and CGI, with the best among them (Black Panther and Winter Soldier, and to a lesser degree Iron Man) folding in socially relevant commentary, as well (and though Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a work of rare genius, it is sui generis, not really part of the general Marvel series). I also happen to like compelling origin tales. Guess what, O fans and casual viewers? Captain Marvel offers not only a great introduction to a new character, but also a super-compelling fable with something to say about the real world. What more could one ask for? Continue reading