The release of the new Life Itself poster is as good a reason as any to talk about the film. Hoop Dreams director Steve James adapts the book by the late Roger Ebert to create a vivid, detailed, and moving portrait of the film critic. Life Itself is not wide-eyed deification, but a clear-minded portrait of Ebert that is both funny and unflinching. It’s a great film that champions Ebert’s vision of film and writing as a means to reach other people, moreso than the simple data of his life-long tenure as a film critic. It’s a film worth seeing. For now, see the poster below. Read More »
A group of young Swedish girls keeps punk alive in Lukas Moodysson‘s film We Are the Best! The story follows a couple of marginalized girls who deal with their social outcast status by starting a band. And while they’re pretty insistent that they are, indeed, the best, it looks like the band might mean a lot more to them than it does to anyone else. But that’s OK — that’s what punk rock is all about. Go your own way, forge your own identity, to hell with everyone else. The first We Are the Best! trailer is a lot of fun; watch it below. Read More »
The U.S. trailer for Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac Volume II is now online and, finally, Charlotte Gainsbourg gets to shine. Nymphomaniac as a whole tells the story of Joe (Gainsbourg), a woman whose wanton sexuality has literally left her on the street. A man, played by Stellan Skarsgård, helps her out by listening to her story. Volume I focuses on her younger years, which means Gainsbourg is mostly a passive participant. (That film is On Demand now and hits theaters Friday.) Volume II gets into Joe’s older years, which means it features much more of Gainsbourg than the evocative, explicit and powerful first volume.
Nympomaniac Volume II hits theaters April 4 and on VOD Friday, March 21. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
This is a really terrific trailer. We’ve seen a few other trailers for Richard Ayoade‘s second film as a director, The Double, and the last one we highlighted made the film’s comic personality pretty apparent. But this new trailer really pushes the combination of comedy and an underlying sense of weird unease.
Jesse Eisenberg plays Simon, a regular timid guy whose company hires James, a new worker who looks exactly like Simon. The new guy may look just like Simon but he’s everything the shy guy is not: confident, insistent, and charming. That leads to an inevitable conflict, but this trailer suggests it doesn’t play out as you expect it might. Read More »
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After a smashing starring debut in the film Ong Bak, Thai action star Tony Jaa made a film called Tom-Yum-Goong, released in the US as The Protector. Like Ong Bak, that film was directed by Prachya Pinkaew, with fights choreographed by Jaa and his mentor, Panna Rittikrai.
Now The Protector 2 is almost upon us, and while it features perhaps a too-pervasive use of digital work, there is still no shortage of the insane physical action that made Jaa’s first starring roles impossible to look away from. (Regardless of the quality of the film around him each time.) What’s RZA doing in this one? We don’t know, and it doesn’t really matter. Read More »
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Magnolia has released the U.S. trailer for Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomanic: Volume I. The controversial film hits on demand March 6 and theaters March 21 sporting a very naked, very impressive cast including Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Connie Nielsen and Udo Kier. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
One of the best films of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Steve James‘ documentary about film critic Roger Ebert Life Itself, has just been picked up for distribution by Magnolia Pictures. The company reportedly beat out several suitors including IFC, Oscilloscope and The Weinstein Company. They’re looking at a summer theatrical and on-demand release followed by a screening on CNN.
Read our wildly positive review here, interview with the director here and the full press release below. Read More »
Grand Piano was one of the most entertaining films I saw in 2013 — its premiere screening at Fantastic Fest last year had the crowd roaring with delight, and was the thing everyone talked about for the rest of the fest.
Coming from director Eugenio Mira, who did the music for Timecrimes; star Elijah Wood; and screenwriter Damien Chazelle (whose directorial debut Whiplash was just a big Sundance hit) the film is a technical tour de force that puts Wood in the hot seat as a killer targets him during a tense musical performance. The film has a delightfully composed visual style which indulges in De Palma-esque touches to manipulate suspense as the action unfolds. The underlying concept may be somewhat silly, but the execution is excellent.
The film is on iTunes and VOD now, and we’ve got an exclusive alternate poster below, along with a behind the scenes featurette and a clip. Check it all out, and revisit the trailer, after the break. Read More »
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There’s no nudity in this new international trailer for Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac: Part Two, so technically the thing is safe for work. But this is still Trier, and Nymphomaniac, so there’s some weirdness in the new footage. (How about a little bondage for your mid-week morning?) There’s also a pretty good use of ‘Burning Down the House’ by the Talking Heads, which might be reason enough to check out this edit. Read More »
The 2014 Sundance Film Festival hasn’t even officially began yet, but the first film is off the market. It’s Joe Swanberg‘s Happy Christmas, starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber and Lena Dunham. Magnolia Pictures and Paramount Pictures will co-distrubute with Magnolia handling U.S. theatrical and VOD wile Paramount will do home video and international. Read the full press release below. Read More »