Posted on Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 by Angie Han
Just one day after TIFF unveiled its 2015 lineup, the Venice Film Festival has done the same. This year’s slate includes the world premieres of Johnny Depp‘s Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass, Tom Hooper‘s awards hopeful The Danish Girl, Thomas McCarthy‘s sex abuse drama Spotlight, Baltasar Kormákur‘s survival thriller Everest, and Cary Fukunaga‘s Netflix project Beasts of No Nation.
Also represented are directors Noah Baumbach (the documentary De Palma), Martin Scorsese (the short film The Audition), Amy Berg (the documentary Janis), Charlie Kaufman (Anomalisa), and actors Kristen Stewart (Equals), Robert Pattinson (Childhood of a Leader), Tilda Swinton (A Bigger Splash), and Gary Oldman (Man Down).
See the Venice Film Festival 2015 lineup announced so far after the jump. Read More »
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Its been a while since Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has made a film. In fact, he hasn’t had a new film in almost 6 years, with the release of Capitalism: A Love Story in 2009. Over the years Moore has hinted about working on a new film, and has even teased that he might leave documentaries for narrative films.
Now we know about Moore’s next project. It is Where to Invade Next , a documentary film which has already been completed in secret and will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Hit the jump for more details.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 by Angie Han
With the summer movie season starting to wind down, it’s time to look ahead to the more serious-minded films of fall. The Toronto International Film Festival has just announced its 2015 slate, featuring such buzzy highlights as Ridley Scott‘s The Martian, Denis Villeneuve‘s Sicario, Scott Cooper‘s Black Mass, Cary Fukunaga‘s Beasts of No Nation, and much, much more. Get the TIFF 2015 lineup announced so far after the jump. Read More »
As cinema has progressed over its relatively short lifespan, many are already starting to forget, or simply aren’t familiar with, the classic stars of the big screen. Perhaps with the exception of Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland, audiences are becoming less and less acquainted with the likes of classic starlets such as Grace Kelly, Bette Davis and Ingrid Bergman.
Now a new documentary aims to shine a light on one of those classic leading ladies in Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words, a new documentary that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this past May. A trailer from overseas has just surfaced, and it paints an intimate, personal portrait of Bergman, a side that many never got to see.
Watch the Ingrid Bergman documentary trailer after the jump! Read More »
After premiering at SXSW earlier this year, the indie comedy 7 Chinese Brothers will put Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore, Moonrise Kingdom, Scott Pilgrim vs. The world) back into unlikeable mode next month. But thankfully, he doesn’t seem to be anywhere near the arrogant prick that he played in the Sundance selected Listen Up Philip.
This time the Wes Anderson favorite plays Larry, a slacker bartender who was just fired for drinking on the job (he favors the drink anytime really). But he might be able to turn things around when he gets a job at a nearby tire and lube shop, even though he doesn’t really have the skills to complete his everyday tasks.
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Even if you call yourself a fan of stand-up comedy, there’s a good chance that you may never have heard of Barry Crimmins. The outspoken, sometimes controversial, and smart comic made waves in the 1970s and 1980s, and while his rage against the machine brought comedy, it eventually also helped bring about change and justice.
At a time when the internet was accessed predominantly by way of America Online, he uncovered a horrifying community online that was bolstering sexual abuse and child pornography, and used his voice, anger and personal horrifying experiences as a child to make a difference. And director Bobcat Goldthwait chronicles all of this in his documentary Call Me Lucky, and the trailer has just arrived.
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Making its way to theaters this summer after a premiere at the 2015 Sundance film Festival is the indie, coming of age tale Brooklyn starring The Lovely Bones, Hanna and The Grand Budapest Hotel star Saorise Ronan.
Set in 1950s New York City, the film follows a young Irish immigrant girl, fresh off the boat and hoping for the opportunity that America is known for across the world. Life isn’t easy at first, but then a budding romance enters the picture and everything changes. And if the trailer is any indicator, this one should be a touching charmer. Watch the Brooklyn trailer after the jump! Read More »
Each year the Telluride Film Festival commissions an artist to create a poster for the event. We usually don’t feature the posters on the site because often they are more on the experimental side of things (although, Pixar’s Ralph Eggleston created the fantastic 2010 poster).
But we are featuring the 2015 Telluride Film Festival poster because its beautiful, and it was created by Belgian artist Laurent Durieux, an artist we’ve featured many times over the years on /Film. I personally have Durieux’s Back to the Future 2, Metropolis and Peter Pan posters on my walls. Check out Durieux’s Telluride Film Festival poster in full, after the jump.
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In a surprise run that doesn’t normally happen, Damien Chazelle‘s stupendous film Whiplash went all the way from a premiere at Sundance to a Best Picture nomination the following year. It didn’t take home the big prize, but J.K. Simmons ended up pulling off a deserved win for Best Supporting Actor, and the film also got the Film Editing and Sound Mixing awards.
In case you didn’t know, Whiplash was based on a short film of the same name that Chazelle directed in 2013. The film featured Simmons as the jazz band conductor still, but it had Johnny Simmons (co-star of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, no relation to J.K. Simmons) in the lead role instead.
And if you’ve ever wondered how the two compare, a YouTube video has a fantastic side-by-side comparison showing how the short and the feature length film are very similar, and nearly identical, in many key sequences. Watch the Whiplash short film comparison after the jump! Read More »