Year after year, the Sundance Film Festival is chock full of coming-of-age stories. Many are derivative and familiar, but there are always a few that know exactly how to pull at your heartstrings or bring unique enough characters that the movie still feels refreshing. This year, one of those movies was Morris from America, featuring a breakout performance from teenage actor Markees Christmas and an outstanding turn from Craig Robinson who does much more than provide comic relief.
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If you haven’t heard of the movie Swiss Army Man yet, do yourself a favor and watch the red band trailer right here. Pretty weird, right? Even though the movie was dubbed as the “farting corpse movie” when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival back in January, prompting some audiences to walk out of the movie, there’s much more to it that flatulence and oddities. Sure, the movie is a strange one, but it also has a lot of heart and tells an original story.
Now in an effort to help promote the movie, A24 is sending co-star Daniel Radcliffe on a strange promotional tour in a handful of major US cities with his own dead body for everyone to see. Find out more about the Swiss Army Man tour stops below. Read More »
For every film festival movie that hits all the expected cliches, whether it’s troubled romance, coming-of-age, or dysfunctional families, there’s always one movie that goes against the grain of everything. And that’s where The Greasy Strangler comes into play.
From The ABCs of Death 2 segment director Jim Hosking comes a positively nuts feature film debut that feels like the insanity of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim turned up to 11 and made even more gross and revolting. Honestly, I have no idea what’s going on in this movie or why, and that’s probably why I’ll end up watching it.
See The Greasy Strangler teaser trailer after the jump, but beware, it’s NSFW due to nudity. Read More »
After a few intense weeks, the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival is finally winding down. While the breadth of the festival always impresses me, this year I’ve been even more taken with how much the local filmmaking community comes together to support the festival.
After the jump, read a few more mini-reviews of some films I was able to catch this year, including an extraordinary new documentary that won the Grand Jury prize at SXSW.
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The life of an aging rock star can be a depressing one as the raging lifestyle of sex and drugs begins to turn into a lonely, quiet time of reflection. That’s exactly what Rhys Ifans experiences in the new drama Len and Company as his son (Jack Kilmer) seeks his father’s approval for his own musical career.
The first Len and Company trailer has debuted, showing a pretty typical family drama from the festival circuit. But with music at the heart of the story, it should have a pretty decent soundtrack. Watch below. Read More »
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This year will be my fourth attending the Seattle International Film Festival, and it remains an intense and overwhelming experience. Spanning 25 days, this year’s festival will include over 420 films representing 85 countries, making it the largest film festival in the United States. Here at /Film and on the /Filmcast, I’ll do my best to keep up with some of the highlights of the fest, and let you know what films might be worth checking out when they hit wide release.
After the jump, you can read a few of my mini-reviews of Weiner, The Last King, and Tickled. If you see me at the festival, feel free to say hi, and leave comments below if you think there are any films on SIFF’s full calendar that one should not miss this year.
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The 69th annual Cannes Film Festival just wrapped up overseas with Ken Loach‘s film I, Daniel Blake taking home the coveted Palme d’Or, the top prize from the French cinema exhibition. However, there have been plenty of other films from Cannes that didn’t take home the top prize that are worth paying attention to. One film critic decided to put together a video running through what they thought were the best films from Cannes, regardless of whether or not they won any prizes.
Watch the best movies of Cannes Film Festival video after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, May 20th, 2016 by Angie Han
Mike Birbiglia started out as a stand-up comedian before transitioning into filmmaking with 2011’s loosely autobiographical Sleepwalk With Me, based on one of his stand-up acts. It was solid and sweet and lots of fun, but it’s his second film, Don’t Think Twice, that should really mark him as an indie director to watch.
The dramedy, which premiered at SXSW this spring and is now headed for a summer release, follows the members of a scrappy New York improv troupe played by Birbiglia, Gillian Jacobs, Keegan-Michael Key, Chris Gethard, Kate Micucci, and Tami Sagher. The close-knit circle finds itself in disarray when one of their number gets catches a huge break. It’s laugh-out-loud hilarious and painfully honest and above all, deeply empathetic, and it’ll ring all too true to anyone who’s ever found themselves feeling stuck in life. Watch the Don’t Think Twice trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, May 13th, 2016 by Angie Han
Note: With Love & Friendship in limited release this weekend, we’re re-running our review from the Sundance Film Festival.
Jane Austen may have a reputation as a romantic, but I’d argue that her real forte is as a humorist. She’s second to none when it comes to elegantly written, sharply observed comedies about the foibles of England’s upper classes, combining a wry, biting wit with a genuine sense of affection for the characters she’s created.
Naturally, this makes Austen’s work the perfect source of inspiration for Metropolitan and Last Days of Disco director Whit Stillman, who has brought her novella Lady Susan to life in the laugh-out-loud hilarious Love & Friendship. Kate Beckinsale plays Lady Susan herself, a cunning widow out to secure her position in society via favorable marriage matches for herself and her daughter. Read More »