If nothing else, Maggie deserves credit for approaching zombies from a whole new angle. While the angst of watching a loved one get infected is a common trope of the genre, it is rarely if ever the main focus of a zombie movie. But as Maggie shows, it’s a premise with great potential. Unfortunately, Maggie also shows there are many ways to sell that potential short. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, April 27th, 2015 by Angie Han
There are those who mourn the death of the classic romcom, and those who prefer the genre in its newer, more Apatovian incarnation. Both groups would do well to watch Man Up, a British charmer that has one foot firmly planted in each camp. It’s full of meet-cutes and grand romantic gestures, just like your favorite ’90s classics, but it’s got the grounded messiness and R-rated jokes of a more modern affair. And it absolutely nails the most important aspect of any romcom: a lead couple with chemistry, in this case played by Simon Pegg and Lake Bell.
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You can’t overstate the cultural significance of Saturday Night Live. The live sketch comedy show has been airing for 40 years and developed some of our biggest stars, coined our favorite catch phrases, and created some of our favorite characters. It’s a massive, rich history that’s chronicled in the new documentary Live From New York! directed by Bao Nguyen. The doc is going to open the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival this month and now everyone will officially be able to see the film soon after.
Live From New York! will open June 12 in major cities, via Abramorama and everywhere else, based on demand via Tugg. See the full poster and read more about the Live from New York release date. Read More »
Avengers: Age of Ultron is currently in production but there’s another new Joss Whedon film now available online. In Your Eyes, a new film written and produced by Whedon, premiered Sunday at the Tribeca Film Festival. Following the screening, Whedon announced the film would immediately be available online to download for $5. It’s a “metaphysical romance” starring Zoe Kazan, Michael Stahl-David and directed by Brin Hill.
Below, watch a video message from the writer/producer and find out how to download the new Joss Whedon film. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 by Angie Han
If you’ve heard of What Richard Did, there’s a good chance it was in the context of a conversation about Transformers 4. A few months ago, Irish actor Jack Reynor was plucked from relative obscurity to become Michael Bay‘s new Shia LaBeouf, and What Richard Did was one of the few films on his resume. If Transformers 4 does well, this young star has the potential to become one of Hollywood’s hottest young stars overnight. But as he moves on to higher-profile roles, his sensitive turn in What Richard Did makes me hope he won’t leave indies behind completely.
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The big recent roles from Sam Rockwell have been comedic — think of his turn in Seven Psychopaths, his work in The Sitter, hell, even his Iron Man 2 performance had a comic tinge. And when audiences get a chance to see The Way Way Back later this year, they’ll see a very endearing and funny turn from the actor.
A Single Shot appears to have only the smallest funny bone. It is an adaptation of a novel by Matthew F. Jones, in which a man (Rockwell) loses his family farm, and poaches game to survive. But things go bad when he takes aim at the wrong target. The trailer is very much in a sort of post-Malick mode, with a bit of dialogue setting the stage for a cascade of imagery backed by tense, insistent violins. It gives a sense of danger more than it conveys a full story. Read More »
Posted on Friday, August 31st, 2012 by Angie Han
How do you sell a movie that’s earned the dubious distinction of having one of the highest walkout rates in recent Sundance memory? Well, if you’re the marketing team behind Rick Alverson‘s The Comedy, by defiantly playing up the horrified reactions in your own trailer.
Starring Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of Tim and Eric and James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, The Comedy is a super dark, super dry look at the exquisite pain of being a young(ish) wealthy white dude in America. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, April 30th, 2012 by Angie Han
Given the high-profile cast (Kristen Wiig, Gillian Jacobs, Bobby Moynihan, Elijah Wood, Kevin Corrigan, Adam Brody, Garret Dillahunt, David Rasche, Jayne Atkinson, and Ryan Phillippe all appear) and its billing as a dark comedy, you’d think it’d be reasonable to expect a twisted good time from Chadd Harbold‘s Revenge for Jolly! You’d be wrong. Neither sharp enough to be genuinely entertaining nor incompetent enough to be ironically hilarious, Revenge for Jolly! may just be the most insipid killing spree you’ll ever watch.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 by Angie Han
Tanya Wexler‘s Hysteria boasts the kind of premise that’s bound to make viewers sit up and take note: In Victorian-era England, the handsome young Dr. Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) invents the vibrator to help him treat his “hysterical” female patients by inducing paroxysms. (Or as we call it today, masturbating them to orgasm.) That it’s based on a true story, or a true-ish one anyway, makes it even more intriguing. So it’s a little disappointing that Hysteria is actually much tamer than that description would suggest, but it’s got so much charm I found myself enjoying the hell out of it anyway.
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