Mike Birbiglia improv movie

If you’re a fan of stand-up comedy, I hope that you’ve discovered the work of Mike Birbiglia. If not, Netflix Instant currently has two of his comedy specials, What I Should Have Said Was Nothing: Tales from My Secret Public Journal and My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, and I recommend watching them immediately.

In addition, Birbiglia also made his directorial debut with his auto-biographical indie comedy Sleepwalk with Me, which played at the Sundance Film Festival back in 2012. Like Birbiglia’s comedy, it’s definitely worth watching. And now Birbiglia has just started production on his sophomore directing effort, a movie set in the world of improv called Don’t Think Twice. Read More »

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Forbidden Room teaser

Some movies capture imagined lands and dream logic in special and unique ways, and Guy Maddin‘s new film The Forbidden Room is the weirdest dream movie of the year. A labyrinth of interconnected stories, the film constantly shifts from one thing to another, pulling together pulp story prompts and suppressed desires to create a viewing experience that is unlike anything else I’ve seen in a long time.

Now a new Forbidden Room teaser trumpets the film’s huge, impressive cast, which includes Roy Dupuis, Clara Furey, Louis Negin, Udo Kier, Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Rampling, and Victor Andres Turgeon-Trelles. Read More »

Mark Webber's Flesh and Blood

You’ve seen Mark Webber on the big screen in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World as Stephen “The Talent” Stills, and in a variety of solid indies like Happy Christmas, For a Good Time Call… and Save the Date. We’ll also see him in Blue Ruin director Jeremy Saulnier’s thriller Green Room, opening at TIFF next month.

But Webber has also gotten behind the camera to make his own indie movies, such as the SXSW Audience Award-winning Explicit Ills, the touching and genuine The End of Love, starring Webber and his real-life toddler son Isaac, and The Ever After, which he made with his wife, actress Teresa Palmer.

Now he’s just successfully Kickstarted a new indie called Flesh and Blood, and Webber provided us at SlashFilm with the exclusive details on this new project, which he sees as the end of a trilogy in bringing parts of his real life to the big screen. Find out more about Mark Webber’s Flesh and Blood below! Read More »

Finders Keepers trailer

There’s been plenty of great feuds on fights on the big screen in the relatively brief history of cinema, but few are as simultaneously strange and entertaining as Finders Keepers, the Sundance selected documentary that was one of our favorite movies from the indie film festival earlier this year, and also an honorable mention on our list of the best films from 2015 so far.

The film follows the surprising feud between two North Carolina men over a severed human foot. Shannon Whisnant found the foot inside a grill at a storage unit auction, and that makes him believe it’s his, hoping to cash in on the item by letting people pay to see it. But then John Wood realizes that it’s his foot that Shannon has, and he wants it back. If you’re scratching your head, just watch the Finders Keepers trailer to see how this plays out. Read More »

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Films about people turning on each other after maybe getting victimized by spiritual forces are nothing new. But Robert EggersThe Witch puts a fresh spin on the formula by moving the action to colonial New England, surrounded by superstition and wilderness.

Set decades before the Salem witch trials, The Witch follows a devout Christian family who come to New England to start a new life. However, they seem to be cursed at every turn — their crops fail, and their infant son goes missing. Fear and dread begin to plague the family, as they grow increasingly suspicious of one another. Watch The Witch trailer after the jump.
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Sleeping with Other People red band trailer

Romantic comedies usually don’t impress me. They’re just not my cup of tea unless I really like the on-screen talent involved. More often than not it’s the indie romantic comedies that bring something fresh enough to shake up the subgenre to make it entertaining and sincere, and that’s exactly what happens with Sleeping with Other People.

The Sundance selected movie from Bachelorette writer and director Leslye Headland features Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis as two two sex addicts unable to commit to real relationships who decide to hold each other accountable for their destructive behavior and strike up quite the strong bond. So strong that they begin to act like a couple, even though they’re not, and you know what that means

This is an R-rated romantic comedy so the new Sleeping with Other People red band trailer is the best way to get the right vibe from this hilarious, authentic romance. Watch the new trailer below! Read More »

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Burnt teaser

In Burnt, Bradley Cooper plays a chef who has had success and lost it, and is on the climb back up to the top. But he may have some big personal hurdles to face, potentially including drugs, and definitely including his own nature. Wait a second… heaven’t we seen this before? 2005, Fox, Kitchen Confidential, in which Cooper plays a chef, inspired by Anthony Bourdain, who nearly loses everything thanks to addiction, and then works his way back to the top.

What’s different here? Well, the supporting cast also features Sienna Miller, Omar Sy, Daniel Brühl, Matthew Rhys, Uma Thurman and Emma Thompson, working under the direction of John Wells (August: Osage County); the script is by Steven Knight (Locke, Peaky Blinders) and Michael Kalesniko (Iron Sky, Private Parts).

Check out the first Burnt teaser below. Read More »

Greta Gerwig directing

Greta Gerwig, who we just saw in the latest trailer for Mistress America, is prepping to tackle her first solo directorial gig. She previously co-directed Nights and Weekends (with Joe Swanberg, back in 2008) and has co-written films including the Swanberg-directed Hannah Takes the Stairs, Frances Ha, and the aforementioned Mistress America.

So we’re excited to see her take the directorial chair on Lady Bird, her own solo film. And with that primary duty hers, this will be a project for which Gerwig finds someone else to star. Read More »

Mistress America trailer

Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig seem to have a great working relationship, in addition to their off-screen partnership, and their latest film together, Mistress America, features Gerwig as an unlikely mentor to a hesitant college freshman (Lola Kirke) who is also about to be her stepsister.

“Unlikely,” because despite a seemingly boundless enthusiasm for just about everything, Gerwig’s character almost seems as if she can’t quite get her own life lined up, much less provide direction for anyone else. But there may be more going on with the character than a first impression suggests, in Baumbach’s snappy comedy.

The new Mistress America trailer lights up with Gerwig’s natural charm and Baumbach’s calm directorial hand; check it out below. Read More »