This summer, you’ll finally get to see the movie that was the talk of Sundance, the farting corpse movie Swiss Army Man. The film was bashed by some critics (a few even walked out of screenings) while those who stuck around to find the deeper meaning behind the nonsense were rewarded with a wholly unique story about love, friendship and loneliness.
If you’re still on the fence about this movie, a new Swiss Army Man music video features a montage of all the ways Paul Dano finds Daniel Radcliffe‘s flatulent corpse to be useful. It’s all set to the original music written by Manchester Orchestra members Andy Hull and Robert McDowell, who were behind the film’s wonderful soundtrack. But if you’re already planning on seeing this movie, I would avoid watching this and save the craziness for the theater. Otherwise, watch the Swiss Army Man music video after the jump. Read More »
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If Captain America: Civil War didn’t give you enough Paul Rudd for the summer, Netflix has the remedy. The streaming service picked up the indie comedy The Fundamentals of Caring from the Sundance Film Festival, and now it’s debuting exclusively on Netflix next weekend.
Paul Rudd stars in the adaptation of Jonathan Evison’s novel The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving as a man coming to terms with his divorce and looking to have some kind of value and purpose in life. Enlisting in a new job as a caregiver for those who can’t take care of himself, Rudd ends up being assigned to a sarcastic, vulgar 18-year old boy (Craig Roberts), and of course they have plenty to learn from each other. The Fundamentals of Caring trailer has just arrived online, and you can watch it below. Read More »
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 »
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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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 »
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It’s bold and risky to hype a movie by using Mad Max to describe it, especially after the action masterpiece that was Mad Max: Fury Road was nominated for Best Picture. But that’s exactly what a new sci-fi movie called 2307: Winter’s Dream is doing, and once you watch the trailer for the movie, you’ll see that it’s at least accurate in terms of the style of the movie — but unfortunately, not the quality. However, it does look like it would be a fun discovery if it were sitting on the shelf of a video rental store.
Watch the 2307 Winter’s Dream trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, May 13th, 2016 by Angie Han
One film I was very disappointed to miss at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was Little Men, the new drama by Ira Sachs. The drama might not sound all that exciting on paper — it concerns two young friends, Jake (Theo Taplitz) and Tony (Michael Barbieri), whose families begin feuding over a rent dispute — but the Keep the Lights On and Love Is Strange has demonstrated a gift for capturing the day-to-day realities of life in New York, and a particular understanding of the men (or in this case boys) navigating relationships with one another within it.
Fortunately, Little Men has turned out to be one of those Sundance charmers that hit theaters sooner rather than later. With a summer release date in sight, Magnolia Pictures has released the first Little Men trailer for your consideration. Also starring are Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Ehle as Jake’s parents, and Paulina García as Tony’s mom. Read More »
Ellen Page has already faced the end of the world as we know it as a mutant in both X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Now she and Evan Rachel Wood will have to deal with humanity turning on itself in the isolated, quiet apocalyptic thriller Into the Forest.
The film from director Patricia Rozema premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, and now it’s coming to theaters and VOD this summer. For all the apocalyptic thrillers that are out there, this one takes a more isolated, intimate approach to the idea of humanity falling apart in the wake of power outages, gas and food shortages and sheer desperation to survive.
Watch the Into the Forest trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
As Barack Obama’s time in the White House draws to a close, a new indie drama looks back at an early turning point in his life. Set in 1989, Southside With You follows Barack (Parker Sawyers), a law firm associate, and his colleague Michelle (Tika Sumpter), on an afternoon out together — and though she insists it’s not a date, we in the future know better. It plays sort of like a Before Sunrise for the political set, full of meandering walks and thoughtful conversations and loads of romantic chemistry. Only unlike with Before Sunrise, we know exactly what happens to these characters after the credits roll. Watch the Southside With You trailer after the jump. Read More »