Posted on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 by Angie Han
This summer hasn’t really been a great one for horror, but thankfully there seem to be some more promising entries on the horizon as fall rolls around. One on our radar is The Hallow, a British-Irish supernatural thriller that got some good reviews at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
The story follows a British conservationist (Joseph Mawle) who’s sent to rural Ireland, wife (Bojana Novakovic) and infant son in tow, to survey a forest for development. Locals warn him that the woods are teeming with malevolent spirits and supernatural creatures, and he realizes too late that they’re probably right. Watch The Hallow trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Update: Josh Gad is now finally confirmed to play Roger Ebert in the film Russ & Roger opposite Will Ferrell as film producer and director Russ Meyer. (The film was formerly referred to as Russ & Roger Go Beyond.)
Michael Winterbottom will direct the movie, which follows the creation of Ebert and Meyer’s film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. This picture is described by THR as “a debaucherous comedy centering on two outsiders who defied the Hollywood establishment and made one of the first X-rated films ever released by a major movie studio.”
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Posted on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 by Angie Han
After garnering all sorts of praise at Sundance, Rick Famuyiwa‘s Dope opened in theaters earlier this year to disappointing numbers. Apparently audiences just weren’t interested in a coming-of-age story set in inner-city Los Angeles, against a ’90s hip-hop soundtrack.
… Except, of course, they totally were, because Straight Outta Compton is currently killing it at the box office. So Open Road is making a second play for box office gold, putting Dope back in theaters this weekend. More on the Dope re-release after the jump. Read More »
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 »
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 »
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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 »
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 »
Posted on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 by Angie Han
Films about people turning on each other after maybe getting victimized by spiritual forces are nothing new. But Robert Eggers‘ The 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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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 »