Posted on Friday, June 12th, 2015 by Angie Han
The very best sci-fi movies are the ones that go beyond ooh-ing and ahh-ing at cool gadgets, to dig into the thornier questions of what these technologies mean for humankind, and what they can tell us about ourselves. And that’s what makes the award-winning Sundance drama Advantageous look so intriguing.
Directed by Jennifer Phang, Advantageous features a newfangled procedure that allows people to transfer their consciousness into a new body. But the story is really about a single mother (Jacqueline Kim) who, through various social and economic forces, is forced to consider undergoing the process in order to secure a brighter future for her young daughter (Samantha Kim).
We’re pleased to debut an exclusive Advantageous poster in advance of its premiere. Hit the jump to check it out and learn more about the film.
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For those who don’t know, I’m a massive fan of Saturday Night Live. The show has been a favorite since I was a kid. Even though it was the early 90s when I became sucked in by Wayne’s World and Chris Farley, I’ve stuck with the show ever since, through all their ups and downs, and have soaked up everything I can about its history. I’ve read countless books and articles, watched countless old sketches form before my time, and just can’t get enough of SNL.
Therefore, I’m very pleased to report (via The Wrap) that Netflix is closing a deal with Paramount Insurge to pick up a new comedy called Staten Island Summer. What does this have to do with SNL? Hit the jump and find out! Read More »
Cross a film off of Kevin Smith‘s long to-do list. The writer/director just completed Yoga Hosers, his teenage superhero/thriller starring Harley Quinn Smith (Smith’s daughter) and Lily-Rose Depp (Johnny Depp’s daughter). We know he’s done because Smith tweeted about the status, and posted an image of the end credits, which tease that the characters will be back in Moose Jaws.
Below, check out the images and read more about Smith’s upcoming work.
UPDATE: The first images from the film are now online. Check them out below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 by Angie Han
More than a decade after Patrick Read Johnson started shooting 5-25-77, his Star Wars-centric coming-of-age drama, he’s finally done. The director has confirmed in a recent interview that the movie is ready to go, and will be released later this year.
John Francis Daley leads 5-25-77 as a young film geek whose life is changed by a little movie called Star Wars. Work-in-progress cuts of 5-25-77 have been screened before, notably at Star Wars Celebration in 2007 and TIFF in 2013, but money troubles kept it from completion until now. Read about Johnson’s plans for a 5-25-77 release after the jump. Read More »
Mark Duplass can play sensitive and affable, but he’s also able to tap into an undercurrent of weird and off-kilter sensibility. Both sets of skills seem to be on display in Creep, from writer/director Patrick Brice, who also co-stars. Brice plays a cash-stapped guy who answers an ad offering to pay $1000 for a day’s worth of filming. His temp employer, played by Duplass, seems to have a legit project in mind, but at the end of the day things start to get weird. Really weird. Check out the Creep trailer below. Read More »
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After losing the role of Spider-Man (though we don’t know to who just yet), it appears the bad luck is continuing for Andrew Garfield in the trailer for the Sundance selected indie drama 99 Homes. The film made our Best of Sundance list back in January, and it’s slated to arrive in select theaters this fall.
Now you can see what all the buzz is about in the powerful trailer for the film that also stars Michael Shannon and Laura Dern. Watch the 99 Homes trailer after the jump! Read More »
Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig are quietly becoming quite the force of nature. It started with Greenburg, they made magic with Francis Ha and now their latest collaboration, Mistress America, might be the best yet. Gerwig stars as the soon-to-be-step sister of a loney college freshman (Lola Kirke) just looking for a friend. The two hang out, hit it off, but they’re such incredibly different people you never quite know where the film will take you.
After its Sundance premiere, I said this about the movie: “Mistress America is by far Baumbach’s funniest film, anchored by a completely new sort of performance from Gerwig, and blessed with a script so smart and sharp, many of the film’s jokes don’t land for a few seconds because A) you’ve never heard anyone say anything like that and B) it’s just so damn intelligent.”
Now you can see what I mean. The first Mistress America trailer is out. Watch it below. Read More »
One of the best films of the new century is undoubtedly Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It’s an innovative, beautiful, mesmerizing, heartbreaking and simultaneously uplifting romance. The Charlie Kaufman scripted, Michel Gondry directed film is one of my five favorites of all time, and I’ve explored and read about every facet of the film.
But there might be some of you out there who haven’t dug as deep. That’s why I wanted to post this featurette that dives into the unique and quaint visual effects of the film. Michel Gondry is known for using some interesting practical production methods, but this featurette looks at the seamless digital visual effects that helped complete the film. There are some effects here that you probably didn’t even notice.
Watch the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind visual effects featurette after the jump. Read More »
At first, you might think that directors Wes Anderson and Stanley Kubrick don’t have much in common. Their films couldn’t be on more opposite ends of the spectrum. However, Steve Ramsden used the similarity in the way Anderson and Kubrick frame shots as a reference point to create The Grand Overlook Hotel, a truly incredible mash-up of The Shining and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Watch The Grand Overlook Hotel after the jump! Read More »