I Origins

One of my favorite films of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival was I Origins, a science vs. faith character-based dramatic science fiction indie film about the possible existence of an afterlife. The film hits theaters this week and its not the type of movie that is an easy sell from watching a trailer (in fact, the trailer gives away far too much, but this is coming from someone who feels the first sentence of this post probably reveals too much already). After walking out of the movie, I had a lengthy conversation with a few journalist friends about the film. One thing I said was I’d love to see a film which shows a continuation of this story and the implications it may have (the film has a scene during the credits that points in this direction). As it turns out, I Origins was actually written as a prequel.

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Kevin Smith’s Tusk Release Date Revealed

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Kevin Smith‘s new horror film Tusk is set to premiere a trailer at Comic Con next week, and the film now has an official release date. Get more details on the Tusk release date after the jump.

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The One I Love trailer

At first glance, Sundance drama The One I Love seems ordinary in every way. Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass play a pretty typical couple whose marriage is suffering from pretty typical problems, like boredom and resentment. Then their couples counselor prescribes a romantic getaway, and things take a turn for the bizarre.

To say more would be venturing into spoiler territory, but you can at least get a sense of the off-kilter tone with the first The One I Love trailer. Watch it after the jump.

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Laggies trailer

Dramas about overeducated, underemployed 20somethings in the throes of a quarterlife crisis are a dime a dozen on the indie film circuit. But Laggies seems worth a look anyway, if only because of the names attached.

Lynn Shelton (Your Sister’s Sister) directed the coming-of-age tale, which follows an aimless 28-year-old (Keira Knightley). When her anxieties about impending adulthood come to a head, she runs off to move in with a 16-year-old girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) and her single dad (Sam Rockwell). The first Laggies trailer has just arrived, and you can check it out after the jump.

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Darren Lynn Bousman Apex

Darren Lynn Bousman, the horror director behind Saw numbers II, III, and IV, is moving on to some different kinds of thrills. He’s attached himself to Apex, an indie sci-fi pic described as “Predator meets Call of Duty.” James E. Cavanaugh penned the script. Hit the jump for more details.

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Boyhood TV spot

This Boyhood TV spot opens with something that communicates the unusual scope of the Richard Linklater film in just a few seconds.

A set of photos of the central character, Mason Jr. (played by Ellar Coltrane) flashes by in quick succession, illustrating his growth from age 6 to age 18. While the feature itself is a terrific vision of the growth of the boy and the family around him, that parade of images is a perfect way to condense the film into just a few seconds. The spot continues from there, of course, and you can watch the whole thing here. Read More »

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Boyhood, the new film from Richard Linklater, is a great movie, with touching, funny, and committed performances from all involved. Linklater’s comedy isn’t based in outrageous provocation, but from the observation of moments that are recognizable by almost anyone. And Boyhood works in that mode, provoking the sort of knowing laughter that comes from the exploration of everyday moments.   

But one of the biggest laughs in the film comes from something a little different. The film references pop-culture moments frequently, to ground the story in time and let us know who the characters are. One scene, a conversation about Star Wars, works because of the film’s own backstory (Boyhood was filmed incrementally over a period of 12 years) and a bit of gently perfect timing from Ethan Hawke and editor Sandra Adair.

We talked to Hawke about the film, and he explained how that particular moment came to be.  Read More »

Kevin Smith

In a new interview, Kevin Smith offered updates on his upcoming projects. He’s currently in post-production on Tusk, a creepy tale based on a real-life news story, and that film has reportedly inspired a spin-off. Smith said two characters who appear in the film briefly will star in a new movie called Yoga Hosers, which is based on another story he discussed on his Smodcast.

Also, Smith said he took the script for Clerks 3 to Bob and Harvey Weinstein, but they passed on making the movie. The Weinsteins distributed the first two Clerks films but felt the proposed $6 million budget was too much. They’d distribute, though, if Smith raises the funds himself.

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