Posted on Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 by Angie Han
Before he shot off to that galaxy far, far away, Diego Luna spent some time down here on Earth directing his latest picture. Mr. Pig stars Danny Glover as Ambrose, an elderly pig farmer whose business is falling apart. His last remaining pig is Howie, whom he intends to sell to the son of a a family friend. So Ambrose and Howie set out on a little road trip, but it’s not long before things start going south.
Maya Rudolph plays Ambrose’s daughter Eunice, who finds herself in the uncomfortable position of having to be there for a father who was never there for her. Mr. Pig debuted at Sundance earlier this year and has been making the festival rounds ever since. Watch the first Mr. Pig trailer below. Read More »
Several titles that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year are making their way to limited releases and VOD this summer. One of the more charming offerings is The Intervention, a relationship dramedy fueled by an incredible cast, some sharp writing, and one intervention that turns into multiple cries for help among a group of four couples on a weekend getaway.
Watch The Intervention trailer after the jump. Read More »
Daniel Radcliffe has shown that he’s not afraid to get nude for the sake of art, with his performance in a stage production of Equus back in the late 2000s. However, when it comes to the big screen, he’s not one to flaunt his body around. But in Swiss Army Man, his bare ass proves to be a valuable asset (pun not intended) as the flatulence of his character’s corpse helps Paul Dano survive in the woods. And in addition to his gas serving a purpose, Daniel Radcliffe’s penis turns out to be immensely helpful as well.
A new Swiss Army Man featurette takes a look at some of the practical effects used in the indie hitting more theaters this weekend, and there’s a special focus on Radcliffe’s animatronic penis. This was actually teased in the featurette released earlier this week about the creation of the dummy body used in the movie. Find out all about the magical appendage after the jump. Read More »
The buzzed-about Sundance-selected indie Swiss Army Man got a limited release last weekend, and it will be expanding to more theaters this weekend. The film has infamously been called the “farting corpse” movie because that’s exactly what is prominently featured. Bringing even more attention to the movie is the fact that the corpse in question is played by none other than Harry Potter franchise star Daniel Radcliffe. Now you get to see how his corpse stand-in was created in a new Swiss Army Man featurette that you can watch after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, June 27th, 2016 by Angie Han
Cersei’s wild gambit may be getting all the attention this morning, but last night also marked the season finale of HBO’s other great saga about power and manipulation, Silicon Valley. The good news is that the season ended on a high note — season three has been its best to date and the finale was every bit as hilarious and tragic as the episodes that have come before it. The bad news is that this means we’ve got many months to wait until we can check back in with Richard, Jared, and the rest of the Pied Piper gang.
Until then, though, we’ll have other opportunities to enjoy that cast. Silicon Valley lead Thomas Middleditch, for example, stars in Joshy, as a bereaved man who tries to enjoy what would have been his bachelor party. Jeff Baena‘s Sundance dramedy is lousy with comedic talents including Adam Pally, Nick Kroll, Brett Gelman, Alex Ross Perry, Jenny Slate, and Aubrey Plaza. Watch the first Joshy trailer below. Read More »
Note: With The Fundamentals of Caring out this weekend, we’re re-running our review from the Sundance Film Festival.
Often times at Sundance you see the same stories played out with different characters. This year alone, for example, there are two movies about an estranged New York man returning home when his mother comes down with a debilitating ailment. Familiar indie stories don’t always work on the festival circuit, but sometimes when the right cast comes together, a decent amount of magic happens. Such is the case with The Fundamentals of Caring, a road trip comedy with heart based on Jonathan Evison‘s bestselling novel of nearly the same name and starring British sensation Craig Roberts (Submarine) and the always reliable Paul Rudd. Keep reading the Fundamentals of Caring review after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, June 24th, 2016 by Angie Han
Note: With Swiss Army Man in limited release this weekend, we’re re-running our review from the Sundance Film Festival.
About five minutes into Swiss Army Man, you’re faced with a choice. By this point in the film, you’ll have seen Hank (Paul Dano), a man stranded alone on a desert island, try to hang himself. His suicide attempt is interrupted by the arrival of a corpse (Daniel Radcliffe) that proves to be a prolific farter. Hank opts not to kill himself, and instead rides “Manny” like a flatulence-powered jet ski in the direction of civilization.
The scene is weird, and absurd, and crude, and dark, but kind of beautiful, too, and it’s at this point you have to make a decision: Either you’re willing to go with a movie that delights in all of those unsavory qualities, or you’re not. If you decide you’re not, know that Swiss Army Man will only get stranger and ruder, and you’re probably better off putting it back on the shelf until you’re in the mood for it. If you decide you are, however, you’ll discover a unique, oddly gorgeous adventure anchored by a superb performance from Radcliffe as a dead body (no, really). Read More »
Every month, we write about which movies and shows are coming to Netflix and which movies and shows are leaving and it often feels like more great stuff is leaving than arriving. Then a month like July 2016 arrive and restores your faith in the world’s most popular streaming service. This is a strong batch of entertainment and if you’re already looking for ways to occupy yourself next month, you have plenty of options. We have a batch of recommendations and everything.
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There’s not much in the vein of comedy coming to theaters this weekend, with Independence Day: Resurgence, Free State of Jones and The Shallows all making their box office debuts. But if you’re looking for laughs and you don’t feel the need to see Central Intelligence (though it’s a solid comedy thanks to Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart’s chemistry), then Netflix has you covered.
This Friday, Netflix brings the Sundance indie The Fundamentals of Caring to their streaming service, giving you another dose of Paul Rudd this summer. And this time he’s joined by Neighbors and Submarine star Craig Roberts for a funny, touching and charming road trip that’s absolutely worth your time.
Watch the new Fundamentals of Caring trailer after the jump. Read More »
Year after year, the Sundance Film Festival is chock full of coming-of-age stories. Many are derivative and familiar, but there are always a few that know exactly how to pull at your heartstrings or bring unique enough characters that the movie still feels refreshing. This year, one of those movies was Morris from America, featuring a breakout performance from teenage actor Markees Christmas and an outstanding turn from Craig Robinson who does much more than provide comic relief.
Watch the first Morris from America trailer after the jump. Read More »