2014 has been the year of Boyhood, Richard Linklater‘s 12-years in the making chronicle of a Texas family. The film debuted to great praise at Sundance back in January, and twelve months later it is causing a stir as critics groups in Boston and Los Angeles hand it several awards. (Including a well-deserved Best Actress win for Patricia Arquette from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.) The film hits digital HD today, and will be on DVD and Blu in January. To help promote that digital release, IFC has offered up a great ten-minute video that looks at the twelve-year process of creating the movie. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, December 8th, 2014 by Angie Han
With just three weeks to go until the end of the year, we’ve still got several noteworthy pictures to look forward to. Among them is Still Alice, an indie drama that emerged as one of the brightest gems from this year’s TIFF crop.
Julianne Moore leads as Alice Howland, a professor and married mother of three who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Alec Baldwin plays her husband, and Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, and Hunter Parrish play her children. Hit the jump to watch the new Still Alice trailer. Read More »
Maybe you’ve heard of It Follows. It’s a small horror movie by director David Robert Mitchell. His previous film, The Myth of the American Sleepover, was a memorable look at teen life, and this film is in a similar vein. Similar in that it shows how some aspects of teen life – mainly sex – can become scary. It Follows played at Cannes, Fantastic Fest, AFI Fest and just got into the Sundance Film Festival. So there’s a lot of buzz but, to date, no U.S. release date.
It’ll get there though because It Follows is one of the scariest films I’ve ever seen. I’ll tell you more in the coming weeks when we run our review (probably at Sundance) but for now, check out the first It Follows trailer. Read More »
Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) and Taika Waititi (Eagle vs. Shark) play centuries-old vampires in the comedy What We Do in the Shadows, which they also wrote and directed. The film is akin to a Christopher Guest take on the vampires vs. werewolves conflict, but imbued with the humor that will be familiar to fans of Flight of the Conchords. It’s a very funny movie with innumerable small, clever touches. And this What We Do in the Shadows trailer is the first to really capture what makes the film work – it’s a great trailer. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 4th, 2014 by Angie Han
If Noah Baumbach‘s last film, Frances Ha, was a pitch-perfect examination of young adulthood, his next one, While We’re Young, looks like an equally astute look at middle adulthood. Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts star as a 40something married couple who befriend a 20something hipster couple (played by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried). Watch the first While We’re Young trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 by Angie Han
Part of what makes Whiplash so interesting is the uneasiness it imparts. It’s inspiring to watch young jazz drummer Andrew (Miles Teller) push himself to new heights, but also disturbing to see the path he takes to get there.
Ultimately, we’re left to wonder if all the abuse he suffered at the hands of Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) was worth it. And while all viewers will have to determine that for themselves, writer-director Damien Chazelle, for one, has a pretty clear idea of what happened next. Hit the jump to read Chazelle’s comments on the Whiplash ending. (Spoilers follow, obviously.) Read More »
Source Code, directed by Duncan Jones from a script by Ben Ripley, featured Jake Gyllenhaal as a man whose consciousness is projected into another man’s body to relive the last eight minutes of the target’s life over and over again, ostensibly to track down the culprit in a terrorist plot. The film was modestly successful, and Source Code always seemed likely to be a one-and-done situation. But now there’s a Source Code sequel in development, and a director attached to oversee it. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by Angie Han
Daniel Barnz‘s indie drama Cake is being promoted in some circles as Jennifer Aniston‘s best shot at an Oscar nomination in ages, which frankly isn’t saying much. She typically favors the type of fluffy comedy roles that don’t get awards attention, and hasn’t done a “serious” role since 2006′s Friends With Money.
But on the rare occasions that she does break into more dramatic territory, she usually does quite well. Cake seems to be no exception. Aniston plays Claire Simmons, a woman in a constant state of physical and emotional pain. At a low point, she begins obsessing over a suicide victim played by Anna Kendrick. Sam Worthington, William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Chris Messina, and Adriana Barazza also star. Watch the Cake trailer after the jump.
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