Posted on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 by Angie Han
With Slamdance and Sundance happening concurrently, Park City is going to be the place to be for fans of indie cinema for the next two weeks. One of the most intriguing titles set to debut at the former is Director’s Cut, Adam Rifkin‘s very meta horror movie starring Penn Jillette.
A crowdsourced movie about a crowdsourced movie gone awry, Director’s Cut centers on Herbert Blount (Jillette), an unhinged cineaste who decides to take over control of a film project he helped fund. He kidnaps the lead actress (Missi Pyle) and forces her to act out the scenes he’s written, while her co-stars (Harry Hamlin and Hayes MacArthur) wonder about her disappearance. The entire film takes the form of a director’s cut of Blout’s finished masterpiece. Like I said, it’s very meta. Watch the Director’s Cut trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, January 8th, 2016 by Angie Han
Jason Sudeikis got his start on Saturday Night Live, and he still does his fair share of goofy comedies — he’ll be voicing one of the angry birds in Angry Birds, for example. But recently, he’s also started to emerge as a viable romcom leading man. He did excellent work opposite Alison Brie in last year’s Sleeping With Other People, and now he’s following it up with the indie dramedy Tumbledown.
His leading lady here is Rebecca Hall, the still-grieving widow of a musician. When Sudeikis’ Andrew, a pop culture scholar, arrives to conduct some research on her late husband, she treats him with hostility at first, but… well, if you’ve ever seen a romcom before, you can probably guess where this is going. Watch the Tumbledown trailer after the jump. Read More »
We’re just a little over a couple weeks away from attending the 2016 Sundance Film Festival kicking off on January 21st, unveiling a slew of independent films that we’ll hopefully be talking about throughout the entire year. The entire line-up has already been revealed with some of the movies are getting teased before their debut in the mountains of Park City, Utah. And one of them is coming from a master filmmaker.
Werner Herzog will be heading to Sundance with his first non-fiction film in five years, a documentary called Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World. This time Herzog is taking a look at the internet and its effects on culture and how we connect to each other as people. I can’t imagine a more fascinating filmmaking to tackle this subject material than Herzog, and the first Lo and Behold trailer promises something extremely intriguing. Watch it below! Read More »
If you’re a Kevin Smith fan, then you know that the filmmaker’s career was launched after he made the black-and-white indie comedy Clerks for a measly budget. We’ve known for awhile how little it cost Smith to direct his first feature, but the director recently posted the actual budget breakdown that he sent to Miramax in hopes that they would buy the movie, and the rest is history. See it below! Read More »
Within the contrived plot of Southpaw, Oona Laurence helped ground a familiar father-daughter relationship. Now Lawrence is returning to a father-daughter relationship with Lamb, except with a slightly unconventional spin. After the jump, watch the Lamb trailer.
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Posted on Thursday, December 10th, 2015 by Angie Han
Kristen Stewart may have become a household name on the strength of one of the biggest studio franchises in recent memory, but since Twilight wrapped up in 2012 she’s established herself as an indie darling. Earlier this year she garnered tons of buzz for her turns in Still Alice and Clouds of Sils Maria, and next year she’ll be back with four or five more titles including Tim Blake Nelson‘s Anesthesia.
The ensemble drama, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, hinges on a violent attack against a well liked professor (played by Sam Waterston). The film jumps back a week to explain how the incident came to back, focusing on a seemingly disparate cast of characters played by Nelson, Stewart, Glenn Close, Corey Stoll, Gretchen Mol, Michael K. Williams, and more. Watch the Anesthesia trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 by Angie Han
We all know Oscar Isaac has the biggest film of his career coming up later this month in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But Isaac’s also got another, much smaller movie due for release in the coming weeks. Directed by William Monahan (The Departed), Mojave pits a devilish drifter played by Isaac against a depressed movie star played by Garrett Hedlund. Thrills, chills, and a whole lot of overwrought dialogue follow. Watch the first Mojave trailer after the jump. Read More »
Factory 25 has released the trailer for Christmas, Again, the romantic indie drama which played the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. I wasn’t able to catch this movie while I was in Park City, but the film got some favorable reviews and is headed for MoMA in New York City on December 3rd and Los Angeles on Friday, December 11th 2015 before hitting iTunes and select digital and cable platforms. The film tells the story of a heartbroken Christmas-tree salesman who “returns to New York City hoping to put his past behind him” but “living in a trailer and working the night shift, he begins to spiral downwards until the saving of a mysterious woman and some colorful customers rescue him from self-destruction.” Hit the jump to check out the Christmas Again trailer now.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 by Angie Han
Jesse Andrews recently turned his first novel, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, into his first screenplay, earning all sorts of praise as a result. Now he’s getting ready for another first: his feature directing debut. Andrews will direct Bill Hader in Empress of Serenity, an indie dramedy inspired by David Foster Wallace‘s essay A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again. Read More »