A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a stylish and moody feature debut from very promising writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour. In this film, Amirpour combines a hearty set of influences — Iranian culture, Westerns, rock and roll films, and horror icons — to create a unique take on the vampire genre. It’s a sultry and compelling film, with all the energy of the late ’80s and early ’90s independent scene but a personality that isn’t quite like any of the influences it draws from. I can’t wait to see what Amirpour does next; in the meantime I’m ready to see this one again. Check out the new A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night trailer below.
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Posted on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Angie Han
Todd Solondz is going back into the Dollhouse. Nearly 20 years after his breakthrough film Welcome to the Dollhouse, the indie filmmaker is planning to revisit Dawn Wiener in his next film Wiener-Dog. While not a direct sequel per se, the new movie does involve an older version of Dawn, played by Greta Gerwig.
Also involved with the project is Julie Delpy, though at this point it’s unclear what role she will play. Hit the jump for all the details on Solondz’ not-quite Welcome to the Dollhouse sequel.
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Surprise! There’s a biopic of singer and jazz trumpeter Chet Baker shooting in Canada right now, and it stars Ethan Hawke. The film is called Born to Be Blue, and is written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Robert Budreau, who has already created a short about the player, called The Deaths of Chet Baker with Stephen McHattie in the leading role. But what about this new feature? We’ve got the Chet Baker biopic info — as much as there is to be had — below. Read More »
Jeremy Saulnier is putting together the follow-up to his excellent thriller Blue Ruin, and he’s got a cast that makes the film an instant lock to see. Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat and Imogen Poots all star in Green Room, which Saulnier wrote and will direct. But it’s the most recent addition that will probably get your attention. Patrick Stewart has joined the cast to play the leader of a bunch of “white power skinheads.” Read More »
It’s hard to overstate the impact of The Blair Witch Project. These days, movies like it are a dime a dozen. Online viral marketing? Pretty passé. But fifteen years ago, a found footage movie marketed primarily through the Internet was not only radical, it was revolutionary. On a budget of just $25,000, the film grossed $250 million worldwide, making it the most profitable film in the history of cinema.
For those of us who were lucky enough to be a part of it, the impact of Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez‘s film is a door into our own pasts. For those who may not have been there — who didn’t experience lining up for screenings and the confusion over what was real and what wasn’t — the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has created a short little documentary about how The Blair Witch Project changed movies forever.
Below, watch a video about The Blair Witch Project history and read a first hand account of what it was like on the ground floor. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by Angie Han
Thought billionaire playboys made for unlikely vigilantes? You haven’t met Miss Meadows, the heroine of Karen Leigh Hopkins‘ offbeat indie thriller of the same title. Played by Katie Holmes, this prim and proper elementary school looks so sugar-sweet, bluebirds literally follow her around while she tap-dances down the street. But what her community doesn’t know is that when they’re not looking, she moonlights as a pistol-packing avenger.
This is obviously a big problem for the bad guys in her town but it also proves a headache for local law enforcement, represented by James Badge Dale. Especially once he starts falling for her. Hit the jump to see the new Miss Meadows trailer.
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Here’s a new trailer for Bennett Miller‘s new film Foxcatcher before it hits theaters in November. Previous looks at the film have been brief, and little more than shadowy glimpses at the story of a rich man (Steve Carell) who opens a state of the art facility in a bid to train wrestlers for the US Olympic team. This time we get just a bit more story as we see a young wrestling hopeful (Channing Tatum) ally himself with Carell’s potentially unstable character in order to step out from the shadow of the success of his older brother (Mark Ruffalo). Check out what could be the final Foxcatcher trailer below. Read More »
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“How much trouble can one poet be?” Quite a lot, perhaps. In Set Fire to the Stars, Elijah Wood plays John M. Brinnin, an American poet and critic who has the task of coordinating the first trip to the US undertaken by poet Dylan Thomas. Played by Celyn Jones, Thomas turns out to be, as his reputation suggests, larger than life, and a difficult personality to manage. Brinnin is tested as he tries to keep Thomas on track. See the Set Fire to the Stars trailer below. Read More »