After several attempts to go the modern leading man route toplining blockbusters, Ryan Reynolds makes a bold career choice with The Voices. He plays Jerry, a mentally ill man doing his best to live a healthy life. He likes his assembly line job, and asks out a beautiful girl. Things are looking up. Except for the fact he believes his cat and dog are speaking to him. What the cat says is not good, and not only because the pet spits vulgarities in a thick brogue.
Make no mistake. Marjane Satrapi, director of the stunning animated film Persepolis, has not made a version of Dr. Dolittle starring Ryan Reynolds. The Voices twists Jerry’s plight into dark shapes, resulting in a frequently disturbing, frequently hilarious and always surprising film. Read More »
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Maybe this is the Twilight Zone, where mundane beginnings lead to extraordinary situations. In The One I Love, a married couple played by Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass are having problems. Nothing outlandish, just garden-variety issues such as resentment, boredom, and an erosion of respect. So: off to couples therapy. Their analyst advocates a retreat which, he promises, has worked wonders for many others.
What happens next is… well, something people associated with the film have tried to keep quiet. Frankly, that’s a bit absurd, as the material in question is the premise of the film, not a spoiler. Trailers will eventually give some of it up. But I’ll play along, because doing so is a fun exercise.
To be circumspect: This isn’t a romantic comedy, nor a weepy drama. Unusual, clever, and bitterly funny, The One I Love seeks to expose the impulses that can stall a relationship, or foster growth. While the idea’s deepest potential is not exploited, Duplass and Moss — very nearly the only actors in the movie — perform with nicely-pitched intensity and utter command of their craft. If this had premiered earlier in the Sundance schedule it might have become the must-see film of the fest; the late debut doesn’t change the fact that it is among this year’s early standouts. Read More »
Kevin Smith‘s new horror film Tusk may have been a no show at this year’s Sundance Film Festival (the 20th anniversary of Smith’s debut film Clerks) but they aren’t letting the festival end without an announcement. A24 will distribute the movie domestically with a wide release in the third quarter of 2014, with XYZ films handing international rights. XYZ will be “introducing the project, currently in production, to international buyers at the European Film Market in February.” A24 has released Spring Breakers, The Spectacular Now, The Bling Ring, and the Sundance films Locke, Obvious Child and Laggies. Read the full press release after the jump.
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Every once in a while, something amazing pops up on the internet, maybe a piece of history from a time before WiFi and iPhones, something most of us never imagined we’d get to see. Old interviews, behind the scenes documentaries and sometimes even set footage from movies of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s occasionally appear online and it’s like Christmas all over again.
Christmas is back today as someone has uncovered an eight minute video of Quentin Tarantino and Steve Buscemi rehearsing scenes from Reservoir Dogs. This is incredible, fly on the wall stuff. Check it out below. Read More »
Though it got the shaft at the Oscars, Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks is a delightful film for fans of the brand that made it. Tom Hanks stars as Walt Disney and almost steals the show from his co-stars, playing Disney as a passionate, thoughtful, yet flawed man. As it turns out the film might have started a trend, as two separate, independent films based on Disney’s life are aiming for a 2014 release. They are As Dreamers Do, directed by Logan Sekulow and Walt Before Mickey, directed by Ari Taub. Read more about each below. Read More »
The Signal is the kind of science fiction movie that I love — intense, mysterious, original and extremely ambitious. What is The Signal? It’s a puzzle that keeps you guessing and working to figure it out.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 by Angie Han
Whether you’re bummed because you couldn’t make it to Sundance this year, or exhausted because you’re still there, here’s something that ought to help. Not Another Sundance Movie sums up all the best film festival cliches in a quick three-minute trailer, saving you from having to slog through hours of indies.
Starring such indie favorites as “young ethnic girl that’s guaranteed to be nominated for an Oscar but not win” and a “reinvented” Michael Cera, Not Another Sundance Movie is guaranteed to move you to tears with its gritty-yet-uplifting portrayal of poor folks, crying women, vintage pickup trucks, and clarinets. So many clarinets. Watch it after the jump.
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Obvious Child is a charming romantic dramedy about love and abortion in New York City. The humor feels like a mix of the crudeness and sharp teeth of Sarah Silverman’s comedy and the grounded snappiness of Lena Dunham’s Girls. At center stage is comedian Jenny Slate, with one of the breakthrough performances of this year’s fest.
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