Comet Emmy Rossum Justin Long

Imagine you’re watching your relationship on TV. It is playing on five channels, with each channel airing a different stage of the relationship. When things get too uncomfortable, awkward or emotional, you just flip the channel. On that next channel, you’d continue to watch your relationship unfold, maybe from a point a few years later. The cumulative result of the experience would probably put into perspective the whole of what you and another person can be together. Loving in one moment, hateful in another, caring, selfish and more.

That metaphor is an elaborate attempt to describe Comet, the directorial debut of Sam Esmail, which had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival this weekend. Comet stars Emmy Rossum and Justin Long as the central couple. While there is absolutely no TV channel surfing involved, the film’s complex and fascinating structure feels like that, from the audience perspective. It’s a dense, funny, insanely well-written and well-acted film. Unlike most romantic films, it keeps you guessing. Simultaneously, it raises questions about the nature of love, life, and truth, all disguised in an semi-conventional love story told in the most unconventional of ways. It’s a special movie. Read More »

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Rich girl Amanda (Michelle Monaghan) and wrong-side-of-the-tracks boy Dawson (James Marsden) haven’t seen each other in twenty years when they reunite at the funeral of a mutual friend. Sparks fly, but lots of obstacles stand in their way because there would be no movie otherwise. Hit the jump to watch the first The Best of Me trailer.

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SIFF 2014: Making a Movie for $6,000

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This weekend, I saw a movie at the Seattle International Film Festival that had a budget of $6,000. Joshua Caldwell’s Layover, which had its world premiere here, was shot in 11 days in Los Angeles and takes place during the course of a single evening, as a itinerant frenchwoman Simone (played by Nathalie Fay) re-connects with a friend from her past. Layover is a film in the tradition of Linklater’s Before series, and I found that it perfectly captured the paradox encountered by many a millenial: feeling trapped, while also realizing that the possibilities for your life are still endless. It’s a beautiful, moving, and wistful film.

But what goes into making a film with a budget that’s slightly more than the cost of the camera you’d need to shoot it on? I spoke with Caldwell about how he shot the film and why he went the low-budget route. Find our conversation after the jump, watch the film’s trailer, and be sure to check out the Indiegogo campaign for Caldwell’s next two films.
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What If trailer

We’ve seen Daniel Radcliffe as a hero, we’ve seen him in period pieces, some have even seen him naked on stage. But now the Harry Potter star takes on his most “normal” role to date, as a simple guy trying to win the affections of a girl.

Radcliffe is the star of What If, a romantic comedy directed by Michael Dowse. He plays Wallace, a medical school drop-out who meets a cool girl named Chantry (Zoe Kazan). She lives with her boyfriend (Rafe Spall), which becomes a bit of an issue for Wallace when he realizes he’s in love with her.

What If has a pretty typical set-up to be sure but the cast (which also includes Adam Driver) definitely piques my interest. The film hits U.S. theaters August 1 and you can check out the trailer below. Read More »

The Book of Life images

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Diego Luna leads the voice cast as Manolo, a young romantic who wants to pursue his passion for music, much to his family’s dismay. Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana also star, as Manolo’s childhood friends. Check out the new Book of Life images after the jump.

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