Four days in, Rick Famuyiwa‘s Dope is the best film I’ve seen so far at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. A coming of age story for the “post hip hop generation” best described as a mix of three films: Doug Liman’s Go, Greg Mottola’s Superbad and John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood. I’m posting this review the morning after the premiere and its being reported that six studios are rabidly bidding to distribute this film — its insanely accessible movie for a Sundance film and will sure to be a hit that lives on past its festival and theatrical runs. Read my Dope review after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 by Angie Han
With the Sundance Film Festival slated to kick off tomorrow, we have a fun first look at one of this year’s under-the-radar treats. Dope stars Shameik Moore as a teenage geek named Malcolm growing up in a rough neighborhood in Inglewood, California. He winds up in a sticky situation after attending a party where a drug deal goes sour.
Also starring are Zoë Kravitz, Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Blake Anderson (Workaholics) Keith Stanfield (Short Term 12), and rapper A$AP Rocky. Pharrell contributed to the soundtrack. Watch the Dope trailer after the jump. Read More »
One of the best films of the past year was Todd Haynes‘ new version of Mildred Pierce for HBO. It’s actually a mini-series, but what the hell: the boundaries between film and TV are dropping like the Berlin Wall, so let’s call Mildred Pierce a movie. It’s a great one that continues Haynes’ unblemished run of ambitious, interesting films. (Even when I’m not an unabashed fan of one of his films, as is the case with Velvet Goldmine, I can’t deny that the film is worth watching.)
And now Todd Haynes is getting set to make another film for HBO: an adaptation of Sara Gran‘s novel Dope. Circling the lead role is Julianne Moore. If this works out it’ll be the fourth project for the pair, who have previously worked together on Safe, Far From Heaven and I’m Not There. Read More »
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