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Everyone’s talked ad nauseam about how the summer of 2011 is going to be a blockbuster bloodbath. Week after week of high concept, big budget sequels featuring superheroes, robots and wizards. But those aren’t the only movies that’ll be playing at your local theater during the long, hot months of May, June, July and August. A huge chunk of movies we reviewed in January at the Sundance Film Festival – from award winners to our personal favorites – are also finding their way into theaters during that time. As the heat quickly approaches, we’ve decided to highlight over 20 Sundance films that are scheduled to open opposite the traditional Hollywood fare. See images, read reviews and find release dates all below. Read More »
Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: Back in February, an early trailer was leaked online, and quickly yanked because it was not official. Today Wrekin Hill Entertainment released an official trailer. The original story follows below, and the new trailer after the jump.
Hesher premiered over a year ago at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was quickly purchased by Newmarket Films. Since then, the feature debut of director Spencer Susser has remained curiously dormant. In that time, though, stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Natalie Portman experienced the biggest successes of their careers and now Hesher is ready to introduce itself to the world. The film stars Gordon-Levitt as the long-haired anarchist title character who inserts himself into the life of a single parent (Rainn Wilson) and his son (Devin Brochu) as well as local girl played by current Oscar-nominee Portman. We ran Peter’s mildly positive review on the site when it first premiered and I remain head-over-heels in love with the combination of humor, drama and craziness. A trailer has finally surfaced. Check it out, along with a clip from the film, after the break. Read More »
The South by Southwest Film Festival has announced their features lineup for the 2011’s Festival, which will take place March 11th to the 19th in Austin Texas. Read the full press release after the jump.
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As the year comes to an end, anybody and everybody are posting their best of the year lists. Most of these lists contain variations of the same 15 or 20 films. To break the mold, some are even posting lists of the best films of the year that you probably haven’t seen. I find that even these lists are filled with the same movies. And if you’re a film geek reading a site like /Film, chances are you know about most of the movies on these lists.
I wanted to do something different and compile a list of the best films of the year that you’ve never heard of. The selections should be movies that (for the most part) none of your family or friends have heard of, and you might even have to do some extra legwork to get your hands on.
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Update: A few sources (but not yet Newmarket) are saying this is just a name change for international distribution. Peter saw the poster above at Cannes, where it may have been used only for sales purposes. So don’t take that image as final. Original article follows.
One of the more anticipated movies going into Sundance this year was Spencer Susser‘s Hesher, which casts Joseph Gordon-Levitt as “a long haired tattooed head-banging badass, who inserts himself ” into the life of a young man who has recently lost his mother. The film didn’t wow everyone at the fest, and was picked up by smaller distributor Newmarket. Now it seems the picture has a new title: the much less distinctive and interesting Rebel. Read More »
UPDATE: Just after I published this, The Weinstein Company was announced as the distributor for Blue Valentine, the drama starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. The film has been one of the critical hits of the fest, but I’ve got to wonder what TWC will be able to do with it. The company is struggling, and I don’t have much faith in its ability to give the movie a proper release. Check Peter’s video review of Blue Valentine here. Original article follows.
Right at the beginning of this year’s Sundance there were a couple of big deals made. The doc Waiting for Superman was bought by Paramount and Buried, starring Ryan Reynolds, was picked up by Lionsgate. (Read Peter’s review.)As the festival winds down there have been a couple other big buys. Hesher is the most notable, with the Joseph Gordon-Levitt starring film going to Newmarket. The very well-received The Kids Are Alright has also found a home, and while Joel Schumacher‘s Twelve isn’t the best-reviewed film at the fest, it’s got a deal now, too. Read More »
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In 2008, I discovered a wonderful short film titled I Love Sarah Jane by commercial and music video director Spencer Susser. I loved it so much, I even featured it on /Film (you can watch it here — and if you haven’t yet, you really need to). The short was a very different kind of zombie film, nothing like you’ve ever seen before — in the same way Let The Right One In was a different kind of vampire film than you’ve ever seen before. After seeing this short film, I definitely was in to see anything Susser was to produce.
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