2012 was an incredibly good year at the movies. Looking back at the almost 200 films I saw that were released this calendar year, many were in contention for this list. But in the end, there can be only 10. These ten films, ranked in reverse order, are the ones that most stuck with me during 2012 and will continue to do so in 2013 and beyond. Some were pure jolts of entertainment. Others nestled their way into my brain and made me think for weeks on end. But either way, like most top 10 lists, mine is extremely personal and exceedingly different. From Jump Street to Neo Seoul, check it out below. Read More »
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Editor’s Note: We are republishing Germain’s SXSW review since the film is being released today in New York City and Los Angeles. Click here to find a listing of where the movie will be playing as it expands in the coming weeks.
/Film readers, I owe you an apology. While I saw about 40 movies at Sundance in January, one of the films I regrettably missed was Indie Game: The Movie. That seemingly minor oversight meant for two months, you were likely walking around without the knowledge that directors Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky have made a truly magnificent documentary that you will love.
Focusing on the development of three well-known independent video games (Braid, Fez, Super Meat Boy) the film manages to not only give us a glimpse into the fascinating world of indie game development, it drips with true emotion at every single turn. Call it fanboy nostalgia but Indie Game: The Movie tugs at your heart strings while weaving dramatic stories with precision and vision. It’s a must see. Read more after the jump. Read More »
One of the year’s best documentaries has just been awarded a release date, and thankfully it is right around the corner. Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky‘s Indie Game: The Movie will open in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Phoenix on May 18, then expand to Seattle, Miami and across Canada in the following weeks.
The film premiered at Sundance 2012 and I gave it a rave review at South by Southwest 2012. It focuses on the development of three relatively well-known independent video games (Braid, Fez, Super Meat Boy) and drips with true emotion at every single turn as it provides a window into the fascinating world of indie game creation.
In addition to that limited theatrical release Indie Game will also appear on demand later this summer. See the trailer and specific theater and date info after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
With the exception of True Blood creator Alan Ball’s very serious-sounding Banshee, today’s TV Bits is all about the funny. After the jump:
- Dwight Schrute could leave Dunder Mifflin for Schrute Farms
- Paul Feig will direct Goldie Hawn in HBO’s The Viagra Diaries
- CBS orders a pilot written by and starring Bridesmaids‘ Rebel Wilson
- Alan Ball sells an Amish country-set action drama to Cinemax
- HBO decides to turn Indie Game: The Movie into a half-hour comedy
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Posted on Thursday, December 15th, 2011 by Angie Han
Though I am definitely not a video game aficionado, I am a sucker for candid, insightful tales about the creative process. Which is why, although I’d never even heard of Braid before right now, I’m suddenly very interested in learning the story behind it.
Directed by James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot, Indie Game: The Movie explores the trials and tribulations of independent video game developers as they prepare to launch their games. There’s Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes, who are working on their first Xbox title Super Meat Boy; Phil Fish, who’s finally ready to release his Fez into the world after four years of labor; and Jonathan Blow, whose Braid has become an indie sensation. (I’ve done some research since that last paragraph.)
The film was recently announced as one of the selections for the Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Documentary Competition. Watch the first trailer after the jump.
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