You’ve got to hand it to Noah Baumbach – it takes a lot a guile to assemble a cast of movie stars for a small indie drama and then start filming without telling anyone, which is the case for his new movie, a seemingly untitled project that is undergoing production in New York City right now. This is par for the course for Baumbach, who has spent the past few years working quickly and quietly, seemingly only pausing to attend the film festivals where his work screens.
Also par for the course for Baumbach is the eclectic cast, which includes Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman, and Emma Thompson.
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Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig seem to have a great working relationship, in addition to their off-screen partnership, and their latest film together, Mistress America, features Gerwig as an unlikely mentor to a hesitant college freshman (Lola Kirke) who is also about to be her stepsister.
“Unlikely,” because despite a seemingly boundless enthusiasm for just about everything, Gerwig’s character almost seems as if she can’t quite get her own life lined up, much less provide direction for anyone else. But there may be more going on with the character than a first impression suggests, in Baumbach’s snappy comedy.
The new Mistress America trailer lights up with Gerwig’s natural charm and Baumbach’s calm directorial hand; check it out below. Read More »
Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig are quietly becoming quite the force of nature. It started with Greenburg, they made magic with Francis Ha and now their latest collaboration, Mistress America, might be the best yet. Gerwig stars as the soon-to-be-step sister of a loney college freshman (Lola Kirke) just looking for a friend. The two hang out, hit it off, but they’re such incredibly different people you never quite know where the film will take you.
After its Sundance premiere, I said this about the movie: “Mistress America is by far Baumbach’s funniest film, anchored by a completely new sort of performance from Gerwig, and blessed with a script so smart and sharp, many of the film’s jokes don’t land for a few seconds because A) you’ve never heard anyone say anything like that and B) it’s just so damn intelligent.”
Now you can see what I mean. The first Mistress America trailer is out. Watch it below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 by Angie Han
What happens when you hit your 40s and realize you still feel “like a child imitating an adult”? Well, if you’re Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts in While We’re Young, you befriend a pair of 25-year-olds (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) and embark on wild adventures like ayahuasca ceremonies and hip-hop dance classes.
Then, not surprisingly, you discover that fulfillment doesn’t lie that way. And also that your arthritis will prevent you from keeping up with your cool young friends. Watch the trailer for Noah Baumbach‘s While We’re Young after the jump.
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Noah Baumbach’s movies have never been easy to describe. Each one blends so many different tones, sensibilities and genres that simply describing his movies as one thing doesn’t work. Calling The Squid and the Whale a family drama doesn’t seem right. Frances Ha isn’t just a coming of age story and Greenberg isn’t just a movie about self-discovery.
That lack of easy categorization is probably the only thing Baumbach’s latest film, Mistress America, shares with the director’s other films. Well, that and his co-writer and star Greta Gerwig. Mistress America is by far Baumbach’s funniest film, anchored by a completely new sort of performance from Gerwig, and blessed with a script so smart and sharp, many of the film’s jokes don’t land for a few seconds because A) you’ve never heard anyone say anything like that and B) it’s just so damn intelligent.
Mistress America had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and you can read the rest of our Mistress America review below. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, December 4th, 2014 by Angie Han
If Noah Baumbach‘s last film, Frances Ha, was a pitch-perfect examination of young adulthood, his next one, While We’re Young, looks like an equally astute look at middle adulthood. Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts star as a 40something married couple who befriend a 20something hipster couple (played by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried). Watch the first While We’re Young trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by Angie Han
Lake Bell‘s debut directorial effort In a World… was a little indie gem, but it looks like she’s got her sights on something a bit higher profile for her follow up. She’s set to helm The Emperor’s Children, based on the 2006 novel by Claire Messud.
Noah Baumbach wrote the script, and Brian Grazer is producing. The plot follows three college friends in New York City around 9/11. Hit the jump for more details.
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End of year lists can be great for highlighting stuff you may have missed, and the annual poll from UK film magazine Sight & Sound, one of the first 2013 year-end lists out of the gate, has a number of films included that are worth tracking down. The magazine polls over 100 “international critics, curators and academics,” taking a top-five list from each. The magazine’s list of top films (with some tied for a couple berths) is generated from those votes.
Documentary The Act of Killing, which follows as men responsible for genocidal killings in Indonesia confront and recreate their crimes as film scenes, took first place by a margin of five votes. Gravity and Blue is the Warmest Colour are the second and third place choices.
The full list is below, complete with trailers for each film, so you can be introduced to whatever films on the list are unfamiliar. Read More »
Noah Baumbach‘s last film, Frances Ha, was shot and finished without many people knowing about it; the director’s involvement was only revealed just before the film premiered at Telluride. He’s currently in production on the film While We’re Young, about which we also know little.
Now it seems like the Greenberg and The Squid and the Whale director is taking a similar approach with another film; the difference is that this is an animated project, for a major studio. Even better, the film, Flawed Dogs, is based on recent work by cartoonist and author Berkley Breathed. The adaptation was announced a couple years ago, but this is the first we’ve heard of Baumbach’s involvement. Read More »