Top 10 Movies of 2016

On occasion, there has been some argument among other film bloggers and journalists on Twitter as to whether this was an awful year for movies or not. When we look at the summer blockbuster season, it was mostly a bust this year. But if you were paying attention for good movies that were playing at the nearest indie theater, or ventured our to catch the lower key releases that only stick around the big multiplexes for a week or two at a time, that’s where the good stuff was.

The year 2016 was a bad one for sequels and reboots, but it was a good one for independent cinema, original science fiction, coming of age drama, family struggle, and incredible musical moments. All of this and more can be found in my personal list of the Top 10 Movies of 2016. But beware of some potential spoilers if you haven’t seen them!. Read More »

the edge of seventeen interview

The Edge of Seventeen is the kind of movie that could change someone’s life. Rarely has a “teen comedy” been so brutally honest and so agonizingly real, portraying the pain of being a young adult with empathy, immediacy, and a wicked sense of humor. In the lead role of Nadine Byrd, Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld crafts one of the great teen antiheroes – you’re always on her side even when she’s making the worst possible decision.

The is a combination of fresh and seasoned talent, with first-time writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig teaming up with veteran producer (and film and television legend) James L. Brooks. To interview them is to discover a duo who are on the same page in the best possible ways, artists concerned with telling honest stories about people who feel real. While the subject at hand is The Edge of Seventeen, we found time to talk about the importance of research, diversity in filmmaking, and the ongoing battle with depression. And yes, I managed to find a way to talk oh-so-briefly about Brooks’ masterpiece Broadcast News.

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Edge of Seventeen Trailer

After making its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival last month, the new coming-of-age comedy The Edge of Seventeen is heading to theaters this fall, and it looks like we could have another future classic on our hands.

The film stars Hailee Steinfeld coming into her formative years, full of hormones and awkward as hell, and just trying to survive high school. That sounds like it could be any old high school comedy, but there appears to be an authenticity and originality to this one that makes it feel superior to the usual movies that fall into this category. Watch the new red band Edge of Seventeen trailer, but beware of some salty language.

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The Edge of Seventeen Trailer

Following her breakthrough performance in True Grit, the future looked promising for young actress Hailee Steinfeld. Since then, she’s taken on a variety of roles ranging from the likes of satisfactory films such as Begin Again and Ender’s Game to more disappointing projects such as Three Days to Kill and Barely Lethal. But she really got a chance to show a different side to herself in Pitch Perfect 2. Now it appears we’ll get to see Steinfeld blossom into a more mature actress.

In what could serve as the spark towards a career that resembles something like the career of Chloe Grace Moretz or Elle Fanning, we have The Edge of Seventeen trailer. The film is produced by James L. Brooks, the producer of films such as Jerry Maguire and the writer/director of Broadcast News, Terms of Endearment and As Good As It Gets, and it looks like an outstanding coming of age story.

Watch The Edge of Seventeen trailer after the jump, but beware it’s a red band trailer with some NSFW language, but no nudity. Read More »