Helmut Berger, Actor

It’s that time again. No, we don’t mean Christmas season (though it is that, too), or the annual prestige-pic crush (ditto). We’re talking about year-end top-10 list time. Brace yourselves, because this train’s gonna power through the rest of December and much of January, finally winding down sometime around the Oscars in late February. By that time, we’ll be so sick of ranking things, we’ll probably beg for the sweet mercy of mediocre movies that stand no chance of being on anyone’s list of top 10 anythings.

But that’s later. Right now, we’re still kind of excited to look back at the year that was. One of the first top-10 lists out of the gate, as usual, comes from John Waters, and it’s made up, as usual, of an eclectic mix of offbeat titles. In fact, the most shocking thing about this year’s edition is that it contains not one but two big-budget studio blockbusters.  Read More »

NYFF trailer

In the past couple years the trailer for the New York Film Festival has been a nice little thing to look forward to. Each NYFF trailer is usually very well cut, and also features some glimpse of footage for a film we otherwise haven’t seen yet. This year, that film is Miles Ahead, the Miles Davis biopic directed by and starring Don Cheadle.

This trailer also features Maggie’s Plan by Rebecca Miller, which stars Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, and Julianne Moore; and footage from The Walk, Bridge Of Spies, Steve Jobs, Carol, and quite a few more. There’s even a good bit of footage from Guy Maddin‘s The Forbidden Room. (Hint: the Guy Maddin footage is the most odd-looking stuff.) Read More »

Forbidden Room teaser

Some movies capture imagined lands and dream logic in special and unique ways, and Guy Maddin‘s new film The Forbidden Room is the weirdest dream movie of the year. A labyrinth of interconnected stories, the film constantly shifts from one thing to another, pulling together pulp story prompts and suppressed desires to create a viewing experience that is unlike anything else I’ve seen in a long time.

Now a new Forbidden Room teaser trumpets the film’s huge, impressive cast, which includes Roy Dupuis, Clara Furey, Louis Negin, Udo Kier, Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Rampling, and Victor Andres Turgeon-Trelles. Read More »

The Best Films of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

best of sundance 2015

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival ends Sunday but team /Film is already back in Los Angeles. We were on the ground in Park City for eight days, seeing and reviewing as many movies as possible. While there, our aim is to find the awesome films you’ll want to have on your radar later this year. We think we were successful.

Below, Peter Sciretta, Russ Fischer and I have each ranked every single film we saw. I saw 25, Peter and Russ saw 22. We assigned points to our top films to come up with an overall site ranking. We also came up with a bunch of fun stats to to give you an idea of how huge Sundance is, and how our tastes figure into coverage.

Below, read about the best of Sundance 2015, according to Slashfilm. Read More »