If you’ve ever taken an introductory psychology class, you’ve probably heard of the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment. The idea behind the experiment was to take student volunteers and put them into a simulated jail where some of the students were made to be prisoners and others were made to be guards. The intention was to study human nature, but those conducting the experiment didn’t realize the humanity part of the experiment would go out the window so quickly.
The aptly titled indie The Stanford Prison Experiment chronicles the results of the test as the unfold, and the result is an unnerving drama that shows you how prison, whether you’re a prisoner or a guard, can change a person entirely.
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Editor’s Note: Below is our review of from the Sundance Film Festival. We’re republishing it now that Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is open in limited release. Find theaters here.
On paper, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl doesn’t seem particularly exciting. An adaptation of a book by Jesse Andrews, it’s the story of a high school senior who is forced to become friends with a school acquaintance who is diagnosed with leukemia.
Interesting, yes but not that exciting. Thankfully, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl isn’t merely on paper. It’s a film — in fact, a film that loves film, celebrates film, and is very much about the medium – with beautiful shot composition, tense long takes and elaborate tracking shots. It tells a touching and incredibly funny story with very realistic, honest characters and enough self-awareness to make it all feel modern. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and adapted by Andrews, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival this weekend. Read our Me and Earl and the Dying Girl review here. Read More »
As good as Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is, it’s hard to put that quality into words. I tried with my Sundance review and I tried again when the first trailer for the film was released. Still, the wonderful mix of humor, sadness, melancholy and cool is something you simply just have to see to understand.
Thanfully, a new Me and Earl and the Dying Girl trailer does a better job of conveying the unique tone of the film than the first trailer, which was already pretty good. The film opens on a limited basis June 12; check out the trailer below along with a few new clips from the Sundance Award-winner. Read More »
Barely Lethal appears to fuse the high school movie with the actions sequences from an espionage thriller. Hailee Steinfeld is the orphaned and highly trained operative who escapes life as an agent in order to experience “normal” teen life. Samuel L. Jackson is the taskmaster who wants her back; Sophie Turner is the rival; and Jessica Alba is the enemy agent who provokes everyone into a frenzy. Check out the new Barely Lethal trailer below. Read More »
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Our favorite film of the Sundance Film Festival is coming out in June and the first trailer has been revealed. The film is Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, and it follows a high school slacker (Thomas Mann) who befriends a classmate (Olivia Cooke) who is dying. But that’s only part of the magic in this movie. Check out the first Me and Earl and the Dying Girl trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, June 28th, 2012 by Angie Han
In the decade or so since he hit Hollywood, Josh Schwartz has become a high-profile name in television. He first gained attention for creating the smash hit The O.C., and followed up that success by co-creating Chuck and Gossip Girl. And now that he’s conquered the small screen, he’s got his sights set on taking over the big one.
Schwartz is making his feature directorial debut with the holiday teen comedy Fun Size, a sort of Adventures in Babysitting with Halloween costumes. Nickelodeon breakout Victoria Justice plays Wren, whose plans to attend a Halloween party are scuttled when her mother (Chelsea Handler) forces her to take her weird little brother Albert (Jackson Nicoll) trick-or-treating.
Her night takes yet another turn for the worse when she loses her little brother, sending her on a frantic search to recover him with the help of her best friend April (Suburgatory‘s Jane Levy). Meanwhile, Albert’s up to his own insane adventures, involving a brokenhearted man and some criminal activity. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Michael Peña has called labor organizer Cesar Chavez his dream role, and now the actor is set to play the part in Chavez, which will be produced and directed by Diego Luna. That’s a great step up from supporting roles in films like Battle: Los Angeles, Tower Heist and The Lincoln Lawyer.
Peña will be joined by America Ferrera as Helen Chavez, and Rosario Dawson as Dolores Huerta. Variety says the film, scripted by Keir Pearson, “depicts Chavez organizing the largest non-violent protest in U.S. history to accomplish his ultimate goal of obtaining basic human rights for over 50,000 farm workers in California.”
Chavez will start shooting in Sonora, Mexico in April. Gael Garcia Bernal and John Malkovich are also among the film’s producers. This is Luna’s second film about a public figure, as his first directorial effort was the documentary J.C. Chavez, about Mexican boxer Julio Cesar Chavez.
After the break, Jennifer Beals produces and stars in a jazz-themed indie called The Lord of Vinyl, and the supernatural YA adaptation Beautiful Creatures gets a little addition from Project X. Read More »
Project X, released last Friday, got some people angry, but Warner Bros. isn’t among those irritated by the teen party movie. The low-budget film is considered a success with $21m earned so far, and the studio and producers Todd Phillips and Joel Silver are already putting together plans for a sequel.
Michael Bacall (story and co-writer on the first movie) is working on a sequel treatment with Matt Drake. They started that work before the film was released, and in the wake of its success are moving forward. Until that’s handed in we’re not likely to get any more info, including whether or not any of the main cast (Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper and Jonathan Brown) will return, or if the sequel would focus on different kids. [THR]
After the break, The Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard talks about a Cloverfield sequel, Rose Byrne pitches Bridesmaids in Space, and Journey 3 director Brad Peyton hints at the film’s scope. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, February 24th, 2012 by Angie Han
Though the Todd Phillips-produced teen comedy Project X has made tons of promises of epic teenage debauchery, there’s only so much you can actually show in a TV spot or green band trailer. To really get an idea of the level of insanity we’re in for, you’ll want to check out the red-band trailer, which offers up much more in the way of cursing, dick jokes, and nudity. Needless to say, it’s highly NSFW. Watch the video after the jump.
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Last year we got a small taste of the party movie Project X, which thanks to the influence of producer Todd Phillips looks like Jackass, The Hangover, Superbad, and the worst nightmares of every parent rolled into one 90-minute extravaganza.
The full theatrical trailer has dropped, and it features a giant ‘X’ worth of promo screening reactions, and many more examples of reality-defying party insanity. Check it out after the jump. Read More »