Rosanna Arquette is about to make her first dramatic feature, Hemlock Drive, after making a couple of documentaries. The film is “about an eccentric mother in Connecticut who learns she is dying and brings her three adult children back home for a weekend.” Part of the plot involves the matriarch getting her kids to throw a living funeral, Get Low style, although it sounds like this is meant to be a bit more funny than the climactic scene in that movie.

Now Susan Sarandon is in talks to play the main character, with Adam Brody in talks for one of her kids, and David Arquette negotiating a role as a nearby bar owner. The film, written by Jennifer Carta and Mandy Steckelberg, will shoot in Louisiana in September. [The Wrap]

After the break, Julia Stiles and three more join an indie adaptation of a play, and Justin Long is one of several new additions to an indie with an unfortunate name. Read More »

The European Film Market is getting underway tomorrow in Berlin, and a big pre-emptive buy has been made by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, which partnered with Samuel Goldwyn Films to grab US rights for a Jason Sudeikis comedy called A Good Old Fashioned Orgy. Read More »

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

Eli Craig, director of the acclaimed short film The Tao of Pong, makes his feature directorial debut with the Canadian horror comedy Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, one of the films selected for the Park City at Midnight category of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Co-written by Morgan Jurgenson, the story follows two West Virginian hillbillies who go on vacation to their dilapidated mountain cabin, but their peaceful trip goes horribly awry when a bunch of college kids show up.

Basically, it’s the story of the typical hillbilly horror film told from the other side. And as it turns out, the hillbillys aren’t evil, and are only mistaken as psycho killers through a series of misconstrued circumstances. The film stars Tyler Labine, who most people will recognize from the television series Reaper, alongside Alan Tudyk, who most people will recognize from the television series Firefly. The film co-stars Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss, Brandon Jay McLaren, Christie Laing and Chelan Simmons.

After the jump I’ve included the official sundance synopsis, the film festival poster, rough cut movie trailer, and a batch of production photos.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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TIFF Review: Control Alt Delete

I might have started this review by telling you that Cameron Labine‘s Control Alt Delete is the strangest film I’ve seen all year, if I hadn’t screened a movie about a bunch of high school students who turned a zombie into their personal sex slave earlier in the week (you can read that review here). The official description calls Control Alt Delete “a moody romantic comedy exploring fetishism, addiction and love in the information age.” But really it is a love story of a man, a woman, and a computer.

It is November 1999, just months away from when the new millennium where the Y2K computer glitch might lead to the collapse of civilization. Lewis (Tyler Labine) is a programmer for Millenitech, a consulting company which is hired to retrofix the Y2K problem for various companies. Lewis’ girlfriend discovers a folder full of porn on his computer and dumps him. These are the wonderful days pre-video porn when gif images took a few seconds to load. Lonely Lewis has a crazy idea to drill a hole into his tower so that he can have sex with his computer. At work, a last minute account promotes Lewis to project manager. As the deadline grows near, Lewis becomes stressed and decides to have sex with a computer at work. As accusations begin to fly around the workspace, Lewis asks out the newly hired slightly handicap secretary (Sonja Bennett) for misdirection purposes. But as a relationship between them begins to grow, so does Lewis’ fear that someone will find out about his fetish.

While the office storyline could easily be compared to either Office Space or The Promotion, the relationship story is so completely originally that it defies comparison. Many people might recognize Tyler Labine as the lovable sidekick Bert on the television show Reaper. In Control Alt Delete, Labine takes center stage and out Jack Blacks Jack Black. Sonja Bennett provides a natural cuteness and sarcastic spunk not found in the States, and is a sure bet to break out of the Canadian film scene. My only complaint is that the misusage of tech terminology and incredibly fake computer screens tend to distract from a film which seems primarily directed at tech geeks. And it is a shame, because the film gets some of the inside geek references right.

/Film Rating: 7 out of 10

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