The 2017 Sundance Film Festival came and went last month, and some of the /Film crew was up in the mountains to see the latest offerings in independent cinema. Our favorite movie from the festival ended up being The Big Sick, the remarkably true and touching story of how comedian Kumail Nanjiani and producer Emily V. Gordon met and fell in love. The film was picked up by Amazon for distribution in a major $12 million deal, and now The Big Sick release date has finally been set for this summer. Read More »
At the Sundance Film Festival, indie romantic comedies are a dime a dozen, and it takes something really special to make one stand out among the horde of movies playing in Park City, Utah. Thankfully, one of those special movies premiered at the festival this weekend.
The Big Sick tells the story of up and coming Pakistani-American comedian Kumail Nanjiani (who just so happens to be played by the Silicon Valley star of the same name, Kumail Nanjiani), living in Chicago and trying to land a gig at the Montreal Comedy Festival. After one of his sets at a local comedy club, he flirts with a woman named Emily (Zoe Kazan), and what starts as a one night stand eventually turns into real romance, and we all know how that goes. But the true story of how real life comedian Kumail Nanjiani met this woman has quite the curveball, making this one of the most unique and authentic romantic comedies I’ve seen in years.
Read our full The Big Sick review below. Read More »
Bryan Bertino made a memorable debut with his 2008 horror film, The Strangers. There are some genuinely unsettling sequences in that notable box office hit. Then it took six years for us to see another movie from Bertino. His sophomore effort was 2014’s Mockingbird, a found-footage horror movie released on VOD. Unlike his feature debut, Mockingbird didn’t find a large audience, but it also looked like a far less commercial movie. Bertino’s next horror film is The Monster, which stars Zoe Kazan (What If), Ella Ballentine, and The Strangers‘ Scott Speedman.
Below, watch The Monster trailer.
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Actor Paul Dano is gearing up to make his directorial debut. It was announced over the summer the Swiss Army Man star would direct Wildlife, based on Richard Ford‘s coming-of-age novel. Dano co-wrote the adaptation with actress, partner, and screenwriter Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks), but neither of them will star in the film. The stars of Wildlife are Jake Gyllenhaal (Nocturnal Animals) and Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis).
Below, learn more about Paul Dano’s directorial debut.
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Posted on Friday, August 26th, 2016 by Angie Han
NBC’s Parks and Recreation ended at the exact right time, but that doesn’t mean we don’t miss it now that it’s gone. So if you’re still in mourning, you may find some comfort in the new trailer for My Blind Brother. Sophie Goodhart‘s indie drama stars not one, not two, but three former Pawneeans caught in a love triangle. Nick Kroll, the former Douche, gets to play the nice guy this time, while Adam Scott steps up as the douchey one. The two guys play brothers after the same woman, played by Jenny Slate. Watch the My Blind Brother trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 by Angie Han
Director David Gordon Green sure likes to keep us guessing. After a string of studio comedies, followed by a microbudget indie and a couple of dramas, he’s back on screens this fall with the political satire Our Brand Is Crisis. Sandra Bullock leads the cast as Jane, an American political strategist hired to work with a lagging Bolivian presidential candidate (Joachim de Almeida).
Billy Bob Thornton plays Jane’s professional rival. Anthony Mackie, Zoe Kazan, Ann Dowd, and the ubiquitous Scoot McNairy also star. Watch the first Our Brand Is Crisis trailer after the jump.
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We’ve seen Daniel Radcliffe as a hero, we’ve seen him in period pieces, some have even seen him naked on stage. But now the Harry Potter star takes on his most “normal” role to date, as a simple guy trying to win the affections of a girl.
Radcliffe is the star of What If, a romantic comedy directed by Michael Dowse. He plays Wallace, a medical school drop-out who meets a cool girl named Chantry (Zoe Kazan). She lives with her boyfriend (Rafe Spall), which becomes a bit of an issue for Wallace when he realizes he’s in love with her.
What If has a pretty typical set-up to be sure but the cast (which also includes Adam Driver) definitely piques my interest. The film hits U.S. theaters August 1 and you can check out the trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 by Angie Han
You’ve seen the first three minutes and read our review. But if you’re still struggling to make up your mind about whether or not In Your Eyes is worth your $5, the first official trailer should help you make up your mind.
Scripted by Joss Whedon and directed by Brin Hill, the indie romance follows two very attractive strangers on opposite sides of the country. Michael Stahl-David is Dylan, an ex-con trying to make ends meet in New Mexico; Zoe Kazan plays Rebecca, a bored housewife in New England. When they realize they share a psychic link, they strike up a friendship that develops into something more.
Watch the In Your Eyes trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, April 25th, 2014 by Angie Han
Despite hitting it big with the billion-dollar smash The Avengers in 2012, Joss Whedon hasn’t lost his taste for smaller indies. One of his latest in that vein is In Your Eyes, a supernatural romance that Whedon wrote and then handed off to Brin Hill to direct.
The film boasts a juicy premise that seems straight out of Buffy. Michael Stahl-David and Zoe Kazan play two strangers who share an unexplained psychic link. Since childhood, they’ve occasionally been able to experience each other’s senses. When she gets into a sledding accident as a kid, for example, he passes out in a classroom thousands of miles away.
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Avengers: Age of Ultron is currently in production but there’s another new Joss Whedon film now available online. In Your Eyes, a new film written and produced by Whedon, premiered Sunday at the Tribeca Film Festival. Following the screening, Whedon announced the film would immediately be available online to download for $5. It’s a “metaphysical romance” starring Zoe Kazan, Michael Stahl-David and directed by Brin Hill.
Below, watch a video message from the writer/producer and find out how to download the new Joss Whedon film. Read More »