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Rachel Brosnahan may be best known for starring as the title character in The Marvelous Mrs. Maiselbut her latest project shows a very different side of the versatile actress.

Brosnahan stars in I’m Your Woman, a new thriller directed and co-written by Julia Hart that offers a unique take on a familiar cinematic template: what happens to the female characters in a gritty crime drama after they typically disappear from a male-driven plot? The film also serves as Brosnahan’s debut as a feature film producer. We spoke on the phone ahead of the film’s release on Amazon and she told us why she felt this was the right project for her, especially in the wake of her very different work on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

I’m Your Woman isn’t the only Brosnahan project launching this month on Amazon Prime Video. The Emmy winner is also executive producing and appearing in the Yearly Departed comedy special. With her hit streaming series expected to resume production next year, Brosnahan spoke to us not only about her new projects, but the challenges that will come with current shooting protocols.

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I'm Your Woman Director Interview

We’ve seen a number of gritty crime dramas about criminals on the run. But rarely do we see one starring a woman – and a mother, at that. With I’m Your Woman, director Julia Hart turns the entire genre on its head with its focus on the female perspective.

Hart, who frequently co-writes with husband/producer Jordan Horowitz, made her directorial debut with Miss Stevens in 2016. Two years later, Hart followed up with the brilliant Fast Color. This year, Hart directs both Disney+’s Stargirl and Amazon Studios’ I’m Your Woman.

I’m Your Woman, which stars The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel‘s Rachel Brosnahan, is a thriller with a different point of view. Hart, who believes we need original stories told from new perspectives, was inspired by the 1970s thrillers like The Godfather and Thief. The film’s title owes itself to a line that Tuesday Weld tells James Caan in Michael Mann’s Thief. But instead of following the men, Hart wanted to explore what happens to the women when they are no longer on screen.

During the course of our phone conversation, Hart spoke about the writing process behind the film and collaborating with Amazon. The filmmaker also talks about working with Brosnahan, who was producing a film for the first time. Moreover, she speaks about the challenges that come with working on post-production remotely during a pandemic. Hart also opens up on pandemic life in general – both Hart and Horowitz have been able to write two screenplays during the pandemic.

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Extra Ordinary, a blend of low-key supernatural chills and offbeat Irish comedy, is one of the sweetest and funniest movies of the year.

/Film was able to sit down with writer/directors Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman and cast members Will Forte, Maeve Higgins, Barry Ward, and Claudia O’Doherty to discuss the film, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival last year and is finally getting its theatrical release this weekend. We discussed the origins of the film, what other movies inspired it, and yes, we even took a diversion into MacGruber.

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downhill trailer

Filmmakers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash took some time out of their schedule to sit down with /Film for a phone interview to talk about their new film, Downhill.

Downhill premiered at the Eccles Theater during the first weekend of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. The film is the the English-language remake of the Swedish dark comedy Force Majeure. In addition to directing the film, Faxon and Rash co-wrote the script with Jesse Armstrong. Downhill marks their return to Sundance for the first time since premiering The Way, Way Back in 2013.  The duo previously won an Oscar for co-writing The Descendants with Alexander Payne.

Searchlight Pictures will release the film in theaters this weekend.

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The 10 Funniest Performers of the Decade

Funniest Performers of the Decade

(This article is part of our Best of the Decade series.)

Choosing the top ten funniest performers of the 2010s was not easy. If there’s one thing to know about comedy, it’s that it is subjective. What’s funny to one person may not be funny to someone else.

One thing I took into account while making this list is how reliable these performers were over the past decade. Did they have stand-out moments in one film or in multiple films over the years? How should a late bloomer be evaluated? If someone delivered a breakthrough performance late in the decade, should that wipe away someone else if they were consistently reliable for years? These are the questions I pondered.

As this decade comes to an end, one can only hope to see Daniel Craig and Charlize Theron take on more comedic performances. Craig crushed it in both Logan Lucky and Knives Out. While both Young Adult and Tully were more of a dramedy than outright comedies, Theron’s performance in Long Shot shows that she’s ready to be taken seriously as a comedic actress. That being said, if a film otherwise classified as a dramedy was submitted to an awards show as a comedy, I’m counting it as a comedy.

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Whether or not you’re familiar with the name Tracy Letts, there’s a strong chance that you’ve seen him grace the big and small screen over the years. After all, this actor/playwright has been popping up in some of the most critically acclaimed films of recent years.

Letts appeared in Lady Bird and The Post in 2017. He wrote the plays Bug, Killer Joe, and August: Osage County, all of which were adapted for the big screen. On the small screen, Letts appeared in several episodes of Homeland, Divorce, and The Sinner.  And in 2019, you can catch Letts appearing in both Ford v Ferrari and Little Women.

Letts opened up over the phone about his roles in those two 2019 films, what he looks for when reading a screenplay, and his favorite sites in Chicago.

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The past summer has been very tough on comedies, with a number of films failing at the box office after premiering to strong buzz. In a summer where only a handful of major releases truly broke the bank, it’s sign of how the movie landscape has shifted.

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The Art of Self-Defense Interview

During the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, /Film had the opportunity to sit down with writer/director Riley Stearns and cast members Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots, and Alessandro Nivola to discuss the upcoming Bleecker Street release, The Art of Self-Defense.

Given that this funny dark comedy is set in the world of martial arts dojo gyms, it only made sense that the press junket would be held at a dojo gym in Austin. As such, the rules were strict, including no shoes on the mat. Since the film itself is obsessed with the rules and idiosyncrasies of the karate world, it was only appropriate. 

Bleecker Street will open The Art of Self-Defense on July 12, 2019.

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(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: Hollywood needs to get better about transgender representation.)

When the 2019 GLAAD Studio Responsibility Index was released in May 2019, the most disappointing news was that not a single major studio film featured a transgender actor.

While it’s true that there was transgender representation in mid-major releases, the same could not be said of the studios.  The report examines the output of the following studios: 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Studios, and Warner Brothers, and four of their subsidiaries.  Additional distributors include A24, Annapurna Pictures, Bleecker Street, FilmRise, Gunpowder & Sky, IFC Films, Magnolia Pictures, The Orchard, Orion Pictures, Samuel Goldwyn Films, Strand Releasing, and Wolfe Releasing.

While it’s admirable to mention those films from the smaller distributors, their releases just don’t have the reach as the mainstream studio films.  Strangely enough, the blurbs on Annapurna nor Bleecker Street mention the casting of transgender actors in The Sisters Brothers and Colette, respectively.  GLAAD rightly takes Colette to task for the casting of a cisgender woman as a transgender man let alone not using the preferred name.

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Wild Rose Interview

Following last fall’s world premiere at Toronto, Wild Rose made its US premiere this March during SXSW.  The US premiere came on the heels of actress Jessie Buckley being among the five finalists for the BAFTA Rising Star Award.  While she did not win, that’s a name you need to remember.

I sat down to chat with Buckley and director Tom Harper during SXSW to talk about their movie. Now, several months later, Wild Rose has hit theaters. Enjoy our conversation about making this gem of a movie how country music has gotten so popular in Scotland.

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