Sundance 2022 details

After an extremely weird year of cancellations, adaptations, and virtual film festivals, things appear to be slowly inching back toward “normal” in the United States in the film fest lineup. Fantastic Fest announced today that this year’s event will be held in person in Austin, Texas, while new Sundance 2022 details reveal that next year’s festival will be another hybrid of in-person screenings and virtual ones.
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2021 TCM Classic Film Festival Scorsese

The 2021 TCM Classic Film Festival is being presented virtually on TCM and HBO Max next month, and it will bring with it two new introductions from Martin Scorsese. Scorsese will (virtually) be on hand to introduce both Goodfellas and Mean Streets for the fest, which means we’ll get to hear one of our greatest living filmmakers talk about his filmmaking, and honestly, you can’t beat that, folks. An excerpt from Scorsese’s Goodfellas introduction is available below.

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in the heights early buzz

Lights up on Washington Heights, as Twitter lit up with glowing reactions to In the Heights, director Jon M. Chu‘s highly anticipated feature adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s acclaimed Broadway musical. Some critics got the chance to see In the Heights last year before theaters shut down amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and it seems like others had the chance to see it virtually more recently. But last night’s reactions still seemed to arrive early, considering the film isn’t set to debut in theaters and HBO Max until June.

But shortly after the In the Heights early buzz hit the internet — with many praising the film to be a beautiful love letter to New York City and the movie of the summer — it was announced that the film would make its world premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in special indoor-outdoor screenings held through all five boroughs. See what people have to say about In the Heights ahead of its Tribeca premiere below.

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tcm classic film festival 2021

The TCM Classic Film Festival may be going virtual for a second year in a row, but at least it has Bob Odenkirk doing a table read of Ed Wood’s infamous Plan 9 From Outer Space. The bad-movie-turned-cult-classic is part of the TCM Classic Film Festival 2021 slate, which runs from May 6 to May 9, 2021 on TCM and HBO Max.

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tribeca film festival 2021

Ever since the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hit the U.S. in March, film festivals have gone almost entirely virtual — with all the major North American festivals like SXSW, Sundance, TIFF, and more foregoing the in-person experience in favor of digital ones (minus the occasional drive-in or arthouse theater screening). But with the vaccine rollout at a steady pace and the end of the pandemic in sight, the Tribeca Film Festival is taking the steps to become the first North American film festival to go back to in-person with its upcoming 2021 edition this summer.

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Luchadoras Review

Ciudad Juárez is notorious for its violence, especially against women. In the first four months of 2020, 987 women and young girls were murdered in Mexico. Of those deaths, 308 were categorized as femicide. Directors Paola Calvo and Patrick Jasim shine light on this deadly issue through a sympathetic and empowering lens with their SXSW documentary Luchadoras

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“Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.” Bong Joon Ho’s incredible Golden Globes speech caused a stir in 2020, and yet for many, his words fell on deaf ears. Despite director Bong’s Parasite going on to win Best Picture at the Oscars shortly thereafter – the first time a foreign film has received that award in the Academy’s 92 years of existence – polls still revealed a resistance among Americans to enrich themselves with the task of watching a movie with subtitles. According to an online survey conducted in 2020, 59% of adults in the United States prefer to view a foreign film that is dubbed into English. Dilapidated thinking reigns supreme.

Enter Natalie Morales’ Language Lessons, a charming and engrossing dark comedy about two strangers connecting over a series of online tutorials.

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SXSW 2021 Short Films

The virtual SXSW is over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in on some of the movie action. The folks at Oscilloscope Laboratories and Mailchimp have once again put together a program to #SupportTheShorts, allowing viewers to watch a bunch of SXSW 2021 short films online for free. The shorts include titles like Chuj Boys of Summer (directed by Max Walker-Silverman) and Malignant (directed by Morgan Bond), just to name a few. There are local films from Texas, creepy Midnight titles, documentary shorts, and more.

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Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched Review

Folk horror conjures up many images, both old and new. Pagan rituals, witches, and sprawling landscapes all set the stage for stories that tend to get passed down from generation to generation whether through word of mouth, literature, or film. Director Kier-La Janisse crafts a comprehensive collection and thorough analysis of folk horror films that span back to the early 20th century in her impressive SXSW documentary, Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror.

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Here Before Review

Grief is fickle. Over time, it fluctuates in severity and painful memories can be summoned by anything from a song to revisiting a certain location. An omnipresent shadow of pain, grief is always lingering close by in one form or another. Writer/director Stacey Gregg explores mourning through a mothers perspective in her debut film, Here Before. A psychological thriller of longing and loss, Gregg mixes in supernatural elements that tease the idea of whether or not our loved ones truly ever leave us.

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