Horror fanatics among you might have already heard about Paul Solet’s audacious debut film, Grace, which has been generating obscene amounts of buzz on the festival circuit (screenings of the film have reportedly even resulted in some people fainting). Last night, I saw the film at a packed midnight screening at the Brattle Theater as part of Independent Film Festival Boston and found the overall experience to be exciting and tense. Those of you hankering for a horror film that will make you deeply uncomfortable have a lot to look forward to in this film. While the movie’s theatrical prospects currently remain unclear, I had the privilege to chat with Paul this afternoon about the future DVD release of his film. Look for a brief review of Grace and my full video interview with Paul in the near future. In the meantime, hit the jump for some details that he revealed about the future DVD release for the film.
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Last night I saw Tze Chun’s film, Children of Invention, at IFFBoston. Children of Invention follows the plight of an Asian American family in Boston, grappling with poverty. As the single mother of two children, Elaine Cheng (Cindy Cheung) is forced to resort to some desperate measures in order to provide for Raymond (Michael Chen) and Tina (Crystal Chiu). When Elaine, who’s ever-searching for a way to be financially independent, becomes embroiled in a pyramid scheme that spirals beyond her control, her children are left to fend for themselves.

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We first learned some details about Rian Johnson’s next planned sci-fi film, Looper, back in September. The film’s logline cryptically read, “Looper is set in a present-day world in which a group of hitmen are sent their victims from the future,” although Johnson assured fans that there was much more to the film than that.

I had the opportunity to chat with director Rian Johnson last night at IFFBoston while The Brothers Bloom was screening to a packed theater. My full /Filmcast interview with him (where we discuss symbolism in Bloom, as well as that film’s ending) will be going up on the site shortly, but in the meantime, hit the jump for some details about the next script he’s working on, a sci-fi film called Looper.
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The Somerville Theater is one of the most kickass theaters in Boston. In addition to housing a wonderful, 900-seat auditorium, it typically has an excellent selection of mainstream hits and arthouse classics alike (It’s also one of the only theaters in Massachusetts that’s allowed to sell alcohol). But this week, it will have something else going for it: Along with the Brattle Theater, Coolidge Corner, and Institute of Contemporary Art, the Somerville Theater will be showing a slate of amazing films as part of the Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston). Now in its seventh year, IFFBoston is quickly becoming one of the premiere places to see the best indie films in the country.

You can check out the whole film schedule by going to their website, but suffice it to say that a lot of amazing films are on tap (e.g. 500 Days of Summer, Best Worst Movie, Bronson, Big Fan, In The Loop, The Escapist, We Live in Public, and The Brothers Bloom, the latter of which opened the festival this evening). Over the course of the next week, I’ll be doing my best to bring you reviews of the most-anticipated films, along with some audio interviews with the filmmakers. If you’re going to be in the area and/or catching a few screenings, feel free to let me know at davechensemail(AT)gmail(DOT)com.

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