Adam Review - Sundance
There have been plenty of romantic comedies where one of the parties involved pretends to be something they’re not in order to get the object of their affection to fall deeply in love with them. But what we haven’t seen is one of those movies set firmly in the world of the LGBTQ community during the summer of 2006 in New York City. And we especially haven’t seen one where a high school kid falls for a lesbian girl, who assumes he’s a trans boy, and decides to keep up the facade in order to keep the relationship going. That’s where the Sundance selected film Adam comes into play.

If that premise sounds problematic, that’s because it is, and some who encountered Ariel Schrag‘s 2014 book on which it’s based thought the same thing. But in 2018, and in the hands of trans filmmaker Rhys Ernst (Transparent), the film is a lighthearted, funny, and poignant exploration of gender and sexual identity that allows for mistakes to be made and forgiven, all in favor of inclusiveness and love. Read More »

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ZOMBIELAND
The zombie film’s usual affixation to the horror genre has been broken. Even Shaun of the Dead acknowledged the unfortunate realities of a zombie outbreak, and in turn, its latter half yielded numerous intense and teary scenes. Zombieland is the first zombie film to not concern itself with such issues, exclusively embracing the fun side of the apocalypse. There’s an element of wish fulfillment to it, as the young, awkward protagonist finds himself—for the first time ever, and as a direct result of the aforementioned “atrocities”—in a position to lock down some hot poon. And you know, build a meaningful relationship and stuff. Moreover, the characters engage in frequent acts of gift store destruction, mansion plundering, and undead obliteration–all things that, putting aside the likelihood of your whole family being dead and all, would make living in a zombie-infested world pretty damn enjoyable. We may not get to experience the thrill of those experiences for ourselves, but coupled with the film’s energetic and stylish directional flair, it’s a joy to watch.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – Audio commentary with actors Woody Harrelson & Jesse Eisenberg, director Ruben Fleischer, and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, featurettes (“In Search of Zombieland”, “Zombieland is Your Land”), deleted scenes, Visual Effects Progression Scenes, and a Woke Up Dead Episode (“Up and At ‘Em”). Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as a “Beyond the Graveyard” Behind the Scenes Picture-in-Picture Track, and a digital copy of the film.

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Max Mayer’s Adam Movie Trailer

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Fox Searchlight’s big purchase at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival is a wonderful little relationship film called Adam. Searchlight has just released the film’s trailer on Yahoo. Written and directed by television director Max Mayer, Adam tells the story of a lonely 20-something-year-old man (a wonderful performance from Hugh Dancy) living with aspergers syndrome who forms a friendship with a new-ly moved in neighbor named Beth (Rose Byrne). But with Adam’s mental disability, can their friendship develop into more?

At Sundance, I called the film “extremely touching and sweet,” adding that “the film hits all the right notes without crossing the lines of cheesiness.” That said, it might be too middle of the road for some people, especially those who enjoy Fox Searchlight’s more indie/quirky films. Check out the trailer after the jump, and let me know what you think in the comments below.
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I’m still extremely behind on Sundance reviews. After the jump you will find my mini-reviews for Adam, Arlen Faber and Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. Enjoy.

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