The dirty secret of culture writers on movie websites is that most of us don’t write lists to irritate people itching for the comments section. We do it to celebrate a big batch of films. I swear. We want to grab our pom poms for these things, especially the underrated work, and “The Underseen Gem” might as well be Bleecker Street‘s motto.
Cheerleading is exactly what this list is meant to do. Maybe it’s in the right qualitative order. Who knows. I simply want to draw attention to a quality distributor that nonetheless doesn’t get the same religiously whispered street cred as A24 or Annapurna. Led by former Focus Features exec Andrew Karpen, Bleecker Street isn’t as experimental as those outfits, but it still releases compelling, rich features for adult audiences. Whenever someone complains that the mid-budget movie is dead, that the ’90s-style era of solid drama is over, I always want to write “Bleecker Street” on a napkin and slap it on their forehead.
So, no clever introduction (most would skip over it to get to the numbers anyway) hyping their dense output in only 3 years. No hiding my purpose here. Everyone reads lists, so maybe this one will get more people watching their movies.
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On Saturday evening, Film Independent revealed the winners for the 2016 Indie Spirit Awards, the much cooler cousin that everyone wishes the Oscars would take some notes from for future reference. Much like last year, one of the Best Picture nominees for the Academy Awards ended up taking the top prize with Spotlight winning Best Feature, not to mention a prize for the film’s director Tom McCarthy, who also got a prize along with Josh Singer for the film’s script. Could that be good news for some Oscar love tomorrow night? Only time will tell.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 by Angie Han
2015’s been a weird year for the movie awards race in some ways. Many of the films assumed to be shoo-ins early on have fallen short of their potential, freeing up the field for smaller, quirkier choices. But the race should come into clearer focus over the coming days, as the major awards start announcing their nominations one by one. Today, the Screen Actors Guild revealed their picks for the 2016 awards in the movie and TV categories. Read the full list of 2016 SAG Awards nominations after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
The Independent Spirit Awards have always been Oscar’s younger, hipper cousin, casting a light on films that don’t always have a shot at the more prestigious end-of-the-year movie awards. This year’s nominations may be one of the strongest line-ups in a long time. There are the films everyone excepted to make a strong showing here, like Carol and Spotlight, but there are also plenty of pleasant surprises, including nominations for Tangerine, It Follows, and Bone Tomahawk. And that’s before you dive into the more niche awards, where gems like Son of Saul and Krisha snagged nominations.
Find the complete list of 2016 Independent Spirit Awards nominations after the jump.
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David, Devindra, and Jeff are joined by Tasha Robinson from Next Picture Show to discuss the brilliance of Amy, the resilience of The Wolfpack, and WTF is Shia Labeouf doing these days? Be sure to check out Tasha’s interview with Crystal Moselle, why modern movies mistreat twists, and Bob Chipman’s review of Spectre.
You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook! And if you like us on Facebook and leave a comment with which movie you’d remake (and why), you will be entered into a drawing to receive The Wolfpack on Blu-Ray.
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Beasts of No Nation isn’t the failure it’s being written off as. Last weekend the film earned only $50,699, in 31 theaters, and the theater average for Beasts of No Nation was $1,635. For an average indie that cost a few million dollars, that’s a disastrous number. But writer/director Cary Fukanaga‘s (True Detective) film isn’t your average indie. And, make no mistake, the film has reached an audience.
Learn more after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, October 12th, 2015 by Angie Han
Netflix is getting one one last trailer for Beasts of No Nation, just days before the film’s online and theatrical debut. Idris Elba and Abraham Attah lead Cary Fukunaga‘s harrowing drama about a child soldier in west Africa, based on the novel by Uzodinma Iweala. Watch the Beasts of No Nation final trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 4th, 2015 by Angie Han
Netflix’s first foray into prestige drama seems to be off to a good start. Beasts of No Nation premiered at the Venice Film Festival earlier this week, immediately attracting high praise for leads Idris Elba and Abraham Attah and director Cary Fukunaga.
Unfortunately, those of us not currently hobnobbing with movie stars on the Lido still have several weeks to go until we’ll get to see it. But in the meantime, Netflix has unleashed the first full-length Beasts of No Nation trailer to whet our appetites. Watch it after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 by Angie Han
Netflix’s first real Oscar campaign begins this week with the world premiere of Beasts of No Nation at the Venice Film Festival. On paper, it sounds strong: Directed by Cary Fukunaga and based on the book by Uzodinma Iweala, the harrowing drama follows the making of an African child soldier (played by newcomer Abraham Attah) in the hands of a charismatic yet monstrous warlord (played by Idris Elba). So how does it play out in practice? Get the Beasts of No Nation early buzz after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, July 30th, 2015 by Angie Han
Cary Fukunaga‘s touch has been sorely missed on True Detective this season, but his fans can rest assured they’ll be seeing more from him in the not-too-distant future. Netflix has just debuted the first promo for Beasts of No Nation, Fukunaga’s intense new war drama.
Based on the novel by Uzodinma Iweala, Beasts of No Nation unfolds during a civil war in an unnamed West African country. A young boy named Agu (Abraham Attah) is torn from his family and forced to join a guerrilla fighter unit. Idris Elba plays the warlord who takes Agu under his wing, and molds him into a soldier. Watch the Beasts of No Nation teaser trailer — and get new theatrical release details — after the jump. Read More »