How It Ends review

What would you do if you knew the world was coming to an end? It’s a familiar topic, but co-writers/directors Daryl Wein (Lola Versus, White Rabbit) and Zoe Lister-Jones (Band Aid, The Craft: Legacy) had the unique experience of putting their own spin on that idea during a time when our real world actually felt like it was ending: production on their latest movie took place last year during the pandemic. Intended to be a time capsule of this weird and horrible era, How It Ends is a much funnier and more lighthearted film than those intentions imply, and there’s more going on than just laughs. Underneath all the jokes and humorous moments, the movie is fundamentally about how important it is to love yourself – and about how something so seemingly simple can sometimes be incredibly difficult. Read More »

Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we see an Oscar winner’s latest, enjoy an import that has a style all its own, watch a documentary about M.IA., try and navigate a tricky relationship with our dad, and try and discover our true selves. Read More »

A prim and proper version of Greta Gerwig takes charge this weekend in Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress, but this summer will see a much messier, more uncertain version of Gerwig trying to get her life together in Lola Versus. Directed by Daryl Wein, the comedy centers around a young woman who’s dumped by her fiancee (Joel Kinnaman, The Killing) just weeks before her wedding and subsequently struggles to deal with her newfound singlehood. Hamish Linklater (The Future) and Zoe Lister-Jones (NBC’s Whitney) also star. Watch a new trailer after the jump.

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Oh, look what Bridesmaids has done for Ellie Kemper: it scored her a gig in 21 Jump Street in her time off from The Office. The feature version of the ’80s TV show is shooting now with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as cops undercover in a high school to root out drugs and trouble. Late addition Ellie Kemper will be a love interest: Ms. Griggs, “an annoyingly sincere chemistry teacher who’s attracted to Tatum’s character and surprised when she discovers he’s not a real student.” (Sometimes casting like this is actually set for some time before it hits the trades, so it is possible Ellie Kemper isn’t as late an addition as she appears to be.)

The key point of interest here (for me, at least) continues to be that the Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller wrote and are directing. [Variety]

After the break, Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford is looking like the co-star with Pierce Brosnan in The House Gun, and rapidly rising talent Joel Kinnaman is cast in the Fox Searchlight film Lola Versus, where he’ll dump Greta Gerwig. Read More »

The new version of Arthur didn’t do so well, but co-star Greta Gerwig, who took on the Liza Minelli role, came out of it all more or less untarnished. She has already shot Whit Stillman’s very long in the making Damsels in Distress (fingers really and truly crossed for that to be good), and is now set for a new Fox Searchlight comedy with the intriguing title Lola Versus. (I think I saw that band play once in the ’90s.) And she might have company, in the form of Orlando Bloom, who is evidently making a full return to the screen after a few years away. Read More »

Daryl Wein is a Motherf***er

Fox Searchlight has acquired a comedy pitch titled Motherf***er from actor/writer/director Daryl Wein , who you might remember from the indie Breaking Upwards (which we have profiled on the site in the past). According to Deadline, the film will be scripted by Wein and screenwriting partner/actor Zoe Lister-Jones (Breaking Upwards) and is about:

“a guy who falls in love with a girl. When she brings him home to meet her parents, he falls for his girlfriend’s mom.”

Sounds like it may have the potential to be the indie/politically incorrect version of Meet the Parents. And things seem to be “breaking upwards” for Lister-Jones and Wein, as we learned earlier this week that Searchlight is also in talks to acquire the duo’ other screenplay Lola Versus, with Anne Hathaway possibly attached to star.

SXSW Movie Trailer: Breaking Upwards

The reason why I like the SXSW Film Festival is because it contains a lot of smaller films, movies that speak to people of my generation, and the even more technologically hip generation after mine. SXSW is very much what I imagine Sundance use to be 20 years ago, but if it were set in modern times.

In my review for 500 Days of Summer, I spoke out about the need for a better term for the indie romantic dramedy. It’s been a couple weeks and I still can’t come up with anything worth noting. But it definitely seems clear to me that a new term is needed. Films like 500 Days of Summer, Garden State or Breaking Upwards defy the classification of the normal “romantic comedy”. Not only because they try to do something above and beyond the normal cliche story beats, but because they speak to an entirely different crowd.

Breaking Upwards will play in competition at 2008 SXSW Film Festival and BFI Times London Film Festival. You can watch the trailer for the film after the jump. In an attempt to promote the movie on the interwebs, director Daryl Wein even made a viral rap video featuring /Film favorite and star of Breaking Upwards, Olivia Thirlby (Juno, The Wackness). That’s also included after the jump.

Update: Apparently it was Wein’s first film which premiered at BFI.
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