Duck Butter is not a film about a whirlwind lesbian romance — rather, it’s a slow-moving train crash about a relationship that appears doomed from the start. But it’s one that you can’t look away from.
Alia Shawkat stars in and co-writes the Miguel Arteta-directed dramedy about two women who embark on a 24-hour experiment that puts the fast-forward button on their relationship. But the experiment — which involves them having sex every hour — takes a dramatic turn as emotions and unresolved issues come to a head. Duck Butter is a slow-burning drama whose every story movement is deliberate, every long silence is dense with meaning, and every emotion feels explosive. But there’s an unease to watching the film and knowing the inevitable outcome of this romantic experiment: the penny will drop, the love will fail, and the shit will (literally) come out.
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Dan Fogelman has been making audiences cry all the time with his NBC family drama series This Is Us. Now he’s bringing that same level of tearjerking to the big screen with his sophomore directing effort.
Life Itself (not to be confused with the Roger Ebert documentary of the same name) stars Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) and Olivia Wilde (TRON Legacy) in a multi-generational love story that spans decades, not unlike This Is Us. But this one even spans across the globe with every story we see connected by a single event. And if the Life Itself trailer that debuted during the most recent episode of the aforementioned Emmy-nominated show is any indicator, Dan Fogelman will likely yank tears straight from your face. Read More »
Back in 2011, director Drake Doremus made a splash at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with his indie romance Like Crazy, which won the Grand Jury Prize in the U.S. Dramatic category. Since then, his films Breathe In and Equals haven’t really reached the same level of praise. But with his latest work behind the camera that hit the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Doremus makes a valiant, respectable effort in his creation of a new honest portrait of love in the age of Tinder.
Newness focuses on a couple twentysomethings (Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa) who meet through a Tinder-style app called Winx. Both had a couple failed hooks-ups, and they decide to have a late night rendezvous with no strings attached. But after spending some time together, and eventually having sex, they fall for each other. That’s the kind of story that has been used to take up a whole hour and a half story, but for Newness, it’s just the first 15 minutes. For the rest of the movie, Doremus digs a little deeper.
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Victoria started doing the rounds at festivals early this year, and I’ve talked to more and more people who really admire it, and at times even love it, after it plays each successive festival. What’s the big deal? In this case, it’s that the film was captured in one single shot, running over two hours. And, while part of me thinks 2+ hours is a long time to watch a single-take experiment, the rest of me is totally game for it.
Here’s what the distributor is saying as part of the official blurb for the film: “This film is not a movie; it’s not about a bank robbery. It is bank robbery. “Victoria” was shot in one single take. Two hours and eighteen minutes. No cuts. No CGI. No cheap tricks. No expensive ones, either. Just one shot.” Does that work? The new Victoria trailer has the advantage of cuts, so you won’t exactly be able to tell from this footage, but have a look anyway. Read More »
The action film Victoria premiered recently in Berlin and immediately drew attention for being a true single-take project. The film, by director Sebastian Schipper and cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen, won an Outstanding Artistic Contribution Silver Bear, which was handed to Grovelen. While handing over the trophy jury president Darren Aronofsky said “This film rocked my world,” which might be all you need to read.
The film follows a young woman named Victoria (Laia Costa), who is drawn into a late-night escapade with some guys she meets in Berlin, one a romantic interest played by Frederick Lau, the others associates of his. Here’s the first Victoria trailer, which only hints at the action, but shows that Costa and Lau definitely have chemistry together. Read More »