“Where do we go when we die?” When 3-year-old Bodhi Palmer asks his real-life father and mother (Mark Webber and Teresa Palmer) that question, it seems to denote the start of a profound journey of existential discovery. But in The Place of No Words, that journey takes some unexpected detours that don’t always pan out.
Writer and director Mark Webber casts his own extremely photogenic family in The Place of No Words, a deeply personal exploration of grief and mortality. When young Bodhi asks his father that dreaded question about death, the duo embark on an imagined journey in which they are Vikings exploring a rugged Nordic landscape. But there’s an endearing amateurish quality to The Place of No Words that gives the film an added layer of intimacy, while preventing it from being a truly escapist fantasy.
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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 destroy Turkey and America’s right to a safe space for their denial of the Armenian Genocide, go high concept by killing goats and people, mix fiction and reality inside a cinematic blender, turn 13 and turn to a life of crime, and get the theme song to Bill Nye: The Science Guy stuck in our heads. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 4th, 2016 by Angie Han
One of the stranger films I caught at Sundance this year was Antibirth, a trippy thriller that marks Danny Perez‘s debut feature. Natasha Lyonne stars as Lou, a strung-out, hard-partying veteran who discovers she’s pregnant…despite the fact that she hasn’t had sex in months. And it just gets weirder from there, as Lou sets out to learn what’s really growing inside her. Joining Lou on this bizarre journey are her best friend Sadie (Chloë Sevigny), their drug dealer Gabriel (Mark Webber), and Lorna the conspiracy theorist (Meg Tilly).
Antibirth definitely won’t appeal to everyone, but if you’ve got a taste for whacked-out body horror and a twisted sense of humor, this one might be for you. Watch the Antibirth trailer below.
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Many know Patrick Stewart as the fearless Captain Jean Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation, or as Professor X, the noble mentor and leader of the X-Men. But this spring, we’ll see him in a role unlike any other he’s played before, and it’s pretty terrifying.
Green Room is the next thriller from Blue Ruin director Jeremy Saulnier, and it delivers the intense, brutal and thrilling face-off between a punk band (including Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots) in the wrong place at the wrong time and a group of methodical, calculated neo-Nazis led by none other than Stewart. Watch a new Green Room trailer that teases this suspenseful match-up after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 14th, 2016 by Angie Han
It’s rough out there at the multiplexes right now, unless all you want is to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the eighteenth time, but if you can hang tight for a few more months, some great films are just on the horizon. Like Jeremy Saulnier‘s Green Room. The thriller wowed on the festival circuit last year, and now it’s on its way to a spring release date on the U.S. Watch the first Green Room teaser trailer after the jump.
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You’ve seen Mark Webber on the big screen in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World as Stephen “The Talent” Stills, and in a variety of solid indies like Happy Christmas, For a Good Time Call… and Save the Date. We’ll also see him in Blue Ruin director Jeremy Saulnier’s thriller Green Room, opening at TIFF next month.
But Webber has also gotten behind the camera to make his own indie movies, such as the SXSW Audience Award-winning Explicit Ills, the touching and genuine The End of Love, starring Webber and his real-life toddler son Isaac, and The Ever After, which he made with his wife, actress Teresa Palmer.
Now he’s just successfully Kickstarted a new indie called Flesh and Blood, and Webber provided us at SlashFilm with the exclusive details on this new project, which he sees as the end of a trilogy in bringing parts of his real life to the big screen. Find out more about Mark Webber’s Flesh and Blood below! Read More »
Jeremy Saulnier is putting together the follow-up to his excellent thriller Blue Ruin, and he’s got a cast that makes the film an instant lock to see. Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat and Imogen Poots all star in Green Room, which Saulnier wrote and will direct. But it’s the most recent addition that will probably get your attention. Patrick Stewart has joined the cast to play the leader of a bunch of “white power skinheads.” Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 by Angie Han
Holidays can be a trying time even for the happiest, most well-adjusted of families. When one of the family members is kind of a screw-up, they can be even tougher. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still find some joy in being together.
In the new Happy Christmas trailer, Anna Kendrick plays an irresponsible 20something named Jenny who moves in with her film director brother (Joe Swanberg, who also directed this film), his novelist wife (Melanie Lynskey), and their two-year-old son. Mark Webber stars as the couple’s babysitter/pot dealer, and Lena Dunham as Kendrick’s friend. Hit the jump to watch the first Happy Christmas trailer.
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In the coming weeks, you’re going to be reading a lot about Sundance movies. Many of them will be films you’ve have never heard of and others are things you might get super excited about. But with the huge barrage of new movies being discussed, a few gems are bound to slip through the cracks. Last year, Mark Webber‘s The End of Love was one of those films.
You know Webber. He played Stephen Stills in Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. But instead of focusing on acting, he turned his eye to writing and directing. The End of Love is the intensely personal story of a young man struggling with growing up once the mother of his child passes away. It co-stars Shannyn Sossamon, Michael Cera, Aubrey Plaza, Amanda Seyfried and will hit iTunes January 21 before opening in theaters March 1. Check out the new trailer below. Read More »