BREAKING MOVIE NEWS
The Sundance film festival is in full swing and with it comes an abundance of films looking for distribution. We’ve already heard great things from critics about James Franco and Zachary Quinto in I Am Michael, Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace in End of the Tour, and the spooky film The Witch. But the biggest news to come out of this festival this year so far centers on Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.
Beneath thick, putrid layers of filth, director David Wnendt has made a compelling and complex portrait of girlhood. I'll step you through the film's grossest moments to illustrate why they matter.
Sundance winds down this weekend, but the distributions deals are heating up as a trio of titles announce their acquisition: Skeleton Twins, Love Is Strange, and The One I Love.
Two of the more recent acquirements involve a highly anticipated follow-up and a directorial debut. Fox Searchlight Pictures has picked up Another Earth director Mike Cahill’s sci-fi drama I Origins, while A24 has snatched up the rights to the offbeat romantic comedy Obvious Child from director Gillian Robespierre. Hooray for indies!
Wish I Was Here tells the story of a thirty-something man who finds himself at a major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his career, and his family. Co-written by Zach and Adam Braff, it stars Braff, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, Joey King and Pierce Gagnon.
In the very first shot of Ass Backwards we meet our lead characters… well, actually, we meet their butts. True to the title, and the movie's spirit of weird women behaving very badly, Ass Backwards opens with its heroines Kate and Chloe squatting to pee outdoors, and it only gets wilder and sillier from there
If you don't recognize the name Kathryn Hahn, you're certain to recognize her. She's worked with pretty much every other funny person working in the last ten years, and usually steals the scenes from under them, in everything from Anchorman to Wanderlust to the last seasons of Girls and Parks and Recreation
When the Sundance Film Festival is happening, it can be nearly impossible to keep track of the films worth looking out for-- even when you're actually there. But now that the dust has settled and Park City has gone back to being a pleasant mountain town, we can finally get a look at the films that made the biggest impact at the festival this year
I was shaking by the end of Fruitvale, holding back tears and alive with anger, the knowledge that it wasn't just a trigger-happy and angry cop that killed Oscar Grant, but an entire culture in which young black men are distrusted and abused and considered expendable
In today's final installment, Halley and her co-star Ryan Spahn share what they learned at the festival, from inappropriate flirting to getting free lattes to Harvey Weinstein showing up at their party. He's Way More Famous Than You was picked up for distribution by Gravitas Ventures
The last film to win both the Audience Award and U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival was Precious in 2009, almost exactly a year before it went on to become a Best Picture Oscar nominee. Now history may be ready to repeat itself, with the intense drama Fruitvale
The Sundance Film Festival is finally coming to a close, with the awards ceremony scheduled for tonight and the closing night film, Ashton Kutcher's jOBS, premiering last night. It's finally come time to start taking stock of what we've seen over these breathless 10 days
For the last decade of his life the public image of Steve Jobs was the same every year: a man standing in front of a large crowd, showing them some incredible piece of technology, and reveling in the massive applause. Ideally in a biopic you're going to see something more, but jOBS starts off with that scene exactly
One of the earliest and most universally well-loved hits at this year's Sundance FIlm Festival was The Spectacular Now, which honestly, we all should have been coming. It's directed by James Ponsoldt, who made last year's very well-liked Smashed, and stars Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller
This week on Operation Kino, we're throwing out the usual format for plenty of reasons-- none of the week's new releases screened in time for us to see them, David is off recovering from surgery, and Katey and Patches are still (yes, still) at the Sundance Film Festival
The action at Sundance is starting to slow down, with most of the big films already premiered and the town clearing out, most journalists eager to get home (or stuck in an iced-over Salt Lake City airport on their way there). But Matt Patches and I remain ever stalwart, ever true, sticking around at this high altitude to bring you the latest
With dark brown contact lenses and a mop of curly hair, plus Ginsberg's signature blocky glasses, Radcliffe slips seamlessly into the role, and offers a stillness and vulnerability that the Harry Potter films simply didn't give him time for
This year, apparently, there's a movie so similar to Little Miss Sunshine that the same studio, Fox Searchlight, was inspired to pull out their biggest checkbook. Jaws dropped here in Park City when the news broke that Searchlight had paid $10 million to acquire The Way Way Back, the light comedy that shares so much DNA with Little Miss Sunshine it's even got Steve Carell and Toni Colette in the cast.
Written by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee, this crime drama begins with a 12-year-old girl in a school uniform walking into a lake with a determined yet resigned expression on her face. From her shivers and the clenching of her fists, it's clear this water is freezing, and as a Good Samaritan rushes in to pull her out, she confirms the lake's chill can kill. But why would this child want to die?
Up at the top of Park City's Main Street, Sundance's younger, funkier cousin has staked its annual claim alongside the larger festival. The Slamdance Film Festival is happening right now, and for an insider look at what it's like to bring your film there-- and how hard you have to work to promote it
48 hours can be a really, really long time at a film festival. You can see as many as 10 movies in that time, and if you're lucky, a lot of them will be so good that you won't want to stop talking about them. So for our first video blog in two days, Matt Patches and I had plenty to talk about
Two years ago Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij took a late premiere slot for their film Sound of My Voice and seemingly took over the Sundance Film Festival overnight. Their low-budget, tightly scripted and mysterious movie was the rare Sundance film that seemed to immediately demand a sequel
As odd as the story can get, it's not at all hard to follow-- replace the pig-and-worm-based conspiracy with some other trauma, like surviving a bus crash, and it's essentially just a story about recovery, albeit one that takes every opportunity to throw the audience off with an unsettling closeup or narrative tangent
Nobody depicts dudes the way Green does, and making his way up from the nadir that was 2011's The Sitter, Green is back in fine and funny form with Prince Avalanche, a story about-- you guessed it-- two guys stuck together. This time they're on the verge of becoming brothers
Sundance Video Blog #4: Paul Rudd In Prince Avalanche, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Directorial Debut, And More
When you're faced with a schedule as massive as varied as Sundance's, sometimes you have to pick which film to see based simply on the name. Whether that's the return of a director you admire or simply a movie star you hope to see in person at the premiere-- hey, that's your call