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Ira Glass thinks it’s crazy for anyone to make a film. Ever.
But when his “This American Life” contributor Mike Birbiglia wanted to follow their 2012 collaboration “Sleepwalk with Me” with a film about an improv comedy troupe, Glass went along for another ride.
“It’s very hard for anybody who tries to make things for a living,” Glass said in our video interview at SXSW the morning after the film’s rousing premiere. “It’s hard to make anything that’s good… It struck me even more this time how many things have to go right, in every scene, every sound cue, it’s almost like every minute of the film is another 15 things that you can screw up.”
But Birbiglia, who learned a lot writing, directing, starring, and releasing “Sleepwalk with Me,” was up for the challenge. “It’s like nine art forms — you’ve got photography, acting, »
- Anne Thompson
Born to Be Blue, 2015.
Directed by Robert Budreau.
The career of jazz musician Chet Baker (Ethan Hawke) looks to be over. He’s addicted to cocaine and a savage beating makes playing the trumpet almost impossible. But he’s determined to get back to the top.
A second jazz movie in just three months. First it was Don Cheadle’s personal project, Miles Ahead. Now the spotlight switches to his contemporary, Chet Baker, in Born to Be Blue, and it’s easy enough to draw a few parallels.
Both films are named after famous tracks from the musicians and Davis (Kedar Brown) puts in a handful of appearances in the Baker movie. More significantly, both titles trace their proverbial wilderness years, when they separately dropped off the music radar, and there’s some similarities in the approaches taken by their respective directors, »
- Freda Cooper
Don Cheadle’s “Miles Ahead” follows legendary trumpeter, bandleader, and composer Miles Davis (played by Cheadle himself), one of 20th century music’s creative geniuses. In the midst of a prolific career, Davis disappears from public view in the late 1970’s. Living in isolation, he struggles with chronic pain from a deteriorating hip, a voice inhibited by drugs and alcohol, and traumatic memories from his troubled past. One day, music reporter Dave Braden (Ewan McGregor) forces his way into Davis’ house and the two men embark on an adventure to recover a stolen tape recording of Davis’ most recent compositions. The film also stars Emayatzy Corinealdi (“Middle of Nowhere”), Michael Stuhlbarg (“A Serious Man”) Keith Stanfield (“Selma”), Austin Lyon (“The Diary of a Teenage Girl”), and more. Watch an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette from the film below that discusses Cheadle’s commitment to the role.
Read More: Review: Don Cheadle Strives »
- Vikram Murthi
This time on the Newsstand, Ryan is joined by Scott Nye and Arik Devens to discuss the October line-up announcement from the Criterion Collection, the forthcoming theatrical release of Tampopo from Janus Films, and a few other news items.
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Misc Links The October 2016 Criterion Collection Line-up Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) A 3D Look at the Trilogía de Guillermo Del Toro… Trilogía de Guillermo del Toro Guy Davis Artworks Vania Zouravliov – Mondo A closer look at Vania Zouravliov’s artwork for… Vania Zouravliov Boyhood (2014) What About That Criterion Release? Paramount Snaps Up Home Video Rights To Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ Boyhood: Twelve Years on Film Short Cuts (1993) The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978) F Ron Miller Design Il Cinema Ritrovato 2016 | Keyframe The Executioner (1963) Brian Stauffer | illustration + animation Tampopo Ryan Gallagher on Twitter: “It sounds like we might be »
- Ryan Gallagher
October’s slate of new beloved films that are joining The Criterion Collection are quite impressive. Guillermo del Toro is at the center of the exciting catalogue with a new stand-alone edition of the Oscar-winning fantasy epic “Pan’s Labyrinth.” It also features an exclusive set, available in both a DVD edition and a beautifully designed Blu-ray box, that includes a deluxe hardcover book with the helmer’s trilogy of haunting Spanish-language films: “Cronos,” “The Devil’s Backbone,” and “Pan’s Labyrinth.”
To preorder limited version go to https://t.co/Rkppr37qW4 … pic.twitter.com/RKrQya9PrH
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) July 16, 2016
Read More: ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ Criterion Collection Artwork Revealed As Guillermo del Toro Debuts Evocative Cover
Two European masterpieces are also making their long-awaited entry into the collection. »
- Liz Calvario
They may have been long-rumored — or even confirmed by the director himself — but two of the most acclaimed features of the century thus far are coming to The Criterion Collection this October. They’ve announced today that Guillermo del Toro‘s Pan’s Labyrinth will get a release (along with a trilogy box set of his earlier films) and Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood will be arriving, The Tree of Wooden Clogs by Ermanno Olmi, Luis García Berlanga‘s The Executioner, along with a Blu-ray upgrade of Robert Altman‘s Short Cuts.
The Boyhood release, Linklater and cast & crew have recorded a brand new audio commentary which will be on the disc, along with a documentary, and more. For Pan’s, there’s new interviews with the director, and for The Executioner, there’s a Pedro Almodóvar interview. Check out the full line-up below and click each title for more details. »
- Jordan Raup
Some baseball stories are exciting even to non-fans, and in theory, “Undrafted” should be one of them. Over 30 years ago, writer (and fantasy baseball pioneer) Daniel Okrent used a 1982 regular season Milwaukee Brewers/Baltimore Orioles game as the basis for “Nine Innings.” From the perspective of an outsider, the book offered one of the purest glimpses at the details that make the sport a rewarding watch. What Okrent did in 288 pages, writer-director Joe Mazzello tries unsuccessfully to do in 105 minutes with his new film “Undrafted.” From a inspired-by-a-true-story premise, “Undrafted” takes that one-game premise inside the dugout, watching a team of hapless amateurs stare down a crucial league playoff matchup in the wake of learning that their best player was overlooked at the Mlb Draft.
“Team” is a loose term here, as the dozen players and their accompanying, overriding personalities never really seem like a cohesive group. There are the standouts: Philip Winchester as Fotch, »
- Steve Greene
Richard Linklater's Everybody Wants Some!!, the spiritual successor to Dazed and Confused, has recently made its home video debut on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD courtesy of Paramount Home Entertainment. We've teamed up with Paramount to help spread the word about this funny flick set in the 1980's with a great giveaway you won't want to miss.
Three lucky readers will each take home a copy of Everybody Wants Some!! on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD combo pack in this giveaway. Take your chance at winning one by submitting the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.
You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to enter.
On July 15, 1996, IndieWire launched as an e-mail newsletter providing “the daily news service for independent film.” (See the first newsletter here.) The original iteration of the site was the brainchild of Cheri Barner, Eugene Hernandez and Mark Rabinowitz, three recent college students obsessed with the movies. In the ensuing years, IndieWire grew and changed hands many times over. Barner now works as a talent manager in Los Angeles, Hernandez is the deputy director of the Film Society Lincoln Center, and Rabinowitz is a freelance publicist, consultant and programmer.
But they have remained a part of our close-knit community. As IndieWire arrives at its 20th anniversary, the trio gathered together for their first joint interview to recall the early days of IndieWire — as well as the thriving American independent film scene that inspired the publication.
Eugene Hernandez: IndieWire was an outgrowth of something that Mark, Cheri and I had started in 1995. At the time, »
- Eric Kohn
For all of you high school seniors out there enjoying the lazy, hazy days of summer, I’ve got some bad news for you — your first year of college or university is just around the corner. I know you don’t want to hear it, but soon you’ll be facing the challenges of a new school, […]
The post Contest: Win Richard Linklater’s ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ On Blu-ray appeared first on The Playlist. »
- Edward Davis
One of the elements missing from both Man Of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice was Kal-El's alter ego Clark Kent. Sure, we saw plenty of Clark growing up in Mos, but once he made his transition into Superman, we only got one fleeting scene with Clark. The two most recent Superman films didn't seem at all interested in "Clark Kent As An Alter Ego." In fact, for all intents and purposes, they killed off Clark Kent in BvS- meaning that when Superman is resurrected in Justice League, he'll never have to don the glasses again.
In the books, Clark went missing after the Superman/Doomsday battle. In Batman V Superman, he died. Complete with a funeral service and burial in Smallville. So that's that, it seems.
But fans that actually see the value in Kal-El having a dual role, have something to excited about. When the Man of Steel »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.
Belladonna of Sadness (Eiichi Yamamoto)
It all begins with Once Upon a Time. Such a simple introduction for Belladonna of Sadness, a 1973 Japanese animated feature whose newfound legacy includes a decades-long disappearance, a dramatic re-emergence, and a growing reputation as a frenzied, pornographic freakout. The final entry in anime elder statesman Osamu Tezuka‘s erotic Animerama trilogy has remained largely unknown to even the most die-hard cult cinephiles, a fate determined after its commercial failure bankrupted Tezuka’s production company, »
- The Film Stage
This Week in New DVD ReleasesBelladonna of Sadness Brings Tragic Beauty and a Call for Sacrifice to Home VideoPick of the WeekBelladonna of Sadness
What is it? Jeanne and Jean are a young couple in love, but after their fairy tale wedding the pair are brought before the local lord to make an offering. He forces himself on her instead before sharing her with his court, and when even her new husband turns his back on her she finds pained, messy comfort with a devil-sent imp who offers to help in exchange for her soul.
Why buy it? Eiichi Yamamoto’s early ’70s slice of psychedelia, erotica, and still-relevant commentary is a beautifully disturbing descent into our shared history of sexual violence, oppression, and the abuse of authority. If it sounds heavy, well, it is — it’s also extremely graphic with watercolor frames and hand-drawn animation that capture the atrocities with gorgeously imaginative imagery. It »
- Rob Hunter
How many times have you come out of a theater after seeing a great movie and said,”oh I want to see that again!?” We all have our favorites that we return to time and time again. Friday night always seems the perfect time too. You’re relaxing after a week of school, activities and work and you unwind with a comfortable favorite film.
Wamg has our own personal favs. You’ll find blockbusters on our list…just because it invokes the fun memories of seeing it for the first time in the theater…with friends/family…then non-stop gabbing about wanting to see it again.
Looking for the perfect movie for a Friday Night? Check out our list below!
Meatballs Four words – “It Just Doesn’t Matter!”
- Movie Geeks
How do you make a portrait of an empty-headed young man at the most empty-headed moment of his life not feel like a film that has similarly little on its mind? At 28, Estonian first-time feature director Triin Ruumet attempts to meet this challenge with “The Days That Confused,” a woozy take on the one-last-summer-of-youth narrative, set with interesting specificity in small-town Estonia in the 1990s. She is only partially successful — all the directorial flourishes, period detail and recurring motifs in the world can’t quite conceal the thinness of this predictable story — but there are moments when “The Days That Confused” does earn its punny English title, if only ironically.
Whereas the 1993 Richard Linklater classic it evokes has a palpable fondness for the moment it enshrined, just before the future, with all its possibilities, begins, Ruumet’s film is much less nostalgic. It’s sun-drenched and occasionally hedonistic, but “The »
- Jessica Kiang
Seeing a movie is usually a pretty safe bet for a first date. But what about the people in the movie that are going on dates themselves? They’re either having the best date of their lives or the worst, so your own date will almost definitely lie somewhere in the middle.
This week, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates hits big screens, and Zac Efron and Adam DeVine get in over their heads with their own bad dates. Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza also star as the women that respond to an online ad looking for wedding dates. Needless to say, this movie looks like it will go down in the worst movie dates hall of fame. Check out the list below!
Good: Before Sunrise (1995)
- Sasha James and Amanda Wood
Adrian’s wife, Eva, appears to be the only woman who doesn’t want to have sex with him. Working as a waiter at a beautiful Italian beach resort, Adrian (Alexandru Potaceanu) is surprised to discover that the air grows thick when he tells his boss that he wants some time off in order to visit his spouse and their son, whom he hasn’t seen in a year. His employer is resentful — burned too many times by migrant workers who have promised to return only to leave her in the lurch — but she also appears to feel rejected. On the long bus back towards Bucharest, there’s an encounter with another passenger, a girl whose overture towards Adrian is so subtle that it makes the gestures in “Carol” seem virtually pornographic by comparison.
When he arrives in Romania, however, he finds that Eva (Ada Condeescu) is cold and distant »
- David Ehrlich
Just a couple of days ago, we posted an article that listed the films that had let us down in 2016. With exactly six months of the year gone so far, there had been far to many, however, not ones to focus on the negative, we have now decided the balance the argument and take a look at the polar opposite – the films that actually delighted us this year.
We’re going to start by saying that this list is purely compiled from movies that have been released in cinemas in the first six months of the year – any film that we’ve seen and may have liked that haven’t made it to multiplexes as yet (for example, most of the flicks that we’ve seen at the big festivals we’ve covered), won’t be listed here. However, we will start by listing some flicks that are due out »
- Paul Heath
Not nearly enough people saw Richard Linklater‘s Everybody Wants Some!! It’s another great hangout movie from Linklater, and it’ll likely age well and catch on more with time. Linklater has made a few movies that didn’t click with audiences right away, but like his financial hits, they’ve so far proven to have a staying power. The 55-year-old, […]
The post ‘Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny’ Trailer: The Director Reflects on His Past Work appeared first on /Film. »
- Jack Giroux
The maestro behind Dazed and Confused, Boyhood, and the Before Trilogy had humble begins before he was swept up into the world of film. Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny, which has just received its first trailer, explores Linklater’s early life as he began making movies, showing patience and care as he crafted his first feature, Slacker. From there, Dazed and Confused would make a name for the Texas boy with big ambitions, sending him on a path that would make him one of the great American directors. The trailer shows the documentary’s up-close nature with Linklater himself going through old journals and discussing his long and acclaimed career.
We said in our review, “Borrowing its title from the opening moments of his Waking Life — a film that itself represented a rebirth for the Austin-based filmmaker following his second studio feature The Newton Boys — and combining behind-the-scenes footage »
- Mike Mazzanti
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