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Movies This Week: March 27 - April 2, 2015

27 March 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

 

The Austin Film Society really knows the way to my heart. A brand new series begins this evening at the Marchesa called "Perfect Criminals: The '70s French Noir Connection" and you can buy a full series pass or grab individual tickets for the five French crime classics that Afs will be unspooling in the weeks to come. The first selection in the series is 1969's The Sicilian Clan in 35mm. Jean Gabin and Alain Delon star in this jewel heist thriller from director Henri Verneuil and it plays tonight and again on Sunday afternoon.

Also on Sunday, you've got one more chance to catch Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island Of Dr Moreau. I caught this at Fantastic Fest last year and was utterly fascinated by it. It recently had a screening at Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, but now Afs is giving you a great opportunity »

- Matt Shiverdecker

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Cool Videos: David Simon talks The Wire with superfan President Obama

27 March 2015 3:29 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Say what you will about President Barack Obama's policies, but at least the guy has good taste when it comes to film and television. Last year Obama said Richard Linklater's Boyhood was his favorite 2014 movie, and his favorite TV show is the HBO crime drama The Wire. The White House has released a video of President Obama interviewing The Wire creator David Simon. Obama called the show "one of the greatest, not just television shows, but pieces of art in the last »

- Jesse Giroux

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Nickelodeon Reveals Cast for ‘School of Rock’ Series

26 March 2015 10:55 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Nickelodeon is ready to rock.

The kids’ cabler and Paramount Television announced the full cast for the upcoming “School of Rock” series, based on the 2003 Jack Black movie. The TV adaptation is currently in production at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles and is set to premiere this fall.

Ricardo Hurtado, Lance Lim, Aidan Miner, Jade Pettyjohn and Breanna Yde have been cast as the “School of Rock” students, joining Tony Cavalero, who will topline the live-action, musical comedy series, playing musician-turned-substitute teacher Dewey.

The series will follow Dewey, who becomes the most unique and well-liked teacher the students have ever had. Although he has an alternative approach to teaching and could probably learn more from his students about history or math, he uses the language of rock ‘n’ roll to elevate and inspire his class to reach new heights as the band called School of Rock.

Hurtado has been cast as Freddy, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Daily | Lrb, Morris, Baumbach

25 March 2015 8:49 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

In the new issue of the London Review of Books, James Meek takes a long hard look at Mad Men, Adam Shatz reviews Michel Houellebecq's Soumission just as Guillaume Nicloux's The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq opens at New York's Film Forum, and Michael Wood considers David Robert Mitchell's It Follows, which expands this weekend to 1200 theaters. Also: Interviews with Errol Morris, Abel Ferrara and Lisandro Alonso; Keith Phipps on Noah Baumbach; a huge Orson Welles retrospective in Munich; and in Austin, Richard Linklater heads back to the 1980s. » - David Hudson »

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Interview: Spring Directors Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson

24 March 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

I knew I liked the directing team of Moorhead & Benson even before I talked with them. Their new movie Spring blew me away when I saw it at Fantastic Fest in Austin this past September, but when I saw writer and co-director Justin Benson sitting with a coffee mug bearing the face of my long time celebrity crush Eva Green (something he got as a gift from the director of Cockneys Vs. Zombies), I knew this was going to be a good interview. Now with a full cup of coffee in my own mug that sported a silhouette of the Frankenstein creature, Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, and I embarked on a long journey discussing monsters, love, Alan Moore, their upcoming Aleister Crowley film, and riding bikes around Cannes in $25 suits.

 

 

Talk about the process of writing, making, and getting Spring released

Justin Benson: Spring was written while we were mixing our first film Resolution. »

- Michael Haffner

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‘Buzzard’ is an uninspired addition to the man-child genre

23 March 2015 5:34 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Buzzard

Written and directed by Joel Potrykus

USA, 2014

Buzzard, the third film in director Joel Potrykus’ ‘Animal Trilogy’, attempts to be like a low-budget alternative to Fight Club; a rage against the inescapable power of soul-deadening corporations seen through the eyes of one of the system’s former minions. Unfortunately, though, it simply ends up being one of the least inspired entries in the widespread “childish adult” genre, with nothing really insightful to add to it.

Buzzard starts with a close-up of a Nintendo Power Glove on the hand of an unidentified owner (whose head is cut off by the top of the frame) as it is savagely being beaten into submission. Who is this man? And what’s his problem that he would beat up an old Nintendo controller? To answer the first question, that man is Marty Jackitansky (Joshua Burge), a lazy young man who works as a »

- Antonio Guzman

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Daily | Rosenbaum, Scorsese, Glawogger

21 March 2015 10:12 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Jonathan Rosenbaum's posted the introduction to his 2004 book, Essential Cinema: On the Necessity of Film Canons as well as his list of 1,000 Favorites. Also in today's roundup of news and views: The new Film Quarterly features a dossier on Richard Linklater, Cahiers du Cinéma on Martin Scorsese in the 80s, Peter Cowie's memories of François Truffaut, Chris Cagle on Michael Glawogger's Workingman's Death, Jake Cole on Eric Rohmer's The Marquise of O, J. Hoberman on Jean Renoir’s A Day in the Country and Billy Wilder's Kiss Me, Stupid, Artforum and the New York Times on Shirley Yamaguchi and Setsuko Hara—and more. » - David Hudson »

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Daily | Rosenbaum, Scorsese, Glawogger

21 March 2015 10:12 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Jonathan Rosenbaum's posted the introduction to his 2004 book, Essential Cinema: On the Necessity of Film Canons as well as his list of 1,000 Favorites. Also in today's roundup of news and views: The new Film Quarterly features a dossier on Richard Linklater, Cahiers du Cinéma on Martin Scorsese in the 80s, Peter Cowie's memories of François Truffaut, Chris Cagle on Michael Glawogger's Workingman's Death, Jake Cole on Eric Rohmer's The Marquise of O, J. Hoberman on Jean Renoir’s A Day in the Country and Billy Wilder's Kiss Me, Stupid, Artforum and the New York Times on Shirley Yamaguchi and Setsuko Hara—and more. » - David Hudson »

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Movies This Week: March 20-26, 2015

20 March 2015 3:30 PM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

 

Even if you've spent the last week in line for SXSW movies all across town, I'm here to report that there's no rest for the wicked. There are a lot of incredible screenings ahead that you won't want to miss, so buck up! First up, the Violet Crown Cinema has White Haired Witch on deck for Asian Movie Madness on Tuesday night. The movie is sponsored by Well Go USA and Iron Dragon TV and you can grab tickets here. 

Jean Cocteau's 1946 adaptation of Beauty And The Beast screens on Tuesday up at the Austin Film Society Screening Room (1901 E. 51st Street) for Avant Cinema. Richard Linklater returns with the first selection in the "Jewels In The Wasteland II" series, which will find him presenting Jim Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise in 35mm on Wednesday at the Marchesa. You can buy a series pass here to get you into »

- Matt Shiverdecker

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Spring – The Review

20 March 2015 12:54 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Walking into a film completely blind and letting it take you to a new and foreign place is always an exciting and refreshing experience. Rarely do you have that luxury with social media and modern marketing. I knew nothing before seeing the new film from Moorhead & Benson (Resolution) last fall when it screened at Fantastic Fest. Spring took me on a journey, but more importantly, this film about personal discoveries and being reborn anew is a filmic journey that demands to be taken again and again – which is exactly what I did since it’s now getting an official release.

Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) embodies a Charles Bukowski lost soul drifter. He’s constantly at odds with himself and rarely is seen without a cigarette, booze, or other drug in his hand. When the opportunity is available, he pines for the comfort of a woman in his dazed and confused state. »

- Michael Haffner

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Review: Spring

20 March 2015 12:33 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Every year, a select few films are able to do what most filmmakers aspire to: transcend the genre the film would typically fall into and become something else, something greater. These films not only entertain us (as they should), but invoke an emotional response for one reason or another. Maybe the viewer has gone through losing a loved one and felt themselves falling deeper into self destruction. Maybe we as viewers have felt that spark of knowing that we’ve met “the one”, but have been faced with an monumental task of looking past anything negative about them and seeing them for who (or in this case what) they are. Regardless, when one of those films arrive, it’s a reason to celebrate and do your best to champion them. Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead’s Spring is just that kind of a film, a beautifully haunting look at seeing past »

- Jerry Smith

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Spring Review

20 March 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

This review was originally published during Fantastic Fest 2014.

Since festival audiences have already exhausted the “Spring is like…” comments over every form of social media (Spring is like Before Sunrise meets H.P. Lovecraft, for example), I’ll just plainly say that Spring is romantically horrific bliss, achieving perfection through tragedy and soul. Is there a subgenre of horror equatable to the “Mumblecore” scene yet? If not, filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead have pioneered it, throwing together a loving tale that’s aided by a creature-feature subplot akin to a Troma production on super-steroids.

There’s something so primal and affectionate about Spring. It strikes an honesty that’s notably reminiscent to Richard Linklater’s or Joe Swanberg’s crowning work. It’s the most regal of Shakespearean epics meets the most sinister Joe Dante feverdream, striking a wealth of emotional riches while also utilizing beastly effects reminiscent of Landis »

- Matt Donato

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SXSW Film Review: ‘Petting Zoo’

20 March 2015 9:51 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When you imagine growing up in Texas, there’s the idealized Terrence Malick version of things, as seen in “The Tree of Life,” and there’s the casual, down-to-earth sort captured by Richard Linklater in such pics as “Dazed and Confused” and “Boyhood.” But for the truest depiction of how it feels to come of age in the Lone Star state, look no farther than Micah Magee’s “Petting Zoo,” a piercingly authentic, diamond-in-the-rough debut inspired by its director’s San Antonio upbringing, shaped by her personal experience with unplanned pregnancy and rendered poignant by whatever distance she’s since managed to put between herself and those teenage memories. Following screenings in Berlin and SXSW, Magee’s all-American indie is well poised for acquisition and further festival interest on both sides of the Atlantic — no small feat for a starless first feature.

Neither as witty as Juno nor as woebegone as Precious, »

- Peter Debruge

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‘Dazed and Confused’ Live Read: Nostalgia and Novelty Provide a New Look at Classic Characters

20 March 2015 9:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The great thing about Dazed and Confused? I get older and it stays the same age. Twenty-two years after Richard Linklater‘s ’70s slice of life film hit theaters, listening to it read by a group of actors still feels as poignant and relevant as ever. Maybe the music and references have changed a bit but a teenager’s insecurities, rebellious […]

The post ‘Dazed and Confused’ Live Read: Nostalgia and Novelty Provide a New Look at Classic Characters appeared first on /Film. »

- Germain Lussier

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'Ned Rifle' (2015) Movie Review

20 March 2015 8:15 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I have never seen a film by Hal Hartley. He's a filmmaker who has been maneuvering around the independent film scene for decades, and he's just a blind spot for me. Consequently, I've never seen the previous two entries to the trilogy Ned Rifle serves to conclude, those being 1997's Henry Fool and 2006's Fay Grim. In a way it seems he's taking a page from Richard Linklater's Before series and releasing a new entry every nine years. If this film did anything, it made me interested in checking out Hartley's other films, particularly the two I mentioned, but despite my enjoyment of hearing this deadpan dialogue excellently delivered (mostly) by a talented ensemble of actors, the film is so dry it made it difficult to connect with some of its characters, mainly the titular lead. Ned Grim (Liam Aiken) has taken up the persona "Ned Rifle", and has »

- Mike Shutt

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Interview: Director Pierre Morel on Sean Penn, Liam Neeson & His Latest ‘The Gunman’

20 March 2015 8:10 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – There were basically two careers for Pierre Morel, before he directed the mega-hit “Taken,” starring Liam Neeson, and afterward. The French-born cinematographer, camera operator and now director is releasing “The Gunman,” an action film that stars Sean Penn. Like “Taken,” the motivations for the action are based in the real world, and “The Gunman” travels to Africa, London and Barcelona on his way to redeeming his soul.

Morel has had an adventurous career, in both European cinema and in notable films, beginning with his days as a camera operator on “The Truth about Charlie” (2002), “The Dreamers” (2003) and “Before Sunset” (2004). He was the cinematographer on “The Transporter” (2002) and Director of Photography on “Love and Other Disasters” (2006). His breakthrough came in 2008, when he directed “Taken.” The film resonated with audiences, and allowed his career to move into a new direction.

Man of Action: Sean Penn in ‘The Gunman,’ Directed by »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves teaming up with 'Girl Walks Home Alone at Night' director

19 March 2015 10:24 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Jim Carrey and Keanu Reeves have both dipped their toes into the indie world throughout their careers, but it's been quite awhile since they were involved with a project that has as much advance buzz as "The Bad Batch" does. The Annapurna Pictures and Vice project is acclaimed filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour's follow up to "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" and is described as a dystopian love story set in Texas.  According to Deadline, while Diego Luna and Suki Waterhouse ("Insurgent") are on board as the film's leads, Carrey is set to play The Hermit, Reeves will portray The Dream and Jason Momoa will bring someone called Miami Man to life.  Extrapolate from those character names what you can. Production on the project will begin next month in Texas with Annapurna taking bids for global rights at the Cannes Film Festival.  And, yes, that sort of timeline »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Guillermo del Toro to be honoured at San Francisco

19 March 2015 2:59 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Film-maker to receive Irving M. Levin Directing Award at upcoming edition of festival.

Guillermo del Toro will receive this year’s Irving M. Levin Directing Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

The Mexican film-maker will be presented with the award at the San Francisco Film Society (Sffs) Awards Night on April 27, and will also be honoured at An Evening with Guillermo del Toro on April 25 with an onstage interview and a screening of The Devil’s Backbone.

Noah Cowan, executive director of Sffs, commented: “This award is a tribute to his boundless imagination and to his deep understanding of cinema history. Del Toro is both a great teacher and a boisterous communicator of why movies matter; we are going to have a very fun night with him here indeed.”

Made possible by Irving’s son and current Sffs board member Fred M. Levin and his wife Nancy Livingston, the award was »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Guillermo del Toro to Be Honored by San Francisco Film Festival

19 March 2015 12:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The San Francisco Film Society has selected Guillermo del Toro as the recipient of its Irving M. Levin directing award.

The trophy will be presented to del Toro at the San Francisco Film Festival’s awards night April 27 at the Armory. He will also be honored at “An Evening With Guillermo del Toro” on April 25 at the Castro Theatre with an interview, selection of clips, a sneak peek at upcoming projects and a screening of “The Devil’s Backbone.”

Guillermo del Toro’s remarkable ability to shift between intimate political drama and blockbuster action is shared with only a very few select filmmakers at the top of the field,” said Noah Cowan, executive director of the society, in a statement. “This award is a tribute to his boundless imagination and to his deep understanding of cinema history. Del Toro is both a great teacher and a boisterous communicator of why »

- Dave McNary

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Watch: Gorgeous Supercut Puts the First and Final Shots of Movies Side-by-Side

19 March 2015 9:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This surprisingly moving video edit by Jacob T. Swinney places the first and final shots of 55 beautiful films side-by-side. We don't typically realize how symmetrical and similar these first and final images can be, though of course the similarities are purposeful. Other times, when the two shots are strikingly different, the simple contrast depicts the journey a film has taken. The complimentary images from Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," for example, represent an entire lifetime, beginning with young Mason looking up into the sky, and ending with college-age Mason off with a new friend, looking for a brief second directly into the camera.  Many of these first and last shots are iconic. Stanley Kubrick's "2001: a Space Odyssey" opens with a celestial shot of the sun rising above the earth, and ends with a floating fetus. John Ford's "The Searchers" is bookended by two open doorways through which you can see the mountainous western. »

- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold

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