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On Saturday, the day before the Academy Awards, a very different sort of ceremony is held. Yes, I’m talking about the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which come right before Oscar this weekend. The Spirit Awards often ends up containing my favorite nomination slates, as they reflect a broader sensibility than the Academy. To be fair, it’s also a smaller and more indie sensibility, but that jives with my taste anyway. I think both bodies did excellent work this year, so it’s a pleasure to be covering it all. The Spirit Awards are the focus today though, so lets dive in and try to make some accurate predictions. Here goes nothing… With this particular precursor, there’s zero Oscar impact, due to when balloting occurs, so it’s purely interesting to see how this group feels about the year in film. It’s going to be a battle »
- Joey Magidson
Hyperactive at the best of times, Martha (Anna Kendrick) has gone full-on manic since her latest breakup. She babbles, parties like a monster, cooks everything in sight – and is looking to do something terrible when she meets Francis (Sam Rockwell). To anyone else, Francis’ approach would come across as creepy, but Martha can’t help but be intrigued. They seem a perfect match: she’s bananas, he’s bananas… except he’s also a professional assassin.
However Francis is a hitman with a cause: he kills the people ordering the hits. Just as Martha begins to realize her new beau wasn’t joking when he said he had to step out for a moment to shoot someone, things start heating up for Francis. »
- Phil Wheat
Rob Leane Feb 10, 2017
More often than you might think, scenes that appear in movie trailer don’t turn up in the finished film. This can leave trailer-loving audience members confused as the credits roll, wondering if they dropped off and missed something important.
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A couple of massive movies have done this recently, and the internet has been quick to fill in the blanks with speculation. Fingers have been pointed at tinkering studio bigwigs and extensive reshoots, when the reality is often a little less dramatic: filmmakers always chop some footage in the edit, and they rarely have much involvement in the trailers. »
Twenty-five years after premiering his “Reservoir Dogs” to a mixed reception at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival, Quentin Tarantino returned to Park City on the last weekend of the Sundance Film Festival to screen a new 35mm print of his first feature and to reflect on his roots at the festival. After the film, Tarantino was accompanied onstage by his long-time producer Lawrence Bender and actor Michael Madsen (who played Mr. Blonde), as the three men took part in an eye-opening 50-minute Q&A.
Tarantino’s immediate reflection after having watched the film for the first time in a while was that he was surprised about its 100-minute length. “I can’t believe I made a movie that short,” joked Tarantino, whose last film, “The Hateful Eight,” was over three hours long.
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Although not often associated with the festival proper, »
- Chris O'Falt
Author: Andy Furlong
iBoy the latest Netflix Original film launches globally on the 27th of January. The film based on the young adult novel by Kevin Brooks stars Bill Milner and proves beyond doubt that this talented actor has seamlessly made the transition from child prodigy, to become one of the most promising up and coming movie stars out there.
We caught up with Bill (for the second time in recent months) to talk about iBoy and how he is proud that the film didn’t stray away from tackling the darker issues that affect teenagers nowadays. He also discusses the intensity of working on Steven Knight’s Locke as well as the importance of actors exposing themselves to different types of films and genres.
There are a lot of movies involving super powers out there at the moment, you yourself were involved in the X-Men franchise. What do you »
- Andy Furlong
5 items from 2017
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