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Set during the 2004 John Kerry presidential campaign, the Meera Menon-written and directed "Farah Goes Bang" follows three young women as they road trip their way through the swing states. It's a sweetly nostalgic period piece/charming road movie, with a healthy dose of coming of age thrown in. The title holds as much humorous double entendre as the rest of the film, which includes Farah's taunting friends shouting puns like, "Get your bush out of office!" As distributor Seed & Spark's first film, "Farah Goes Bang" is already creating quite the stir: It nabbed the inaugural Nora Ephron Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival, which makes it a must-watch. Any film that has a symbolic posthumous stamp of approval from Ephron must be something special. "Farah Goes Bang" will be available on iTunes, Vimeo and other VOD platforms on April 10. Check out the exclusive new trailer and poster below for a sneak peek. »
- Rosie Narasaki
This article was originally published in February 2014. We are rerunning it with Valentine's Day coming up. Twenty-five years ago, When Harry Met Sally revolutionized the romantic comedy. Sure, this film genre had been around since the earliest days of cinema, and had once been the domain of giants like Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch and Stanley Donen. But Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron’s 1989 hit, with its slick, highly quotable back-and-forth between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, as well as its oddly self-reflective quality, felt like something strange and new — the Star Wars of romantic comedies. It wasn’t just a romantic comedy, it was a rom-com. We’ve been living in its wake ever since, and Valentine's Day seemed like a good time to look at the 25 intervening years and pick our favorites.A couple of caveats: We focused only on American and British rom-coms. In part, this was »
- Bilge Ebiri,David Edelstein
On Sunday, Alexandre Desplat won a BAFTA Award and a Grammy, both for “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Next up: the Feb. 22 Oscars, where he is nominated in the musical score category for “Budapest Hotel” and “The Imitation Game.” According to conventional wisdom, this is his year — he’s earned six noms in the past eight years, but no wins yet.
On the other hand, conventional wisdom says that he could cancel himself out. Clearly, conventional wisdom is wrong in one of those cases.
Asked which of the two scores is his favorite, Desplat deadpans, “The Grand Imitation Hotel.”
The composer, reached in Paris, quickly adds that he loves both films, and each presented special challenges and rewards.
“Budapest” features a lot more music in its 100-minute running time, with the mood vacillating among drama, light comedy, fantasy and mittel-European atmosphere. Desplat says, “We needed to find instruments to create a special sound, »
- Tim Gray
By adding time travel and aliens to the mix, the Fxx series might breathe new life into romantic comedy – though realistic female characters would be even more groundbreaking
Last year was a bleak one for TV romcoms. Aside from the love stories that unfolded on New Girl and The Mindy Project (Mindy and Danny forever), A to Z and Manhattan Love Story got the axe only after a few episodes while Selfie was cancelled after only one season. This means networks either need to switch things up, or we viewers prefer dark, brooding dramas over Nora Ephron-inspired material.
As far as I’m concerned, it’s the former – which is exactly why Fxx’s new series, Man Seeking Woman, might actually work. Based on The Last Girlfriend on Earth, a collection of short stories by comic writer Simon Rich, the show follows Josh Greenberg (played by Jay Baruchel), who »
- Anne T Donahue
For as long as I've been writing about movies, I've always arrived at the final day of the year with an itch to point out the greatness of one scene -- a scene I feel is the best New Year's Eve movie scene of all time. And while there's always new ways to write about a scene, I felt the best way to go about it this year is to repost what I wrote after the great and wonderful Nora Ephron passed away in 2012. Hers is a voice that expressed feelings like no other, and this scene not only puts the finishing touches on a fantastic movie about the complexities of the male-female relationship, but it's also a wonderful moment to remember and cherish as we transition to a new year. First, the scene. Below you'll find my thoughts on it from June...
- Erik Davis
5 items from 2015
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