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17 items from 2014


Top 3 Critics’ Picks In Theaters this July: Richard Linklater’s Boyhood

1 July 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

BoyhoodRichard Linklater

Limited Release – July 11th

Distributor: IFC Films

Awards & Fests: It had it’s unofficial premiere at Sundance, official showing in Berlin (Linklater won the Silver Berlin Bear for Best Director) and grabbed prizes at American indie fests SXSW and Seattle.

What the critic’s are saying?: Not counting the presence of Lars Von Trier and/or Whiplash, this decade-plus long film in the making was the buzz title of the festival — chiefly because film history doesn’t have any carbon examples of such a feat. Variety’s Peter Debruge explains that, “Linklater allowed the script to evolve as Coltrane did, which explains why it feels less organized than we might want or expect. Barely finished in time for Sundance (with end credits and music clearances still incomplete), “Boyhood” was conceived as a chance to discover — rather than impose — a fate on Mason’s character.” 

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- Eric Lavallee

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Cannes 2014 Day 1 Recap: Pink, Yellow and Definitely Blue — Grace of Monaco + Jury Duty

14 May 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

At the Cannes Film Festival we rest on the first day, not the seventh day. Traditionally the first Wednesday of the fest sees an onslaught of two types of travellers: film people that are a. recovering from jet lag or b. landing at the Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur. Opening day festivities include: the opening film (we will get to this in a minute), the presentation of the jury to the media (see my recap below) and the start of the Market screenings (peppered around the town’s handful of movie theatres). It’s an ideal way for journos to catch up on select Sundance and Berlin titles they might have missed. Our Blake Williams and Nicholas Bell (who had to deal with unfortunate upgrade and downgrade badge issues) will be venturing into select titles. The badge system here in Cannes is a complex one — all media organizations including the web, »

- Eric Lavallee

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Live from Cannes 2014: Meet Our Cannes Critics’ Panel

14 May 2014 9:10 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Jeez. Time sure does fly by. It’s hard to fathom that we’re now in year number four with our world film critic on the La Croisette gallop poll, which we conveniently refer to simply as: our Cannes Critics’ Panel. I’m proud to say that a good dozen of us have remained a tight bunch. Back in 2011, our critics decided to “vote for Pedro” and La piel que habito over Von Trier, Kaurismäki, Dardennes and Palme d’Or winner Terrence Malick. In 2012, Haneke’s golden Amour won by a nose over 2nd place vote getter Holy Motors while last year’s Blue is the Warmest Color (aka La Vie d’Adèle – Chapitres 1 et 2) was the unanimous pick (and tallied the highest score ever) not only by the Spielberg jury, but our own collective. How will the stars align for the eighteen Palme hopefuls? Where will our set of »

- Eric Lavallee

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2014 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Main Competition, Un Certain Regard & Special Screenings

16 April 2014 5:35 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

With only hours ago before the official selection for the Main Competition is announced, we’ve narrowed our final predictions to the following titles that we’re crystal-balling as the films that will be included on Thierry Fremaux’s highly anticipated list. Despite an obvious drought of Asian auteurs (we’re thinking the rumored frontrunner Takashi Miike won’t be included in tomorrow’s list) who’s to say there won’t be some definite surprises, like Jia Zhang-ke’s A Touch of Sin last year.

Several hopefuls appear not to be ready in time, including Malick, Hsou-hsien, Cristi Puiu, and Innarritu, to name a few. But there does appear to be a high quantity of exciting titles from some of cinema’s leading auteurs. We’re still a bit tentative about whether Xavier Dolan’s latest, Mommy, will get a main competition slot—instead, we’re predicting another surprise, »

- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers

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2014 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: 46th Directors’ Fortnight

16 April 2014 6:05 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Hovering around the twenty-one to twenty-four feature film mark with at least a quarter of those films belonging to first time filmmakers, the Quinzaine des Realisateurs (a.k.a Directors’ Fortnight) has in the past couple of years, counted on a healthy supply of French, Spanish and Belgium produced film items, and has been geared towards the offbeat genre items as with last year’s edition curated by Edouard Waintrop and co. To be unveiled on the 22nd, as we attempted with our Critics’ Week predix, Blake Williams, Nicholas Bell and I (Eric Lavallee) are thinking out loud and hedging our bets on what the section might look like or what the programmers might be looking at for 2014. Here is our predictions overview:

Alleluia

Six years after presenting Vinyan at the Venice Film Festival, Fabrice Du Welz finally returns with potentially not one, but a pair of works for the ’14 campaign. »

- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers

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2014 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: 53rd Critics’ Week

16 April 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

A good four days after all hullabaloo of Thierry Frémaux’s Main Comp plus Un Certain Regard announcement takes hold the film world, it is the programming team lead by Artistic Director Charles Tesson that get to unwrap an approximate baker’s half-dozen gifts of their own. On the 21st, the selections for the 53rd edition of the Critics’ Week will be announced with the closing film to be held back for a later mention, and because our Cannes bound Ioncinema.com team comprised of Blake Williams, Nicholas Bell, and I (Eric Lavallee) are always up for the challenge in prognosticating what is easily the most futile festival guessing game of them all, we’ve gone ahead and listed eight films from first and second time feature filmmaker for the seven plus 2 or 3 special screening slots for the upcoming edition.

If we build off what Tesson et al. programmed in »

- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers

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Most Anticipated Films for 2015: An Overview

24 March 2014 8:15 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Last month, we unveiled our all-encompassing, most anticipated films for the current year in film. Now we peer into a future that is a little past the limits of 2014 thus we find ourselves with a quickie overview of the Top 100 Most Anticipated Films for 2015. Curated by our Nicholas Bell, with a little luck, we might see less than a finger count on one hand sum of films break this year, but for the most part, a good deal of these projects have planned 2014/15 production start dates. Here are 100 projects/filmmakers worth keeping tabs on (picks 100 to 11)

100. The Double Hour – Dir. Joshua Marston

99. Lila & Eve – Dir. Charles Stone III

98. Legacy of Secrecy – Dir. David O. Russell

97. The Theory of Everything – James Marsh

96. Elvis and Nixon – Dir. Liza Johnson

95. Hier – Dir. Balint Kenyeres

94. Timeless – Dir. Vadim Perelman

93. Wonderful Tonight – Dir. Christine Jeffs

92. Rocketman – Dir. Dagur Kari

91. Passengers – Dir. Brian Kirk

90. Sweet Cheeks – Dir. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Black is the New Black; Simien’s “Dear White People” Counts on Two for Theatrical Release

20 March 2014 8:10 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Deemed by our Nicholas Bell as a film that is “both prescient and topical in a refreshing representation of modern day’s evolving prejudices”, we can add Dear White People to the list of Sundance Film Festival items that has landed/announced a deal this week. The Wrap reports that Lionsgate Films and Roadside Attractions are once again combining their efforts — landing North American rights to Justin Simien’s debut.

Gist: Sam becomes president of the all-black residential hall Parker/Armstrong, whose existence is facing extinction in the name of diversification. TV reality show Black Face/White Place smells gold in Sam’s story and decides to follow it, rejecting the proposal of fellow black student Coco Conners, who pitched her show Doing Time at an Ivy League. The clamor over Sam’s rise also becomes a career-defining opportunity for black misfit Lionel Higgins when he is asked to join »

- Eric Lavallee

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A World Full of Hurt: Moniz, St. John & Dratch Join Patrick Wang’s “The Grief of Others”

18 February 2014 8:35 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The indie film world hit pay dirt when Patrick Wang began making the rounds with his debut film gem. Clocking in at almost three hours, In the Family garnered an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature (’12) and was featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s Top 25 list, and now the filmmaker is in the final stages of readying his next project with thesp Trevor St. John returning, Wendy Moniz toplining and Rachel Dratch supporting. Oona Laurence, Jeremy Shinder, Sonya Harum and Mike Faist also join the film. Produced by Wang, Jim Cummings, Erich Lochner, Matt Miller and Ben Wiessner, Variety reports that The Grief of Others is set to begin shooting in April in Nyack, N.Y.

Gist: Based on the novel by Leah Hager Cohen in which a couple’s baby dies 57 hours after his birth and the parents try to return to their previous lives and struggle to regain »

- Eric Lavallee

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Best of Fest: Nicholas’ Top Five Films from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

5 February 2014 12:35 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

#5. Love Is Strange

While I’ve been a fan of Ira Sachs’ work for some time now, I was intrigued to see what he’d do next after his exhausting (and rewarding) 2012 film Keep the Lights On and I was delighted to see such a warm and sharply observed portrait of friends and family that is topical yet reminiscent of cinema greats like Ozu. There’s a shortage of cinematic representations of long term gay relationships, especially if they aren’t played for laughs or bitchy viciousness, and here we have the wonderful Alfred Molina and John Lithgow as a believable and affectionate couple stuck in an unfortunate circumstance. A strong supporting cast and wise script from Mauricio Zacharias are just a few reasons why this should be a title on your radar.

#4. Cold In July

Honestly, I haven’t been a fan of director Jim Mickle’s work. I »

- Nicholas Bell

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Best of Fest: Sundance 2014′s Top 20 New Voices (20-11)

3 February 2014 12:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Commonly known as a lieu that breeds new filmmaking talents, Caitlin Coder, Jordan M. Smith, Nicholas Bell and I had the pleasure of uncovering/discovering a new batch of filmmaker talents (here is last year’s list). Here are our Top 20 New Voices countdown:

#20. Tessa Louise-Salome (Mr. Leos Carax)

Described as a work in progress, documentarian Tessa Louise-Salome continues her fascination with Leos Carax in this debut. A look at the mysterious and alluring director, we are guided through his scant but magnificent filmography with snippets and clips, while she interviews several cast members of his works, including Denis Lavant and Kylie Minogue, as well as Harmony Korine, who had cast Carax in his 2007 film, Mister Lonely. While we never quite get to learn anything more about the man known as Leos Carax, it’s a welcome substitute for the aficionados and fans that wish he would work more frequently. »

- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films of 2014: An Introduction.

2 February 2014 10:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Nicholas Bell and I are slightly obsessive about lists. Best of lists, predictions lists and our favorite manner in which to break in the new year, our Most Anticipated Films list.

So why the first week of Febraury? What gives?

Due to “year end” congestion and Sundance prep work, we’re getting to this a little late. Apologies for my tardiness.

Our countdown begins tomorrow. We’ve sifted through, argued, and purposely ranked 200 of our Most Anticipated Films and no, this is not some entertainment magazine rehashing of every single title that’ll break into theatres – as most of these aren’t yet dated.

Hopefully bringing you the most accurate info possible, we’re going to be unleashing this beast filled with American indie and foreign films upon you the reader in bit sized portions. Enjoy!

More Top 200 Most Anticipated Films of 2014 Top 200 Most Anticipated Films of 2014: An Introduction. »

- Eric Lavallee

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Best of Fest: Sundance 2014′s Top 10 New Faces

30 January 2014 8:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

They range in age, amount of screen time, supporting or principle characters, and have previous (television work, stage and or bit parts in Hollywood/Indiewood productions or next to no film experience at all. In essence these folks have a special gift and have essentially broken out. I had the fortune of having a team of four journalists (Caitlin Coder, Jordan M. Smith, Nicholas Bell and myself) covering the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and when you got a small army covering a major fest it ensures that fine performances from a new crop of acting talents don’t go undetected. Michael B. Jordan, Robin Weigert and Miles Teller (who follows up The Speculator Now with a dramatically and physically charged perf in the marvelous Whiplash) were just some of the new faces included on our top list last year.Worthy mnetions that did not break into our Top 10 include Fishing Without NetsAbdikani Muktar, »

- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers

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Our 2014 Sundance Film Festival Coverage: Reviews & Interviews

28 January 2014 10:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

2014 Sundance Film Festival Coverage: El: Eric Lavallee. Nb: Nicholas Bell. Cc: Caitlin Coder. Js: Jordan M. Smith

Special Screening (1)

Nympho Vol. I – (El: ✮✮✮✮)

U.S. Dramatic Competition (16)

Camp X-Ray – (Nb: ✮✮✮)

Cold in July – (Nb: ✮✮✮ 1/2)

Dear White People – (Nb: ✮✮✮)

Fishing Without Nets – (El: ✮✮✮) + (Js: ✮✮✮) + (Nb: ✮✮✮)

God’s Pocket – (Cc: ✮✮ 1/2)

Happy Christmas – (Cc: ✮✮✮ 1/2) + (Js: ✮✮✮ 1/2) +  (Nb: ✮✮ 1/2)

Hellion – (El: ✮✮) + (Jm: ✮✮✮1/2)

Infinitely Polar Bear – (El: ✮✮✮)

Jamie Marks Is Dead – (El: ✮✮✮) + (Js: ✮1/2) + (Nb: ✮✮ 1/2)

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter – (Js: ✮✮✮ 1/2)

Life After Beth – (El: ✮ 1/2) + (Nb: ✮ )

Low Down – (Cc: ✮✮✮) + (Js: ✮✮✮)

The Skeleton Twins - (Nb: ✮✮✮1/2) +  (El: ✮✮✮1/2) + (Cc: ✮✮✮1/2) (Review)

The Sleepwalker – (El: ✮✮✮ 1/2) + (Js: ✮✮✮1/2) + (Cc: ✮✮✮✮) + (Nb: ✮✮✮)

Song One – (El: ✮✮) + (Js: ✮✮1/2)

Wish I Was Here – (Cc: ✮✮)

U.S. Docu Competition (16)

Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory (Js: ✮✮✮)

All the Beautiful Things

Captivated The Trials of Pamela Smart: (El: ✮✮✮)

The Case Against 8

Cesar’s Last Fast

Dinosaur 13 – (El: ✮✮) + (Js: ✮✮) (Review)

E-team (Js: ✮✮✮)

Fed Up

The Internet’s Own Boy: »

- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers

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2014 Guide to the Sundance Twitterverse

16 January 2014 3:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It’s that time again. The biggest American film festival is upon us, and this year the Ioncinema crew will be descending on Park City with eight feet on the ground and eight eyes on Park City’s various and plentiful screens. Eric Lavallee, Nicholas Bell, Caitlin Coder and I will be covering just about every inch of this year’s festival here at Ioncinema.com, as well as on that ever increasingly vibrant instanews network – Twitter. Be sure to follow @ioncinema and, as stated above, my personal handle @Rectangular_Eye, as we’ll be tweeting throughout the festival with breaking news, reviews, and sightings, all the while trying to keep up with the massive amount of content sure to be coming from this year’s Sundance filmmakers themselves, most of which have their own Twitter accounts and are listed at length below (minus the world & short programs). Whether you »

- Jordan M. Smith

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2014 Sundance “Trading Cards” Series: #4. Mauricio Zacharias (Love is Strange)

14 January 2014 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Nicholas Bell: Name me three of your favorite “2013 discoveries”…

Mauricio Zacharias: Machu Picchu and Pre-Columbian architecture. Brazilian film “O Som Ao Redor” (Neighboring Sounds), about the fears, anxieties and resentments of the new Brazilian middle class. Mad Men season 6 – this TV series keeps inspiring me to explain less, and write more.

Bell: How does your collaboration with the director of your screenplay influence the finished script? For instance, after having written two features for Karim Ainouz and, now, two for Ira Sachs, what changed after the first collaboration that may have made the next project easier (or more difficult?)

Zacharias: Each director has a different approach to collaborating on a script. Some are very hands on, others don’t even want to see any pages until the draft is done. After having collaborated with several directors from different nationalities, I believe that spending time before any word is »

- Nicholas Bell

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Best of 2013: Nicholas Bell’s Top 10 Films (Picks 10 to 6)

31 December 2013 9:01 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Please note, the absence of titles like Spring Breakers, Paradise: Faith, Frances Ha, No, and The Place Beyond the Pines is due to the fact that I saw these in 2012 and considered them as some of the best ‘unreleased’ films of that year. The following ten selections are the best films I saw this year that also made it to theatrical release also this year. Without further ado, here are my Top Ten Films for 2013 commencing with my number 10 pick…:

10. Fruitvale StationRyan Coogler

The only directorial debut on my list, Ryan Coogler, took home the top audience and critic’s prize at Sundance, for his emotional, well played reenactment of the last days in the life of a young man whose life is cut short. Featuring stellar performances from Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, and Melonie Diaz, Coogler’s debut is an engaging and important cinematic achievement, »

- Nicholas Bell

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