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10 items from 2014

2015 Sundance Predictions: Which Film is the Next Whiplash?

19 November 2014 9:45 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen RiverWinter’s Bone, Blue ValentineMartha Marcy May MarleneBeasts of the Southern WildFruitvale Station and Whiplash is fairly consistent in terms of quality. Last year’s crop of sixteen have almost all had their theatrical releases with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter being the last one out of the gates (pegged with an early 2015 release). Last week we individually looked at our top 80 Sundance Film Fest Predictions (you’ll find 30 other titles worth considering in our intro) and below, we’ve split the list into narrative and non-fiction film items and have both identified and color-coded our picks in an AtoZ cheat sheet. You’ll find 2015′s answer to Whiplash located somewhere in the stack below. Click on the individual titles below, for the film’s profile. »

- Eric Lavallee

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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Lyric R. Cabral & David Felix Sutcliffe’s (T)error

14 November 2014 9:15 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

You’d be forgiven for thinking that this is a horror title. It is not. Well, actually it’s horrifying terrain in the docu scheme of things. Profiled couple in Filmmaker Magazine Top 25 New Faces of 2013, Lyric R. Cabral & David Felix Sutcliffe have received a ton of support for (T)Error. The long list includes BBC Storyville, Itvs, The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund Film Grant, Tribeca Film Institute (Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award Winner, 2013), International Documentary Association (Pare Lorentz Grant), Chicken & Egg Pictures, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant, 2013) and finally, they relished in the splendor of the Institute once again with the 2014 Creative Producing Summit, Creative Producing Documentary Lab and June Documentary Edit and Story Lab. A possible thematically linked companion piece to Citizenfour, this should be ready for 2015 – in the mean time, you can read about their filmmaker lab experience here.

Gist: This »

- Eric Lavallee

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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini’s Ten Thousand Saints

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

Who can forget 2003 when filmmaker-duo Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini landed at Sundance with a highly inventive biopic, a seminal film really in the indie film cannon.  Featuring the debatably unlikeable Clevelander Harvey Pekar,  American Splendor moved put the pair on a pedestal, and while they’ve been back to Sundance for The Extra Man (’10), they’ve pretty much stuck to commercial indie items in The Nanny Diaries (07), Cinema Verite – HBO ’11, and Girl Most Likely (aka Imogene) ’12. Starring Asa Butterfield, Ethan Hawke, Hailee Steinfeld, Emile Hirsch, Emily Mortimer and Julianne Nicholson, production began way back at the end of January on Ten Thousand Saints, which comes with a built-in fanbase due to the novel on which it is based on. Should be a high value sales item if included.

Gist: Based on the novel of the same name by Eleanor Henderson, set in the 1980s, a teenager (Asa Butterfield) from »

- Eric Lavallee

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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Sean Baker’s Tangerine

14 November 2014 8:45 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The scrooge in me doesn’t care much for Xmas themed films. But worry not, this Christmas without snow will surely bring out the yuletide spirit. Following Four Letter Words, Take Out, Prince of Broadway and Starlet, on paper, Sean Baker’s fifth feature film promises more of the same: an immersive experience with characters you’d never thought you had a rapport with in a scape you probably didn’t know existed. Think street National Geographic style d examinations of the human condition. A featured Ioncinephile filmmaker, Baker began filming Tangerine very early in the year, and as usual, we find a mix of non-actors (stars newbies Kiki Lee Key and Mya Taylor) with a seasoned pro in James Ransone.

Gist: Co-scripted with Chris Bergoch, this is a rip-roaring journey through various subcultures of Tinseltown on Christmas Eve.

Production Co./Producers: Sean BakerThrough Films’ Marcus and Karrie Cox, »

- Eric Lavallee

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8 great comic book movies with no superheroes in sight

6 March 2014 10:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Comic book movies are often seen as the domain of spandex-clad demigods who battle moustache-twirling villains, but if 300 and Sin City - which both originated on the pages of Frank Miller works - are anything to go by they're not essential to telling a great story.

With sequels to 300 and Sin City incoming, we take a look at 8 great examples of comic book-inspired films with no superheroes in sight.

Sin City (2005)

Co-directed by comic creator Miller and digital filmmaking pioneer Robert Rodriguez, this adaptation stayed faithful to the source material, with the filmmakers shooting actors on green screen and rendering the locations - almost exactly how they appeared on the page - in post-production.

With an all-star cast, ranging from Bruce Willis to Mickey Rourke, and interlocking narratives, this was Pulp Fiction for the comic book movie geek crowd.

Ghost World (2001)

Long before he was jousting with Shia Labeouf, comics »

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Casting Net: Russell Brand in talks for school shooting satire; Plus, Jay Baruchel boards Stephen King film, more

6 February 2014 6:19 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Russell BrandSasha Pieterse (Pretty Little Liars), and Austin Abrams (The InBetweeners) are reportedly in talks to star in Vernon God Little for director Werner Herzog (The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans). Based on Dbc Pierre’s Booker Prize-winning novel, the story is a dark, satirical portrait of a Texas town in the aftermath of a school shooting told from the point of view of its 15-year-old protagonist. [The Wrap]

Jay Baruchel (This Is the End) is set to star in and produce an adaptation of Stephen King’s The Ten O’Clock People. Fright Night’s Tom Holland »

- Lindsey Bahr

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DVD Review: 'Girl Most Likely'

3 February 2014 3:59 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆Largely ignored by cinema audiences both in the UK and across the pond, directing duo Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's Girl Mostly Likely (2012) may also struggle to find adoration on the small screen. Whilst there are occasional moments of fun insight, it largely fails to harness the sharp comedic skills of star Kristen Wiig and suffers from a sketchy and unfocused script. Wiig is Imogene, a struggling writer who is part of an elitist New York literary circle, due largely to her 'connected' boyfriend and (now floundering) writing career. Her life begins to quickly fall apart when she loses both her lover and her job.


- CineVue UK

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Sundance 2014 Has Rare Double Winner; Jolie Executive-Produced Film Wins Top Award

25 January 2014 11:50 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Whiplash’: Sundance Film Festival Awards’ rare double winner (photo: Miles Teller in ‘Whiplash’) Directed by Damien Chazelle — and acquired for domestic distribution by Sony Pictures ClassicsWhiplash won the 2014 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award. The story of a young, ambitious 19-year-old drummer (played by 26-year-old Miles Teller) under the tutelage of a ruthless teacher (J.K. Simmons), Whiplash also features Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser, Austin Stowell, Nate Lang, Chris Mulkey, and Damon Gupton. Whiplash‘s double Sundance Film Festival win is quite rare. Previous such instances in Sundance’s three-decade history include Tony Bui’s Three Seasons in 1999, Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s Quinceañera in 2006, Lee DanielsPrecious in 2009, and Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station last year. Of these, Precious is — somewhat surprisingly — the only Sundance double winner to have succeeded both at the domestic box office and during awards season, »

- Andre Soares

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Ethan Hawke and Asa Butterfield Among ‘Ten Thousand Saints’

15 January 2014 2:31 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Ethan Hawke and Asa Butterfield have been announced as the father/son combo at the heart of Ten Thousand Saints; the upcoming movie from American Splendor directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini.  The story follows teenager Jude (Butterfield) who, after his best friends’ death from a drug overdose, moves in with this hippie father (Hawke) and starts a straight edge lifestyle with the local youth culture.  It is based on the 2011 book of the same name by Eleanor Henderson which has been described as ‘vivid’ and ‘incredibly unforgettable’.

Hailee Steinfeld was confirmed at the end of last year to play Butterfield’s love interest Eliza.  Butterfield and Steinfeld first worked together in Gavin Hood’s Ender’S Game last year and this is their second project together based on a novel.  Alongside Ten Thousand Saints Butterfield will also film King Of The Kastle alongside Clive Owen and Jacki Weaver this year. »

- Victoria Bull

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Coen Brothers' Movie Tops Nsfc Awards; Last Major Critics' Awards of the Season

6 January 2014 4:13 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Joel and Ethan Coen movie ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ tops 2014 National Society of Film Critics Awards (Oscar Isaac in ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’) The National Society of Film Critics is the last major U.S.-based critics’ group to announce their annual winners. This year, their top film was Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis, a comedy-drama about a hapless folk singer. Inside Llewyn Davis also earned honors for the directors, star Oscar Isaac, and cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel. Additionally, the Coen brothers’ film was the runner-up in the Best Screenplay category. Inside Llewyn Davis is the first movie directed by Joel and Ethan Coen to win the top prize at the National Society of Film Critics Awards. Back in early 2008, whereas most critics’ groups — and the Academy Awards — went for the Coen brothers’ No Country for Old Men, the Nsfc selected instead Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood. »

- Steve Montgomery

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