6 items from 2014
Fred Armisen may have gotten his big break on "Saturday Night Live," but it's his collaboration with fellow comedy genius Carrie Brownstein that has turned IFC's comedy sketch show "Portlandia" into the critically acclaimed hit it's now become. With the fourth season of the Emmy-winning series having premiered last night, co-creators/co-writers/co-stars Armisen and Brownstein recently appeared in New York at the 92nd Street Y to discuss their humorous work and just what exactly they have in store for their audience this season. Here are seven highlights from their discussion: The origin of their partnership. "Originally, Fred had been approached by an organization to do a comedy video for the John Kerry campaign in 2004," Brownstein elaborated. "Fred played Saddam Hussein, and when Saddam Hussein was discovered in the bunker, Fred's idea of what he would look like was like an aging British rock star. And I was this young »
- Ziyad Saadi
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
streaming now, before dvd
Dirty Wars: an infuriating and depressing look at how American foreign policy and warfare have been transformed in highly undemocratic ways, and a reminder of what real journalism looks like [my review] [at Netflix]
new to stream
other great documentaries
Catfish: true-life tragi-dramedy; an exhilarating documentary in its intimacy, its boundary-pushing, its emotional rawness [my review] [at Netflix] Chasing Ice: must-see documentary presenting stark, irrefutable visual evidence of the rapid retreat of Northern Hemisphere glaciers [my review] [at Netflix] Dreams of a Life: powerful documentary about a woman who died alone, her body undiscovered for three years [at Netflix] The House I Live In: cool-headed examination of America’s relationship to illegal drugs ever, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Director: Jesper Gandslant
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Robert Pattinson
His last two oeuvres in the complex, dark The Ape accompanied by the estrogen-filled audit called Blondie demonstrate Jesper Ganslandt’s filmic temperament as one that is both alluring and volatile, so naturally we’re thinking that the Swedish auteur could embed this fact-based thriller with darker shades of the psychosis. We’ve lost track of this project which was have supposed to have begun lensing in January, and with Robert Pattinson in constant flux we imagine that we’ll be getting a news flash update of sorts fairly soon.
- Eric Lavallee
The Coen brothers excel at creating excellent soundtracks for their films. A good soundtrack can be the difference between a scene falling flat or becoming an unforgettable cinematic moment; where would the helicopter scene from Apocalypse Now be without Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries blaring out of the speakers?
Longtime Coen-collaborator Carter Burwell has composed music for almost every one of the brothers’ films and while his work is always good, the Coens really come into their element when they choose pre-existing music for their scores. So well is this music integrated that you forget the song wasn’t composed solely for that film, creating some truly iconic moments.
Few filmmakers are as skilled as the Coen brothers at building their movies around the music they use. Often their soundtracks feel natural, and so fitting that films like O Brother, Where Art Thou? and The Big Lebowski effortlessly seem »
- Matt Seton
The best gift of his 44th year was easily the return of "Arrested Development" Season 4. In 2014 he can look forward to another big accomplishment: Making his new movie "The Family Fang."
But if Bateman ever gets too down, at least he can pick himself up by knowing that he's done better than his onscreen "Arrested Development" counterpart Michael Bluth.
Oh, Michael. The Bluth patriarch hit his lowest point in "Arrested Development" Season 4 when he got punched in the face by his son George Michael, but that's far from his only bad moment. Here's a look down memory lane at the many times Michael hit rock bottom to help remind us all just how awesome Bateman is.
Getting punched by his own son
We wake from our December holiday production break slumber for a production month of January that has some notable American indie productions, foreign films projects worth signaling out. Tracking Shot is sponsored by Production Weekly. German auteur Wim Wenders returns to Montreal for the winter portion of filming on Everything is Fine – the 3D drama stars James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rachel McAdams and Marie-Josee Croze. After distinctly break-out indie offerings in Great World of Sound and Compliance, Craig Zobel is packing his bags for New Zealand. Adapted from the classic novel, Z for Zachariah sees Chris Pine, Amanda Seyfried and Chewitel Ejiofor jousting a little during the end of the world. A neighboring production can be found in Australia, David Mamet (his last theatrical release was 08′s Redbelt) is set to unload Blackbird – this is about a grieving granddaughter of a famous special effects artist in Hollywood discovers secrets (plot »
- Eric Lavallee
6 items from 2014
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