19 items from 2015
SXSW 2015 Film Review
complete coverage of the SXSW Film Festival 2015
7 Chinese Brothers
Director/Screenwriter: Bob Byington
A man unaccustomed to telling the truth learns to at least describe it. Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Tunde Adebimpe, Eleanore Pienta, Olympia Dukakis, Stephen Root. (World Premiere) (film synopsis from sxsw.com)
The film is almost about nothing, just like the title of the film. Most of the time this doesn’t matter because we get to watch Schwartzman do many Schwartzman things, including acting opposite his real-life dog. There is a very sweet and surprisingly authentic death involving a key character. Besides that moment, when the film ends, you’ll quickly forget about it and move on.
Final Score: 6/10
Out of a job after a disastrous product launch, a big-city yuppie retreats to his suburban childhood home, in this heart-warming and hilarious film about crashing hard, »
- Jeff Bayer
The titular burg will probably not be throwing a parade for “Fresno,” a mean-spirited farce whose strenuous bad taste seldom translates into actual laughs. A cast of familiar faces and funny people — though they’ve all had much, much better material — will make this a viable ancillary item, though it’s unlikely to accrue the modest cult following attached to helmer Jamie Babbit’s 1999 debut feature, “But I’m a Cheerleader.”
Babbit and her scenarist Karey Dornetto have each worked on a number of good TV comedy shows; between them, they include “Girls,” “Arrested Development,” “Community,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Portlandia,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment” and “South Park.” But the feature format is apparently not their friend, together or separately. “Cheerleader” was awfully broad, 2007’s “Itty Bitty Titty Committee” painfully so; for its part, “Fresno” provides pain and lots of broads (this is a lady-free zone), and is pretty awful. »
- Dennis Harvey
South by Southwest, the multi-faceted film, music and technology festival held annually in Austin, TX will feature such upcoming films as Paul Feig’s Spy, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, and Ondi Timoner’s Russell Brand profile Brand: A Second Coming as headliners in this year’s film festival lineup.
SXSW runs from March 13 to 21 in Austin and is now in its 22nd year. Variety has details of the 145 films and 100 world premieres bowing at this year’s festival. Brand, as previously reported, will be the festival’s opening night film.
Other notable titles on the list are the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, a rough cut of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, the directorial debut of 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, Ex Machina, and a new comedy by Michael Showalter, Hello, My Name is Doris.
On the small screen, »
- Brian Welk
Park City, Utah – There are still some films to be discussed in my Sundance coverage. Here’s write-ups of “Digging for Fire,” “Entertainment,” and “Results,” which featured the return of festival-approved directors, albeit heading in different directions.
At this year’s festival, two maestros of the ol’ mumblecore days stepped into the big-time spotlight with their new films that boasted their biggest casts and fanciest films yet. The first to show was Joe Swanberg, who has gone from super low-key directing to hosting a celebrity party this side of “This is the End” in “Digging For Fire.” The other is Andrew Bujalski, whose previous films were nerd alerts like “Mutual Appreciation” and most recently “Computer Chess.”
In a reverse course is Rick Alverson’s “Entertainment,” which doesn’t start modestly but attempt to reach a wide audience, but starts with a big promise to reach a very specific audience. An explanation on that below. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
In addition, Sony Pictures International has paid an undisclosed film for foreign rights to the off-beat comedy.
The film arrives courtesy of “Drinking Buddies” creator Swanberg and follows a husband and wife who come across a bone and a gun and the fallout from that discovery. A big selling point was the picture’s ensemble cast, which features prominent names such as Sam Elliott, Judith Light, Ron Livingston, Melanie Lynskey and Jenny Slate. Jake Johnson co-wrote the script with Swanberg.
The Orchard previously outbid a number of distributors to snag the sex comedy “The Overnight.”
“After admiring Joe’s films for a long time, it’s a dream for us to have the opportunity to work with him,” said Paul Davidson, the Orchard »
- Brent Lang
[Exclusive Update 12:45 p.m.: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has bought international rights to “Digging for Fire,” which means the film will be distributed worldwide.]
An individual with knowledge of the negotiations told TheWrap that the deal is worth around $2 million.
The film, which made its world premiere earlier this week at Sundance, co-stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick and Mike Birbiglia. The supporting cast includes Sam Elliott, Judith Light, Ron Livingston, Melanie Lynskey Jenny Slate, Timothy Simons and Jane Adams.
“Digging for Fire” follows the discovery »
- Jeff Sneider
The story is set after four waves of an alien invasion have left most of Earth decimated. A teenage girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) is desperately trying to save her younger brother and meets a young man who may be her last hope. Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Alex Roe, Liev Schreiber and Zachary Arthur also star.
J. Blakeson helms from a script by Susannah Grant. Sony Pictures will release the film on January 29th 2016.
The countdown begins. #The5thWaveIsComing #36Five #5thWaveMovie https://t.co/H0oFzNg97U
— The 5th Wave (@5thWaveMovie) January 29, 2015 »
- Garth Franklin
For fans of the beloved Rick Yancey novel, today, January 29, marks exactly one year until the highly-anticipated The 5th Wave hits theaters. To kick off the countdown, Columbia Pictures has released a brief trailer, featuring tiny snippets of footage from the adaptation, which showcases the post-apocalyptic state the world has been left in. Sadly, we don't get our first look at star Chloe Moretz and Alex Roe, who play survivors Cassie Sullivan and Evan Walker, but perhaps we'll get the first footage soon, since production recently wrapped.
Aliens attack Earth in 5 waves, the 1st wave being a permanent blackout of power, setting earth back into the Stone Age. The 2nd wave being a massive tsunami, killing off all coastal cities. The 3rd wave being a plague caused by birds, leaving only the unlucky alive. The 4th wave being humans with activated alien brains. And what's The 5th Wave? Well that's »
Title: James White Director: Josh Mond Starring: Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Scott Mescudi, Mackenzie Leigh, David Call, Ron Livingston Growing up is not easy, and that makes a character with a stunted sense of maturity perfect for the focus of a film. Usually, this character makes an appearance in comedies, with an exaggerated childishness prohibiting his or her development used to humorous effect. Portraying a similar situation in a drama can be just as compelling if not even more so, but it is underlined with a certain sadness. James White is the story of a man who has avoided becoming an independent adult due to his circumstances and a lack [ Read More ]
The post James White Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
Digital releases seem to be the way to go for a few different video projects these days, and now Rob Benedict is following suit. The actor from the CW’s Supernatural series is releasing his short film The Sidekick on iTunes, Amazon, and Vimeo On Demand on February 3, 2015.
Written by Benedict and directed by Michael J. Weithorn (of The King of Queens), The Sidekick stars Benedict as Max McCabe, a 40-year-old, obsolete superhero sidekick who is fired by his boss Captain Wonder (played by Ron Livingston) in favor of a younger associate named Kid Loco (Jason Ritter). Max makes a new friend (Lizzy Caplan) and must learn to forge a new path for his life. The Sidekick co-stars Martin Starr, Ike Barinholtz, Josh Meyers, and Key and Peele’s Jordan Peele.
The Sidekick originally debuted at San Diego Comic-Con 2013 before Benedict and Wiethorn took it on a festival tour. The »
- Bree Brouwer
Superhero tales are the genre du jour, but a new short film offers a very different perspective on the caped trend. Star-studded short “The Sidekick” will debut on iTunes, Amazon and Vimeo-On-Demand beginning February 3, Variety has learned exclusively. The comedy will also make its streaming debut on Hulu in March.
The project, which stars Rob Benedict and Lizzy Caplan, centers around 40-year-old professional sidekick Max McCabe (Benedict), now past his prime and forced out of the fast-paced superhero world. When he is abruptly fired by his boss, the epic Captain Wonder (Ron Livingston), and replaced by a younger, quicker right-hand man, Kid Loco (Jason Ritter), Max has no choice but to somehow find a place for himself in the civilian world. With the help of his newfound friend (Caplan), Max finds the courage to re-evaluate his life and find a new purpose. Jordan Peele, Martin Starr, Sam McMurray, Ike Barinholtz, »
- Laura Prudom
Jack Berger is still up to his old antics! Ron Livingston, who played Carrie Bradshaw's (Sarah Jessica Parker) ex-boyfriend, Berger, on "Sex and the City," hilariously recreated that memorable moment he broke up with the blonde beauty on measly a post-it note. Cosmopolitan magazine caught up with the actor at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, where he posed for a pic with the infamous letter Berger left Carrie after ending their rocky romance on the HBO show. We're sure "Sex and the City" fans remember those seven little words that ended their relationship -- "I'm sorry. I can't. Don't hate me" -- well, Ron does too! Charlotte Palermino from the mag shared the special moment via Twitter. "~ I'm sorry. I can't. Don't hate me. ~ Ron Livingston being our favorite Berger #Sundance," she posted with the candid snap. While we'll always remember Ron as Carrie's jealous ex-boyfriend, the actor was »
- tooFab Staff
We couldn't help but wonder, what would Carrie Bradshaw say? Ron Livingston hit the 2015 Sundance Film Festival this week and took the chance to recreate one of his most famous scenes from Sex and the City. Livingston, who is in Park City, Utah to promote his upcoming movie Digging for Fire, was photographed by Cosmopolitan editor Charlotte Palermino at Sundance holding a yellow Post-it reading, "I'm sorry. I can't. Don't hate me." ~ I'm sorry. I can't. Don't hate me. ~ Ron Livingston being our favorite Berger [...] »
The Admiration Game: Ponsoldt’s Moving Homage to Artist and Artistry
Following the critical successes of 2012’s Smashed and 2013’s The Spectacular Now, director James Ponsoldt recreates a defining moment in time between acclaimed author David Foster Wallace and Rolling Stones’ journalist David Lipsky with The End of the Tour, based on the memoirs of the latter. Beginning with Lipsky learning of Wallace’s suicide in 2008, we backtrack twelve years to 1996, after the publication of the author’s famed novel, Infinite Jest, which inspired the journalist, a novelist himself, to vie for an interview with the enigmatic personality. Framed as an unforgettable memory, Ponsoldt captures what feels like a sincere elegy from Lipsky to Wallace, a road trip that lasted five days and ran a gamut of intellectual, emotional, and philosophical highs and lows pertaining to the meaning of fame, success, and what it means to be an artist. Carried magnificently by its two leads, »
- Nicholas Bell
Park City - It would be wrong to pigeonhole Jason Segel as simply a comedic actor. Whether playing the romantically scorned Nick in "Freaks and Geeks" (or Peter in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"), the psychotically romantically scorned Eric on "Undeclared," the romantic but, in a key arc, grieving Marshall on "How I Met Your Mother," Segel has always been able to infuse his clowns with a grounding of real pain or disappointment or passion. But thinking back over Segel's resume, it was hard to point to any role that indicated Segel might be a chameleon. He's always come across as too large in stature, too modern in tone to be invited to do period films or biopics or really any kind of project skewed towards the dramatic. I'd never have described Segel as limited in his acting range, but whether by his choice or Hollywood's perception of him, Segel's CV was »
- Daniel Fienberg
The sudden loss of one parent and the looming death of another set the stage for “James White,” a stripped-bare family drama that marks the feature directing debut of indie producer Josh Mond. Familiar in its general trajectory, but unusually raw and ragged in its emotional architecture, Mond’s fraught portrait of a mother and son in crisis sports a pair of knockout performances by Cynthia Nixon and “Girls” alumnus Christopher Abbott, and a vivid feel for wayward New York youths cocooned by upper-middle-class privilege, but little in the way of redemptive creature comforts. Audiences seeking spiritual uplift are strongly advised to look elsewhere.
Mond, who previously directed several short films, is best known as the longtime producing partner of directors Antonio Campos (“Afterschool”) and Sean Durkin (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”), whose New York-based Borderline Films collective has carved out a certain niche of dark, provocative psychological dramas strongly influenced »
- Scott Foundas
This week, the Sundance Film Festival gets underway, seeking to highlight the best in independent film. I won’t be in Park City this year, sadly, though I have been in the past and can vouch for it as a really unique and enjoyable (if exhausting) festival to attend. In honor of its 2015 start, I wanted to run down some of the higher profile titles that could make a dent on the awards season later on this year. If not Oscar players, these could at least become the indie darlings of the season, or perhaps just crossover successes. Had I been in attendance at Sundance, there’s almost two dozen movies that I’d be hoping to catch, but I whittled a list down to just ten of the ones I want to highlight most. Take a look… Here are ten films to look forward to once they leave Sundance: »
- Joey Magidson
Premiering on Friday, Jan. 23 at 2:30 p.m. at the Library Center Theatre, “James White” explores loss and the deep relationship between a mother and son.
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Abbott, who can currently be seen in “A Most Violent Year,” stars as the title character — a »
- Jeff Sneider
It may be too soon to say, but I believe 2015 to be the year of Anna Kendrick. Having established herself as a great support actress in the Twilight Saga, she’s gone on to steal the show in numerous films, including Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Paranorman and End Of Watch, managing to the pull the limelight away from her more central co-stars.
This year sees the release of six new titles starring Kendrick, the first being the live-action Disney musical Into The Woods, and to celebrate we are looking back at five of Anna’s greatest career choices.
(Dir: Joe Swanberg, 2013)
Drinking Buddies saw Anna star alongside Olivia Wilde, Ron Livingston, and New Girl favourite Jake Johnson, in an almost fly-on-the-wall look at how friendships play out between men and women – particularly when they are best friends and co-workers – and their respective partners. Anna features as Jill, »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
19 items from 2015
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