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“Frank” is a delightful finger-snapping oddball set to music and creative mayhem

25 November 2014 12:38 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Frank

Written by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan

Directed by Lenny Abrahamson (as Leonard Abrahamson)

UK/Ireland, 2014

Artistic personalities from all walks of life seem to dance to the beat of their own distinctive drums. The creative process and all its motivations and manipulations is what makes these dedicated artists strive for their performing juices. In filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson’s unconventional and infectiously wry musical dramedy Frank we are introduced to a portrait of an eccentric lead singer and his dysfunctional experimental pop band as they go through the odd-like motions of creativity. Not since Alan Parker’s 1991 The Commitments has there been a fictional big screen band so humorously sordid in song and misguided soul.

Frank could have been easily dismissed as a contrived and gimmicky inside joke about the artistry behind the anatomy of an off-kilter musical act. However, Abrahamson shrewdly presents his wacky musicians as interesting specimens »

- Frank Ochieng

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Demange Control: ’71 Leads 2014 British Independent Film Awards Noms

3 November 2014 10:45 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The edge-of-your seat thriller that was all the talk at this year’s Berlin Film Festival (that momentum was carried over into Telluride and Tiff during the fall) leads all noms for the 17th edition of the 2014 British Independent Film Awards. Landing nine nominations in all, Yann Demange’s ’71 might lead the pack, but I’d argue that despite all the fanfare, remains an underdog in most categories. Going up against The Imitation Game (which failed to score ‎Morten Tyldum a Best Director nod but managed to get Best Screenplay and Best Film consideration) and Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner, there might be plenty of gift-giving for several films on December 7th, with Matthew WarchusPride also in the mix with a whopping seven noms (mostly in the acting categories). The much deserving Cannes played Catch Me Daddy and Venice Film Fest included The Goob thankfully didn’t go unnoticed, »

- Eric Lavallee

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''71,' 'Pride,' 'The Imitation Game' Nab British Indie Film Award Nominations

3 November 2014 9:43 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The British Independent Film Awards announced its nominees this Monday morning and it was good news for films that may not have the muscle to break into the Academy Awards contest. The Irish political thriller “’71” and “Pride,” the story of gay activism and mineworker strikes that fits snuggly the time-honored British sociopolitical dramedy genre, earned the most nominations. In honors that will likely replicate themselves stateside, “Imitation Game” also earned a Best British Independent Film nod, with stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley finding love in the Best Actor and Actress categories, respectively. Other Best British Independent Film nominees include Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner” and John Michael McDonagh’s “Calvary.” Picking up multiple nominations were Lenny Abrahamson’s “Frank,” documentarian Morgan Matthews’ narrative debut “X+Y,” and the Nick Cave documentary “20,000 Days on Earth.” There’s little conformity to the British Independent Film Awards. Compared to previous years, the 2014 nominations are downright populist. »

- Matt Patches

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’71’, ‘Pride’ Lead British Indie Film Award Nominations; ‘Imitation Game’ In Mix

3 November 2014 5:32 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Yann Demange’s anti-war parable ’71 has scored a leading nine nominations for the 17th Moët British Independent Film Awards. The director’s debut feature, which premiered in Berlin last February, is named in the major categories and also scooped a Best Actor mention for Jack O’Connell who’s next up in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. Directors’ Fortnight closer and crowd-pleaser Pride, helmed by Matthew Warchus, was next with seven nominations while festival favorites Daniel Wolfe’s Catch Me Daddy, Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank and Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner each scored five nods. Along with ’71, Pride and Mr Turner, the titles competing in the Best British Independent Film race are John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary and Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game. Oscar hopeful, The Imitation Game’s Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley also scored acting noms. (See full list of nominees below.)

Winners are decided by an independent »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Thriller ’71’ Leads Race for British Indie Film Awards

3 November 2014 5:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Yann Demange’s thriller “‘71” tops the nominations for the 17th Moet British Independent Film Awards.

“‘71” has nine nominations, including for British independent film, director and debut director for Demange, screenplay for Gregory Burke, actor for Jack O’Connell and supporting actor for Sean Harris. Pic centers on a young British soldier, played by O’Connell, who is stranded in an Ira controlled area of Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1971.

Matthew Warchus’ “Pride” picked up seven nominations, and “Catch Me Daddy,” “Frank” and “Mr Turner” nabbed five nominations each.

Nominees in the acting categories include Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley for “The Imitation Game,” and Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal for “Frank.”

Joining “’71” in the British independent film category are “Calvary,” “Mr Turner,” “Pride” and “The Imitation Game.”

More than 250 films were submitted. A pre-selection committee of more than 70 members selected the nominees. The winners, which will be decided by a jury, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Thriller ‘71′ Leads Race for British Indie Film Awards

3 November 2014 3:24 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Yann Demange’s thriller “‘71” tops the nominations for the 17th Moet British Independent Film Awards.

“‘71” has nine nominations, including for British independent film, director and debut director for Demange, screenplay for Gregory Burke, actor for Jack O’Connell and supporting actor for Sean Harris. Pic centers on a young British soldier, played by O’Connell, who is stranded in an Ira controlled area of Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1971.

Matthew Warchus’ “Pride” picked up seven nominations, and “Catch Me Daddy,” “Frank” and “Mr Turner” nabbed five nominations each.

Nominees in the acting categories include Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley for “The Imitation Game,” and Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal for “Frank.”

Joining “’71” in the British independent film category are “Calvary,” “Mr Turner,” “Pride” and “The Imitation Game.”

More than 250 films were submitted. A pre-selection committee of more than 70 members selected the nominees. The winners, which will be decided by a jury, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Daily | Goings On | Morrison, Marker, Herzog

14 October 2014 9:21 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

In today's roundup of goings on in the States and abroad, we gather previews and videos related to a Bill Morrison retrospective, Jon Ronson's documentary on the thousand or so sealed boxes Stanley Kubrick left behind, exhibitions of photographs by Chris Marker and Werner Herzog, a new Super 8 film by Steve McQueen, a series of Argentine cinema programmed by Matías Piñeiro, an exhibition about the artist known as Cameron, a muse for Kenneth Anger and Curtis Harrington, and a series of films by Satyajit Ray. » - David Hudson »

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European Film Awards: Vogt, Östlund, Pawlikowski, Zvyagintsev
, Glazer & Ceylan Among 50 Contenders

16 September 2014 3:15 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

This year’s European Film Awards are officially out of the gates with a not so lean 50 film submissions to select from. The 27th edition collects titles that date back to last year’s Venice and Toronto Int. Film Festivals moving into Sundance-Rotterdam-Berlin and finally Cannes of ’14. Among the 31 European countries represented, we’ve got likes of the Palme d’Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan leading the huge pack of contenders including Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin and Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida. Here’s the complete list of 50!:

Alienation

ОТЧУЖДЕНИЕ (Otchujdenie)

Bulgaria

Directed By: Milko Lazarov

Written By: Milko Lazarov, Kitodar Todorov & Georgi Tenev

Produced By: Veselka Kiryakova

Amour Fou

Austria/Luxembourg/Germany 


Written & Directed By: Jessica Hausner

Produced By: Martin Gschlacht, Antonin Svoboda, Bruno Wagner, Bady Minck, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu & Philippe Bober

Beautiful Youth

Hermosa Juventud

Spain/France

Directed By: Jaime Rosales

Written By: Jaime Rosales & Enric Rufas

Produced By: Jaime Rosales, »

- Eric Lavallee

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Competition: Win 'Frank' on DVD

16 September 2014 5:17 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

Written by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan, Lenny Abrahamson's Frank (2014) is based on the memoir by Ronson himself. It's a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as other outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart. To celebrate the home entertainment release of Frank this coming Monday (15 September), we've kindly been provided with Three DVD copies of Abrahamson's oddity to give away, courtesy of the hardworking team at indie cinema specialists Curzon Film World. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.

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- CineVue UK

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‘Frank’ DVD Review

15 September 2014 3:38 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhall, Clara Azar, Francois Civil, Scoot McNairy  | Written by Jon RonsonPeter Straughan | Directed by Lenny Abrahamson

People over a certain age in the UK will always remember Frank Sidebottom, he was that right kind of odd to stick in your memory forever.  This is one reason that seeing his papier-mâché head make an appearance in a film that really isn’t about him is a bit odd.  In truth though Frank is a film that is kind of based on memories of Sidebottom and if anything Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan’s writing has captured the spirit of what Frank actually represented.

When Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) a wannabe musician finds himself playing keyboard in an eccentric band, he becomes infatuated with the enigmatic front man Frank (Michael Fassbender).  His face hidden behind a papier-mâché head he wears Frank is the inspiration for »

- Paul Metcalf

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'Frank' (2014) Movie Review

22 August 2014 10:10 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I guess I can accept the the official plot synopsis description of Frank, calling it "wildly quirky", but I absolutely cannot find the subsequent "comedy" added to that description within this film's short running time. I also see where the film wants to question the clash of popularity and eccentricity, the question of whether or not something can be appreciated by the masses as a curiosity alone or must it conform to general norms, thus losing its soul, before it can be wholly acceptedc However, I'd just rather read that last sentence and discuss it than watch a bunch of people make nonsense music and bad decisions, which is pretty much all Lenny Abrahamson's Frank was to me. Written by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare at Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Frank could first and foremost be looked at as a loving tribute to the »

- Brad Brevet

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Frank Movie Review

18 August 2014 12:01 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Frank Magnolia Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B Director:  Lenny Abramson Screenplay:  Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan, based on Jon Ronson’s original newspaper article Cast:  Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy, François Civil Screened at:    Review 2, NYC, 6/9/14 Opens:  August 22, 2014 Here in New York, the city with the world’s most diverse population, you’re lucky if one day passes without your spotting at least one crazy out of our seven million people.  But I’ve never seen a guy wearing a large plaster mask covering his entire face, hair painted on top, fitted so he is unable to take solid nourishment.   [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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Frank is a high concept, heartrending film

16 August 2014 9:36 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Frank

Directed by Leonard Abrahamson

United Kingdom, 2014

The pitch for Frank sounds like it might fall somewhere between Rubber and Kevin Smith’s upcoming Tusk: films that seem predicated on a dare, a bet, a drunken night. But Frank is a high concept film masquerading as low concept.

Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) is a middle-class, It-by-day, aspiring musician who blames his inability to write compelling lyrics on his lack of a dark, crippling past. He lucks into a gig as a keyboardist for a band headed by the charismatic but enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender) – a vocalist who wears a giant paper maché head at all times – and enters a mysterious, sometimes dangerous, world of musician dynamics.

Frank is hard to categorize. To call it a drama feels cheap: that or “independent” so often the label for the unlabelable. It’s funny but it isn’t a comedy; it’s dark »

- Neal Dhand

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Review: Michael Fassbender's performance anchors the eccentric 'Frank'

15 August 2014 4:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's safe to say that I won't see anything else like "Frank" this year, because I don't think there's a chance anyone's going to make anything else like "Frank" this year. Written by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan, who previously collaborated on the adaptation of Ronson's book "The Men Who Stared At Goats," this is the story of an ambitious young musician named Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) who is struggling to define his own voice as a songwriter. He crosses paths with Soronprfbs, a very strange band as he watches their keyboardist try to drown himself, and thanks to that meltdown, Jon is given a chance to play with them. What he doesn't realize until he gets to the run-through is that their lead singer, Frank (Michael Fassbender), performs wearing a giant sculpted head. More than that, though, he wears it everywhere, all the time. No one in the band says »

- Drew McWeeny

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Frank

15 August 2014 8:10 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The droll wit and formal daring of Frank start with the casting. Michael Fassbender has been an X-Man, a gladiator (300), a sex addict (Shame) and an Oscar nominee (12 Years a Slave). Also a hottie, whose posters get drooled over on dorm walls. So why cast Fassbender as a cult-music icon in the title role in Frank and then ask the swoony bugger to cover his head in plastic for 99 percent of the movie?

Don't ask. I'll tell. Because the role is the kind of risk the reliably ballsy Fassbender likes to take. »

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Uncomfortable truths pierce through the mask of ‘Frank’

14 August 2014 9:01 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Frank

Written by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan

Directed by Lenny Abrahamson (as Leonard Abrahamson)

UK/Ireland, 2014

The look of Frank’s title character is based on English musician and comedian Chris Sievey’s guise Frank Sidebottom, very much a cult figure in the UK during the 1980s and 90s but virtually unknown outside of the island. (International audiences may recently have got a glimpse of the late Sievey’s material as Sidebottom in one memorable sequence of Filth.) Lenny Abrahamson’s film, however, is not the story of Frank Sidebottom, with co-writer Jon Ronson instead taking inspiration from his own time as a keyboardist for Sievey in order to explore fictional territory.

Ronson’s fictional stand-in in Frank is, appropriately enough, named Jon, and is played by Domnhall Gleeson. He is a small-town office stooge who dreams of escaping his humdrum life with musical pursuits, despite an apparent lack »

- Josh Slater-Williams

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'Frank' TV Spot Starring Michael Fassbender | Exclusive

14 August 2014 7:09 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The peculiar life of musician Frank Sidebottom comes to life on the big screen this weekend with the new indie comedy Frank. To help get fans ready for this unique experience, we have an exclusive TV spot which shows some of the nation's critics offering big praise for director Lenny Abrahamson's adaptation of Jon Ronson's book.

Although you can hardly tell from the footage, Michael Fassbender stars as the title character, an eccentric music genius whose identity is concealed by a massive paper mache head that he wears at all times. Domhnall Gleeson, who also stars in next year's highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII, plays a young musician who joins Frank's band. Take a look at the new footage before Frank opens in limited release August 15.

Frank is a comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon, who discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he »

- MovieWeb

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Specialty Box Office Preview: ‘The Trip To Italy’, ‘Frank’, ‘Jealousy’, ‘Life After Beth’, ‘Fort McCoy’

14 August 2014 6:29 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

In this weekend’s specialty box-office debuts, IFC Films hopes to replicate the critical and commercial success of Michael Winterbottom’s first amusing little travelogue/talker of a feature, The Trip, with a semi-sequel, The Trip To Italy. The second Trip again stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon; the entertainingly garrulous pair on yet another jaunt across restaurants, countryside and philosophy. The latest Trip will bow in NYC and La this weekend after a successful Australian run earlier this summer (or their winter).

Frank, a British-Irish-American drama from Magnolia Pictures featuring Michael Fassbender that had runs at Sundance and SXSW, bows in only one U.S. theater this weekend. Frank centers on an eccentric band, giving Fassy fans a chance to hear the Oscar-nominated actor sing, albeit from behind a mask (he’s not bad, actually).

Other notable new films include Philippe Garrel‘s Jealousy, which Distrib Films will expand »

- Brian Brooks

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Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lenny Abrahamson and Jon Ronson Talk Frank, Frank Sidebottom, Masks and More

14 August 2014 4:21 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

When you cast Michael Fassbender as your title character, the last thing you’d probably think to do is put a giant mask over his head so you can’t see his face throughout the film, but that’s exactly what director Lenny Abrahamson chose to do in his latest, Frank, and it pays off quite well.  Domhnall Gleeson plays Jon, a guy who takes a risk and follows his dream of becoming a musician only to wind up in a remote cabin with an eccentric band called the Soronprfbs, led by a guy who sings with a mask on and never takes it off – ever. With Frank making its way into theaters for an April 15th limited release, Abrahamson, Fassbender, Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and writer Jon Ronson all sat down for a press conference to discuss the unusual music featured in the film, performing with that head on, the »

- Perri Nemiroff

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‘Frank’ Review: More Than Just Michael Fassbender Wearing a Giant Fake Head

14 August 2014 7:50 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Frank is full blown indie quirk. That heightened sensibility is often insufferable to sit through, but what makes potentially grating quirks work is what director Lenny Abrahamson and screenwriters Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan say with each of the film’s eccentricities. While certain oddities may appear fun and harmless at the start, they turn into real pain by the end. Our eyes and ears in Frank is Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), a young musician who may not have the talent to make a career out of it. He dreams of making it big, so when he’s asked to play the keyboard for the band Soronprfbs, he jumps at the chance. No money is involved, just the chance to play music with a group Jon thinks could be the next big thing. The problem is, Soronprbs is made up of a group of unreliable hipsters, led by the charming, kind, and »

- Jack Giroux

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