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Michael Grodner's The Icarus Line Must Die is set to have its World Premiere when it opens La’s Non Plussed Fest on July 14th. To mark the occasion Screen Anarchy was sent the trailer and a number of images which you may peruse below. You will find more info about the fest and ticket information here. The Icarus Line Must Die is a narrative feature inspired by the No Wave films of the late seventies/early eighties and explores the La underground music scene. The film tracks Joe Cardamone, front man of The Icarus Line, as he navigates his way through the ups and downs of the modern music landscape. Ariel Pink, Keith Morris (Black Flag/Circle Jerks) and Jerry Stahl (Permanent Midnight) are...
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Joe Cardamone knows a thing or two about being in a lauded band with trouble and tragedy to spare. The former frontman of The Icarus Line, once billed by The Guardian as no less than “the greatest rock group of the 21st century,” struck out on his own back in 2015, so it’s only fitting that Michael Grodner’s narrative feature — appropriately titled “The Icarus Line Must Die” — will have its world premiere later this month after first starting filming that same year.
Di”The Icarus Line Must Die” is a narrative feature inspired by the No Wave films of the late ’70s and early ’80s and explores the La underground music scene. The film tracks Cardamone as a veiled version of himself — also a guy named Joe, also the frontman of a band called The Icarus Line — as he navigates his way through the ups and downs of the modern music landscape. »
- Kate Erbland
Punctuated with banter about the best places to score, which gas station bathroom is the best for shooting up, which neighborhoods have cops roaming, where in downtown can one get a bag of coke on a tight budget, and from whom can they steal to score the next fix, Tommy Swerdlow’s pitch-black slice of life A Thousand Junkies is a bleak, yet engaging look at a day in the life of three junkie friends. Simultaneously absurd, playful, and horrific, Trainspotting this is not.
Told as a matter-of-fact buddy comedy, the film is inspired by the real-life struggles of its stars. Director Tommy Swerdlow and co-writer Tj Bowen, along with friend Blake Heron, play Tommy, Tj and Blake, respectively, three guys that met randomly. Tommy is a successful screenwriter who occasionally uses his contacts for “get well,” a term they use to score a fix so that they can function. »
- John Fink
It would be tough finding a harder working actor than Liev Schreiber who has successfully transitioned from supporting roles in movies to his very own TV show, playing fixer Ray Donovan on the Showtime series for five seasons. He’s received four Golden Globe nominations and two Emmy nominations playing that role.
In between seasons he’s found the time to make Chuck, a movie about the famed “Bayonne Brawler,” Chuck Wepner, whose career was documented in the Espn “30 for 30” doc, The Real Rocky. Besides being the New Jersey Heavyweight Champion in the ‘70s, Wepner famously went 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali, but his somewhat tragic story was also the inspiration for Sylvester Stallone to make Rocky.
The movie, directed by Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar), recreates Chuck’s family life with his second wife Phyllis (Elisabeth Moss) and daughter. It then shows how his brush with fame led to drinking and »
- Edward Douglas
IFC has released the first trailer for its upcoming biopic Chuck, which is set to hit theaters on May 5. While many fans may not know Chuck Wepner by name, the New Jersey boxer served as the inspiration for Sylvester Stallone's iconic character Rocky Balboa. Liev Schreiber stars as Wepner, whose extraordinary true story is told for the first time on the big screen.
Chuck Wepner was a liquor salesman from New Jersey who went 15 rounds with the greatest boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali. In his ten years in the ring, Wepner endured two knockouts, eight broken noses, and 313 stitches. But his toughest fights were outside the ring: an epic life of drugs, booze, wild women, incredible highs and extraordinary lows in IFC's biopic.
The world premiere of James Ponsoldt’s “The Circle,” starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks, and a starry reunion screening of the first two films in “The Godfather” trilogy are among the notable additions to the feature film slate at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.
Tribeca Film Festival Unveils 2017 Feature Film Slate (Full List)
“The Circle” will debut in a gala screening at Tribeca ahead of its April 28 release from Stx Entertainment. Based on the novel by Dave Eggers, the movie stars Watson (“Beauty and the Beast”) as a young woman hired at a giant Silicon Valley tech and social media company founded by a guru played by Hanks. John Boyega and Bill Paxton also are among the cast of the film co-written with Eggers by director Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now,” “The End of the Tour”).
The 2017 edition of Tribeca will close with a marathon screening of “The Godfather” and »
- Gordon Cox
6 items from 2017
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