5 items from 2011
Directed by: Michael Cuesta
Rating: Not Yet Rated
Release Date: January 6, 2012
Trailer Score: 8/10
Thoughts by Tsr: I will admit I kind of scoffed at the plot synopsis of this film when I first read it. That reaction is partially because whenever Blue Öyster Cult is involved my mind immediately goes to the classic “More Cowbell” sketch from “Saturday Night Live” with Christopher Walken and Will Ferrell. All that quickly faded away, however, as I was watching this trailer for Roadie. Director Michael Cuesta looks to have garnered very strong performances from his cast, and crafted a very good film in the process.
The most reassuring part of this trailer is that it doesn’t appear to have taken the easy way out. A story along these lines could easily have been told as a glossy studio film about the good ol’ days »
- Shane T. Nier
Director: Michael Cuesta Writers: Michael Cuesta, Gerald Cuesta Starring: Ron Eldard, Jill Hennessy, Bobby Cannavale, Lois Smith, David Margulies, Suzette Gunn Jimmy Testagross (Ron Eldard) -- the eponymous protagonist of Michael Cuesta’s Roadie -- is a 40-something guy from Queens with an unfortunate last name (that earned him the childhood nickname of "Jimmy Testicles") who has tirelessly shlepped Blue Öyster Cult's gear for 26 years, a thankless career if ever there was one. While on the subject of thankless, Boc is leaving for a tour of South America soon, and Jimmy is getting the runaround from the band's manager. It seems the washed-up band is leaving their washed-up roadie behind. After dedicating over half of his life to Boc, Jimmy has no friends to speak of and nowhere to go. As Jimmy drifts hopelessly towards destitute poverty, he is drawn closer and closer to his childhood home. But Queens »
- Don Simpson
Another Tff 2011 film hits the road to distribution. Magnolia Pictures snagged the Us distribution rights to Michael Cuesta's Roadie. Michael Cuesta's sharp film zeroes in on one 24-hour period in the life of seasoned Blue Öyster Cult roadie, Jimmy, brilliantly portrayed by Ron Eldard. The story is a coming-of-age tale of sorts, as Jimmy is forced to return to the hometown that he left behind nearly 20 years earlier to tour with the band. But once his dream life comes to a crashing halt, Jimmy has nowhere to turn but his roots: moving back into his mother's (Lois Smith) house, and confronting his high school crush (Jill Hennessy), who is now married to his former nemesis (Bobby Cannavale). Cuesta's focused film forces this stunted character to face the reality of his present, which is suddenly infiltrated by his past. Magnolia Pictures officially landed the rights to this Tff film on Tuesday, »
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"At first it was about neighborhood," begins Eric Hynes in the Voice. "Then it was about stars, parties, and supersizing. But finally, for its 10th incarnation, the Tribeca Film Festival (April 20-May 1) seems to be about movies. Gone are the superfluous, attention-sucking Hollywood premieres (Tom Cruise on a Jet Ski, anyone?), and few are the big-name, low-quality vanity projects. Several years into a vital slimming of the slate — the fest topped out at 176 films in 2005; this year, it's a manageable 93 — Tff remains New York's largest film survey."
To celebrate Tribeca's 10th, we're running a retrospective of some of the best films the festival's shown over the past decade here at Mubi. Happy viewing.
"A notoriously uneven assemblage of titles, Tribeca aspires toward something like a mini Toronto, but despite, in recent years, bringing such important films as Jia Zhangke's Still Life and Mohammad Rasoulof's The White Meadows »
In Soho this Saturday? Then stop into the Apple Store for exclusive previews of seven films in this year's Festival And meet their filmmakers! After screening a sneak peek from their Tff ‘11 film, each director will talk a bit about their work and take questions from the audience. Saturday, April 16, 3:00 pm, Apple Store SoHo Featured Films and Filmmakers include: Michael Cuesta, director of Roadie After 20 years as a roadie for Blue Öyster Cult, Jimmy Testagross (Ron Eldard) has nowhere to go but home. Reluctantly he returns to his mother's (Lois Smith) home in Queens, New York, where he pretends he's only there for a quick visit, but is soon confronted with relationships from his past. Michael Collins, director of Give Up Tomorrow In 1997, Paco Larrañaga was arrested for the murder of two sisters on a provincial island in the Philippines. Over the next 13 years, his case became the highest »
5 items from 2011
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