9 items from 2013
Amy Seimetz's "Sun Don't Shine," which is currently in limited release after debuting at SXSW last year, is a startling, visceral freshman film from the "Upstream Color" star. In addition to receiving plenty of support in the form of rave reviews (you can read ours here), the film also serves as an announcement of the arrival of some serious talent. Both its director and two stars, venerable indie character actors Kate Lyn Sheil and Kentucker Audley, are about to be unavoidable in the indie film world. Read More: Amy Seimetz Discusses Her Busy Year and Why She Hates Being Labeled a 'Breakout' Both are certainly no strangers to the industry. Sheil has appeared in films by Joe Swanberg, Sophia Takal and Alex Ross Perry, as well as last year's controversial "The Comedy," and Audley is himself a filmmaker, having directed four features and a number of shorts while finding »
- Mark Lukenbill
It was the final stop on the road to the Academy Awards last night as Hollywood celebrated the very best in independent cinema with the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The big winner on the night was Oscar hopeful Silver Linings Playbook, which was honoured with Best Feature, Best Director (David O. Russell), Best Screenplay (David O. Russell) and Best Female Lead (Jennifer Lawrence). John Hawkes was named Best Male Lead for The Sessions, while Helen Hunt (The Sessions) and Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike) were both successful in the Supporting categories.
Other winners included Michael Haneke's Amour, which was named Best International Film, along with Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Best First Feature) and Safety Not Guaranteed, with Derek Connolly receiving the award for Best First Screenplay. Here's the full list of nominees for the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards, with the winners highlighted in red:
- Flickering Myth
It would be the film with the juju in David O. Russell’s zany black comedy that was the toast of the 28th Independent Spirit Awards beating Beasts Of The Southern Wild – its fiercest rival in all major categories. Silver Linings Playbook cleaned up, grabbing Best Feature, Director, Screenplay and Best Actress went to Jennifer Lawrence – the heavy favorite for tomorrow’s Oscar. Fox Searchlight might have grabbed only one award for Beasts in the Cinematography category, but it’s other Sundance pick-up The Sessions managed to nab a pair of acting prizes for Helen Hunt and Oscar snubbed John Hawkes for Best Male Lead. In our favorite grant categories, Adam Leon (Gimme the Loot) nabbed the Someone to Watch Award (last year it went to Mark Jackson), the Piaget Producers Award went to Mynette Louie (she produced Tze Chun’s sophomore film Eye of Winter which we are keeping »
- Eric Lavallee
David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" was the big winner at the 28th annual Independent Spirit Awards held in Santa Monica, CA this afternoon and hosted by Andy Samberg. "Silver Linings" took home the Best Feature, Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Director, and Screenplay trophies.
McConaughey, who nearly stole the show in Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike," won the Best Supporting Male award for a performance that was largely ignored by the Academy Awards. As Samberg astutely observed, "We've got Matthew McConaughey...Hollywood fuck you!"
Jennifer Lawrence won the Best Female Lead award for "Silver Linings Playbook," while John Hawkes took home the Best Male Lead trophy for "Sessions." His co-star, Helen Hunt, won the Best Supporting Female award.
The awards show can be seen on IFC tonight at 10 pm (Est).
Here's the full list »
Today the 2013 Spirit Awards were handed out and it was a dominating effort from Silver Linings Playbook as it won Best Picture, Director (David O. Russell), Actress (Jennifer Lawrence) and Screenplay (Russell). The only award it was nominated for and didn't win was Best Actor where Bradley Cooper lost to John Hawkes for The Sessions, but that's only a minor blip on the radar when you win this big. Among the early awards handed out, Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower won for Best First Feature while Derek Connolly won for Best First Screenplay for the romantic sci-fi film Safety Not Guaranteed. Then the Twitterverse exploded with a Best Supporting Actor win for Matthew McConaughey and his work in Magic Mike, which, for a time, seemed like it may be able to eek into that last Supporting slot at the Oscars. No dice, a Spirit Award it will have to be. »
- Brad Brevet
Set in New York City, Perry says it's about "changing seasons and changing attitudes and people going up and coming down the chain of success and all the bumps and miseries that you hit on the way down and up."
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- Garth Franklin
Alex Ross Perry isn't your average overnight sensation. His debut feature, 2009's innovative quasi-adaptation of "Gravity's Rainbow" "Impolex," garnered some support at regional festivals, while his hilarious follow-up "The Color Wheel" followed a similar path, steadily developing appeal through word of mouth. Critical support for "The Color Wheel" in 2011 culminated with the movie topping Indiewire's annual critics poll for the Best Undistributed Film; last year, it finally made its way into theaters, opening the door for more audiences to discover Perry's mixture of wry comedy and perceptive characters. The squabbling brother and sister at the center of the black-and-white "The Color Wheel" comprised one of the more memorable onscreen duos among last year's releases, illustrating the filmmaker's unique ability to make viewers simultaneously laugh and cringe. The movie was eventually nominated for the John »
- Eric Kohn
Alex Ross Perry isn't your average overnight sensation. His debut feature, 2009's innovative quasi-adaptation of "Gravity's Rainbow" "Impolex," garnered some support at regional festivals, while his hilarious follow-up "The Color Wheel" followed a similar path, steadily developing appeal through word of mouth. Critical support for "The Color Wheel" in 2011 culminated with the movie topping Indiewire's annual critics poll for the Best Undistributed Film; last year, it finally made its way into theaters, opening the door for more audiences to discover Perry's mixture of wry comedy and perceptive characters. The squabbling brother and sister at the center of the black-and-white "The Color Wheel" comprised one of the more memorable onscreen duos among last year's releases, illustrating the filmmaker's unique ability to make viewers simultaneously laugh and cringe. The movie was eventually nominated for the John...
- Eric Kohn
Looking back at 2012 on what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2012—in theaters or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2012 to create a unique double feature.
All the contributors were asked to write a paragraph explaining their 2012 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch in that perfect world we know doesn't exist but can keep dreaming of every time we go to the movies.
How would you program some »
- Daniel Kasman
9 items from 2013
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