11 items from 2015
Plot: A young man (Christopher Abbott) struggles to come-to-terms with the death of his estranged father, as well as his mother's (Cynthia Nixon) terminal illness. Review: We all know a James White. Heck, maybe some of us are a James White. By that I mean, everyone has a friend that's self-destructive, or a side to themselves where despite intelligence, good breaks, and a strong support system, they just can't get their shit together. As played by Christopher Abbott in »
- Chris Bumbray
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 ]
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Cynthia Nixon will forever be best known for HBO's "Sex the City," the cultural phenomenon that earned her an Emmy Award and fans worldwide. In the years since that show wrapped, the actress has turned in compelling performances on stage and screen that are equally worthy of attention; and no, we're not referring her work in the "Sex and the City" movie and its sequel. She's currently at Sundance starring in "Stockholm, Pennsylvania" and "James White," the latter of which has left audiences emotionally devastated. In "James White" -- from "Martha Marcy May Marlene" producer Josh Mond, making his directorial debut -- Nixon plays the cancer-stricken mother of the titular character (played by ex-"Girls" star Christopher Abbott), who slowly comes to terms with her impending death when her condition worsens. Indiewire spoke with Nixon in Park City about the toll the role took on her, losing her own mother to cancer, »
- Nigel M Smith
Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2014 discoveries” …
Campos: A better looking version of himself.
Lavallee: The Borderline Films crew have a knack for unearthing talent (we’ve seen the likes of Rosemarie DeWitt, Ezra Miller, Zoe Lister Jones, Elizabeth Olsen, David Call, Emory Cohen, Michael Stuhlbarg) make debuts parading through your films. Could you discuss the casting process and ultimately, are the roles assigned by a jury vote of three?
Campos: We trust our casting directors when they say someone is great. When it comes to actually auditioning, we’ve learned so much over the years from Susan Shopmaker on »
- Eric Lavallee
"Christopher Abbott bailed on playing the doormat boyfriend to Allison Williams's Marnie after season two of Girls," begins David Rooney in the Hollywood Reporter. "Watching his bruised, bristling performance as the rudderless title character in James White, it's natural to assume that choice was dictated by the actor's hunger for a darker exploration of his considerable range. The opportunity is provided in this extraordinarily intimate drama, which marks an arresting feature debut for writer-director Josh Mond of Borderline Films, the New York-based indie production collective behind such projects as Martha Marcy May Marlene and Simon Killer." We're collecting more reviews. » - David Hudson »
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
In Hollywood movies, death is often a beatific experience. In “James White,” the edgy indie drama from Josh Mond, it’s filled with night sweats, moments of incontinence, hallucinations, and a few moments of grace.
“I wanted it to be as real as possible,” said Mond.
The film premieres at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it hopes to secure distribution.
“My mom died of cancer and good friends of mine died of AIDS,” said Nixon. “I feel it’s kind of like when you have children and they’re growing up. Every kid is different, but you recognize the stages and this script did a good job of depicting the stages of dying.”
Mond said »
- Brent Lang
If you’re attending the Sundance Film Festival (or just paying attention to excellent coverage of the festival, much like you would find right here at Film School Rejects, cough cough), you’re most likely looking for new projects, people, and productions to get excited about. Sundance may (somewhat bizarrely, when you really think about it) take place in the dead of winter in a tiny town mostly dedicated to ski tourism, but that early jump on the festival year allows the fest to set the tone for the rest of the year. This is the place you come to when you want to see something new, and this year looks poised to deliver that, in spades. Sundance has often played home to the breakout roles of big stars (hello, Jennifer Lawrence), and although finding the next big talent is mostly a guessing game, fingers-crossing adventure, we’ve got some idea as to who just might emerge »
- Kate Erbland
Festival resurges as launch pad for awards contenders while sales agents are prepared for healthy market
Those up in arms over Hollywood’s limited roles for women and minorities should be excited for the diversity of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday with no shortage of films that address the broad range of human experience, while renewing the festival as a key launch platform for awards season hopefuls.
- Jeff Sneider
Have you been wondering what happened to Christopher Abbott, a.k.a. Charlie from Girls? The answer is right here, in this exclusive Vulture screening of 1009, a nearly wordless and visually lush short film Abbott made not long after he left Girls because, as he told the Times, he couldn't relate to his character's arc. (He also did an off-Broadway play and a few indies, popping up most recently in A Most Violent Year.) Watch the short to see Abbott shirtless again, but stay because the film is gorgeous and moving. 1009 is the first of two collaborations between Abbott and his good friend director Josh Mond, whose feature-length debut James White premieres Friday at the Sundance Film Festival and stars Abbott as a troubled young man dealing with the severe illness of his mother (played by Cynthia Nixon). Until now, the short has only been seen by family and friends »
- Jada Yuan
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.
Also Read: Fox Searchlight Signs First-Look Deal with ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ Team
Abbott, who can currently be seen in “A Most Violent Year,” stars as the title character — a »
- Jeff Sneider
11 items from 2015
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