14 items from 2014
When two best friends find themselves fed up with their high school’s resident bullies, they do what anyone would do: stage a revolution.
Victoria Justice and The Middle’s Eden Sher play two outcasts in The Outskirts, a film about what happens when a high school’s uncool kids overthrow the popular crew, led by the Blair Waldorf-like Whitney (Claudia Lee). There’s drama, there’s humor. And, as with any good teen movie, there are tears.
“What made me want to direct this movie more than just being really excited to see it when it came out is »
- Ariana Bacle
Stars: Kodi Smit-Mcphee, Ben Kingsley, Katie Chang, Alex Wolff, Michael Chen, James Le Gros, Lucas Near-Verbrugghe, Briana Marin, Ethan Cohn, Adam Barrie, Stephen Kunken, Daniela Lavender | Written by Luke Matheny, Rob Meyer | Directed by Rob Meyer
A teenage bird fanatic called David Portnoy (Kodi Smit-Mcphee) thinks he has seen a duck which was previously thought to be extinct. With guidance from birding legend, Lawrence Conrad (Ben Kingsley) David and his friends set off on an adventure to find it and solidify their place in bird watching history by making the discovery of a lifetime. Little do his friends know, David is also using the adventure to escape his troubles. At the same time, David’s Father is preparing to marry his new wife, the nurse of David’s mother who passed away a few years before.
A Birder’s Guide to Everything is a coming of age tale. Directed by Rob Meyer, »
- Richard Axtell
Director: Rob Meyer
Running Time: 86 minutes
Synopsis: David Portnoy, an avid birder, thinks he has made the discovery of a lifetime. On the eve of his father’s remarriage David and his friends take a road trip to track down the thought to be extinct Labrador duck and solidify their place in birding history.
A Birder’S Guide To Everything is a quirky coming-of-age story, following a group of young birders on a whimsical journey. Their fanciful journey inspires the theft of a relatives car, paranoia of being chased by drug lords, confusion over a suspicious bag which is determined to be either crystal meth or rock candy, and a wild chase on quad bikes through a quiet Connecticut wooded park. There’s a lot more to this tale than you’ll first assume. »
- Ciham Messouki
You’ve got to love an fun-looking indie project, and A Birder’S Guide To Everything is firmly in that vein and we’ve got the trailer here for the film released on DVD & VOD on 19th May 2014, courtesy of Solo Media.
They’re describing it as ‘Sideways meets Stand by Me‘ and it’s the classic tale of endearing friendship and family. You’ve got to admit that not many films delve into the world of bird-watching but here’s the official synopsis with an impressive cast that includes Sir Ben Kingsley, James LeGros, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Katie Chang.
On the eve of his widower father’s second wedding, fifteen-year-old birding fanatic David Portnoy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) thinks that he’s made the discovery of a lifetime, the extinct Labrador duck! Now he and the two other stalwart members of the local Young Birders Society, joined by their headstrong photographer »
- Dan Bullock
The film was developed by New York-based Bcdf Pictures, with Brice and Claude Dal Farra producing; exec producers are Lauren Munsch and Brian Keady from Bcdf Pictures, and Victoria Bousis from Bousis Films.
Red Granite International is handling international sales at Cannes under the title “Cool Girls.”
Ashley Rickards, Peyton List, Avan Jogia, Claudia Lee, Katie Chang and William Peltz are also starring. Peter Hutchings (“Rhymes with Banana”) will direct the film from a Blacklist screenplay written by Dominique Ferrari and Suzanne Wrubel.
Justice and Sher play best friends who have suffered years of torment under the thumb of the school’s alpha female and hatch a plan to unite the outcasts of the school.
- Dave McNary
Victoria Justice and Eden Sher are set to star in the high school comedy “The Outskirts,” which hails from “Bachelorette” producer BCDF Pictures, the company announced Tuesday. The female-centric movie also stars Ashley Rickards (“Awkward”), Peyton List (“Jessie”), Avan Jogia (“Twisted”), Claudia Lee (“Kick-Ass 2”), Katie Chang (“The Bling Ring”) and William Peltz (“Men, Women & Children”). Peter Hutchings (“Rhymes with Banana”) will direct the film from a Black List screenplay written by Dominique Ferrari and Suzanne Wrubel. Shooting begins this summer in New York. Also read: Victoria Justice Lands Lead Role on MTV's ‘Eye Candy’ Pilot Described as “Mean Girls” meets “Revenge of. »
- Jeff Sneider
Odd List Andrew Blair 25 Apr 2014 - 06:29
They're despicable, smug and downright unpleasant. Andrew lines up his pick of 50 biggest unpleasant, sometimes heroic folk in cinema...
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Conflict drives drama. Unpleasant people create conflict. Thus, cinema is crammed with huge, provocative arseholes/assholes (we went with the latter on the headline, but now we're in the article, we're going more arse than ass). There are obviously too many to list, but we've provided you with a thought-provoking array of multi-faceted bell-endery. That said, feel free to copy and paste the phrase, "Nice list, but you forgot x" to save time when placing comments below! The 'nice' bit is not compulsory.
From levelFILM, Sneak Peek footage from director Rob Meyer's coming-of-age comedy "A Birder's Guide to Everything", now available on DVD, VOD and Est, starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Katie Chang and Sir Ben Kingsley:
"...on the eve of his widowed father's second wedding, fifteen-year-old 'David Portnoy' (Smit-McPhee) leads the stalwart members of his local 'Young Birders Society' on a rollicking, interstate search for an extremely rare duck..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "A Birder's Guide To Everything"...
- Michael Stevens
Title: A Birder’s Guide to Everything Director: Rob Meyer Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alex Wolff, Katie Chang, Ben Kingsley, Michael Chen, James Le Gros, Daniela Lavender Films that honestly and entertainingly assay the early teenage experience removed from lowest-common-denominator gross-out shtick and other emotional cattle-prodding are few and far between, which is a big part of the reason that the altogether charming “A Birder’s Guide to Everything” feels like such a breath of fresh air. Instead of pandering to one and only one sentiment, this offering — poised pleasantly between quaint and quirky — does entirely right by adolescent feeling, while also leading viewers on an adventure that puts just enough spin [ Read More ]
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Birds are fascinating creatures. This is true, but most people take birds for granted, so many of them flying about overhead. Birds are everywhere, and as creepy as that thought may be to some, they are always watching over us, constant spectators of the human experience below. Her on planet Earth, we go though life struggling primarily to answer two questions… who am i and what should I do with this life i have?
It’s no wonder there are some drawn in by a fascination for these feathered friends of ours. Those who watch, track and seek out birds of all species are generally referred to as “birders.” The term’s definition may be argued by some, including those in the film A Birder’S Guide To Everything. Directed and co-written by Rob Meyer, this film is a coming of age story about an awkward 15-year old boy named David Portnoy. »
- Travis Keune
Bird is the Word: Meyer’s Debut a Well Meaning But Slight Observation
Bird watching seems to be something of a recent cinematic inspiration, though has yet to show much potential in the narrative realm thus far, with David Frankel’s 2011 comedic misfire The Big Year now joined by Rob Meyer’s directorial debut, A Birder’s Guide to Everything. Grappling with loss, strained familial relationships, and coming of age essence, various dilemmas congeal into a mostly light-hearted effort that seems to feel genuinely about its cluster of characters, even though, beyond the crux of its protagonists’ snazzy and oft unexplored hobby, Meyer and his cast can never mold the narrative into anything more than a standard affair. A few acute observations aside, it’s a slight film that feels most effective when utilizing the heavy hitters in its supporting cast.
David Portnoy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a 15 year old birding »
- Nicholas Bell
On Demand DVD New Releases March 10-16 A Birder’s Guide to Everything David (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a young man who tries to keep his mother’s memory alive by continuing to pursue their mutual interest in bird watching. But when an expert in the field tells David he may have captured on camera a duck believed to be extinct, it sets off a journey into the woods of Connecticut that also leads to much self-discovery. Also stars Ben Kingsley, Katie Chang (PG-13, 1:28) 3/11 Homefront A man (Jason Statham) moves to the country with his daughter to get away from the craziness of … Continue reading →
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- Meredith Ennis
While Hollywood likes to show teenagers in movies getting up to no good, co-writer/director Rob Meyer has a different story to tell with the coming-of-age comedy "A Birder's Guide To Everything," where the only thing these kids wield is a pair of binoculars. Co-written by Oscar winner Luke Matheny (for his Live Action Short "God Of Love"), and starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, James Le Gros, Alex Wolff, Katie Chang, and Ben Kingsley, the story follows David, a 15-year-old birding fanatic, who has snapped a photo of a supposedly extinct duck that hasn't been seen in North America since 1878. The problem is, the picture is too blurry to be properly identified, so on the advice of Dr. Konrad, a legendary ornithologist, he assembles a ragtag team to try and get a better photo, in a tale that's more than just about birds. And in this exclusive clip, we see the first meeting between David and Dr. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
At only 17, Kodi Smit-McPhee is probably best known for starring in somewhat macabre projects — from Let Me In to The Road, his precocious darkness and intense gaze seem to always be on display. Even ParaNorman’s Norman Babcock was a bit of an outcast. Even though A Birder’s Guide to Everything isn’t exactly devoid of difficult emotional truths (and Ok, Ok, a gawky high school kid obsessed with birding might still fit into “charmingly misunderstood outcast” territory), Smit-McPhee was thrilled to finally get to work with actors his own age.
“I was into the nostalgia of having a »
- Lindsey Bahr
14 items from 2014
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