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Tribeca: The Survivalist

21 April 2015 5:00 PM, PDT

More from the Tribeca Film Festival! Here's Jason on an Irish future dystopia flick.

The Survivalist begins by throwing us - us being humanity - right off a cliff. We watch as a pair of lines - one signaling population growth, the other standing in for oil production - dance around each other like they're in a rough cut of that Chuck Jones cartoon. Up up up they go, until oil, you know, dribbles off, and then wham, it's the yodeler from The Price is Right for all of us.

It's a mercilessly efficient way to say everything big that needs to be said (what multi-million dollar Ya tent-poles take their sweet time drawing out) and to then drop us into the small ghostly after-world of the main story, where we mainly deal with the drama of one man, two women, and the well-fortified cabin and garden that comes to stand in for survival, »

- JA

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Stage Door: "Fun Home" & "An American in Paris"

21 April 2015 2:35 PM, PDT

The Tony Award Nominations are exactly one week from today, so we really ought to talk about the musicals that might be vying for top honors. Both of today's topics have movie connections, albeit one more tenuous than the other. Both are also likely nominees in the Best Musical category, which is the Best Picture of the Tony Awards. Yes, there are 3 other top prizes (Play, Revival of a Play, Revival of a Musical) but Musical is the most coveted prize and the one with arguably the biggest impact on legacies and box office. Ten musicals are eligible in this category for the 2014/2015 season and I'd be surprised if these two won't comprise half of the four-wide nominee list. 

The cast of Fun Home, now playing on Broadway

Fun Home

Historians will have to suss out when The Bechdel Test became a ubiquitous topic online, but it's definitely become just that. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Tribeca: "The Adderall Diaries" and "Hungry Hearts"

21 April 2015 12:20 PM, PDT

Tribeca Festival coverage. Here's Joe Reid, who you know and love from the podcast...

The Adderall Diaries

We sometimes joke around about James Franco's insane output over the last five years -- he's been in Well Over 30 movies since 127 Hours, with a whopping 21 of them playing film festivals. That's an average of five films a year playing in some festival or another.

For a lesser-known actor, this kind of heavy indie output might be a better idea. Throw yourself into as many projects as possible, increasing your odds that one of them will hit. Franco's already established, though. He's had his hits. What starring in so many festival indies does for him it's the opposite: it ups his odds that he'll end up in at least a few total stinkers, every year. It's gotten to the point where Franco's presence in an indie feels like the promise of disappointment. »

- Joe Reid

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Cannes Jury: Coen Bros to Boss Auteurs & Pretty Things Around

21 April 2015 10:35 AM, PDT

We've long since known that the Cannes jury would be headlined by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, better known as The Coen Bros, the world's most famous sibling auteurs (though not the only of course: see also the Wachowski siblings, the Dardenne Bros, and more). We now know who'll be joining their jury and therefore deciding those incredibly prestigious prizes like the Palme D'Or, the Grand Jury Prize, Best Director, Best Actress and more.

As usual the jury is a mix of directors from multiple countries, one non-actor/non-director, and a beautiful actress or, um, three. In fact the jury is almost half women this year. The jury is, from top left:

Joel & Ethan Coen  (Us), filmmakers

How many masterpieces would you say they're up to now? Rossy de Palma (Spain), actress

You know and love this Picasso-assymetrical godess from Almodóvar's oeuvre Guillermo del Toro (Mexico), writer/director

Of Pan's Labyrinth & Hellboy fame. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Linking & Housekeeping

21 April 2015 8:30 AM, PDT

Pajiba Strange news. Johnny Depp did not report to work as planned. Work being continued cashing in of his 2003 brilliance as Jack Sparrow. What is afoot?

Interview on the evolution of Chlöe Sevigny

Comics Alliance tiny Ant-Man billboards. Here's to clever marketing !

Cleo have any of you seen Adventure Time? Thinkpieces on this animated show intrigue

Attitude Giorgio Armani urges you to not dress so "gay"!

The Kenneth in the (212) was The Former Bruce Jenner inspired by Belinda Carlisle?

Instagram meet Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel's son

Towleroad RuPaul recap. Conjoined twins extravaganza

All the Fun of a serious and rare medical condition without the humanity and decency that even American Horror Story provided

Cool Projects

Cinematic Corner is hosting a "White Swan Black Swan" blog-a-thon -- now through the end of the month - which looks at dual personae. 

Nick's Flick Picks has gathered his own secret Tba »

- NATHANIEL R

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Curio: 75 Years of Pacino

21 April 2015 7:00 AM, PDT

Alexa here with your weekly arts and crafts.  This weekend Al Pacino celebrates his 75th birthday.  The actor is such a mainstay in our cinematic subconscious (mine especially, due to his resemblance to my father) that his age might be his least surprising feature.  His horizon continues to be limitless, and may include his first pairing with Scorsese (The Irishman, is it happening?) and possibility being directed by Harmony Korine (The Trap).

 For now, let's celebrate his cinematic past with curios that show the many faces of Al after the jump... 

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- Alexa

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Mad Men @ the Movies: "Forecast"

20 April 2015 9:08 PM, PDT

Lynn Lee, here again to discuss this week’s Mad Men

Glen is off to Vietnam but wants a proper goodbye from Betty

Maybe Don Draper should have been a movie director.  His best ads have a film-like narrative and emotional pull, and going to the movies (something we, perhaps tellingly, haven’t seen him do in a while) seems to recharge his creative batteries.  Even now, as he appears increasingly disaffected with the business of selling either his work or his home, he yearns for the kind of high concept that sounds better suited to the big screen, whether it involves the World’s Fair or a fantasy about the inventor of the Frisbee making a million and moving to France.  After all, he’s managed to rewrite his own life story – the public version, at least – like the brashest of screenwriters: from poverty to the penthouse.

[Jane Fonda, Vietnam and more after the jump] »

- Lynn Lee

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Tribeca: A Second Look at "Grandma"

20 April 2015 3:00 PM, PDT

Lily Tomlin with writer/director Paul Weitz of "About a Boy" fameJoe Reid reporting from the Tribeca Film Festival

After months of feeling left out for not being at Sundance when this little gem debuted (Nathaniel reviewed it), I was at long last able to see Paul Weitz's Grandma, featuring as charming and exciting a central performance by Lily Tomlin as you've heard. Tomlin plays Elle Reid (no relation...though that's not what I'll be telling people), a thorny old lesbian who at times she describes herself both as a misanthrope and as a "terrible person," yet the good heart at her center never gets covered up all that effectively. She's just dumped her lover (Judy Greer) when she's visited by her teen granddaughter, Sage (Julia Garner), who needs money for an abortion. Elle doesn't have it, but she thinks she knows where she can get it, and pretty soon, »

- Joe Reid

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Beauty vs Beast: Full Metal Maria

20 April 2015 1:00 PM, PDT

Tis I, Jason from Mnpp, here, with another week's new edition of our "Beauty vs Beast" series. So over the next several days The Film Experience is going to be diving into the cinematic realm of Artificial Intelligence (known as "A.I." to people in a hurry and Haley Joel Osment fans), and to get the ball rolling I figured we'd make ourselves like science-fiction and hop in the way-back machine to the year 1927, when a little chap who went by the name Friedrich Christian Anton Lang, known to his friends as Fritz, made a little movie called Metropolis. In case you don't know the story, it goes like this: Boy meets Girl, Girl Gets Clones Into Evil Robot, Dystopian Nightmare Explodes, and a Kiss, The End. Somewhere in there dancing happens, and it is crazy awesome.

But thanks to a ferocious performance from actress Brigitte Helm you really couldn't get »

- JA

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A.I. "Robot & Frank"

20 April 2015 10:59 AM, PDT

We're going Sci-Fi (in part) and Artificial Intelligence especially in these last days of April. Here's Sebastian... 

Here's a film featuring artificial intelligence very much unlike those in theaters right now: Jake Schreier's Robot & Frank (2012) starring Frank Langella as an aging man reluctantly learning to accept a robot, voiced by Peter Sarsgaard, taking care of him when he begins to show signs of dementia. Robot & Frank garnered some critical acclaim but didn't make much noise at the box office. It's a quiet film, a deliberate one, set in "the near future" with a sentient, talking robot as a title character. It might be labelled as science-fiction but it isn't actually all that interested in playing to that genre's tropes and familiar storytelling devices.

The exact year Robot & Frank is set in is never explicitly stated, but it can't be too far off into our future from what we see on screen. »

- Sebastian Nebel

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Ten Thoughts I Had While Staring at The Walk Poster

20 April 2015 5:00 AM, PDT

Manuel, who is deathly afraid of heights, here to discuss the newest poster for Robert Zemeckis's upcoming film The Walk.

1. This looks like a dolly zoom waiting to happen.

2. I miss Death Becomes Her/Back to the Future Zemeckis. Heck, I even miss Cast Away/What Lies Beneath Zemeckis. Might this be the film that restores my faith in his kinetic filmmaking after over a decade of losing him to performance capture (and that Denzel film which everyone seemed to warm up to but which left me cold)?

3. Oh, this is giving me vertigo.

4. The poster doesn’t really draw attention to it, but the blue-eyed, strawberry-blond Joseph Gordon-Levitt from the trailer still haunts me.

5. God, my palms are sweaty. And this is just a poster! Bring back that gorgeous minimalist teaser!

6. Can this live up to Man on Wire, James Marsh’s Oscar-winning documentary about this very “walk »

- Manuel Betancourt

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