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Country Bumpkin: Bond’s Debut a Grating Escapade of Disingenuous Cliché
Swedish born Fredrik Bond, who’d made a notable name for himself as a successful director of commercials, makes his feature film debut with Charlie Countryman, unfortunately a clipped version of its initial moniker, originally titled the The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman upon its premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. This indeed is a misfortune, because Bond’s catchy title was the only original aspect about the film, now with as denuded a calling card as its content is absent anything of consequence. Inane, banal, and thoroughly unrealistic, the film plays like the interrupted fantasy of some melancholic teenager who falls asleep listening to ultra-hip tracks on his iPod.
- Nicholas Bell
Bill Paxton ate a Caesar salad for lunch on Monday. I don't know why in the world you'd want to know that, but I often read what an actor orders during this type of interview.
To be fair, it was supposed to be oysters. I met Paxton at a midtown Manhattan oyster bar, but the actor quickly called an audible on locations: "I'm looking to actually eat," he said, "do you mind if we go somewhere else?" Considering that I had not picked the oyster bar in the first place, I certainly didn't mind.
Honest truth: I've never met with an actor who is this excited about a role. Hopeful about future Oscar chances, or whatever? Sure. But never this ridiculously giddy. Paxton plays the heavy in "2 Guns" opposite Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, a role that allows him to chew scenery as if it were Hubba Bubba and gamely »
- Mike Ryan
The rain, and later cold, didn’t deter audiences as big numbers turned out for day two of Ebertfest. As evidenced by the pairing of “I Remember” with Days of Heaven, Roger put tremendous thought into his programming of the festival, something clearly on display with his choices for day two. The power and beauty of both family and art were thematic through-lines of the day, starting with the short, “To Music”.
Directed by Sophie Kohn and Feike Santbergen, “To Music” centers on Antwan, a lute player in the midst of depression who is eventually pulled out of it by hearing his pianist friend play Debussy’s “Claire de Lune” and picking up his lute again. There’s a clear sense of family in the film- Henriett, the female lead, can see that Antwan needs help. She tries to draw him out herself, she consults the local priest who tries as well, »
- Kate Kulzick
3 items from 2013
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