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Whether you are a filmmaker, or one of the Sundance programmers whose task it is to identify the films that make up a line-up, it is indeed the most wonderful time of the year. The 32nd edition of the Sundance Film Festival kicks off on January 21st with Park City and Salt Lake City. Two decades back, Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan’s Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern was the Grand Jury Prize winner in the Documentary section while Todd Solondz’s Welcome to the Dollhouse beat out the likes of Nicole Holofcener’s Walking and Talking, Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott’s Big Night, Mary Harron’s I Shot Andy Warhol and Alexander Payne’s Citizen Ruth for the Grand Jury Prize dramatic.
As per our tradition here on the site and as we all get ready for the festival, we like to propose an overview of the films we »
- Eric Lavallee
Premiering in competition at the 22nd Austin Film Festival, Stephan Littger's debut feature Her Composition stars one of my favorite indie actors Joslyn Jensen (Without, Funny Bunny) as talented but socially awkward composition student Malorie, who starts visiting high-end escort clients on her quest for overcoming writer's block. Littger's darkly comical and often surreal tale sees Malorie turning each client into yet another layer of her composition, positioning the unsuspecting viewer into silent co-conspirators along with her. Apart from a stellar lead, supporting actors Christian Campbell (Trick), Margot Bingham (Boardwalk Empire), Heather Matarazzo (Welcome to the Dollhouse) and comedian Rachel Feinstein round up the cast. Executive Producer is Oscar-nominated René Bastian (Transamerica).Ahead of its premiere at the Hideout theater, Friday, October 30 at 6pm, Twitch...
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Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel have plenty in common: endless improv chops, an appreciation for terrible cinema (Scheer hosts the podcast "How Did This Get Made?" about lame movies; Huebel hosts the La Upright Citizens Brigade revue "The Shit Show" where guests discuss their worst performances and gigs), and now, the experience of performing together on a giant glass bus. Their new special "Crash Test" sees the comics entertaining an audience on a large party bus as it travels through Los Angeles. On their journey, they meet fellow comics Aziz Ansari, Andy Daly, Rob Corddry, Aubrey Plaza, Natasha Leggero, Jack McBrayer, Thomas Lennon, Ian Karmel, and more. It's a wild ensemble held together by Scheer and Huebel's vaudevillian stamina. We caught up with Scheer and Huebel to discuss friendship in the comedy community, the greatness of bad movies, and what to think of the plagiarism scandal surrounding Twitter star Josh Ostrovsky, »
- Louis Virtel
Chicago – Greta Gerwig’s persona as a character actress has blossomed in the last three years, as she has taken on three women in their twenties at the crossroads of life, in that life decade of consequence. In addition to her title roles in “Lola Versus” and “Francis Ha,” her latest is “Mistress America,” which she also co-wrote.
Directed by Noah Baumbach, the film is essentially a buddy comedy, if the buddies are two women – one a Freshman in college and aspiring writer named Tracy (Lola Kirke), and the other (Gerwig) a overwrought urban survivalist named Brooke – living with uncertainty, guile and pomposity in New York City. Like the Greta Gerwig characters of Lola and Francis, Brooke is an achiever in a different way, as they all learn to understand what their purpose is, when challenged with life altering change that is not necessarily what they wanted.
Greta Gerwig and »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Major spoilers ahead as Pretty Little Liars finally reveals the identity of A in its season six finale...
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6.10 Game Over, Charles
Cece Drake, or more accurately, Charlotte Dilaurentis is A.
With that decision, Pretty Little Liars exploded everything we knew and thought we knew about this show. Cece Drake was not an outside choice, of course, even before the Charles reveal in Welcome To The Dollhouse. As we approached this big finale, she was one of the strongest contenders, and that's without seeing her for almost a full season. People were always going to be upset whomever the writers chose, but with Cece the reasons to revolt suddenly multiply.
I'm not going to talk in-depth about the fact that Pretty Little Liars chose to make its villain a transgender woman. That's been covered by people far smarter and more informed than me and in far more detail. »
At the world premiere of “Trainwreck” at the SXSW Film Festival last March, the loudest laughs from inside the theater came from the film’s director, Judd Apatow. Slumped down in a seat behind his new star, Amy Schumer, Apatow was so invested in the story about a thirtysomething magazine journalist who emerges from a series of one-night stands to begrudgingly find true love that he actually shushed a nearby, mortified fan who tried to open a candy wrapper.
Later, Apatow and Schumer would deliver a standup comedy set in Austin that provided the launching pad for a national tour they’d announce. And “Trainwreck,” which opens today, will keep the laughs coming. Apatow, one of the most prolific producers in Hollywood (“Girls,” “Anchorman 2,” “Begin Again,” “Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday,” etc.), has been selective about his own directorial projects. “Trainwreck” is his first film since 2012’s “This is 40, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
With production underway on Todd Solondz’s (Happiness) new film Wiener-Dog, Deadline is reporting that Kieran Culkin, Danny DeVito, Brie Larson, Ellen Burstyn, Zosia Mamet and Tracy Letts have signed on to the cast alongside Julie Delpy and Greta Gerwig.
Wiener-Dog will feature some characters from Solondz’s 1995 film Welcome to the Dollhouse, and is set to tell several stories featuring people who find their life inspired or changed by one particular dachshund.
The film is shooting now, with Annapurna Picture and Killer Films producing.
- Gary Collinson
"Claire Denis is teaming with British writer Zadie Smith on her first English-language film, which is set in space," reports Screen's Andreas Wiseman. She'll also be working with Olafur Eliasson, astrophysicist Aurélien Barrau and, once again, with Stuart Staples of Tindersticks. Also in the works: Todd Solondz's Wiener-Dog, a sort-of sequel to Welcome to the Dollhouse, with Greta Gerwig, Julie Delpy, Kieran Culkin, Danny DeVito, Brie Larson, Ellen Burstyn, Zosia Mamet and Tracy Letts. William Friedkin will direct and executive produce a TV adaptation of his 1985 film To Live and Die in L.A. Miroslav Slaboshpitsky's followup to The Tribe, Luxembourg, gets funding. And more. » - David Hudson »
The film is a follow-up to Solondz’s 1996 drama “Welcome to the Dollhouse,” in which the main character, Dawn Wiener — played by Heather Matarazzo — was teased with the nickname “Wiener Dog.” The castings of Gerwig, who will be playing the adult version of Dawn Weiner, and Delpy had been previously announced.
Megan Ellison is producing through her Annapurna Pictures alongside Christine Vachon of Killer Films. David Distenfeld is the executive overseeing the project for Annapurna Pictures, and David Hinojosa is overseeing for Killer Films.
The film tells several stories featuring people who find their life inspired or changed by one particular dachshund, who seems to be spreading comfort and joy.
- Dave McNary
Indie filmmaker Todd Solondz loves to play within his own cinematic universe ala Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino. 2009’s “Life During Wartime” is a quasi sequel to 1998’s “Happiness” and 2004's "Palindromes" begins at the funeral for Dawn Wiener, the protagonist from his debut feature “Welcome to the Dollhouse.” Well, Solondz is either ignoring his own cannon or just changing history with “Wiener-Dog,” his upcoming Annapurna Pictures comedy. The movie stars Greta Gerwig as the aforementioned Dawn Wiener grown up and the comedy tells several stories featuring people who find their life inspired or changed by one particular dachshund, who seems to be spreading comfort and joy Principal photography has begun on “Wiener-Dog,” and Annapurna has revealed its cast which includes the previously in-talks Julie Delpy, plus Kieran Culkin, Danny DeVito, Brie Larson, Ellen Burstyn, Zosia Mamet and writer/actor Tracy Letts. Megan Ellison is producing through her Annapurna »
- Edward Davis
Wiener-Dog relates several stories featuring people who find their life inspired or changed by a dachshund. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Erich von Stroheim's Greed tops Jonathan Rosenbaum's list of "The Greatest American Films Ever Made." More lists: "25 Emerging North American Indie Directors You Need To Know" and "Experimental Film & Video @ Los Angeles (1958 - 2010)." Also today: Terrence Rafferty on "The Decline of the American Actor"; James Knight on Samuel Fuller's Forty Guns; Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, pro and con; interviews with John Akomfrah, Hirokazu Koreeda, Mia Hansen-Løve and Miroslav Slaboshpitsky; a big awards night for Sebastian Schipper's Victoria; Todd Solondz's sequel to Welcome to the Dollhouse with Greta Gerwig and Julie Delpy—and more. » - David Hudson »
Pretty Little Liars is becoming a completely different show, in a good way. Here's Caroline's review of the latest episode...
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6.2 Songs Of Innocence
This is not the show it used to be. That show, the one with the lip-gloss and the perfect hair and the silly soap opera drama might be gone for good. At the very least, it's been paused. Songs Of Innocence is nothing like an episode of Pretty Little Liars at all, really, taking a step back from the mystery and just allowing us to look at these girls, what they've been through, and what they've been forced to become.
The previous two episodes, Welcome To The Dollhouse and Game On, Charles, were over-the-top, macabre Pll at its very, very best, but this is the other side of the show. It's the Liars, their friendship and their furious resilience in the face of »
Angelina Jolie celebrates her 40th birthday today (June 4), and to mark the occasion here at Digital Spy we've rifled through our DVD collections to pick out our favourite Jolie films.
Remember her breakthrough with Hackers way back in the '90s? How about the ass-kicking turn in Tomb Raider or her soulful performance in A Mighty Heart? Read on to find out our Jolie favourites then have your say on her best big screen roles in the comments below...
With Hackers already spoken for, and Morgan Freeman's ridiculous 'loom of fate' ruining the otherwise rather decent Wanted, Jolie's turn as gaming icon Lara Croft looms largest over her career for me – largest in that it's still somehow seen as a rather huge mistake that she inexplicably recovered from. That reputation is one really worth reassessing, though. Sure, Jolie only narrowly missed out »
As Pretty Little Liars opens its penultimate season, it's clear that it's so much more than either a mystery or teen drama...
This review contains spoilers.
6.1 Game On, Charles
The mystery isn't the point. I feel like that's an especially important thing to remind ourselves of as we enter this penultimate season of Pretty Little Liars. It doesn't matter who A ends up being, because A isn't our protagonist. This show is about it's titular Liars, whether that's our core four of Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily, or those inducted later like Alison and Mona or even Ezra and Toby.
This show pitches itself as a mystery show, but it also masquerades as a teen drama. It's neither and both of those things at its core, but I'd argue that the reason it's been on the air so long and retains so much of its Twitter-friendly popularity is because it's »
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Check here for a complete list of our essays. Just one glance at the Oscar nominees for 1998 might make it seem less a questionable choice for “best year in film” — and more an insane one. Instead of a 1974 – The Godfather II, The Conversation, Chinatown, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, etc – or even a 1994, where Shawshank, Quiz Show, and Pulp Fiction lost to Gump – you choose a year where the Oscars would allow Roberto Benigni to climb atop both the figurative and literal chairs of the Shrine? Fine, step away from the Oscars. Would you still celebrate a year that saw not one, but two movies about asteroids threatening the Earth? A year that saw such scars carved across cinematic history as Patch Adams, My Giant, Stepmom, and Krippendorf’s Tribe? It bears repeating: Krippendorf’S Tribe? »
- Michael Oates Palmer
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
Director Asia Argento's startling new work Incompresa was one of my very favorite films from last year (check out my review) and a new international trailer has surfaced that does a really nice job of hinting at the film's youthful anarchy. It's missing some of the movie's pathos, but since Incompresa is a film that also celebrates the ups that accompany the downs of adolescence, it feels appropriate to post. I urge you to check out this movie (I rarely lay down my affection for a film that hard in a review) when it gets a Us release date. It's probably closer to The 400 Blows than Welcome to the Dollhouse, but viewing it though either of those aesthetic lenses should suit you just fine. Check out the Incompresa trailer below. The film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Giulia Salerno and Gabriel Garko. We'll let you know about the Us release »
- Evan Dickson
Pretty Little Liars' season 5 finale went a long way to fixing what's been wrong with the show of late, and in a really exciting way...
This review contains spoilers.
It was a gradual process, turning away from Pretty Little Liars. It wasn’t with one episode or one storyline (though the Ezra-is-a debacle almost qualified) that forced me to take a step back from the mystery, the characters and the series in general, but rather a frustration with how convoluted it had become – hard to theorise about and near-impossible to come up with any sort of coherent answer.
Maybe it’s my own residual Ptsd from Lost, or maybe it was an actual problem the show had to solve. Either way, this episode went a long way to fixing what I perceived to have broken about the show, and it did so in the most exciting, »
Pretty Little Liars finally unmasked A when Spencer, Aria, Hanna and Emily found themselves trapped in an A-made dollhouse with a very much alive Mona in the season 5 finale, “Welcome to the Dollhouse.” Pll 5×25 Recap We begin with the girls being transported in a van, supposedly to another prison. Aria (Lucy Hale), Hanna […]
The post ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Finale Recap: Mona Lives, ‘A’ Is Revealed appeared first on uInterview. »
- Olivia Truffaut
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