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Inside 'Red Oaks': An Eighties TV Show That's Not Ironic

6 October 2015 11:26 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

"The Eighties were good to me," says Jennifer Grey, and considering she's best known for having the time of her life with Patrick Swayze in 1987's Dirty Dancing, that would make sense. "You know those people who rock that hairdo from the moment they got laid the most in their life? The Eighties are a bit like that for me."

Grey, who also appeared in Red Dawn and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, isn't quite ready to leave the age of Rubik's cubes and Max Headroom behind — she currently appears as »

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Parker Posey: An Independent Woman in ‘Irrational Man’

17 July 2015 11:06 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Irrational Man is the 45th feature that Woody Allen has directed, but what’s perhaps more shocking is that it’s his first film with actress Parker Posey. Triumphantly wearing the crown of “Queen of the Indies” during her prolific 1990s, it’s a shock and wonder Posey hasn’t already worked with Allen, who could easily be labeled the Godfather of the genre.

While Irrational Man may be the start of a fruitful collaboration between the two, Posey has a long history of working with other notable American independent filmmakers. Whether as the star or as a cameo she has the ability to bring a jolt of energy that feels strong enough alone to power a complete film. When utilizing Posey, it’s the director who finds their own way to harness her energy and shape it into the memorable moments that often bear multiple viewings. Looking back on »

- Rodney Uhler

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Aubrey Plaza Joins Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates, Cast Sounds Incredible

28 April 2015 9:55 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The title may be a mouthful, but the upcoming comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is putting together one hell of a cast full of talented young actors. Now they.ve added one more, as Aubrey Plaza has joined the festivities. Variety reports that the Parks and Recreation, Safety Not Guaranteed, and The To Do List star has signed up to appear alongside Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, and Adam Devine in the brewing comedy. You can currently check out Plaza in Ned Rifle, the third film in Hal Hartley.s quirky, long-gestating trilogy that began with Henry Fool in 1997 and continued with Fay Grim in 2006. In Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Efron and Devine play two immature, hard-partying brothers. When they become desperate to find dates for a wedding, they place an online personal add hoping to score a couple, only they meet their match in a pair »

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Why 1980 Was the Best Year in Movie History

27 April 2015 12:06 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Aubrey Plaza Joins Zac Efron in Fox’s ‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’ (Exclusive)

27 April 2015 11:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Aubrey Plaza is set to join Zac Efron and Adam Devine in 20th Century Fox and Chernin’s comedy “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.”

Anna Kendrick is also on board to co-star.

Jake Szymanski will direct, with Chernin Entertainment producing along with Jonathan Levine. Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien penned the script, which tells the story of two hard-partying and immature brothers who place an ad online to find dates for a wedding and find a pair of women who can out-party them. Daria Cercek is overseeing the project for Fox.

The project marks a reunion for Plaza and Efron, who recently wrapped production on the Lionsgate comedy “Dirty Grandpa.” The films also allows Plaza to team with Kendrick, with whom she regularly has snarky Twitter exchanges with and previously appeared with in “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.”

Plaza currently stars in Hal Hartley’s dark comedy “Ned Rifle” as Susan, »

- Justin Kroll

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Interview: Hal Hartley And Aubrey Plaza Talk Ned Rifle

6 April 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

"An honest man is always in trouble," Henry Fool tells Simon Grim in the first installment of Hal Hartley's Grim family trilogy. This is certainly true of Henry, a wandering Übermensch who is felt as a muse wherever he rambles, and it quickly becomes true of Simon under Henry's influence. Like a walking big bang, Henry saunters into Queens in Hartley's 1997 film Henry Fool, where he sets into motion the profound career of Simon - a garbage man savant, whose own honest poetry earns him community hatred - and acquires the infatuation and love of Simon's sister, Fay.Fay is given the title role of Hartley's 2006 Fay Grim, a comedy that takes aim at post 9/11 paranoia through bumbling espionage. Nine years after the events...

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Movie Review: Ned Rifle Is Occasionally Compelling, But It Doesn’t Really Go Anywhere

4 April 2015 1:19 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Back in the 1990s, Hal Hartley was one of the signature directors of American independent cinema. His films weren’t for all tastes, but they sure were distinct: His aesthetic was colorful, but calm; his actors deadpan, but articulate. The films were often ironic romances, with bursts of casual criminality and tossed-off philosophy. Godard was clearly an influence, as was Jim Jarmusch. But Hartley’s voice was very much his. And, as evidenced in films like The Unbearable Truth and Simple Men, it was perfect for those jaded, scare-quote-friendly times. That’s not a knock: I watched those movies religiously, and I still occasionally revisit them.In 1997 Hartley made what was probably his greatest film, Henry Fool, a surprisingly complex, ambitious comedy about a mysterious, charismatic, but largely talentless novelist (Thomas Jay Ryan), who befriends and inspires a garbage man (James Urbaniak) and romances his sister (Parker Posey). The garbage »

- Bilge Ebiri

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Hal Hartley's Grim Family: An Oral History From 'Henry Fool' to 'Ned Rifle'

2 April 2015 7:31 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In 1997, writer-director Hal Hartley's "Henry Fool" took the filmmaker's career to new heights with the story of the titular novelist (Thomas Jay Ryan), a garrulous, self-involved man of the world who befriends garbageman Simon Grim (James Urbaniak) and seduces Simon's sister Fay (Parker Posey), who gives birth to a son, Ned (Liam Aiken). The movie was acclaimed on the festival circuit and developed a cult status among cinephiles hip to Hartley's ironic dialogue and inventive characters. But the story didn't end there: In 2006, Hartley made "Fay Grim," an innovative sequel that took the mold of a spy thriller and focused on Fay's life after Henry disappears. This week, the trilogy comes to a close with "Ned Rifle," which shifts focus to Aiken's character — now all grown up and himself eager to confront his father's neglectful tendencies. Read More: Review: 'Ned Rifle,' Starring Aubrey Plaza, is a »

- Eric Kohn

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‘Ned Rifle’ Review: Aubrey Plaza, Liam Aiken Seek Revenge in the Close of Hal Hartley’s Trilogy

1 April 2015 11:59 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Nineties indie auteur Hal Hartley lends his onetime pseudonym Ned Rifle to the protagonist of his latest film, which caps the talky trilogy begun by 1997’s “Henry Fool” and followed up by 2006’s “Fay Grim.” But the 18-year-old son of the peripatetic literary gasbag Henry (Thomas Jay Ryan) and the incarcerated “lady terrorist” Fay (Parker Posey) likely isn’t an autobiographical creation. Determined to kill his father for landing his mother in prison for the rest of her life — though it turns there’s a lot this foster kid doesn’t know about his birth family — Ned (Liam Aiken) is simultaneously. »

- Inkoo Kang

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12 Indies to Watch on VOD This April: 'Lost River,' 'Ned Rifle' and More

1 April 2015 7:28 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: The 10 Indie Films You Must See This April "Ned Rifle" (Vimeo, April 1)Director Hal Hartley's style first came to prominence with 1997's "Henry Fool," the tale of a self-involved garbage man-come-novelist (Thomas Jay Ryan) who romances the hapless Fay Grim (Parker Posey). Whereas that movie poked fun at literary aspirations, plot-heavy 2006 sequel "Fay Grim" grappled with a post-9/11 world in which the elusive Henry became a wanted terrorist. Concluding with Fay taking the fall for Henry and winding up behind bars, the story set the stage for a third character to take prominence in this idiosyncratic indie franchise — the couple's son, Ned (Liam Aiken), whose time has come to wrestle control of the messy situation. With "Ned Rifle," Hartley brings this eccentric trilogy to a close, centering on Henry and Fay's forlorn son as yet another template for skewering American sensibilities. The result consolidates the appeal of Hartley's. »

- Indiewire

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Hal Hartley Anchors His Humor to a Genuinely Thrilling Story in Ned Rifle

31 March 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Hal Hartley is nothing if not the progenitor of his own carefully cultivated cinematic world: the Hartleyverse, always filled with comically affected characters, allusions to other works of art, and dry social commentary. It's all there in Ned Rifle, the final entry in Hartley's trilogy that, starting with Henry Fool, examines one deeply eccentric family. Eighteen-year-old Ned (Liam Aiken) is on a quest to murder his notorious criminal father, Henry (Thomas Jay Ryan), for getting Ned's mother, Fay, sent to prison as a result of Henry's terrorist associations. Ned has spent the past ten years in foster care, and has grown into a pious young man with a religiously fervent sense of morality — a welcome contrast against the more ethically malleab »

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Review: For Those Curious About The End Of The 'Henry Fool' Saga, 'Ned Rifle' Is Worth Making Time For

31 March 2015 3:55 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. By this point, you're either a Hal Hartley devotee, or you're not. The fiercely independent filmmaker established his unique voice on films like "Trust," "Flirt," and "The Unbelievable Truth," and forged an offbeat indie genre unto himself (though it’s never been in vogue). And for most of his career, Hartley’s stayed far away from the studio system (2001's underrated "No Such Thing" being an exception). In 1997, the filmmaker arguably reached the peak of his critical acclaim with "Henry Fool," walking away from the Cannes Film Festival with a Best Screenplay award. It was perhaps the sharpest, most hilarious representation of the filmmaker's distinctly offbeat aesthetics — his deadpan tone, the arch theatrically heightened mise en scene — and he wasn't done with those characters and that world. Nine years later he returned with the sequel, "Fay »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Hal Hartley and Aubrey Plaza Talk Ned Rifle and Dirty Grandpa at SXSW

30 March 2015 3:51 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Eighteen years after Henry Fool (Thomas Jay Ryan) turned lowly garbageman Simon Grim (James Urbaniak) into an accomplished poet and nine years after Henry got Fay Grim (Parker Posey) involved in an international security conundrum, writer-director Hal Hartley is wrapping up his Fool/Grim trilogy with Ned Rifle. This installment centers on Henry and Fay’s son, Ned (Liam Aiken). With his mother in prison and his father’s whereabouts unknown, Ned is sent to live with Reverend Daniel Gardner (Martin Donovan) and his family. However, when Ned turns 18, he decides it’s time to head off and kill the person responsible for ruining his mother’s life, his father. With Ned Rifle screening at SXSW in the Festival Favorites section, I got the opportunity to discuss the film with Hartley and Aubrey Plaza who steps in as Susan, the underage girl Henry slept with prior to the events of Henry Fool. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Exclusive: Aubrey Plaza Is Capable Of Anything In Clip For Hal Hartley's 'Ned Rifle'

30 March 2015 12:15 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It started with the Cannes Screenplay prize winning "Henry Fool" in 1997, continued with "Fay Grim" in 2006, and now the story wraps up with "Ned Rifle." Hal Hartley's trilogy that started with a garbageman turned novelist, inspired to greatness by his friend Henry whose ego was bigger than his talent, features all of his trademark wit, dry humor and distinct tone. And just as the film heads into limited release, the director's works — which include "Trust," "Surviving Desire," and "The Book Of Life" — are getting a retrospective courtesy of Cinefamily in Los Angeles. "Hal Hartley's name is synonymous with 'independent filmmaking' since the golden age of Sundance. He's been writing, directing, producing his own films his own way — even playing the music or marketing them himself. It's been too long since he's been to Los Angeles, and with his newest 'Ned Rifle' — the completion of the trilogy that started with 'Henry. »

- Edward Davis

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Ned Rifle | Review

30 March 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Nobody’s Fool: Hartley Concludes His Grim Trilogy

While it may be wholly unnecessary to see the two preceding films in the loosely knit Grim trilogy that Hal Hartley began back in 1997 with Henry Fool, at least in order to comprehend what’s going on in Ned Rifle, the final chapter of the bizarre familial saga, your opinion of the previous installments will definitely help you navigate his typically odd universe. While all three films are similar in tone, this latest feels appropriately like an intermingling of the first two, filled with overzealous monologues that can easily be dismissed as arch pretense and a droll, deadpan wittiness that manages to be charming despite its highly artificial tableau.

About to turn eighteen, Ned Rifle (Liam Aiken) wishes to leave the haven of witness protection and reach out to his incarcerated mother, Fay Grim (Parker Posey), convicted of terrorist activities and serving a life sentence. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Hal Hartley Film Retrospective, Cinefamily, Los Angeles, April 2-4

27 March 2015 12:52 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Cinema Retro has received the following press release:

The Cinefamily presents

A Hal Hartley Film Retrospective

April 2nd - 4th, 2015

*Additional Saturday matinee screenings throughout April

• Featuring eight career spanning films, with Hal Hartley in attendance, April 2nd  - 4th

• The Los Angeles premiere of his newest film Ned Rifle, with guest appearances by film's stars Aubrey Plaza, James Urbaniak and Liam Aiken

• An exhibition of limited edition photographic prints of stills from his films

• Retrospective is the kickoff of a weeklong Cinefamily run of Ned Rifle (April 3rd - April 9th)

 "Unbelievable Truth". (Photo: copyright PossibleFilms).

Cinefamily presents the first-ever West Coast retrospective of the works of iconic film auteur Hal Hartley. Hartley’s stylized, deadpan screwball dramas, taut dialogue and offbeat characters helped define classic American independent filmmaking, and his films offered breakthrough roles to numerous actors, including Parker Posey, Edie Falco, Adrienne Shelley, Pj Harvey, and Martin Donovan. »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Ned Rifle Review | SXSW 2015

26 March 2015 11:04 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

It’s been about 17 years since Henry Fool hit theaters, but the time has finally come for writer-director Hal Hartley to wrap up the trilogy. Whether or not you go into Ned Rifle with a connection to the characters, there is some fun to be had with the material, but knowing what the group experienced in prior films will undoubtedly enrich the experience. However, on the other hand, Hartley did kick off the series with an eccentric yet thoughtful character journey so there’s no overlooking the fact that Ned Rifle feels more like playtime in an unnecessarily heightened version of the world he established in the first installment. Liam Aiken leads as Ned Rifle. When his mother, Fay Grim (Parker Posey), is convicted of treason and given a life sentence, Ned is sent to live with Reverend Daniel Gardner (Martin Donovan) and his family. Four years later, Ned turns »

- Perri Nemiroff

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'Ned Rifle' (2015) Movie Review

20 March 2015 8:15 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I have never seen a film by Hal Hartley. He's a filmmaker who has been maneuvering around the independent film scene for decades, and he's just a blind spot for me. Consequently, I've never seen the previous two entries to the trilogy Ned Rifle serves to conclude, those being 1997's Henry Fool and 2006's Fay Grim. In a way it seems he's taking a page from Richard Linklater's Before series and releasing a new entry every nine years. If this film did anything, it made me interested in checking out Hartley's other films, particularly the two I mentioned, but despite my enjoyment of hearing this deadpan dialogue excellently delivered (mostly) by a talented ensemble of actors, the film is so dry it made it difficult to connect with some of its characters, mainly the titular lead. Ned Grim (Liam Aiken) has taken up the persona "Ned Rifle", and has »

- Mike Shutt

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SXSW 2015, The Good: ‘Manglehorn,’ ‘Hello, My Name is Doris,’ ‘Spy,’ ‘Love & Mercy’ and More

19 March 2015 7:03 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

SXSW 2015 Film Review

complete coverage of the SXSW Film Festival 2015

The Overnight

Director/Screenwriter: Patrick Brice

Two families meet at the park and set up a playdate that has unexpected outcomes for all. Cast: Adam Scott, Jason Schwartzman, Taylor Schilling, Judith Godrèche. (film synopsis from sxsw.com)


It’s hilarious. The boundaries of bromance, marriage, friendship and even penis comedy are pushed to a very funny limit with this film. It’s great to see Schilling doing great work outside of “Orange is the New Black.”

Final Score: 8/10



Director: David Gordon Green, Screenwriter: Paul Logan

Reclusive small town locksmith, A.J. Manglehorn, who has never recovered from his losing his true love embarks on a new tenuous relationship with a local woman he meets at the bank. Cast: Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine, Chris Messina. (U.S. Premiere)

(film synopsis from sxsw.com)


You probably »

- Jeff Bayer

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See This Before You Die: Hal Hartley's 'Trust'

16 March 2015 6:05 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Dad, give me five dollars." The opening line of writer/director Hal Hartley's "Trust" is delivered in a monotone by Adrienne Shelly, as she applies purple lipstick and stares blankly into a compact mirror. It's a striking shot that establishes everything you need to know about her character Maria -- a high school dropout and case study in youthful entitlement and vanity. Over a career spanning three decades Hartley has been an amazingly prolific filmmaker, directing a total of 15 features and 18 shorts. Unlike many of his late '80s/early '90s indie contemporaries (Quentin Tarantino, Gus Van Sant, Richard Linklater, et al), he has never catered to mainstream tastes, and his work has been greeted by the public in kind. He is known for creating stylized worlds that feel somehow hermetic and worldly, stilted and soulful, in films ranging from 1992's "Simple Men" to 1997's "Henry Fool," and »

- Chris Eggertsen

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