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Marvel have released a five-minute preview of James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and in it we get our best look yet at the movie and how the characters interact than in any of the other recent TV spots and clips.
The clip (which has clearly been edited down a little) offers up a few new plot details and mainly focuses on the Guardians and their imprisonment at an early point in the movie. Interestingly, Dave Bautista’s Drax the Destroyer isn’t with them at this point, so how he joins the team is yet another thing which has yet to be revealed.
Rocket Raccon (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel) get a lot of the spotlight here, while we also get to see Star-Lord’s (Chris Pratt) reaction to some of his Earthly possessions being messed with. That then leads to the reveal of the moment in »
- Josh Wilding
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The Ann Arbor Film Festival makes for an ideal entry point for festival novices wanting to dive into the cinema referred to as avant-garde, experimental, or simply, artist’s. The Michigan Theater hosts all of the screenings for the fest (minus a straggler here and there), making it easy to catch as many films as your heart desires. After 52 years, the festival has created a community for itself in the city. On one end, you have the pros who’ve been there since the beginning and openly opine for the good old days when the smell of activism filled the theater. On the other, you have “the youth”; the University of Michigan providing an inexhaustible supply of the curious and the studious. And, of course, you have the typical film fans and socializers balancing out the mix. This sense of community is cemented »
- Alex Hansen
The 52nd annual Ann Arbor Film Festival will be a jam-packed experimental feature and short film screening event running for six days and nights, this time on March 25-30.
Opening Night will feature a reception and an after-party, and stuffed between those will be a block of nine short films, including new ones by Bryan Boyce, Michael Robinson, Jennifer Reeder and Martha Colburn, as well as a never-before-released work by the legendary Bruce Baillie called Little Girl in which Baillie captured scenes of natural beauty.
Special Events scattered throughout the festival include a retrospective of indie filmmaker Penelope Spheeris that will feature her rock ‘n’ roll-based work, including the original The Decline of Western Civilization, plus The Decline of Western Civilization Part III, her influential punk film Suburbia (screening twice) and a collection of short films.
There will also be several films and presentations by filmmaking scholar Thom Andersen, such »
- Mike Everleth
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