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When it comes to nurturing the next generation of New York filmmakers, Marcie Bloom believes in the personal touch.
The former co-president of Sony Pictures Classics launched her own mentoring program, the Marcie Bloom Fellowship in Film, in 2007. It admits just four aspiring filmmakers a year, who meet once a month in her Upper West Side apartment.
The chosen few, typically college seniors or grad students, mingle and bond with guest speakers from the cream of Gotham’s indie community, in an atmosphere that’s as much social as professional.
“It’s a networking service,” Bloom explains. “We bring our fellows into contact with people that they wouldn’t otherwise get the chance to meet, and certainly not in such a casual and intimate way.”
Bloom hosts the salons at her home for a simple reason — she’s been wheelchair-bound since a brain hemorrhage in 1996 left her partially paralyzed. The »
- Adam Dawtrey
★★★☆☆ To say that Pedro Almodóvar's Pointer Sisters-referencing I'm So Excited (Los amantes pasajeros, 2013) is one of the flamboyant Spanish auteur's more inconsequential efforts would perhaps be doing it a disservice; it is, after all, as interested in sexual politics and forms of control and restraint as any of his previous films. The key distinction to make, then, is that this is arguably his first all-out comedy, forgoing heartrending melodrama in favour of sharp one-liners and trusted sight gags. As expected, Almodóvar proves himself a deft comic director, though this latest enjoyable offering does struggle to reach the dizzying heights of his finest work.
An Airplane! for post-recession Spain, I'm So Excited takes place almost entirely aboard an ill-fated commercial flight en route to Mexico City. With the plane's landing gear damaged before take off - in a sequence which features cameos from Almodóvar regulars Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz »
- CineVue UK
Chaos reigns in business class in Pedro Almodóvar's slight yet droll commentary on post-crash Spain
Pedro Almodóvar, who turns 64 in September, is Spain's most important film-maker since Luis Buñuel and one of the first directors to enter mainstream cinema as openly gay. He made the last great movie of the 20th century, All About My Mother, and the first great movie of the 21st century, Talk to Her. He began his career making courageous, outrageous low-budget comedies, pushing the envelope of taste and acceptability in the immediate aftermath of Franco's dictatorship. Now with I'm So Excited! he characteristically combines subtlety and frivolity in a Wildean manner to comment upon Spain's current moral and economic crisis.
His recent films have been seriocomedies, their plots complicated and referential. In All About My Mother, for instance, he brought together A Streetcar Named Desire and All About Eve. I'm So Excited! returns to a looser form, »
- Philip French
Pedro Almodóvar's air steward farce could be some kind of national allegory – but the great director's real interest lies in returning to the good-natured sex comedy of his youth
Pedro Almodóvar's new film is a cheeky comedy about stressy homosexuals in an aeroplane going round and round in the sky without getting anywhere. There are some stressy heterosexuals as well. They are theoretically menaced by a danger that no one, least of all the audience, is taking all that seriously. The movie is Almodóvar's satirical venting of national exasperation with the economy, the king and perhaps even Spain itself – a troubled country that the plane is making its hazardous and entirely ineffective attempt to leave. But finally it's less ambitious than that: more like a lark, a small-scale domestic flight that returns the director, inevitably, to his favourite, hedonistic concerns of sexual identity and sexual transgression.
In the opening credits, »
- Peter Bradshaw
We have 2 new UK posters and have updated the image gallery for I'm So Excited, distributed Stateside by Sony Pictures Classics and in France by Pathe's. The Pedro Almodovar film opens in U.S. on June 28th, while U.K. fans can catch it from May 3rd. The film re-unites Almodóvar with Cecilia Roth (All About My Mother), Lola Dueñas (Volver), Javier Cámara (Talk to Her) and Blanca Suárez (The Skin I Live In) as well as many other of his frequent collaborators. Also in the cast are Carlos Areces, Raúl Arévalo, Hugo Silva, Antonio de la Torre, José María Yazpik, Guillermo Toledo, José Luis Torrijo, Miguel Ángel Silvestre with cameo performances from Paz Vega and in their first film together Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas. »
I'm So Excited (Spanish: Los amantes pasajeros), 2013.
Writted and Directed by Pedro Almodovar.
When it appears as though the end is in sight, the pilots, flight crew, and passengers of a plane heading to Mexico City look to forget the anguish of the moment and face the greatest danger, which we carry within ourselves.
Pedro Almodóvar is a force to be reckoned with. A director who doesn't appear to make any compromises, making a film almost annually in the eighties, and becoming accepted in the mainstream market since 2000. He has a back-catalogue as diverse as Bad Education, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and a close-knit group of actors to turn to - including Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz, »
- Flickering Myth
He's one of cinema's most visionary directors, and his films have shaped the way we see his country. So how does Pedro Almodóvar choose to portray Spain's catastrophic economic crisis? With an outrageous, sex-sozzled farce
Pedro Almodóvar is hobbling. He is also hopping mad. He has come into his Madrid office – where visitors are greeted by a massive album of Helmut Newton nudes – despite surgery on his knee the day before. Hence the hobble. But what really hurts him is that, forced to rest from his normally hectic routine of scriptwriting, the director has spent his convalescence watching the news. "Some days I try not to see the news at all," he says. "But yesterday I couldn't avoid it. It is all horrific."
Almodóvar's day in front of the television consuming endless stories of the country's economic woes, which have left a quarter of Spaniards out of work, has made him indignant. »
- Giles Tremlett
• Cameron Diaz is in early talks to reunite with her Bad Teacher team, including co-star Jason Segel and director Jake Kasdan (New Girl, Orange County) for the Sony Pictures comedy Sex Tape. The story is about a married couple who makes a sex tape that goes missing by the morning. The Back-Up Plan scribe Kate Angelo wrote the script. [The Wrap]
• Will Smith is making moves. First news broke that he was in final talks to star in Focus from the directors of Crazy Stupid Love, then After Earth got an earlier release date, and now he may be ready to line up a few more projects. »
- Lindsey Bahr
The movie follows a slave-turned-gladiator named Milo who sets out to rescue his true love Flavia from the clutches of a corrupt Roman General; all of this amid the backdrop of a massive volcanic eruption.
Vega will play a high priestess named Strigana.
Vega also has a part in Pedro Almodóvar’s I’m So Excited, which will be released this year.
The film is set for release on Feb. 28, 2014.
Source: Variety »
- Alex Corey
Film Independent, which produces the L.A. Film Festival, announced the opening night selection on Wednesday. The festival will be the North American premiere of I’m So Excited!, following openings across Europe last month. A U.S. release date is set for June 28.
Film Independent describes I’m So Excited! as “the story of a varied group of people in a precarious situation aboard a »
- Emily Rome
You have to go back to 2002's "Talk to Her" to find a Pedro Almodóvar film that didn't show up at the Cannes Film Festival -- not that that's a bad precedent, of course -- but his new comedy "I'm So Excited!" is taking the same path. Instead, the film's big festival appointment looks to be a less pressured one. It's just been announced that "I'm So Excited!" will open the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 13, a little over two weeks ahead of its Us release, and it seems like a suitably fun pick for curtain-raising duties. The film »
- Guy Lodge
The Los Angeles Film Festival has announced the North American Premiere of Pedro Almodóvar’s "I’m So Excited!" will open the festival on Thursday, June 13th. The film’s release is set for the U.S. two weeks later by Sony Pictures Classics. “Film Independent and the Los Angeles Film Festival are thrilled tohost the brilliant Pedro Almodóvar’s North American premiere of I’m So Excited!,” said Festival Director Stephanie Allain in a statement. “Los Angeles, fasten your seatbelts for a fun, comedic ride!” A narrative is set almost entirely on an airplane, it reteams Almodovar with Javier Cámara ("Talk To Her"), Cecilia Roth ("All About My Mother"), Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas (though the latter two in cameo roles) and judging from the trailer it looks a campy return to Almodovar's delightfully comic roots. "Pedro Almódovar is the cinematic gift who keeps on giving," added David Ansen, »
- Peter Knegt
Hi everyone! Amir here, to bring you exciting festival news at month's end. Nathaniel is heading to the Nashville Film Festival as a jury member and for the first time at The Film Experience, we’re also going to cover the Hot Docs Festival, North America’s largest documentary fest, which is held in Toronto. It’s a record breaking year for their ever-expanding programme: there are 205 documentaries screening, 44 of which are world premieres.
The Manor, Hot Docs' opening film
Hot Docs hits two important milestones this year. First, the festival turns 20: “It’s not a teenager anymore” as the director announced at the press conference; it's a major triumph for a niche festival to become a mainstay. Second, Bloor Cinema, the theatre that hosts most of the screenings turns 100! It’s one of Canada’s oldest and most nostalgia inducing cinemas. Had it not been for their incredibly »
- Amir S.
We’ve just received news from Pathé and Twentieth Century Fox about the release Pedro Almodóvar’s new film I’M So Excited! The film follows a very mixed group of travellers are in a life-threatening situation on board a plane flying to Mexico City and is released in the UK on Friday 3 May.
Their defenselessness in the face of danger provokes a general catharsis that ends up becoming the best way to escape from the idea of death. This catharsis, developed in the tone of a riotous, moral comedy, fills the time with unforeseeable confessions that help them forget the anguish of the moment and face the greatest of dangers, that which they each carry within themselves. It looks a lot of fun, check out the ridiculous trailer:
- Dan Bullock
Almodóvar box office in the early 21st century: The airplaine-set comedy I'm so Excited boasts Almodóvar's biggest opening-weekend, but Volver remains his biggest worldwide hit. I'm So Excited, the Pedro Almodóvar comedy starring Javier Cámara, Lola Dueñas, Cecilia Roth, and cameos by several top Spanish cinema celebrities, was behind only the Sam Raimi / James Franco fantasy adventure Oz the Great and Powerful at the Spanish box office this past weekend (March 8 - 10). For comparison's sake, you'll find below the Spanish and worldwide grosses of Almodóvar's feature films that have been released so far in the 21st century, according to numbers found on the web site Box Office Mojo. (Pictured above are fey flight attendants Javier Cámara, Raúl Arévalo, and Carlos Areces in Pedro Almodóvar's I'm So Excited.) In March 2013, I'm So Excited / Los amantes pasajeros debuted with $2.5 million at 298 venues. In September 2011, The Skin I Live In / La piel que habito, »
- Zac Gille
The reliably perverse, insightful and talented Spanish auteur has given us family dramas (Volver), the wacky and sexually bizarre (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!), the emotional (Talk to Her) and the icky (The Skin I Live In) and is responsible for launching the careers of two of the most famous Spanish actors, so it's no surprise that the trailer for his new movie is joyful, weird, high camp and naughty.
The aptly-titled I'm So Excited rolls out like a bottle episode, where all the action takes place on an airplane doomed to crash, or explode or generally not make it to the destination in one piece, according to a psychic on board who has an, ahem, interesting replacement for the more traditional crystal ball.
- Andrea Miller
Kino Lorber, Inc. has acquired U.S. theatrical rights to Joan Carr-Wiggin's comedy "if i were you." The film stars Academy Award-winner Marcia Gay Harden, Leonor Watling ("Talk to Her"), and Aidan Quinn. Marcia Gay Harden plays Madelyn Reid, a woman who becomes aware of her husband's affair after saving his mistress Lucy (Leonor Watling) from her suicide attempt. Madelyn tries to seize the upper hand when Lucy suggests they take each other's advice, but things get messy when Madelyn's co-worker and a handsome stranger (Aidan Quinn) are thrown into the mix. Kino Lorber's CEO Richard Lorber, stated, "'if i were you' is a charming, smart and funny look at the unexpected places life can take us. Marcia Gay Harden's virtuosity and emotional mastery as an actress have never been put to better use as she and Leonor Watling escalate hilarious complications in this refreshing female-drive comedy. »
- Cristina A. Gonzalez
Pedro Almodóvar I’m So Excited trailer, with Miguel Ángel Silvestre Pedro Almodóvar’s upcoming movie, I’m So Excited / Los amantes pasajeros (literally, "passing lovers" and/or "passenger lovers") has a new and full trailer. That’s the good news. The not-so-good news (for non-Spanish speakers): it’s in Spanish, without subtitles. (Please scroll down to check out the I’m So Excited trailer.) [Photo: Miguel Ángel Silvestre in Pedro Almodóvar's I'm So Excited.] But don’t feel bad if you don’t speak Spanish. After all, even Spanish speakers will likely have to pay close attention to the one-gazillion-words-a-minute dialogue — which would put James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Una Merkel, et al. to shame. I’m So Excited plot I’m So Excited is set on an airplane flying from Spain to Mexico City. If the trailer is any indication, the plane in question has many more staff members than passengers. Perhaps not such a bad thing, considering »
- Andre Soares
Appropros of nothing other than to whet your appetite for more Film Bitch Awards announcements, this site's long running awards (I agonize over my snail's pace as much as any of you!) I thought I'd share all of Best Picture winners to date. [If you're just looking for Oscar stuff and clicked over, here's your current Best Picture race and Oscar related articles for the current competition. ] I'm mostly pleased with my choices in retrospect though I would make a couple of switcheroos. You'll notice that in the time I've been publishing my lists for the world I've only ever twice agreed with Oscar's final pic on Best Picture (2003, 2009) though I sort of count 2007 as agreement by virtue of coin-toss almostness. My motto with controlling disappointments with Oscar is to just be grateful if a couple of my favorites get nominated and be thrilled if something in my top ten wins the industry's top prize.
* I will eventually republish the now missing top ten articles - I have them on the hard drive.
- NATHANIEL R
Vanity Fair looks at the Lincoln costumes of first time Oscar nominee Joanna Johnston from sketch to still
LetterBoxd are any of you trying this new cinephile site out? I am.
A Blog Next Door film scores to write to? (Joe Reid was just talking about this habit in that Hours piece). I used to write to the score to Talk to Her but lately I've found music distracting.
Mnpp "Who died worse: Fantine or Talia Al Ghul?"
Empire Lance Armstrong: The Movie?
Coming Soon Here's most uncharted territory for the movies: elderly gay romantic drama. Ira Sachs will follow up his critical hit Keep the Lights On with Love is Strange starring Alfred Molina and Michael Gambon as long time companions who decided to tie the knot.
Tom Shone interviews »
- NATHANIEL R
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