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One of the first things that must be noticed about Beeswax is that the film is filled with color, and match of that color is pink. The film fits fairly well into the mumblecore genre, melding comedy and drama with a minimally stylized, straight-forward handheld visual approach. Beeswax was written and directed by Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation) and stars the real-life twin sisters Tilly and Maggie Hatcher.
Beeswax was shot in Austin, Texas and follows a pair of identical twin sisters, Jeannie and Lauren, as they each deal with their own places in life. Lauren (Maggie Hatcher) is considering a teaching position out of the country, while Jeannie (Tilly Hatcher), who has been a paraplegic since birth, attempts to sort out her unequal relationship with her business partner. Jeannie co-owns and runs a small retail shop called the Storyville Boutique.
The movie flows along at a comfortable »
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IFC Films (with whom, full disclosure, we obviously share a parent company) will be delivering new films all holiday season to homes across the country through their Festival Direct and Sundance Selects labels. These include the cross-cultural romantic dramedy "I'll Come Running" (Nov. 4), Josiane Balasko's farce "A French Gigolo" (Nov. 6), the Inuit tribal drama "Necessities of Life" (Nov. 11), the Brit crime thriller "Adulthood" (Nov. 18), the Indian love story "Return to Rajapur" (Nov. 25), the Christopher Masterson-Bijou Phillips celibacy satire "Made for Each Other" (Dec. 2), "Harry Potter" helmer David Yates' gritty two-part drama "Sex Traffic" (Dec. 2 and 9), the Korean comedy "Night and Day" (Dec. 23) and "The Ghost" (Dec. 30).
Meanwhile, in the newly launched Sundance Selects series, there's a pair of harrowing documentaries VOD premieres: Kief Davidson's coming-of-age boxing doc "Kassim the Dream" (Nov. 27) and the unvarnished biopic "Nick Nolte: No Exit" (Dec. »
- Stephen Saito
Without the hot comeback vampires are making these days, I wonder if a project like Ti West's Dead & Lonely would get the traction it needed to come to light (hiss, pun, hiss). Maybe, maybe not. Granted, it's a very cheap, very simple project, so West could've done it all on a lazy sunday anyway; but West is a director known to horror fans as the director of The Roost. He also has a new movie coming out this Halloween weekend, a throwback horror flick called House of the Devil.
Dead & Lonely is a web series on IFC.com about two people who meet through an internet dating site. Unbeknownst to one of them, the other is actually a vampire. It's five 5-minute episodes, with each episode going up at noon every day this week. As of writing, the first two episodes are already online.
Dead & Lonely actually makes an all right 25-minute short, »
- Arya Ponto
With Ti West's latest film The House of the Devil opening this weekend (look out for our interview with him on the site later this week), over at IFC.com his web series Dead & Lonely premiered today. The series stars Justin Rice (Mutual Appreciation) as a guy in search for love on a dating site and Paige Stark (A Relationship in Four Days) as the girl who finds his profile, but she has a secret (okay, the picture gives it away, she's a vampire). New episodes will be posted on their site all week. »
- Jason Guerrasio
Back in September, it was announced that filmmaker Ti West would be debuting a new webseries titled Dead & Lonely on IFC.com starting October 26th. The series stars Justin Rice (Mutual Appreciation, Alexander The Last) and Paige Stark and brings the classic vampire love story to the modern Internet dating age. We asked West how exactly he came to do a webseries as a follow-up to The House Of The Devil . "I worked on a friend of mine.s web series and I had such a good time doing it that I thought I.d really like to try one of these. I wanted to do something episodic and a little bit different and so I went to IFC and pitched it to them and they liked it. This was my chance to do something episodic with cliffhangers, so it.s five 5-minute episodes." When asked »
Director: Andrew Bujalski Writer(s): Andrew Bujalskiv Starring: Tilly Hatcher, Anne Dodge, Maggie Hatcher, Alex Karpovsky Writer-director Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation) has a tendency to plunge at once in medias res; such is the case with Beeswax – Bujalski hints that a larger narrative exists as the audience stumbles into the midst of the drama… Jeannie (Tilly Hatcher) co-owns a vintage boutique in Austin, TX with an estranged friend, Amanda (Anne Dodge). Jeannie (from whose perspective the story is told) is apparently the more dedicated of the two owners. She spends a majority of her time managing the day-to-day operations of the boutique, while Amanda is essentially an absentee partner. Despite their ownership contract (which was written by Amanda’s father – and Jeannie has become suspicious that it strongly favors Amanda), the two partners have a bitter and jaded history of making business decisions without consulting each other. »
- Don Simpson
Did you catch Beeswax at SXSW this year? The latest movie from now-an-Austinite Andrew Bujalski (Mutual Appreciation) has been playing fests around the country, and I've been waiting for it to return to the city where it was shot. During the festival, I took this photo of writer-director Bujalski and SXSW Film Director Janet Pierson, who has a role in the film.
I'm happy to announce that Beeswax will open in Austin at Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar (where I took the above photo, coincidentally) on Friday, October 9 and, where it is scheduled for at least a week. Update: Austin Film Society members can get a discount for the 7:05 pm screening, which Bujalski will attend and hold a Q&A.
From my Cinematical review: "Bujalski seems to be working to make his film as natural as possible, as if we were peeking in on real people from the window, »
- Jette Kernion
Can't get enough vampires? IFC's original five-episode Web series Dead & Lonely, written, produced, and directed by cult indie horror filmmaker Ti West (The Roost, Trigger Man, The House of the Devil), will have its premiere on IFC.com Monday, October 26, at 12:00 noon Et/Pt. Each additional episode will air every night that week on IFC.com at noon.
From the press release:
In this series, two lonely Los Angeles singles are brought together via the popular Internet dating website DateOrDie.net. The only problem is...one of them is a vampire.
Starring Justin Rice (Mutual Appreciation, Alexander The Last) and Paige Stark, Dead & Lonely brings the classic vampire love story to the modern Internet dating age. The series unfolds from both the predator's and the victim's perspectives until the characters finally meet. In the vein of Let the Right One In, the series focuses on the mundane reality of »
- Uncle Creepy
IFC Original's five-episode web series Dead & Lonely , written, produced and directed by Ti West ( The Roost ) premieres on IFC.com Monday, October 26 at midnight Et/Pt. Each additional episode will air every night that week on IFC.com at midnight. In this series, two lonely Los Angeles singles are brought together via the popular Internet dating website DateOrDie.net. The only problem is...one of them is a vampire. Starring Justin Rice ( Mutual Appreciation , Alexander The Last ) and Paige Stark, Dead & Lonely brings the classic vampire love story to the modern Internet dating age. The series unfolds from both the predator and the victim's perspective until the characters finally meet. West's latest horror feature, The House of the Devil , premieres on VOD »
I'm still not exactly sure how to describe the films of Andrew Bujalski. I've seen all three of his features, Funny Ha Ha (2002), Mutual Appreciation (2005) and the new Beeswax, which is currently playing on 2 screens in New York and Los Angeles and will expand to more theaters in the coming weeks. Funny Ha Ha really struck me when I saw it in 2004, but I think his films have improved since then, and Beeswax is really something wonderful. Of course, the word most people use to describe his films -- and other similar films in the same "wave" -- is "Mumblecore," and I suppose that's effective, but there's more to it.
Bujalski tends to focus on young people in their twenties and thirties. They're educated and middle-class, but probably not the most driven folks in the world. One character in Beeswax, Merrill (Alex Karpovsky), prepares to take the Bar, but when »
- Jeffrey M. Anderson
Release Date: Aug. 7
Director/Writer: Andrew Bujalski
Cinematographer: Matthias Grunsky
Studio/Run Time: The Cinema Guild, 100 mins.
Mumblecore icon speaks volumes in latest offering
In his first two features, Funny Ha Ha and Mutual Appreciation, lo-fi trailblazer Andrew Bujalski spearheaded the mumblecore movement, funneling untrained actors and quarter-life ambiguity into a surprisingly rich product. Beeswax continues Bujsalski’s history of creating domestic visual poetry that borders on novelty. »
"Beeswax" revolves around twin 20-something sisters in Austin, Texas. Jeannie, who lives a full life despite being confined to a wheelchair, co-owns a vintage-clothing boutique. Sister Lauren is between jobs and boyfriends, and is »
- By V.A. MUSETTO
Prepare to see stars in your local arthouse as the summer turns to fall. Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron, Drew Barrymore will all grace celluloid in the coming months. There are new films from star directors -- Tarantino! Campion! Soderbergh! Coen brothers! Even the new documentaries are driven by stars -- Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story," LeBron James' "More Than a Game" and Anna Wintour's "The September Issue." And then, as Matt Singer will tell you, there are breakout stars who you should start catching up with now. In between, there's epic animation ("Ponyo" and "9"), an astounding array of asskicking ("Ong Bak 2" and "Black Dynamite") and Lars von Trier's "Antichrist," proving there's there's just about something for everyone this fall at the multiplex. (And if not there, make sure to check out what films you can catch in the comfort of your own home on demand, »
- Stephen Saito
The late critic Manny Farber was most famous for his distinction between “White Elephant Art” and “Termite Art.” The former referred to bloated, self-important works (awards fodder, basically), the latter to art much more modest in scale, but also more valued for “eating its own boundaries, and, likely as not, leaving nothing in its path other than the signs of eager, industrious, unkempt activity.” Writer-director Andrew Bujalski has three features under his belt—Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation, and the new “legal thriller” Beeswax—and they’re the ultimate in termite artistry, nibbling away at the margins with determinedly low-concept »
Whether he likes it or not -- and we're talking about a director whose characters feel so much ambivalence that you can practically see it radiating off of them in waves -- Andrew Bujalski has become the patron saint of the burgeoning grassroots indie movement misleadingly known as mumblecore. (The people in these films may not know for sure what they want, but they articulate their rococo indecision loud and clear.) To be honest, it's a movement I've mostly resisted thus far, if only because movies are among my few avenues of escape from dithering white postgrads. But while Bujalski's first two features, "Funny Ha Ha" (2002) and "Mutual Appreciation" (2005), too frequently come across as less than the sum of their circumlocutions, his latest effort, "Beeswax," represents an encouraging leap forward. For the first time, he's placed his hapless folk within a recognizable real-world milieu -- one in which people have »
- Mike D'Angelo
This week's new releases include a Latin American double bill on the nature of the fame game, a British one-two centered on the macabre and a global smattering of meditations on love young and old.
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Following on the heels of well-received festival performers "Funny Ha Ha" and "Mutual Appreciation," mumblecore alum Andrew Bujalski delivers another characteristically lo-fi tale of post-grads trying to build lives for themselves. Complete with a who's who of Austin indie film players (including SXSW film fest head Janet Pierson), this Texas-set ramble centers on the unfulfilled lives of twin sisters Lauren and Jeannie (non-pros Maggie and Tilly Hatcher), the former a carefree drifting spirit, the latter a headstrong business owner.
Opens in New York.
Progressive and traditionalist values clash against the barren backdrop of Eastern Turkey with the »
- Neil Pedley
 Originally Posted in Creative Loafing . 2009 is already halfway over, and the fall movie season (with all the originality and Oscar-bait it has to offer) is just around the corner. What follows is my list of the 25 films I'm most interested in seeing in the second half of 2009. Read all the way to the bottom for some honorable mentions and films that flat out didn't make the cut, despite the big-name talent behind the production. (I'm looking at you Scorsese and Apatow.) Then let me know in the comments what you're looking forward to seeing in the next six months. Read on for the my 25 most anticipated films of the rest of 2009. 25) Big Fan  (August 28) I know the Sundance hit wasn't praised for its production values, but The Wrestler scribe Robert D. Siegal looks like he has written another winner about a loser. Patton Oswalt plays a very big New York Giants fan who, »
- Anthony Nicholas
See the trailers and images for Cinema Guild's Beaches of Agnès" as well as "Beeswax." "Beeswax" is the third feature film directed by Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation). Following the film's premiere at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival and its Us premier at SXSW, Beeswax will open at Film Forum in New York on August 7, and at the Nuart in Los Angeles on August 21. A national release will follow. Beeswax is a story about families, real and imagined, people taking care of each other when they want to, when they need to, when they ought to. It is also a film that perhaps moves the most famous member of the "Mumblecore" »
- Further proof that the mumblecore movement is being embraced not only by the film festival circuit, but by theatrical distribution companies (Humpday with Magnolia and Medicine for Melancholy with IFC), Andrew Bujalski’s Beeswax has been picked up by The Cinema Guild and after Funny Ha Ha (2002) and Mutual Appreciation (2005) may be the filmmaker's best opportunity for a more traditional platform release of his work. The all-female dramedy has made stops at the Berlin and SXSW Film Festivals and will probably be showcased in further U.S fests during the summer before making its debut in August at the Film Forum. »
For good reasons — like the fact that all of Joe Swanberg's features have played here — the annual South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas, has a reputation as the adopted home of mumblecore. The dreaded M-word is used more and more negatively these days, but any term that labels films as diverse as Frownland, Lol, and Mutual Appreciation is a coinage looking for a definition. It was bound to fizzle at some point.
The terminology may be disintegrating, but the filmmakers behind these movies are still collaborating and still growing. This year, Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation) is back with his third feature, Beeswax, and Joe Swanberg (Hannah Takes the Stairs) is back with Alexander the Last. Swanberg's film features (among others) Justin Rice who starred in Bujalski's previous film, and the wardrobe is credited to Ry Russo-Young, whose latest film You Wont Miss Me played »
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