18 items from 2013
Directed by: Noah Baumbach
Running Time: 1 hr 26 mins
Release Date: May 24, 2013 (Chicago)
Plot: Frances (Gerwig) tries to make something of herself in New York City.
Who’S It For? If you’ve ever felt aloof in your twenties, or re-tweeted Lena Dunham, you might want to take a look at this one.
In this era when a New York twenty-something girl can’t make a screenplay out of her journal without it being compared to “Girls,” I am not reminded of Lena Dunham’s popular boob toob program, but of Lola Versus, a Haagen Dazs date from last year you might have experienced and soon forgot. Directed by Daryl Wein and co-written with Zoe Lister Jones, Lola Versus was a film that also starred Frances Ha lead Greta Gerwig as the title character, »
- Nick Allen
Directed by Noah Baumbach
By now, young people scratching and clawing their way towards adulthood is a quintessential, clichéd story. The wide-eyed dreamer trying to make it in the big city is one of the hoariest tricks in the book, but Frances Ha is a welcome new variation on this theme, a striking and beautiful ode to youth and its many flaws. Headlined by Great Gerwig, Frances Ha is nothing short of a triumph, an endearing, unforced, and honest story of failures and frustrations.
Gerwig plays Frances, an apprentice in a New York ballet company who hopes to break into the main group of dancers soon. Her life begins to spiral out of control when her best friend Sophie (Mickey Sumner) moves out of their small apartment and quickly becomes serious with a boyfriend and moves out of the country for work reasons. »
- Josh Spiegel
Having appeared in such projects as the HBO series "Bored to Death" and the Noah Baumbach films "Margot at the Wedding" and "The Squid and the Whale," actress Halley Feiffer is way more famous than a lot of people. That just doesn't necessarily translate to Twitter.
"I really don't have that many Twitter followers, which I'm really sad about," Feiffer, 28, joked during a recent interview with HuffPost Entertainment. "I really want people to think I'm more famous, and that happens when you have more Twitter followers."
That could happen soon enough. Feiffer co-wrote and stars in the indie comedy "He's Way More Famous Than You," a caustic film about Feiffer's alcoholic alter ego, an actress also named Halley Feiffer. Directed by former "Ugly Betty" star Michael Urie (who also appears as "himself" in the film) and featuring cameo appearances from Jesse Eisenberg and Ben Stiller, "He's Way More Famous Than You »
- Christopher Rosen
Exhilarating. Grand. Generous. None of those are words anybody would have previously associated with movies by Noah Baumbach, whose acerbic, sometimes brutal humor could verge straight into meanness in films like The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding and especially the recent Greenberg, which had me accusing Baumbach of being "nearly as self-absorbed and naive as the character himself." Lucky for me, then, that Baumbach was still willing to talk to me about his new movie Frances Ha, which is indeed all those adjectives promised on the film's poster. Baumbach co-wrote Frances Ha with the film's star, Greta Gerwig, who I also spoke to in the same Union Square hotel last week (read more here). In a recent extensive profile in the New Yorker Baumbach explained that he sought out unusual financing to make Frances Ha, allowing himself more time to experiment with the film's style and to »
Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha" seemingly came out of nowhere to charm viewers at Telluride and Toronto last fall. The Brooklyn-born director, whose previous films include "Kicking and Screaming," "The Squid and the Whale" and "Margot at the Wedding," made the made the movie quietly, co-writing it with his "Greenberg" leading lady Greta Gerwig and filming it in luminous black and white on the streets and in the subways and apartments of New York City. The film follows Gerwig's title character, a 27-year-old aspiring dancer who's never quite gotten her life together; by »
- Steve Pond
It's almost impossible to compare a small, independent film with today's no-holds-barred superhero blockbusters. However, if there's one thing that Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha" manages to have in common with, say, "The Avengers," is secrecy. For the film -- which was shot in secret during 2011 and 2012 -- Baumbach decided to withhold parts of the script from the cast, providing them with only the scenes in which their characters appeared. This method appears to have paid off, as critics have been swooning over "Frances" since it premiered at Telluride Film Festival last fall. Of course, the secrecy factor is where the blockbuster comparisons end for "Frances Ha." The black-and-white movie follows Frances (Greta Gerwig), an aspiring 27-year-old dancer who is looking to come to grips with adulthood as she struggles to keep a job in New York City. Here, Baumbach offers some tips on shooting a secret film, talks about »
- Alex Suskind
One of the most anticipated movies of the summer opens this weekend. Besides Star Trek Into Darkness, that is. It's called Frances Ha, and it's the latest from Noah Baumbach, writer and director of The Squid and the Whale and Margot at the Wedding as well as cowriter of the Wes Anderson films Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. And it stars and is cowritten by his girlfriend, indie darling Greta Gerwig, who previously collaborated with the filmmaker on Greenberg. With stellar reviews and otherwise strong buzz since its festival appearances at Telluride, Toronto and New York last fall, it's long been a dependable film to look forward to. Many of the summer's small movies, the counterprogramming alternatives to tentpoles like Star Trek and all...
- Christopher Campbell
Noah Baumbach has been a polarizing filmmaker since he burst onto the scene with his first high-profile feature, 2005's The Squid and the Whale. Aside from launching Jesse Eisenberg's career, that effort also familiarized the film world with Baumbach's quirky indie voice. While like nails on a chalkboard to some -- see critical reaction to Margot at the Wedding and Greenberg -- Baumbach's minimalist, self-deprecating style has been emulated by many in the years that have followed. His latest, Frances Ha, is every bit as Baumbachian as his previous work, yet feels somehow more accessible as well, aside, perhaps, from the black-and-white photography, which, at times, evokes early Woody Allen or the French New Wave. It is up for debate whether this is because of...
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Noah Baumbach directed his first feature-length movie, "Kicking and Screaming," in 1995, about that uncertain, post-college phase of life. (It's a personal favorite of this reporter.) Of course, the best known movie with that title is a 2005 effort about a youth soccer team starring Will Ferrell. (Not a personal favorite of this reporter, primarily because of the number of times I've switched the channel to TBS, only to see this version instead of Baumbach's.) As it turns out, Baumbach is annoyed by the similarities of these titles, too, and it has everything to do why the name of his new movie is "Frances Ha."
"Frances Ha," not called "Frances" because there's already a Jessica Lange film with that title, has been a darling of the festival circuit since it debuted at the Telluride Film Festival in September. Greta Gerwig stars (and co-wrote the screenplay) as the title character who wanders through life, »
- Mike Ryan
When the Brooklyn Academy of Music recently organized a series of iconic movies set in this outer borough, it was no surprise that writer-director Noah Baumbach’s “The Squid and the Whale” featured prominently among them. Released in 2005, but set in the pre-gentrification, pre-”Girls” 1980s, the semi-autobiographical portrait of two brothers coping with their parents’ divorce was shot on the same Park Slope streets where the 43-year-old filmmaker grew up.
(From the pages of the April 23 issue of Variety.)
The film is so lovingly rendered that even a non-native could understand one character’s apoplectic reaction to the news that his father would be moving to the other side of Prospect Park: “Across the park? Is that still Brooklyn?”
Indeed, there may be no more quintessentially New York filmmaker of Generation Y than Baumbach.
- Scott Foundas
Jack Black's latest film, Bernie, marks a real departure for Hollywood's favourite joker. He plays a loner whose intense relationship with an elderly widow ends in murder. He explains why the role appealed to him
As a general rule, few people look as if they're having as much fun in their day job as Jack Black. Whether he is solemnly lecturing 10-year-olds about the importance of rock'n'roll in School of Rock ("You guys have never got the Led out?"), quarrelling with Will Ferrell over a burrito in Anchorman, or sneering at other people's music taste in his break-out role in High Fidelity ("That is perverse! Don't tell anyone you don't own Blonde on Blonde!"), Black, with a face like a demonic cherub, has carved a happy niche for himself as Hollywood's cackling ball of deadpan, quip-laden fury. It is perhaps not too surprising that, in interviews, Black has tended »
- Hadley Freeman
Hey lovelies. Beau here with a look at the newest indie darling.
It’s hard to pin down Noah Baumbach. While most of his nineties peers have vanished from the cinematic landscape or are reaping all the glory on the mountains, he’s that curious anomaly that no one is quite sure what to do with.
Since his resurgence and critical coup in 2005 with The Squid and the Whale, (a coming out party for Jesse Eisenberg post-Rodger Dodger) he’s only made two films in the seven/eight years after. Margot at the Wedding is an enormously divisive picture, but even that couldn’t prepare audiences and critics alike for his follow-up, Greenberg featuring a particularly acidic turn from Ben Stiller. It’s not many films that could inspire such vitriol as to warrant something like this on theater’s windows nationwide.
Yes, No, Maybe So breakdown after the jump. »
- Beau McCoy
Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig — who first worked together on Greenberg — are back together again with Frances Ha, a black-and-white comedy about two best friends living in New York, trying—or not—to get their charming! awkward! endearing! klutzy! lives together. Directed by Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding) and co-written by Baumbach and Gerwig, who also stars, the movie was a hit on the festival circuit this past fall. A programming note from the Toronto Film Festival says the film, which explores friendship, ambition and failure, “perfectly captures the rhythms of an over-educated, underemployed generation »
- Erin Strecker
Stoker marks the latest in a long line of risky independent pictures for the enduringly talented and ageless Nicole Kidman. The Paperboy, Rabbit Hole, Margot at the Wedding, Birth – Kidman isn’t afraid to take a chance on risky material or art-house filmmakers. In Stoker, Kidman co-stars as Evelyn, the neglectful mother to India, a weird and troubled girl. Evelyn doesn’t know what to make of her daughter – her own flesh and blood a stranger even to herself. After her husband suddenly dies, Evelyn finds herself drawn to her husband’s long-thought-lost brother Charlie, unaware that her brother-in-law only has eyes for her daughter. In the following interview with Kidman, she discusses her favorite Hitchcock films, working with as meticulous a filmmaker as Park Chan Wook and playing screen icon Grace Kelly in the upcoming Grace of Monaco. For the full interview, hit the jump. Nicole Kidman Time Index: »
- Tommy Cook
He built his reputation writing and directing willfully uncomfortable family dramas like The Squid and the Whale and Margot at the Wedding. She came to fame through a string of mumblecore movies like Hannah Takes the Stairs and Nights and Weekends, in which she played a quirky dream girl. As contemporary luminaries in independent cinema, Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig were destined to collaborate. And they did in 2010, joining forces for the gawky manchild-centered comedy Greenberg. Critical acclaim for both followed, and urged the two to co-write Frances Ha, a black-and-white comedy in which she stars and he directs. The film has played at such prestigious film festivals as Telluride, Toronto, New York, and Berlin. And as it readies for it theatrical release, IFC Films is unveiling a peak into what Frances Ha has in store with this short but sharp clip: Set in New York City, Frances Ha centers »
Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha was undoubtedly one of the best films I saw last year. Debuting out in Toronto last autumn, the film sees the ever-brilliant Greta Gerwig take the lead, giving a terrific performance as the eponymous Frances.
IFC Films acquired the distribution rights Stateside, and will be releasing the film in the Us next month.
The film is currently playing out in Berlin, and now EW have released the film’s poster and the first clip ahead of its Us release.
“An aspiring dancer (co-writer Greta Gerwig) moves to New York City and becomes caught up in a whirlwind of flighty fair-weather friends, diminishing fortunes and career setbacks, in the new film from director Noah Baumbach (Margot at the Wedding, Greenberg).”
Baumbach is »
- Kenji Lloyd
In Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg, Ben Stiller played a depressed and embittered never-was rocker whose life had stalled. It’s a theme that the New York auteur revisits in Frances Ha, his upcoming black-and-white film that stars Stiller’s Greenberg co-star Greta Gerwig. Baumbach and Gerwig co-wrote the script, which tells the story of a 27-year-old aspiring dancer in Brooklyn whose life has failed to take off since graduating from Vassar. She’s still stuck in Girls mode, clinging to a girlfriend (Mickey Sumner) and career aspirations that drift further away with every false step. (Even Adam Driver has a supporting role! »
- Jeff Labrecque
With supporting roles in The Messenger, Margot at the Wedding and Gentleman Broncos, indie ingénue Halley Feiffer has been on the verge of breaking through for years now. But even with her recurring role on HBO's now-cencelled sleuth-centered sitcom Bored to Death, this capable and quirky comedienne is far from a household name. The solution to that is get more famous, which funny enough is the plot of her latest film He's Way More Famous Than You. In this indie comedy, penned by the actress and Ryan Spahn, Feiffer plays herself at a particularly low moment. Once considered an up-and-comer, the lead's prospects are sinking fast as she loses her boyfriend and her agent. So she joins forces with her brother (Spahn) and his boyfriend and with a pilfered screenplay, plenty of sangria and a plucky never-say-die attitude, she sets out on a mission to make herself a celebrity »
18 items from 2013
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