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Deals. Catching up on news from the past week: Contemporary drama Welcome deals with illegal immigration and "covert border crossings." Directed by Philippe Lioret, Welcome focuses on a teenager (Firat Ayverdi) and a middle-aged swimming instructor (Vincent Lindon) who develop a strong bond, in part because they are both dealing with being separated from the women they love. Film Movement plans to release Welcome in the second quarter of 2010, according to indieWIRE. Check out the trailer after the jump.
Online / On Demand Viewing. It may be cold outside, but you don't have to go outside to watch Visioneers, which "feels fresh and invigorating," wrote Eric D. Snider in his Cinematical review. "It's a high-concept comedy, but it's down-to-earth and accessible, even a little touching." The comedy is about a man's "search for meaning in his life, and comedian Zach Galifianakis »
- Peter Martin
When I interviewed Zach Galifianakis over the summer it was about two weeks before The Hangover kicked everyone's head, force-fed us all Floor-ies, and took over the damned comedy planet. Turns out, that can be good for one's career. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Galfianakis (who seems to be rocking the cast lists lately) is in talks yet again for a major flick - this time to do the voice of Humpty Dumpty for Puss In Boots. It's essentially a prequel to the Shrek films (which are still coming down the pipeline) to tell the story of the swashbuckling pussy in his days before teaming up with that big green, Scottish-sounding monster. Antonio Banderas will be too sexy in it, Salam Hayek will too sexy in it, and, possibly, Galifianakis will be way too sexy in it. And if you were wondering, here's a quick list of projects he'll be appearing in soon: Youth in Revolt Up in the Air »
- Dr. Cole Abaius
What is a romantic comedy, exactly? I’ll attempt to answer that briefly by explaining how I define a romantic comedy. Of course, there has to be romance and there has to be comedy, but more importantly the story needs to be primarily focused on the development of a romantic relationship. So, why do I bother to bring this up when it seems so obvious that Love Happens is a romantic comedy? Because it’s not.
So the film has romance and it has comedy, but the primary focus of the story is Not the romantic relationship between Aaron Eckhart and Jennifer Aniston, as the marketing of the film would have you believe. Love Happens is a much deeper story than the average rom-com, but for the sake of reviewing the film, we’ll just assume it fits nicely into my abnormally strict definition of what make a romantic comedy. »
Todd: “My doctor says I have to pull the trigger on my gun once an hour or I’ll explode.”
Zach Galifianakis is a man of multiple talents. Comedian, pianist/musician (sort of) and or course, he’s an actor. Anyone who’s seen The Hangover knows that he’s a very funny guy, and his comedy routine, while dry and off-beat, is very good as well. But, I’m not sure everyone knows what kind of an actor he really is, at least not yet. Visioneers will give you a wonderful sneak peak into the thespian talents of Zach Galifianakis.
Visioneers is the feature film debut for director Jared Drake, working from a script by his brother Brandon Drake. The very first thing that came to mind for me early on while watching this movie was a fear that it was going to be Terry Gilliam’s Brazil all over again. »
The world of Jared Drake’s feature debut, Visioneers, sits somewhere between the ugly futures of Brazil and Idiocracy, leaning less fantastical than the former and less goofy than the latter, while putting across a message they share: Things are getting bleaker and stupider, and something should probably be done about it. The film, which played festivals last year but failed to secure wider theatrical distribution, stars Zach Galifianakis—a newly minted star, thanks to The Hangover—as a cog working at the world’s largest company, the Jeffers Corporation. In an immediate cue about Visioneers’ tone, the Jeffers logo »
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When people begin exploding from stress, George Washington Winsterhammerman tries to ignore the epidemic and live his usual life, but then he suffers his first symptom.
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A young girl walks through a secret door in her new home and discovers an alternate version of her life. On the surface, this parallel reality is eerily similar to her real life - only much better. But when her adventure turns dangerous, and her counterfeit parents (including Other Mother) try to keep her forever, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness, determination, and bravery »
Finally after weeks of lacklustre DVD releases, we've got a decent assortment of must-buy discs to gorge on including Zack Snyder's Watchmen (both the theatrical version and the director's cut) and the beautiful stop-motion animated Coraline. There are also some interesting indie releases this week including the superhero comedy Super Capers, the surreal Zach Galifianakis flick Visioneers, and Bruce McDonald's cerebral take on the zombie genre Pontypool (unfortunately, only available in Canada at the moment). In terms of TV, we've got the second and final season of Pushing Daisies, the final season of Prison Break, and all three seasons of the cult British comedy The Mighty Boosh. Is that enough for you? What will you be picking up this week? Watchmen  Watchmen: Director's Cut  (DVD, Blu-ray ) Coraline  (DVD, Blu-ray ) Pontypool  (Canada only) The Great Buck Howard  (DVD, Blu-ray ) Echelon Conspiracy  (DVD, Blu-ray ) Visioneers  Super Capers  The Mystical »
Okay, fans of comedian Zach Galifianakis - all over the place now thanks to the runaway success of The Hangover - if you’re in Toronto we’ve got a little treat for you. Before The Hangover Galifianakis shot a little indie comedy titled Visioneers - a film that has received a bit of love in these pages - and it will be screening for free here in Toronto on August 6th. Details linked below and the trailer lurking below the break.
- Todd Brown
Out of the many projects Zach Galifianakis has his hands on, the independent dark comedy Visioneers may be the one that has us most bursting with expectations, though we're not nearly as likely to combust as George Washington Winsterhammerman. Galifianakis' office-toiling character fears he will become a victim of the stress-induced explosions that plague the Jeffers Corporation. After premiering in June 2008 and subsequently making the festival rounds, the film is now offering fans the opportunity to host their own screening Which is to say, "Show Us Your Tunts!" »
Headlined by Universal Pictures' Funny People, the new comedy from filmmaker Judd Apatow starring Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, and Leslie Mann. The darling of last year's Festival, writer-director-producer Judd Apatow is in the spotlight once again this year with his latest comedy. Apatow directs Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann in Funny People, the story of a famous comedian who has a near-death experience. Cult comedy fans are in for a treat when all five Broken Lizard members Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske take the stage to introduce the Canadian premiere of their newest film, Broken Lizard's the Slammin' Salmon. Michael Clarke Duncan is former heavyweight boxing champ Cleon Salmon, the celebrity owner of an upscale Miami restaurant. To settle a debt, the Champ offers his wait staff (enter the Broken Lizard boys) a one-night-only challenge: top selling waiter gets ten thousand »
Thirty minutes into Visioneers---a high concept indie dramedy that is, well, brand new to the public---i was consumed by the thought that I, most likely, will never see the movie for sale in a really choice record store. (Don't worry, this movie review will not serve as a wistful rant on the music industry courtesy of a wannabe Nick Hornby or Chuck Klosterman.) The realization got me down for a half-a-second. Nevertheless, calling Visioneers a “prized would-be staple of the ‘choice record store movie genre’” is a tidy complement that sums up how I feel about it. In the mid/late ‘90s and early ‘00s, one could find a softly-curated section of DVDs in many independent record stores. Browsing the small selection was a welcome, habitual cool-down after hours spent listening to and considering albums. Generally, the selection amounted to: concert films like Ziggy Stardust, The Show, and Bill Hicks Live. »
- Hunter Stephenson
Visioneers Directed by: Jared Drake Written by: Brandon Drake Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Judy Greer, Fay Masterson, James LeGros My first introduction to Zach Galifianakis was through his association with Tim and Eric of the Adult Swim show Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. His bizarre and deadpan sense of humour along with his trademark unkempt beard gave him instant appeal and a strong cult following, but it was not yet clear if the mainstream was quite ready for him. Now, with the upcoming Todd Phillips movie The Hangover about to usher him into major multiplexes, it seems that Galifianakis has officially made it as a comedy star, whether audiences are ready or not. Up to this point, the majority of his acting experience has been on the small screen, but aside from a few minor roles in What Happens in Vegas and Into The Wild, he also headlined an »
Whether you're tired of people texting during the movie, want to relax on your couch or have a fear of catching swine flu, there's plenty of entertainment options that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home this summer, whether it's On Demand, Online, or On DVD. A helpful guide is below, and don't forget our look at the indie films that are hitting theaters this summer.
Our sister company IFC Films will have quite the busy summer, providing at least one film a week to watch on demand and nowhere else. The company's Festival Direct summer schedule recently kicked off with the Robert Pattinson teen drama "How to Be," and will be followed on May 6th by the premieres of Pablo Proenza's haunted house thriller "Dark Mirror" and the Patrick Wilson-Amy Smart romantic dramedy "Life In Flight," which premiered at last year's Tribeca Film Festival. »
- Stephen Saito
Man, where I live (near Denver, Colorado) we really don't have much in the way of fests except for the Denver Film Festival and the one in Boulder which both heavily favor high-brow fest circuit stuff which really isn't interesting to us around here which is why I'm jealous of our own Dr. Nathan who will get to see the opening night film White Lightnin' (stills here), the story of the dancing outlaw Jesco White. Also playing will be Tokyo!, Qe favorite Visioneers (review), and the indy Norse discovery of America flick (which Magnolia picked up and I have a screener of, woop!) Severed Ways.
But Ott not only does film, they do music to.. so check it all out at the website below.
Fest website with tickets and more
Feature film descriptions and short film list after the break.
White Lightnin' (UK) - Canadian Premiere
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14 items from 2009
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