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10 Festival Favorites That Didn't Make It to Theaters in 2010

30 December 2010 4:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Features, Coming Soon, Cinematical, Best and Worst, Festivals

One of the pleasures of attending a film festival is discovering good movies that most people haven't had a chance to see yet, then raving about them to your friends. One of the frustrations, however, is when those good movies don't make it past the festival stage, and the people to whom you've been raving never get a chance to see them. (I'll go out on a limb and guess that this is more frustrating for the filmmakers than it is for me.)

It would be neither feasible nor advisable to see every movie at every festival, so this list is incomplete. But of the 80 or so festival movies I saw this year, here are 10 praiseworthy ones that have not yet been released in the United States. Keep your fingers crossed for 2011!

'American: The Bill Hicks Story' | This documentary about the subversive, »

- Eric D. Snider

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10 Festival Favorites That Didn't Make It to Theaters in 2010

30 December 2010 4:00 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Features, Coming Soon, Cinematical, Best and Worst, Festivals

One of the pleasures of attending a film festival is discovering good movies that most people haven't had a chance to see yet, then raving about them to your friends. One of the frustrations, however, is when those good movies don't make it past the festival stage, and the people to whom you've been raving never get a chance to see them. (I'll go out on a limb and guess that this is more frustrating for the filmmakers than it is for me.)

It would be neither feasible nor advisable to see every movie at every festival, so this list is incomplete. But of the 80 or so festival movies I saw this year, here are 10 praiseworthy ones that have not yet been released in the United States. Keep your fingers crossed for 2011!

'American: The Bill Hicks Story' | This documentary about the subversive, »

- Eric D. Snider

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Underground Film Links: December 26, 2010

26 December 2010 6:00 AM, PST | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

Welcome to the last Underground Film Links post of 2010. I started this feature this year and it quickly became one of the most popular destinations on the site. Keep those great links coming in 2011!

Squeaking in under the wire, Wreck and Salvage’s Aaron Valdez comes up with the quote of the year, perhaps the quote of the century: “Who the f*** is Stan Brakhage compared to Charlie Chainsaw?” I’ve long felt the same thing, but have failed to put it quite so eloquently. Just to be clear: I am 100% absolutely not kidding. A big, special Bad Lit congrats to Andrea Grover, the new curator at the Parrish Art Museum in Sag Harbor, NY! I totally screwed up and forgot to post the news earlier that the always incredibly awesome Ata Film & Video Festival in San Francisco had a special touring program screen all the way over in Hong Kong earlier this month. »

- Mike Everleth

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2010 In Review: Jack’s Films of the Year

20 December 2010 2:13 PM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Initially, I could only think of a few real stand-out films of this last year, until I trawled through the UK release list for 2010 and found myself with a long list of twenty-three films, which by my reckoning means that on average, there’s been a great film in cinemas just less than once a fortnight, which seems pretty good going to me.

Here then, are my top ten followed by, in no particular order, a list of thirteen honourable mentions.

1. Bad Lieutenant

When Nicolas Cage met Werner Herzog the result was this bizarre and exciting film, which lit a firework under the arse of the crime genre and ran off giggling manically.

2. Inception

Christopher Nolan delivered yet another cinematic tour de force with this visually rich and debate-starting spectacle.

3. The Secret in Their Eyes

Winner of last year’s Oscar for best foreign feature, this slow-burning, generation-spanning whodunit was captivating and moving. »

- Jack Kirby

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #294: Unstoppable and Four Lions

16 November 2010 12:47 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

0:00 - Intro / Jay's Trip to Denmark 14:00 - Headlines: Darren Aronofsky to Direct The Wolverine, Jim Carrey Says The Three Stooges are Dead, The Muppets Casting, Best Animated Feature Shortlist 29:20 - Review: Unstoppable 58:55 - Review: Four Lions 1:17:42 - Trailer Trash: Battle: Los Angeles, Green Lantern Preview 1:28:35 - Other Stuff We Watched: Conan, Somewhere, Waste Land, Ride, Rise, Roar, Happy People: A Year in the Taiga, Separado!, American: The Bill Hicks Story, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Martin Lawrence: You So Crazy, Harry Potter, Man on Fire, Deja Vu, The Crazies 2:16:12 - Junk Mail: Christmas Glory Hole, Espn 30 for 30, Arnold's Comeback, Podcasts / Joe Rogan / Bryce Dallas Howard, Galaxy Quest 2:30:20 - This Week's DVD Releases 2:34:00 - Outro » Download the MP3 (72 Mb) [1] » View the show notes [2] » Vote for us on Podcast Alley! [3] » Rate us on iTunes! »

- Sean

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The Cinema Eye Honors Take The "Last Train Home"

4 November 2010 5:41 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

The Cinema Eye Honors, devoted to highlighting the best of the year's nonfiction films, have flipped for Lixin Fan's fantastic "Last Train Home," which follows a family of migrant workers as they struggle to stay connected while living separated by hundreds of miles. "Last Train Home" received the most nominations -- seven -- while Banksy's "Exit Through The Gift Shop" and Afghanistan documentary "Armadillo" each received six. The award ceremony will take place on January 18 at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, and will be broadcast on the Documentary Channel.

Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking

Armadilllo

Directed by Janus Metz

Produced by Sara Stockmann and Ronnie Fridthjof

Exit Through The Gift Shop

Directed by Banksy

Produced by Jaimie D'Cruz

Last Train Home

Directed by Lixin Fan

Produced by Mila Aung-Thwin and Daniel Cross

Marwencol

Directed by Jeff Malmberg

Produced by Jeff Malmberg, Tom Putnam, Matt Radecki, Chris Shellen »

- Alison Willmore

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American: The Bill Hicks Story Coming to Region 1 DVD Next May

1 November 2010 11:01 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Bill Hicks is my hero — it’s as simple as that. However, as much as I appreciate the man’s comedy, I am woefully ignorant of him as a person. Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas’ “American: The Bill Hicks Story” will hopefully correct this problem next May, when the acclaimed documentary arrives on North American DVD. If you currently reside in the UK, the film is already available for mass consumption. For more information on the feature and the genius that was the late Bill Hicks, stop by the official website. In the meantime, check out the trailer. function getVideo() { var so = new SWFObject("http://cdn.springboard.gorillanation.com/storage/xplayer/yo033.swf", "mplayer", "590", "375", "8", "#000000"); so.addParam("wmode","transparent"); so.addParam("swliveconnect", "true"); so.addParam("allowscriptaccess", "always"); so.addParam("allowfullscreen", "true"); so.addVariable("pid", "byhw013"); so.addVariable("siteId", "243"); so.addVariable("videoId", "213381"); so.addVariable("autostart", "false"); so.addVariable("file", "http://cms.springboard. »

- Todd Rigney

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Thoughts on... American: The Bill Hicks Story (2009)

4 October 2010 9:13 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

American: The Bill Hicks Story, 2009

Directed by Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas

Synopsis:

Photo-animated documentary on the life of comedian’s comedian Bill Hicks.

Now here’s an odd fish. A film about the life of Bill Hicks that’s roughly half as vitriolic, hardly anywhere near as controversial, and barely a fraction as funny as the man himself.

American, devised by animators/directors Paul Thomas and Matt Harlock, relies on extensive interviews with family and close friends, interspersing their recollections to narrate a overly drawn out, rambling story about the life of a comedian. A comedian who, on the evidence of the stand-up material displayed here, was clearly a quick-witted, darkly hilarious and fiercely individualistic man.

Sadly, the only evidence that such a man existed and that his name was Bill Hicks lies in the aforementioned excerpts of live stand-up material, which are few and far between. The bulk »

- flickeringmyth

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American: The Bill Hicks Story DVD Review

4 October 2010 1:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Arizona Bay, Relentless, Counts of the Netherworld, Rant in E Minor, Dangerous – if you’re smiling now, it’s because you already know who Bill Hicks is, and how powerful and influential his comedy was, and is.

Commanding respect from audiences and fellow comedians Hicks’s philosophy and extremely funny stand up routines were inspirational, freeing and hilarious experiences, and no-one has done it better since his death in 1994 at the ridiculously young age of 32.

Telling the story of the life of Hicks has been attempted many times, with Agent of Evolution (written by his friend Kevin Booth) doing it best, intermingling the words of Hicks with those of the people who knew him best. Along with a collection of his stand up routines, Love All the People, the picture which forms is of a man doing what he loved, without any scent of an egotistical agenda, and doing it to encourage people to engage, »

- Jon Lyus

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Yellow Plastic Raygun Wins Best Experimental Film At Downtown L.A. Fest

17 September 2010 6:00 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

The short film Yellow Plastic Raygun directed by Alessandro Cima, which was featured on Bad Lit just a few weeks ago, has won the Best Experimental film award at the Downtown Film Fest Los Angeles that ran Sept. 8-12.

I believe this was the second year for the festival, which was created by the former organizers of the defunct Silver Lake Film Festival in an effort to help promote the formerly neglected, but now popular downtown neighborhood of L.A.

Yellow Plastic Raygun is a mix of found and original footage that creates a retro-futuristic tale of society crumbling. The film also ends with creative shots of the World Trade Center that Cima filmed himself several years ago prior to 9/11. You can watch the film on Bad Lit here.

Another winner of the Dffla include the Matt Harlock and Bill Thomas’ documentary American: The Bill Hicks Story, which also screened Australia twice recently, »

- Mike Everleth

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2010 Sydney Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

8 September 2010 6:00 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

The 4th annual Sydney Underground Film Festival, which runs for three days on Sept. 9-11, will screen about 10 features from all over the world and a veritable ton of short films from even further out there.

The fest will open with the latest documentary by a Hollywood icon. It’s Oliver Stone’s South of the Border, which has the director meeting with South American politicians and dignitaries. (The film opened to mixed reviews here in the States earlier this year.) Also screening is Trash Humpers, the latest film by indie rabble-rouser Harmony Korine, which has been confounding audiences on the indie film fest circuit, and Gaspar Noe’s Enter the Void, which has been earning rave reviews.

The rest of the features in the lineup are an eclectic, oddball concoction, including Mladen Djordjevic‘s Serbian atrocity Life and Death of a Porno Gang, Victor Nieuwenhuijs and Maartje Seyferth’s twisted Netherlands tale Meat, »

- Mike Everleth

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American: The Bill Hicks Story Review

16 July 2010 6:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Once again, I have written a review that is a couple of months after the film’s initial release date, but I feel that this has to be reviewed as this is proves to be one of the funniest and honest documentaries that I have seen at the cinemas.\

American: The Bill Hicks Story (dir. Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas) ranks among Anvil! The Story of Anvil and The People vs. George Lucas, which have both received critical acclaim.

For people such as me who didn’t know who the controversial comedian Bill Hicks was, or for people who are familiar with his work, the documentary tells of Hicks’ journey and struggles in becoming a comedian. The documentary is narrated by the friends and family members who knew him the best.

The visuals of the film are made up of interviews with the family members and friends, but the majority »

- Martyn Warren

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2010 Revelation Perth International Film Festival: Official Lineup

2 July 2010 12:30 PM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

Is it a revelation or a revolution? It’s both! The Revelation Perth International Film Festival is tackling the theme of “Revolution” when its 13th annual edition begins violating Australia on July 8-18. Get set for 11 days filled French zombies, Belgian cowboys, outer space outlaws, Beat poets, cat ladies, gospel musicians and other revolutionaries.

Actually, one of the main features of the festival this year is a slew of music documentaries, mostly spotlighting both American and Australian music. On the U.S. side of things there’s Wheedle’s Groove, a look at the history of Seattle funk; Rejoice and Shout, which examines gospel music’s impact on African-American culture — and vice versa; Tom Dicillo’s Doors documentary When You’re Strange; plus The Family Jams and 72 Musicians. And, from Australia, there’s Megan Simpson-Hubberman’s classic concert film The Night of the Triffids.

There’s lots more than music docs, »

- Mike Everleth

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Just for Laughs Festival Reveals its Feature and Short Films Line-Up

10 June 2010 7:33 PM, PDT | The Cultural Post | See recent The Cultural Post news »

From July 13th to the 18th, the Just for Laughs Festival will hod its 14th edition of Just for Laughs Film in Montreal. Besides, The Cultural Post got wind of Just for Laughs Film's line-up.

First of all, speaking about Canadian feature films, there will be two ones: Alain Desrochers's Cabotins and Seth W. Owen’s Peepers. The first film stars Rémy Girard, Yves Jacques, Dorothée Berryman, Gilles Renaud and Pierre-François Legendre. It tells the story of a ruined ex-showman and actor who would like to get back in the world of burlesque theatre with his former colleagues and organize a tour. As for Peepers, it stars Joe Cobden, Paul Spence, Jessica Paré, Janine Theriault and Ricky Mabe. It tells the story of three men who sneak across Montreal's rooftops with binoculars. However, a young female student gives to these men a taste of their own game.

Furthermore, the »

- anhkhoido@hotmail.com (Anh Khoi Do)

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American: The Bill Hicks Story review

13 May 2010 8:53 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Bill Hicks left behind the legacy of an iconic comedy talent. But is American: The Bill Hicks Story the right film for the right man?

I can still remember seeing Bill Hicks for the first time, a late night Channel 4 Just For Laughs special called Relentless. I can still remember the intro music (which was, as I would later discover, Hicks' very own take on Hendrix), the opening gags ("Comedy is the greatest job in the world. It's not the sharing of laughter and all that horse shit... It's the fact that I don't have a boss. Picture that... And envy me").  

I remember scrabbling for a VHS cassette. I remember feeling I was watching something special, huddled in front of the TV in my parents' living room. As a fifteen, maybe sixteen-year-old, I think that in that slightly cherubic, sad-eyed, pasty, acerbic, razor-edged motormouth I saw everything that I was, »

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America Ferrera, Wilmer Valderrama in Dallas Film Fest winner

17 April 2010 6:14 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

Ryan Piers Williams’ “The Dry Land,” a Sundance Film Festival favorite, took home the top prize at the Dallas International Film Festival Friday evening, earning a $25,000 cash prize for the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature. In addition, Lucy Walker’s “Waste Land” received a $25,000 cash prize for the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Documentary Feature.

“Dry Land” stars America Ferrera and Wilmer Valderrama were on hand during the fest. Their film follows a U.S. soldier as he returns home from Iraq to Texas and tries to assimilate back into society.

The Documentary competition jury also gave a Special Jury Prize to Michael Pertnoy’s and Michael Kleiman’s “The Last Survivor” and a Special Mention for Editing (for Claire Didier’s work on the film) to Mark Landsman’s “Thunder Soul.”

Dallas Star Award recipient John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) made the »

- Sean O'Connell

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American: The Bill Hicks Story

31 March 2010 8:29 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

SXSW Review

American: The Bill Hicks Story

Director: Matt Harlock & Paul Thomas

North American Premiere

Emerging Visions

Complete Coverage of SXSW 2010

Synopsis

Much more than a comedian, Bill Hicks was and still is an inspiration to millions. His timeless comedy tackled the contradictions of America and modern life head on, as he skewered organized religion, railed against the hypocrisies of his government and exposed the collusion of the mainstream media, earning him censorship in the USA, but whose messages continue to resonate with subsequent generations. He also had some excellent dick jokes.

Pushing documentary storytelling in a new direction, ‘AMERICANÕ uses a stunning new animation technique to bring the tale of one of modern cultureÕs most iconic heroes to the big screen.

Director Bio

Matt Harlock is a director whose films have been screened widely at festivals and on television.

Paul Thomas has worked in-house at the BBC and created »

- Jeff Bayer

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This Week In Trailers: The Secret In Their Eyes (El Secreto De Sus Ojos), American: The Bill Hicks Story, The Square, Jake, Kajínek

26 March 2010 3:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers? American: The Bill Hicks Story Trailer Superlatives would be useless when describing the comedic and philosophic influence Bill Hicks had on my maturation. From thinking about politics, »

- Christopher Stipp

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2010 Hot Docs Film Festival Line-Up Announced

23 March 2010 6:55 PM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

The full line-up and schedule for this year's Hot Docs film festival went online earlier today, and if you're a documentary fan living in the Toronto area, I think you'll be pretty pleased with the selections. This year's festival runs from April 29th to May 9th, and even if you don't plan on attending, it's still worth perusing the listings just to make a note of some of the intriguing non-fiction films to keep an eye on in the coming months. Although there don't seem to be quite as many high-profile films this year, there are still a lot of cool hidden gems buried among the various programs. I've made a short list of some of the highlights after the jump, but you should head over to the Hot Docs official site [1] to browse the full line-up for yourself. You can also see reviews of some of these films over »

- Sean

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SXSW Review: American: The Bill Hicks Story

23 March 2010 1:35 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Even Bill Hicks' adoring mother wasn't sure what to make of him. "Bill was -- I don't know -- he was interesting," she says in American: The Bill Hicks Story, the documentary about her comedian son, who died of cancer in 1994 at the age of 33. This inability to put a label on Hicks, which came in part because his style changed so much over the course of his career, might have been what kept him from achieving the superstardom that his admirers always felt he deserved. American, a lively and polished effort by British filmmakers Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas, seeks to show the world what made Hicks so special.

This may be the most thorough analysis Hicks will ever get. Made with full cooperation from his mother and siblings and many of his closest friends, the film boasts ample new interviews, clips of Hicks' performances, and a ton »

- Eric D. Snider

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