18 items from 2013
I haven't seen enough of Noah Baumbach's films to weigh in on the entirety of his filmography, but Frances Ha is something any fan of cinema is sure to enjoy as it harkens back to the films of the French New Wave with its music and editing choices and its lovely black-and-white imagery. Beyond that, it excels largely due to what would seem, on the surface, a simple story, elevated by the realization life is never simple. Serving as co-writer and title star, Greta Gerwig steps into the shoes of Frances, a dance company apprentice with aspirations to, one day, join the company as a full-time dancer. She's a little scattered and aloof, but nevertheless charming and someone you'd enjoy having as a friend. She's a dreamer with high aspirations and, even when things look their bleakest, maintains, somewhat irresponsibly, a certain level of confidence... or does she? Determining »
- Brad Brevet
Written by Noah Bambach and Greta Gerwig
Directed by Noah Baumbach
The Greta Gerwig Charm Offensive continues unabated. Following her star turn in Whit Stillman’s agreeably eccentric Damsels In Distress, Gerwig once again toplines a quirky, affectionate comedy, this time sharing a writing credit with her director, Noah Baumbach. Where Damsels channeled golden-age Hollywood and vintage musicals, however, Frances Ha appropriates the look and feel of early-60s French New Wave in order to channel the restless energy of the character at its center, a shiftless but well-meaning late-twentysomething who finds herself perpetually in the wrong place and time.
When the film opens, Gerwig’s Frances is in one of her life’s more agreeable phases. She is dancing for a reputable company – as an understudy, she’ll concede – and enjoying the near-constant company of her best friend and roommate Sophie (Mickey Sumner). This arrangement comes »
- Simon Howell
Whit Stillman has signed with UTA. The indie filmmaker is known for spotlighting the talents of rising young actresses, including Mira Sorvino (1994’s Barcelona), Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny (1998’s The Last Days of Disco) and Greta Gerwig and Analeigh Tipton (2011’s Damsels in Distress). Stillman will be in Cannes to hold meetings for his next film, a period comedy set in Britain. “I believe this new story has the best female part of all the films I’ve made,” the writer-director-producer tells The Hollywood Reporter. He will be changing things up on the small screen with a
- Rebecca Sun
While this upcoming weekend’s box office will likely be dominated by some combination of Star Trek Into Darkness, The Great Gatsby and Iron Man 3, indie film enthusiasts are exploding with anticipation for the release of Frances Ha, the latest film from director Noah Baumbach (Kicking And Screaming, Greenberg). The film has been scoring strong reviews from big name critics —it’s currently rated 94% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes— but more importantly, it stars Greta Gerwig, an incredibly talented young actress that Hollywood hasn’t quite figured out what to do with yet. She’s been cast in big budget rom coms (she was one of Natalie Portman‘s BFFs in No Strings Attached, and played the Liza Minelli role in the remake of Arthur), but Frances Ha is arguably the first film which fully showcases this naturalistic actor’s many talents. Whether you’re familiar with her work or »
- Mark Graham
RomCom Filming in NY: Grant, Tomei Star for Director Lawrence Marc Lawrence’s as-yet untitled, New York-set romantic comedy toplining Hugh Grant and Best Supporting Actress Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei began principal photography yesterday, April 17, producer Martin Shafer announced. -- Pictured above: Marisa Tomei, looking more beautiful than ever. Here's the plot, as per the film's press release: In 1998, Keith Michaels, played by Hugh Grant, was on top of the world -- a witty, sexy, Englishman in Hollywood who had just won a major screenwriter’s award. Fifteen years later, he’s creatively washed up, divorced, and broke. With no other options, he takes a job teaching screenwriting at a small college in Binghamton, New York. Although the idea of teaching is less than thrilling, he hopes to make some easy money and enjoy the favors of impressionable young co-eds. What he doesn’t expect to find is romance »
- Anna Robinson
Producer Martin Shafer announced today that principal photography has begun on Marc Lawrence’s untitled romantic comedy in New York. The film shooting in and around New York City as well as Binghamton, New York, stars Hugh Grant, Marisa Tomei, Bella Heathcote, Chris Elliott, J.K. Simmons and Allison Janney. Shafer is producing with Liz Glotzer for Castle Rock Entertainment. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales for all territories outside the U.S.
Producer Martin Shafer commented on working in New York, “New York is a favorite location of ours to shoot. It has a combination of great crews, a wide variety of beautiful and interesting locations, and a very helpful State Film office, but ultimately it is the State’s film incentive program that tips the scale and allows us to return to this great location.”
In 1998, Keith Michaels (Grant) was on top of the world — a witty, sexy, Englishman »
- Michelle McCue
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013
Price: DVD $22.98, Blu-ray $29.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Catherine Keener (Please Give), Leighton Meester (Country Strong) and Hugh Laurie (TV’s House) star in the 2011 comedy The Oranges, which ponders the oft-asked cinematic question, “What does it take to be truly happy.”
Two friendly suburban New Jersey families—The Ostroffs and The Wallings—begin to go at it when the Ostroffs’ rebellious daughter Nina (Meester) returns home for the holidays after a five-year absence and starts an adulterous affair with long-time family friend David Walling (Laurie). The outrageous scandal reaches hilarious new heights during the holidays and makes these neighbors tear apart more than just wrapping paper…!
Producer Martin Shafer announced today that J.K. Simmons and Chris Elliott will join writer / director Marc Lawrence’s new untitled romantic comedy starring Hugh Grant with Marissa Tomei, Bella Heathcote and Allison Janney. The film will begin shooting in New York in April. Shafer will produce with Liz Glotzer for Castle Rock Entertainment. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales for all territories outside the U.S.
In 1998, Ray Michaels (Grant) was on top of the world — a witty, sexy, Englishman in Hollywood who had just won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. Fifteen years later, he’s creatively washed up, divorced, and broke. With no other options, he takes a job teaching screenwriting at a small college on the East Coast. Although the idea of teaching is less than thrilling, he hopes to make some easy money and enjoy the favors of impressionable young co-eds. What he doesn’t expect »
- Michelle McCue
Producer Martin Shafer announced today that J.K. Simmons and Chris Elliott will join writer/director Marc Lawrence's new untitled romantic comedy starring Hugh Grant with Marisa Tomei, Bella Heathcote and Allison Janney. The film will begin shooting in New York in April. Shafer will produce with Liz Glotzer for Castle Rock Entertainment. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales for all territories outside the U.S.
In 1998, Ray Michaels (Grant) was on top of the world -- a witty, sexy, Englishman in Hollywood who had just won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. Fifteen years later, he's creatively washed up, divorced, and broke. With no other options, he takes a job teaching screenwriting at a small college on the East Coast. Although the idea of teaching is less than thrilling, he hopes to make some easy money and enjoy the favors of impressionable young co-eds. What he doesn't expect to »
In case you're not yet aware, we feel it's important to let you know about one of the most exciting cinematic developments of the young decade: Greta Gerwig is, like, a thing now.
Gerwig, of course, has been moving on up in the indie scene for the last few years, making all sorts of films that, quite frankly, almost nobody has seen. Still, she's been slowly building buzz as a sparkly indie princess thanks to efforts like "Baghead," "Greenberg" (also directed by Baumbach) and "Damsels in Distress," all of which impressed festival crowds.
But "Frances Ha" looks to be her official breakout film, as Gerwig not only stars in but also co-wrote (alongside Baumbach) this story about a young woman in New York »
- Scott Harris
"Sometimes it's good to do what you're supposed to do when you're supposed to do it." IFC Films has finally debuted the trailer for Noah Baumbach's new film Frances Ha, starring and co-written by actress Greta Gerwig (seen in Greenberg, Arthur, The House of the Devil, Damsels in Distress, To Rome with Love, Lola Versus). Yes indeed, this is a quirky B&W New York City-set drama about a fun young girl trying to find her place in life. I saw the film at the Telluride Film Festival last year and really enjoyed it, this trailer sums up how much fun it is in two minutes without giving away too much of the story either. I recommend watching. Watch the full theatrical trailer for Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha, in high def from Apple: An aspiring dancer (Gerwig) moves to New York City and becomes caught up in a whirlwind of flighty fair-weather friends, »
- Alex Billington
After some odd directorial decisions of late (the contested, eyebrow-raising remakes of "Death at a Funeral" and "The Wicker Man"), acclaimed playwright and filmmaker Neil Labute has mostly stuck to writing and making short films in the last few years. While we'll have to wait a little bit longer to see his next turn as a director with "This Velvet Morning," Labute adapted his play "Some Girl(s)" for the Daisy von Scherler Mayer-helmed film of the same name, which has it's world premiere at SXSW on March 9th. Read More: Adam Brody, Emily Watson and Kristen Bell in Character Posters for Neil Labute's 'Some Girl(s)' Adam Brody, who between this film and Whit Stillman's "Damsels in Distress" seems to be establishing himself as the go-to leading man of literate indie wordsmiths, stars as a writer who visits all of his exes in a »
- Mark Lukenbill
DVD Release Date: March 5, 2013
Price: DVD $24.98
Regbo plays sad sensitive graduate James, who has a deep appreciation for the world, but no idea how to live in it. Receiving no help from his divorced parents (Pollock‘s Marcia Gay Harden and Conviction‘s Peter Gallagher) or his 20-year-old memoir-writing sister (Deborah Ann Woll, Catch .44), James decides to reject the adult world. And so, he refuses to leave for college, despite being accepted by Brown University, and cares about nothing – except visits to his free-spirited grandmother (Ellen Burstyn, The Exorcist) and a life coach (Lucy Liu, Charlie’s Angels), the only ones who »
Even though he didn't feature in Whit Stillman's "Damsels In Distress," the last year or so has seen the director's muse Chris Eigeman, who starred in "Metropolitan," "Barcelona" and "The Last Days Of Disco," become rather more visible again. There's the potential of a reunion with his favorite director in the works, and Eigeman's been cropping up on TV in the acclaimed likes of "Girls" and "Bunheads" in the last twelve months, but it looks like the comeback might be complete, as Eigeman's prepping his second directorial feature, and has attracted a pretty impressive cast. Screen Daily report that Eigeman's "Midnight Sun," a 1940s-set drama, has Jesse Eisenberg, Emile Hirsch and Diane Kruger all lined up to star. Set against the backdrop of the creation of the A-bomb (indeed, Richard Rhodes, who won the Pulitzer for his book "The Making of the Atomic Bomb," is »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Directed by Jonathan Levine
After countless number of horror movies in which men and women have been haunted by all sorts of monstrosities such as vampires, werewolves and creatures from black lagoons, it would seem as only natural that certain filmmakers would want to branch out into other genres all the while utilizing said classic creatures that are the stuff of nightmares. Not all monsters need be frightening, so to speak. One need only be reminded of the massively successful Twilight franchise, which was a love triangle story with heavy doses of lycans and nosferatu.Writer-director Jonathan Levine continues the trend of romantically inclined creature features with his latest film, Warm Bodies, only this time the vampires and werewolves are substituted for zombies.
The story begins by introducing the audience to one particular zombie (Nicholas Hoult) who »
- Edgar Chaput
We caught up with Promised Land, but couldn’t give it quite a full show, because we had our very own awards to do, and we wanted to get our Top Ten lists out.
A surprising film, not least simply for its ability to avoid preaching at you and deliver a story. Matt Damon was great, and the overall feel of the movie delivered far better than so many in this “political position” pseudo-genre.
Moving on, we had our first annual awards, which I have dubbed the Ru? Spectaculars. These awards go to our picks for the standard categories, but the rule is that these picks have to be in that special class of “can’t get nominated for any other awards.”
Our winners, and Top lists are below, but you’re going to have to tune in for the full story.
Ru? Spectacular Movie Awards Best Screenplay
Marc Eastman »
- Marc Eastman
Amir here. Nathaniel has invited Tfe contributors to share their top ten lists along with his own. Drawing up this list is a real dilemma every year. Not that I’m under the illusion that a list like this bears any significance on my personal affection for the films I leave out, but I still want it to be representative of the whole picture. This year was particularly tough. It’s been a terrific year for cinema, possibly my favorite since 2007. Even with five honorable mentions I still couldn’t find room for Moonrise Kingdom, Queen of Versailles, Silver Linings Playbook, The Grey, Damsels in Distress, Anna Karenina and so many others that I thoroughly enjoyed. But these lists are never definitive. Ask me on a different day and I might give you a whole different set. At this moment, this is where I stand.
We don’t »
- Amir S.
Looking over the results from the Indiewire year-end poll, retirement or long absences played into a handful of the eventual high vote-getters. Leos Carax, who claimed the Best Film and Best Director crowns, took off 13 years between making "Pola X," his last feature-length film and this year's sensation, "Holy Motors." For a short time, it appeared that Joaquin Phoenix had sworn off all future film roles before returning triumphantly as Freddie Quell in "The Master." Even Whit Stillman's "Damsels in Distress," the writer/director's first return to screens in almost a decade and a half, garnered recognition in multiple categories. Life can intervene with a career for any number of reasons: loss of passion for the craft, the rise of health conerns or a desire to eliminate the pitfalls of public life. But sometimes, a few years away from a production environment is the much-needed rejuvenation needed to come back with renewed. »
- Steve Greene
18 items from 2013
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