18 items from 2013
No, this piece will not be styled as an actual love letter to Frances Ha, Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig’s charmer, due to hit cinephile-near-you shelves later this week with its Criterion Collection release, but it will be an intense appreciation of the film. (Consider this a warning if, for any reason, you’re averse to the feature – and also, what is wrong with you?) Baumbach and Gerwig’s film first popped up as a somewhat minor attraction at last year’s Telluride Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. It sounded like a curiosity – a black and white Baumbach co-written by and starring the director’s real-life lady love, a slim feature about a wayward young New York City gal who is not actually good at a lot of things but who approaches challenges great and small with a plucky gusto. She lives in a shitty apartment in Brooklyn. She »
- Kate Erbland
I’m “biast” (con): wasn’t overly impressed with the trailer
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Women’s friendships in cinema seem to end up falling almost exclusively in one of two vile — and utterly spurious — categories: 1) temporary alliances designed to increase the odds of finding a husband and/or forums for complaining about men once they’ve been caught (see: just about every romantic comedy ever made); or 2) catty “frenemy” battlefields that are about nothing more than one-up-womanship, jealousy, and resentment (see: Bachelorette). So it’s more than a relief, it’s almost a shock to see how achingly authentic Frances Ha is about what “best friends” actually means to women — I cannot recall another »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Greta Gerwig has been on a rather poor run of form, with three consecutive showings in the disappointing To Rome With Love, the inadequate Lola Versus and the immensely self-indulgent Damsels in Distress. However such a run of mediocre productions seems to have come to an abrupt end, as she reunites with Greenberg director Noah Baumbach for Frances Ha; a film about a young woman reluctantly approaching adulthood, and struggling to leave her youth behind.
Frances (Gerwig) is a twenty-something living in New York with her best friend Sophie (Mickey Sumner) enjoying her life at home equally as much as her line of work, as she is an apprentice at a dance company. However when Sophie moves out to live with her new boyfriend, Frances is left to analyse her own life, as she begins to worry about her current predicament of not having a partner nor a stable job. »
- Stefan Pape
The latest Untitled Woody Allen Project is gaining steam as his 2013 feature is almost in theaters and lord knows the 77-year-old writer/director isn't going to lay around and do nothing. We already knew Emma Stone and Colin Firth would star and, as with all Allen projects in their early stages, we don't have any plot details outside the fact it will shoot in the South of France (le Midi). However, today we get a lot more names to add to the cast. The Wrap reports Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook), Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater (Lola Versus), Simon McBurney (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Jeremy Shamos (Taking Woodstock) and Erica Leerhsen (Anything Else) have joined the cast. I'm seeing Allen's Blue Jasmine (7/26, Spc) in just under two weeks and can't wait. It's actually going to be a double feature for me that day... along with The Conjuring of all films. »
- Brad Brevet
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
Here’s a film that takes a look at modern twenty-somethings in a fresh way. While in earlier generations, those in that age bracket (if they were fortunate to do four years of higher education, or a military stint) would whip off their cap and gown and settle into a steady job and perhaps start a family (after finding that dream suburban home). For many college grads today, those post-school years can be the start of a nomadic limbo, drifting from job to job and apartment to apartment, even returning to the family nest (insisting to the parents that this is just temporary). The title character of Frances Ha doesn’t resort to that, but she is sort-of floating without a clear destination in sight. But thanks to Greta Gerwig, the film’s star and co-writer, we’re rooting for her even as she takes a ill-planned detour. Of course »
- Jim Batts
We've had our ears on composer duo Fall On Your Sword for a while now. The duo have become some of the most in-demand musicians in the indie world over the last few years, thanks to the works on "Another Earth," "Nobody Walks," "Lola Versus" and "28 Hotel Rooms," among others, and we named them as one of our 5 Composers On The Rise earlier this year. Which means that we're delighted to this morning be exclusively debuting a new track from the pair's score to "We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks," the latest film Oscar-winning "Taxi To The Dark Side" director Alex Gibney. The film, which sees Gibney delve into the story of Julian Assange, and his principal source Bradley Manning, won rave reviews at Sundance, and is hitting theaters on Friday May 24th, while Fall On The Sword's soundtrack is released the Tuesday before, on May 21st. If the track below, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Greta Gerwig makes "hapless" a happening thing in "Frances Ha." Which is no surprise, because she's spent her brief career mastering variations on a hapless theme.
Gerwig ("Lola Versus," "Greenberg") and director Noah Baumbach ("Greenberg," "The Squid and the Whale") team up to give us the quintessential Greta time-capsule picture, a movie that sums up the navel gazing of Generation Y and summons up every Gerwig character from the era in one giddy yet wistful package.
Frances (Gerwig) is an exemplar of a sort of age-specific form of denial. A Sacramento native, she's settled in New York to become a modern dancer. She's gawky and a little awkward, so that isn't really working out. She can't commit to her boyfriend because she won't leave behind her "same person with different hair" best friend, Sophie (Mickey Sumner), her true other half. But Sophie moves out on her.
Frances is 27, under-employed, and »
In the new horror movie Come Out and Play a holidaying couple, played by Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Lola Versus) and Vinessa Shaw (2006’s The Hills Have Eyes), visit an island off the coast of Mexico where they discover the local children have murdered the adults. But the most bizarre aspect of the film, which began its platform release on March 22 and is currently available on VOD, is the identity of its director, who goes by the mono-moniker of “Makinov” and refuses to reveal his face or real name.
Come out and Play debuted last September at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. »
- Clark Collis
With a healthy list of credits spanning studio fare (“Mona Lisa Smile,” “Stealth”), television (“Damages,” HBO’s “John Adams”) and the independent arena (“Breaking Upwards,” “Higher Ground,” “Lola Versus”), Ebon Moss-Bachrach is a quintessential talented character actor — able to swing effortlessly and, more importantly, believably from genre to genre. In the unusual new horror film “Come Out and Play,” alongside Vinessa Shaw, he plays one half of a happy couple who go to Mexico for a romantic getaway, and end up stranded on an island full of murderous children. It’s based on Juan José Plan’s 1976 Spanish film “El Juego De Niños,” but the parallel story of the movie’s production may be just [ Read More ]
Of all the things that have addled and irritated the watchers of Lena Dunham’s HBO series Girls (the characters are too white and overprivileged! Lena Dunham spends too much time naked!), of all the things that have made a noisy sliver of them feel that the show is worthy of their “hate,” the late-in-the-game revelation that Dunham’s middle-class lost-girl princess Hannah suffers from Ocd seemed all but designed to stoke the hostility of those who dislike Girls but can’t stop watching it. To someone like me, though, who adores the show (I’ll put my passion right out there: In two seasons, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Something in the Air (Apres mai) is Olivier Assayas‘ follow-up to Carlos, a sprawling five-hour epic of ’70s terrorism, which also harks back to ‘Cold Water,’ but as a softer, tender and dispassionate semi-autobiographical reflection on an equivalent period. After its premiere at the Venice Film Festival last year a much more genteel companion work to Carlos is now coming to theaters stateside via Sundance Selects on May 3rd, 2013. Therefore, the first domestic trailer for Something in the Air has arrived, featuring examination of sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll and revolution — a portrait of a time too intense to last forever. The coming-of-age... Related posts: Cannes 2010: Olivier Assayas’ Carlos Lola Versus Trailer and Poster Starring Greta Gerwig Taken 2 Director Olivier Megaton Is Taking Gotham International Trailer for Miley Cyrus-Starrer Lol: Laughing Out Loud »
- Nick Martin
As the somewhat sleazy Homicide Detective Stephen Holder on The Killing, actor Joel Kinnaman plays a character who investigates death. For his next feature film role, he.ll be the one witnessing it. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kinnaman is close to signing on for the Warner Bros. crime thriller All Nighter, which was formerly titled Run All Night after being titled All Nighter to begin with. He.ll play Liam Neeson.s son in the film, which will be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra from a spec script written by Brad Ingelsby (Out of the Furnace). Beyond his TV work, the Swedish-born Kinnaman was most recently seen in the romantic comedy Lola Versus, as well as the crime drama Safe House with Denzel Washington. His next role will definitely test his leading male capabilities as he takes on the central role of John Murphy in José Padilha.s RoboCop reboot »
Joel Kinnaman appears set to join Liam Neeson in the Warner Bros. action film Run All Night , says a story at The Hollywood Reporter . He would play the son of Neeson's character with Jaume Collett-Sera ( Unknown , Non-Stop ) directing. In the film, written by Brad Ingelsby, Neeson will play a mob hitman who is forced to take on his former boss in a single night. The hitman protecting his estranged son, the pair wind up on the run from the mob together. Kinnaman, a regular on "The Killing," recently starred in Safe House and Lola Versus . Next year, he'll play the title role in Jose Padhila's RoboCop . Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment is producing along with Brooklyn Weaver, and John Middleton is executive producer. (Photo Credit: Nikki Nelson / WENN.com) »
"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
Arriving in theaters next month after having premiered at Toronto in 2012, the horror film "Come Out and Play" stars Ebon Moss-Bachrach ("Lola Versus") and Vinessa Shaw ("Two Lovers") as Francis and Beth, a happy couple who visit Mexico for a romantic getaway. The couple venture to a secluded island where they're greeted by a beautiful beach filled with children playing -- children, they discover, but no adults, and a neighborhood that seems to have been abandoned in distress. After witnessing the violent death of an old man at the hands of the children, the two realize that in order to survive, they'll have to escape. Ah, murderous kiddies. The film is directed by Belarus-born filmmaker Makinov and is based on Juan José Plan's 1976 Spanish horror film "Who Can Kill a Child?" "Come Out and Play" will be released in select theaters on March 22nd and is currently available on iTunes and VOD. »
- Cristina A. Gonzalez
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
End of Watch End of Watch made my Top Ten Movies of 2012 so of course I'm going to recommend it. I haven't yet listened to writer/director David Ayer's audio commentary, but I'm looking forward to it as Blu-ray.com's review makes it sound incredibly informative: Writer/director David Ayer offers a scene by scene breakdown of End of Watch, discussing the authenticity of the film at great length, touching on the decision to avoid including a single corrupt cop, providing insight into development and implementation of the multi-camera narrative, and spending plenty of time on everything from the script to the performances to the Pov shifts between the police officers and the gangsters.
Ivan's Childhood (Criterion Collection) I have a review of this one in the works and it should be finished by this afternoon. That said, I will tell you I really liked this film and liked »
- Brad Brevet
18 items from 2013