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Despite one feature film under his belt with 2006′s Land of the Blind (the Ralph Fiennes and Donald Sutherland starrer won the Nicholl Fellowship from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award and landed at Rotterdam, but didn’t gain much traction after that), Robert Edwards isn’t an unknown entity for Sundance programmers. His 2002 docu short, Voice of the Prophet landed at the fest and American Prometheus, a project that hasn’t yet materialized, was awarded a the 2011 Sloan Science-in-Film Initiative Commissioning Grant. It appears that the filmmaker has had several high profile projects that didn’t materialize, but this April, is when he finally got a greenlight. When I Live My Life Over Again sees Christopher Walken, Amber Heard, Kelli Garner, Hamish Linklater, Ann Magnuson and Oliver Platt in a New York city set drama.
Gist: The New York-based drama sees Walken play Lombard, dubbed “The King of Romance, »
- Eric Lavallee
Chicago – One of the notable films to kick off the autumn film season is writer/director Ira Sach’s “Love is Strange.” The story of two men in a longtime gay relationship, who finally can marry – but whose lives go off track unexpectedly – features brilliant performances from veterans John LIthgow and Alfred Molina.
Ira Sachs is a veteran writer and director himself, on his sixth feature film. He first got noticed with “Forty Shades of Blue” in 2005 and “Married Life” two years later. The latter film featured Chris Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Pierce Brosnan. After some great reviews for his fifth film “Keep the Lights On” (2012), he is back with “Love is Strange,” a personal and subtle character driven story.
Photo credit: Sony Pictures Classics
HollywoodChicago.com sat down to interview Ira Sachs, as his »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
If this was a typical Sunday morning, I’d report that The One I Love, the latest quirky quasi-comedy exec-produced by the Duplass Brothers, had a solid but not scintillating debut weekend at the specialty box office. But this has not been a typical Sunday morning. When I opened my email from RADiUS-twc, I found not only their theatrical box office results for The One I Love but also the film’s VOD numbers. Wow!
The combined numbers arrived with no fanfare, just honest transparency. RADiUS deserves kudos for being a trailblazer here, and I at least want to make sure this moment is duly noted, and with enthusiasm. The company has given me non-theatrical metrics before, but to give it alongside theatrical is a first, and something unique that I hope quickly becomes common.
Last fall, Radius gave Deadline VOD numbers for its action pic Man Of Tai Chi, »
- Brian Brooks
‘Love Is Strange’ movie review: Gay romantic drama is ‘beautiful in every way’ (photo: John Lithgow and Alfred Molina in ‘Love Is Strange’) Love Is Strange is beautiful in every way that a film can be beautiful, and unabashedly so. Yet, despite its willingness to gild the lily for love of ethereal, aesthetic beauty in all its forms, it is a film that reaches for the truth — the deepest truths of what we often call “the human condition.” For all these reasons I love Ira Sachs’ movie as much as it wishes we would love each other. I love the artistry of it. I love what it has to say and that it’s something seldom said. I love that it is forgiving. Without hyperbole, I tell you that Love Is Strange is the stuff of Jean-Luc Godard (Notre Musique and In Praise of Love), Vittorio De Sica (Umberto D. »
- Tim Cogshell
The New York City skyline is one of the tired titans of American imagery. To put it more charitably, it’s awfully difficult to fill a movie with classic images of Gotham and finish with something original and interesting. In Ira Sachs‘s newest feature, Love Is Strange, one of his characters goes to the trouble of actually painting the view of Manhattan from a Brooklyn roof. This particular canvas becomes one of the most emotionally charged symbols of the film. In the hands of a less assured director, it would be entirely ponderous. Yet Sachs knows his way around the city, so to speak. His last feature, Keep the Lights On, charted the heartbreaking decline of a relationship against the backdrop of a hazy metropolis. Love Is Strange, on the other hand, finds a much clearer and brighter source of light. Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) are an aging couple finally, legally »
- Daniel Walber
There was a time when two veteran straight actors such as John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, taking on the roles of a gay couple and their subsequent travails at married life would have been the tabloid equivalent of shock and awe. It still might raise some eyebrows, but Ira Sachs’ Love Is Strange is a testimony to societal progress in terms of storytelling. Now it will face the box office as the Specialty title platforms this weekend via Sony Classics. A real-life gay marriage takes the spotlight this weekend courtesy of Starz Digital doc To Be Takei about the multi-faceted actor/activist and social media talent who is best known for playing Hikaru Sulu in TV’s original Star Trek. It will be joined by Millennium Entertainment’s Are You Here with Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler which will open day and date by Mad Men writer Matthew Weiner. »
- Brian Brooks
In a summer of movie romances, Love Is Strange is the one that cuts deepest. Without the usual bull and spackled-on sentiment, it hits you like a shot in the heart. Director Ira Sachs, who wrote the subtly nuanced script with Mauricio Zacharias, intuitively knows where attention must be paid.
George (Alfred Molina), a music teacher, and Ben (John Lithgow), an artist, have lived together in Manhattan for nearly 40 years. When state law finally allows them to marry, they do so happily among family and friends. But being legal gets »
Married Life: Sachs’ Latest a Subtle Portrayal of Love, Marriage, and Familial Bonds
Following on the heels of his 2012 film, Keep the Lights On, which documented a rather tumultuous and sometimes toxic relationship between two gay men over the course of a decade, director Ira Sachs delivers what is perhaps his most heartfelt and warmly observed film thus far. While many of the central relationships depicted in Sachs’ works are marked by melancholy and discord, whether that be the arresting loneliness of the superb Dina Korzun in Forty Shades of Blue (2005) or the dark comedy underpinning the extra-marital affair in Married Life (2007), here with Love is Strange, we are graced with a couple played by John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, partners of nearly forty years that have finally taken it upon themselves to exchange overdue marriage vows.
After thirty nine years of living together, Ben (John Lithgow) and George »
- Nicholas Bell
"I've always felt that all my work could be titled The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter," Ira Sachs says, a comment that anyone familiar with the 48-year-old filmmaker might consider an understatement. If you take a look through his two-decades-and-counting career, you might find that the miseries and mysteries of human attraction are a common thread. What links the interracial romance between a young Southerner and a Vietnamese hustler (1996's The Delta), a character study set in the Memphis music scene (2005's Forty Shades of Blue, which took home the »
“Love Is Strange” is one of the rare movies anchored by gay characters not defined by sex. The story is set in a post-gay-rights Manhattan where marriage is legal for George (Alfred Molina) and Ben (John Lithgow), longtime partners who get hitched in a local park, surrounded by their closest friends. To fund the $1.2 million drama, which Sony Pictures Classics will platform release Aug. 22, director Ira Sachs turned to his community for help. “I got financing from 25 individuals, the majority of whom were retired lesbian businesswomen,” says Sachs over lunch on a recent afternoon in the West Village. “They cared about the story, and believed it could speak to a wide audience.” Sachs says the backers have already turned a profit from worldwide distribution deals out of Sundance and Berlin.
If not for its unconventional financing, “Love Is Strange” might never have found its way to the big screen. While »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Keep the lights on, because today’s edition of Sequel Bits is unusually horror-heavy. After the jump: Karl Urban wants to do Star Trek for 25 more years Avatar 2 is probably going to shoot in early 2015 Transformers 4 is now the 18th biggest film ever Mark Duplass wants to make Creep 2 and 3 right […]
The post Sequel Bits: ‘Sinister 2′, ‘ABCs of Death 2′, ‘Avatar 2′, ‘Star Trek 2′ appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
The slow, rhythmic creaking of a rocking chair can be soothing… or disconcerting. In the case of our clip from Stewart Thorndike’s Lyle, it’s definitely the former. A psychological horror film that played at the Outfest Film Festival, Lyle is now available to watch in its entirety for free, and we have a clip featuring the lead actress wielding scissors for protection.
In an effort to address the lack of horror films directed by women, female Director/Writer Stewart Thorndike is in the process of making three female-centric horror movies. Lyle is the first of the three, and Putney, currently raising funds via a Kickstarter campaign, is the planned second entry. There are 44 days left of the Putney Kickstarter campaign, and Stewart recently announced that fans can watch Lyle for free on the movie’s website for the rest of the Putney Kickstarter campaign.
To watch Lyle, whose »
- Derek Anderson
It’s a thought that has persisted in cinema for well over a century. Love is what motivates characters; it’s a dream they want to realize, a reality they have to face, the content of their musings in their nightly diary entries.
Decades of cinema have seen the nature of other genres completely overturned. More and more, horrors are gearing towards high-concept supernatural thrillers over human killers; comedies are willing to get raunchier, with a whole lot more swearing; action movies are only too eager to show off brutal set-pieces; and comic book movies and sci-fi films have the effects capable of making the unreal real.
But romance? How much has that changed? And how much do we really want it to? »
- Kenji Lloyd
New York-based non-profit NewFest wil recognise the director with the third annual NewFest Visionary Award at its annual Lgbt jamboree that runs from July 24-29.
“To be able to make films with gay characters at their centre is as hard today as it was when I first started making movies in 1991,” said Sachs, whose Love Is Strange premiered at Sundance.
“Without community events like NewFest, I don’t think we’d have a queer cinema in America. If ‘visionary’ means a belief in the continued future and importance of Lgbt cinema, I’m deeply honoured to accept.”
Oscar-nominated production designer Jim Bissell will receive the Art Directors’ Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards on January 31, 2015. Bissell’s credits include E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and most »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
You don’t often get films that truly reinvent a general dynamic that we’ve seen countless times before, but Love is Strange is such a film. You’ve seen older people in love, and you’ve seen married couples go through various hardships. Hell, you’ve even seen people thrown into the deep end of the generational conflict pool. But, you’ve never seen two aging gay men forced to live apart, who have to make sense of things all over again.
The casting of John Lithgow and Alfred Molina couldn’t be better, if the trailer can be believed. Even just from what you get here it look as though both of them hit every note perfectly, and its a film that requires them to take on a lot more than your average story.
Take a look at this one, and watch for it on August 22nd. This »
- Marc Eastman
After nearly four decades together, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when George loses his job soon after, the couple must sell their apartment and – victims of the relentless New York City real estate market – temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable new home.
While George moves in with two cops (Cheyenne Jackson and Manny Perez) who live down stairs, Ben lands in Brooklyn with his nephew (Darren Burrows), his wife (Marisa Tomei), and their temperamental teenage son (Charlie Tahan), with whom Ben shares a bedroom.
While struggling with the pain of separation, Ben and George are further challenged by the intergenerational tensions and capricious family »
- Michelle McCue
A darling of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Love Is Strange has had some very strong reviews and word-of-mouth have left many waiting patiently for the film to be released. The film stars John Lithgow (3rd Rock From the Sun) and Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2) as a newly married couple , George and Ben, whose lives are turned upside down when George is let go at his job, forcing the couple to separate and find accommodation with friends and family, which puts added strain on their already stressful situation.
The Playlist called the film a ” finely performed and beautifully crafted love story”, and from the looks of the trailer, Love Is Strange could well be a breakout film from the summer’s indie line-up.
Co-starring Marisa Tomei »
- Scott Davis
“Love Is Strange,” which stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, doesn’t have the set up you’d expect for a film about a newlywed couple. Instead, the film is about a recently married same-sex couple adjusting to separate living situations.
The modern-day love story centers on Ben, a Catholic school teacher (Molina) who is fired after he and his partner George (Lithgow) are legally married in New York. The cash-strapped couple is forced to separate and live with neighbors and family members. The film’s trailer depicts how their long-distance love is tested in unconventional ways. It also highlights the changing dynamics between George and Ben and the people who welcome them into their homes.
“Love Is Strange” will hit theaters Aug. 22.
- Jordyn Holman
A bunch of new trailers have landed over the past day or so for all sorts of upcoming smaller films, but with a lot of them starring big names. The most high-profile would be "The Judge" which sees Robert Downey Jr. returning to drama for the story of a slick city lawyer who returns to his hometown after his mother's death and ends up having to defend his estranged father from being convicted for her apparent murder.
Tom Hardy stars in "The Drop" as a Brooklyn bartender who gets caught up in a robbery investigation that digs deep into his neighborhood's past. Noomi Rapace, James Frecheville and Matthias Schoenaerts also star, as does the late James Gandolfini in his final performance.
- Garth Franklin
One of the Best Films Of Sundance 2014, and from filmmaker Ira Sachs who has steadily been making a name for himself thanks to efforts like "Forty Shades Of Blue" and "Keep The Lights On," "Love Is Strange" is one that those of us not fortunate enough to catch it at Sundance have been waiting for. And the first trailer has arrived. Starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina—#truedetectiveseason3 and add whoever else you want, thx HBO—the story follows Ben and George, a newly married couple who have been together for decades. But their lives are torn apart when George loses his job, forcing the pair to find temporary housing. George moves in with the neighbor downstairs, while Ben heads to Brooklyn to stay with his nephew. And the arrangement presents all sorts of challenges in a film that we called out of Sundance, a "finely performed and beautifully crafted love story. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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