13 items from 2013
Chicago – Besedka Johnson was 85 years old when she was discovered at a Ymca. After devoting her life to astrology, the genial woman was suddenly brought to the attention of indie filmmakers intrigued by her vintage movie star features. At 86, she delivered a tour-de-force film debut in Sean Baker’s marvelous drama, “Starlet.” And at 87, she passed away.
The extraordinary tale of Johnson’s life brings an even greater level of depth and poignance to Baker’s already sublime picture, which debuted at SXSW last year before receiving a very limited theatrical run. This pristine home video release will hopefully play a role in getting Baker’s film the audience it deserves. Not only is it one of the most accomplished independent films of 2012—fully deserving of its Robert Altman Award at the Indie Spirit ceremony—it’s also one of the most emotionally resonant.
Blu-ray Rating: 5.0/5.0
Dree Hemingway is both »
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The low-budget indie drama Starlet, beautifully shot by Radium Cheung, sensitively directed and edited by Sean Baker (the documentaries Prince of Broadway and Take Out), and performed with sparkling confusion by Dree Hemingway and genuine warmth by Besedka Johnson, follows a friendship that develops between two women, one younger, one older. And something about it rubs me the wrong way. When I first saw the film at SXSW in 2012, it quickly struck me as smug and inauthentic, an impression that lasted throughout the movie and made it difficult to resist the urge to walk out, so much so that I had no desire to write about it. A second viewing on Blu-ray opened up some of the attributes that I missed -- most notably...
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The good people of Music Box Films Home Entertainment have provided Disc Dish with three (3) Blu-ray editions of the just-released independent drama Starlet to give away to three lucky Disc Dish readers!
The acclaimed 2012 film focuses on the unlikely cross-generational friendship that develops between a young aspiring actress in Los Angeles and an elderly woman when their two worlds collide in a most unexpected way. Starring Dree Hemingway (great granddaughter of Ernest and daughter of Mariel) stars as sweet-smiling, blond-tressed 21-year-old Jane, and the late Besedka Johnson as the elderly woman who holds a fateful yard sale one hot L.A. day, Starlet is directed and co-written by Sean Baker. The well-received film led »
Johnson died on April 4 at Glendale Memorial Hospital of complications following surgery for a bacterial infection, her son, Jim Johnson, told the Los Angeles Times ( ). http://lat.ms/Z7qH66
"Besedka showed that no age is too old to do what you dream. I loved her dearly," Hemingway said in a statement.
Johnson got the part when an executive producer for the movie saw her in the locker room at a Ymca gym in Los Angeles and asked her to audition.
"I thought it has got to be a great big joke," Besedka Johnson later said, but "when you're this old, it's like let's just go along with it and see what happens. »
The upcoming thriller ‘Cloned: The Recreator Chronicles’ is reinventing the sci-fi genre with a new official poster and stills. The film, which was directed and written by Gregory Orr, is set to be distributed on VOD by Recreator Labs on April 23. It stars ‘Starlet’s Stella Maeve, ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Alexander Nifong, ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’s Jamal Mallory-McCree and ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’s John de Lancie. ‘Cloned: The Recreator Chronicles’ follows Tracy (Maeve), Craig (Nifong) and Derek (Mallory-Mcree) as they stumble upon an abandoned laboratory during a camping trip. They accidentally trigger a deadly experiment that creates their clones, which are superior duplicates who plot to kill [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
Linda Hunter and Aj Johnston of Bristow Films are re-teaming with Screen Australia for their second picture, entitled Jackhammer and described as a dark and twisted psychological thriller. The film stars Starlet’s Dree Hemingway, The Day The Music Died’s Guy Kent and Friday Night Lights’ Dora Madison Burge.
Australian fashion photographer and indie filmmaker Linda Hunter is set to shoot her second feature Jackhammer in May 2013 in London, UK; Screen Australia is co-producing with Hunter’s NY-based Bristow Films. Charles Merson (‘Petunia’, ‘Mangus!’) will also produce. This project marks Screen’s second UK-set production. Hunter is directing from a script she penned.
Set against the backdrop of London’s music scene in the early 90′s, the story follows an unknown alt-rock band who, savaged by their failure and personal tribulations, are on the verge of imploding just when their last album is discovered as a triumph. The film »
- Andy Greene
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $34.95
Studio: Music Box
An unlikely cross-generational friendship develops between a young aspiring actress and an elderly woman when their two worlds collide in the 2012 independent film drama Starlet, starring Dree Hemingway.
Ms. Hemingway (great granddaughter of Ernest and daughter of Mariel) stars as Jane, a sweet-smiling, blond-tressed 21-year-old looking to become an actress, who generally spends most of her time hanging around, getting high with her dysfunctional roommates, and taking care of her Chihuahua, Starlet. Drifting and driving around the sun-dappled San Fernando Valley, Jane one day finds a pile of cash stashed inside an old thermos she’s purchased at a yard sale held by the elderly and sad Sadie (Besedka Johnson). Prompted by a growing sense of morality and guilt, Jane strikes up a tentative friendship with Sadie. Secrets emerge as Jane and Sadie’s relationship grows, »
It was the final stop on the road to the Academy Awards last night as Hollywood celebrated the very best in independent cinema with the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The big winner on the night was Oscar hopeful Silver Linings Playbook, which was honoured with Best Feature, Best Director (David O. Russell), Best Screenplay (David O. Russell) and Best Female Lead (Jennifer Lawrence). John Hawkes was named Best Male Lead for The Sessions, while Helen Hunt (The Sessions) and Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike) were both successful in the Supporting categories.
Other winners included Michael Haneke's Amour, which was named Best International Film, along with Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Best First Feature) and Safety Not Guaranteed, with Derek Connolly receiving the award for Best First Screenplay. Here's the full list of nominees for the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards, with the winners highlighted in red:
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It would be the film with the juju in David O. Russell’s zany black comedy that was the toast of the 28th Independent Spirit Awards beating Beasts Of The Southern Wild – its fiercest rival in all major categories. Silver Linings Playbook cleaned up, grabbing Best Feature, Director, Screenplay and Best Actress went to Jennifer Lawrence – the heavy favorite for tomorrow’s Oscar. Fox Searchlight might have grabbed only one award for Beasts in the Cinematography category, but it’s other Sundance pick-up The Sessions managed to nab a pair of acting prizes for Helen Hunt and Oscar snubbed John Hawkes for Best Male Lead. In our favorite grant categories, Adam Leon (Gimme the Loot) nabbed the Someone to Watch Award (last year it went to Mark Jackson), the Piaget Producers Award went to Mynette Louie (she produced Tze Chun’s sophomore film Eye of Winter which we are keeping »
- Eric Lavallee
Russell's Slp win four major Spirit Awards 2013 -- and that's no surprise As every awards-season pundit was expecting, David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook was the big winner at this year's Film Independent Spirit Awards, though the dramatic comedy featuring a couple of mentally unbalanced characters failed to make a clean sweep. Distributed by The Weinstein Company, Slp won Spirits for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence). (Pictured above: Lawrence and Cooper get into a fight in Slp.) On the other hand, the Best Actor Award didn't go to Slp's Bradley Cooper: John Hawkes was the winner for The Sessions, and so was his leading lady, Helen Hunt, the winner in the Best Supporting Actress category. The Best Supporting Actor was Matthew McConaughey for Steven Soderbergh's comedy-drama and box-office success Magic Mike, featuring McConaughey, Channing Tatum, and Matt Bomer as dancers / strippers in various degrees of undress. »
- Andre Soares
David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" was the big winner at the 28th annual Independent Spirit Awards held in Santa Monica, CA this afternoon and hosted by Andy Samberg. "Silver Linings" took home the Best Feature, Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Director, and Screenplay trophies.
McConaughey, who nearly stole the show in Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike," won the Best Supporting Male award for a performance that was largely ignored by the Academy Awards. As Samberg astutely observed, "We've got Matthew McConaughey...Hollywood fuck you!"
Jennifer Lawrence won the Best Female Lead award for "Silver Linings Playbook," while John Hawkes took home the Best Male Lead trophy for "Sessions." His co-star, Helen Hunt, won the Best Supporting Female award.
The awards show can be seen on IFC tonight at 10 pm (Est).
Here's the full list »
Today the 2013 Spirit Awards were handed out and it was a dominating effort from Silver Linings Playbook as it won Best Picture, Director (David O. Russell), Actress (Jennifer Lawrence) and Screenplay (Russell). The only award it was nominated for and didn't win was Best Actor where Bradley Cooper lost to John Hawkes for The Sessions, but that's only a minor blip on the radar when you win this big. Among the early awards handed out, Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower won for Best First Feature while Derek Connolly won for Best First Screenplay for the romantic sci-fi film Safety Not Guaranteed. Then the Twitterverse exploded with a Best Supporting Actor win for Matthew McConaughey and his work in Magic Mike, which, for a time, seemed like it may be able to eek into that last Supporting slot at the Oscars. No dice, a Spirit Award it will have to be. »
- Brad Brevet
I didn't forget about my page 12 sharing in honor of 2012 but the year slipped away from me. Let's resume, at least in brief, for a moment from Lincoln as scripted by Tony Kushner based in part on two chapters from "A Team of Rivals" (a book I'm continually hearing great things about).
Tony Kushner speaking about Lincoln at Harvard
Two soldiers fasten a flag to the halyards. Lincoln moves into places; as the crowd applauds, he takes a sheet of paper from inside his hat and glances at it. Then he looks up.
The part assigned to me is to raise
the flag, which, if there be no
fault in the machinery, I will do,
and when up, it will be for the
people to keep it up.
He puts the paper away. The audience waits, expecting more.
That's my speech.
He smiles at them. They applaud, »
- NATHANIEL R
13 items from 2013
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