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FIRST LOOKS AT THE BEST FILMS OF 2011

«No one loves to get the jump on a great film more than we do. That’s why, when festivals happen, we’re all over them. We’ve told you all about the highlights of this year’s Sundance, Rotterdam and Berlin events. Now we’re right in the middle of SXSW, where Tristan Patterson’s Dragonslayer has won Best Documentary Feature. We’re currently forging partnerships with a couple of the

10Feb11

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“For the first time, New Frontier curator Shari Frilot has a venue in which she can put together a coherent show, and she has come through with smarts and élan.” As Amy Taubin explains at Artforum, the section had been buried in a mall basement for four years before it was moved this year to the old Miner’s Hospital. As to what she saw there, “By far the most beautiful and moving work in New Frontier is also the most direct and simple. Jonathan Caouette‘s All Flowers in Time is a fourteen-minute movie that resurrects childhood fears and perhaps lays them to rest. Technically more sophisticated than Caouette’s autobiographical debut feature, Tarnation (2003), All Flowers in Time circulates around a girl’s memory of seeing herself in a photograph with red eyeballs and thinking that she had demons inside her. There is a limpid performance by Chloë Sevigny sitting on a bed talking to a young boy whose name I couldn’t figure out from the credits. There are remarkably lyrical images, many of them digitally constructed, and there is a subtle sound design, filled with small surprises, that takes you deeper inside Caouette’s magical world than any 3D technology could.” Read More

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All Flowers in Time

Dir Jonathan Caouette

2010 Estados Unidos

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The Lie

Dir Joshua Leonard

2011 Estados Unidos

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Letters from the Big Man

Dir Christopher Munch

2011 Estados Unidos

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Submarine

Dir Richard Ayoade

2010 Reino Unido

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Septien

Dir Michael Tully

2011 Estados Unidos

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The Woman

Dir Lucky McKee

2011 Estados Unidos

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09Feb11

news

Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest is a love letter to the influential hip-hop group, directed by actor and Tribe superfan Michael Rapaport,” blogs David Fear for Time Out New York. “It does offer a lot for diehards: an origin story; a timeline; famous folks gushing about ATCQ’s 1991 masterpiece, The Low End Theory; concert footage; and some fly-on-the-wall moments. But don’t mistake a mash note for a penetrating look at a collective that changed the course of an art form. And even when it gets personal, delving into member Malki ‘Phife Dog’ Taylor‘s health problems and the bad blood between him and founding member/childhood friend Kamaal ‘Q-Tip’ Fareed, the doc still skims the surface of a deeper story.”

For the AV Club‘s Nathan Rabin, though, Beats is “the most penetrating psychological study of a creative partnership in perpetual peril since Metallica: Some Kind of Monster. Why is it that the sunniest groups often have the darkest, most fucked up intra-group dynamics?” Grade: A-. Read More

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Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest

Dir Michael Rapaport

2011 Estados Unidos

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Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times

Dir Andrew Rossi

2011 Estados Unidos

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The Flaw

Dir David Sington

2011 Reino Unido

0 Comments

08Feb11

news

Sundance has upped its documentary quotient this year by starting a non-competition Documentary Premieres section for veteran directors,” noted Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times just as the festival was opening. “Among the best in this category is Liz Garbus‘s Bobby Fischer Against the World, a drop-dead fascinating examination of how the American chess genius triumphed against the Soviet Union’s Boris Spassky, then lost his mind.” Read More

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Bobby Fischer Against the World

Dir Liz Garbus

2011 Estados Unidos

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The Interrupters

Dir Steve James

2011 Estados Unidos

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These Amazing Shadows

Dir Paul Mariano & Kurt Norton

2011 Estados Unidos

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Margin Call

Dir J.C. Chandor

2011 Estados Unidos

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My Idiot Brother

Dir Jesse Peretz

2011 Estados Unidos

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Win Win

Dir Thomas McCarthy

2011 Estados Unidos

1 Comments

07Feb11

news

Jamie Stuart spent much of his time in Park City during the Sundance Film Festival shooting interviews for Filmmaker and has now edited his “Masterpiece” (Quicktime here). As for who you’ll be looking at — and it is strongly advised that you do watch — Scott Macaulay has the role call: “Miguel Arteta, Alrick Brown, David Carr, Paddy Considine, Nekisa Cooper, Phife Dawg, Danfung Dennis, Andrew Dosunmu, Sean Durkin, Liz Garbus, Paul Giamatti, Megan Griffiths, Colin Goddard, Rutger Hauer, John Hawkes, Azazel Jacobs, Miranda July, Tom McCarthy, Peter Mullan, Adepero Oduye, Elizabeth Olsen, Jessica Oreck, Lindsay Pulsipher, Michael Rapaport, Calvin Reeder, Dee Rees, Amy Seimetz, Kim Wayans, Vilmos Zsigmond.” If you’re at work, put on the headphones.

So during this brief lull between Rotterdam and the Berlinale, we’re going to be spending the next four days wrapping coverage of the coverage of Sundance. If it’s any consolation, the general consensus among critics and industry types seems to be that it was a pretty damn fine year in Park City. Read More

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Higher Ground

Dir Vera Farmiga

2011 Estados Unidos

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Little Birds

Dir Elgin James

2011 Estados Unidos

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On the Ice

Dir Andrew Okpeaha MacLean

2011 Estados Unidos

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The Guard

Dir John Michael McDonagh

2011 Irlanda

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The Salesman

Dir Sébastien Pilote

2011 Canadá

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The Cinema Hold Up

Dir Ira Gómez Concheiro

2011 México

0 Comments

07Feb11

news

Updated.

Whatever you think of Ronald Reagan — the man, the actor, the president — that is one hell of a movie poster. It’s for Eugene Jarecki‘s Reagan, of course, airing tonight on HBO following the documentary’s premiere at Sundance. Read More

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Reagan

Dir Eugene Jarecki

2011 Estados Unidos

2 Comments

02Feb11

news

“Curtis (Michael Shannon), the central figure of Jeff Nichols‘s powerful, enigmatic drama Take Shelter, is living in the grip of overpowering dread,” begins Alison Willmore at IFC.com. “An Ohio man with a wife, Samantha (Jessica Chastain), a little girl, Hannah (Tova Stewart), who’s deaf, a construction job and a house on the edge of a field, Curtis is plagued with dreams of apocalypse, of swarming black birds, giant storms rolling in from the skyline, thunder and lightning, a thick rain that brings madness to anyone caught out in it.” Read More

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Take Shelter

Dir Jeff Nichols

2011 Estados Unidos

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Shotgun Stories

Dir Jeff Nichols

2007 Estados Unidos

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01Feb11

news

Before turning to the doc that’s premiered at Sundance, let’s note that Dave Kehr‘s DVD column in the New York Times this week is devoted to Roger Corman the director. Yes, he’s produced (in one capacity or another) nearly 400 films, but he’s also directed more than 50, and the best of them “express a genuine sensibility: a somber, apocalyptic vision belied by some of the more lurid titles in his filmography.” Read More

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Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel

Dir Alex Stapleton

2011 Estados Unidos

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The Intruder

Dir Roger Corman

1962 Estados Unidos

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The Wild Angels

Dir Roger Corman

1966 Estados Unidos

0 Comments

31Jan11

news

Updated through 2/5.

Todd Rohal‘s gleefully dopey comedy The Catechism Cataclysm opens with a bumbling priest (played by Steve Little) telling his congregation a funny story that has no real point and no scriptural application. The rest of the movie follows suit.” The AV Club‘s Noel Murray gives it a B+: “Unlike Rohal’s quirk-in-exremis debut film The Guatemalan Handshake, The Catechism Cataclysm is more naturalistic in its first hour, in the vein of Eastbound & Down and Pineapple Express (whose writer-producer-directors Jody Hill and David Gordon Green produced Cataclysm). Even when the movie takes a turn for the surreal, it remains rooted in the reactions of the slack-faced good guy Little and the gruff-but-lovable [Robert] Longstreet. I can’t promise that everyone will find their company as enjoyable as I did, but those who do should get behind Rohal’s riffs on classic fiction and his stories-within-stories-with-no-clear-escape premise.” Read More

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The Catechism Cataclysm

Dir Todd Rohal

2011 Estados Unidos

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The Guatemalan Handshake

Dir Todd Rohal

2006 Estados Unidos

1 Comments

30Jan11

news

Updated through 2/2.

Rather than simply list Saturday night’s award-winners in Park City, let’s also have a look at what critics have been saying about each of them. Read More

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How to Die in Oregon

Dir Peter D. Richardson

2011 Estados Unidos

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Like Crazy

Dir Drake Doremus

2011 Estados Unidos

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Hell and Back Again

Dir Danfung Dennis

2011 Reino Unido

W160

Circumstance

Dir Maryam Keshavarz

2011 Estados Unidos

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Tyrannosaur

Dir Paddy Considine

2011 Reino Unido

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The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

Dir Göran Hugo Olsson

2011 Suécia

1 Comments

27Jan11

news

Azazel Jacobs‘s profile has grown steadily since he made his striking, black-and-white debut feature, Nobody Needs to Know, in 2003,” writes Nick Dawson, introducing his interview for Filmmaker, where Jacobs also writes a bit about the biggest surprise he encountered while making Terri. “He followed it in 2005 with the delightfully quirky and inventive The GoodTimesKid, a film which found a devoted audience on the film festival circuit and was eventually released theatrically in 2007. Jacobs’s third feature, Momma’s Man, a poignant tale of adult regression into childhood, had its world premiere at Sundance. It became one of the hits of the 2008 festival, and played in theaters later that year to universal acclaim. Jacobs, the son of experimental filmmaker Ken Jacobs, grew up in New York City and is now based in Los Angeles, and his first three features were all set in one or the other of those two cities. With Terri, his fourth film, he moves into new territory as he tells a touching tale of a obese, socially withdrawn teenager (Jacob Wysocki) in a small California town who develops a surprising friendship with his high school headmaster (John C Reilly).” Read More

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Terri

Dir Azazel Jacobs

2011 Estados Unidos

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Momma’s Man

Dir Azazel Jacobs

2008 Estados Unidos

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The GoodTimesKid

Dir Azazel Jacobs

2005 Estados Unidos

1 Comments

25Jan11

news

This year, we’ll be taking our sweet time gathering coverage of the coverage of films screening at Sundance, but as the entries appear, they’ll be indexed here. Read More

0 Comments

25Jan11

news

Updated through 2/5.

Noel Murray at the AV Club: “The two leads of the very strange indie romance Bellflower are amateur inventors, who’ve tricked out their car with a whiskey dispenser and who spend their copious spare time — since they don’t seem to have jobs — designing and testing homemade flamethrowers, so that they’ll be ready when the Mad Max apocalypse comes. Bellflower writer-director-star Evan Glodell has much the same crackpot can-do spirit.” Grade: B+. Read More

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Bellflower

Dir Evan Glodell

2011 Estados Unidos

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24Jan11

news

“How do you show what it was like for the Iranian protesters arrested during the green revolution of 2009?” asks Geoffrey Macnab in the Guardian. “That was the challenge facing Ali Samadi Ahadi when he was working on his documentary about the abortive uprising, The Green Wave. The answer? Get online. The Green Wave is based on first-person accounts collected from tweets, Facebook entries and blogs. It features footage of protests and public gatherings shot on cell phones. But after the government militia turned on protesters and hauled them away to jail, the documentary trail ran cold. That’s when Ahadi turned to animation… He says he wasn’t influenced directly by other political movies using animation, such as Waltz With Bashir and Persepolis. ‘For me, animation was the only way to tell this story, to make this documentary.’ The imagery, he adds, was so strong and so disturbing that no physical re-enactment could do it justice.” Read More

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The Green Wave

Dir Ali Samadi Ahadi

2010 Alemanha

0 Comments

23Jan11

news

Updated through 1/29.

“The Borderline Films boys, who along with their mid-aughts NYU grad cohorts have been responsible for the gorgeous and startlingly cold festival hits Afterschool (Antonio Campos) and Two Gates of Sleep (Alistair Banks Griffin), are back with their most chilling tale yet, Sean Durkin‘s Martha Marcy May Marlene.” Brandon Harris for Filmmaker: “Shot by the indispensable Jody Lee Lipes with the same cool precision he brought to those previous films, Durkin’s movie is an elliptical if thematically thin mind-and-body shock of the Michael Haneke variety.” Read More

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Martha Marcy May Marlene

Dir T. Sean Durkin

2011 Estados Unidos

1 Comments

23Jan11

news

Updated through 2/21.

Miranda July‘s new feature The Future revolves around a talking cat, a precocious little girl, a single father, a wise old man, and a hipster couple in Los Angeles who, faced with the prospect of a small dose of responsibility entering their lives in one month’s time, quit their menial jobs in order to live life to the fullest for their last thirty days of true freedom. Gag, right?” asks Karina Longworth, blogging for the Voice. “That these recipe-for-indie-sugar-shock elements come together in a dark, understated and surreal package while generally skirting the tweeness of July’s Me and You and Everyone We Know, is a testament to July’s growing confidence and ability as a filmmaker. By incorporating elements reminiscent of her performance and video art seamlessly into the story, she’s exploring highly specific, minutely observed emotions with deep resonance, while testing the limits of what narrative cinema can be and do.”

  Read More

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O Futuro

Dir Miranda July

2011 Estados Unidos

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Eu, Você E Todos Nós

Dir Miranda July

2005 Estados Unidos

major film festivals of the spring season. We’ll be telling you more about those very, very soon.

10Feb11

news

“For the first time, New Frontier curator Shari Frilot has a venue in which she can put together a coherent show, and she has come through with smarts and élan.” As Amy Taubin explains at Artforum, the section had been buried in a mall basement for four years before it was moved this year to the old Miner’s Hospital. As to what she saw there, “By far the most beautiful and moving work in New Frontier is also the most direct and simple. Jonathan Caouette‘s All Flowers in Time is a fourteen-minute movie that resurrects childhood fears and perhaps lays them to rest. Technically more sophisticated than Caouette’s autobiographical debut feature, Tarnation (2003), All Flowers in Time circulates around a girl’s memory of seeing herself in a photograph with red eyeballs and thinking that she had demons inside her. There is a limpid performance by Chloë Sevigny sitting on a bed talking to a young boy whose name I couldn’t figure out from the credits. There are remarkably lyrical images, many of them digitally constructed, and there is a subtle sound design, filled with small surprises, that takes you deeper inside Caouette’s magical world than any 3D technology could.” Read More

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All Flowers in Time

Dir Jonathan Caouette

2010 Estados Unidos

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The Lie

Dir Joshua Leonard

2011 Estados Unidos

W160

Letters from the Big Man

Dir Christopher Munch

2011 Estados Unidos

W160

Submarine

Dir Richard Ayoade

2010 Reino Unido

W160

Septien

Dir Michael Tully

2011 Estados Unidos

W160

The Woman

Dir Lucky McKee

2011 Estados Unidos

0 Comments

09Feb11

news

Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest is a love letter to the influential hip-hop group, directed by actor and Tribe superfan Michael Rapaport,” blogs David Fear for Time Out New York. “It does offer a lot for diehards: an origin story; a timeline; famous folks gushing about ATCQ’s 1991 masterpiece, The Low End Theory; concert footage; and some fly-on-the-wall moments. But don’t mistake a mash note for a penetrating look at a collective that changed the course of an art form. And even when it gets personal, delving into member Malki ‘Phife Dog’ Taylor‘s health problems and the bad blood between him and founding member/childhood friend Kamaal ‘Q-Tip’ Fareed, the doc still skims the surface of a deeper story.”

For the AV Club‘s Nathan Rabin, though, Beats is “the most penetrating psychological study of a creative partnership in perpetual peril since Metallica: Some Kind of Monster. Why is it that the sunniest groups often have the darkest, most fucked up intra-group dynamics?” Grade: A-. Read More

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Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest

Dir Michael Rapaport

2011 Estados Unidos

W160

Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times

Dir Andrew Rossi

2011 Estados Unidos

W160

The Flaw

Dir David Sington

2011 Reino Unido

0 Comments

08Feb11

news

Sundance has upped its documentary quotient this year by starting a non-competition Documentary Premieres section for veteran directors,” noted Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times just as the festival was opening. “Among the best in this category is Liz Garbus‘s Bobby Fischer Against the World, a drop-dead fascinating examination of how the American chess genius triumphed against the Soviet Union’s Boris Spassky, then lost his mind.” Read More

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Bobby Fischer Against the World

Dir Liz Garbus

2011 Estados Unidos

W160

The Interrupters

Dir Steve James

2011 Estados Unidos

W160

These Amazing Shadows

Dir Paul Mariano & Kurt Norton

2011 Estados Unidos

W160

Margin Call

Dir J.C. Chandor

2011 Estados Unidos

W160

My Idiot Brother

Dir Jesse Peretz

2011 Estados Unidos

W160

Win Win

Dir Thomas McCarthy

2011 Estados Unidos

1 Comments

07Feb11

news

Jamie Stuart spent much of his time in Park City during the Sundance Film Festival shooting interviews for Filmmaker and has now edited his “Masterpiece” (Quicktime here). As for who you’ll be looking at — and it is strongly advised that you do watch — Scott Macaulay has the role call: “Miguel Arteta, Alrick Brown, David Carr, Paddy Considine, Nekisa Cooper, Phife Dawg, Danfung Dennis, Andrew Dosunmu, Sean Durkin, Liz Garbus, Paul Giamatti, Megan Griffiths, Colin Goddard, Rutger Hauer, John Hawkes, Azazel Jacobs, Miranda July, Tom McCarthy, Peter Mullan, Adepero Oduye, Elizabeth Olsen, Jessica Oreck, Lindsay Pulsipher, Michael Rapaport, Calvin Reeder, Dee Rees, Amy Seimetz, Kim Wayans, Vilmos Zsigmond.” If you’re at work, put on the headphones.

So during this brief lull between Rotterdam and the Berlinale, we’re going to be spending the next four days wrapping coverage of the coverage of Sundance. If it’s any consolation, the general consensus among critics and industry types seems to be that it was a pretty damn fine year in Park City. Read More

Related Films

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Higher Ground

Dir Vera Farmiga

2011 Estados Unidos

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Little Birds

Dir Elgin James

2011 Estados Unidos

W160

On the Ice

Dir Andrew Okpeaha MacLean

2011 Estados Unidos

W160

The Guard

Dir John Michael McDonagh

2011 Irlanda

W160

The Salesman

Dir Sébastien Pilote

2011 Canadá

W160

The Cinema Hold Up

Dir Ira Gómez Concheiro

2011 México

0 Comments

07Feb11

news

Updated.

Whatever you think of Ronald Reagan — the man, the actor, the president — that is one hell of a movie poster. It’s for Eugene Jarecki‘s Reagan, of course, airing tonight on HBO following the documentary’s premiere at Sundance. Read More

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Reagan

Dir Eugene Jarecki

2011 Estados Unidos

2 Comments

02Feb11

news

“Curtis (Michael Shannon), the central figure of Jeff Nichols‘s powerful, enigmatic drama Take Shelter, is living in the grip of overpowering dread,” begins Alison Willmore at IFC.com. “An Ohio man with a wife, Samantha (Jessica Chastain), a little girl, Hannah (Tova Stewart), who’s deaf, a construction job and a house on the edge of a field, Curtis is plagued with dreams of apocalypse, of swarming black birds, giant storms rolling in from the skyline, thunder and lightning, a thick rain that brings madness to anyone caught out in it.” Read More

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Take Shelter

Dir Jeff Nichols

2011 Estados Unidos

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Shotgun Stories

Dir Jeff Nichols

2007 Estados Unidos

0 Comments

01Feb11

news

Before turning to the doc that’s premiered at Sundance, let’s note that Dave Kehr‘s DVD column in the New York Times this week is devoted to Roger Corman the director. Yes, he’s produced (in one capacity or another) nearly 400 films, but he’s also directed more than 50, and the best of them “express a genuine sensibility: a somber, apocalyptic vision belied by some of the more lurid titles in his filmography.” Read More

Related Films

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Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel

Dir Alex Stapleton

2011 Estados Unidos

W160

The Intruder

Dir Roger Corman

1962 Estados Unidos

W160

The Wild Angels

Dir Roger Corman

1966 Estados Unidos

0 Comments

31Jan11

news

Updated through 2/5.

Todd Rohal‘s gleefully dopey comedy The Catechism Cataclysm opens with a bumbling priest (played by Steve Little) telling his congregation a funny story that has no real point and no scriptural application. The rest of the movie follows suit.” The AV Club‘s Noel Murray gives it a B+: “Unlike Rohal’s quirk-in-exremis debut film The Guatemalan Handshake, The Catechism Cataclysm is more naturalistic in its first hour, in the vein of Eastbound & Down and Pineapple Express (whose writer-producer-directors Jody Hill and David Gordon Green produced Cataclysm). Even when the movie takes a turn for the surreal, it remains rooted in the reactions of the slack-faced good guy Little and the gruff-but-lovable [Robert] Longstreet. I can’t promise that everyone will find their company as enjoyable as I did, but those who do should get behind Rohal’s riffs on classic fiction and his stories-within-stories-with-no-clear-escape premise.” Read More

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The Catechism Cataclysm

Dir Todd Rohal

2011 Estados Unidos

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The Guatemalan Handshake

Dir Todd Rohal

2006 Estados Unidos

1 Comments

30Jan11

news

Updated through 2/2.

Rather than simply list Saturday night’s award-winners in Park City, let’s also have a look at what critics have been saying about each of them. Read More

Related Films

W160

How to Die in Oregon

Dir Peter D. Richardson

2011 Estados Unidos

W160

Like Crazy

Dir Drake Doremus

2011 Estados Unidos

W160

Hell and Back Again

Dir Danfung Dennis

2011 Reino Unido

W160

Circumstance

Dir Maryam Keshavarz

2011 Estados Unidos

W160

Tyrannosaur

Dir Paddy Considine

2011 Reino Unido

W160

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

Dir Göran Hugo Olsson

2011 Suécia

1 Comments

27Jan11

news

Azazel Jacobs‘s profile has grown steadily since he made his striking, black-and-white debut feature, Nobody Needs to Know, in 2003,” writes Nick Dawson, introducing his interview for Filmmaker, where Jacobs also writes a bit about the biggest surprise he encountered while making Terri. “He followed it in 2005 with the delightfully quirky and inventive The GoodTimesKid, a film which found a devoted audience on the film festival circuit and was eventually released theatrically in 2007. Jacobs’s third feature, Momma’s Man, a poignant tale of adult regression into childhood, had its world premiere at Sundance. It became one of the hits of the 2008 festival, and played in theaters later that year to universal acclaim. Jacobs, the son of experimental filmmaker Ken Jacobs, grew up in New York City and is now based in Los Angeles, and his first three features were all set in one or the other of those two cities. With Terri, his fourth film, he moves into new territory as he tells a touching tale of a obese, socially withdrawn teenager (Jacob Wysocki) in a small California town who develops a surprising friendship with his high school headmaster (John C Reilly).” Read More

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Terri

Dir Azazel Jacobs

2011 Estados Unidos

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Momma’s Man

Dir Azazel Jacobs

2008 Estados Unidos

W160

The GoodTimesKid

Dir Azazel Jacobs

2005 Estados Unidos

1 Comments

25Jan11

news

This year, we’ll be taking our sweet time gathering coverage of the coverage of films screening at Sundance, but as the entries appear, they’ll be indexed here. Read More

0 Comments

25Jan11

news

Updated through 2/5.

Noel Murray at the AV Club: “The two leads of the very strange indie romance Bellflower are amateur inventors, who’ve tricked out their car with a whiskey dispenser and who spend their copious spare time — since they don’t seem to have jobs — designing and testing homemade flamethrowers, so that they’ll be ready when the Mad Max apocalypse comes. Bellflower writer-director-star Evan Glodell has much the same crackpot can-do spirit.” Grade: B+. Read More

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Bellflower

Dir Evan Glodell

2011 Estados Unidos

0 Comments

24Jan11

news

“How do you show what it was like for the Iranian protesters arrested during the green revolution of 2009?” asks Geoffrey Macnab in the Guardian. “That was the challenge facing Ali Samadi Ahadi when he was working on his documentary about the abortive uprising, The Green Wave. The answer? Get online. The Green Wave is based on first-person accounts collected from tweets, Facebook entries and blogs. It features footage of protests and public gatherings shot on cell phones. But after the government militia turned on protesters and hauled them away to jail, the documentary trail ran cold. That’s when Ahadi turned to animation… He says he wasn’t influenced directly by other political movies using animation, such as Waltz With Bashir and Persepolis. ‘For me, animation was the only way to tell this story, to make this documentary.’ The imagery, he adds, was so strong and so disturbing that no physical re-enactment could do it justice.” Read More

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The Green Wave

Dir Ali Samadi Ahadi

2010 Alemanha

0 Comments

23Jan11

news

Updated through 1/29.

“The Borderline Films boys, who along with their mid-aughts NYU grad cohorts have been responsible for the gorgeous and startlingly cold festival hits Afterschool (Antonio Campos) and Two Gates of Sleep (Alistair Banks Griffin), are back with their most chilling tale yet, Sean Durkin‘s Martha Marcy May Marlene.” Brandon Harris for Filmmaker: “Shot by the indispensable Jody Lee Lipes with the same cool precision he brought to those previous films, Durkin’s movie is an elliptical if thematically thin mind-and-body shock of the Michael Haneke variety.” Read More

Related Films

W160

Martha Marcy May Marlene

Dir T. Sean Durkin

2011 Estados Unidos

1 Comments

23Jan11

news

Updated through 2/21.

Miranda July‘s new feature The Future revolves around a talking cat, a precocious little girl, a single father, a wise old man, and a hipster couple in Los Angeles who, faced with the prospect of a small dose of responsibility entering their lives in one month’s time, quit their menial jobs in order to live life to the fullest for their last thirty days of true freedom. Gag, right?” asks Karina Longworth, blogging for the Voice. “That these recipe-for-indie-sugar-shock elements come together in a dark, understated and surreal package while generally skirting the tweeness of July’s Me and You and Everyone We Know, is a testament to July’s growing confidence and ability as a filmmaker. By incorporating elements reminiscent of her performance and video art seamlessly into the story, she’s exploring highly specific, minutely observed emotions with deep resonance, while testing the limits of what narrative cinema can be and do.”

  Read More

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O Futuro

Dir Miranda July

2011 Estados Unidos

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Eu, Você E Todos Nós

Dir Miranda July

2005 Estados Unidos

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