SONG ONE

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION SELECTION! The absence of a genuine heartbeat in the chemistry between James and Franny leaves us to pursue an alternative beat in the soundtrack. Unfortunately it might take a superfan to really adapt oneself into the mindset that Flynn’s compositions are any different from every musician not sold at your nearest Starbucks…

Posted on February 22, 2014 in Reviews by

BYOD: BRING YOUR OWN DOC – EPISODE 125: 2014 SUNDANCE DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL, PART THREE: “LOVE CHILD,” “FED UP” AND “THE LION’S MOUTH OPENS”

“Fed Up,” “Love Child” and “The Lion’s Mouth Opens” are all documentaries that are previewed here from their 2014 Sundance Film Festival premieres…

Posted on February 9, 2014 in Bring Your Own Doc, Features by

HAPPY VALLEY

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL DOCUMENTARY PREMIERES SELECTIONS! In what could be the biggest miscarriage of justice yet, Bar-Lev has disgracefully played right into the hands of people he once exposed as the enemies, burying the lede to a sickening degree…

Posted on February 7, 2014 in Reviews by

LOVE IS STRANGE

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE PREMIERES SELECTION! A sudden forward jump in its final scenes might make some more angry than sympathetic, but the lingering power of Lithgow and Molina’s conversation over drinks should carry everyone into the final credits…

Posted on February 5, 2014 in Reviews by

HITS

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE PREMIERES SELECTION! Cross’ script does build its way to a climax that is so exceptionally funny that it once again calls into question all the lulls leading up to it…

Posted on February 2, 2014 in Reviews by

THE SLEEPWALKER

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION SELECTION! The drabness of the cinematography may accurately reflect the weather and the mood of the piece, but without even the spark of a fire to warm us up one is left wishing they booked a trip to someplace with more passion. Like Siberia…

Posted on February 1, 2014 in Reviews by

LIFE AFTER BETH

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION SELECTION! Obviously having a ton of fun playing Beth, Aubrey Plaza’s meticulous transition from a flirtatiously naive (and kind of horny) girlfriend to flesh-eating Tasmanian Devil effectively showcases her tremendous range as an actor…

Posted on January 31, 2014 in Reviews by

IMPERIAL DREAMS

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NEXT (<=>) SELECTION! Malik Vitthal’s feature debut has the familiar ring of inner city struggles that we have seen before on screen but does so with confidence and enough starkness to keep us rooting for its protagonist…

Posted on January 30, 2014 in Reviews by

THE OVERNIGHTERS

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL U.S. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION SELECTION! This is a masterfully directed piece of work, akin to Errol Morris in the way that it presents a full picture without judgment…

Posted on January 28, 2014 in Reviews by

20,000 DAYS ON EARTH

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION SELECTION! If there are truths about Nick Cave to be found in this film, I don’t know that they will reveal anything he doesn’t want revealed. Then again, if you set aside the idea that you’re watching a definitive biography about Nick Cave and instead accept that it is something else (something arguably more interesting, no offense meant to Nick Cave), then the film reveals its brilliance…

Posted on January 28, 2014 in Reviews by

LISTEN UP PHILIP

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NEXT (<=>) SELECTION! “Listen Up Philip” is a nearly two-hour film focusing on an asshole and his asshole friends and I loved it…

Posted on January 28, 2014 in Reviews by

GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – SUNDANCE 2014 REVEALS NEW FILM ACQUISITION TRENDS

The financial value of indie films may be falling, and the platform on which they are distributed may be changing, but the sum of those two parts doesn’t spell doom. In fact, they spell “bloom,” because a greater number of independent visions and voices will find an audience in 2014 and beyond…

Posted on January 28, 2014 in Features, Festivals, Going Bionic, News by

MR LEOS CARAX

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION SELECTION! Seeing as Carax embraces his outsider status as an unknowable creator (Leos Carax is an anagram of his name even), the documentary relies mostly on shots from his films and interviews with critics, as well as filmmakers he’s influenced (Harmony Korine for one) and actors he’s worked with, including Kylie Minogue, Juliette Binoche and Eva Mendes…

Posted on January 27, 2014 in Reviews by

FILMS GONE WILD: 2014 SUNDANCE #3 (NEVER LET ARGENTINIAN COSPLAY WONDER WOMAN ASK CHRIS NOLAN A QUESTION. JUST DON’T.)

In my ever changing and constantly being revised Sundance schedule, FINDNG FELA and LOVE CHILD get dropped this morning and the first screening of the day will be INFINITELY POLAR BEAR…

Posted on January 27, 2014 in Features, Films Gone Wild by

WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD

2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE PREMIERES SELECTION! Fans of the source novel by Laura Kasischke will most likely be frustrated by this unfaithful adaptation, but anyone who knows Araki will not be surprised by his irreverent deconstruction of the source material…

Posted on January 27, 2014 in Reviews by

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