May 20, 2013
The first trailer for Jordan Vogt-Roberts' hit indie comedy Kings of Summer brought some laughs, but we pointed out that it wasn't necessarily indicative of the film as a whole. This film has edge, heart, and a unique take on the familiar coming-of-age story and that's why it took Sundance by storm earlier this year. Now a new red band trailer is available online (with a quote from our very own Alex Billington featured prominently), and this one was cut by the director himself, so the film is portrayed exactly as he wants it to be. Led by Nick Robinson, Gabriel Russo and Moises Arias, with great supporting turns by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, this is one indie you will not want to miss this summer. Watch below!
May 15, 2013
"Did you hear that?" Holy sh*t get ready to scream! Magnet Releasing has debuted an crazy intense and insanely terrifying full red band trailer for V/H/S 2, the sequel to the found footage indie horror anthology hit V/H/S from just last year. We saw this at the Sundance Film Festival midnight premiere in January and went totally nuts for it, since it's leaner but much scarier and bloodier than the first one in every way. This trailer definitely uses that red band tag the fullest and does show a few of the bigger reveals (that I think are based saved for the in-movie experience). But it is a hell of trailer for one of my favorite new horror series.
April 23, 2013
Though it premiered under the title S-VHS at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, when the horror anthology sequel hit SXSW, it went with the less confusing, but less clever, title V/H/S/2. But still, fans should be excited to see the sequel which we called crazier, gorier, scarier, wilder and even funnier that the first film. Now the first poster for the sequel is here with the clever tagline "Who's tracking you?" and touting the credits of the directors of The Raid: Redemption, Hobo with a Shotgun, The Blair Witch Project and You're Next. This one will be a real treat for horror fans, and we're excited to see it again. Poster below!
April 16, 2013
Those who follow movies more than they follow sports might have been confused when they heard Adam Scott won The Masters golf tournament recently. No, the star of Step Brothers and "Parks & Recreation" with the same name is not a golfer, but he does have something else to celebrate this week. Film Arcade (via ComingSoon) has just announced their acquisition of the Sundance selected comedy A.C.O.D. (Adult Children of Divorce) for theatrical release (along with home video release by Paramount). Film Arcade is a relatively young company, but they snagged the doc The Other Dream Team last year from Sundance too.
April 10, 2013
Briefly: After debuting at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in January, distributor Relativity Media dropped $4 million to pick up Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut Don Jon's Addition for release sometime this year, with an additional $25 million going towards marketing. Since then, Gordon-Levitt revealed that the title of the film which also stars Scarlett Johansson, Tony Danza, Julianne Moore and Brie Larson has been changed to simply Don Jon, because it's not just about the lead characters struggle with porn addiction. And now, Relativity Media has announced it will send the film to theaters this fall on October 18th. Check out our video blog and review of the crowd-pleaser, and stay tuned for more.
April 3, 2013
Why live when you can rule. Are they missing a question mark there? CBS Films has unveiled a brand new teaser poster for indie coming-of-age comedy sensation The Kings of Summer, which first premiered at Sundance this year under the title Toy's House. This poster re-uses the photo from the Sundance poster, but gives it a new look and tagline. I've really started to warm up to the new title. In addition, a fun making of video called "Why Filming In Ohio Was The Best Thing Ever For [This] Sundance Darling" was released by BuzzFeed. This is one of those indie gems we support because we love it and hope it breaks out this summer.
April 3, 2013
When it comes to filmmakers that I love talking with, Derek Cianfrance is at the top of the list. I first met him at Sundance years ago for Blue Valentine, and have followed him since then up to the release of his next film, The Place Beyond the Pines, now playing in select theaters. I initially interviewed Derek on Pines at the Toronto Film Festival last year, and met with him again recently in New York for another chat. This time we talked about violence, specifically in The Place Beyond the Pines, as well as balancing how much of his own self he puts into his films, and what his most important values are as a storyteller/filmmaker. It's another outstanding interview with Derek and a fascinating discussion that I highly recommend listening to.
March 28, 2013
After making a stunning debut at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival a couple months ago, the release of Richard Linklater's sequel Before Midnight, the follow-up to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, is coming in May. Now the first trailer has arrived to show fans exactly where Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) are in their interesting relationship. As you can see, it's the dialogue that's the star here and it works so well because of these amazing performances (read my glowing review here). This will be some great counter-programming to the loud, expensive blockbusters from this summer, so don't miss it.
March 18, 2013
After feasting our eyes on the first Steve Jobs biopic to hit big screens at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, THR reports the film jOBS, starring Ashton Kutcher as the Apple founder and visionary, will not be getting released on April 19th as we heard earlier this year, and will also officially have a new title. Though the original title unnecessarily used the iPod capitalization style, the film will simply be called Jobs. In addition, the film has been delayed as Open Road Films wanted more time to market the film rather than rushing it out to theaters. It makes sense since we haven't even seen an official poster or a trailer for the film just yet. We weren't particularly blown away by the film (see our video review here), but it's not abysmal.
March 12, 2013
The best of the best - that you didn't see. It's back again and we're a bit late, but all of these are still worth watching anyway. Back by popular demand is our sixth annual list of the 19 Best Movies That You Didn't See in 2012 (you can find our past lists here: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007). Featured below is a hand-picked selection of the best independent and/or mainstream films that were either quietly dumped, ignored by audiences, or just not marketed well enough. So to give them some extra time in the spotlight, and to support some of the best filmmakers out there, we've put together a 2012 recap. Read on for the list!
March 8, 2013
After having a hell of a 2012 starring in Looper, Lincoln, Premium Rush and The Dark Knight Rises, Joseph Gordon-Levitt kicked off 2013 with the Sundance premiere of his directorial debut, Don Jon's Addiction. The film received rave reviews, but because the main character is addicted to pornography, JGL has decided to shorten the title to the more simple Don Jon in order to take some of the controversy away from the film. In a new Facebook post, which revealed the first production still of co-star Tony Danza (seen above), Gordon-Levitt explains to his fans exactly why he thought the title needed to be changed. Read on!
March 6, 2013
Last fall, we got our first look at Michael Winterbottom's film The Look of Love, which focuses on porn baron Paul Raymond, the man behind soft-porn magazines like Men Only, Escort and more. Steve Coogan plays Raymond as he struggles with maintaining a real relationship with his wife (Anna Friel) outside of his adulterous business and a daughter (Imogen Poots) who seems doomed to lose her life to glitz, glamor and drugs. The first trailer has arrived, and much like the film, it's flashy, but lacks any real substance. Winterbottom constructs a story that focuses too much on the erotic and amusing, making the more emotional aspects less significant. But there are tons of nude women in the film if that's your bag. Watch it!
February 20, 2013
Let your mind wander... After premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January, the second film from Primer director Shane Carruth, an abstract drug drama titled Upstream Color, will be hitting theaters and VOD in two months - this April. However, available already is the official score/soundtrack for the film, featuring music composed by Carruth himself. Our friends at SlashFilm have also discovered that there's a completely free streaming version available, as well as demo track and orders on the score's webpage, for anyone curious but wanting to hear more of it. It's a moving, symphonic and emotional score - take a listen!
February 13, 2013
Every going to SXSW in Austin this March should consider themselves lucky, the line-up just keeps getting better. Yes, SXSW suckered me into writing yet another post about the films playing at their festival this year, but it's worth it. They just revealed an additional 15 films for a grand total of 133 features, consisting of 78 World Premieres, 13 North American Premieres, 9 U.S. Premieres, with 76 first-time directors. Among the final additions are James Ponsoldt's beloved Sundance favorite The Spectacular Now (my review), Zal Batmanglij's The East (my review), the Linsanity doc (Ben's review) and more. All 15 listed below.