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'Growing Up Baumbach' Screening Series Taking Place Nationwide

Growing Up Baumbach

"Do I look old to you?" Local New York-based filmmaker Noah Baumbach has two new films coming out this year, the first being the wacky While We're Young about a couple growing older (see the trailer), and the other being Mistress America, a sort-of-sequel to his 2012 film Frances Ha. In honor of the upcoming release of While We're Young this spring, a nationwide screening series has launched called "Growing Up Baumbach" recapping at least four of his indie gems from the past decade. This includes The Squid and the Whale (still my favorite Baumbach film so far) and Kicking and Screaming, plus a few other films. Read on.

 Posted March 5 in Events, Feat, Indies | Comments

See Tim Buel's Kickstarter-Funded Film 'In Residence' Online for Free

In Residence

They'll never leave… Our good friend and producer/co-host of The Golden Briefcase podcast Tim Buel has completed his first feature film, titled In Residence, and it's now available to watch online for free. Early last year we supporter his Kickstarter for the project, which billed the film as a "shoestring horror flick" that they would shoot on their own for $5000. They got all the funding, and now little more than a year later, they've completed work. And to show it off they've released the entire horror film online for free for your viewing pleasure. Just don't forget to support the guys who made this - Tim and Cody Rhyse, since they put everything into this. And it's truly an independent, shoe-string budget film made by passionate filmmakers.

 Posted March 3 in Feat, Horror, To Watch | Comments

Meeting Avid Filmmakers: Four Years of Best Director Interviews

Alejandro González Iñárritu - Four Years of Best Director Interviews

Congratulations Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu, winner of the Oscar for Best Director! This is now four years in a row that I've interviewed the Best Director winner. Though at the time, I wasn't thinking about awards or anything else besides what to ask about the film and their process as a filmmaker. In an industry that loves data and obsessing over success, I can't help but notice a bit of a pattern here. Not that I am any indicator or predictor or grand wizard of the Oscars, but if anything I have my eye trained on very talented filmmakers and outstanding films. With Iñárritu winning this year, that makes four years in a row of winners interviewed, including Alfonso Cuarón, Ang Lee, even Michel Hazanavicius (of The Artist).

 Posted February 24 in Awards, Feat, Interview, To Watch | Comments

2015 Academy Awards Winners - Iñárritu's 'Birdman' is Best Picture

The Oscars - 2015

The 87th Academy Awards are upon us and it's time to watch the show and discover the winners of the most prestigious award in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony is being broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre with the always-entertaining Neil Patrick Harris as our host this year. With a line-up of eight Best Picture nominees, everyone is anxious to find out if Boyhood will beat Birdman, and if Selma will get any love, or if American Sniper or The Grand Budapest Hotel or even The Imitation Game will sneak in for the win. It's finally time to find out who is taking home an Oscar, and who isn't, at the Academy Awards this year. The full list below will be updated with winners marked as they're announced live tonight - refresh for updates.

PICTURE:
Birdman
Birdman
DIRECTOR:
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
for Birdman
ACTOR:
Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne
Theory of Everything
ACTRESS:
Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
for Still Alice

Read on for a complete list of #Oscars2015 nominees & winners. Let us know what you think of the results!

This will be updated throughout the night to reflect the winners as revealed. Additionally, I might be adding a small bit of editorial commentary beneath each category. Winners are highlighted in BOLD below.

 Posted February 22 in Awards, Discuss, Feat, Movie News | Comments

Kickstart This: 'SCORE: A Film Music Documentary' About Composing

SCORE: A Film Music Documentary

Do you love film scores? Do you love listening to soundtracks all day? Is John Williams or Ennio Morricone or Danny Elfman or Hans Zimmer your favorite musician? If you answered yes to any of those questions, this is a documentary for you. Longtime readers will know that I am a huge fan of scores myself, and I love discovering new work and enjoying old favorites. There's a brand new documentary called SCORE: A Film Music Documentary that just launched a Kickstarter page to get the final bit of funding it needs to finish up. We've been pitched on this one via email as well, and it honestly sounds like the kind of doc that we'll be excited to see once they're ready to premiere it. Until then, it needs our (financial) support to be completed.

 Posted February 16 in Docs, Feat, Kickstart This | Comments

Dancing Bears: A Photographic Look at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival

Berlinale 2015

A film festival is more than the films they play. It's all the people who attend, the atmosphere, the venues, the markets, the celebrities, the onlookers. As a member of the press attending festivals to see films, that's usually the focus of our coverage (and most coverage out there). But when I attend festivals there's so much more going on around me and I love these festivals because of the feeling in the air. The love for film that wafts through the air, the decorations and cinematic quirks hidden on every street, the crowds and people, the elegant venues turned into movie palaces. Obviously it's best to just come to the festival and experience it yourself, but I always try to capture this feeling in photos during the festival. Here's a look at Berlinale.

 Posted February 13 in Berlinale, Feat, Photos | Comments

Berlinale 2015: Recap of 14 Films + Another Fun Festival Experience

Berlin Film Festival 2015

My second year attending the Berlin Film Festival has come to an end. I caught another 14 films, which combined with the 32 I saw at Sundance, puts my tally at 46 brand new 2015 films screened in three weeks (yea I'm a bit exhausted, suffice it to say). But I saw some great films in the last week, including Terrence Malick's latest and Pablo Larraín's latest. Berlinale has been stepping up their game these last two years, bringing in a robust selection of top notch features to see and hosting an exciting festival for movie fans of all ages. I'm glad I could make it back, and I hope to keep returning (even with Sundance in January). So which films did I see and which were the best? Here's my final breakdown of all 14 films I saw at Berlinale.

 Posted February 13 in Berlinale, Editorial, Feat, Indies | Comments

First UK Poster for Bill Condon's 'Mr. Holmes' Starring Ian McKellen

Mr. Holmes Teaser

The Man Behind The Myth. It's another story about Sherlock Holmes starring Ian McKellen as the iconic detective. I can't wait to see this. Premiering at the Berlin Film Festival, which just kicked off, is the new film from Bill Condon (director of Dreamgirls, The Fifth Estate, Breaking Dawn) starring the legendary Ian McKellen as an "aged, retired" Sherlock Holmes. The festival description says that Holmes undertakes "one final big journey, experiences a botanical miracle and resolves to tell a compassionate lie." It's a simple but sleek and effective poster, plus another good reminder that the movie is finally premiering at Berlinale.

 Posted February 6 in Feat, Indies, Posters | Comments

TGB Returns! Episode 2.01: Cold Openings and Warm Welcomes

The Golden Briefcase Version 2.0

After a long haitus, Tim and Jeremy have returned for The Golden Briefcase: Version 2.0! With the new format, the guys abandon segments (with the exception of the beloved Pick of the Week) and instead move towards a roundtable discussion. This is where we really want you, the listener, to come in! In the past, emails have been a fun way to keep in contact with you all but now we are really asking for you to join in and even create discussion. The new format allows for those glorious rabbit trails and deep discussions about the fascinating world of cinema and we love those moments and want to embrace them! Send us topic suggestions, arguments, links, or whatever you want, and we will do our best to talk it through on the show.

 Posted February 4 in Feat, Golden Briefcase, Podcasts | Comments

Sundance 2015: Our 7 Favorite Documentaries - The Best of the Fest

Sundance 2015

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival has finally come to an end and to put a wrap on things and finalize our nearly two weeks of coverage, it's time to present our Best of the Fest. We're doing things a bit different this year and presenting combined favorites between Ethan and I (since we loved so many of the same movies). Instead of one big list, like year's past, we're splitting up our favorites between the best 7 Feature Films we saw and the best 7 Documentaries we saw. We obviously couldn't see every film playing, but did catch over 40 between us and felt like these films below deserve to be highlighted for standing out over the others. As our final recap of Sundance 2015, which has now concluded, we present our 7 favorite documentaries.

 Posted February 4 in Docs, Feat, Lists, Sundance 15 | Comments

Sundance 2015: Our 7 Favorite Feature Films - The Best of the Fest

Sundance 2015

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival has finally come to an end and to put a wrap on things and finalize our nearly two weeks of coverage, it's time to present our Best of the Fest. We're doing things a bit different this year and presenting combined favorites between Ethan and I (since we loved so many of the same movies). Instead of one big list, like year's past, we're splitting up our favorites between the best 7 Feature Films we saw and the best 7 Documentaries we saw. We obviously couldn't see every film playing, but did catch over 40 between us and felt like these films below deserve to be highlighted for standing out over the others. As our final recap of Sundance 2015, which has now concluded, we present these 7 favorite feature films.

 Posted February 3 in Feat, Indies, Lists, Sundance 15 | Comments

The 19 Best Movies That You Didn't See in 2014 - Start Watching Now

19 Best Movies That You Didn't See in 2014

The best of the best - that you didn't see last year. We have returned with another set of worth watching, underseen films from 2014. Back by popular demand is our eighth annual list of the 19 Best Movies That You Didn't See in 2014 (past lists: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007). Featured below is a hand-picked line-up 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 extra attention in the spotlight, and to support some of the finest filmmakers out there, here is our best of 2014 recap. Read on for the full list!

 Posted January 20 in Editorial, Feat, Indies, Lists | Comments

Your New Favorite Film Website Has Arrived - The Projection List

The Projection List

After years and years of development, a new movie website has launched that will probably end up being one of your favorite sites (after FirstShowing, of course!). No, but seriously, it looks great and seems to work great so far, and will only get better with more time. The site is called The Projection List and boasts itself as containing "the entire cinematic release schedule", including "official & projected dates for all theatrical, home, and trailer releases." As proud as we are for offering a very simple release schedule here, this site ups the ante to include everything: all DVD, theatrical & VOD releases, with a very clean interface as well. It's sleek, I'm impressed, and as long as they keep it updated it'll be a great resource for cinephiles.

 Posted January 7 in Cool Stuff, Feat, Movie News | Comments

Monthly Must See: 'The Battered Bastards of Baseball' Documentary

The Battered Bastards of Baseball

"Our motivation was simple: revenge. We loved womping fuzzy-cheeked college-bonus-babies owned by the Dodgers, or Phillies." We're well into the New Year which means it's time for another Monthly Must See feature highlighting a great film to watch this month (or instead of/while waiting for the Golden Globes on Sunday). It's the perfect time of year for documentaries, so this month's pick is The Battered Bastards of Baseball from directors Chapman Way & Maclain Way, a Netflix documentary that runs a brisk 79 minutes telling the story of the Portland Mavericks, an independent baseball team started in the 1970s. This light-hearted, highly entertaining film is easily available on Netflix for your enjoyment anytime. It's good.

 Posted January 6 in Docs, Editorial, Feat, Indies | Comments

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