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.
After debuting at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, the directorial debut from The Descendants writers and comedy actors Jim Rash and Nat Faxon has debuted a trailer. The Way, Way Back has quite an impressive cast including Steve Carell, Toni Collettte, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolphs, Allison Janney, Rob Corddry and Amanda Peet. But the film's star is Liam James, as he struggles with adolescence, but stumbles upon the greatest summer of his life while on a trip with his mother (Collette) and prickish potential step-father (Carell). This was a real treat to see at Sundance (read my review here) and it could be the crowd-pleasing indie hit of the year, so don't miss it. Watch the trailer!
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.
The Sundance Film Festival is a perennial favorite for those of us at FirstShowing.net, and Robert Redford's long-running festival has always been on the cutting edge, embracing experimental and often controversial movies and giving them a place to be seen. Now, a press release tells us that the Sundance Institute will continue its progressive ways by taking a break from the chilly Utah weather and heading to the West Coast this summer, hosting a 4-day film festival right here in Los Angeles at the Sundance Sunset Cinema in West Hollywood. Next Weekend will feature screenings and panels from August 8th-11th.
One of the films that didn't blow us away at Sundance, but offered a solid film full of jokes made just for cinephiles, was In a World... The film directed by actress Lake Bell follows a young female voice coach (Bell) as she joins the all-male race to land the white-hot new trailer of a blockbuster trilogy, and with it lay claim to the legendary trailer catchphrase “In a world…” She faces stuffy, douchebag competition in Ken Marino and even her own father (Fred Melamed), a legendary voice-over artist who can’t bring himself to recognize his daughter’s talent. It was a very charming, entertaining comedy and now it has distribution.
After premiering their film Ass Backwards in the Park City at Midnight section of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, writers and stars Casey Wilson & June Diane Raphael couldn't have been more happy and proud of their hilarious road trip comedy that has flares of Dumb & Dumber and Romy & Michelle's High School Reunion. Thankfully, the female comedy duo took the time to sit down for an interview which resulted in some sultry casting couch talk, Britney Spears quotes and more. In addition, director Chris Nelson sat down to talk about entering the female comedy world with Wilson and Raphael, and just letting these girls open up a whole can of crazy on the big screen with outlandish fashion and antics. Watch below!
At the Sundance Film Festival, coming-of-age comedies are almost a dime a dozen. So the really good ones, the ones that refresh, redefine, reinvent the genre, need to really stand out and really exceed in many ways. Another one at the 2013 festival that definitely hit those marks is Jordan Vogt-Roberts's Toy's House, from a screenplay written by Chris Galletta. It's one of those films that I'd already heard great buzz about, mostly due to comparisons to Superbad meets Stand By Me (e.g. Erik Davis' review), which is some kind of crazy high praise that it pretty much lives up to. But, remarkably, Toy's House really is that great of a film.
On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim and Jeremy are joined by guest Ryland Aldrich of TwitchFilm as well as our own Alex Billington of FirstShowing to go over their latest picks of the week, the newest in DVD & Blu-ray releases, new trailers for the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis and Juan Solanas' Upside Down and much more. The main topic of the night was a complete discussion on the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, which just concluded this past weekend (our coverage). Ryland and Alex talk about some of their must-sees of the festival and discuss this year's films in relation to years past. Listen in!
The 2013 Sundance Film Festival may be over (check out all of our coverage right here), and now many are probably wondering when they can see some of the films that premiered in Park City. We've featured the sales of some of our favorite films including James Ponsoldt's The Spectacular Now being picked up by the new distribution label A24 and Richard Linklater's Before Midnight unsurprisingly landing at Sony Pictures Classics, but we figured a round-up of a bunch of the other big purchases of films with buzz at the festival was in order so you know which films you'll likely end up seeing throughout the year 2013. Read on!
Now that Sundance 2013 is over, we're looking back at our favorite films from the festival this year. We recently posted our own list of Top 5 Favorite Films, but there are plenty of other great movies that deserve to be mentioned. One thing I love about festivals is the variety of opinions and thoughts on every single film playing, which is why I love asking my friends and colleagues about what their favorites were - so that's what we did. I recorded 10 videos with friends during the end of the festival, similar to my Cannes 2012 favorites video last year. Almost everyone I spoke to chose a different film. It's a quick watch so check it out.
The western has enjoyed a bit of resurgence over the past few years with installments from the Coen Brothers like No Country for Old Men and True Grit, and others including The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, the remake of 3:10 to Yuma, the kimchee western The Good, the Bad, the Weird, and Django Unchained. Now in 2013, Sundance brought some western heat with Ain't Them Bodies Saints, a breakthrough film for writer and director David Lowery, who also worked as an editor on other Sundance 2013 selections like Upstream Color and wrote Pit Stop. The result is a slow-burning, western thriller with magnificent visuals, conservative performances, and a spectacularly twangy score.
The 2013 Sundance Film Festival has finally come to an end and to put a wrap on things and finalize our nearly two weeks of coverage, we've got one last recap and the list of our favorites. I really had an amazing time at Sundance this year, and most of the films I caught I enjoyed. There were only a few I hated, a lot I loved, and many I can't wait to watch again. Together we saw over 30 films in total, some great, some bad, some incredible. We usually run reviews for films we enjoy, the ones we want to talk about, which is what our coverage has been. As a final recap we present our 5 favorite films, plus a rundown of everything else.
In the opening moments of director Evan Jackson Leong's documentary Linsanity, professional basketball player Jeremy Lin recalls the time that security stopped him as he walked into the player's entrance of Madison Square Gardens. They didn't recognize he actually played on the team and thought he might be a trainer. Those guys certainly weren't the only ones who didn't notice Lin, but the entire world was about to witness a meteoric rise unlike any in professional sports as the 24-year-old Harvard graduate went from an unknown to an international superstar over the course of only two weeks in 2012. Read on!
What happens when you throw Alfred Hitchcock into a blender with Chan-wook Park? You get Stoker, an ominous, outlandish, beautiful thriller with a flowing score that infects every part of the film. But while the film is certainly reminiscent of the legendary director behind such films as Vertigo, Dial M for Murder and Rear Window, an uninspiring conclusion brings down the high brought on from the first two acts, including breadcrumbs that could have led to something greater. Thankfully, the misstep in the ending wasn't enough to detract from what is otherwise an eerie, suspenseful and impeccably photographed film.