Sundance Video Interview: 'Cedar Rapids' Director Miguel Arteta

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"It's rare that you find a script with so much affection for its characters…" As promised, following our Ed Helms interview, here's the second half of our chat with the team behind Fox Searchlight's Cedar Rapids (watch the trailer), hitting limited theaters this weekend. At Sundance a few weeks ago, we got to interview Miguel Arteta, the Puerto Rican filmmaker also of Chuck & Buck, The Good Girl and Youth in Revolt, who directed Cedar Rapids. He was a fun guy to talk with, and we talked about how they shot the film and made it so entertaining yet charming. Watch the interview below! "This is kind of the Wizard of Oz of insurance."


 Posted on February 10 in Interview, Sundance 11, To Watch | Comments Closed

Sundance Video Interview: 'Cedar Rapids' Actor/Comedian Ed Helms

Ed Helms in Cedar Rapids

We're a bit behind on some Sundance coverage, but we're catching up now, and the first thing I wanted to bring you guys was our interview with actor & comedian Ed Helms, who stars as Tim "Timbo" Lippe in Fox Searchlight's Cedar Rapids (watch the trailer) that is coincidentally arriving in theaters this very weekend! Ethan and I sat down with Helms for a 15-minute discussion about all things from his work on Cedar Rapids (watch our video review from Sundance) to staying sharp with jokes to his other comedian friends appearing the film and much more. It's a fun and funny interview, we hope you check it out! Video is embedded below.


 Posted on February 8 in Interview, Sundance 11, To Watch | Comments Closed

My First Experience at the Sundance Film Festival Will Last Forever

Sundance Film Festival 2011

In the seemingly glamorous town of Hollywood, dreams are brought to life on the big screen thanks to the miracle of show business. But far away from Tinseltown, in the mountains of Park City, Utah, dreams come true in a way that is much more about the show and much less about the business. Yes, I'm talking about the Sundance Film Festival. While the showcase of independent film has become a breeding ground for the next big talent to launch their career, directors, writers & actors come to Sundance because they all share a passion for storytelling. This was the first time I was able to share that passion, and damn was it splendid.


 Posted on February 1 in Editorial, Opinions, Sundance 11 | 7 Comments

Watch: Wonderful Sundance 2011 '10 Days of Different' Final Video

Sundance 2011 - 10 Days of Different

"This is the end, my only friend, the end, of our elaborate plans, the end…" Another Sundance comes to a close today, and while it's always sad to finish up another fest, it's a necessary ending, as after being in Park City for 10 days trudging through snow and cold to watch fantastic independent films, it is time to go home and get some rest. But as another fest wraps up, for anyone who wasn't out here with all of us, Sundance has debuted a great video called Live@Sundance '11: 10 Days of Different. It's a truly beautiful look back at Sundance 2011 and what it's like to be at this wonderful fest. A look back at 10 amazing days of different.


 Posted on January 30 in Indies, Sundance 11, To Watch | 3 Comments

2011 Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners Officially Announced

Drake Doremus, Director of Like Crazy

The official awards for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival were announced tonight at a ceremony in Park City. The Sundance awards are always very interesting to follow, because the winners are either completely unexpected or totally deserving, and we've got quite a mix of both this year. However, the big winner and my personal favorite of this year's fest is Drake Doremus' Like Crazy, a wonderfully touching relationship drama that could very well be this year's Blue Valentine (that's Doremus above winning the award). The full list of winners, including the five Audience Awards, can be found below. Congrats Drake, you deserve it.


 Posted on January 30 in Awards, Opinions, Sundance 11 | 3 Comments

Sundance 2011 Quick Reviews: 'Salvation Boulevard' & 'Homework'

Salvation Boulevard

This year Kevin Smith returned to Sundance with his second religion focused film Red State (read my review here). Also at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival this year is another film taking on religion called Salvation Boulevard from director George Ratliff (Joshua). Since Smith's Red State is a horror film and Salvation Boulevard is a comedy, the two films couldn't be more different. However, they both seem to have one trait in common: neither of them are funny. Yes, despite a cast that includes Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Jim Gaffigan, Jennifer Connelly, Marisa Tomei and Ed Harris this movie needs a comedy miracle.


 Posted on January 28 in Review, Sundance 11 | Comments Closed

Sundance 2011: 'Margin Call' is a Engaging Thriller About Numbers

Margin Call Review

Last year at Sundance, they brought a movie set entirely in a coffin and it was one of the most intense films of the fest. This year, they brought a movie about stocks, numbers and equations that is also one of the most thrilling movies here that had the entire audience on the edge of their seat. J.C. Chandor's ensemble drama Margin Call is a thriller set mostly in an office building on the eve of the 2008 financial crisis. It was one of my most anticipated films at Sundance and although it didn't knock me on my ass, it definitely delivered. Riveting, engaging, compelling, fascinating are interchangeable words I could use to describe this great flick.


 Posted on January 28 in Review, Sundance 11 | 7 Comments

Sundance 2011 Quick Reviews: 'The Convincer' and 'Perfect Sense'

Perfect Sense

The end of the world has been foretold over and over in many movies, and more often than not, it really does end with a bang. But in Perfect Sense, the world, or at least humanity, feels the effects of a crippling epidemic. We first meet Susan (Eva Green) after a tough break-up, suddenly a more immediate concern presents itself in her scientific field of epidemiology. A Glasgow man has turned up after experiencing a hysterical crying fit only to discover that upon calming himself, he was suddenly without the sense of smell. Then she learns similar cases have turned up in Britain, France and Italy all within the past 24 hours.


 Posted on January 27 in Review, Sundance 11 | 2 Comments

Sundance 2011: 'The Details' is a Darkly Hilarious Look at Infidelity

The Details

After installing some new sod in their backyard, Dr. Jeff Lang (Tobey Maguire) suddenly has a problem with raccoons lifting up the layers of dirt and grass for whatever grub they can rustle up. But this is just the beginning of Dr. Lang's problems as these nocturnal creatures set off a chain of events that lead to stress, infidelity, pregnancy and even death. Yeah, these are ruthless raccoons. The Details follows the ludicrous and twisted happenings when a series of mistakes cause Dr. Lang to make some pretty unethical decisions that slowly begin to tear his family apart. Never has suburban turmoil been so perversely hilarious.


 Posted on January 26 in Review, Sundance 11 | 1 Comment

Sundance 2011: 'Little Birds' is Generic & Contrived But Well Acted

Little Birds

The "coming-of-age" story has become a genre unto itself. Stories of teen angst, young love, and reckless mischief show up every single year, especially at the various film festivals. Therefore, it's no surprise that Little Birds, the feature film debut of writer/director Elgin James finds itself at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. This time around the characters coming into their own are 15-year old girls Lily (Juno Temple of Kaboom) and Alison (Kay Panabaker of "No Ordinary Family") living in a desolate town on the shores of the Salton Sea. Their friendship is tested by hormones and danger, but unfortunately, so was my patience.


 Posted on January 26 in Review, Sundance 11 | 2 Comments

More Sundance Sales: 'Another Earth' & 'The Guard' Get Picked Up

The Guard

We've already heard about plenty of sales for films premiering at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival (see all our coverage right here). From comedies like My Idiot Brother to dramas like Martha Marcy May Marlene, there's plenty of Sundance films getting picked up. Now we have a couple more to add on as Fox Searchlight announced yet another acquisition today with Another Earth, a science fiction sort of romance starring Brit Marling and William Mapother ("Lost"). Meanwhile, Sony Pictures Classics decided to pick up the new crime thriller The Guard starring Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda) and Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges).


 Posted on January 26 in Movie News, Sundance 11 | 4 Comments

Sundance 2011: 'Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey' Melts My Heart

Being Elmo

The magic of "Sesame Street" is a part of many children's lives. Broadcast in dozens of languages and many countries around the world, the span of lovable characters like Big Bird and Cookie Monster are iconic and loved everywhere. But one particular man seems to have been born for the likes of "Sesame Street." Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey tells the story of Kevin Clash, the voice and hands behind the red, furry creature Elmo. This new documentary follows Clash from his childhood days of crafting a puppet out of his father's trench coat lining to the present where he's one of the most respected puppeteers working today.


 Posted on January 25 in Review, Sundance 11 | 3 Comments



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