December 3, 2012 |
The final installment in Richard Linklater's “Before” trilogy, Chan-wook Park's English-language debut and Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs portrayal all will be unveiled at Sundance -- and did we mention documentaries about Jeremy Lin and Dick Cheney? Festival organizers on Monday announced this year's narrative and documentary premieres, a total of 29 films that will play out of competition as they make their world premieres. Highlights on the narrative list include Linklater's “Before Midnight,” in which Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy reprise their signature lovelorn roles as Jesse and Celine, this time as angsty 40-somethings.
January 8, 2012 |
We live in an open-ended era with question marks hovering over our lives. So maybe it isn't surprising that a quartet of current movies conclude ambiguously, leaving their characters' fates not on the screen but in the minds of the audience. We spoke recently to the filmmakers in question about their cryptic conclusions. Needless to say, if you haven't seen the movies (and, really, why haven't you?), you'll probably want to tuck this away until you've first formed your own conclusions.
December 15, 2011 |
If the crush of film awards season can be good for something — really, it can! — it is simply getting people to watch films they might otherwise let slip by them. Whether it's reaching deeper into that stack of screeners or actually checking them out in an honest-to-goodness movie theater, the wave of awards-ready titles can broaden the reach of some audience members. Nowhere can this added attention be felt more strongly than with regard to the work of relatively new filmmakers, whether they are young or directing for the first time.
December 1, 2011 |
Going into Sundance, "Like Crazy" was a modest relationship drama from a director, Drake Doremus, whose previous film bore the arm's-length title "Douchebag. " But one teary-eyed premiere and a $4-million bidding war later, it emerged as the film festival's most dramatic success story, an upward trajectory capped by awards for the film and for Felicity Jones' performance. As a young woman whose passionate crush on a college classmate (Anton Yelchin) blossoms into a long-distance relationship battered by transatlantic crossings and immigration woes, Jones loves not wisely but too well, her naive romanticism laying the groundwork for an agonizing series of separations and reunions.
October 28, 2011 |
"Love hurts," the classic song lyric insists, "love scars, love wounds and mars. " If you are experienced enough to understand love's fragility but still romantic enough to embrace its power, "Like Crazy" will put you away. Deserved winner of the grand jury prize at Sundance, this story is as simple as two people mad about each other and as complex as intense relationships inevitably get. Spanning two continents and a number of years, featuring fearless acting by Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones (who took home a Sundance special jury prize)
October 23, 2011 |
Fittingly, it began with a date. Last year, Anton Yelchin, 21 and coming off his performance as Chekov in the film "Star Trek," was sitting nervously in the bar of a Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles, waiting for a woman five years his senior. On a flight from London, his dinner companion, the British actress Felicity Jones, was also trying to squelch the butterflies. "I remember thinking, 'I just hope he's a good guy,'" she recalled. The two were indeed rendezvousing to see whether they'd make a good couple — only not in real life.