October 8, 2009 |
Fittingly for an actress who has already shown remarkable range, the petite, blond Jess Weixler's face can change radically. Depending on the angle, the moment or the character, she can go from pretty to harsh, innocent to murderous. In the chaotically sequenced romantic drama "Peter and Vandy," she puts on display the many facets of what she calls "a whole person." "It feels so much better to act when you're not just part of a person; you're not just trying to be charming or lovable," she says, warming her hands on a double shot of green tea. "Stuff is going to fly out of you."
March 14, 2013 |
Austin-based writer-director Bob Byington's "Somebody Up There Likes Me" is a difficult film to describe, but easily inspires a deep sense of affection and connection. Words such as offbeat, charming or, Lord help us, quirky are wildly overused and yet this is exactly the kind of film to which they best apply. Covering some 35 years, with animated transitional sequences, the story follows Max Youngman (Keith Poulson) and his reluctant only friend Sal ("Parks and Recreation" costar Nick Offerman, also a producer)
March 6, 2014 |
In "The Face of Love," it's five years after the devastating loss of her husband when Annette Bening's still-grieving Nikki sees an uncanny look-alike of her dear departed wandering their old haunt, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. As Nikki starts courting Tom (Ed Harris), a local artist with no idea the psychodrama he's walking into, moviegoers can be forgiven for seeing double themselves in the trappings of this skewed, late-in-life romance. But rather than indulging the weird Sirkian "Vertigo" (minus the murder plot)
January 26, 2012 |
Gina Rodriguez's life has changed since "Filly Brown" was accepted into the Sundance Film Festival. Now everyone thinks she's rich and famous. After seeing a recent article about the 27-year-old's starring role in the hip-hop drama, Rodriguez's neighbor hit the actress up for money. "She was like, 'So, I have this project — I really want to be a yoga instructor, and all I need is $10,000 to set up this studio,'" Rodriguez recalled recently, eating some spicy edamame at Sushi Roku on West 3rd Street near the Beverly Center, the restaurant where she worked before quitting to act full-time two years ago. "I was like, 'Baby love, I ain't got no money for you. I can take your class and pay $20 for my sun salutation, but I just don't have it.'" Rodriguez may not be wealthy yet, but her lifestyle has already begun to shift.
May 6, 2008 |
I'm Not There The Weinstein Co., $29.99 To find out whether you prefer more of a "Cate Blanchett" Dylan or a "Richard Gere" Dylan, you'll have to consult Todd Haynes' freewheelin' big-screen riff on the legendary singer-songwriter, in which six actors embody different aspects of a Bob Dylan character, conveyed in a jumble of anecdotal incidents and impressionistic musical numbers.
December 4, 2008 |
The films screening in the U.S. dramatic competition at Sundance are: "Adam" Max Mayer wrote and directed this love story revolving around a marginally dysfunctional young man and the woman of his dreams. Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne star. "Amreeka" Cherien Dabis wrote and directed this drama about a divorced Palestinian woman and her teenage son who move to rural Illinois after the outbreak of the Iraq war.