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January 25, 2008 | Jay A. Fernandez, Special to The Times
Two men were sitting on a scarred chairlift as it climbed a lower flank of Mt. Timpanogos, its towering 11,750-foot glacier providing a brown-green backdrop to their right. The bluffs off to their left arched down toward the wide, flat runway of the Salt Lake Valley. L.A. playwright Richard Montoya was listening to criticisms and observations about his screenplay, "Water & Power," and scribbling notes into a ratty notebook perched on one knee.
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October 8, 2010 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"It's Kind of a Funny Story" is kind of a perfect coming-of-age comedy, with its bittersweet fun set loose in the adult psych ward of a Brooklyn hospital where this clever case of teenage depression, identity and self-esteem is examined. But then there's nothing like being surrounded by serious craziness to put your own in perspective, which is exactly what happens to bright, success-obsessed, 16-year-old Craig Gilner, a bundle of complicated charm thanks to Keir Gilchrist ( "United States of Tara")
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September 12, 2010
Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden may have set their new movie, "It's Kind of a Funny Story," amid the depressed and clinically insane of a psychiatric institution, but don't let the setting fool you. The movie is pure John Hughes. The duo, who became darlings of the independent film world with their gritty Oscar-nominated drama "Half Nelson" and their understated immigrant story "Sugar," are here working with a larger budget and more name stars. But the same subtlety and humanist touches that gained them acclaim for their first two films are once again on display.
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October 7, 2010 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
Film directors are a notoriously individualistic bunch, and exes rarely make simpatico work partners. So it's surprising to meet Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, co-directors of the new dramatic comedy "It's Kind of a Funny Story," and find an uncanny harmony. The 34-year-olds refine each other's concepts, tunnel into each other's thoughts and anticipate each other's wants. And that's just at lunch. "After a take, we typically wouldn't need to consult each other. We'd just look at each other," Fleck says, sitting down next to Boden at a back table in a bistro in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, as they talk about their film that opens Friday.
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October 8, 2010 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"It's Kind of a Funny Story" is kind of a perfect coming-of-age comedy, with its bittersweet fun set loose in the adult psych ward of a Brooklyn hospital where this clever case of teenage depression, identity and self-esteem is examined. But then there's nothing like being surrounded by serious craziness to put your own in perspective, which is exactly what happens to bright, success-obsessed, 16-year-old Craig Gilner, a bundle of complicated charm thanks to Keir Gilchrist ( "United States of Tara")
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2010 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
Film directors are a notoriously individualistic bunch, and exes rarely make simpatico work partners. So it's surprising to meet Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, co-directors of the new dramatic comedy "It's Kind of a Funny Story," and find an uncanny harmony. The 34-year-olds refine each other's concepts, tunnel into each other's thoughts and anticipate each other's wants. And that's just at lunch. "After a take, we typically wouldn't need to consult each other. We'd just look at each other," Fleck says, sitting down next to Boden at a back table in a bistro in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, as they talk about their film that opens Friday.
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April 9, 2009 | Kenneth Turan
It's hardly a coincidence that "Sugar" is in theaters just when baseball season is getting started. It's set in the world of aspiring young players from the Dominican Republic trying to make it to the major leagues, and those in the know tell me it is remarkably accurate. That's no surprise, because writer-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck ("Half Nelson") understand that authentic is the most compelling type of material to put on screen.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2010
It was kind of a sad story for the biggest specialty film at the box office this weekend. The Zach Galifianakis dramatic comedy "It's Kind of a Funny Story," which distributor Focus Features launched in a small nationwide run at 742 theaters, took in a disappointing $2.1 million. Focus, Universal Pictures' specialty label, had hoped to end up with closer to $4 million for the well-reviewed picture. "Funny Story," from "Half Nelson" and "Sugar" directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, played in a number of college towns, and its sparsely populated audiences consisted mostly of people under 25. "We're disappointed it didn't do more business because it's such an enjoyable and entertaining film," said Focus domestic distribution president Jack Foley.
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January 27, 2006 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
Ryan Fleck's Sundance Film Festival was a lot more involved this time around -- but then so too was his movie. After Fleck's "Gowanus, Brooklyn" shared the short film award in 2004, the 29-year-old director returned to Park City, Utah, this year with a feature-film version adapted from the prize-winning short. "Half Nelson," as Fleck's new film is called, follows an elementary school history teacher (Ryan Gosling) whose drug addiction is discovered by one of his students (Shareeka Epps).
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January 25, 2004 | From Associated Press
The high-tech thriller "Primer," about two get-rich-quick inventors whose time-travel device complicates their lives, won the top dramatic honor at the Sundance Film Festival Saturday night. Sundance jurors gave the documentary grand prize to "DiG!," director Ondi Timoner's portrait of the friendship and rivalry between musicians Anton Newcombe of the Brian Jonestown Massacre and Courtney Taylor of the Dandy Warhols.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2010
Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden may have set their new movie, "It's Kind of a Funny Story," amid the depressed and clinically insane of a psychiatric institution, but don't let the setting fool you. The movie is pure John Hughes. The duo, who became darlings of the independent film world with their gritty Oscar-nominated drama "Half Nelson" and their understated immigrant story "Sugar," are here working with a larger budget and more name stars. But the same subtlety and humanist touches that gained them acclaim for their first two films are once again on display.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2008 | Jay A. Fernandez, Special to The Times
Two men were sitting on a scarred chairlift as it climbed a lower flank of Mt. Timpanogos, its towering 11,750-foot glacier providing a brown-green backdrop to their right. The bluffs off to their left arched down toward the wide, flat runway of the Salt Lake Valley. L.A. playwright Richard Montoya was listening to criticisms and observations about his screenplay, "Water & Power," and scribbling notes into a ratty notebook perched on one knee.
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