Archives for January 2015



Leah Meyerhoff’s I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS & others selected as part of IFP’s screening slate

This year's slate includes mostly women filmmakers
Meyerhoff's film premiered at SXSW 2014

The New York-based INDEPENDENT FILM PROJECT, an incubator for indie-minded filmmakers in want of funding and TLC announced its upcoming slate of feature films for Q1, focusing on female filmmakers. The films selected for February through May 2015 are: "Approaching the elephant," directed by Amanda Rose Wilder (February 20), "She's lost control," directed by Anja Marquardt (March 20), "I believe in ... more >


Inherent vice

Based on a novel by Thomas Pynchon
Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin and Kathleen Waterston
Directed by P.T. Anderson

In college I wrote a paper on the subversion of the detective novel in Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49. I got an A, although the paper received its highest compliment in 2009. That’s when Pynchon finally lived up to my astonishing insight and published a detective novel, “Inherent vice.” This survey of Los Angeles weirdness circa 1970 is brought to the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson. The ... more >

effie gray review dakota

FIRST LOOK: Effie Gray

Produced by Sovereign Films / Distributed by Metrodome
Country: U.K.

"Effie Gray" is a 2012 British biographical drama film directed by Richard Laxton, released in 2014 in the U.K. The film's release was delayed by several lawsuits that alleged that the script, written by Emma Thompson, was plagiarised from earlier dramatizations of the same story (Thompson won the suit). The subject of "Effie" is the love triangle involving Victorian art critic John Ruskin ... more >


ANITA EKBERG passes away at 83

Her scene in "La Dolce Vita" is a classic of cinema
She was born a Swede but died an Italian

Even though she was born in Malmö, Sweden on September 29, 1931, Anita Ekberg was an Italian actress. She had become a star elsewhere first but it was in Rome that her marquee lights flared. She was a living, breathing representation of cinema that drove both men and women, avowed cinephiles as well as Sunday movie-goers, crazy. And it is Rome, too, that Ekberg would call home ever since the ... more >



Coming in March

Sean Penn, there's an actor with range. This time around, Penn will morph into an action hero for the upcoming film "The Gunman," directed by French filmmaker Pierre Morel ("Taken"). The Oscar-winning actor ("Mystic River" and "Milk") plays a former gun-for-hire who used to be on the government's payroll and who now wants to out the truth about his employers' business practices. His decision will ... more >


Song of the sea

[Cartoon Saloon]
David Rawle, Brendan Gleeson and Fionnula Flanagan
Directed by Tomm Moore

“Song of the sea” is a spectacular film that explores the Celtic myth of Selkies, a mystical being that can change form between human and seal, through a simply-told and heartwarming story about a brother and a sister. “Song,” a traditionally-animated film, is also a visual feat. And despite a few moments in which the visual eclipses the story “Song” is a successful continuation of animation ... more >


Big Eyes

Women don't count for much--or so we're told
Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz
Directed by Richard Burton

A no-fail winning combination in film would be great actors+great director+good story. You think ? Not necessarily. Hollywood dustbins are filled with disappointing films made according to this very combination. Still, Tim Burton bringing together Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz in a true tale involving a kitsch painter and a charming con artist, with the backdrop of fifties and sixties San ... more >