Let’s construct a metaphor together wherein indie movies are like donuts in a bright pink box. Last week, the LA Film Festival lifted the lid on that box to reveal its 2017 competition lineup—U.S. Fiction, Documentary, World Fiction, Nightfall and LA Muse. Read the full story here.
The Chicago Critics Film Festival has, in its brief, five year existence, quietly asserted itself as one of the city’s premiere showcases for exciting new American independent and foreign movie fare. My best bet for this year’s festival, which runs from Friday, May 12 through Thursday, May 18 at the Music Box Theatre, is John Carroll Lynch’s comedy/drama Lucky. Read the full story here.
A bona fide hipster icon and a veteran screen actor with over 100 film credits to his name, the 90-year-old Harry Dean Stanton is a living legend – and as this character study proves, the man still has a few great performances left in him... Read the complete review here.
When a sheltered teen named Sebastian meets an aspiring punk rocker and falls for the boy's older sister, the stage is set for a cheerful and energetic comedy that tackles matters of friendship, young love and musical dreams with equal aplomb.... Read the full story here.
South by Southwest has announced the feature film lineup for its 24th annual event which runs March 10-19 in Austin. This year’s crop includes 51 movies from first-time filmmakers, 85 world premieres, 11 North American premieres and five U.S. premieres. Titles were curated from 2,432 feature-length film submissions, with a total of 7,651 films submitted this year...Read the full story here.
There are films that swell in orchestral waves, others that grind like scuzzy metal, and still others that burble like melodic pop, but “Columbus,” the first feature film from Korean-American video essay pioneer Kogonada, chimes like a bell: simple, sustained and thrillingly pure... read the complete review here.
While the Competition titles may have fallen flat this year, NEXT, a portion of the Sundance Film Festival that has produced adventurous, breathtaking works in the past, delivered yet again... read the complete story here.
John Cho of "Star Trek," "Harold and Kumar," and #StarringJohnCho fame will be starring in the upcoming "Columbus," a dramatic film by Korean-American director Kogonada, according to a report by Variety. Read the complete story here.
Superlative Films announced today Academy Award winner and recent Emmy nominee Ellen Burstyn (Interstellar, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore), Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation,” “Fargo”), Asa Butterfield (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Hugo), Alex Wolff (Patriot’s Day, Coming Through the Rye), Maude Apatow (Other People, This Is 40) and Michaela Watkins (“Casual”, “Wet Hot American Summer”) will co-star in writer/director Peter Livolsi’s directorial debut The House of Tomorrow... read the complete story here.
Nick Offerman will star in the feature film adaptation of the The House of Tomorrow, alongside Ellen Burstyn... read the complete story here.