Richard Linklater’s Boyhood continues its seemingly inevitable move towards world domination, expanding to more theaters over the weekend and capturing the imaginations and hearts of even the most jaded moviegoers. Meanwhile, Naomi Foner’s evocative Very Good Girls also opened last weekend, with a welcome female take on that whole “becoming a grown-up” thing. In other words, it’s a very good time for the coming-of-age movie, where maturity is gained and lessons are learned and lifelong memories are made, so with that in mind, we’ve rounded up a few of our all-time …Read More
‘It’s a Disaster’: David Cross and Julia Styles’ End-of-the-World Movie Takes Dark Comedy to a Hilarious Extreme
Todd Berger’s It’s a Disaster opens deceptively, with a black and white image of a beach — but as the credits roll, a slow pull out reveals the explosion of an A-bomb off in the distance. The film’s narrative uncoils in a similar fashion: Tracy (Julia Stiles) is bringing Glenn (David Cross), a possible new boyfriend, to what another character dubs “our famous ‘couples brunches.’” There, Glenn will meet four other couples, Tracy’s long-time friends; pleasantries will be exchanged and topics will be gingerly avoided, and the stage is set, it seems, for some good old-fashioned comedy of awkwardness. That’s before all the dirty bombs go off.
Spring is upon us, dear readers, so it’s your last chance to enjoy some light entertainment before the summer onslaught of giant explosions and endless sequels. (What’s that? G.I. Joe 2 came out last weekend? Let’s pretend like it didn’t happen.) As is our wont on the first of the month, we’ve rounded up April’s independent films of note: those we’ve seen and recommended, and those we can’t wait to get a look at. Join us after the jump for a sampling of this month’s art house goodies.