Truth is simplistic, pedestrian swill, no matter when you release it; putting it out so close to Spotlight merely emphasizes its already overpowering flaws. …Read More
If the studios and major indie distributors get serious in the month of October, rolling out the first wave of their big fall prestige picks, the smaller indie handlers, it seems, get weird. This best of this month’s art house films are risky, challenging efforts that tell peculiar stories in unique ways; they’re joined by a handful of more mainstream-leaning titles, looking for a bit of recognition in the serious movie derby. Here’s what’s worth seeking out:
The first trailer for Truth, the film written and directed by Zodiac screenwriter James Vanderbilt, was just released. Based on Mary Mapes’ 2005 memoir about the events that led her to be scapegoated in the Rathergate scandal (or, if you prefer less juicy wording, the “Killian documents controversy”, Truth premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was praised for its accuracy by Dan Rather himself.
Nicole Kidman Will Seemingly Play an “Odd” Character with an “Odd Life” in Season 2 of ‘Top of the Lake’
Jane Campion and Gerard Lee’s Top of the Lake is, as was previously reported, returning for a second season, this time set in Sydney.
This week’s wide releases are pretty much the kind of thing you’d expect for the last weekend of August: No Escape, wherein a white family must flee from a foreign country and its evil foreigners, and We Are Your Friends, which is somehow a movie that exists where Zac Efron plays an EDM DJ.
“It Comes From Male Anxiety and Fear”: Alex Ross Perry and Elisabeth Moss on Female Madness and ‘Queen of Earth’
If Queen of Earth has a keyword, it’s “claustrophobic.” The term came up again and again during Alex Ross Perry’s screening and discussion of his latest feature last night at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, whether the writer-director was describing his numerous influences — FSLC Programming Director Dennis Lim called Ross Perry “one of the most film-literate filmmakers around,” and with good reason — or the plot of the film itself.
The image you see above, weirdly, is not a still from a likewise disquieting scene from a film, but rather an image of a “sky pool” that’s being constructed in …Read More
With the summer movie season winding down, we’re seeing more and more of what’s usually dubbed “counter-programming” — both at the multiplex and on indie screens. Our dozen recommendations for the later are, as usual, an eclectic bunch: personality documentaries, B-movie homages, relationship comedy/dramas, and some of the best roles for women we’ve seen this year.
Elisabeth Moss’ performance was arguably the highlight of Alex Ross Perry’s claustrophobic literary satire, Listen Up Philip, and with Queen of Earth — whose first (international) trailer was just released — it’s exciting to see the stunningly compatible actor/director duo re-teaming (and for a film centered around Moss’ character.)
Fiction films can be a trickier proposition at the Tribeca Film Festival than their nonfiction counterparts; for some time the fest had a reputation as a home for pictures that made the slate for the movie stars they’d put on the red carpet rather than the quality they’d put on the screen. That rep has fallen away in recent years, bolstered by a stronger slate of under-the-radar indies and faves from other festivals. Here’s a look at the 22 new narrative movies your film editor saw, and how they stack …Read More