Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, we’ve got new films starring Aubrey Plaza, Mike Birbiglia, John Krasinksi, Sarah Polley, Rosemarie DeWitt, Olivia Thirlby, and Paul Dano, plus three of last year’s best documentaries and a killer hour with our favorite stand-up. Check them all out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More
2012’s finest films reflected ambition, risk, and advocacy. They boldly redrew the maps of genre, freshly examined the creative process, and dared us to contemplate our own mortality. And, in more traditional terms, they made us laugh, and cry, and feel alive. These are the best films of… Read More
Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass have taken their faux feud with Joss Whedon to a whole new, utterly delightful level. As you may remember, earlier this week Whedon released a video calling for a preemptive boycott of the pair’s upcoming movie, Sleepwalk With Me, which opens next Friday in limited release. His reasoning? The movie is so good that it may well push his record-breaking blockbuster The Avengers off the measly 500 screens still showing it over three months after its release.
Birbiglia and Glass have created a response video that is just as absurdly wonderful as Whedon’s exhortation to “call your local art-house theater, get them to book Sleepwalk With Me so you can boycott it, too.” Proclaiming, “It’s on,” they detail their plan to out-earn The Avengers in a way that is both hilarious and (for the indie film fans among us) depressing. Click through for the second installment in what we hope will be an ongoing manufactured beef. … Read More
Flavorwire film editor Jason Bailey loved Sleepwalk With Me so much that even though he’d already seen it at Sundance, he screened the comedy again a few months later at the SXSW Film Festival, where he also had the chance to interview its co-writer, director, and star, Mike Birbiglia. It is, by all accounts (and a current 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes), an excellent movie. So good in fact, that Joss Whedon, worried about how the success of this little indie might impact the number of screens around the country still showing his summer blockbuster, The Avengers, is calling for a preemptive boycott of the film. We’ll let him explain the whole crazy scheme to you in the hilarious video after the jump. … Read More
Even among the mindless carnage and endless superheroes of summer, August tends to be a bit of a drag; studios put the blockbusters they’re less certain of in the late-summer slots, so for every Bourne Legacy, there’s sure to be two or three Premium Rushes. But that just means it’s an even better time to go off the grid and see what’s playing in the art houses, and indie distributors have stocked several gems into the upcoming months; check out our recommendations after the jump. … Read More
Every Friday here at Flavorwire, we like to gather up the week’s new movie trailers, give them a look-see, and rank them from worst to best — while taking a guess or two about what they might tell us (or hide from us) about the movies they’re promoting. This week’s five new trailers feature Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, David Duchovny, Vera Farmiga, James Franco, Rachel Weisz, Melanie Lynskey, and Mike Birbiglia; check ‘em all out after the jump, and share your thoughts in the comments. … Read More
Since George Dawes Green started The Moth in his living room 15 years ago, the organization has had one clear mantra: great storytelling. So it’s no surprise that the honoree of their annual ball, held Tuesday night at Capitale in New York City, was one Martin Scorsese. It’s a difficult task to sum up the essence of his ever-evolving oeuvre, but perhaps award-presenter Adam Gopnik did it best when he discerned that at the heart of every Scorsese film is “an act of verbal aggression.” In a broader sense, this pronouncement encapsulated the theme of the night: a Moth story is like Scorsese — you can peel back the layers and get even more (which is why, if you’re looking for a challenge, we recommend listening to their podcast on an erratic, crowded subway train, where hitting an iPhone’s microscopic rewind button while standing is perilous).
For exclusive interviews from the evening, click through our celebrity slideshow featuring: Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, the stars of White Collar (Tiffani Thiessen-Smith, Matt Bomer, and Tim Dekay), comedian Mike Birbiglia and Jen Stein, Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, Kyp Malone of TV On The Radio, Joan Firestone (Executive Director of The Moth), and Royal Pains stars Reshma Shetty and Paulo Costanzo. … Read More
AUSTIN, TX: Mike Birbiglia told the sleepwalking story for the first time at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. That was the first time he told it to a big audience, anyway: “I had told it on the road — I was on this Comedy Central Live tour, and I had come out with an album called Two-Drink Mike, and I found that for the first time in my career, I showed up in places and people knew my jokes. So I couldn’t tell those jokes anymore. Comedy’s not like music: once you’ve heard it, you’ve heard it, you’re done. And people were like, ‘Ha ha, what else?’ And I had been developing this one-man show, Sleepwalk with Me, and I just started telling stories from the show, that I had written never imagining that they would be in stand-up.” The centerpiece was the true story of how his sleepwalking condition go so out of hand that it led to him jumping out of a second-story window at a La Quinta Inn in Walla Walla, Washington. The injuries sent him to the hospital, which was enough for him to finally see a specialist.
At Just For Laughs, he says, “I told the story and it just killed, in this way that was getting kind of monstrous laughs, and was really connected with the audience. I came off-stage, and Doug Stanhope said to me, ‘Do you tell that story on stage?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m trying to.’ And he said, ‘You should tell that.’” … Read More
1. President Obama was caught singing again! — this time at a blues concert featuring Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Mick Jagger, and Jeff Beck that was part of the In Performance at the White House series airing on PBS. Watch the adorable clip of him belting out a few bars of “Sweet Home Chicago” … Read More
The 2012 Sundance Film Festival drew to a close over the weekend with a flurry of additional distribution deals, as well as a Saturday night awards ceremony. The fest’s out-of-nowhere buzz hit Beasts of the Southern Wild was among the big winners, nabbing not only the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, but the US Dramatic Excellence in Cinematography award. The Documentary Grand Jury Prize went to The House I Live In, an examination of the war on drugs from director Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight). The Israeli film The Law in These Parts won the World Cinema Jury Prize for Documentary, while the Latin American musical drama Violeta Went to Heaven won the Dramatic World Cinema Jury Prize.
True to my history of excellent scheduling judgment, your humble correspondent saw not one of those films during my eight days in Park City, though I did take in — and greatly enjoy — the US Audience award winners The Invisible War (Documentary) and The Surrogate (Drama); the latter film also won a richly-deserved US Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Acting. My favorite film of the fest, Mike Birbiglia’s warm, winning comedy Sleepwalk With Me, won the Best of NEXT Audience Award; another favorite, the wry time-travel comedy/drama Safety Not Guaranteed, won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. … Read More