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
Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, as film critics across the land (this one included) trot out their year-end best-of-2013 lists, we offer up a few of the year’s best movies — all currently available for viewing right in your living room. Settle in over the long break with great movies from Greta Gerwig, Jake Johnson, Simon Pegg, Steve Carrel, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Sarah Polley, Brie Larson, Toni Colette, Jeff Garlin, Allison Janney, Anna Kendrick, Shaline Woodley, Jim Rash, Miles Teller, Nick Frost, Noah Baumbach, Edgar Wright, Andrew Bujalski, Alex Gibney, Johnnie To, Joe Swanberg, Ben Wheatley, and more. Check them out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now.
When we meet Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), the hero of Spike Jonze’s exquisite new film Her (which closed the New York Film Festival last weekend), he is a reservoir of melancholy. His wife is divorcing him, his job is depressing, and he lives a life of crushing solitude. He is, in short, the perfect audience for OS1, the world’s first artificially intelligent operating system; “It’s not just an operating system, it’s a consciousness,” boast the ads. And sure enough, Samantha, the voice (provided by Scarlett Johansson) that purrs from his desktop and smartphone, is bright, and funny, and wonderful — everything he can no longer imagine in a partner. Early on, as he pours his soul out to her, he utters one of the movie’s key lines: “I can’t believe I’m having this conversation with my computer.” But he does, and he falls in love with her as well.
Flavorwire Interview: ‘Drinking Buddies’ Director Joe Swanberg on Improv, Craft Beer, and the Real Chicago
The Chicago-based filmmaker Joe Swanberg is an incredibly prolific man; in the last eight years, he’s directed a whopping 13 feature films, and even more impressive is that he’s just a week shy of turning 32 years old. Known as one of the major players in the mumblecore genre of the mid- to late-’00s with LOL, Hannah Takes the Stairs, and Nights and Weekends, Swanberg embraces a completely improvisational approach to his films, typically centered around the relationships between urban dwellers in their post-grad years. His newest film, Drinking Buddies, is his most accomplished to date, and features a stellar cast including Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, and Ron Livingston.
The ever prolific and somewhat divisive Joe Swanberg surprised audiences and critics at SXSW this year by premiering his most …Read More