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Interview: Demian Bichir Talks Dom Hemingway

Posted by Karen Benardello On March - 31 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview: Demian Bichir Talks Dom Hemingway

While hardened criminals are often known for their audacious and violent behavior as they’re released from prison, as they set out to take vengence on those they feel wronged them and contributed to their incarcaration. The title character in writer-director Richard Shepard’s new crime comedy-drama, ‘Dom Hemingway,’ played by Jude Law, does hold those stereotypical qualities as he finishes his sentence. But the anti-hero also embodies an unexpected melachony as he embarks on sacrilegious mayhem to obtain what he feels he’s owed from his former boss, Mr. Fontaine, played by Demian Bichir, who he took the blame for and served his time. ‘Dom Hemingway’ follows the title character, a larger-than-life  [ Read More ]

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Cheap Thrills Interview: Big Dares & Big Changes for Pat Healy

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On March - 30 - 2014 0 Comment
Pat Healy in Cheap Thrills

You know Pat Healy, right? Well, if you don’t, that means you probably haven’t seen “The Great World of Sound,” “The Innkeepers,” or “Compliance,” and that also means you have quite a bit of movie watching to do. But before you get to any of that, Healy’s latest feature is an absolute must. In fact, “Cheap Thrills” is easily the best film I caught on the film festival circuit in 2013. Healy leads as Craig, a loving husband and father who gets slapped with an eviction notice and loses his job all in the same day. In an effort to ease the pain, Craig hits the bar and that’s where  [ Read More ]

Exclusive: Josh Anthony, Anne Taylor Talk Happy Camp

Posted by bsimon On March - 26 - 2014 0 Comment
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The title “Happy Camp” conjures feelings of a comedy — either an ironically named satire, or perhaps some “Pitch Perfect”-type summer-getaway ensemble where “Glee” fans labor to upstage one another against a competitive backdrop. In actuality, though, the found-footage-framed psychological horror film takes its name from the (real-life) small town, nestled just up against the California-Oregon border, that lends it its setting. Twenty years after his step brother went missing, in a mountainous region rife with missing persons cases, a still-frazzled guy (Michael Barbuto) returns with some filmmaker friends, looking for answers. For ShockYa, Brent Simon had a chance yesterday to speak to multi-hyphenate collaborators Josh Anthony and Anne Taylor one-on-one (well, one-on-two),  [ Read More ]

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The world has been in love with the Muppets since they first arrived on the scene decades ago. Just a couple years ago a newer generation was introduced to our favorite fuzzy, felt-covered on screen companions with “The Muppets.” There was no way Disney would let the Muppets sit and rest after their big comeback. So what better way to keep them going than by making “Muppets Most Wanted.” There would be no movie without those behind the scenes piecing it all together, and for that we salute them, but right now we’re going to focus on the talent. Every Muppet movie out there has it’s variety of stars sprinkled  [ Read More ]

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SXSW 2014 Interview: Oculus Director Mike Flanagan

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On March - 17 - 2014 0 Comment
Oculus

When Mike Flanagan’s short film “Oculus: Chapter 3 – The Man with the Plan” hit the festival circuit and conjured some buzz, there was immediate interest in turning it into a feature film. Trouble is, because the short involved just one character, the mirror and a few cameras in the room, all of those interested parties insisted on taking a found footage approach to the material, and that’s not the route Flanagan wanted to go. Holding strong to his original intent, Flanagan tucked “Oculus” away for quite some time until Intrepid Pictures came along and let him do it his way. “Oculus” the feature focuses on Kaylie and Tim Russell  [ Read More ]

Alia Shawkat and Sophia Takal in Wild Canaries

Husband-and-wife duo Lawrence Michael Levine and Sophia Takal have been making movies together for quite a while by assessing the resources available to them at the time and then building narratives from there. With “Wild Canaries,” on the other hand, it was the story that came first, challenging the filmmakers to acquire what was necessary to make this madcap mystery a reality. Levine and Takal lead as Noah and Barri, a newly engaged couple sharing a Brooklyn apartment with a roommate, Alia Shawkat’s Jean. When their downstairs neighbor suddenly passes, Barri immediately comes to the conclusion that she’s been murdered. Even though Noah maintains that 84-year-old Sylvia suffered a heart  [ Read More ]

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Sasha Grey in Open Windows

Welcome to shaky cam 2.0. Writer-director Nacho Vigalondo doesn’t have a character running around “Open Windows” with a camera in his hand, but he does have one in the midst of a Skype-type call, another with an active iPhone camera, an abundance of security camera perspectives and more. Think you’ve seen those point-of-views before? Perhaps, but not just via a laptop screen. Nick (Elijah Wood) runs JillGoddard-Caught.com, a website that offers an endless stream of photos of Hollywood starlet, Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey). Under the impression he’s won a fan contest and will get to have dinner with Jill, Nick flies to Austin, Texas to meet her while she tours  [ Read More ]

SXSW 2014 Interview: Frank Director Lenny Abrahamson

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On March - 16 - 2014 0 Comment
Frank

It’s tough enough directing an actor and capturing his or her performance in a traditional sense, but in “Frank,” director Lenny Abrahamson had the challenge of conveying the thoughts and emotions of a character that covers his face with a giant, papier-mâché head from beginning to end. Domhnall Gleeson leads “Frank” as Jon, a guy who’s stuck in a cubicle on a daily basis, but pursues his dream of becoming a musician every free second he gets. When Jon crosses paths with the Soronprfbs and gets the chance to join the band, he jumps at the opportunity, hops in their van and cozies up next to their lead singer, Frank  [ Read More ]

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SXSW 2014 Interview: Hellion Writer-Director Kat Candler

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On March - 15 - 2014 0 Comment
Hellion

Whereas some filmmakers begin with short films, make their first feature and never turn back, Kat Candler has chosen to maintain a balance between the two formats and for good reason, too. As she explained, “I’ve learned probably the most from doing short films and I’ve developed my voice the most through doing short films, not through features.” And after seeing her latest feature, “Hellion,” you’ll absolutely take her word for it. The story centers on Jacob (Josh Wiggins), a 13-year-old living in Southeast Texas with his little brother Wes (Deke Garner) and their father Hollis (Aaron Paul). Even though Hollis loves his sons dearly, he’s still feeling the effects  [ Read More ]

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Stage Fright

A horror musical? Really? Yes! And if you’re as skeptical as I was about the combination just before walking into my SXSW screening of “Stage Fright,” you better throw all that apprehension out the window because not only is the film quite good, but it was one of the most enjoyable experiences I had the entire festival. The film stars Allie MacDonald as Camilla Swanson. Back when she was a kid, her mother (Minnie Driver) was murdered while in the midst of a run leading the Broadway show, “Haunting of the Opera.” Years later, Camilla still dreams of following in her mother’s footsteps (minus the untimely demise), but the problem  [ Read More ]

NEED FOR SPEED

When you’re watching an edge of your seat, racing film like “Need For Speed,” your first impression of the film is molded by the hero. What truly motivates the hero isn’t anything that he did, but what the villain did in order to crush him. It’s easy to figure out who the antagonist is – just look at his all-black wardrobe – but actor Dominic Cooper’s slick interpretation of the character is the kind of villain that’s fun to hate. Dominic Cooper didn’t just climb onboard “Need For Speed” because of the character, but a number of other reasons that includes getting behind the wheel of some fantastic sports cars.  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Kurt Russell On ‘The Art Of The Steal’

Posted by Melissa Molina On March - 15 - 2014 0 Comment
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It’s been far too long since we’ve had a decent heist movie make it’s way towards theaters, and “The Art of the Steal” is just what we were asking for. It’s a clever, funny and exciting film, and leading the charge alongside director Jonathan Sobol is actor Kurt Russell. Audiences haven’t seen Kurt Russell in too many movies as of late, and why should he? The veteran actor has reached that point in his career where he can pick and choose as many, or as little, film roles as he wants. When the script for “The Art of the Steal” came across his table, he couldn’t resist but to join  [ Read More ]

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The Mend

John Magary’s “The Mend” is a little bit of everything and that’s exactly what the first-time feature writer and director strove to achieve. As he explained himself, “I want it to be a strange experience to watch the movie … I want people to be along for the ride basically. If you’re not, it’s not gonna be fun.” The story centers on two brothers, Alan and Mat (Stephen Plunkett and Josh Lucas). Mat is the more testy and lazy of the two whereas Alan is hoping to build a stable life for himself with his girlfriend, Farrah (Mickey Sumner). “The Mend” doesn’t feature a clear-cut narrative through which the brothers  [ Read More ]

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Ever since “Breaking Bad” went on the air, Aaron Paul’s name has been synonymous with his fictional character Jesse Pinkman. It gained him the sort of insane amount of recognition an actor can only dream of having, and few are about to accomplish, in his career. Now that “Breaking Bad” is over with, what is Aaron Paul to do? Why, go behind the wheel of some sweet sports cars and rip it up in the new movie “Need For Speed.” “Need For Speed” follows Tobey (Aaron Paul), a former car mechanic who’s thrown in jail after being framed for the murder of his associate. Once he’s out of jail, Tobey  [ Read More ]

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The Wilderness of James

Michael Johnson gave himself quite the challenge making “The Wildness of James” his first feature film. Even though it does have a refined, grounded narrative at its core, it also requires Johnson to present that story in hyper real form so that the audience can have access to the title character on a much deeper level, and he really pulls it off. The film focuses on Kodi Smit-McPhee’s James Charm. When his mother (Virginia Madsen) decides that he isn’t coping with his father’s death appropriately, she insists that he see a therapist (Danny DeVito). However, it isn’t until James steps outside of his own world, beyond his problems and begins  [ Read More ]

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