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    Sundance 2015: ’99 Homes’ an outstanding, involving tête-à-tête on American morality

    99 Homes Written by Ramin Bahrani and Amir Naderi Directed by Ramin Bahrani USA, 2014 Director Ramin Bahrani (Man Push Cart, Goodbye Solo) constructs 99 Homes as a dismal assessment of desperation in hard economic times. Michael Shannon stars as ruthless, e-cigarette sucking realtor Rick Carver, who has used the carnage of the 2008 housing […] More

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    Sundance 2015: ’99 Homes’ is a bold, big and tense examination of the American dream

    “America doesn’t bail out losers, America bails out winners!” preaches Richard Carver (Michael Shannon), like a modern day Gordon Gekko of real estate to the young, innocent but determined Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield). This is what the American dream is now. It’s not enough to work hard anymore, achieving the American dream is to win at all costs. Ramin Bahrani’s examination of the American dream and the corrupt nature of it follows Dennis Nash, a young father who with his son and mother (Laura Dern) are evicted from their family home. To get it all back, Dennis begins working for the man responsible for his troubles, greedy real estate broker Richard Carver. This is the American dream. More

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    What I’m Looking Forward to at Sundance 2015

    The Sundance Film Festival is one of the biggest events in independent film each year. That’s surprising that it’s so successful to a former Salt Lake City resident like myself, because January is literally the worst time to be in Utah each year. The temperatures are always freezing, snow is constant, and the inversion makes […] More

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    Sundance 2015 slate adds ’99 Homes’, ‘Knock Knock’ and more

    Following yesterday’s announcement of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival’s In-Competition films, the festival has released its lineup of Spotlight, Park City At Midnight and New Frontier Films. Among the lineup is 99 Homes, Ramin Bahrani’s Middle-America drama on foreclosures starring Michael Shannon and Andrew Garfield. The film premiered at Toronto and Venice earlier this year […] More

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    The Hype Cycle: Toronto, Telluride and Venice Oscar buzz (Part 2)

    The Hype Cycle is News Editor Brian Welk’s roundup of industry news, reviews and predictions of everything Oscar, boiled down into weekly power rankings of the buzziest and most likely contenders in this year’s awards season. This article is Part 2 of this week’s Hype Cycle column. Read Part 1 from yesterday.  7. Foxcatcher and […] More

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    The Telluride Film Festival announces its 2014 line-up

    As per tradition, the Telluride Film Festival announced its line-up today, just one day before it kicks off. Here is a brief overview of the programming: The 41st Telluride Film Festival is proud to present the following 25 new feature films to play in its main program: • THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT (d. Martin Scorsese, David […] More