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    SXSW 2015: ‘The Overnight’ is an insightful, cringeworthy, and wholly fantastic examination of marital relationships

    With his debut feature Creep, director Patrick Brice brought audiences an exercise in discomfort. A mockumentary about a man who answers a mysterious ad on Craigslist, the film deftly blended cringe comedy and horror. Brice’s second feature, The Overnight, finds the director working in a similar vein, though it forgoes the horror. In its first half, the film successfully mines humor from its supremely awkward narrative. But it is far more than just a cringe comedy. With the help of a stellar ensemble cast and an intelligent script, Brice demonstrates that he can make audiences think just as well as he can make them squirm. More

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    ‘Big Eyes’ is a fairy tale in disguise

    At first glance, Tim Burton’s latest, Big Eyes, appears to be a departure from the filmmaker’s general proclivities towards the grotesque and fantastical. Scissor-handed youths, murderous barbers, and obnoxious ghouls are nowhere to be found in this deceptively straightforward biopic of kitsch-master Walter Keane and his wife, Margaret. A cursory glance at the film might lead one to question just what Burton thinks he’s doing in the realm of realism. More

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    Watch the new trailer for indie drama ‘Listen Up Philip’

    The well reviewed Sundance indie, Listen Up Philip, from writer and director Alex Ross Perry, has just received a trailer. The film centers on an author (Jason Schwartzman) who has recently published his second novel and is in a turbulent relationship with his girlfriend (Elizabeth Moss). Amidst all this he meet his idol (Jonathan Pryce). […] More

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    GFF 2014: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ is perhaps Wes Anderson’s most ambitious film to date, and one of his best

    More than perhaps any other director, the work of Ernst Lubitsch has been the most noticeable influence on Wes Anderson’s style. Though the great German-American writer-director, most prolific in the 1930s and 1940s, was never quite so aesthetically bold in the look of his sets, he too was preoccupied with meticulous staging for comedy within his chosen locales, be they the titular Shop Around the Corner or the Parisian hotel of Ninotchka; The Grand Budapest Hotel is set in a fictional European country, the Republic of Zubrowka, another Lubitsch trait from works like The Merry Widow and The Love Parade, though The Shop Around the Corner happens to be set in the city Anderson’s mountaintop lodging house takes its name from. He garnered the descriptor of ‘the Lubitsch touch’ thanks to the moving sincerity that always made itself evident within even his more broad comedic premises, and Anderson’s own best work is that in which a recognisable humanism always makes itself known and potent even within the stylised stiltedness through which most of his characters are written and performed. More

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    Sundance 2014: ‘Listen Up Philip’, with Jason Schwartzman, releases its first trailer

    Making a splash with his first role as the lead in Rushmore, actor Jason Schwartzman has garnered a number of fans over the years with lead and supporting performances in features such as I Heart Huckabees, Shopgirl, Marie Antoinette, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, along with numerous subsequent collaborations with Wes Anderson. With a […] More

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    Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 124: ‘Saving Mr. Banks’

    Wind’s in the east…mist comin’ in. Like something is brewin’ and ’bout to begin. Can’t put me finger on what lies in store, but I feel what’s to happen, all happened before. Oh, excuse us, we were just reciting one of our favorite underrated lines from Mary Poppins, the Disney musical classic that happens to be […] More

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    Sunday Shorts: ‘Castello Cavalcanti’, starring Jason Schwartzman

    Today’s film is the 2013 short Castello Cavalcanti. The film is directed by Wes Anderson, who shares writing duties with Roman Coppola, and stars Giada Colagrande and Jason Schwartzman. Schwartzman rose to prominence with a leading role in 1998’s Rushmore, going on to performances in I Heart Huckabees, Shopgirl, Marie Antoinette, and Scott Pilgrim vs. […] More

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