Monthly Archive: April 2012

Apr
30

Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE RAVEN

Tom Jones' Fans Just Throw Their Underwear on the Stage: An admirer takes his love of Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack, right) too far in THE RAVEN.

If truth is stranger than fiction, then can a serial killer inspired by the eminently strange writings of Edgar Allan Poe be said to be even stranger still? In THE RAVEN, a mad murderer has managed to engineer the deaths of his victims in ways that accurately (and in some cases, implausibly) replicate the works …

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Apr
29

Tribeca 2012 Diary: FUTURE WEATHER Director Jenny Deller

A young girl is forced to confront inconvenient truths both global and personal in the drama FUTURE WEATHER. Making her Tribeca debut, director Jenny Deller has gathered a cast that includes Amy Madigan, Lili Taylor, and William Sadler to tell the story of a teenager (Perla Haney-Jardine) who’s abandoned by her mother and tries to …

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Apr
27

Tribeca 2012 Diary: NANCY, PLEASE Director Andrew Semans

Why let others torture you when you can cut out the middle man and do it yourself? In NANCY, PLEASE, twenty-something Paul (Will Rogers) tries to retrieve a book from his former roommate, Nancy (ElĂ©onore Hendricks), a task complicated both by the fact that the woman appears to be an unholy gene-splice between the Marquis …

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Apr
26

Tribeca 2012 Diary: ANY DAY NOW Director Travis Fine

Sometimes the 70’s weren’t about wide lapels and avocado-colored kitchen appliances. Sometimes they were about ignorance, fear, and bigotry. In Any Day Now, a gay couple (Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt) rescue a teen with Down syndrome (Isaac Leyva) from his abusive mother, but when they try to make their de facto family legal, the …

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Apr
24

Tribeca 2012 Diary: UNA NOCHE Director Lucy Mulloy

The drama of three young Cubans taking the not-inconsequential step of escaping their country to the (possibly) welcoming arms of the United States is traced in startling detail in UNA NOCHE. Filming on-location, director Lucy Mulloy makes her feature film debut by capturing a compellingly credible portrayal of life in modern-day Havana — the struggle …

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Apr
23

Tribeca 2012 Diary: REPLICAS’ Jeremy Power Regimbal & Josh Close

Cherish what you’ve got, ‘cuz it’s likely others sure as hell do. In REPLICAS, an upscale family (Selma Blair, Josh Close — who also wrote the screenplay — and Quinn Lord) take a trip to their vacation home in order to recover from a recent tragedy, and receive a visit from a set of excessively …

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Apr
22

Tribeca 2012 Diary: THE PLAYROOM Director Julia Dyer

The kids are telling tales out of school, and so are their parents. Set one restless night in the mid-seventies, THE PLAYROOM juxtaposes a quartet of siblings spinning a strange, heartbreaking tale of freedom in their attic sanctuary with the darker dynamics of a small, “neighborly” get-together between adults in the living room below. Capturing …

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Apr
20

Tribeca 2012 Diary: HEADSHOT Director Pen-ek Ratanaruang

The hitman’s in trouble. During a political assassination gone wrong, he gets shot in the head, and wakes from a coma seeing everything upside down. On top of that, seems that everyone wants to kill him, for various and sundry reasons. Days like this make an exciting career in HVAC maintenance sound mighty appealing. Thai …

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Apr
19

Tribeca 2012 Diary: BABYGIRL’s Macdara Vallely

Yes, the Tribeca Film Festival brings the world to New York, but who knew the process could be so literal? In BABYGIRL, the very Irish director Macdara Vallely tells a very New York tale about Lena (Yanis Ynoa), a Nuyorican teen, who finds herself in the middle of a romantic triangle when her mother’s lover …

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Apr
18

The Indie on Demand Movie Review: HIT SO HARD

Escape from the Rock: HIT SO HARD's Patty Schemel

Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll! Never gets tired, does it? Well, maybe if you’re actually in the middle of it, it may get to wear a bit, yeah. Which brings us to the subject of this week’s episode of our weekly radio show, The Indie on Demand Movie Review. The documentary HIT SO HARD …

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