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Review Revue: PARANORMAN, COMPLIANCE, ROBOT AND FRANK

Article: Review Revue: PARANORMAN, COMPLIANCE, ROBOT AND FRANK

Going to the movies should never, ever be stressful (unless, of course, you’re planning on seeing the latest Lars von Trier flick). You want to see something new and relevant so that you can talk it up with your know-it-all friends. But you don’t want to sit through the one film that everyone thought would be great but… isn’t. So here is our formula, simplifying the should-you-see-it conundrum:
5 new releases x 2 critical samplings = what you should go see.

Simple enough, right? This week we have a serious creep, a kid born from a tree, RPatz cruisin’ in a limo, a jewel thief assisted by a robot and some unmentionable activity in the back of a fast-food joint.

COMPLIANCE filmmaker Craig Zobel asks: What would you do?

Article: COMPLIANCE filmmaker Craig Zobel asks: What would you do?

People are strange. In a way, that is the origin point for Craig Zobel’s beautifully acted thinkpiece COMPLIANCE, an examination into how we tend to behave around and submit to authority, even when we should probably question the source. The “we” is up for discussion, since the movie outlines things I would never dream of “complying” with. But the fact is, COMPLIANCE is inspired by true events, something I learned from the film’s first title card. “I wanted it to fully sink in,” Zobel tells us. “The more I asked myself the question, ‘In that situation, how would I have reacted?’ the more I recognized there was something very human about this kind of reaction. It became hard for me to simply dismiss them all as just a bunch of stupid people.”

Ann Dowd, Pat Healy, and Craig Zobel talk COMPLIANCE at Sundance Channel HQ– with photos

Article: Ann Dowd, Pat Healy, and Craig Zobel talk COMPLIANCE at Sundance Channel HQ– with photos

Ann Dowd, Pat Healy, and Craig Zobel of COMPLIANCE interview for Festival Insider. Click below to see the full gallery!