The Sundance Film Festival may call Park City, Utah, its home, but there’s another city that’s always been well-represented at the annual movie-geek get-together: Austin, Texas. Not only is Austin known as a hotbed for up-and-coming filmmakers, but the city’s creative vibe jibes well with Sundance’s commitment to discovering talented artists and giving exposure to offbeat voices. Austin means a DIY aesthetic and a laid-back attitude, plus a love of music, the outdoors, beer, and against-the-grain philosophies. Not coincidentally, you can also find all of those qualities in abundance at the Sundance Film Festival.
Today, we’ve got king of indie romance Richard Linklater’s latest entry in probably the longest-running rom-com series in history, the inside story on Julian Assange, and, well, Shia Lebouf. We hear he’s got some fans. All that and more below.
THE NECESSARY DEATH OF CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN 6:30P Eccles Theatre
Traveling abroad, Charlie Countryman falls for Gabi, a Romanian beauty whose unreachable heart has its origins in Nigel, her violent, charismatic ex. As the darkness of Gabi’s past increasingly envelops him, Charlie resolves to win her heart, or die trying. Shia Lebouf and Evan Rachel Wood headline the cast.
Matthew McConaughey has successfully burst out of his rom-com treadmill and made his mark in some dark and fascinating projects this year. In BERNIE — the Richard Linklater true-story film in which mortician Jack Black kills rich lady Shirley MacLaine but pretends she’s still alive — McConaughey had fun as the heat-seeking D.A. thrust into the case who makes things even more strangely comical. In MAGIC MIKE, he was Dallas, the owner and MC of a male strip club, a guy for whom squeals and screams are the preferred soundtrack of life. And now, he gets his most offbeat role of all in KILLER JOE, the William Friedkin-directed adaptation of the Tracy Letts play that centers on white trash at each other’s throats, with McConaughey’s character calling the dirty shots.
Every week there are dozens of film news stories. Every week, we read them all and bring you the five most important ones in the single most important blog post you’ll ever read (today [at this moment]). This week: a report from the frontline of WORLD WAR Z, the vanishing movie audience and Terrence Malick gets caught on film (but almost gets away).
Call it a domino affect, but last year’s abrupt exit of John Galliano from the house of Dior sparked a round of musical chairs that may actually be the advent of a new guard in high fashion. With the appointment of Raf Simmons as creative director of Christian Dior, and Hedi Slimane taking charge of Yves Saint Laurent, it appears that Generation X, with their alternative musings, and counter-cultural leanings, are about to become the establishment.