On tap this week, we’ve got three quirky, funny and yes, sad films for the independent minded, plus a bonus: an unlikely blockbuster thriller with an unusual stock of Oscar-winning talent. That’s four films for the price of three. Who doesn’t love a holiday season deal like that?
The most elegant quality of J.C. Chandor’s indie hit MARGIN CALL is the way in which time unfolds. It works in that hyper-dramatic way that critical life events do, burning into your memory with hours slowing into what seem like days and minutes stretching forward almost interminably. It’s practically the only cinematic tool Chandor has to play with because, speaking of play, his film – about the last 24 hours in the life of an investment firm peddling bad mortgage bonds in 2008 – feels like one. Thankfully his singular touch on the experience of time unfolding saves a film without costumes, locations or interesting lighting (it’s a lot of fluorescents inside a very drab office). We’re left with the script and the performances, which is fine, but raises the question – why not throw this on a stage and be done with it?
Maria Menounos at the soft opening of the Bing Bar Photo by: Michael Buckner/GettyImages FULL FRONTAL FASHION gives you the scoop on the all the stylish happenings of day one at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. From Snoop Dogg to Stanley Tucci, there was much to take notice of. View photos here. After receiving the Jury…
After Dutch director Theo Van Gogh (yes, he’s related to Vincent) was murdered in 2004 as a result of making SUBMISSION (many Muslims thought it was overly critical of Islam), American actors have been practically queuing up to direct English-language versions of his films. Steve Buscemi was first with INTERVIEW (2007), and up next to pay homage is Stanley Tucci, whose remake of Van Gogh’s 1996 BLIND DATE premiered at Sundance last year.