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In THUMBSUCKER, Keanu Reeves is (finally) in on the joke

In THUMBSUCKER, Keanu Reeves is (finally) in on the joke

Piecing apart the broader coming-of-age themes in Mike Mills’ THUMBSUCKER may not be a fruitful exercise. I’m not saying the film isn’t worth discussion or parsing; not at all. There’s just a more diplomatic (read: cute) way of celebrating the director’s feature-length debut. Like this: Keanu Reeves plays a New Age orthodontist who, for a change, is in on the joke. Doesn’t that already sound more intriguing?

In THUMBSUCKER, Keanu Reeves is (finally) in on the joke

In THUMBSUCKER, Keanu Reeves is (finally) in on the joke

Piecing apart the broader coming-of-age themes in Mike Mills’ THUMBSUCKER may not be a fruitful exercise. I’m not saying the film isn’t worth discussion or parsing; not at all. There’s just a more diplomatic (read: cute) way of celebrating the director’s feature-length debut. Like this: Keanu Reeves plays a New Age orthodontist who, for a change, is in on the joke. Doesn’t that already sound more intriguing?

Now playing on Sundance Channel: RAISING ARIZONA and delightful directorial debuts

Now playing on Sundance Channel: RAISING ARIZONA and delightful directorial debuts

It’s too darn hot to be outside frolicking — so why not stay inside and enjoy some cool flicks instead? This week we’ve got Nic Cage at his Nic Cagiest and Jack Nicholson at his Jennifer Lopez-iest.

Now playing on Sundance Channel: Boogie, bang and bury

Now playing on Sundance Channel: Boogie, bang and bury

Beware the ides of June, for there will be films featuring sparkly vampires as lovelorn twenty-somethings (and not, you know, teens), art world sluts of a different kind and Steve Coogan. We’ve got a slew of indie comedies on tap this week, along with some Tilda Swinton freaking out as only Tilda Swinton can (it must be the cheekbones).

Review Revue: MOONRISE over MEN IN BLACK

Review Revue: MOONRISE over MEN IN BLACK

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 precocious tween lovers, some boyz in black, a bunch of radioactive Ukrainians, a wronged woman or two and a severely depressed Norwegian guy.

Top 10 transgender films

Top 10 transgender films

In honor of TRANSGENERATION airing Tuesdays at 10p on Sundance Channel, we wanted to curate a screening list of the best transgender-themed flicks out there. In order to make our list, the films in question had to feature a sympathetic portrayal of a transgendered character in a leading role — hence PSYCHO and SILENCE OF THE LAMBS did not make the cut. No, the following films are all thoughtful, moving depictions of people struggling through life — people who are human first, transgendered second.

Genre big and small permeates screens

Genre big and small permeates screens

Are we inside a genre revolution? Lately the amount of content hitting screens that features either a modest nod or full-fledged over-the-top bow to genre is simply overwhelming. ANOTHER EARTH is indie-drama-with-a-side-of-sci-fi. MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE is indie-drama-with-a-touch-of-thriller. WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, the highly anticipated third feature from Lynn Ramsay, is indie-drama-experimental-fantasy. Yep, that’s right, on the surface it’s about raising a child who turns out to be a Columbine-like murderer, but in reality, I hear, it exists as a true art film. Lead actress Tilda Swinton said in last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine that the film is “a fantasy that has as much to do with the practical business of bringing up a child as ROSEMARY’S BABY has to do with being pregnant.”

Friday movie trailer roundup

Friday movie trailer roundup


We Need to Talk About Kevin Bande-annonce by toutlecine

It’s pretty much the weekend, one of three remaining August weekends before we hit Labor Day and move into Fall, I might add, so it’s time to start wrapping up our summer movie to-see lists and look ahead at what’s coming next. Out of the latest batch of recently released trailers I noticed a trend towards parenting movies, and while these three films all involve adults raising children, they couldn’t be less alike.

I AM LOVE – Now in Theaters

I AM LOVE – Now in Theaters

I AM LOVE starts out with a set up Shakespeare would approve The Recchi family: Emma (Tilda Swinton), her husband and their three grown children as well as various other family members host a birthday dinner for the Recchi patriarch, Edoardo. During his toast, Edoardo announces that the successor to the Recchi textile factory is not only Tancredi, Emma’s husband, but also their eldest son Edoardo Jr. Aside from a slight raise of his eyebrows, Tancredi’s surprise is never expressed. Edoardo Jr. seems to have other things in mind his future (something about a construction contract in relation to the Tate Gallery) but this too is overlooked. In fact, the father-son feud that introduces the film is never brought up again and neither is the family business until it’s casually sold off after Edoardo’ s death.

Fashion from the Sundance Film Festival

Fashion from the Sundance Film Festival

Tilda Swinton at the Sundance Film Festival in City, Utah

Our fellow Full Frontal Fashion blogger, Lynn Yaeger, has been following the fashion, or lack thereof, at the Sundance Film Festival. Read her review of a few outfits in Park City and be sure to check out Full Frontal Fashion for all the latest in contemporary fashion.

READ LYNN’S POST HERE.

The Playground Of The Imagination: New Frontier On Main

The Playground Of The Imagination: New Frontier On Main

Now in its second year, New Frontier on Main has become an essential stop in the Festival experience. Located in the bottom of a galleria, the basement space has been transformed into a dimly lit, mysterious world filled with quivering colored lights and drifting shadows.

Remembering Derek

Remembering Derek

A stark black-and-white photograph from 1992 shows a group of young filmmakers and critics (among them Tom Kalin, Isaac Julien, Todd Haynes, Sadie Benning, RubyRich and Derek Jarman) after a panel at the Sundance Film Festival entitled “Barbed Wire Kisses.” The photo marks not just a moment in history, but a moment when a history would begin. Later that year B. Ruby Rich would call this gathering the “New Queer Cinema” in an article for the British film magazine Sight and Sound, a term that would simultaneously serve as nostalgia for an artistic movement that never arrived and a promise of what independent cinema could become.