Indie

Electric Man Review photo
Can't hold a charge
In the animated title sequence for Electric Man, the audience is treated to a motion-comic showing the genesis of the titular character. A depression-era construction worker zapped by lightning, he becomes a super-powered crimefighter. It's a pretty cool scene. Unfortunately, it seems that all of the film's creativity was spent on making it pretty cool, at the expense of basically everything else. read feature

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Flix for Short: "Reflektor" by Arcade Fire


Title track from the forthcoming Arcade Fire record
Sep 10
Arcade Fire is back, and they've got themselves a mirrorball and some papier mache. Their new album Reflektor (produced by James Murphy of the late LCD Soundsystem) will be out on October 28th, and they've just released a mu... read
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The Young and Prodigious Spivet lands images and trailer


Sep 04
So you know how you like Amélie, but you sometimes think, "Man, I wish that movie could be even more adorable and heartwarming." Check out the trailer for Jean-Pierre Jeunet's (director of Amélie... read
Our Nixon Review photo
A portrait of a period through the home movies of the Nixon administration
There have been a number of documentaries in recent years that have mostly been comprised of reassembled footage as an exploration of a topic. These are assemblage films in many respects, though I think the official term is "... read feature

I Declare War Review photo
All's fair, I guess
I wish that director Jason Lapeyre was a child. It would be great if a 13 year old kid had gotten together with some friends, stolen some nice camera equipment and a couple of "How to" books from their rich friend's parents, ... read feature

You're Next Review photo
Up next: great horror
It's been a long road for You're Next. The indie horror film has been in development since the earlier 2000s and even once it was finished it took more than a year to find a distributor who would get it out there. Lionsgate e... read feature

Drinking Buddies Review photo
As refreshing as a cold beer on a hot summer day
Everybody always has that one platonic friendship where the line is constantly tiptoed upon that could lead to something more. As always, that move can never be made due to outside circumstances, such as a boyfriend or girlfr... read feature

Drinking Buddies Inter. photo
Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston, Joe Swanberg, and Jake Johnson walk into a bar...
On an early afternoon in Austin, TX, I had a chance to sit down with the cast and director of Drinking Buddies, which consisted of Anna Kendrick (End of Watch), Jake Johnson (Safety Not Guaranteed), Ron Livingston (Office Spa... read feature

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Flix for (Not So) Short: Clapping for the Wrong Reasons


Will this have you clapping for the wrong reasons, too?
Aug 19
Last month, Donald Glover (Community) released a mysterious trailer without context for a project called Clapping for the Wrong Reasons. Last week, it was revealed that the project was a short film written by Glover and dire... read
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First trailer for Spike Jonze's Her w/ Joaquin Phoenix


Aug 09
UPDATED: Her will have its world premiere at this year's New York Film Festival. It has been selected as the closing night film.  Here's the first trailer for Her, the long-awaited new film from Spike Jonze. The movie s... read
Paul Rudd Interview photo
Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch, and director David Gordon Green walk into a bar...
Prince Avalanche was one of my favorite films of SXSW and it was in large part thanks to the fantastic performances given by Emile Hirsch and Paul Rudd. It was only after the screening that I remembered it was directed by Dav... read feature

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty gets first tease


Odd adventure likes rad and bonkers.
Aug 01
This looks rather brilliantly bonkers. Ben Stiller's directorial debut is a remake of the 1947 film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which in turn is based upon the short story by James Thurber. The story blends the real wor... read
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Trailer: The Pervert's Guide to Ideology w/ Slavoj Zizek


Noam Chomsky recently picked an oblique intellectual fight with this guy
Aug 01
I really enjoyed the free-wheeling philosophical monologue that was The Pervert's Guide to Ideology with Slavoj Žižek. Directed by Sophie Fiennes's, the film was the sequel to her previous collaboration with Žižek, The Perve... read
Ritual Review photo
Premium cable melodrama and 25 seconds of Alejandro Jodorowsky
Alejandro Jodorowsky is one of my favorite filmmakers. A sure cult figure, there's an undeniable pull to El Topo, Santa Sangre, or even the excessively indulgent secret masterpiece The Holy Mountain. What really pulls me into... read feature

I'M FLASH! Review photo
It's lonely at the the top of a creepy religious cult
At last year's New York Asian Film Festival and Japan Cuts, I saw two films by Japanese director Toshiaki Toyoda: Monsters Club and 9 Souls. I enjoyed both, and I actually wound up liking Monsters Club more after seeing 9 Sou... read feature

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Spike Lee turns to Kickstarter to fund vague film thing


Jul 23
Spike Lee's remake of Oldboy will be out later in the year, and he's already got his sights set on his next project. Rather than looking for traditional backing, Lee is the latest established filmmaker (and highest-profile fi... read
Coffee Town Review photo
This coffee's a little decaf.
CollegeHumor has been one of the premiere comedy websites since practically the internet got super popular. Before YouTube, before Twitter, before Facebook, before MySpace, there was CollegeHumor providing some of the best co... read feature

Big Star Review photo
I never travel far without a little Big Star
During junior high and high school, I was a big fan of Matthew Sweet, whose music I still dig today. When I hear songs from Girlfriend, Altered Beast, and 100% Fun, they bring me back to that age and those awkward adoles... read feature

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Trailer: Willow Creek


Bobcat Goldthwait is all about bigfoot
Jun 26
I've enjoyed the three films directed by Bobcat Goldthwait that I've seen -- World's Greatest Dad, God Bless America, and Shakes the Clown. One day I'll get to his movie about bestiality, Sleeping Dogs Lie, which will n... read
Bert and Arnie's Review photo
Kind of like two sitcom pilots stitched together
Sometimes when watching a movie I inexplicably zero in on one aspect of production and it paints my perception of the entire film. With Bert and Arnie's Guide to Friendship, it was the score/incidental music. The music sounds... read feature

Furever Review photo
On the various forms of grieving for a dead pet
The dog on the left is dead. The owner had the dog professionally stuffed in order to cope with the loss. The dog on the right (alive) shares in my initial reaction to this scene from the documentary Furever: detached yet rum... read feature

Violet & Daisy Review photo
Take off those glasses, you look ridiculous
There was a point in the mid-to-late 1990s when a bunch of lesser filmmakers tried to make movies like Quentin Tarantino. It was the style of Tarantino -- the pop-culture savvy, the soul music, the violence, the coolness, the... read feature

Hey Bartender Interview photo
Two of the principle subjects of Hey Bartender ask what it'll be tonight, pal
Douglas Tirola's documentary Hey Bartender looks at the rise of the craft cocktail and the role of the bartender in society. Two of the bartenders at the center of the film are Steve Schneider and Stephen Carpentieri. Even th... read feature

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Steven Soderbergh to rework/recut his film Kafka


"It’s not a tweak: it’s triage."
May 31
I haven't seen Steven Soderbergh's Kafka (1991) in at least 15 years. I was in high school at the time and had just started reading Franz Kafka (like any lit geek of that age), and was intrigued by that Kafka movie on VH... read
Hank and Asha Review photo
Those unexpected reminders that we are not alone
The perfect love affair is one which is conducted entirely by post. -- George Bernard Shaw Epistolary stories are fascinating to me given what's in the collected correspondence and what's left out. As letters go back and fo... read feature

Missed Connections Review photo
Missed more than just connections.
Missed connections serve as the chosen medium for lovelorn, hopeless romantics who believe in fleeting chance encounters in public. I can say this with confidence, because I used to regularly check missed connections on a dai... read feature

Future Folk Review photo
Acoustical Alien Music
The History of Future Folk is about the origins of the universe's only alien bluegrass folk duo, and how they discovered and fell in love with Earth's music. It's charming, adventurous, and a ton of fun. I mean when's the las... read feature

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See Kings of Summer early and free


Washington DC screening
May 23
Tired of big action blockbusters already? Have we got the cure for you. Free passes for two to The Kings of Summer on July 6, a coming of age story about three boys who decide to build a house and live off the land for a summ... read
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Jim Jarmusch on his vampire movie Only Lovers Left Alive


May 21
I'm a fan of Jim Jarmusch's movies. He has a weird way of turning moments of boredom into something complicated and interesting, as seen in Stranger Than Paradise, Down by Law, Night on Earth, and Mystery Train. He's also cap... read