Tag Archives: independent filmmakers

  • VICE -

    What do the stories of Dennis Rodman’s roadtrip to North Korea, the report from the Ukraine by Simon Ostrovsky, who was kidnapped and released in the process, and, more recently, THE ISLAMIC STATE documentary by freelancer Medyan Dairieh all have in common? In a word: Vice.

  • The Cooler (2003) - Wayne Kramer

      … “THE COOLER may sound as if it’s a dark sitcom, with broad characters and an easy payoff. But the movie, directed by first-timer Wayne Kramer and written by him with Frank Hannah, has a strange way of being broad and twisted at the same time, so that while we surf the surface of […]

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  • Are movies dead? -

    Citing the high quality of both this year’s Oscar nominees and the 2014 Sundance Film Festival line-up, Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir argues against current claims that we’ve entered the post-cinematic era.

  • Prisoner of the Mountains/Caucasus (1996) - Sergey Bodrov

    “Unlike the majority of American battle movies in recent years — movies that often treat real wars as huge video games fought by wise-cracking superheroes and bloodthirsty supervillains — Bodrov’s update of Tolstoy’s tale suggests that wars are simply fought, with sometimes hideous consequences, by men. (And, in this case, women and children.)” (Chicago Tribune)

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  • 56 Up (2012) - Michael Apted

    “In one of my several reviews of the ‘UP’ documentaries, I referred to the series as the noblest project in cinema history. I am older now and might refrain from such hyperbole. But we are all older now, and this series proves it in a most deeply moving way … You know the premise. In 1964, British TV produced a film titled “7 Up,” which focused on the lives, hopes and expectations of 14 children … Every seven years since then, the series has revisited as many of the original 14 who have agreed to continue to participate. Now here is the eighth film, ’56 UP’.” (Roger Ebert)

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  • “sex, lies, and videotape” (1989) - Steven Soderbergh

    “In portraying a budding relationship between a man who is impotent, except when watching his own video interviews with women on sexual topics, and a woman who finds that her husband and sister are having an affair behind her back, the writer/ director [Steven Soderbergh] manages to create neither low farce nor soap-operatic psychodrama. Actually, the film is rather touchingly romantic, in a witty, gentle, unsoppy sort of way” (Joseph Milicia, Filmdirectorssite.com). Larry Estes (Producer of SMOKE SIGNALS, THE MATING HABITS OF THE EARTHBOUND HUMAN, and COLDBLOODED and Studio Exec on THE WATERDANCE, GAS FOOD LODGING, CITY OF HOPE, and 57 others), former “acquisitions person” for Columbia Pictures discusses the history of “sex, lies, and videotape” …

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  • Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2005) - Randall Miller

    First created by Randall Miller (CBGB, BOTTLE SHOCK, NOBEL SON) in 1990 as a short film, then developed into a feature, MARILYN HOTCHKISS’ BALLROOM DANCING & CHARM SCHOOL first screened at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. The cast includes Robert Carlyle, Camryn Manheim, Marisa Tomei, Mary Steenburgen, Donnie Wahlberg, John Goodman and Sean Astin.

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