Steven Soderbergh has found this odd place in Hollywood where he is able to make the films that he wants to make. He experiments with the super independent with films like “Bubble”, but then will show that he has mainstream appeal with the “Ocean” films. This is the guy that made an epic chronicling the life of Che Guevara and then made male strippers into a blockbuster hit. So it should come as no surprise that he has chosen to tell the dramatic and complicated life of Liberace with “Behind the Candelabra”, because of course he did.
In high school, relationships were easy. Sure there was a level of drama involved that often put the most common of soap operas to shame, but there were few real issues. As you grow older, every relationship brings with it further complications and the stakes continually grow greater. But I’m just talking about the trials of two people, occasionally when a man loves a woman…um…when a daddy and a mommy…what I’m getting at is sometimes a third smaller person joins that world. “What Maisie Knew” offers a new way to look at a failing relationship, through the eyes of a child with the most to lose.
As you peruse Rotten Tomatoes, it can be easy to forget that there are actual people behind those numbers. These people have a job that sounds great to the common moviegoer. However, this shiny surface hides a plethora of complexities. Sure, they watch and talk about movies for a living, but film criticism requires dedication and hard work, in a field that is drastically different from when Siskel & Ebert first started using their thumbs. I sat down with Monica Castillo, a freelance film critic who has written for The Phoenix (RIP), DigBoston, Paste Magazine, Bitch Magazine, serves as co-host of Film Geek Radio’s “Cinema Fix” podcast, and is co-founder and current co-chair of The Boston Online Film Critics Association (BOFCA), to talk about film criticism, Boston and the evolving film scene.
“Lonely Boy,” from director Dale Fabrigar and writer/lead Alev Aydin, is an original film about a man afflicted with schizophrenia. A small, independent feature, the film has strong characters, and builds slowly to a riveting third act that leaves you at the edge of your seat.
‘Looper’ had a pretty good challenge when it came time to promote. How do you promote a movie when you need to avoid giving anything away. This problem gives me a similar challenge, how can I talk about a movie that is difficult to discuss without ruining it? Very carefully.
Rian Johnson’s third theatrical effort (my second review of this week that is a filmmakers third feature film) follows his well established pedigree. ‘Brick,’ was a well constructed modern noir tale, and ‘Brothers Bloom,’ an excellently built “twisty-turny” con tale. With ‘Looper,’ Johnson enters the sci-fi arena, and the result, is great entertainment.
Following the IFFBoston 2012 screening of Paul Williams: Still Alive, director Stephen Kessler talks a bit about what didn’t make it into the film, and proves to the audience that Paul Williams and him still are friends!
Following the screening of his new film Dark Horse, director/writer Todd Solondz stuck around to answer questions from the audience. He offerred insight into his creative process, shared some great stories about how people react to his films and more! Dark Horse stars Selma Blair, Justin Bartha, and Christopher Walken and will expand to limited release June 8, 2012.
Xan Aranda talks candidly about making Andrew Bird: Fever Year, at a Q&A following the screening at IFFBoston 2012.
In this excerpt from IFFBoston 2012′s opening night Q&A, Ira Glass of NPR’s “This American Life” sits down with Meghna Chakrabarti of WBUR’s RadioBoston to talk about his collaboration with Mike Birbiglia on the new film “Sleepwalk with Me”
Many years ago, I made a film that looked at the effects of the Armenian Genocide, on “third-generation survivors.” Young folks whose ancestors had been the victim of a genocide carried out by the Ottoman Empire, an effort to systematically remove an entire group of people from Ottoman Turkey.
Lonelyreviewer.com is obviously not a political site, however, with April 24th being Armenian Genocide remembrance day, I can’t think of a better day to post my short film for the readers to check out. Feel free to read more about the film over at vatchearabian.com.