Lake Bell had a great Q&A following the screening of “IN A WORLD…” at the closing night of the Independent Film Festival of Boston. Check out our review of the film here.
As April draws to a close each year, I look forward to the exit of snow, the entrance of beach days and most importantly, the Independent Film Festival Boston. Like many a film fan, I would look longingly at the major film festival lineups, yearning for the cold establishment of Sundance, the searing hot mayhem of SXSW, the friendly Canadian discovery of TIFF, and the art-house bravado of Cannes. I quietly hoped for the chance to be a part of the conversation. So it is with all the awkward excitement of a pimply teenager that I claim IFFBoston as my first. This year marked my fifth year of attendance at the festival and it was certainly unique. [Read more...]
“In a World…” marks Lake Bell’s first foray into feature film and its clear that she’s learned a lot in her long career. With “In A World,” she assembled an expert cast of characters and wrote a smart and funny script that plays to the strengths of every performer to create a short and entertaining film.
Over the past couple years, the demonification of the wealthy has been riding pretty high. With the Occupy Wall Street movement and a Congress that grows increasingly disconnected from the voting base, the wealthier have become an easy target; currently having more in common with Lex Luthor than Daddy Warbucks. However, this focus has been placed firmly on the banking industry and politicians, and let’s be honest, we all know that there are plenty more rich people that can do just as much bad. Enter “The East,” a thriller offering just enough to set itself apart from the dregs of its genre, to remind us of the villainy of corporate America.
Following the World Premiere at IFFBoston of his latest film, WILLOW CREEK, Bobcat Goldthwait was joined by lead actors Bryce Johnson, Alexie Gilmore to talk about what it was like filming in the forests of Northern California, Bobcat’s belief’s in Bigfoot, and coming of age tween Sasquatch books. Read our review of the film here.
I’m not a fan of found footage movies. In fact, since “The Blair Witch Project,” the only other found footage film I’ve enjoyed was “Cloverfield.” Then along came “Willow Creek,” Bobcat Goldthwait’s latest film, which is certainly a successful departure from his past work.
“Some Girl(s),” adapted by Neil LaBute from his stage play of the same name, is a film from director Daisy von Scherler Mayer starring Adam Brody. The film tells the story of a unnamed man (for the purposes of this review, referred to as “Guy”) as he travels across the US visiting women from his past.
“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.
We live in a society where it’s fairly normal to push our elderly away: family members of advanced age are typically sent to assisted living and nursing homes for care toward the end of their lives, where previously they might have stayed in the home as a respected resource for the younger generations.
IFFBoston is never without films that bring an audience to tears. “Best Kept Secret,” which had its world premiere at the festival, is one of those films: it tells the moving story of a selfless, heroic teacher, out to give the best possible quality of life to her autistic and special needs students as they age out of the system and enter the world.