Starz Denver Film Festival: Day 5 – 7

The best laid plans of horses and men… Most film festivals boast a couple hundred features, an equal amount of shorts and a handful of panels to attend. Out of all of these, only two, possibly three are truly great. Of Horses and Men is one. A remarkable film that should not be described, only praised. Difficult to describe, impossible to forget should be sufficient enough. The story concerns a small community that inhabits a remote Icelandic Valley. In this valley, men and horses exist side-by-side in a sort of symbiotic harmony. Without the horses, the humans would starve, lack transportation and entertainment. Without the humans, … Continue reading Starz Denver Film Festival: Day 5 – 7

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

Jenny (Anna Kendrick) is down on her luck and has decided to move in with her brother, Jeff (Joe Swanberg), his wife, Kelly (Melanie Lynskey) and their toddler (Jude-the director’s son). It seems like a good idea for all three of them: Jenny gets free rent, Jeff gets his sister to pal around with and Kelly gets some free childcare, but it doesn’t quite works out the way they hoped. Jenny is a little too self-absorbed, destructive and drunk to consistently help out. There are moments where she makes for a good babysitter and even manages to help Kelly rekindle … Continue reading HAPPY CHRISTMAS

Movie Beat – 7.25.14

And So It Goes – Oren Little (Michael Douglas) is not a nice guy and he prefers it that way. He makes his living as a realtor, and he gets his kicks by making others completely miserable. Then his estranged son shows up and drops off Susan (Sterling Jerins), the granddaughter he never knew he had, and Oren has to reevaluate some perspectives. Diane Keaton, John Scott Shepherd and Frances Sternhagen pitch in and lend him a hand. Script from Mark Andrus and direction by Rob Reiner. In limited release from Clarius Entertainment.   The Fluffy Movie – Gabriel Iglesias … Continue reading Movie Beat – 7.25.14

Movie Beat – 06.06.14

Borgman – It starts with a bang: Borgman (Jan Bijvoet) is on the run because a group of heavily armed priests are hunting him down. They locate his lair, force him out and he escapes just barely. He then comes to a suburban family’s house and asks them for a bath. They turn him away. He returns as a gardener and they accept him into their home and lives. Big mistake. Taking place in modern-day Netherland, this morality tale is played out with some very high stakes. Co-starring Hadewych Minis, Jeroen Perceval, Sara Hjort Ditlevsen, Eva van de Wijdeven and … Continue reading Movie Beat – 06.06.14

Movie Beat – 01.24.14

24 Exposures – Billy (Adam Wingard) has carved out a niche for himself by staging gruesome murders of beautiful women and photographing them. Naturally, this stirs a sexual attraction in him, I wonder what Freud would have to say about that. His girlfriend, Sophia Takal, has quite the open mind and goes along with it, but a disillusioned detective, Simon Barrett, doesn’t and brings Billy under investigation for a series of murders. Written, directed, and edited by Joe Swanberg, who seems to be churning them out fast and furious these days, and in limited release from IFC Midnight.   Aatsinki: … Continue reading Movie Beat – 01.24.14

Movie Beat – 12.20.13

All The Light In The Sky – Marie (Jane Adams) is an actress living in Malibu and desperately needs a job. Not because she is broke or because she owes a bunch of money to the mob, but because she is middle-aged and fears that the best roles of her life are already behind her. Her niece (Sophia Takal) comes to spend the weekend, and that just brings up more problems and more insecurities. Life sure can be tough. Kent Osborne, David Siskind, Larry Fessenden, and Susan Traylor co-star, Adams co-wrote the script with director Joe Swanberg and Factory 25 … Continue reading Movie Beat – 12.20.13

Movie Beat – 08.23.13

Devil’s Pass – Fifty years ago, nine people froze to death while hiking in the Ural Mountains. Now, a group of idiotic twenty-somethings is going to recreate that hike just to prove that man can conquer the elements. Or because they have nothing better to do. At first things go well, it always does, then something happens, and things don’t go so well. They always do. Someone tries to kill them, first by avalanche, then by gun, but once they find a long abandoned bunker with some sort of zombie-demon inhabitants, they are doomed for sure. Happens to me all … Continue reading Movie Beat – 08.23.13