ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL a Sundance breakout film this year just hit movie theaters in wide release. I got to sit down with the director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and actor Thomas Mann and discuss this gem of a movie. It's quirky, sophisticated, fun and wildly creative.
Norman Mailer taught me that a title should tell the audience what the book or movie is about. And yet, this title, I fear, will keep an audience away when this is one of the most enjoyable films I have seen this year.
I interviewed filmmaker Bryan Singer for Venice Magazine in late 1998 to discuss his Stephen King adaptation, Apt Pupil. It was somewhat awkward for me, as Bryan and I had been classmates at USC and he was both the first contemporary and first film school comrade I'd ever interviewed.
While the film doesn't revolve around sexuality, through the character of Shirin, Akhavan sheds light on an otherwise underrepresented group of people. "No one believes in bisexuality," Akhavan says.
How do we tell the story about women today? A portrait, more like a contemporary mosaic, if you will, emerged, of disruptive, brilliant, super femmes from diverse backgrounds around the globe, as I interviewed five women to celebrate International Women's Day.
Nina Simone's music stirs the soul. I liken it to one awash in the Holy Spirit in a Baptist church on a Sunday morning. Her classical piano finesse infused with her jazzy and bluesy gospel voice is heard in all of her music, especially in all of her civil rights protest songs.
You might know them as Charlie from Girls or Robin from How I Met Your Mother, but the following actors we know from the boxes in our living rooms prove that they command even more star power on the big screen, stretching their acting chops to heights we didn't know existed. Here were our favorites from this year's Sundance.
Though it's a cliché for a Sundance Film Festival premiere to be called "a labor of love," never has the term been more apt than with Sembene!, Jason Silverman and Samba Gadjigo's impassioned biopic of Ousmane Sembène, "the father of African cinema."
Joe Reegan is a funny guy. He's been doing lots of serious acting roles lately, but in person he throws in some funny things that will pass over your head if you're not paying attention. Joe's a good looking guy so I can definitely see how it would be easy to drift off into lala land and not hear a word he's saying.
So, how are women film directors doing in the infamously male-dominated film industry? With the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Awards finally announced, 13 women directors' films emerged with a prestigious Sundance award this year.
We caught up with Brittany Snow in Park City where she hosted a VIP event with a live performance by American Authors to celebrate the launch of Lipton's new Sparkling Iced Tea. To get the inside scoop on what Snow and the American Authors bandmates keep in their wallets, we asked them two questions.
Everybody knows what Sundance is, more or less -- the nation's premiere independent film festival. But other than film industry insiders and Sundance groupies, almost nobody understands how to navigate the ticket thicket for the annual January film fest.
Even if you've read Lawrence Wright's book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief on which the film is based, Gibney's adaptation is an eye-opening and transformative experience.
I make a point of knowing as little as possible about the films I see at the Sundance Film Festival (or any other film festival -- or just films in general, for that matter) before I see them because I want to see them with a blank slate.
When you read the description of Best of Enemies, which had its world premiere this week in the U.S. Documentary competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, "hilarious" is not the first word that springs to mind.