The "Blue Valentine" writer/director talks about the influence of film school and fatherhood on his sprawling new drama.
The first-time writer/director discusses her fantastical satire about a young, financially strapped married couple whose discovery of a magical kettle leads them to crippling each other to climb out of crippling debt.
A mix of the dark comedy of his debut "Down Terrace" and the horror of his followup "Kill List," Ben Wheatley's third feature is small in conception, a big step forward for the filmmaker and just ridiculous in how sublime it is.
Though it may be the point, the gluttony of a spring break gone wrong bleeds into the "Trash Humpers" depiction of it, proving sometimes there can be too much of a good thing.
The filmmaker behind "Girl on the Bridge" and "Man on the Train" takes his talents to the animated realm with this mordantly amusing musical comedy about a cheerful boy born to a family of misnathropes.
If his first feature is an indicator that Rowan Athale was born into filmmaking, the fact that he went to the school where Ken Loach's breakthrough film "Kes" was shot bears it out. Now, Athale's time in the sticks of Great Britain has been put to great use in "Wasteland," a deviously devised heist thriller that may operate with the same smoke and mirrors as a glitzy caper as “Ocean's Eleven,” but takes on an entirely different tenor when set in a sleepy town where everybody knows everybody else.
It's a particularly close knit group of friends who decide to case a working men's club in the neighborhood, a quartet of childhood friends who will open up a coffee shop together should they successfully find their way into the club's safe and additionally extract a small amount of revenge for their mate Harvey (Luke Treadaway), who has been recently released from prison on a drug charge he was set up for by the club's owner. While the mechanics of the job are told in familiar, meticulous detail, what's unfamiliar about it is just how high the stakes are since for a group of small-town lads without much criminal inclination, a score isn't measured in monetary gains as much as in maturity and fostering a greater bond with each other. Shortly after the film's debut at this year's Toronto, Athale spoke about bringing real camaraderie to a caper film, shooting in his real hometown of Yorkshire and the filmmakers that got him interested in becoming a director.
A surprisingly moving lead performance from Penn Badgley and low-key storytelling from director Dan Algrant make this snapshot from the tragically short lives of singer/songwriters Tim and Jeff Buckley a sound success.
The voyage of a spare raft made of balsa wood across the Pacific Ocean leads to a big adventure in this rollicking historical drama.