One of the best things Key and Peele ever did.
Elle, are you a journalist? (I hope so. You write like one. …This is a compliment!)
I appreciate your compliment! I am not a journalist, though I did dabble in college. (We all experiment in college, n’est-ce pas? I wrote for/served as an asst. editor at my university’s daily paper.) I am, however, finishing up graduate studies in film. I’d like to make documentaries and in doing so I expect to employ a lot of fundamentals learned during my ‘time in journalism’. (Also, I still really love to write. A lot.)
So last week I pre-empted a flood of film reviews that never came. My apologies. Due to spotty reception at the film festival venues I was unable to barrage you with reviews and trailers.
I figured now is as good a time as any to share the trailer for my favorite film I saw at the festival. Bess Kargman totally made ‘First Position' for people like me - the ones who are complete suckers for documentaries about kids competing (see also: Racing Dreams, Spellbound and Frontrunners for starters…) and cannot walk away from incredible dance sequences.
Absolutely wonderful film and will be screening around the country next month. Check it out!
For the next few days I will be at a film festival. I apologize in advance for what may be a flood of reviews, recommendations and remarks.
Things will be back to normal on Monday. See you then!
This is pretty much the best video I’ve seen in weeks. A very good (albeit temporary) antidote to tall the interwebs negativity. (Don’t be intimidated by the 10 minute run time. It’s a quick watch and totes worth it.)
Film by Nirvan Mullick
"Likability may be the currency of movie stardom, but most actors agree that the juiciest, most memorable roles often belong to the villains. The 13 performers featured in this year’s portfolio have distinguished themselves in 2011 by playing nice, noble, tragic and heroically patient characters — as well as many who defy easy description — but as a rule they have not impersonated monsters, killers, thugs or other figures of malevolence."
-NY TIMES MAGAZINE (Photo - Alex Prager for The New York Times)
Pictured - Jessica Chastain as the “Fire Starter”. Check out the whole slideshow at link above! SOOO GOOD!
It was just shy of a month ago when I thought all I wanted for Christmas was an L shaped eclair and the Lionel Ritchie teapot. Add these to the list please.
I don’t think I would have seen any of these films were it not for Netflix’s recommendation based on the films/shows I’d (we’d) rated…
5.) Gomorrah - I loved this film for the long, single takes. The cinematography made me feel like I was breathing with the film. Quite lovely.
4.) Goodbye Solo - Ramin Bahrani keeps the script and overall production simple which allows the viewer (ahem me) to relish the relationship between the two lead characters.
3.) Reprise - I knew I loved this film, because the subtitles were half cut off and I didn’t want to stop watching it. Not only was it brilliantly written and performed, but it made me, as a viewer, question my relationships w/friends, as well as how my perception of past events has changed over time.
2.) Diggers - The fact that Ken Marino wrote the script certainly sucked me in, but Paul Rudd and Lauren Ambrose added a lot of appeal. It’s cliche, but this film was charming. It was one of those moment-in-time films that makes you realize our true identities lie in how we handle all the stuff that life may throw at us.
1.) The Vicious Kind - Adam Scott. J.K. Simmons. Beautiful cinematography. Great music. Depressing, interesting, uplifting script. Incredibly well acted. I don’t think I’ll get sick of this film…or Adam Scott.
Have you seen and loved any films, that you would not have seen were it not for a Netflix recommendation?