I want to rub this trailer all over me – Bellflower

Nearly five months later, Bellflower is still one of the most unforgettable films of Sundance 2011.  The trailer is finally here, and it’s pretty awesome. My review is here.  My interview with the director is here.  Read More

I want to rub this trailer all over me – Take Shelter

One of my biggest regrets of this year’s Sundance International Film Festival is missing out on Jeff Nichols’ film, Take Shelter.  Starring the highly regarded Michael Shannon, and Jessica Chastain.   Read More  Read More

Sundance – Take Shelter

by Matthew Anderson Take Shelter, the sophomore effort from writer/director Jeff Nichols, represents a major step forward from Nichols’s first film, Shotgun Stories. Shotgun Stories, a very good movie in its own right, showcases Nichols’s particular skill for building and sustaining tension and capturing the nuances of interpersonal relationships. But where Shotgun Stories... Read More

Sundance – Interview with Lucky McKee director of The Woman

While we at BFR were not big fans of Lucky McKee’s The Woman, it’s always fun to hear what the director has to say.  Especially considering the shocking subject matter of the film.  He was kind enough to answer a few questions for me, here’s what he had to say: BFR: First, congratulations on your film, The Woman. Having it selected to be screened at Sundance... Read More

Sundance – Another Happy Day

If I asked you to name some films that take place in New England, where the wedding weekend brings together a painfully dysfunctional famly to butt heads and cry for several days, it wouldn’t be too hard to list a few. Among these are probably Noah Baumbach’s Margot at the Wedding and Jonathan Demme’s Rachel Getting Married. Sam Levinson’s Another Happy... Read More

Sundance – Hobo with a Shotgun

Homages to those crazy grindhouse films of the seventies, even when done well, usually don’t impress me. The exception to the rule is the Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino double feature, Grindhouse. But 2010’s Machete left me feeling a bit bored. But what director Jason Eisner has done in Hobo with a Shotgun deserves a to be taken notice of.  Although I’m... Read More

Sundance – On the Way to the Sea (Qu Da Hai De Lu Shang)

On May 12th, 2008, the largest earthquake in China’s history hit, devastated the Wenchuan region. It killed around 68,000, and dramatically affected the lives of five million people. Director Tao Gu visited the crumbling city shortly after and interviewed his parents, who survived when the majority of their friends and neighbors died.  The words of their interviews are... Read More

Sundance – Interview with Matthew Chapman director of The Ledge

In the wake of having his film picked up by IFC, Matthew Chapman, the director of The Ledge chatted with me for a while about religion and politics, his film, and a bit about his great, great grandfather, Charles Darwin. BFR: Thanks for talking to us, Matthew.  And congratulations on your film and having it screened here at Sundance. Matthew Chapman: It’s an honor, indeed. I... Read More

Sundance – Interview with Madeleine Olnek director of Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same

In what was, perhaps, the most pleasant exchange I’ve had with a filmmaker showcasing his or her film at Sundance this year, I spoke with director Madeleine Olnek. Her film, Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same is a pleasant surprise among the usually darker films in the Park City at Midnight category at Sundance.  Here’s the text of that interview. BFR: Thanks... Read More

Sundance – Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same

One of the shortest feature films at Sundance this year, and certainly the most family friendly among the films of Park City at Midnight, is Madeleine Olnek’s film Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same. Along with Hobo with a Shutgun, Codependent has one of the most descriptive titles at the festival.  And it’s almost as difficult to remember as Martha Marcy May... Read More