I want to rub this trailer all over me – Nobody Walks

I caught this one at Sundance this year and thoroughly enjoyed it. Although the buzz since then hasn’t been great, I never tire of seeing John Krasinski in serious roles.  Read More

Sundance – Sleep Walk with Me

A few years back, my BFF went through a pretty serious breakup. Before the couple’s demise, they purchased tickets to go see Dane Cook in Las Vegas.  My buddy got custody of these tickets, and I ended replacing her on the trip.  In our defense, I’d like to point out that Dane Cook was the ex’s favorite comedian.  On the five-hour drive to Vegas, he popped in Mike Birbiglia’s Two Drink Mike, and I was hooked.  It was better... Read More

Sundance – Beasts of the Southern Wild

I happened upon Beasts of the Southern Wild quite by accident. I had an unexpected free morning one day at the festival and just drove to the nearest theatre to waitlist whatever may be showing.  It was fortunate that I wandered into that screening.  In a year where the competition films (and most of the others) were generally weak, I just happened to stumble into the best film at the festival.  The best film that’s shown at the festival... Read More

Trailer for Like Crazy

Like Crazy won over Sundance crowds and critics alike. It was certainly one of my favorites of the festival as well, although I am a bit worried how well the film will hold up to a second viewing. Today a trailer was released for the movie which will receive a limited release at the end of October. Watch the trailer below. Read my review from the Sundance Film festival 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

SFIFF – Another Earth

The Alfred P. Sloan Prize, given at Sundance each year, seems a bit arbitrary, although I’m sure the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation who funds it, would argue otherwise. It’s a $20,000 cash prize given to a feature film that focuses on science or technology as a theme, or depicts a scientist, engineer, or mathematician as a major character. There’s wiggle room in that definition, however. The prize in 2005 went to Werner Herzog’s... 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 at times feels aloof and seems to linger too long on some scenes, Take... 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 is always an honor. Lucky McKee: Thank you. It was a wild wild ride. Good... 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 Day seems to be a marriage, if you will, between these two earlier films.... 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 still unsure of whether that attention should be of a positive or... Read More

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