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Interview: Bobcat Goldthwait Talks CALL ME LUCKY And His Animated Friendships With Robin Williams And Barry Crimmins

"I wouldn't have made the movie if it wasn't for Robin's encouragement."-- Director Bobcat Goldthwait on Call Me Lucky.The first time I interviewed actor-turned-director Bobcat Goldthwait, it was for the weird and wonderful World's Greatest Dad, starring the late, irreplaceable Robin... More »
By Chase Whale   
  

First Ridiculously Visceral Trailer For THE WITCH

A24 was wise to snap up one of the most creepy and badass movies of the year when they bought Robert Eggers's The Witch at Sundance. Today they've released an incredibly visceral trailer for the film well ahead of its... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Sundance NextFest 2015 Interview: Programmer Charlie Reff Talks LA's Event-Driven Fest

Sundance NextFest kicks off in Downtown LA today (if you missed our preview, check it out here) and Sundance Senior Programmer Charlie Reff took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to chat with us about what we're calling... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Sundance NextFest 2015 Preview: LA's Most Innovative Fest Ramps Up

You have got to hand it to the good folks at Sundance. As if having the most important festival on the US indie calendar wasn't enough, they go and create one of the most innovative and interesting mini-festivals happening today.... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Interview: Oscar Winner Morgan Neville Talks BEST OF ENEMIES And More

Chatting with Oscar winning documentarian Morgan Neville makes one believe that the guy could probably tell just about any story and make you want to be a part of it. With decades of experience covering a wide range of... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Sundance NEXT FEST Lineup Of Movies And Music Announced

Now in its third year, Los Angeles's own Sundance NEXT FEST has just announced their lineup for the 2015 edition taking place August 7-9. The fest kicks off with a Cinespia Cemetery screening of TwitchFilm fave Cop Car on August... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

SXSW 2015 Review: WESTERN, A New American Marvel

The Ross Brothers' 2012 film Tchoupitoulas showcased Bill and Turner's proclivity for visually arresting imagery, compelling yet dreamlike narrative flow, and a keen eye for the undercurrents that run below the more obvious stories that have flooded from post-Katrina... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Sundance 2015 Review: CALL ME LUCKY, Bobcat Goldthwait Documents His Mentor

I admit that when I first saw Bobcat Goldthwait on screen sometime in the 1980s, he of the Grover voice making me laugh in the second Police Academy movie, it never occurred to me that he'd be helming one... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Sundance 2015 Review: WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?

She approaches the piano with a regality that's startling, her eyes piercing the crowd and her shoulders locked in an almost feline repose. She places a hand on the grand piano sat in front of her and looks out,... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Sundance 2015 Review: THE VISIT, A Speculative Documentary

So, the aliens have landed. Well, not really. But let's for a moment say they have. E.T.s are in town, and they're ready to talk. To whom do they converse? Who do we, collectively, send out to initiate the... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Sundance 2015 Review: SLOW WEST, A Deeply-Reflective Action Movie

The fact that the Western is a troubled genre is hardly news. It's gone from the most prevalent narrative film style to a far more niche set of works. Some neo-Westerns, like Star Wars or Serenity, go operatic, taking... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Sundance 2015 Interview: Lily Tomlin, Badass GRANDMA

Grandma is by far the best film to come from writer/director Paul Weitz, the mind that brought us such films as the 90s sex romp, American Pie, and the feel-great Nick Hornby adaptation About a Boy. The triumph of his... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  

Sundance 2015: TwitchFilm Wraps It Up With Our Reviews And Top Picks

This year's Sundance Film Festival was eclectic as ever, with a slew of standout films, including big winners Me, Earl And The Dying Girl and The Witch. It was also a year where sales were more robust, no thanks to... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Sundance 2015 Interview: Jemaine Clement And James Strouse Talk PEOPLE, PLACES, THINGS

James Strouse's third feature People, Places, Things finds cartoonist and teacher Will Henry (Jemaine Clement) thrust into single-fatherhood after his wife decides on her twin-daughter's birthday to engage in some extra-marital shennanigans in the bathroom.A huge part of the... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Sundance 2015 Review: PEOPLE, PLACES, THINGS, Perfectly Pleasant

People, Places, Things - a dry, almost forgettable title that refers to a film much better than those adjectives strung together by commas. It's a quotidian moniker for a film that's kind of exceptional, celebrated not only because of... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Sundance 2015 Interview: DIGGING FOR FIRE With Joe Swanberg

Joe Swanberg has never looked to filmmaking as a means of escapism. With an eye attuned to realism, Swanberg has a great talent for exploring and working through themes of relationships and ageing and the correlation between the two.... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  

Sundance 2015 Review: The Holy Fools Are DRUNK, STONED, BRILLIANT, DEAD

To those not fortunate enough to have come of age in the 60s heyday of revolutionary freethinking, it may come as a surprise to learn that the story of National Lampoon, in many ways, is the story of the birth... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  

Sundance 2015 Review: HOMESICK Charts A Tender Symmetry Of Yearning

Norwegian filmmaker Anne Sewitsky made waves at Sundance in 2011 when her feature debut Happy Happy won the Grand Jury World Dramatic Prize. Sewitsky returned to the festival this year with her third feature, Homesick, a deconstructionist family drama which... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Sundance 2015 Award Winners

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival came to the penultimate moment tonight with this year's awards ceremony, which saw big wins for festival faves Me, Earl And The Dying Girl and The Witch. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's tale of teenage cinephiles won both... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Sundance 2015 Review: Invaluable Happenings From STATION TO STATION

It consists of countless bands, playing on and off a polychromatic train as it passes through innumerable cities. But Station To Station is no rockumentary. That it often features brilliant bands playing live on a train will perhaps evoke, for some, the choo... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  
 
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