SDFF 2014 Review: ‘Wild’ is a Bumpy Ride

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We are not born with a set path in life to help guide us through the good times and the bad. It is the decisions we make that steer us into who we become. Based on the true story of Cheryl Strayed, played by Reese Witherspoon, Jean-Marc Vallée’s Wild unfortunately isn’t able to formulate a cohesive track. With more bumps in the road than twists and turns, this journey of self discovery creates little wonder or revelation to rationalize a main character walking over 1,000-miles that isn’t, herself, a Hobbit. Continue reading

Fox Searchlight Pictures 20th Anniversary Collection Arrives December 9

Fox Searchlight 20th Anniversary Blu-Ray Box Set

Where does the time go? How can Fox Searchlight be celebrating 20 years already? From Garden State to Juno to Black Swan, Fox Searchlight has produced some of the best indie pictures around. And on December 9 you can own 20 of them in an impressive Blu-ray Anniversary Collection. After the jump, find out which iconic films will be included as well as other exclusives. Continue reading

Official ‘Birdman’ Trailer Sparks a Comeback for Michael Keaton [66 Screenshots]

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Hitting a little close to home is Michael Keaton’s latest film, Birdman. Based on an aging actor’s life, whose past credits consisted of a sought after superhero franchise, Riggan Thomson is looking to make a dramatic career shift to prove he’s more than his costumed counterpart. You can watch the trailer and check out a handful of hi-res screenshots after the break. Continue reading

Bring Home the Award-Winning ‘12 Years a Slave’ on Blu-ray and DVD March 4

‘12 Years a Slave’ on Blu-ray and DVD March 4

I’m predicting the future, and what I foresee is that 12 Years a Slave will win Best Picture at the Oscars on March 2 and the home video sales will skyrocket once it releases on March 4, the following Tuesday. That’s perfectly timed isn’t it? 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today the big release date for one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2013 – it was in my top 5 that’s for sure. Check out all of the special features, along with the box cover art after the break. Continue reading

‘Enough Said’ Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray January 14

'Enough Said' Release on DVD and Blu-Ray January 14

If I didn’t know any better, it would appear that these days Hollywood has left romance up to small budget filmmakers, and staying far away from the Katherine Heigls and Jennifer Anistons. Enter Enough Said, a sweet and caring film by Nicole Holofcener staring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini. Unfortunately, due to the limited release, many were not able to see this film, but fear not, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will be releasing it on Blu-ray and DVD on January 14. See what special features the home video release of Enough Said has to offer after the jump.

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A Beautiful International Black Swan Poster

My anticipation of this film cannot contain itself, but alas there is not a theater in sight within 60 minutes of me where I can go see it. When it gets closer I will be there in a heartbeat. But until then, you can go after the jump to let your eyes witness this beautiful international trailer thanks to Glamour!

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Nostalgia: 15 Years of Fox Searchlight

Established in 1994, Fox Searchlight has released many memorable films that have stuck with movie goers for over the past 15 years. Specializing in independent and British films, along with dabbling in horror, dramedies, and a few foreign films, Fox Searchlight has brought us some of the most personable characters and inspiring moments in cinematic history. From releases to The Full Monty, Slumdog Millionaire, Juno, Garden State and many more, Fox Searchlight asked Kees van Dijkhuizen, a video editor who has created other montages looking back at film from 2008 and 2009, to develop a short video showcasing their works over the past 15 years. You can check the nostalgic video after the jump along with another video created by another film fanatic as well.

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Review: (500) Days of Summer

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“This is a story of boy meets girl, but you should know up front, this is not a love story.”

(500) Days of Summer is not your typical linear storyline; it is beautifully told within a series of events between the 500-day relationship of Tom Hanson (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a greeting card copywriter living in Los Angeles and Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel), the newly appointed secretary of Tom’s boss. Chronological order is disregarded from the very beginning, while throughout the movie we travel back and forth in time putting all the pieces together. This misguidance of time gives a fresh face in the calamity of stereotypical romantic comedies seen these past few years. Sometimes we don’t always explore time in a particular order, but as a series of events that have happened the way you want to see them and this film takes you through that journey.

Tom meets Summer when she is introduced as the boss’ assistant and instantly falls in love. The further we venture into their lives the more complicated the relationship becomes. At the beginning of the film, Summer tells Tom that they should stop seeing each other, which comes as more of a shock than he wants to believe. From here, Tom starts his mission to try and win her back, but in the process he learns more about himself and his relationship than he first thought was possible.

Summer is the embodiment of tireless hours that men have struggled over to figure out the ultimate mystery of the world, women. First time film director, Marc Webb, fully understands the emotions of Tom and Summer and takes this small indie story to a more personal level. Most romantic comedies only dream to achieve a sense of real characters that you can relate to, which (500) Days of Summer have captured elegantly. Sometime throughout our lives we have either been a “Summer” or a “Tom” and Webb’s direction places this familiarity on the viewer, which brings you into the situations more personally.

As a music video director, Webb is very familiar with encompassing the right tone of visual elements while complimenting music. Music plays a big role in the film’s emotional settings and it even has a brilliant dance number. Webb uses many interesting filming techniques that he incorporates well as part of the story. The color blue also plays an important role in this film as Webb creates a very playful use of the color planting it into your mind whenever Summer is or is not present. Visually this film is also beautifully shot, with some of the frames feeling almost photographic and monochromatic.

Filled with cute witty dialogue, that could only be found in a post Diablo Cody’s “Juno” era, (500) Days of Summer flirts with your emotions while you root for our hero Tom. Comedic, moving, and musically inclined, (500) Days of Summer hits all the right notes for a fun and clever must see story. Something entirely different comes out of this film and is captured wonderfully by Marc Webb. The movie skews your perception of time and events, but that never takes away from the excellent on screen chemistry of Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel.

If you are looking for a romantic, moral driven, happy ending, you should walk in the other direction. (500) Days of Summer is not your typical Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy, this film requires you to get involved with these characters and join in on this tale of boy meets girl.

I give it: 5/5

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