Medical school dropout Wallace has been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. He meets Chantry, an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben, and they form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend?
What If joins the long line of movies that should have really kept their more interesting and unique first title; What If premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival as The F World (get it? as in being in the “friend zone”). It should be really called Daniel Radcliffe does a Rom-Com because I never expected to see him delve deeply into this genre. On the other hand, for Zoe Kazan it is familiar territory (Ruby Sparks, In Your Eyes, The Pretty One). I’ve heard good things so it’s a must see. My money is on it being scene-stealing, too-tall-to-fit-in-the-shot, “I just had sex and I’m about to eat nachos!! It’s the greatest moment of my life!!” Adam Driver.
This week kicks off the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) in New York City! The festival is gearing up again to be heavy with special events outside of the regular film screenings including filmmaker/actor/industry panels, the Tribeca Drive-in, the Tribeca Family Street Festival, the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day, and special film presentations. While you may not be able to attend in person, there are a number of ways that you can experience the festival from home:
As always, Sundance is bringing a number of notable actors to Utah in January. Here are the films will come to discuss as they screen.
See more of the Sundance 2014 acting talent --> Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
…for the film The One I Love — Struggling with a marriage on the brink of falling apart, a couple
escapes for the weekend in pursuit of their better selves, only to discover an unusual dilemma
waiting for them.
In the meantime… watch Moss as a cop put through the emotional ringer in the 2013 Sundance Channel
original series Top of the Lake
and Mark Duplass in the middle of a Emily Blunt-Rosemarie DeWitt
This weekend (specifically November 10th) marked the 2nd year anniversary of Life Between Films! That’s right. I have been maintaining this blog, posting trailers of films I’m most excited about, perspectives on movie recommendations, experiences at film festivals, and ramblings about who and what I think makes the film (especially independent film) industry an exciting industry to follow.
I have accomplished some great things since my 1 year anniversary. One of the big things is adding almost 450 followers/subscribers. Thanks to you all (approximately 750 through various social networking sites - Bloglovin’, Twitter, and Tumblr!). I seriously appreciate each and every one of you. I would love to interact with you guys so continue to email, tweet, comment, and contact me through Tumblr. If you ever want to ad swap or promote your (music, fashion, film) projects on my site, just let me know! I’m also always looking for guest bloggers.
In addition to continuing on as a film festival contributor for the Large Association of Movie Blogs (LAMB) this last year, I have joined the team at Blerdnation as blog contributor and the movie site Filmophilia as a film writer. I also received my first press credentials to the 2013 New York Film Festival! I love that I have so many outlets to writing about what I am most passionate about and meeting others with the same passion.
Read on to see some of my favorite posts from around my blog this last year…
Based on the true life of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed–race daughter of a British Naval officer and an African woman. the story tracks Dido as she is raised by her father’s aristocratic uncle. Though she is raised in privilege alongside her cousin Elizabeth, she must contend with classism and a society that still views her as inferior.
Wow. I briefly heard of this film when it set to premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, but I glossed over it in favor of the high profile 12 Years a Slave since it dealt with similar themes of black freedom/privilege of a real historical character in society amidst the dark cloud of slavery. However, seeing the trailer, I think this one has its own distinct message. While 12 Years a Slave is very much an American story, Belle affords a look into both the perspective of slavery in England and the perspective of a female caught between two extreme social standings. As I think alot of people missed out on hearing about this movie, I wanted to share the trailer. The trailer gives us an indication of just how great the lead actress, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, must be in this. Belle will be released in US theaters May 2nd.
The film, which tells the story of a Nigerian family that must deal with the realization they may not be able to have children.
Beautiful, just beautiful. I can see why this was buzzed about at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film stars Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead, The Visitor) and Isaach De Bankolé (White Material, Night on Earth) as well as Yaya Decosta Alafia (America’s Next Top Model, The Kids are Alright) and Tony Okungbowa (The Ellen Degeneres Show). Mother George will be released in limited theaters on September 13 (US).
I offered you part 1… and part 2 of my top picks of movies showing in Toronto next month. Here are a couple more from the latest TIFF announcement:
"The F World"
When Wallace meets Chantry, it could be love at first sight… except she lives with her long-term boyfriend. And so Wallace, acting with both best intentions — and maybe a little denial — discovers the dirtiest word in romance: friends. Why I’m interested: How awesome is Zoe Kazan? She has left to the top of the list of my favorite indie actresses, a new interpretation of the adorably quirk vibe. She is so great in playing off of leading men in indie romances. I loved her screenwriting debut Ruby Sparks (opposite real-life beau Paul Dano), and she is so great in the Tribeca film The Pretty One (opposite the increasingly great Jake Johnson). I’m really interested in seeing if she has chemistry with Daniel Radcliffe. Will he sport his British accent in this? I’m curious. I also hear Adam Driver in this…
Based on ‘The Double’ by Nobel Laureate José Saramago, this film explores the troubled psyche of a man who is torn between his mistress and his wife. Jake Gyllenhaal gives a brilliant performance as both Adam and Anthony — a man and his double — engaged in a lethal and erotic battle. Why I’m interested: I have been waiting for this to since I read Gyllenhaal’s interview in GQ some months back where it was discussed. The premise of the story was so dark, thrilling, and exciting, I even bought the book (which I have yet to read…). Portraying dual characters and playing up their personality differences really test you as an actor so I’m interested to see if he brings it in these roles.
What TIFF 2013 films would you be interested in seeing?
A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly-purchased artifical intelligence operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.
Being John Malkovich. Adaptation. Where the Wild Things Are (haven’t seen this one… never read the book… and I’m kinda not into movies that focus on kids… but the lead kid, how great a name is Max Records? okay, I’m getting off topic). And now Her. You can’t say director Spike Jonzes doesn’t have imagination and a quirkness to construct films that people still delve into and cherish for years on end. I really cherish this trailer which gives me an indication that I will feel the same about the movie. Don’t think I ever knew Joaquin Phoenix could smile… or look happy.. .or be playful… so this is kinda a brilliant performance already. Yes, that is Scarlett Johansson who is voicing the AI, Amy Adams looking really homely, and Rooney Mara who seems kinda too young to be his former wife. All in all, I’m really really digging the emotional tenderness of it but at the same time having a slight edge of tension and creepiness (another commonality between Jonze’s works).. ‘cuz, you know.. he’s falling in love with AI, which then probably opens him up to a relationship with a real woman (Amy Adams, I presume). It’s very Lars and the Real Girl of him.
It was recently announced that Her will be the closing night selection for the 2013 New York Film Festival. All the mere mortals who can’t attend will have to wait for the schedule theatrical release November 20th (US).