In November, I bought myself my first DSLR camera as a gift for my 1 year anniversary as a blogger and for my actual birthday. I haven’t had many chances to use it (or learn it) so this weekend I’m looking into registering for a photography class. I really want to become proficient with it and take some amazing pictures. I think I’m also going to watch a classic this weekend, Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window about a photographer who spies on his neighbors and becomes convinced that one of them is a murder. Awhile ago I saw Disturbia, the movie with Shia LaBeouf based on this 1954 film. Well, it’s time that I quit with all these adaptations and see the critically-acclaimed movies that spurn them. I’ll leave you with some interesting articles and media related to movies I can across online this week. Enjoy:
I’m finally in NYC for the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival! Thanks to Tribeca Film and American Express (I’m a proud Amex cardholder!), some of the festival was available to enjoy at home in you couldn’t be in NYC. I registered and watched Edward Burns’ newest film, a short by the name of “Doggy Bags" in the Tribeca Online Festival screening room last week. I love that Tribeca Film Institute keeps finding inventive ways to connect the world to the get films that come out of the festival each year.
After two previous Tribeca Film Festivals where I have seen films by Edward Burns (Nice Guy Johnny and Newlyweds, respectively), I have really come to associate him with this festival (as I’m sure many do; he has a strong connection with NYC and this year marks his seventh Tribeca selection). I have been one of his fans for many years beforehand, and getting to meet him and see him speak both years on his passion for independent filmsand how he supports the community has always made me respect hims as a filmmaker. Edward Burns has never been the most profound screenwriter/director, in my opinion, but what is great about his films are that they are always genuine, relatable, and have a sense of family/friendship that is always beautiful to watch. Because of this, I have alittle tradition of always checking out his latest films at the festival. This year, his only selection was this short, based of the winning idea from the 2011 American Express My Movie Pitch competition.
I liked this short alot. I think its a funny and fresh idea that I have never seen brought to the screen before and really jives with Edward Burns’ style. The stand out for me was Matt Bush, who I think is an actor that will (rightfully) gain more visibility in films in the near future. There is something about him that is great to watch on screen. I remember seeing him in Nice Guy Johnny and thinking how his also carried that movie for me with his slight awkwardness and amiable personality that seem to make him the underdog you always rout for to come out on top.
If you so choose, you can watch some behind the scenes from the making of the film:
Of course I had to tweet Ed Burns to let him know how much I liked his short film:
I love that he is so cool about thanking people who appreciate his work. It is no wonder that he has such dedicated fans and core sets of actors that love to work with him. I will definitely keep my eye out for more project from Burnsie!
I have never been one to really follow short programs at film festivals, but I did attend my first short program screening at Sundance 2011. It was a great experience the work of new up-and-coming filmmakers so excited about movies. Shorts is also where alot of filmmakers get their start in learning the creative business of making movies before moving on to longer feature films (did you know that Martin Scorsese got his start with the short called “Who’s That Knocking at My Door?” and that Spike Jonze started off directing music videos?. )It does takes remarkable talent for short film filmmakers to be able to construct a beginning, middle, and end to a story complete with developing a sense of the characters, a convincing plot, and suspenseful tension necessary for a film to be successful in less than 15 minutes. Two short films from the upcoming Tribeca Film festival are getting alot of attention for very different reasons:
Pitch Black Heist Directed and written by John Maclean
Synopsis: Two professional safe crackers meet on a simple job involving relieving an office safe from its contents. But there’s a catch: The office has a light-activated alarm system, impelling the men to embark on a pitch black heist.Why the buzz: The movie stars the very talented and man of the moment Michael Fassbender (Hunger, Shame, A Dangerous Method) and it re-teams him with his Hunger co-star Liam Cunningham (A Little Princess) (see: the great film moment between Bobby Sands and Father Moran in Hunger). The film also plays as a love letter some of the best heist films of decades past.
Doggy Bags Directed and written by Edward Burns
Synopsis: A young man suspects the girl he is dating to be hiding a secret after she routinely orders massive amounts of food to go. When he decides to follow her after a particularly hearty brunch, the young man gets more than he bargained for when he catches his date with a strange man devouring their leftovers.Why the buzz: Why haven’t I thought of this? Pure comedy. I’m a huge Edward Burns fan (have seen both of his features at the last two Tribeca festivals and have had a great pleasure to hear him speak on indie film), and there are legions of his fans out there. I think people are drawn to his movies because he is such a vocal champion of indie film and the independent film industry, and his films are so grounded and relatable. If you can’t make it to Tribeca and are interested in this film, Doggy Bags is apart of the Tribeca Festival Virtual Streaming Room and can be seen on the morning of 4/18. Hurry and register because space is limited!
Half of the ensemble cast from the 2011 comedy Bridesmaids, including Jon Hamm who plays a really big asshole, who navigate this screwy and raunchy tale of friendship, petty jealousies, and competition.
An unmarried couple like the one in the 2009 comedy-drama Away We Go who are having a kid and are scared of losing what they like about their current lives but are ultimately determined to make it work.
The 2012 sometimes-raunchy comedy Friends with Kids about a group of couple friends, including Jon Hamm who plays a really big asshole, in an unspoken competition to see who can successfully achieve love, happiness, and parenthood all at once. In the center of the film is two best friends who believe the best approach is to share the responsibilities of the child but remain platonic.
For me, Friends with Kids was a good film to watch unfold -a glimpse of how the insertion of kids may or may not affect one’s adult life - but had too cliche of an ending for me. However, it is one movie that I would still recommend anyone in the mood to laugh and/or examine the complexities of male-female friendships on screen.
Friends with Kids/ New trailer for indie about two best friends who decide to have a kid together. So many Bridesmaids cast in one place, it has to be funny, right?
I have had the great fortune to attend the last two Tribeca Film festivals and seen Edward Burns and his festival films. This year, Newlyweds was screened at the closing night ceremony which was a great event to attend. I always find Burnsie’s films to be comfortable and satisfying with that great indie vibe. It’s a wonder he can do so much with a small budget. Check out the link to read a synopsis and watch the trailer for this film and here for a clip.