December 31, 2013
Digital Multiplex: Fruitvale Station and You're Next
We skipped last week because nothing new became available to stream, but we're back with new releases this week, albeit just a few. The first is a true life drama that earned considerable praise earlier this year, followed by a Certified Fresh horror/thriller, and James Gandolfini's acclaimed final performance. Read on for details.
November 26, 2013
Interview: Enough Said Director: 'I Made James Gandolfini Cry'
In another year filled with franchise product shoveled upon undiscerning audiences, Nicole Holofcener's Enough Said has managed to find success in that increasingly endangered niche: the smart, adult-orientated comedy. The filmmaker's latest, which stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini as single parents negotiating a tricky new relationship, has struck a chord with audiences looking for a sharp, finely-tuned comedy, and
boasts warm, funny performances from its two appealing leads.
With Enough Said continuing to enjoy a steady theatrical run, we had a chance to speak with Holofcener about the film, making movies for "old people," and her affection for both Louis-Dreyfus and Gandolfini -- who she remembers with great fondness.
October 15, 2013
Five Favorite Films with Tavi Gevinson
It's hardly unusual for teenagers to catalog their obsessions on the Internet, but few of them manage to transform their personal blogs into buzzy digital superstardom -- which is exactly what happened to Tavi Gevinson. The precocious pop fan was all of 12 when her blog, Style Rookie, captured the attention of the cultural tastemakers, with the adolescent Gevinson feted by the fashion world and becoming the unofficial pin-up girl for eccentric teen girls everywhere. The site soon became a mini-phenomena that gave birth to Rookie, her hugely-popular online magazine written by teenage girls (and plenty of celebrity guests) for teenage girls. Now 17, Gevinson recently made her acting debut opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini in Nicole Holofcener's critically-acclaimed Enough Said, and with the film still playing strongly in theaters, we had a chance to talk to her about her favorite movies and her thoughts on contemporary teen roles.