Since I’m having intense withdrawals from my amazing time at the 2016 Edinburgh International Film Festival, it helps to think back on highlights from my jam-packed, film-crazy two weeks in my favorite city in the world. I saw both gems and duds but the one film that definitely stuck out to me as an upcoming must-watch was the New Zealand comedy “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”. Writer/director Taika Waititi’s hilarious yet charming film follows the story of the unwanted, troublemaker orphan Ricky, played brilliantly by young actor, Julian Dennison. When Ricky gets one last opportunity to prove himself by staying with a family situated deep within the New Zealand countryside, it’s not long before his defiance and bad luck streak strikes again. What follows is a misfit adventure through the wilderness that sees Ricky and his “uncle” (Sam Neill) spark a national man-hunt of epic proportions while learning a lot about each other along the way. Watch the trailer for the must see film now!
20,000 Days On Earth is an inventive, lyrical ode to creativity and an intimate examination of the artistic process of musician and cultural icon Nick Cave. In their debut feature, directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard fuse drama and documentary, weaving a staged day in Cave’s life with never-before-seen verité observation of his creative cycle. It features those who have affected his life, including wry tales from the road shared with his regular collaborator, the multi- instrumentalist Warren Ellis; actor and friend Ray Winstone; and Kylie Minogue, who shared a duet with Cave in the breakout hit "Where the Wild Roses Grow." These voices from the past revisit Cave in daydream-like scenes as he sits behind the wheel, driving through his adopted hometown of Brighton, England.
Neither a music documentary nor a concert film, 20,000 Days On Earth still contains electrifying performances. Audiences see a song grow from the tiniest of ideas to an epic performance at Sydney Opera House. Cave also opens up to a psychoanalyst as he discusses how his early years continue to inform his work, and journeys through his memories via mementos from his personal archive. This category-defying film pushes the form into new territory, exploring universal themes about artistry and celebrating the transformative power of the creative spirit.
In anticipation of Mike Cahill's SunDance 2014 premiere of his new film "I Origins", here is the trailer of his last Scifi / human relationship masterpiece which he also collaborated with Brit Marling, and which also won the festival in 2011. If you haven't seen "Another Earth", see it ASAP. If you have seen it, see it again or just get ready for I Origins in 2014.
One of our favorite foreign dramas of the year, this gem from Australian director, Kim Mordaunt strikes all the chords. Astounding performances from two non-actor children from Laos lay the foundation for this beautiful coming of age tale.
As one of our top 10 Indie films of 2013, "Fruitvale Station" is amongst only a handful of true Independents that has a real chance at a best picture nomination. Being as the oscar noms are announced in 9 days, we figured we would do our part with a call to voters. For academy voters that have an ear to the Indie Street, please consider nominating "Fruitvale Station" not only for it's important story, but for the wonderful acting performances (highlighted by Michael B. Jordan).
We were lucky enough to see this award winning film in SunDance. Visit Oscilloscope Labs site for release dates & info. IndieStreet Quick Review: "Andrew Dosunmu's film is a beautifully simple tale of how complex the love for family can get."
This under the radar comedy from Seth Fisher strikes the poignant chords of enlightenment through dysfunction, and was one of our favorite Independent comedies of 2013. While IndieStreet typically cringes at new directors acting as leads in their films, Seth Fisher certainly is an exception and has a bright future in storytelling.
Easily one of IndieStreet's unanimously favorite films of 2013. This touching documentary from Zachary Heinzerling highlights a relationship masterpiece...the emotional connection to the narrative and invisibility of the camera work entrenches viewers into the love dynamics of these two unique artists.
IndieStreet agrees with Kevin Smith's praises for Matthew Johnson's "The Dirties". After speaking with Matt at the Sarasota film festival, IndieStreet founder Jay Webb says: "Matt's writing, directing, and living style create an experience that blurs the boundaries between both entertainment and reality, and comedic & disturbing. The Dirties is just the beginning of a genuinely film obsessed individual's living docudrama experiment that will at the very least be one-of-a-kind."
Most of our Indie film community has probably seen this film, but we can not leave it out of our Trailer of Must Sees. Not for the faint of heart, this stunning documentary from Joshua Oppenheimer leaves a huge emotional weight on anyone who gets to experience it. IndieStreet's declares it is by far the "most impactful film of 2013".
Dexter star Michael C. Hall hits the big screen with a modest mullet and an amazing supporting cast (Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, Vinessa Shaw). This first trailer comes off as being just a thriller, but this film is far more than that. Director Jim Mickle creates jarringly smooth transitions from disturbing suspense to laugh out loud comedic moments that will make you question your own sanity. Not sure how a transition could be jarring and smooth, or how you could laugh seconds after being horrifically disturbed? Neither were we until we saw this film, and for that we give Cold in July a big fat 5/5 stars.