How do you take the tired comedy movie cliché of redemption and breathe new life into it? Giving it a ridiculous hairstyle and a velvet full body outfit might not be the first answer you come up with, but it does give Don Scardino’s The Incredible Burt Wunderstone the edge as the funniest movie of 2013 thus far!
You don’t know passion until you’ve talked to Tommy Wiseau. A director, actor and producer, Wiseau is best known for his cinematic opus The Room celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Originally booked for two weeks at a movie theater in Los Angeles, the film quickly gained attention through local reviews and word of mouth. Wiseau himself was so confident about the film that he rented a billboard on L.A.’s Highland Avenue!
The We and the I is Michel Gondry’s gritty portrait of the emotional metamorphoses, shifting of loyalties, and struggles of friendship that befall a group of high school students on the last day of the year. This movie could easily be mistaken as being the narrative descendent of Richard Linklater’s 1993 film, “Dazed and Confused”, and please let the record show that such a lofty comparison is being made as a compliment.
In the wake of reality titans like Jersey Shore and on the cusp of a renaissance in television comes a reality show slated to amalgamate acting talent and the real-life struggles faced by performers. Fashioned as a hybrid between The Real World and Glee, The Class chronicles a group of Chicago-based actors as they pursue their dreams of big-screen fame, a journey that promises to entail more than they knew they were in for.
Film Independent's Director's Close-up Series gives audiences an informative night of how to make movies from some of the industry's top executives. The evening I attended included special guests Ruben Fleisher, director, and Alan Baumgarten, editor, of Gangster Squad, Zombieland and Mary Zophres, costume designer, for Gangster Squad andTrue Grit.