Category Archives: Movie Nights

REVIEW: In A World…


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***This week’s guest post is from Frank Cavillo, our go-to guy for all things film appreciation.***

As an intern at Austin Film Society, there were very few events I was looking forward to more than our advance screening of “In A World…”. Not only did the film star Lake Bell in her feature writing and directing debut, but it also promised to be an interesting look into a side of the film industry so often overlooked by the public.
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Queue it Up: Andrea Arnold’s “Wuthering Heights” now on DVD


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Sean said it “shatters our heart in the final 20 minutes” and now you can judge for yourself. “Wuthering Heights” directed by Andrea Arnold (FISH TANK) hits DVD and Blu-ray this week. This latest adaptation of the famous novel by Emily Brontë stars Kaya Scodelario (“Skins”) and James Howson. Fun fact: Howson is the first Black actor to play Heathcliff.
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Watch powerful “The Central Park Five” documentary online until May 1st


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For anyone who missed the live broadcast last week, PBS is offering a second chance to watch this amazing Ken Burns documentary for a limited time. The full film is streaming in both English and Spanish until Wednesday, May 1st. Please spread the word!
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PBS Premiere of “Central Park Five” Documentary Set For April 16th


A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime. (IMDb.com)

Whether this chapter of U.S. legal history is old news or a surprising revelation, I really hope that you will set your DVRs or even watch the broadcast live at 6:30pm EST on Wednesday, April 17th 9pm EST on Tuesday, April 16th.

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Hulu Is Streaming Akira Kurosawa’s Films Free This Weekend For His 103rd Birthday


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What a great way to celebrate what would have been the influential Japanese director’s 103rd birthday! 24 of Kurosawa’s Criterion Collection films will be available for FREE streaming this weekend on Hulu. I hope the internet doesn’t break.

What are your favorite Kurosawa flicks?

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Hey You Documentary Lovers, POV Series Returns June 24th


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Attention non-fiction film fans: mark your calendars because POV returns on Monday, June 24th at 10pm. The full lineup features thirteen groundbreaking documentaries including Oscar-nominated “5 Broken Cameras” by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi and Sundance 2012 award-winner “The Law In These Parts” by Ra’anan Alexandrowicz and Liran Atzmor. Films will air on Monday at 10pm.

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QUEUE IT UP: Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake” Episode 1 Now Free On iTunes


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“A detective investigates the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant daughter of a local drug lord.” Starring Elisabeth Moss, Cohen Holloway and Holly Hunter.

Looks like we can all catch a sneak peek of Jane Campion’s new mini-series before the official March 18th broadcast premiere on Sundance Channel. Watch the first hour of the six-episode mini-series on iTunes now. The show was featured at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in a one-day only, six-hour screening that I unfortunately could not make. The trailer caught my eye and I’m intrigued by film directors crossing over to television like David Fincher (“House of Cards” on Netflix) and now Campion.
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QUEUE IT UP: “Side By Side” now on Netflix Instant


“Side by Side” investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.

I wrote about this film last year when Tribeca Film Festival screened it as part of their lineup along with a Q&A featuring director Chris Kenneally. The event was made available on iTunes and I learned a ton, but have been impatiently waiting for a release date to experience the real thing. Well, the day has finally come. Actor-turned-producer Keanu Reeves’ latest project asks the very questions I’ve had on my mind lately about concerning the new age of digital filmmaking: “what has been gained, what is lost, and what the future might bring.” “Side by Side” is currently streaming on Netflix.

What are your thoughts on the “film vs. digital” conversation?

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Tugg Inc. Wants To Help You Create Movie Nights at Your Local Theater


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I’ve been hearing whispers for a while about a company called Tugg Inc. that would essentially give film lovers the power to bring the films they want to the big screen. I didn’t give it much thought because, well I don’t have a feature film seeking theatrical distribution. But when I saw a Facebook post announcing that “Middle of Nowhere” by Ava DuVernay would be available for Tugg screenings, I was reminded of what a great platform this could be.

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Hulu Shows Love To Film Kids Everywhere with Free Access to Criterion Collection


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It was the tweet heard ’round Twitter on Valentine’s Day and in case you missed it–

This cinematic love freebie expires on Monday, Feb. 18th. An eclectic collection that ranges from HOOP DREAMS to ERASERHEAD is just a click away HERE. If you can’t possibly watch everything in one weekend, the collection is always available with a Hulu Plus subscription.

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QUEUE IT UP: “5 Broken Cameras” now on Hulu Plus


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“5 Broken Cameras” follows a Palestinian farmer’s chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army. Directed by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi.

It’s a film I’ve heard mentioned everywhere across the indie film blogs (won at Sundance, shortlisted for Best Doc) but never really looked into. Now that I’ve seen all the films on my must-see list for 2012, it’s time to take a chance on the possible sleeper hits. “5 Broken Cameras” is currently streaming on Hulu Plus. Also, the ultimate indie, Michael Moore tweeted that you can watch the film for free until January 6th with a three-second signup on Alive Mind Cinema (sort of like a Netflix site with movies that makes you think).

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QUEUE IT UP: “Beasts of the Southern Wild” coming to DVD on December 4th!


Official Sundance Film Festival poster that Fox Searchlight kept as theatrical release movie poster!

Need I say more? This holiday season just got more epic. It’s not secret how much I love this film since seeing it in Park City back earlier this year. Now the multiple award-winning (Sundance, Cannes & Gothams) story of a little Black girl named Hushpuppy and her daddy living in a magical place called the Bathtub is coming to a couch near you. Pre-orders are now available on Amazon and Best-Buy for DVD and Blu-ray. Official release date will be December 4th. Get ready to beast it, America!

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QUEUE IT UP: “Martha Marcy May Marlene” now on Netflix Instant


“Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult.” (IMDb.com)

Sean called it “the scariest film of the year” back in January  and now you can judge for yourself. “Martha Marcy May Marlene” (or as the cool kids say “MMMM”) has been available on DVD and through Netflix’s physical library for a while, but this is the first I’ve seen it mentioned on Netflix Instant. The Sundance hit directed by Sean Durkin (STARLET) stars Elizabeth Olsen and John Hawkes.

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Queue It Up: “Casa de mi Padre” now on Netflix Instant


 

In case you missed it, “Casa de mi Padre”, Will Ferrell’s comedic take on the Mexican telenovela is currently streaming on Netflix. An official selection at SXSW this year, the film is entirely in Spanish. Yes, you read right. Queue it up if you dare. My review: “Casa de mi Padre”

 

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Queue It Up: “Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry” now on iTunes


The award-winning documentary from Sundance, “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” is now available on iTunes and Amazon DVD pre-order (available 12/4). The film, directed by Alison Klayman, chronicles the fascinating life of Ai Weiwei, whose rise to infamy in the Chinese art community began with his proclaiming his opposition to the communist government through sculpture, photography installations, blogging and even Twitter . My review: “Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry”.

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Queue it Up: “2 Days in New York” and “The Queen of Versailles” now on DVD


Two of my favorite official selections from this year’s Sundance Film Festival are now headed to DVD/Blu-ray this week. Female filmmakers for the win!

“2 Days in New York” is the sort-of sequel to Julie Delpy’s hilarious “2 Days in Paris” (currently on Netflix Instant). Chris Rock stars alongside writer/director/actress Delpy as the new boyfriend who meets her crazy French family for their 24-hours in New York City. Dubbed the female Woody Allen, you can read more about Delpy, her method and the film HERE.

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Queue It Up: “BERNIE” now on Netflix Instant


The “too crazy to be true” true story of the lovable Texas funeral director (JACK BLACK) who murdered the meanest woman in town is now available to Netflix Instant subscribers. A dark comedy by director Richard Linklater, “Bernie” premiered at SXSW and is a current nominee for Best Feature and Best Ensemble Gotham Awards. My review: “Bernie“.

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Queue It Up: “THE ARTIST” now on Netflix Instant


In case you missed it on the big screen, the black and white silent movie that won Best Picture at the 2012 Oscars is now available to Netflix Instant subscribers. Sean’s review: The Artist.

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