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Young Americans: Joe Swanberg LOLs

Interview By Andrew Grant

Joe Swanberg follows up his previous efforts, Kissing on the Mouth and LOL, with the clever and endearing Hannah Takes the Stairs; a film about a recent college graduate and aspiring playwright, struggling to find happiness in her life through various relationships. Swanberg's feature is a collaborative work that involved prominent indie filmmakers such as Mark Duplass, Ry Russo-Young, Todd Rohal, Andrew Bujalski and others. The film opened at SXSW and there Andrew Grant had a moment to speak with Swanberg about his films.

LOL is now out on DVD.

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New and Coming Releases: August 28, 2007

Women-centered films, as well as a show about all shapes of Heroes, spastic ice-skaters and spastic air guitar "champs," all highlight this week's new releases. That and the final Prime Suspect series. It's a glorious week! Read on for more of this week's new releases and titls coming soon to DVD.

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"Corruption is akin to war crimes." Jason Kohn on Manda Bala.

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Winner of the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at Sundance earlier this year (as well as the Cinematography Award), Manda Bala "has a lot more to do with fiction filmmaking than with journalism or with much that we expect from documentaries," notes David D'Arcy in his introduction to his long and fascinating talk with director Jason Kohn. This stylized approach may have put off a few critics, but not Kohn's mentor, Errol Morris, who has told him, "This is not a movie about Brazil. This is a movie about the United States in five years."

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Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck: Among The Lives of Others

"Every novice filmmaker aspires to have their first feature praised by their peers. If they're extremely fortunate, their earliest work will be embraced by critics and well-attended by audiences. Less often, their first feature will even be lauded with awards in their home country and abroad." remarks Jonathan Marlow of Florian Henckle von Donnersmarck whose remarkable new drama The Lives of Others has won several German Lola's and has been nominated by the Academy. Marlow had a chance to talk with Donnersmarck here in San Francisco.

And now the film, which won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film, is out on DVD.

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The Big Bad Swim is a Small Good Movie.

"That a film this good - smart, accessible, enjoyable - was passed over for theatrical release shows a stunning lack of judgment on the part of current distributors," James van Maanen wrote recently at Guru. "The Big Bad Swim has appeared (and won awards in the process) at national festivals from Tribecca to Maui, Seattle to Rhode Island and internationally from Munich to Karlovy Vary, Avignon and Zurich, and managed one-week releases in Allentown, Pennsylvania and Portland, Oregon, with individual screenings in Chicago and Fort Lauderdale, where it was lapped up by critics and audiences alike. For the rest of us, thank God for DVD."

 

James talks with director Ishai Setton and screenwriter Daniel Schechter.

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Screenings in Seattle: GC members get on the guest list

GreenCine is proud to be a sponsor of an excellent film event in Seattle put together by our friends at The Warren Report: The Act Now series of monthly screenings of stellar, progressive documentaries.

Their first screening was this past Tuesday - the stirring eco-doc The 11th Hour, narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio - at the Seattle Art Museum, but there will be a bunch more throughout the fall. If you're a GreenCine member and would like to get on the guest list to see these screenings for free, email us at pr@greencine.com to let us know. Then we can tell The Warren Report who is coming and how many.

The screening schedule:

September 7: CLASS ACT (touching doc about art education in schools)
October 26: RUNNING DRY (scary doc about the global water crisis)
November 16: ORANGE REVOLUTION (about a group of ordinary citizens engaged in extraordinary acts of political protest in the Ukraine)
December 14: TBA

Let us know which of these you'd like to attend, your name and GreenCine member name, and an email address, and we'll put you on the list!

 

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Scott Frank, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Matthew Goode Keep their Eyes Peeled

Interview By Jeffrey M. Anderson

As all screenwriters eventually must, the talented Scott Frank makes his directorial debut with the dramatic thriller The Lookout. Aside from his talent, Frank has enjoyed a very lucky career, seeing his screenplays for the most part produced by the right people at the right time, resulting in films like Kenneth Branagh's Dead Again (1991), Jodie Foster's Little Man Tate (1991), Barry Sonnenfeld's Get Shorty (1995), Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight (1998) and Steven Spielberg's Minority Report (2002).

The Lookout is now out on DVD.

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Bunuel's well: Two from a master

Any time a previously unreleased film by Luis Buñuel arrives on DVD, it's an event. And here we have two. Truth be told, one of them - Gran Casino - can only be called an interesting misfire, but the other, The Young One, is a forgotten masterpiece. Just one of two English-language films Buñuel ever made, and it's also, wrote Slant's Ed Gonzalez, his "most expressive film—it's setting may be Spartan but its look is scarcely unceremonious. Framed by a monophonic rendition of 'Sinner Man' by Leon Bibb, the film has the scorching emotional urgency of a black spiritual...Not a single frame is wasted."

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New and Coming Releases: August 7, 2007

Next week will be a huge releasing week, so this week is fairly quiet -- but still some good titles out there.

Check out this week's new releases and a ton of titles coming out soon!

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New on DVD: July 31, 2007

A smallish new releasing week but still some good variety to be bad - Brit-flicks, epics, indies, some anime - something for everyone.

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