Recent Posts in ‘The Film Stage’

BIFF Review: ‘Working Man’ Explores the Worries and Values in a Rust Belt Town

posted:   2019-10-18

BIFF 2019 ReviewIndependent; 108 minutes Director: Robert Jury Written by Jared Mobarak on October 18, 2019  The title Working Man only deals with one aspect of Robert Jury’s film about the effects of a rust belt town’s last factory closing. Allery Parkes (Peter Gerety) is a “working man,” but his breaking-in to continue working without […]

New to Streaming: ‘The Laundromat,’ ‘Stars in My Crown,’ ‘Wounds,’ ‘Sweetheart,’ and More

posted:   2019-10-18

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options—not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves–each week we highlight the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here. 3 From Hell (Rob Zombie) With 3 From Hell, Zombie is intent on ripping […]

A.J. Edwards’ ‘Age Out,’ Formerly Known as ‘Friday’s Child,’ Gets Trailer Ahead of November Release

posted:   2019-10-17

One my favorite debuts this decade was A.J. Edwards’ young Lincoln tale The Better Angels. Terrence Malick’s longtime collaborator has now returned with a modern-day tale for his follow-up. Premiering at festivals as Friday’s Child but now going by Age Out for the theatrical release, the drama stars Tye Sheridan, Imogen Poots, Caleb Landry Jones, […]

NYC Weekend Watch: ‘Sátántangó,’ Tales of Downtown Tokyo, Blake Edwards & More

posted:   2019-10-17

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not […]

Exclusive Restoration Trailer: Joan Micklin Silver’s ‘A Fish in the Bathtub’ Starring Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara & Mark Ruffalo

posted:   2019-10-17

New York City’s Quad Cinema has done a great service in spotlighting the oft-overlooked films of Joan Micklin Silver, screening Hester Street, Crossing Delancey, and Old Enough in various series since they’ve relaunched. With Cohen Film Collection, they also gave a run to a restored Between the Lines, and now another restoration from the director is opening […]

Lav Diaz on the Desire for Epic Runtimes, Not Voting for the Oscars, and the Problem with Big Film Festivals

posted:   2019-10-17

Known for his epic–and epically long–films that examine the woeful past and troubled present of the Philippines, Lav Diaz has established an unmistakable name for himself and become a staple at A-list film festivals worldwide over the last decade.  He was awarded the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize at the Berlinale for his 8-hour opus […]

Robert Eggers Sets Cast for Viking Drama ‘The Northman,’ Including Nicole Kidman, a Pair of Skarsgårds & More

posted:   2019-10-16

With his black-and-white, surreal second feature The Lighthouse making its way to theaters starting this week, Robert Eggers is already looking ahead. He’s now set up his third feature, and it won’t be his long-gestating Nosferatu remake. Rather, The Witch director will be helming the Viking drama The Northman. Set to star both Alexander and […]

BIFF Review: ‘Foosballers’ Shows the Sport Isn’t Merely a Recreational Bar Game

posted:   2019-10-16

BIFF 2019 ReviewIndependent; 95 minutes Director: Joe Heslinga Written by Jared Mobarak on October 16, 2019  Sports documentaries are generally allowed to make some assumptions. Talk about baseball, football, basketball, hockey, or soccer can gloss over the structural details and rulebooks because those coming to watch a story about a certain player or team are […]

Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie Uncover a ‘Bombshell’ in New Trailer

posted:   2019-10-16

Getting a jump on Adam McKay when it comes to a comedy career turned political, Meet the Parents and Austin Powers director Jay Roach is back with another timely feature after Recount and Game Change. Arriving in theaters this December is Bombshell, which follows a group of women at Fox News who aim to take […]

How Bong Joon Ho’s ‘Parasite’ Finds the Humanity and Tragedy in Modern Society

posted:   2019-10-16

Note: This article includes spoilers for Parasite. South Korean auteur Bong Joon Ho’s platform has grown considerably in the West following his two American co-productions Snowpiercer and Okja, both of which had issues with theatrical distribution. Thankfully these woes aren’t being repeated with Parasite, which is already connecting with U.S. audiences. His Palme d’Or winner […]

David Fincher Unveils ‘Mank’ Ensemble: Meet Orson Welles, Marion Davies & More

posted:   2019-10-15

20 years ago on this day, Fight Club was released. Since his cult hit, David Fincher has made six films but the wait for his seventh will be the longest yet. After briefly flirting with a World War Z sequel, it was confirmed this summer that the director would be next helming Mank, a black-and-white biopic […]

U.S. Teaser for ‘Weathering with You,’ from ‘Your Name’ Director Makoto Shinkai

posted:   2019-10-15

After Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name. became one of the highest-grossing films in Japan’s history, the director is returning with his follow-up Weathering with You. With voice work from Kotaro Daigo and Nana Mori, the story follows a lonely high school student who moves to Tokyo where he encounters dreary days and meets a girl who, due to strange circumstances, […]

NYFF Review: ‘State Funeral’ is an Immersion into an Ephemeral Moment of Collective Trauma

posted:   2019-10-15

NYFF 2019 ReviewIndependent; 132 minutes Director: Sergei Loznitsa Written by Jason Ooi on October 15, 2019  The death of Joseph Stalin on March 5, 1953 sent political reverberations around the world, marking a significant power shift that would inevitably alter the geopolitical landscape altogether; Stalin, widely controversial but influential nonetheless, had been involved in Soviet […]

The Film Stage Show Ep. 368 – Gemini Man

posted:   2019-10-15

Welcome, one and all, to the latest episode of The Film Stage Show! Today, Michael Snydel, Bill Graham, and Brian Roan are joined by The B-Side co-host Conor O’Donnell to discuss Ang Lee’s Gemini Man. Brian Roan also talks about the new Breaking Bad movie El Camino. Be sure to listen to The B-Side episode on Will Smith […]

Mia Wasikowska Plots Revenge in First Trailer for ‘Judy & Punch’

posted:   2019-10-14

Mia Wasikowska’s latest outing, directed by Mirrah Foulkes in her feature debut, finds her smashing the patriarchy. The Sundance selection Judy & Punch tells a revenge plot set in the medieval era, which also happens to combine puppetry and vaudeville in a darkly humorous twist. Set to open in select theaters in the U.K. November […]

Teaser for Jia Zhangke’s ‘So Close to My Land’

posted:   2019-10-14

It’s not a decades-spanning crime drama or speculative sci-fi whatsit, but new films from Jia Zhangke are of note no matter the form. (Being one of the ten most important directors working today has a way of ensuring interest.) He’s been at work on So Close to My Land, a documentary concerning Chinese novelists that […]

NYFF Review: ‘The Traitor’ is an Accessible Arthouse Genre Film About Conscientious Rebellion

posted:   2019-10-14

NYFF 2019 ReviewSony Classics; 145 minutes Director: Marco Bellocchio Written by Jason Ooi on October 14, 2019  Despite 55 long and active years in the film industry and a long list of accolades, Marco Bellocchio remains one of the less recognized Italian auteurs of his stature–an unfathomable distinction when considering the palatable (dare I even […]

BFI London Review: ‘The Aeronauts’ is an Adventurous Family-Friendly Slice of Victorian Nostalgia

posted:   2019-10-14

BFI London 2019 ReviewAmazon Studios; 100 minutes Director: Tom Harper Written by Ed Frankl on October 14, 2019  The Oscar-garlanded pairing of Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones reteam five years after The Theory of Everything for The Aeronauts, an adventurous family-friendly slice of Victorian nostalgia about the exploits of plucky balloonists who risk all for […]

‘The Wave’ Team on Time Travel, the Balance of the Universe, and Being Inspired by ‘Spring Breakers’

posted:   2019-10-13

When we look to the stars, and wonder about our purpose on Earth, we probably ask the same things: “Why are we here? What is it all about? Is there more to the day-in, day-out routine:? Well, I’m sorry to say that I can’t answer that for you. However, director Gille Klabin and writer/producer Carl Lucas try their best to […]

Exploring the Making of a Sci-Fi Masterpiece with ‘Memory: The Origins of Alien’ Director Alexandre O. Philippe

posted:   2019-10-13

For four decades, the world, characters, and mythology of Alien have permeated the minds (and nightmares) of film fans across the globe. In his latest documentary, director Alexandre O. Philippe looks at all the art and history that influenced young Dan O’Bannon, scribe of the 1979 horror classic, and how the film forever captured and changed the mindset of […]