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Interview: Gabe & Alan Polsky On 'The Motel Life,' Future Projects And Producing For Werner Herzog

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • November 8, 2013 2:14 PM
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Motel Life, Alan & Gabe Polsky
Well, it's been a long time coming, nearly a year in fact since its 2012 Rome Film Festival debut, where it picked up three awards—editing, screenplay and the coveted Audience Award—but "The Motel Life" (our review here) is finally making its way onto screens this week. The debut film from producing-turned-directing brothers Gabe and Alan Polsky, starring Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff with Dakota Fanning in a small role, the film is based on the 2006 novel by musician and writer Willy Vlautin and tells the story of two brothers who flee their Reno motel after getting involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident.

New York Film Festival Wrap-Up: My 5 Favorite Films

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 14, 2013 4:08 PM
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51st New York Film Festival Wrap-Up
The 51st New York Film Festival is quickly coming to a close and it’s frankly taken us a little by surprise how fast its ended (this is also a way to say, damn, we’re still a little behind on some reviews). But it has been an excellent festival, so like Oli's more contemporaneous BFI London Film Festival diaries, I wanted to recap what I've seen so far. While there was no secret screening—director Kent Jones' dream of bringing Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf Of Wall Street" to the fest were squashed when Scorsese fell behind in his editing—this year's festival was still one of NYFF's best.

NYFF: Jim Jarmusch & Tilda Swinton Talk The Vampire Romance Of ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 14, 2013 3:03 PM
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While she arrived a little late, Tilda Swinton made a grand entrance at the New York Film Festival press conference for “Only Lovers Left Alive," Jim Jarmusch’s meditative, moody and yet hilarious look at a vampire relationship that has spanned centuries. The movie stars Tom Hiddleston and Swinton as Adam and Eve, two vampire lovers separated by continents, she in Tangiers and he in bombed out Detroit. But the duo have to reuinte when Adam, an Über-hip but anti-hipster musician, who would rather not have his music out in the world because that would taint it, goes through a kind of existential and perhaps even suicidal crisis (read our full review here).

Karlovy Vary Awards: Ben Wheatley's 'A Field In England' & 'Bluebird' Among Winners

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • July 6, 2013 4:25 PM
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...and so our short sojourn to the 2013 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival draws to a close. Our time here this year was so brief that we feel guilty in not having seen more of the films In Competition, and across the various diverse and always thoughtfully-stocked sidebars, but now that the awards have been announced, we know we’ll have a starting point for all the catching up we’ve got to do.

Karlovy Vary Review: ’The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • July 4, 2013 9:30 AM
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“That’s going straight in the scrapbook” says director Shane Meadows early on in his music documentary “The Stone Roses: Made of Stone” which played at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival today, having already opened in early June in the U.K. and Ireland. He’s referring to a scribbled note left to him by one of the band members about something incidental, and his endearing awe at having this personalized piece of the One True Cross in his hands is indicative of his approach to the material overall -- sometimes for the charming better but occasionally for the enervating worse. Here Meadows is fan first and director second, and while the film will no doubt satisfy and engage even dormant Stone Roses fans, those coming to it expecting a little more of Meadows’ distinctive authorial imprint, or, really anything beyond a standard and rather conventional rise-and-fall-and-rise-again narrative may be disappointed.

L.A. Film Fest: Spike Jonze Unveils Two Clips From 'Her' During Chat With David O. Russell

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 24, 2013 2:33 PM
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Spike Jonze sat down for a chat with his best buddy David O. Russell on Saturday at the Los Angeles Film Fest to talk about his career and unveil two new clips from his upcoming film, “Her,” starring Joaquin Phoenix, Chris Pratt, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde and Scarlett Johansson. We’ll have more highlights from their freewheeling chat ranging from Jonze’s early skate and music video days and more later on, but first we wanted to give you the details on the clips from “Her.”

Watch: Exclusive Teaser Trailer for LA Film Fest Doc 'Levitated Mass'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 11, 2013 10:05 AM
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With the Los Angeles Film Festival kicking off later this week (be sure to check back for more coverage from the fest), today we have a teaser trailer for one of the docs that will be making its debut at the fest -- "Levitated Mass," about the land art installation of the same name at the L.A. County Museum of Art.

Cannes 2013: 'Blue Is The Warmest Color' Wins Top Palme d'Or Award; Coen Brothers Take Runner-Up Prize

  • By The Playlist
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  • May 26, 2013 1:50 PM
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Abdellatif Kechiche's 'Blue is the Warmest Color', Lea Seydoux
Ten days or so of the annual cinephile orgy that is the Cannes Film Festival draws to a close today, and Steven Spielberg and his jury have decided which movies were the best of heap on the Croisette. It was an interesting year at Cannes in 2013, with American films putting forth a strong showing in all categories, while auteurs ranging from Claire Denis to Jim Jarmusch to Roman Polanski and more all brought their latest works.

Cannes: Tilda Swinton Suggests ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ Could Be A Documentary For The Outsiders Of The World; Jim Jarmusch Won’t Analyze This

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 25, 2013 3:12 PM
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Only lovers lef Alive, Cannes
The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival is quickly coming to a close. In fact the Un Certain Regard winners were just announced a short while ago (you can catch up with them right here). This year’s line-up, unlike years past, positioned a lot of heavyweights near the end of the festival, filmmakers like Roman Polanski, whose “Venus In Fur” screened today, and Jim Jarmusch, whose deadpan, odd and deeply enjoyable vampire movie “Only Lovers Left Alive” screened last night (you can read our review right here).

Cannes Review: Emmanuelle Seigner A Raucous Revelation In Polanski’s Otherwise Stagy, Pointless ‘Venus In Fur’

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 25, 2013 1:04 PM
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Ever had the feeling, when the credits roll and the lights go up, that you’ve been watching a completely different film to everyone else? Welcome to our morning, which was spent at a screening of the last Cannes 2013 competition film, Roman Polanski’s adaptation of the David Ives broadway play “Venus in Fur.”

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