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Cedar Rapids – A Town, Uninsurable

Posted 17 Jul 2011 — by contributor
Category Film Reviews, Movies I Got

By Scott Martin

Cedar Rapids, USA, 2011

Directed by Miguel Arteta

Cedar Rapids is a character piece. Not just a screwball comedy, though it is that.Most of the time during this film, I thought to myself, “This feels like an Alexander Payne movie.” Payne, for those unaware, directed wonderful and heartfelt movies like Election (1999) and Sideways (2004). Sure enough, by the time the credits rolled, Payne’s name was listed as a producer for the picture; his fingerprints are all over it, though this is a bit more screwball than anything he would normally direct. The actual director here, Miguel Arteta (Chuck & Buck, The Good Girl), doesn’t have the handle on human sympathy that Payne might, but he certainly hits it pretty close to home. Certainly pretty far from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, which doesn’t seem to hold much sympathy for those who pass through it. Read More

The Hangover Part II – Completely The Same, But Exactly Different

Posted 13 Jun 2011 — by contributor
Category Film Reviews, Movies I Didn't Get

By Scott Martin

The Hangover Part II, USA, 2011

Directed by Todd Phillips

The Hangover Part II is a 2011 American comedy film and sequel to 2009's The Hangover.You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have The Hangover Part II, a movie that takes everything clever and amusing about its first part and turns it into something of a retread. We’ve seen it all before, and we certainly know the story: a few friends get way too drunk, wake up with no memory of anything that happened, and have to go on a fact-finding mission to recover the pieces of the night before. The film falls into the trap of its formula and can’t seem to get out. It worked in the first one because there’s no reason that any of that stuff should have happened – it wasn’t in the nature of those characters – but now it is in their nature, we’re taught to expect it, and there’s no reason it should have happened. Again. Maybe that’s funny to some people, but it belies the originality of the characters, characters I grew to love in the first film. Read More

Sundance Film Fest Moving To A City Near You

Posted 09 Dec 2010 — by Jason A. Hill
Category Film Industry News

By Jason A. Hill

Sundance Film Festival marquee movies i didnt getIn a press release today, the Sundance Institute announced that it will host its famed film festival in nine different cities in January.

PARK CITY, UTAH – Sundance Institute today announced the films from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival scheduled to screen in theaters in nine different cities, including the newly added Seattle, Washington Egyptian Theatre, on the evening of Thursday, January 27, 2011. The screenings are part of Sundance Film Festival USA, designed to introduce the Festival experience to film-loving audiences nationwide. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival opens January 20 and runs through January 30 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Read More