The award winning feature Never Rarely Sometimes Always centers on Autumn (Sidney Flanigan), a teenager who travels to New York City with her cousin (Talia Ryder) to get an abortion. Directed by Eliza Hittman, the tale centers on how these young women persevere through a difficult time, away from their family, with only strangers to aid them on their journey. The picture won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival.
This is Ryder’s first film, and working with Hittman was a life changing experience. “What makes the story such a standout is Eliza’s attention to the little moments that we may not be able to appreciate in our everyday life,” said Ryder, who will also be seen later this year in Steven Spielberg’sWest Side Story. “Just the shots of Theo’s hand touching my arm on the bus, interrupting that bubble to the pinky promise to the moment in the bakery. All the things that we brush off in our everyday life are a much bigger representation to who we are and the world that we live in. I think after seeing that film and seeing Eliza’s attention to that detail it definitely affected how I look at things in my own life.”
Ryder’s acting career started with a co-starring role in Broadway’s Matilda). Click on the media bar to hear what motivates her as an actor:
Never Rarely Sometimes Always is now playing in select theaters.
Lost Transmissions centers on Hannah (Juno Temple) a songwriter who attempts to help her friend Theo (Simon Pegg) navigate through his battles with schizophrenia. Theo, a respected record producer, inspires Hannah to dive deeper into her music, so on one level he is bringing some much added value to her career. Hannah ends up being Theo’s go-to friend during his times of crisis, and his situation is worsened by his continuing refusal to take his medication.
Directed and penned by Katharine O’Brien, this Los Angeles set story features lived in performances by Pegg and Temple. The feature’s script, inspired by O’Brien’s own experiences with helping a friend in need, comes from a real place. When effectively done, such stories develop in an organic (and not plot driven) fashion.
“I just believe that you have to be true to your maxim of what you’re trying to tell,” said O’Brien. “The DNA that’s inherent to the core of your story. That should inform the plot and that should inform the structure. This film is really about this (space) between these two people who are trying to communicate but really can’t, so there are long takes that lets that awkwardness play out. It’s asking the audience to engage (with the story).
Click on the media bar to hear O’Brien discuss why Juno Temple was “perfect” for the role of Hannah:
Lost Transmissions, co-starring Alexandra Daddario, is now playing in theaters and is available On Demand.
Tom Hanks penned the script and stars in Greyhound, a WWII set thriller that is based on the C.S. Forester novel The Good Shepherd.
Captain Ernest Krause (Hanks) is a commander whose destroyer is placed in the middle of a perilous battle with a slew of Nazi U-boats. With limited help from Allied aircraft, the odds are against the USS Keeling making it out of this fight in one piece. Aaron Schneider (Get Low) directs the feature which co-stars Rob Morgan and Elisabeth Shue. With Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers (Hanks produced the series with Steven Spielberg) under his belt, Hanks knows how to craft a war film. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Directed by Justin Lee, Final Kill centers Mickey Rome (Ed Morrone) a sarcastic mercenary who is tasked with protecting a couple in Central America. Rome has his work cut out for him, as the lovers are holed up in a beautiful mansion that should be an easy target for the crime organization that’s looking for blood. Final Kill also boast an array of go-to character actors (Billy Zane, Randy Couture, Danny Trejo, Johnny Messner) to flesh out the narrative.
In the past several years, Lee has directed a healthy array of films (including the 2019 Western Badland), and he is not a director to sit and wait for the material to find him.
“Whether that’s (filming) something larger or going out with my own money and making a $10,000 film,” said Lee. “I will continue to do that to keep the ball moving forward and keep working. I’ve made a couple of larger films in a sense but they are still small indies. I usually am only operating with small capital in movies so it’s trying to always make something larger than what you really have. That’s always a struggle.”
Click on the media bar to hear Lee discuss how such 1980s films as 48 Hrs. and Midnight Run helped influence the comedic tone that’s layered into Final Kill:
Final Kill hits theaters, On Demand, and Digital on March 6.
Based on the bestselling novel by James Patterson and Liza Marklund, The Postcard Killings centers on New York Detective Jacob Kanon’s (The Walking Dead’sJeffrey Dean Morgan) search for the person (or maybe killers?) involved in the London murder of his son-in-law and daughter. The picture is directed by Danis Tanovic (Death in Sarajevo, Tigers).
Before his recent success on The Walking Dead, Morgan toplined the short-lived series Magic City and also had a memorable recurring role in Grey’s Anatomy. On the feature film side, Morgan has starred in Watchmen, The Losers, and the underrated thriller Desierto.
Movies that have been adapted from James Patterson’s work includes Alex Cross, Kiss The Girls and Along Came A Spider. Marklund’s novels Nobel’s Last Film and Paradise have been turned into films (she penned the screenplay for both).
The Postcard Killings, co-starring Famke Janssen and Cush Jumbo, hits theaters, On Demand, and Digital on March 13. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Directed by Andy Palmer, Camp Cold Brook centers on a reality show host named Jack Wilson (Chad Michael Murray) who, along with his crew (Danielle Harris co-stars as his producer), investigate a camp that is reportedly haunted. Campers were drowned in a nearby creek some 20 years ago, and Jack is determined to uncover this mystery (or at least revive his soon to be canceled show).
Palmer had the benefit of collaborating with filmmaker Joe Dante (Gremlins, The ‘Burbs) for Camp Cold Brook, as Dante served as an executive producer on the project. During his early years in the industry, Dante worked with producer Roger Corman, and that mentorship has had a marked influence on his respective career. Thus, helping independent movies is a passion of Dante’s.
“At my company Renfield, we’ve been on occasion, getting involved with backing independent pictures that are made by people who can use a little help trying to get them set up,” said Dante. “When this script came along, my partner Mark Alan and I thought that this was probably a pretty good bet as something we understand and could contribute to and hopefully get made. The whole business now is about trying to get your picture made.”
Click on the media bar to hear Dante talk about how he appreciated the steady and suspenseful approach to Camp Cold Brook’s narrative.
Camp Cold Brook is now playing in select theaters and is available On Demand and Digital.