SHORT TAKE: “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” (**)

Posted by · 4:13 pm · October 5th, 2010

BFI London Film Festival (LFF coverage will begin in earnest when the fest itself kicks off next Wednesday. However, given that this film is opening Stateside on Friday, it made sense to yank the review forward.) Hitherto a pair of the brightest lights on the American indie-film scene, writing-directing duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck […]

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‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story’ trailer

Posted by · 3:40 pm · July 14th, 2010

After a great debut and follow-up in 2006’s “Half Nelson” and last year’s “Sugar,” Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are back with the Zach Galifianakis-starring “It’s Kind of a Funny Story.” The trailer hit Yahoo! Movies yesterday and it shows the sort of performance-piece promise we’ve come to expect of the filmmaking duo.  Click on […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Original players

Posted by · 2:44 pm · November 16th, 2009

When I had the unmitigated gall last week to project a set of winners for this year’s Oscar race, I was a bit startled at how easy Mark Boal’s script for “The Hurt Locker” slid into the Best Original Screenplay slot.  Looking over the landscape of contenders in the category, it’s a little obvious why […]

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5/18 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:20 am · May 18th, 2009

• “Star Trek” looks to be a hit off-world. [The Carpetbagger] • It looks like Kenneth Branagh and Marvel have found their Thor: Chris Hemsworth from “Star Trek.” [Deadline Hollywood Daily] • Jeff Sneider takes a long, hard look at the MTV Movie Awards. [Examiner.com] • Tom O’Neil poses the obvious question: Will “Angels & […]

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‘Sugar’ deserves a look

Posted by · 11:22 am · April 6th, 2009

Chad didn’t bring up Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s “Sugar” in this weekend’s Sunday Cents column because, on 11 theaters, the film brought in a modest $71,000.  And it probably won’t move the needle much throughout its run where box office is concerned.  But I felt a need to put it back up on the […]

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‘Sugar’ trailer

Posted by · 10:38 am · February 2nd, 2009

I’ve already expressed my admiration for “Sugar,” the wonderful new baseball-oriented social drama from “Half Nelson” creators Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden. So has Kris. This trailer possibly makes the film look a little broader and more conventional than it really is, but I can assure you it’s going to be one of the year’s […]

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INTERVIEW: Ryan Gosling

Posted by · 1:48 pm · November 28th, 2006

Ryan Gosling is a smooth customer. Lacking pretension so much that one can’t even find a hint of his intending to steer clear of it, the actor recently celebrated his 26th birthday on November 12th. This following a year that has seen his directorial debut come to pre-production light, a coveted spot amongst GQ’s annual […]

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