This week on Indiewire marked the end of Oscar season and we looked back to examine how that spectacle compares to the film festival circuit. In addition, we let you know what indie releases to check out now that the film world has returned to some semblance of normalcy.
Other events this week include the launch of our Criticwire blog; Harvey Weinstein continued his campaign for “Bully” to get a PG-13; we talk with Justin Kurzel about his serial killer flick “The Snowtown Murders”; and we tell you what to see on DVD/Blu-ray and on VOD this month.
Check below for all the best news, reviews, interviews, and features this week on Indiewire:
Ted Hope and David Guggenheim Headline 2012 Hot Docs’ Annual Conference
The Hot Docs Festival has announced this year’s annual documentary film conference, Doc to the Future.
Tribeca Film Festival Opens April 18 with ‘Five-Year Engagement’ Starring Emily Blunt and Jason Segel
The Tribeca Film Festival will open April 18 with Nicholas Stoller’s “Five-Year Engagement,” starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt.
Matt Singer Joins Indiewire With the Launch of the Criticwire Blog
If you believe the hype, film criticism faces extinction. Indiewire sees it differently.
Weinstein’s MPAA ‘Bully’ Battle Hits Internet With Web Petition
The Weinstein Company will be releasing Lee Hirsch’s documentary “Bully” this year, and were hoping to screen the film in schools nationwide.
Criticwire Pick: It’s a B-/C+ Kind of Weekend
Every week, we try to highlight a film or two that has been widely praised by members of our Criticwire network. But sometimes there’s just no clear pick.
‘Being Flynn’ Makes a Case For Reading the Book First
At times, “Being Flynn” is a gorgeous, compelling adaptation of Nick Flynn’s gritty memoir, “Another Bullshit Night in Suck City.”
Critical Consensus: Jamsheed Akrami and Godfrey Cheshire Discuss Jafar Panahi’s ‘This Is Not A Film’
Critical Consensus is a biweekly feature in which two critics from Indiewire’s Criticwire network discuss new films with Indiewire’s chief film critic, Eric Kohn.
Does “The Snowtown Murders” Get a Little Too Personal With Killer Rage?
The 1999 serial murders that took place in a sleepy town in Southern Australian don’t just provide the inspiration for “The Snowtown Murders,” Justin Kurzel’s nightmarish directorial debut.
FUTURES: ‘The Snowtown Murders’ Director Goes Home To Tell a Grisly True Story
Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel didn’t hold back with his feature directorial debut “The Snowtown Murders,” a grisly true account of one of the worst serial killer cases in the country’s history.
Meet Over 25 of the 2012 SXSW Filmmakers on Indiewire
As has been the case for several years now, Indiewire is the place to get to known the SXSW filmmakers ahead of the annual festival in Austin, Texas.
‘Black Butterflies’ Star Carice van Houten: ‘I’m not a Bond girl…I’m a nerd man!’
The gorgeous and talented Dutch actress Carice van Houten, best known for her acclaimed lead turn in “Black Book” from bad boy auteur Paul Verhoeven (“Basic Instinct”), turns in another searing dramatic performance as doomed real life South African poet Ingrid Jonker, in “Black Butterlies.”
The 10 Films to Watch on VOD This March
Indiewire has weeded through the films hitting VOD this March to bring you 10 to look out for.
Indian Documentaries Are Enjoying a Renaissance, But You Can’t See Them. Here’s Why.
Something new is happening to Indian documentaries. But so far, it’s not very easy to find them.
A Former Employee Asks Harvey Weinstein: Can You Stop Being a Bully?
We’ve read — and written — a lot about “Bully” lately.
The 8 Indie Films You Must See This March
Goodbye, Oscars. After two months of specialty releases largely centered around awards season, March marks something of a return to normalcy.
First Person: Writer Nick Flynn Saw Paul Dano and Julianne Moore Flash His Life Before Him in ‘Being Flynn’
In a First Person piece for Indiewire, titled “Being Me,” writer Nick Flynn opens up about what it was like seeing his life brought to screen in “Being Flynn.”
The 2012 Oscars and the Film Festival Circuit: Why Cannes Trumped All
With the award season a two-day-old memory, it’s time to offer a scorecard on the relationship between Oscar and a whole other film-related monster: the festival.
Why ‘Myth of the American Sleepover’ Tops This Week’s DVD/Blu-ray Releases
This week on DVD/Blu-ray:
Critic’s Notebook: Survive the Oscars By Focusing on Small Victories
Let’s try, for a moment, not to talk about “The Artist.”