By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire September 30, 2011 at 7:24AM
This week on indieWIRE, we took a look at why indies are vanishing from Netflix, Jeff Nichols talked his latest "Take Shelter," we hyped up the New York Film Festival and much more.
Our Take on the Joe Jonas vs. the Polish Bros. Controversy: Unfortunately, No Law Against Tacky
The indieWIRE Twitter feed this morning included several readers pointing us to coverage surrounding a Joe Jonas video. Not usually our beat, but it stemmed back to the Polish Bros. filmmaking team and their claim that the video for Jonas’ “Just In Love” ripped off their recent film “For Lovers Only.”
Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Lebanon Official Oscar Entry "Where Do We Go Now?"
With Almodovar’s "The Skin I Live In" out of the foreign Oscar race (Spain chose "Black Bread" instead), as I had suggested, Sony Pictures Classics has indeed picked up U.S. rights to its fourth foreign language Oscar submission, Lebanon’s "Where Do We Go Now?," directed by Nadine Labacki, which played at Cannes and beat out considerable competition to win the audience award at Toronto.
Oscar Watch: Spain and Italy Snub Auteurs Almodovar and Moretti
On the foreign Oscar front Spain has disappointed Pedro Almodovar yet again by not picking "The Skin I Live In," which failed to win a prize at Cannes.
Fantastic Fest Lauds “A Boy,” “Bullhead,” “You’re Next” & More at Awards Ceremony
Fantastic Fest awarded honored its winners Monday evening, with Japanese filmmaker Yoshihiro Nakamura’s “A Boy and His Samurai” winning the Audience Award at the event and Michael R. Roskam winning both the Best Picture prize for “Bullhead” and the Best Director nod in FF’s “Next Wave” Spotlight Competition.
“Butter,” “The Rum Diary” and “Coriolanus” Included in Hamptons Film Festival’s Full Lineup
This year’s edition of the Hamptons International Film Festival has unveiled its full lineup.
Lee Daniels To Write And Exec Produce “Valley Of The Dolls” Adaptation For NBC
Lee Daniels has made a deal with NBC, 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment to turn the book into a TV series, with Daniels set to write the pilot and executive produce the series.
Attention, Documentary Producers: ArcLight Cinemas Wants to Give You $10,000
ArcLight Cinemas is launching their first documentary film festival and the winning film’s producer will receive $10,000.
Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival to Feature “The Artist,” “My Week with Marilyn”
The 26th Annual Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival will officially open October 22 with the Florida premiere of Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist."
Brazil’s Oscar Bet “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within,” Opening Soon in US
New Video’s Flatiron Film Company and Variance Films have partnered to theatrically release Brazil’s official submission to the 84th Academy Awards, José Padilha’s crime thriller, “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within,” in the US.
You’re Invited: Pedro Almodovar, the Dardenne Brothers and More Talking to iW at NYFF
Here’s your chance to connect with filmmakers at New York Film Festival at our afternoon talk series beginning this Saturday.
What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews This Week
Everything from a cancer comedy starring Seth Rogen to an ambitious indie starring Michael Shannon hits theaters today. Get an idea of what’s worth catching by reading the reviews published this week on indieWIRE and our blog network.
“Paranormal Activity 3” Premieres Unfinished at Fantastic Fest, But It Closes the Book on “Catfish”
In 2010, “Catfish” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and became an overnight sensation.
REVIEW | Jeff Nichols and Michael Shannon Create American Epic With “Take Shelter”
Part family drama, part psychological thriller, “Take Shelter” manages to succeed as an otherworldly blend of “Field of Dreams” and Noah’s Ark.
FANTASTIC FEST REVIEW | “A Lonely Place to Die” Does ‘90s Action Movies One Better, Until It Doesn’t
The setting is vast but the tension is tight in British director Julian Gilbey’s “A Lonely Place To Die,” a first-rate outdoors suspense yarn about a couple of mountaineers facing off against cold-blooded killers.
REVIEW | “My Joy” Is a Bleak “Slacker” With an Existential Russian Twist
“My Joy,” the first narrative feature from documetarian Sergei Loznitsa, takes a free-wheeling approach to studying the desolate Russian landscape.
Review: Minor-Masterpiece Or Bloated Melodrama? "Margaret" Could Be The Ultimate Argument Starter
A point/couterpoint review of Kenneth Lonergan's long-delayed contentious drama from The Playlist.
FANTASTIC FEST REVIEW | Danish Sex Comedy “Clown” is Raunchy, Fearless and Awesome
Awkward comedy usually finds a home on television, where cable hits like “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” trap their characters in uneasy situations that build to a hilarious finish over the course of 20-odd minutes.
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The Decline of Indies on Netflix: Were They Amputated With the Long Tail?
Netflix was founded on the principle that it provided access to movies—all movies, including the most obscure indie titles.
Will You See This Movie? | Sundance Vet Michael Mohan Returns with Realist Romance “Save the Date”
Michael Mohan (Sundance 2010, “One Too Many Mornings”) and his wife have a very peculiar—one might even say psychic—connection with graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown (“Clumsy”).
Alamo Drafthouse Is Coming to New York and L.A. The Question is Not Just When, But How.
“The Alamo is heaven on Earth,” tweeted Canadian director Panos Cosmatos while in Austin, Texas this week for Fantastic Fest to screen his science-fiction movie “Beyond the Black Rainbow.”
Why Being Visible Matters
Who knew aside from folks on the inner world of documentary film that Ken Burns had an equal partner on his most recent epic documentary series?
Critical Consensus: “Take Shelter” Narrowly Tops “50/50” As The Pick of The Week
Coming off an acclaimed run on the festival circuit, Jeff Nichols’ psychological drama “Take Shelter” opens in limited release this weekend via Sony Pictures Classics, and it’s the pick of the week, according to the folks polled on criticWIRE.
indieWIRE’s 5 Hidden Gems from the 2011 New York Film Festival
The New York Film Festival, which begins September 30, offers plenty on the surface.
Why Fantastic Fest is Theater of the Absurd for Movie Nerds
Eric Kohn on Austin’s rambunctious genre festival, Fantastic Fest.
“The Double Steps” Wins at San Sebastian, But It Won’t Win Audience Awards Anytime Soon
The Spanish film “The Double Steps” from director Isaki Lacuesta won the top prize, the Golden Shell, at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, which ended Saturday.
For Your Consideration: Oscar’s Foreign-Language Race Arrives, Controversy Follows
Peter Knegt on this year's foreign language submissions for Academy Award consideration.
INTERVIEW | “Take Shelter” Director Jeff Nichols on How to Make an Indie Epic
Only two movies out of the gate, Jeff Nichols is making his mark.
Charlton Heston’s Son on “Ben-Hur”: “I thought my dad was a professional chariot driver.”
William Wyler’s epic “Ben-Hur,” gets the deluxe treatment in Warner Bros.’ 50th-anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition.
INTERVIEW | Chris Cornell on Making Music and Movies
Between Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Audioslave and his solo career, Chris Cornell has made a lot of music, but he isn’t a movie-music veteran.
Women on Hollywood: Interview with Agnieszka Holland - Director of "In Darkness"
I was able to interview the Academy Award winning director ("Europa Europa") Agnieszka Holland in Toronto at the debut of her new film about the Holocaust, "In Darkness." "In Darkness" is Poland’s entry to the Academy Award for foreign language picture.
FUTURES | “50/50” Screenwriter Will Reiser on Making Cancer Funny
Reiser translated his close call with cancer in his late twenties into an unlikely comedy, “50/50,” which was originally slated to be directed by Nicole Holofcener.
Watch: The IFP Master Class on How to Finance Your Film
One of the key panels during IFP’s Independent Film Week was the hour-long “Masterclass: How to Finance Your Film,” moderated by Emerging Pictures’ Ira Deutchman.
Video Interview: Michael Shannon Talks Festival Favorite "Take Shelter," General Zod in "Man of Steel"
Thompson on Hollywood interviews "Take Shelter" star Michael Shannon about his character in the film as well as his role in Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel."
In His Own Words | “Finding Joe” Director Shares a Scene From His Joseph Campbell Doc
Below director Patrick Takaya Solomon shares a scene from his documentary “Finding Joe,” a film that delves into the studies of famed philosopher-mythologist Joseph Campbell.
Watch: See Grown Men Do Drugs, Drink and Get Deep in “I Melt With You” Trailer
At number one on criticWIRE’s Most Divisive film list is Mark Pellington’s lurid all-boys romp “I Melt With You.” The film premiered at Sundance earlier this year to an avalanche of negative feedback (46 critics reportedly walked out of the thing at its press screening, per Movieline).
Watch: Nice Job on the Trailer for the 49th New York Film Festival
The trailer for the upcoming 49th New York Film Festival gets the job done: It got us excited for the 17 days of programming to come.
Watch: In the “Human Centipede II” Trailer Not Much is Shown, a Whole Lot Implied
Chances are, you know if you’re the audience for Tom Six’s “The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence),” so the first full-length trailer that dropped overnight won’t sway you either way.
Watch: The “Once” Couple Falls in Love (For Real) in “The Swell Season” Trailer
Fans of “Once” will no doubt be curious to check out “The Swell Season,” a documentary that offers a candid behind-the-scenes look at the real-life couple behind the film’s Oscar-winning music.
Watch: Dominic Monaghan & Elijah Wood Debate WoW, Beat the Crap Out of Each Other
Not only did fans get to catch the world premieres of “The Human Centipede 2” and “Extraterrestrial” at Fantastic Fest this weekend, but they also got to witness Dominic Monaghan and Elijah Wood knock the stuffing out of each other.
Watch: Liam Neeson Gets Stranded With Wolves in “The Grey” Trailer
Liam Neeson has re-teamed with his “A-Team” director Joe Carnahan on the thriller “The Grey,” which finds the “Taken” star leading a team of stranded oil drillers after their plane crashes in the Alaskan wilderness with a pack of blood-hungry wolves.
Watch: Trailer for “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”
“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” is the kind of adaptation that inherently risks slipping to schmaltz. Jonathan Safran Foer is a well-respected author, but the elements include a precocious and eccentric kid, 9/11, the death of a father and the secret he left behind. However, the just-dropped trailer suggests that director Stephen Daldry could have gotten it right.
Breakout Director Jeff Nichols on “Take Shelter” and Fear Fatigue (Video Interview)
Jeff Nichols may not be a familiar name, but no young writer-director - he’s 32 - is better poised to make a leap from the unknown. His second film, "Take Shelter," which Sony Pictures Classics will release on Friday, is simply one of the smartest, most gripping indies to come along in a while.