Finding Vivian Maier

Fascinating.

The Legend of Cool “Disco” Dan

DC History right here. Narrated by Henry Rollins, and premiering February 23rd at the AFI Silver Theater located in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Discover the “other” Washington of the 1980s through the story of legendary graffiti artist Cool “Disco” Dan, a mysterious, ubiquitous presence during the height of go-go music, record crime rates and city-wide dysfunction. Few people knew every block of the city like Dan, and as intrigue about his identity grew, his illegal scrawl became a unifying force for a city on the verge of chaos. Narrated by DC native Henry Rollins and featuring interviews with “Mayor for Life” Marion Barry, civil rights activist Rev. Walter Fauntroy, punk rock historian and activist Mark Andersen and musicians Chuck Brown and Ian MacKaye, this documentary from filmmakers Joseph Pattisall and Roger Gastman (producer, EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP) tells a fascinating chapter of DC history.

DIR Joseph Pattisall; PROD Roger Gastman. US, 2012, color and b&w, 90 min. NOT RATED

Tickets here

Spring Breakers

Harmony Korine’s latest film should be a trip.

A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III

We’re looking forward to this film. In theaters February 8th.

Written and Directed by Roman Coppola, and starring Charlie Sheen, Jason Schwarztman, Bill Murray, Aubrey Plaza, and Patricia Arquette.

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Trailer Party

So many good movies to see this weekend. Shut off your cell phone, disconnect from the world and be entertained.

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That Unofficial 7-Minute Hobbit Trailer To Keep You Indoors A Little Longer on this Sunday Morning

 

Available Today

Bones Brigade: An Autobiography

Buy it on the site or on iTunes

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Lunchtime Laughter

The trailer for The Comedy starring Tim Heidecker.

Trailer Party

Thanks to our fearless intern Katie, we have a new feature rolling out with our recommendations for when you want just want to shut off your cell phone, disconnect from the world and be entertained. Yes, that’s right. Movies.

Frankenweenie, Directed by Tim Burton

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Now On iTunes

A Love Letter For You

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Salad Days: The Birth of Punk Rock in the Nation’s Capital

Over the last 30 years or so, DC has played a quiet, yet impactful role in shaping music culture. So it’s pretty easy to get excited for this upcoming documentary.

“SALAD DAYS  is a documentary-in-progress that examines the fertile Washington, DC punk scene of the 1980s. This was a particularly important time in the evolution of punk and independent music, with DC based bands like Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Black Market Baby, the Faith, the Slickee Boys, Void, Government Issue, Marginal Man, Dag Nasty, 9353, Gray Matter, Beefeater, Scream, Rites of Spring, Fugazi, Shudder to Think, Nation of Ulysses, Jawbox and others defining the DC aesthetic. Local record labels like Dischord, Fountain of Youth, Teen Beat, and Simple Machines would become standard-bearers for the DIY revolution.”

Watch the trailer after the jump

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Wayne White, The Pee-Wee Years

Wayne White is the subject of a new movie, Beauty is Embarrassing, and it happens to be Pee-Wee Herman’s 60th birthday today. What better way to combine the two into a post than by looking through White’s work on the cult classic television show Pee-Wee’s Playhouse?

See more here, and the trailer after the jump.

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La Source

The premiere of this documentary is this Friday, August 3rd in NYC, followed by the LA premiere on August 10th.

“After an earthquake devastates his beloved country, a Haitian Princeton janitor seeks the support of the privileged community he serves everyday and sacrifices everything to revive his lifelong dream to bring what is most fundamental to his village’s survival; clean water.”

Ruby Sparks

Ruby Sparks—the latest film from husband-and-wife directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris—is about Calvin (Paul Dano), a twenty-something writer struggling to produce a follow-up to his first novel, which he wrote in his teens and became a bestseller.

In an attempt to overcome his writer’s block, Calvin sees a therapist (Elliot Gould), who gives him an assignment to write about his ideal woman. Calvin dreams up a 26-year-old artist named Ruby (Zoe Kazan), who is redheaded, bright and outspoken. The more Calvin writes about her, the more real she becomes, until one morning, when he wakes up and finds a very real Ruby, half-dressed and nonchalantly eating cereal, in his kitchen.

The film’s storyline is reminiscent of the Greek myth Pygmalion, or even Weird Science (one of our favorite movies, for all the wrong reasons). But comparisons to the 1980s science-fiction flick stop there—where Wyatt and Gary create Lisa, a supervixen willing to fulfill their every fantasy, Calvin’s Ruby is a quirky and fully realized character, which means she is not perfect. And when Calvin vows to never write about her again, she becomes individualistic and temperamental, and it’s these aspects of her personality, the parts he did not write, which allow him to understand what it really means to love someone else.

Overall, Ruby Sparks is funny and smart—a rarity in the romantic-comedy subgenre—and despite its imaginative concept, the film succeeds in feeling genuine and delivering an important message about relationships and independence.

You can make Ruby real here. (Just try not to give her knee shooters, you little maniacs.)

Morning Dose of The Dark Knight Rises

A 13-minute featurette for you this morning.

GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling

Yes.

The kickstarter could use some help too.

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Beasts of the Southern Wild

In a remote part of the Louisiana delta, cut off from civilization by a levee is a Bayou community known solely as ‘The Bathtub.’ A place where the only luxury is living, and where death is celebrated as joyously as birth. Making something out of nothing is the spirit of both this fictitious community, and the filmmakers who brought this story to life.

Beasts of the Southern Wild is the debut feature from New Orleans filmmaker Benh Zeitlin. A magical, emotional tale centering on a wise little girl named Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) and the obstacles she faces existing inside a community in constant struggle to retain its independence. Raised by a strong-handed single father named Wink (Dwight Henry) in a two trailer compound on stilts, Hushpuppy is taught everything she knows in order to survive on her own in a world full of uncertainty. Presented with a string of catastrophes—from a Katrina-type storm surge to her father’s mysterious illness—Hushpuppy navigates between childhood fantasy with an innate connection to nature, and the reality of her surroundings in a place whose future is unclear.

Created on a minimal budget, Beasts of the Southern Wild delivers raw, exemplary performances from its cast—both father and daughter are first time actors, plucked from the state of Louisiana, itself—and cinematic beauty with a mixture of still and handheld shots. These feats have not gone unnoticed, as the film received the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature at Sundance, and the coveted Caméra d’Or for best first film at Cannes.

Beasts of the Southern Wild is a film you take your mother to if you want her to end up in tears, and your girlfriend to if you want to see how long she can keep it together. A test that unsurprisingly you’ll be challenged with as well.

Opening in select theaters this Wednesday, July 27th.

 

Lunchtime Laughter

The Do-Deca-Pentathalon

Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present

Coming out on HBO July 2nd.

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