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IFF Boston 2013: A Black & White Doubleheader of Much Ado About Nothing & Frances Ha


U.S. Release DateJune 7th, 2013

On my last day at the festival, I had the pleasure of catching not one, but two great films. First up is Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, which marks probably the strangest film-to-film transition for a director in the history of cinema. Last year, Whedon wrote and directed the mega-blockbuster smash The Avengers and chose to follow it up with this low-budget modern re-telling of a Shakespeare work that he shot in twelve days at his home. Now Whedon has long-been known for his television work, creating shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and my fav Firefly, and has amassed an incredibly large fan-base in the process. This fact certainly showed upon my arrival for the screening of his latest as I quite possibly endured the longest line in the history of cinema. Yes, longer than any midnight blockbuster showing I’ve been to. This is the power of the Whedon merging himself with ‘The Bard’, and it’s safe to say that the film as a whole is certainly a success.

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IFF Boston 2013: Prince Avalanche Review


U.S. Release Date: August 9th, 2013

An interesting case-study could be made of writer-director David Gordon Green’s filmmaking career thus far. He began with small critically-acclaimed indies like George Washington and All the Real Girls, but come 2008 he veered off into unexpected territory by becoming a member of the Judd Apatow-clan and directing the stoner comedy Pineapple Express. Since then he’s had less success with his follow-up mainstream comedies, although he’s continued to show his penchant for stunning visuals on the incredibly underrated and misunderstood HBO comedy Eastbound & Down. Last year in complete secrecy he got Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch together to remake the Icelandic film Either Way, and the result was Prince Avalanche, a combination of the two distinctly different periods of David Gordon Green’s career. And boy, does it work.

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IFF Boston 2013: The Spectacular Now Review

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Over the course of the next few days I will have the pleasure of attending numerous screenings at the 11th Annual Independent Film Festival Boston which takes place every year at various movie theatres in the Boston area. Last night, I attended the opening night of the festival at the Somerville Theatre which was accompanied by a screening of James Ponsoldt’s The Spectacular Now.

Side Note: I also got to see Casey Affleck in person as he is the newly-minted Creative Advisor for the festival. It took everything in my power to not jump up on stage and heap him with praise for his performance as Robert Ford in the aptly titled The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) which not only was my favorite performance of that year, but one of my absolute favorites of recent memory. Anyway…

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