Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Double-Feature "Zero Motivation" and "Human Capital"

Human-Capital_web_3Films have toyed with the concept of time and storytelling almost since the simple film narrative was started. But, as our attention spans continue to get shorter and harder to maintain, toying with a film’s structure could increase that hard to maintain attention (not to imply that all films should do this). Two films in particular at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival show how altering a film’s structure could dramatically improve a film, or, at least, make it an even more engaging film. Zero Motivation segments its stories into episodes and Human Capital divides its varying perspectives into separate chapters to successfully tell these engaging stories.

Apr
30
2014
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Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Something Must Break

Something-Must-Break_web_3The bleak Swedish film Something Must Break portrays the troubled and destructive life of Sebastian. Like most young people, Sebastian (Saga Becker) is undergoing an identity crisis. Unlike most young people, Sebastian identifies as the opposite sex. He’s cultivated his androgynous looks to resemble his idyll form: Ellie. But his suicidal discontent with life leads him down a destructive path.

Apr
30
2014
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Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Life Partners

680x478The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival theme of friends staying close as they head into their 30s (first seen in About Alex) continues in Life Partners (which also happens to feature actors best known for their TV work). Sasha (Leighton Meester) and Paige (Gillian Jacobs) are the best of friends. They get along so well that no romantic relationship has been able to match it. But when Paige begins dating Tim (Adam Brody) things quickly change for them.

Apr
30
2014
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Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Palo Alto

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For her debut feature film, Gia Coppola (granddaughter of that Coppola) tackles the collection of short stories by James Franco, Palo Alto. Choosing to dwell on what life is like—and feels like—for a teenager, the film draws from several of the stories and interlinks them more cohesively in the film. Just as in the book, the film relies on an impressionistic mood to express this not-quite coming of age story.

Apr
26
2014
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Tribeca Film Festival 2014: About Alex

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For Jesse Zwick’s first feature film, he gathered together an ensemble of sitcom actors to tell a hilarious and heartfelt story about friendship (and social media). In About Alex, six somewhat estranged college friends (and a plus one) gather together for a weekend to “celebrate” the attempted suicide of their friend. Over the weekend, secrets and unrequited passions rear their ugly heads but push these great friends back together.

Apr
26
2014
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Strider 2014 Demo Impressions

news_capcom_announces_strider-14337Last year, I was able to preview a playable build of Strider at the New-York ComicCon, and it got me really excited. While the graphics had been upgraded to 3D models, the action still remained in the 2D-era. It controlled perfectly, every movement felt responsive and silky-smooth. In all, my brief playthrough left me feeling confident that the developers understood why this series had left such an impact on gamers that still thrives to this day. The real question was, could this promise hold out for an entire game? Only an hour into the full release so far and I can say that I think Double Helix is on the right path to bringing Strider back to glory. I can’t figure out why it took so long for a new Strider to hit the market amidst the resurgence of nostalgia properties, but it seems worth the wait.

Mar
13
2014
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Does Bronx Bombers Hit A Home Run On The Broadway Stage?

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Bronx Bombers is the latest from the producers of Broadway’s Lombardi. The story of the New York Yankees, sports’ greatest dynasty, is a massive one. From Ruth to Jeter and everywhere in between, telling the history of the once-Highlanders-now-Yankees is no simple task. The smartest way to distill the franchise’s 100+ year history is to do exactly what Eric Simonson did and build a narrative around the questions of what it is that makes being a New York Yankee so special, what it is to work towards a common goal and what it means to be a champion.

Feb
22
2014
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Watch the First Trailer for Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy"

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Tonight, Jimmy Kimmel and Chris Pratt introduced the first full-length trailer for Marvel's upcoming space adventure Guardians of the Galaxy, and while it doesn't do much for the plot, it at least introduces the average audience (who've likely never heard of these misfits) to the protagonists of this year's second Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. Coming from Director James Gunn and considering the source material, there's a strong comedic streak running through Guardians of the Galaxy, and the trailer shows that off well with it's use of Blue Swede's "Hooked on a Feeling". To check out the full trailer, just read on.

Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters on August 1, 2014 and stars Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper (as a talking raccoon), Vin Diesel (as a walking tree), Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Benicio Del Toro, Djimon Hounsou, Glenn Close, Michael Rooker, and Dave Bautista.

Feb
19
2014
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Make 'Em Laugh: Doug Stanhope's "Beer Hall Putsch"

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Beer Hall Putsch brings the comedy of Doug Stanhope to your home DVD collection. His affected name for this recording is derived from Hitler’s attempts to incite a governmental revolt in beer halls (in his pre-Fuhrer days). However, the only uprising Stanhope is liable to incite is over the use of marathon runs to raise money for charities.

Jan
29
2014
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Severely Indie Spotlight: "The Louise Log" - An Absurdist Webseries

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In the age of crowdfunding (Kickstarter, Indiegogo, etc.), projects can either live or die based on the heat generated by an audience. I’ve backed a few projects in my day, most notably the American Psycho musical, produced by Jesse Singer and Act4. For my $100 “donation” I received an autographed poster, t-shirt, flash drive and more. An exciting and nerve-wracking experience, I’ve been paying attention to crowdfunding more and more as time has gone on.

The Louise Log, created by Anne Flournoy, is a tremendous success story in that the webseries, now commencing its third season, netted around $22,000 in funding to proceed.

Jan
28
2014
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