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Soundtrack for Philip Seymour Hoffman’s “Jack Goes Boating”

Article: Soundtrack for Philip Seymour Hoffman’s “Jack Goes Boating”

Mel Torme aside, the soundtrack for “Jack Goes Boating” is heavy with highly revered indie rock acts like Grizzly Bear and Fleet Foxes and Cat Power. Some incredible 70′s soul and 60′s Reggae round out Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut and it looks like this might be the soundtrack to beat this Fall. And who…

“Mary and Max” and “Burma VJ” on DVD

Article: “Mary and Max” and “Burma VJ” on DVD

There’s something unearthly and hilarious, all too familiar and vividly unhuman, about caricatured claymation when it’s done well, and that qualmy, hypnotizing something oozes out of Adam Elliot’s “Mary and Max” like a ruptured yolk. Elliott, an Oscar winner for animated shorts, is easily the peer of the Aardman herd, and his textures and visual…

Battle of the biopics: Eight rival pairings of movies about the same person.

Article: Battle of the biopics: Eight rival pairings of movies about the same person.

Sometimes, be it chance, convergence or studio groupthink, interest in making a movie about the life of a public figure re-explodes, and multiple biopics about him/her go into development to capitalize on that interest. Most of the time, one of the parties involved backs down and the victor emerges with no competition. But occasionally, two…

Sundance Spin for 1/27: “Twelve” is a Zero.

Article: Sundance Spin for 1/27: “Twelve” is a Zero.

While our Sundance home page is the place for all our coverage from Park City, here is a brief rundown of what’s been going on during the last 24 hours, including Matt Singer’s interview with “The Freebie” writer/director Katie Aselton and co-star Dax Shepard and reviews of the Chace Crawford drama “Twelve,” the Banksy doc…

Sundance Spin for 1/26: “Mother” Doesn’t Know Best

Article: Sundance Spin for 1/26: “Mother” Doesn’t Know Best

While our Sundance home page is the place for all our coverage from Park City, here is a brief rundown of what’s been going on during the last 24 hours, including a new photo gallery for the Catherine Keener-Amanda Peet dramedy “Please Give” and reviews of “Lucky,” “The Freebie” and “Mother and Child.” Matt Singer…

“Jack Goes Boating” goes nowhere in particular.

Article: “Jack Goes Boating” goes nowhere in particular.

Reviewed at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Philip Seymour Hoffman loves theater. He got his start in it as an undergrad in NYU, he’s an instrumental member of the LAB, he’s appeared in Broadway revivals of “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” and “True West.” So it’s not unexpected that he chose a play (by Bob…

Sundance Spin for 1/24: Affleck in Good “Company”

Article: Sundance Spin for 1/24: Affleck in Good “Company”

While our Sundance home page is the place for all our coverage from Park City, here is a brief rundown of what’s been going on during the last 24 hours, including an interview with “Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil” star Alan Tudyk, new photo galleries for “Hesher” and “Howl,” and reviews of “The Company Men,”…

Five reasons “Pirate Radio” flopped.

Article: Five reasons “Pirate Radio” flopped.

As you’re doubtless aware, the weekend saw “Precious” making $6.1 million from a measly 174 screens, doing well on its probable journey towards Best Picture; “Fantastic Mr. Fox” did well too, pulling roughly the same per-theater average as “The Darjeeling Limited” in its first weekend, which means Wes Anderson may or may not still be…

Sundance 2009: “Mary and Max.”

Article: Sundance 2009: “Mary and Max.”

The opening night slot at Sundance is customarily considered one of doom, and in that tradition “Mary and Max” is a disappointment, though just a mild one. The film, animator Adam Elliot’s first feature, has many of the elements and motifs of his splendid, award-winning shorts — a distinctive portraiture-inspired look, heavy voiceover, characters with…

Article: Interview: John Patrick Shanley on “Doubt”

By Stephen Saito In the Playbill for “Doubt,” playwright John Patrick Shanley left out his Oscar for “Moonstruck” and the highlights from his considerable stage career to shine a light on some of his earlier achievements, noting “He was thrown out of St. Helene’s kindergarten, banned from St. Anthony’s hot lunch program and expelled from…

Adam Elliot’s claymation “Mary and Max” will open Sundance.

Article: Adam Elliot’s claymation “Mary and Max” will open Sundance.

Two years ago Sundance opened with a Brett Morgen’s animated doc “Chicago 10,” and it’s just been announced that the upcoming iteration of the festival (only 57 days to go!) will kick off with more animation — “Mary and Max,” a claymation drama, is the feature debut of Australian director Adam Elliot, who’s otherwise known…

Article: Interview: Philip Seymour Hoffman on “Synecdoche, New York”

By Aaron Hillis Philip Seymour Hoffman (“Capote,” “The Savages,” “Boogie Nights”) is no stranger to mining empathy from the sadness of down-and-out characters, but his latest role sees the Oscar-winning actor wrestling with onscreen angst from the deepest, most depressing of human worries: the finite constraints of creativity, love and mortality, and whether existence itself…

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