Sydney Freeland's Drunktown's Finest is a touching story about three lives that for all intents and purposes would never collide with one another, but when they look within themselves, their roots and where they have come from, the similarities become hard to avoid.
Wondrous, dense and utterly abstruse, Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color is the sort of film that surrenders more on a second viewing. Or third, or eighth. Yet, it still doesn’t surrender everything. If anything it asks surrender of the viewer. To watch Upstream Color is to accept incongruity, embrace esotericism and really to roll with what is on offer. Oddly, this is a good thing. A really good thing. “You can force your story’s shape but the color always blooms upstream.” Two watches in, and that statement is no closer to making an iota of sense, but that is okay. Mysticism is the order in Upstream Color.
Today marks the release of Jordan Vogt-Roberts' The Kings of Summer starring Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally. The film has been slowly gaining momentum since its premiere at Sundance earlier this year and even just today made a list of films to watch in 2013, that you probably have yet to see.
Jordan Vogt-Roberts' The Kings of Summer is one of the most touching and profound coming of age comedies to have ever been made because it carefully balances The Hangover style comedy, with the camaraderie of Stand By Me and the intelligence of Juno. This is a film, which on paper isn't made for anyone; is it for adults to reminisce about when they were kids or is it for kids to fantasise about what could happen to them if they ran away? Or perhaps Vogt-Roberts has created a film, which is for everyone and how you react to the story is ultimately personal to where you are in your life - now how many comedies can do that?