Showing posts from November, 2014

Review: "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" (***½)

Steve Carrell, Ed Oxenbould, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, and Kerris Dorsey star in “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” It’s a truly delightful little story. Director Miguel Areta’s (“The Good Girl,” “Youth In Revolt,” a bunch of episodics) “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” is fun, sweet, and wholesome and fully supports my theory that children’s movies are becoming more engaging and entertaining for their adult viewers. I own hundreds of DVDs, but I’m very particular about which ones I choose buy. I buy them, typically, for two reasons: one, because I want to know how it’s made and the DVD offers invaluable commentary; and two, because I think I’ll watch it over and over and over again. I think that “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” falls into the latter category. It was that fun and enjoyable of a movie. Frankly, I don’t know why I liked this film as much as I did, I really don’t. There’s certainly

The Goods: 13 Should-Be Oscar Contenders from 2014

Enough about the middle-of-the-road “The Imitation Game.” We should focus on the best and most deserving films and not just the films that best fit into the Oscar cannon. Some of these 13 films, actors and actresses are already being mentioned—just not enough as they should be. For instance, Bill Plympton’s animated feature “Cheatin'” has made the shortlist for a nomination, but can it overcome big studio films like “Big Hero 6” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2” to get one of the five slots? It very well should. Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” might get some craft category nods, but why isn’t anyone talking about just how great Ralph Fiennes is?! We have compiled a baker’s dozen of should-be contenders this awards season. Who do you think should be in the conversation? Check out our list and leave a comment with yours! 13. “Edge of Tomorrow” Best Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects   Although it crossed $100 Million at the domestic box offi

Review: "Wish I Was Here" (**1/2)

Pierce Gagnon, Zach Braff and Joey King star in “Wish I Was Here” I was bouncing with anticipation prior to watching Zach Braff’s most recent, crowdfunded, writing/directorial feature “Wish I Was Here,” which is why I’m disheartened to write what is about to be an extremely lukewarm review. Perhaps part of this feeling results from my difficulty in disassociating “Wish I Was Here” from “Garden State.” I loved “Garden State.” Though I wouldn’t rank it among my Top Ten, it easily ranks among my Top Twenty Favorite Films. It’s strange and expressive and not at all geometrical. The soundtrack in “Garden State” is purposeful and thoughtful and fulfills its duty in emotionally supporting the characters without inundating them in anyway. The evolution of the soundtrack is perfectly synonymous with the growth of the characters. In “Wish I Was Here,” I found there to be a nearly opposite effect. I was so interested in the song choices that I stopped thinking about the movie and focused on the l

Savannah Film Festival Opens With Victor Levin's "5 to 7" (**½)

Crowds wait below the Trustees Theatre marquee on Broughton Street. The 2013 Savannah Film Festival showcased a few strong films—”The Past,” “The Invisible Woman,” “Hank & Asha”—and honored some worthy guests—Alexander Payne, Jeremy Irons, Abigail Breslin. The overall quality of content, however, was down from in years past. The 2013 opening night film, “Nebraska,” certainly had the right pedigree and was attended by both director Payne and star Bruce Dern. Previous opening night films have included “Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Artist,” so you could have colored me surprised when I learned this year’s opening night film was one that wasn’t even on my radar—Victor Levin’s “5 to 7.” With Oscar-hunting films like “The Imitation Game,” “Whiplash” and “Foxcatcher” included in the lineup, I’m surprised that “5 to 7” was chosen as the film to kick it off. The movie premiered earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival and features Anton Yelchin and Bérénice Marlohe as lead player

Review: "Beginners" (****½)

Ewan McGregor, Melanie Laurent, and this adorable Jack Russell Terrier star in “Beginners” If heartstrings were things to be actually played, mine would be in perfect harmony. “Beginners” is a film where, upon reflection now while writing this, I can’t help but smile and hug myself. It’s a gorgeous story that so seamlessly elevates storytelling to a new level of honesty, hilarity and tragedy. I feel it fair to mention that this is a film I’ve seen four times, and the superb, though often misspelled 95-paged screenplay is a lovely piece of work with which I’ve now read twice. I’ve read Mike Mills reviews and interviews and commentary on this film; it’s a problem for me that when I love something, I nearly smother it to death. I choke every last breath out of the thing for two reason I think: one, for the pure and honest sake of information; and two, to prove I love it the most. And with “Beginners,” I’ve upturned every rock, looked under every pebble, read the tweets, explored the blog

Review: "Gone Girl" (****½)

Editor’s Note: It is a pleasure to introduce you to the newest part of the Reel Georgia team, Ali Coad. I met Ali in early 2014, when we both began working for the Atlanta Film Festival. Ali holds a degree in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Georgia, so you’ll have to pardon my writing once you read hers. But however eloquent she may be—and she is very eloquent—everything Ali writes exudes a crystalline sincerity, as if your best friend is writing to you personally. I know y’all will enjoy all that Ali has to offer and I look forward to reading every word. -CM Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl”  I had read Gillian Flynn’s novel “Gone Girl” prior to seeing director David Fincher’s captivating adaptation, and in my humble opinion, this film lives up to all the volcanic hype and energy that presupposed it’s release. I liked the movie just as much as, it seems, most people did. I saw this film with a friend of mine who was in the enviable, nearly-impossible

An Instagram Reel of the 2014 Savannah Film Festival

Norman Reedus walked the red carpet at the opening night of the Savannah Film Festival. Photo: Cameron McAllister, #savff #savannah #normanreedus #twd #thewalkingdead #redcarpet #reelga A photo posted by Cameron McAllister (@reelga) on Oct 10, 2014 at 12:16pm PDT In the past, We’ve posted some photos directly on here from around town for various festivals. But since the @ReelGA Instagram account remains pretty active while we are fest-ing, I’ll just share what the 2014 Savannah Film Festival looked like with those of you who may not be following us on the photo app. We took a lot of pictures of stars on the red carpet, the historic spires and structures of downtown Savannah and of the bright lights of the Trustees and Lucas Theatre marquees. The cream of the crop made it to Instagram. Enjoy! Make sure you are following  @ReelGA for more throughout the year (even though not everything is #GAfilm related). Check out over a dozen photos after the jump! Hey. #savff #savanna

Call for Entries Open for Macon Film Festival

Earlier this year, the Macon Film Festival announced it would move from February to July for it’s 10th annual festival in 2015. The move is in collaboration with the Bragg Jam Music, Arts and Kids Festival. Together, the two fests will form a 10-day event in downtown Macon, celebrating the best of the city’s vibrant arts community. Along with the new dates, new submissions dates are also in place. The Early Bird deadline closes on Monday, November 17th with the regular deadline closing in two months, on January 12th, 2015. Click here to learn more about submitting your film . The 2015 Macon Film Festival takes place July 16-19, 2015 and features $13,000 in prize money across several different short film and feature film categories. The Macon Film Festival has quickly made a huge impression on Georgia’s film festival circuit. This move to July will only further solidify the festival’s unique presence.