Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea

Studio:
Directed and Photographed by Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer; Narrated by John Waters; Music by Friends of Dean Martinez

Apr 27, 2007 Cinema Web Exclusive

Picture the biggest, most rundown waterfront trailer park retirement community imaginable, fill it with elderly eccentrics, slap on some Vegas-style kitsch and you’ve got a good idea of the Salton Sea, the Imperial Valley, Calif. locale outside of San Diego and Palm Springs that once was a booming resort town.  More

Red Road

Studio: Tartan Films
Director and screenwriter: Andrea Arnold; Starring: Kate Dickie, Tony Curran, Martin Compston and Natalie Press

Apr 27, 2007 Cinema Web Exclusive

Red Road, the debut feature by English director Andrea Arnold, is a fascinating, skillfully directed drama that operates within the framework of a thriller, but the film is so methodically paced during its first two acts, by the time the mysteries begin to unfold, the thrill is gone. More

After the Wedding

Studio: IFC Films
Directed by: Susanne Bier; Story: Susanne Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen; Script: Anders Thomas Jensen; Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Rolf Lassgård, Sidse Babett Knudsen and Stine Fischer Christensen

Apr 27, 2007 Cinema Web Exclusive

Filmgoers who remember Lars von Trier’s Breaking the Waves (1996) and Thomas Vinterberg’s The Celebration (1998) might feel a twinge of nostalgia while viewing After the Wedding, a captivating Danish drama that was a Best Foreign Language Film nominee at this year’s Academy Awards. More

Stephanie Daley

Studio: Regent Releasing and Liberation Entertainment
Written and Directed by: Hilary Brougher; Starring: Tilda Swinton, Amber Tamblyn and Timothy Hutton

Apr 27, 2007 Cinema Web Exclusive

Stephanie Daley, the sophomore feature from writer/director Hilary Brougher, is a topical and sadly familiar tale of unwanted pregnancy. The film’s titular character, strongly portrayed by Amber Tamblyn, ignites local controversy when she gives birth to an unwanted baby girl on a school ski trip. Having kept her pregnancy a secret, Stephanie is accused of murdering the child she claims was stillborn. More

The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down

Studio: Big Primpin' Productions
Written and Directed by: Paul Sapiano; Starring: Cricket Leigh, Kat Turner, Dominique Purdy, Benny Ciaramello, Steve Monroe, Michael FitzGibbons and Leyla Milani

Mar 31, 2007 Cinema Web Exclusive

Ever needed tips on the best way to drive home intoxicated after a party? Or how to prevent the cocaine in your pocket from being dampened by sweat while dancing? That’s where The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down can help. More

Maxed Out

Studio: Truly Indie
Directed by James Scurlock

Mar 31, 2007 Cinema Web Exclusive

In James Scurlock’s alarming documentary Maxed Out, an investigation into the plague that is American debt, the director interjects clips from a stodgy black-and-white educational film to illustrate how dramatically the credit industry in the United States has changed over the last 50 years. More

The Wind That Shakes the Barley

Studio: IFC First Take
Directed by: Ken Loach; Screenplay by: Paul Laverty; Starring: Cillian Murphy, Padraic Delaney, Liam Cunningham, Orla Fitzgerald and Mary Riordan

Mar 24, 2007 Cinema Web Exclusive

In the 40 years that Ken Loach has been directing feature films, the iconic English director has favored a working-class realism that has made some of his work seem more foreign to U.S. audiences than actual foreign-language imports. More

Feb 16, 2007 Live Web Exclusive

Throughout the night, eyes were locked on Tracyanne Campbell, and although she maintained an unyielding straight face the entire show, the moments she actually did smile sent a ripple through the crowd. More

Jan 07, 2007 Live Web Exclusive

I’m happy to say that Deerhoof is getting the popular appreciation that they deserve. A band whose sum is exponentially greater than its parts, Deerhoof has been blowing me away for years, and while critics have adored them, they have often been unfairly categorized as too difficult for the casual listener. More