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Barry Jenkins’ ‘Moonlight’ Journey: How the Year’s Great Discovery Became an American Cinema Milestone

Barry Jenkins’ ‘Moonlight’ Journey: How the Year’s Great Discovery Became an American Cinema Milestone
Barry Jenkins is about to become the next big thing, but he’s been here before. “Moonlight,” which he wrote and directed, has been celebrated as the year’s major discovery and the ultimate achievement in modern black filmmaking. That’s nothing new for Jenkins: Eight years ago, the director faced similar acclaim on a smaller scale with his 2008 debut, “Medicine for Melancholy.” However, the lag between his first two features is a testament to Jenkins’ quiet determination — and to a culture that had yet to catch up. It takes time for the world to recognize a genuine vision.

“I think a filmmaker like me isn’t on the outside in the same way that I was in 2008, even though the work itself feels very, very outsiderish,” he said. “It’s completely fucking crazy, because it didn’t used to be that way.” While “Moonlight” marks Jenkins’ transition into a major artist,
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Blu-ray Review: Office Comedy ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ Has a Case of the Mondays

Chicago – Without rescue of a creative joke in sight, “Welcome to the Jungle” eventually devolves into an unsavory mash of “The Office” meets “Lord of the Flies”. Adam Brody’s Chris Myers is the lead character in a cube monkey’s generic fantasy, of which this film treats with a checklist. The attractive and amiable office mate (played by Megan Boone of Chicago Film Critics Festival favorite “Leave Me Like You Found Me”) is to be wooed, a manchild boss (Rob Huebel) is to be dethroned from his ego, and a world of freedom is to be revealed for those who have imprisoned themselves to 9-5 pressures.

Rating: 1.5/5.0

This pride against office doldrums would certainly ring true were Rob Meltzer’s film not a champion of mundaneness itself. Refusing to think outside of stereotypical characters, or even toy with a new way to make a penis joke, its humor matches
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'The Blacklist's' Megan Boone: 'James Spader believes in me more than I believe in myself'

Life on "The Blacklist" is good, if you ask Megan Boone.

And how could it not be? NBC's Monday crime drama is one of the season's new hits, with strong ratings (including those from post-broadcast DVR viewings, where the show has set a couple of records) and positive reviews ... and a breakout star in Boone as novice FBI profiler Elizabeth Keen, who's drawing interest and information from enigmatic ex-fugitive Raymond "Red" Reddington (James Spader).

"I was so elated," Boone tells Zap2it of learning she'd be teamed with Spader, since she was cast for "The Blacklist" first. "He often believes in me more than I believe in myself. I'm expected to carry the show with him, and at first, that was really a daunting task.

"James helped me to know that I could put that energy into the work that we do together. And in doing so, he established a
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Top 7 Reasons To Be Excited for the 2013 Chicago Critics Film Festival

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.

This weekend (April 12-14) is the first annual Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff), an amazing time for moviegoers to catch screenings of unreleased favorites from earlier festivals Cannes, Sundance, and SXSW. The event is organized by the Chicago Film Critics Association (Cfca, of which I am a proud member), and will take place at the Muvico Rosemont 18 theater right by Chicago’s O’Hare airport.

Click here for Free Passes to the screening of “Leave Me Like You Found Me” and Q&A with Adele Romanski – Saturday 4:30 p.m.

The festival begins this Friday night (April 12) with a screening of Stories We Tell, by Take This Waltz writer/director Sarah Polley. Continuing into Sunday night, with William Friedkin’s Sorcerer, the Ccff will feature screenings of numerous new Cfca favorites.

Included in this year’s lineup are: The Spectacular Now, directed
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Tsr Giveaway: Free Passes to ‘Leave Me Like You Found Me’ Q&A Screening at Chicago’s Ccff with Writer/Director Adele Romanski

This Weekend is the first annual Chicago Critics Film Festival, a special opportunity for moviegoers to catch early views at unreleased favorites from festivals like Cannes, Sundance, and SXSW.

Update: Thank you for entering a chance to win Free Passes. We have closed the comment section, and are now contacting the winners to confirm.

The festival begins Friday night (April 12) with a screening of Stories We Tell by Take This Waltz writer/director Sarah Polley. Continuing through Sunday night, the Ccff will feature screenings of numerous critic favorites, as presented in the Muvico Rosemont 18 theater, located right by Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. (Tickets for the festival can be purchased Here.)

Of many great films to be shown at the festival, (a full schedule can be found Here) I am pleased to say that I will be leading a post-screening Q&A with writer/director Adele Romanski for her movie
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 100+ Tickets Valued at $1,500 to Chicago Critics Film Festival

Chicago – Exclusive massive Hookup! Nearly $1,500 in free tickets! In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 100+ movie passes valued at $1,500 up for grabs to the Chicago Critics Film Festival, which runs from April 12 to 14, 2013!

Featuring more than 20 Chicago premieres of award-winning films from Sundance, Cannes and Swsw specifically chosen by the Windy City’s own Chicago Film Critics Association, the 2013 Chicago Critics Film Festival features guest of honor and Oscar winner William Friedkin (“The Exorcist”) and Oscar nominee Sarah Polley (“Take This Waltz”). Nowhere else can you win these tickets! Our lucky HollywoodChicago.com winners will be treated to…

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Film News: Tickets on Sale For 2013 Chicago Critics Film Festival

Chicago – The full schedule has been announced for the 2013 Chicago Critics Film Festival, featuring appearances by Sarah Polley, William Friedkin, William Katt (“The Greatest American Hero”), Ashley Bell (“The Last Exorcism”), James Ponsoldt (“Smashed”), and much more! Check out the schedule below and get your tickets now right here!

The festival takes place at the Muvico Rosemont 18 from April 12-14, 2013. Oscar-nominated actress/filmmaker Sarah Polley (“Away From Her,” “Take This Waltz”) will introduce the festival on opening night with her powerful and deeply personal documentary “Stories We Tell.” Twenty-year-old wunderkind filmmaker Emily Hagins will follow by introducing her fourth directorial effort, the coming-of-age comedy “Grow Up, Tony Phillips.” On closing night, the Sundance Film Festival hit “The Spectacular Now,” a comedy-drama starring Golden Globe nominee Shailene Woodley (“The Descendants”), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“Smashed”), Kyle Chandler (“Zero Dark Thirty”) and Miles Teller (“21 & Overwill be presented with director James Ponsoldt scheduled to attend.
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Blood And Take-out: “Mission Chinese”

Adele Romanski, producer (The Myth of the American Sleepover) and director (Leave Me Like You Found Me), passed along this link to her latest short production: Mission Chinese, a stylish and bloody revenge fantasy directed by Cole Schreiber and David Parker. The short is a branded-content piece for the New York/San Francisco men’s store, Freeman’s Sporting Club, and is a collaboration between Freeman’s, Mission Chinese (the New York/San Francisco-based restaurant) and Sunday Paper, Schreiber and Parker’s start-up production company, whose work you’ve seen on this site before. It was shot by James Laxton (The Myth of the American Sleepover, Medicine for Melancholy). And if the piece feels a bit like the start of something a bit bigger, well, Romanski says that the directors are considering continuing the story with the surviving characters.

Mission Chinese from Sunday Paper on Vimeo.… Read the rest
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Exclusive: Clip From David Fenster's 'Pincus' Starring David Nordstrom Premiering At The L.A. Film Festival

With the Los Angeles Film Festival kicking off this Thursday, we've got a peek at a film that will be hoping to earn some attention from those making their way to the fest. Today, we have an exclusive clip from the new film "Pincus" directed by David Fenster, which is having its world premiere at Laff. The film concerns a man dealing with life while also taking care of his Parkinson's disease-stricken father. The film stars David Nordstrom (who starred in SXSW '12 film "Leave Me Like You Found Me") and as his father, director Fenster's own father, Paul Fenster, who has lived with Parkinson's for 13 years.

It looks to be an atmospheric, lyrical piece, with a touch of quirky humor; an exploration of the human condition with a focus on naturalistic cinematography. The film's official synopsis says "seamlessly combining naturalistic storytelling with documentary elements and hints of metaphysic mystery,
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Laff 2012: Fact, Fiction, and Family Blend Together in Trailer for ‘Pincus’

Independent cinema is not lacking for stories about lovable losers who still live at home, but David Fenster‘s Pincus is an indie slacker story of a very different color. The film stars David Nordstrom (who eagle-eyed indie lovers might recognize from a SXSW favorite of mine, Leave Me Like You Found Me) as the eponymous Pincus, who may or may not be Fenster in a fictional form. Pincus has returned home not because he’s some kind of drop-out, but to assist his father Paul, who is suffering from Parkinson’s disease and slowly wasting away. Of course, that all sounds a bit heavy, but Fenster sweetens the Pincus pot with a filmmaking technique that straddles narrative and documentary, a cast of supporting characters to ease both Pincus and Paul, and what can only be described as a lingering sense of mystery that transcends earthly problems. The film is also a true labor of love for
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Leave Me Like You Found Me

SXSW 2012 film review

complete coverage of SXSW Film 2012

Leave Me Like You Found Me

Director & Screenwriter: Adele Romanski

Big trees, broken hearts. The story of a lovesick couple’s breakup & makeup while camping in the wilds of California.

Cast: Megan Boone, David Nordstrom

(World Premiere)

Film Synopsis (from SXSW.com)

Who’S It For?: Fans of slow films that pay off in time. This is definitely not a date movie, nor the ideal movie to watch when binging on post break up self-loathing and/or ice cream.

Overall

Though it wasn’t given any awards recognition by SXSW this year, Adele Romanski’s Leave Me Like You Found Me is the winner of my unofficial annual “Blue Valentine Award,” for the way in which it uses conversations from my life’s (and yours, probably) script, and then beautifully realizes these moments with two raw performances. This powerful story
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SXSW 2012 Review: Relationship Drama ‘Leave Me Like You Found Me’ Stings Or, The Wilderness of Love

Set in the Sequoia National Forest during a last-ditch attempt at romance-saving by way of camping trip, Adele Romanski‘s Leave Me Like You Found Me imagines that relationship rehab amongst the trees can be both cathartic and catastrophic. Erin (Megan Boone) and Cal (David Nordstrom) have been apart for a year, and while we don’t ever learn just who made the first move and who conceived of the trip, we do know who left in the first place. Cal walked out on Erin, and it’s easy to see why he might have felt compelled to do so – she’s woefully insecure about herself and their relationship, yet she’s also convinced that she’s the better catch of the two. The camping trip is both a bonding exercise and a try-out period to see if the two have overcome their problems and differences and are now able to participate in a healthy and loving
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SXSW '12 Review: 'Leave Me Like You Found Me' Should Have Been Called 'Fighting With Your Boyfriend In The Woods'

The debut feature from Adele Romanski, "Leave Me Like You Found Me," centers on a couple, recently reunited after a year apart, on a romantic camping trip. Cal and Erin are still feeling each other out, careful and tender. This doesn't stop them from declaring their love for each other, but love just isn't that simple, now is it? Their interactions devolve into passive-aggressive bickering and fighting, set against a gorgeous woodland backdrop, but if you wanted to watch couples fight, why head to the movie theater?

Anyone who's been through breakups and makeups will relate to this film. You will remember that you have had those very same conversations, practically word for word. Unfortunately, you will not want to relive those conversations through other people for 90 minutes. The performances are intimate and real, and Megan Boone and David Nordstrom are convincing in their portrayals of a couple walking on eggshells around each other.
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SXSW Review | Adele Romanski's 'Leave Me Like You Found Me' Wisely Studies a Relationship on the Rocks

SXSW Review | Adele Romanski's 'Leave Me Like You Found Me' Wisely Studies a Relationship on the Rocks
As a producer of "The Myth of the American Sleepover" and "The Freebie," Adele Romanski has helped shepherd two of the more insightful American indies about the travails of young adulthood. Stepping behind the camera for her directorial debut, "Leave Me Like You Found Me," Romanski shows herself equally capable of depicting nuanced relationships with this low-key character study. The movie nails the endless rollercoaster of uncertain romantic pursuits. The set-up is so minimalist it's essentially theatrical. Ex-lovers Erin (Megan Boone) and Cal (David Nordstrom) reunite for a camping trip in Sequoia National Park that doubles as couples therapy. Once convinced they belonged apart, a year of separation has made them eager to share a bed -- or, in this case, a tent -- once again. Initially, it appears time has served them well; gazing into each other's eyes and exchanging affectionate pleasantries, they're either meant for each other or.
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Five Questions With “Leave Me Like You Found Me” Director Adele Romanski

Producer Adele Romanski has built quite a filmography in a very short time. Last year, she opened David Robert Mitchell’s nostalgia-laced sleeper-hit Myth of the American Sleepover. And less than two months ago, she made a splash at Sundance with Katie Aselton’s Black Rock (which sold to Ld Entertainment). Throw in a stint as a Sundance Producer’s Lab Fellow, plus several projects in development (including Mitchell’s Sleepover followup Ella Walks the Beach and Adam Bowers’ We’re A Wasteland) and it should become obvious that Romanski has been, to say the least, busy.

So when did she find time to direct her first feature? Leave Me Like You Found Me follows a recently reunited couple (played by Megan Boone and David Nordstrom) on an excursion to Sequoia National Park. As the two lovers reconnect, old tensions start to surface. Filmed on location with a small group of friends,
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