2015 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced Led by Birdman, Whiplash & Boyhood

2015-Independent-Spirit-Awards-Nominations-led-by-Birdman-WhiplashEvery year, the day before the Oscars are held, the industry gathers for another of the most important ceremonies on the calendar: the Film Independent Spirit Awards. As the name suggests, the awards celebrate the finest achievements of the year in independent filmmaking, giving voice to some of the slightly lower-profile pictures that, for one reason or another, don’t make it into contention for the Oscars.

I always look forward to seeing the Independent Spirit Awards, both the nominees and the final winners list. Simply put, they recognise films that the Academy and similar institutions don’t alongside those that they do, that are amongst the best films screened throughout the year, and regardless of their status as Oscar contenders, deserve to be awarded as such.

This year is no different. Major Oscar contenders Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Whiplash, and Boyhood appear alongside the likes of David Zellner’s Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, Gillian Robespierre’s Obvious Child, Justin Simien’s Dear White People, and Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin. Continue reading

Amazing First Trailer for The One I Love with Mark Duplass & Elisabeth Moss

The-One-I-Love-Poster-sliceRadius-TWC has released what has to be one of my favourite trailers of the year so far for The One I Love, teasing the brilliantly-developed, genre-blending premise that sets up Charlie McDowell’s debut.

With flawless leading performances from Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss, the film opened at Sundance at the start of the year to universal praise, and was fortunately one of the handful selected to cross the Atlantic for Sundance London in the spring.

I fell in love with it here in London, and really can’t recommend it enough. Hopefully this terrific first trailer will excite your cinematic appetites enough to seek it out when it lands in the US next month.

The highly anticipated debut feature from acclaimed author Charlie McDowell, THE ONE I LOVE is an original tale that continues to showcase McDowell’s keen observations of human relationships with a distinct and comedic voice. THE ONE I LOVE, written by Justin Lader, was produced by Mel Eslyn and executive produced by Mark Duplass, who stars opposite Elisabeth Moss. On the brink of separation, Ethan (Duplass) and Sophie (Moss) escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to save their marriage. What begins as a romantic and fun retreat soon becomes surreal, when an unexpected discovery forces the two to examine themselves, their relationship, and their future.

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First Poster for The One I Love with Mark Duplass & Elisabeth Moss

The-One-I-Love-Poster-sliceOf all the films I saw at Sundance London this year, Charlie McDowell’s The One I Love is easily amongst my favourites.

Blending elements of comedy, drama, romance, and most intriguingly sci-fi/fantasy, the movie evades easy description and is just a total joy to watch.

Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss are absolutely brilliant in their joint leading roles, and with its arrival in the US imminent, Duplass has shared the first poster.

On the brink of separation, Ethan and Sophie escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to save their marriage. What begins as a romantic and fun retreat soon becomes surreal when an unexpected discovery forces the two to examine themselves, their relationship, and their future.

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