THE ARTIST and A SEPARATION Win Big at London Film Critics Circle Awards

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Another awards ceremony, another The Artist triumph. Michel Hazanavicius’ silent film continues its near sweep of awards season as it took home the Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actor prize from the London Film Critics Circle Awards. Surprisingly, the other film to tie The Artist with three awards was the Iranian drama A Separation. The foreign film has been riding a wave of immense positive word of mouth, and the London Film Critics awarded the pic with Foreign Language Film of the Year, Best Screenwriter, and Best Actress.

Nearly shut out of the awards was Britain’s own Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. The espionage drama failed to pick up any major prizes and was sent home with a win for Best Production Design. Elsewhere, We Need to Talk About Kevin was named Best British Film, Anna Paquin shared the Best Actress prize with Meryl Streep for her work in Margaret (quickly becoming the little engine that could), and Michael Fassbender won British Actor of the Year for his stellar work in Shame and A Dangerous Method. Full list of winners after the jump, which includes the critics’ top 10 films of 2011.

Winners Announced for British Independent Film Awards; TYRANNOSAUR Wins Best Picture, Debut Director, and Actress

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The 14th Annual British Independent Film Awards were held tonight and the brutal drama Tyrannosaur took home trophies for Best Film, Best Debut Director (Paddy Considine), and Best Actress (Olivia Colman).  Other BIFA winners included Senna for Best Documentary, Lynne Ramsay for Best Director (We Need to Talk about Kevin), Michael Fassbender for Best Actor (Shame), and Richard Ayoade for Best Screenplay (Submarine).

I thought Tyrannosaur failed to derive honest drama from its ugliness and violence, but I can understand why the movie struck a chord with most viewers.  As for the other winners, I think Ramsay is still an outsider in the Oscar race, but Fassbender, Ayoade, and Colman may have boosted their chances, although Colman will probably compete in the Best Supporting Actress category since that’s where she has a better chance for a nomination.  Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

SUBMARINE Blu-ray Review

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For his directorial debut, Richard Ayoade chose to adapt the coming-of-age novel, Submarine by Joe Dunthorne. With his deft application of French New Wave techniques, a spot-on performance by Craig Roberts and original music by Alex Turner, the front man for “The Arctic Monkeys,” Ayoade has given us an endearingly quirky film. Submarine follows 15-year-old Oliver Tate (Roberts) as he makes plans to lose his virginity to his new girlfriend while helping his parents rekindle their romance and attempting not to be dragged underwater by the overwhelming realities of growing up. You can read Matt Goldberg’s review here and see all our previous coverage here. Hit the jump for my review of the Submarine Blu-ray.

SUBMARINE Review

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[This review is a reprint of my review that ran during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival]

Richard Ayoade’s Submarine is like an indie version of last year’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.  Both movies are coming-of-age stories that center on a lead character who views his world through the lens of his interests.  But whereas Scott sees the world in shades of videogames and pop culture, Submarine’s eccentric protagonist, 15-year-old Oliver Tate, brings a French New Wave and erudite nature to his world view.  The film wisely grounds its lead character by having him grapple with simple but relatable problems: he doesn’t know how to be a good boyfriend and his parents’ marriage is disintegrating due in part to his mom’s old flame moving in next door.  Ayoade brings an enchanting and delightful visual style to his debut feature and compliments it with an impressive score and strong performances.  While Submarine may not break any new ground or leave your head spinning, it’s a grand announcement that Ayoade is a director you’ll need to keep on your radar.

Writer/Director Richard Ayoade Video Interview SUBMARINE

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With writer-director Richard Ayoade’s great coming-of-age film, Submarine, opening this weekend, I was recently able to interview him here in Los Angeles.  For those unfamiliar with the movie, here’s part of Matt’s review:

Richard Ayoade’s Submarine is like an indie version of last year’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.  Both movies are coming-of-age stories that center on a lead character who views his world through the lens of his interests.  But whereas Scott sees the world in shades of videogames and pop culture, Submarine’s eccentric protagonist, 15-year-old Oliver Tate, brings a French New Wave and erudite nature to his world view.  The film wisely grounds its lead character by having him grapple with simple but relatable problems: he doesn’t know how to be a good boyfriend and his parents’ marriage is disintegrating due in part to his mom’s old flame moving in next door.  Ayoade brings an enchanting and delightful visual style to his debut feature and compliments it with an impressive score and strong performances.

I completely agree with Matt as Submarine is an impressive debut and I can’t wait to see what Ayoade does next.  During the interview we talked about the look and feel of the film, what was it like working with the young cast, how much was planned in advance and how much does he find on set.  In addition,  he also talked about directing an episode of Community, making The IT Crowd for NBC, and what’s he working on now.  Hit the jump to watch.

New Poster and “Anti-Bullying” Website for SUBMARINE

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The Weinstein Company has released a new poster for Richard Ayoade’s delightful coming-of-age film Submarine.  The story centers on young Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) as he deals with trying to get a girlfriend and coping with his parents’ loveless marriage.  The new poster is almost identical to the one TWC previously released but this time it wants you to make sure that Ben Stiller is presenting it and that some critics liked it.  TWC has also released a tongue-in-cheek “anti-bullying” guide even though bullying really only factors into the first act of the film.

Hit the jump to check out the poster, click here to read my review of the film from Sundance, and click here to see the website.  The film also stars Yasmin Page, Noah Taylor, Paddy Considine, and Sally Hawkins.  Submarine opens June 3rd.

U.S. Trailer for SUBMARINE

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The domestic trailer for Richard Ayoade’s Submarine has gone online.  It’s not a bad trailer, but it could do a better job of playing up the film’s humor and warmth.  But instead of conveying the movie’s charm, the trailer makes us patiently await the criticism from advocacy groups deriding the use of a character saying that another character looks “mentally retarded”.  The faults of this latest trailer aside, I enjoyed the film when I saw it at Sundance and I strongly encourage you to check it out.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Submarine stars Craig Roberts, Paddy Considine, Noah Taylor, Sally Hawkins, and Yasmin Paige.  The film opens June 3rd.

UK Trailer for SUBMARINE

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The first trailer for Submarine has gone online.  I caught the film at Sundance and thought it was delightful debut for writer-director Richard Ayoade.  While the trailer presents the film as slightly twee and reminiscent of Wes Anderson, it still does a good job of selling the film’s humor without spoiling too many of the jokes.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Submarine stars Paddy Considine, Noah Taylor, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts, and Yasmin Paige.  The film opens in the UK on March 18th.  There’s currently no release date set for the U.S. but The Weinstein Company will handle North American distribution.

New Posters for SUBMARINE, MADEA’S BIG HAPPY FAMILY, and THE CHAPERONE

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Submarine is easily one of my most anticipated films of 2011.  I think Richard Ayoade is about the funniest Brit I know, and it warms my heart to see that translate into favorable reviews from the TIFF and Sundance, not to mention a distribution deal in place with The Weinstein Company.  The studio released a new poster which is alluring simple.

On the flip side, this article also features posters for two films I will never see on purpose.  The one-sheet for Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family is an admittedly interesting play on The Godfather, while the poster for The Chaperone — starring professional wrestler Paul “Triple H” Levesque — is endearingly silly.  Hit the jump to see all three posters.

Sundance 2011: SUBMARINE Review

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Richard Ayoade’s Submarine is like an indie version of last year’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.  Both movies are coming-of-age stories that center on a lead character who views his world through the lens of his interests.  But whereas Scott sees the world in shades of videogames and pop culture, Submarine’s eccentric protagonist, 15-year-old Oliver Tate, brings a French New Wave and erudite nature to his world view.  The film wisely grounds its lead character by having him grapple with simple but relatable problems: he doesn’t know how to be a good boyfriend and his parents’ marriage is disintegrating due in part to his mom’s old flame moving in next door.  Ayoade brings an enchanting and delightful visual style to his debut feature and compliments it with an impressive score and strong performances.  While Submarine may not break any new ground or leave your head spinning, it’s a grand announcement that Ayoade is a director you’ll need to keep on your radar.

2011 Sundance Film Festival Announces Lineup for NEXT (<=>), SPOTLIGHT, NEW FRONTIER, NATIVE SHOWCASE, and PARK CITY AT MIDNIGHT

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Yesterday, we reported the films playing in-competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.  Today, Sundance has announced the films playing in the out-of-competition lineups for “NEXT(<=>)”, Spotlight, Native Showcase, and Park City at Midnight.  Among the films playing are Hobo with a Shotgun, the critically-acclaimed Submarine, Lucky McKee’s new horror film The Woman, and Meek’s Cutoff starring Michelle Williams and Paul Dano. Each lineup has its own mission statement that relates to the films selected.  The festival will also be showing Richard Linklater’s Slacker at part of its “From the Collection” lineup.

Hit the jump to check out the new films announced.  The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 20 – 30th.

BEAUTIFUL BOY, THE CONSPIRATOR, SUBMARINE, and INSIDIOUS Find Distributors at Toronto International Film Festival

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Film festivals are a great way to pick up distribution for your flick.  Buyers not only have a chance to see the movie, but they get to see it with an audience and gauge reaction.  Today, we have news of four films that played at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival and now have distributors.

Hit the jump for news regarding the sales of Shawn Ku’s Beautiful Boy (starring Michael Sheen and Maria Bello), Robert Redford’s The Conspirator (starring James McAvoy and Robin Wright), the British coming-of-age drama Submarine, and James Wan’s Insidous (starring Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson).

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