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The coming of age movie follows plenty of familiar tropes, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be one well. A couple years back, we had the winning and refreshing “The Edge Of Seventeen,” which felt genuinely authentic to the teena…
Sometimes a movie that comes along that has so many good ingredients, you really hope it meets the potential. That’s the case with “Flower,” led by rising star Zoey Deutch (“Everybody Wants Some!!“) and directed by Max Win…
Zoey Deutch Is A Force Of Nature In Max Winkler’s Unpredictable Dark Comedy ‘Flower’ [Tribeca Review]
A charming and blissful look at the joys and pains of a bravado-flecked reckless youth, director Max Winkler’s “Flower” is an earnest coming-of-age pic mixing cheeky sass will full-bodied teenage angst and beaming vitality. And it’s also an untamed dark comedy that veers off to unexpected places that reveal disturbing edges. If there’s a movie that can pull off the cool insouciance of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Clueless” and Diablo Cody, and successfully mix it with the seemingly incongruous realist sensibilities of “Fish Tank” or the films of Andrea Arnold in general, “Flower” is it. Continue reading Zoey Deutch Is A Force Of Nature In Max Winkler’s Unpredictable Dark Comedy ‘Flower’ [Tribeca Review] at The Playlist.
If you want to make a mumblecore comedy about the existential ennui of a bunch of thirtysomethings who are frustrated that their dull day jobs don’t fit their artistic ambitions, it’s hard to find a subject more fitting than wedding videographers. Many videographers are aspiring filmmakers who gave their lives to their craft, only to find out that the practical world only needs them to film drunk, obnoxious people dancing awkwardly to stale disco tunes. Continue reading Uneven ‘Sundowners’ Nonetheless Shows Pavan Moondi As A Filmmaker With Promise [Review] at The Playlist.
In his third indie directorial effort, “The First Girl I Loved,” which won the “Best of NEXT” audience award at Sundance 2016, writer/director Kerem Sanga tackles the complicated and high-stakes world of teenage sexuality, which is hard enough even if you’re not queer. So it’s infinitely more difficult for self-possessed loner Anne (Dylan Gelula) when she falls hard and fast for softball star Sasha (Brianna Hildebrand). Continue reading ‘The First Girl I Loved’ Is A Sensitive Exploration Of Sexual Identity [Review] at The Playlist.