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  • MD Film Festival Update: Drinking Buddies goes down easy

    At a QnA session following the second screening of his film Drinking Buddies at the Maryland Film Festival Friday, director Joe Swanberg likened his status as an independent filmmaker to that of a small-time brewer. It was an apt comparison, given that his comedy/drama hybrid is set largely in a brewery If Swanberg was indeed a brewer, Drinking Buddies might be a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale: accessible enough to be consumed by those who eschew indie movies. Familiar faces like Office Space's Ron Livingston, House's Olivia Wilde, and SNL's Jason Sudeikis (whose role is one of the least comedic in the film) will draw in mainstream moviegoers, but cinematatographer Ben Richardson (Beasts of the Southern Wild) will appeal to Charles Theatre regulars. And the Magnolia Pictures-distributed movie—anticipated on VOD July 25 and in theaters Aug. 23 (a Baltimore run is still pending)—explores relatable dynamics at home and in the workplace with an artfulness that will win over both crowds. Two boyfriend-girlfriend couples form the nucleus of the film: Kate (Wilde) and Chris (Livingston), and Luke (Jake Johnson) and Jill (Anna Kendrick). Perpetually hungover Kate and goofy, boisterous Luke work at the same craft brewery in Chicago, Kate schedules tastings and manages promotions, Luke brews. The two co-workers have a very affectionate relationship; they look forward to eating lunch together. Jill teaches and Chris produces music, but that's not really important. Kate and Jill interact just fine—no tension or jealousy is expressed—and the couples enjoy each other's company enough to go on a weekend trip to Michigan together. While there, the inter-couple interplay grows somewhat dicey. But it's not there that the film's core unfolds, thankfully, and the remaining tension and resolution (or lack thereof) that awaits plays out in a realistic fashion. As refreshing and enjoyable as it is, one hopes that Drinking Buddies holds up as well as Sierra Nevada, and not Pete's Wicked Ale.
  • FILM FEST FRENZY LISTINGS

    FILM FEST FRENZY LISTINGS
    ABUSE OF WEAKNESS (Presented by John Waters) Directed by Catherine Breillat The original French title of Catherine Breillat’s newest film is Abus De Faibless, a legal term that describes the crime of taking advantage of someone’s...

    Breathless, Contact, Jackass 3D, Pan's Labrynth, Red, Ultimatum, Up in the Air

    BREATHLESS Can a classic be dated and remain a classic? Take a look at Jean-Luc Godard's stimulating, jarring, boring, frustrating French New Wave ice-breaker and find out. Influenced heavily by the stream of Hollywood film noirs that were been bottled up...

    Sundance Film Festival: 10 Park City picks for sci-fi and horror fans

     
    Thursday evening sees the kickoff to the 2014 edition of the Sundance Film Festival, the annual indie confab that is […]

    Anna Kendrick's 10 best tweets: Ryan Gosling and other things that will make you want to B her FF

     
    Hey, internet. Anna Kendrick is really awesome, and not just because she was spectacular in that George Clooney movie and can actually do the thing with the cups from "Pitch Perfect.