LA Film Fest 2012 Preview

LA's big downtown fest kicks off 11 of the most fun days Los Angeles has on the calendar this Thursday. Aside from plenty of parties and way more than anyone's share of karaoke, LAFF has a pretty damned good slate... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   


Benh Zeitlin's BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD has found pretty much nothing but adoring fans since its award-winning debut at Sundance in January. The praise continued last month at Cannes and you can pretty much guarantee the fervor will... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

Bradford 2012 review: THE INNKEEPERS

Why do so many characters in horror movies end up dooming themselves through their stubborn refusal to take what's going on at face value? To be fair, we all say we'd do things differently but it's a hard thing to... More »
By Matthew Lee   

LAFF 2012 Program Announcement: The Big List

LA Film Fest has previously announced their opener and gala screenings and today they've released their big list of films for the full fest. Most notably is the announcement that the world premiere of Steven Soderbergh's MAGIC MIKE will... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

Trailer for IFC Midnight Thriller ENTRANCE

You may remember Patrick Horvath and Dallas Hallam's stalker-thriller ENTRANCE from its impressive debut at LAFF last summer. IFC Midnight scooped it up and plans to release it in theaters and VOD on May 18th. Check out the trailer, poster,... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   


LA Film Fest followed up their earlier announcement of Woody Allen's To Rome With Love today with word on three gala screenings to take place at the fest. Benh Zeitlin's Sundance mega-hit BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (our review) will... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

LA Film Fest Announces Woody Allen's TO ROME WITH LOVE As Opener

The fine folks at Film Independent have announced the opening night film for Downtown's big LA Film Fest 2012 and it is a star studded affair. This year's opener is the North American premiere of Woody Allen's TO ROME WITH... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

LAFF 2011: Final Wrap on The Beyond and Fantastic Films of LAFilmFest

LA Film Fest had a lot to offer this year for devotees of Fantastic Fest's brand of cinema. While the midnight section (known as "The Beyond") only featured five films, they were an excellently chosen few. But some key gala... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

LAFF 2011: Documentary Feature Competition Wrap

LA Film Fest has wrapped on downtown Los Angeles with the jury award for Best Documentary Feature going to Beverly Kopf and Bobbie Birleffi's lesbian identity doc Wish Me Away about country singer Chely Wright. While we have yet to... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

LAFF 2011: Narrative Feature Competition Wrap

LA Film Fest is just about wrapped up and awards have been announced for the Narrative Competition films premiering at this year's festival. The $15,000 top Narrative Prize went to Stéphane Lafleur's Familiar Ground. While I have yet to catch... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   


At a certain point in her career, Rachael Harris's agent advised her that she might be better off focusing on TV and commercials. To most audiences she is Ed Helms's bitchy fiancé from The Hangover - but she has also... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

LAFF 2011: SENNA is This Year's Most Exciting Doc

Walking into Asif Kapadia's enthralling Formula One racing doc Senna, I knew almost nothing about the film's subject. While Ayrton Senna's story may be intimately familiar to racing fans around the world, it is very likely that many American filmgoers... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   


They are among us, even when we don't see them. They are aliens in our land, but they're not from a galaxy far, far away, they're from a country that may be far, far away. Or as close as next... More »
By Peter Martin   

LAFF 2011: Opening Weekend Wrap on a Raucous LAFilmFest

The LA Film Fest's decision to move downtown last year did great things for the festival's attendance and after one weekend of this year's edition, it is easy to see why. The festival home at the LA Live's Regal Cinemas... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

LAFF 2011: Refn's DRIVE is the No Nonsense Action Film You've Been Waiting For

One thing was made ridiculously clear at LA Film Fest's North American premiere of Nicolas Refn's Cannes hit Drive last night: We have a serious talent on our hands. For many accomplished Twitch readers this might seem pretty obvious. We've... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

LAFF 2011: Lee Tamahori Crafts THE DEVIL'S DOUBLE

In light of his directorial debut, the intense 1994 drama Once Were Warriors, New Zealand director Lee Tamahori was a surprising choice to head up several big budget Hollywood action films including the final Pierce Brosnan Bond film, Die Another... More »
By Charles Webb   

LAFF 2011: 3 More Clips from Robbie Pickering's NATURAL SELECTION

We've already filled you in on all the awards the Robbie Pickering's extremely popular film won at SXSW. Now we have three more clips of the film ahead of Sunday's LAFF premiere. Check back for more thoughts soon.... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

LAFF 2011: Linklater's BERNIE is a Funny Mess

Richard Linklater has long been a figurehead of independent cinema. Classics like Slacker and Waking Life have shunned the typical narrative structure to tell interesting and entertaining stories. In his latest, Bernie, Linklater heads once more down a curious narrative... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

LAFF 2011: 2 Clips From Robbie Pickering's NATURAL SELECTION

Without a doubt, one of the movies we are most excited to see at this year's LA Film Fest is Robbie Pickering's NATURAL SELECTION. The film cleaned up at SXSW winning Best Narrative Feature, Best Editing, Best Score/Music, Best Screenplay,... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

LAFF 2011 Preview: The Low Down on What's Up Downtown

The Los Angeles Film Festival kicks off its second year in downtown LA on Thursday with a great slate of films for the eastside crowd. We already had a great chat with festival big wigs David Ansen and Doug Jones... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
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