Indie Snapshot: The Spectacular Now

by Ethan Alter August 2, 2013 6:00 am
Indie Snapshot: <i>The Spectacular Now</i>

If movies could be released as cassette singles (remember those?), some enterprising producer could make a killing putting out a tape with last year’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower as the lushly orchestrated A-track and The Spectacular Now as the stripped-down flip side. Taken together, these are two of the best examples of the John Hughesian coming-of-age high school drama since… well, since the heyday of John Hughes. What’s interesting, though, is that while they cover similar ground and inspire the same heady mix of emotions in the audience, they go about the task in significantly different ways. Perks is sweeping and swoony, filled with the kind of grand passions and gestures that mark adolescence. As the title suggests, The Spectacular Now is rooted in the moment, depicting the ordinary experiences of its teenage characters in ordinary ways. But its within that ordinariness that both the characters and the audience can occasionally catch a glimpse of the spectacular.

Indie Snapshot: No

by Ethan Alter February 15, 2013 6:00 am
Indie Snapshot: <i>No</i>

Mad Men goes to Chile in the Oscar-nominated No. Also, our takes on Shanghai Calling and A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III.

Indie Snapshot: Josh Radnor Takes a Crash Course in the <i>Liberal Arts</i>

The How I Met Your Mother star tries to sweet-talk his Liberal Arts leading lady, Elizabeth Olsen, into playing his love interest this season. Also, our reviews of Arbitrage, Solomon Kane and two documentaries.

Indie Snapshot: <i>Lola Versus</i>, <i>Safety Not Guaranteed</i> and <I>Dark Horse</i>

Their movies may disappoint, but spending time in the presence of indie film beauties Greta Gerwig and Aubrey Plaza isn't too much of a hardship.

Indie Snapshot: <i>The Paperboy</i>, <i>Butter</i>, <i>The Oranges</i>, <I>Wuthering Heights</i>

Nicole Kidman gets an extreme makeover in the ridiculous potboiler The Paperboy. Also, our takes on Butter, The Oranges and Wuthering Heights.

Indie Snapshot: Take This Waltz

by Ethan Alter July 13, 2012 6:00 am
Indie Snapshot: <i>Take This Waltz</i>

A slow weekend at the multiplex gives you time to catch up with some of the indie features -- like Sarah Polley's Take This Waltz -- currently playing at an art house or video on demand service near you.

Indie Snapshot: Bernie

by Ethan Alter April 27, 2012 5:53 pm
Indie Snapshot: <i>Bernie</i>

Jack Black and Richard Linklater reunite deep in the heart of Texas

Indie Snapshot: Friends With Kids and More

by Ethan Alter March 9, 2012 5:58 am
Indie Snapshot: <i>Friends With Kids</i> and More

Not interested in fighting aliens alongside John Carter or freaking out at Silent House? We've got an indie movie to fit your particular state of mind.

TWoP Goes to Sundance: 72 Hours in Park City, Part 3

by Ethan Alter January 25, 2012 1:14 pm
TWoP Goes to Sundance: 72 Hours in Park City, Part 3

In which The Chronicles of Sundance comes to an end.

TWoP Goes to Sundance: 72 Hours in Park City, Part 2

by Ethan Alter January 24, 2012 4:12 pm
TWoP Goes to Sundance: 72 Hours in Park City, Part 2

The continuing adventure of one critic's first trip to the Sundance Film Festival....

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