Girl Most Likely would like to be on par to its cast.
Debra Kirschner, the episode’s host and the panelist, Patricia Koo, met up at the new location of the Wix Lounge, the free co-working and event space in New York City, to discuss the richly cast independent film, Girl Most Likely.
In this video review , filmmaker Debra Kirschner and photographer, Patricia Koo reveal their perspectives (sometimes agreeing and oft times not) on this film that you really want to see succeed.
Mimi Spilllane, our correspondent for our “Video on Demand Pick of the Week” segment is also included in this episode and gives us insight as to why she feels the indie film, “Ginger and Rosa” is the one worth your viewing time of all of new releases currently available on demand. This is the first time our two highlighted films feature the same actress. And who might that be? None other than Annette Bening. Two heapings of her can never be wrong.
BEFORE MIDNIGHT explores the real issues of love and life with wit and humor.
Today’s panelist, Justine Harrison, connects with our host, Danielle Winston, to discuss one of this summer’s best films thus far, Before Midnight. They get comfy and share a couch at the West Village gastropub favorite, West 3rd Common.
In our video review above, Danielle and Justine each bring an interesting perspective to this conversation about this perfect-for-summer and beyond film that you won’t want to miss.
Before Midnight is the third film of a cult-like romantic trilogy. In case you missed the previous two, Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, they are must-see viewing to truly appreciate this latest installment. All three have all been directed by Richard Linklater. Although he is credited with writing the first two, the writing this time, however, is also credited to the romantic leads Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, who each deliver outstanding performances here.Shot in Southern Greece in the coastal towns of Messinia and Kardamili, the scenery is gorgeous, breathtaking and ever so inviting.
Also included in this episode is our Video-On-Demand (VOD) Pick of the Week. See why our correspondent, Mimi Spillane believes, “We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks” is essential viewing for us all in this current political and social climate.
Rumored to be director, Steven Soderbergh’s final cinematic endeavor, SIDE EFFECTS, is a fitting but, complexly intricate swan song that concludes the long and illustrious career of the man who put the indie film genre in the conscious mind of the mainstream. With a screenplay written by Scott Z. Burns, this story is so deeply entrenched with twists, that just as you sense the film may be nearing its end, it takes yet another dramatic, wild turn. The original music created here by Thomas Newman is moody yet synthesizes harmoniously with the shifting pace.
To say anything is to say too much. As the intensity fluctuates, a shift in protagonist follows suit. What begins as a satirical observation of the dubious practices of the pharmaceutical industry takes a sharp detour and transforms into a well-crafted and highly suspenseful journey about perceptions. Relish in the powerful performances by Rooney Mara and Jude Law. They are two of the reasons why the film is so great. You will also get a kick out of the character played by Catherine Zeta-Jones. She is deliciously wicked out of her comfort zone (something she should do a little more often). Channing Tatum is affable and the great eye candy he has become known for on screen. Word-on-the-street has it that at one time, Justin Timberlake was up for his role as well as Lindsay Lohan being considered for Rooney Mara’s part. So glad all involved came to their senses as anything other than this cast is hard to imagine being as splendid.
Make no mistake, this is a Steven Soderbergh production from beginning to end. He is also the film’s editor and cinematographer, although in the credits for these two roles he uses the pseudonyms, Mary Ann Bernard and Peter Andrews, respectively. Crafty to the final frame! It is hard to believe that a talent of this caliber is walking away from the big screen forever. But, perhaps what we are really seeing is a man’s need for a change in direction (pun intended) and taking control of his life to make it happen…something that we all could experience a little more of in our own lives. And, we, as loyal viewers, can only hope that this is merely a brief reprieve and not a final goodbye. Either way, if you are a Soderbergh fan, this thriller is for you.