MovieRetriever: I heard Robert Duvall on Howard Stern the other day and he spent a long time talking about the difficulty in getting small films financed. There’s been a nagging thought in my mind lately that the effect of the recession on the independent film market has been a bit underreported. How much do you think the recession has impacted the film world and how did it impact this film specifically?
AARON SCHNEIDER: Ours was a five-year journey starting in about 2004. And if you plotted the curve that got off us the ground against the economy, they’re opposite. And the other curve would be the mini-majors closing down. So, as we’re trying to gear up and make progress, the world banking market was collapsing and the indie arms of the studios were closing down. It seems to be a trend in my life. I graduated college into a recession. I couldn’t think of a worse time to get an indie movie off the ground.
The folks behind MovieRetriever.com are back raising money for the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan (one of our favorite charities) again this fall by participating in the Hollywood Nights Movie Marathon and we really need your help! We managed to collect just over $1,500 two years ago and slightly less than that last year and we desperately want...Read More
Sure Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore is stupid and silly and just about any other adjective you feel like throwing out there, but it IS a movie about talking spy dogs and as such, is only supposed to entertain you for an hour or so and send you on your way. Somehow, it manages to do just that – nothing...Read More
Star Zac Efron does his best to elevate a sub-par script but he gets weighed down by the faux spirituality and cheap manipulation of Charlie St. Cloud, a film nowhere near as bad as the non-pre-teens in the audience may have expected from the previews but still one that doesn't deliver the vehicle this young actor needs to graduate from the High School...Read More
I've always been somewhat fascinated by what films crossover from mere torture into that rarified air in which a movie has been dubbed "so bad it's good." Why do films like The Room and Plan 9 from Outer Space continue to draw crowds at midnight screenings around the world whereas most bad movies merely just disappear into the bargain bin? The percentage of...Read More
Steve Carell and Paul Rudd are easily two of the most talented comedians working in film today. There's simply no debating that fact. But a successful comedy is not always about the talent of the people on-screen. Sure, a good cast can help elevate a mediocre script but it only goes so far when you have a director who never finds the right...Read More
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We're more than halfway through the year, so we should have seen more than half of the nominees in all of this year's Academy Award categories, right? God I hope not. Of course, we all know that most of Oscar's favorite children are released in the final quarter of the year, but there are usually a few nominees found in films released before...Read More
The recipient of the Sundance Film Festival's prestigious grand jury prize, the astonishingly brilliant Winter's Bone follows Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) as she treks through the Ozark Mountains in search of her father, Jessup, who fled the law and left the family practically homeless. With a notorious methamphetamine cook and dealer for a father and a catatonic shadow of a woman for a...Read More