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August 7, 2014

2014 Young Hollywood

It’s often said that Hollywood is a young person’s game. Although many film and TV veterans are still making waves in the industry, we, at Limité, are taking a look at some of Hollywood’s brightest youth. Our annual “Young Hollywood” feature profiles actors aged 30 and under and filmmakers aged 40 and under. Here’s who we have our eyes on…

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July 14, 2014

2014 Faces to Watch

Committed to its mission to seek and promote tomorrow’s trending topics, we are thrilled to announce its sixth-annual “Faces to Watch” feature. Compiled by Limité’s film team, “Faces to Watch” presents a curated look at this year’s newest and brightest in film – both in front of and behind the camera – as seen through the lens of Limité.

Ryan Coogler

 

Ryan Coogler / filmmaker

by Minnie Li

Ryan Coogler rose to critical acclaim with his directorial debut, Fruitvale Station. Its Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award wins at last year’s Sundance Film Festival were the first of a trail of recognition from festivals the world over, including the Prix de l’avenir at Cannes, which recognizes Coogler as a talent to watch. He, along with his star Michael B. Jordan, was named by Time as one of the 30 people under 30 changing the world. In December, the 28-year-old filmmaker took home best breakthrough director at the IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards.

Fruitvale Station chronicles the last day of 22-year-old Oscar Grant’s life. A white transit officer shot Grant, who was African-American, in 2002 on the BART platform. A decade later, George Zimmerman shot the unarmed young black man, Trayvon Martin. The film and its timely release suggest that life in post-racial America has changed little. Coogler is an Oakland native and has worked as a counselor at a juvenile hall in San Francisco and as a counselor and security guard in a home for troubled Bay Area youths. Grant’s story hit home.

Coogler’s next project is Creed, a spin-off of the Rocky franchise. Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan have already signed on.

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June 2, 2014

2014 Top 10 Indie Summer Flicks

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Summer may not officially begin until June 21, but “summer movies” have already begun to make waves at the box office. And while filmgoers succumb to the traditional summer movie fare—including superheroes and sequels, Transformers and talking apes—the indie box office is primed to serve up something different with a bit more depth. This summer, we challenge you to venture beyond the shallow side of the pool and dive into the deep end. Here’s our annual Top 10 list of what you will find there.

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April 25, 2014

Tribeca Film Festival Preview: DIOR AND I

By Curtis John

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Dior artistic director Raf Simons in DIOR AND I

 

Screenings and Venue:

Friday April 25th, 9:00pm

at AMC Loews Village

Series: Worldwide Documentary Competition

“When you have a big stage, you step up.”

This line uttered in the new documentary film Dior and I reflects the underlying narrative of Raf Simons, the newly enshrined artistic director of the storied Christian Dior fashion collection. He has just eight weeks to design and work with his new but very dedicated set of collaborators to produce the company’s 2012 haute couture collection. And Raf must do so not only with his own vision but also with the stylistic echoes of Mr. Dior himself.

But it is not only the shadow of Dior’s legacy that looms over Raf. The most memorable aspects of the film are the manufactured voiceovers from Mr. Dior’s 1956 memoirs, which open distinct acts mirroring Raf’s struggles with Mr. Dior’s own. The feelings that director Frédéric Tcheng creates with these voiceovers, which loom on screen with historical footage of Christian Dior in his workshops creating designs and working with models, and even at private time in his home, are haunting but also peaceful and welcome. There is a manufactured hope, but a believable one too, that Mr. Dior has blessed Raf’s entry into the empire he created, as well as to the documentary.

 

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April 23, 2014

Tribeca Film Festival Preview: NIGHT MOVES

by Curtis John

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 Jesse Eisenberg as Josh in NIGHT MOVES

Screenings and Venue:

Thursday April 21st, 3:00pm (LIMITED tickets available)

Sunday, April 27th, 6:00pm

at AMC Loews Village

 

Series: Spotlight

Three staunch environmentalists out to save a world they’re all pretty disconnected from come together to perform the most drastic form of protest they’ve ever participated in: the blowing up of Oregon’s Green Peter Dam. They see the dam as a true source and symbol of energy depletion that they feel is contributing to the industrial consumer culture that permeates America. However their plan, while successful, leads to a tragedy that dissolves their radical resolve and brings their high-minded natures up against the ultimate reality.

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Dakota Fanning as Dena and Jesse Eisenberg as Josh in NIGHT MOVES

Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network – 2010) plays Josh, their careful and quiet leader who works by day on an organic farm and is more action about his environmentalism than talk. Dakota Fanning (The Runaways – 2010) co-stars as Dena, his would-be girlfriend who has abandoned her society life for living a holistic lifestyle that includes attending anti-big business rallies with Josh by night. Rounding out the trio is ex-military man Harmon, played by the to always-dynamic Peter Sarsgaard (Blue Jasmine – 2013), more excited about blowing up the dam and causing destruction than being careful about the plan’s perfect execution.

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April 18, 2014

Tribeca Film Festival Preview: Manos Sucias

By Curtis John

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(Pictures courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival)

 

Screenings and Venue:

Friday April 18th, 9:45pm and Monday, April 21st, 10:30pm  - Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea

(only RUSH tickets available)

Series: Spotlight

Known primarily as a center for drug trade and crime, the notorious port city of Buenaventura, Colombia, and its murky waters and mysterious Pacific Ocean coastline, is the setting for Manos Sucias, the gripping debut thriller from filmmaker-to-watch Josef Kubota Wladyka.

Yearning for a better life, Jocobo and Delio (some sources say they are blood-brothers, but that is not made fully clear in the film) separately yearn for a better life and turn to the dangerous game of narcotics trafficking to do so.  Jocobo seeks fast money, or rather what seems as the only viable resource in the poverty-stricken Afro-Colombian populated town, as a means of escape after the collapse of his family. Meanwhile wanna-be rapper Delio seeks this hustle to support for his wife and baby son.  The slightly older Jocobo plans for this to be his last run as he means to move to Bogota, despite every one reminding him there are no Black people there, as the pair and the drug lord’s racist henchman embark from Buenaventura with a set of mysterious coordinates as their guide, a fishing net as their cover, and an unusual narcotorpedo filled with 100kg of cocaine as their cargo.  Things seem to be going well until a chance encounter with some youngsters lead to a series of troubles for the two ‘brothers’.

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Tribeca Film Festival Preview: TIME IS ILLMATIC

By Curtis John

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Screenings and Venue:

Friday April 18, 6:00pm and Friday, April 27th, 4:00pm  - AMC Loews Village 7

(only RUSH tickets available)

Series: Gala

In 1994, Nas’ landmark album Illmatic debuted and changed the way consumers and creators of hip-hop music experienced music.  In it, the rapper captured the spirit and weary outlook not only of young men in his native Queensbridge and similar urban housing projects, but also reflected the hopes of a cynical yet determined generation.  And he did it with some of the illest rhymes possible.  Twenty years later, the new documentary Time is Illmatic shows audiences the overwhelming obstacles Nas faced in creating his classic album.

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March 18, 2014

Film Review: ‘Cesar Chavez’ Starring Michael Pena

By Curtis John

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Biopics can be a troublesome sort. Too often they are boring retreads of a dynamic person’s life full of cliché standards that reflect the final expectations of a child’s fill-in-the-colors book.  The best ones though color outside the lines and use believable drama to invoke a sense of real history mixed with characters whose personalities bring a connection that helps both the viewer relive the life of the subject before us on screen.  Think Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote or Denzel Washington in Malcolm X.

While Cesar Chavez has its share of clichéd moments, it is the performances of Michael Peña, deftly showing us the spirited determination of labor leader Cesar Chavez, and John Malkovich as the industrious main villain of the film, that make Cesar Chavez one of the better films of the new year thus far.  And oh, one more thing: the fact that it was finally made.

A problem with this film is that too many people may sadly be asking – Who is Cesar Chavez?  Some are aware that he’s a man who in the 1960’s spearheaded the use of non-violent protest as he battled greed and bigotry in his struggle for the living wage rights of Chicano and Asian migrant farm workers, making him stand out as an international civil rights leader.  Yet contemporarily his national legacy is taken for granted, reduced to three paragraphs in a fourth grade textbook.

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February 3, 2014

Limité Guide to 2014′s Most Anticipated Movies

Matthew McConaughey in Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR

With a new year comes new movies, and there’s nothing we love more at Limité than to look ahead at some of what the film gods have to offer. Each member of Limité’s Film Team presents below her or his 10 most anticipated films of 2014.

Note: As many of these films are still in production, release dates may change.

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January 20, 2014

Women We Love: Amy Poehler

By Curtis John

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During the past few years America has seen a true resurgence of funny ladies. These comedians and comic actors, channeling the legacies of Carol Burnett and Gracie Allen, are bold and unapologetic in their performances.  In the upper tier of these is Amy Poehler, the star and producer of the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, which recently wrapped up its fifth season.  The Newton, Massachusetts raised Poehler got the lead in Parks after seven plus years as a cast member of Saturday Night Live, where she quickly established herself as a go-to player with her impressions of Ann Coulter, Michael Jackson and most famously Hilary Clinton.  She would eventually co-anchor the “Weekend Update,” a coveted spot, until her departure from the show in 2008.

As prominent as it is to be a star featured player on SNL, being the lead on Parks and Rec is what has made Amy Poehler a household name.  The workplace comedy centers on Poehler as Leslie Knope, an overachieving Deputy Director of the Parks Department in the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana.  Knope’s city government loving, refined-sugar slugging, staunch feminist has an idealism that’s infectious amongst her co-workers and friends in the Parks Department, who despite their indifference to doing any real work will always (eventually) help Leslie accomplish her goals – including ascending to the ranks of the City Council in Season Four.  Poehler plays the highly original character of Leslie with a genuineness that has only made it possible to distinguish the character from the woman when she is ribald, as Poehler was in her co-hosting of this year’s 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards with her old friend and other upper tier funny lady Tina Fey.  She is next set to appear in You Are Here, the feature film directorial debut of Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner.

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