Posts Tagged ‘Zoe Kazan’

Must See Movies: March

March 1, 2010

Spring is busting out all over, even if Squally is currently looking out at several inches of snow at this writing. While the past few months have offered slim pickings for cineastes on a budget, March comes in with returning masters and new discoveries. So many, in fact, that we’ve extended our usual handful to a mighty six. Among the delights in store: Zoe Kazan, fascist mistresses, Lolitas in platforms, and Ben Stiller turning his neuroses up to 11. Sorry funseekers, no Hot Tub Time Machine. Click on the titles for trailers and more.

The Exploding Girl
Release date: March 12
The pitch: Ivy (Zoe Kazan) juggles a distant boyfriend and a close pal while taking a break from college.
Fun fact: Writer-director Bradley Rust Gray is married to Treeless Mountain helmer So Yong Kim!
Why it could be great: Zoe Kazan’s had us since her delicate turn in Me and Orson Welles. And who doesn’t like a summer-set mood piece released in the middle of March?
Why it could suck: Oh.

Green Zone
Release date: March 12
The pitch: Matt Damon reunites with director Paul Greengrass to fight the war in Iraq. Based on the acclaimed book Imperial Life in the Emerald City by Rajiv Chandrasekaran.
Fun fact: Greengrass collaborated with onetime M15 agent Peter Wright on Spycatcher, a 1987 bestseller which lifted the lid on Britain’s Secret Service.
Why it could be great: Damon and Greengrass’s Bourne films made palm’s sweat glands work overtime.
Why it could suck: Iraq? Again?

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Trailerama: The Exploding Girl

February 13, 2010

No less a cinematical authority than Tony Rayns named Bradley Rust Gray‘s slowburn timepiece one of his best films of 2009. “Gray’s seemingly offhand movie about a Brooklyn summer during which a college girl realizes she loves the one she’s with is worthy of Hou Hsiao-hsien in its control of detail,” he enthused, and the man knows of what he speaks. The college girl is Zoe Kazan, who commanded the screen in a way the old ham would have approved of in Me and Orson Welles. The music you hear is by Andheri. The song is called “Hvernig á að særa vini sína.” Now is a good time for warm, wistful fuzzies. If the charming trailer is any indication, Girl delivers like mom’s old scarf.