No matter what he does, Chris Lowell will probably always be best remembered for playing the good-hearted Piz on the Veronica Mars TV series – and reprising the role in the Veronica Mars movie. Which would be simultaneously cool (it’s a great series and terrific movie) and a shame – his first film as a director, Beside Still Waters, won both the Jury and Audience Prizes at the 2013 Austin Film Festival.
Beside Still Waters stars Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist), Reid Scott (Veep), Beck Bennett (SNL), Brett Dalton (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Will Brill (Not Fade Away), Erin Darke (Kill Your Darlings), Jessy Hodges (Hindsight) and Britt Lower (Unforgettable). It opens in theaters on November 14th and premieres on VOD on November 18th. Check out the trailer after the jump.
According to one of the lawyer types whose attempts to adequately quantify the White family that is the subject of The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia, the family is one of ten such clans that create most of the crime in the state. Another muses that while they never work, they always have money. In a nutshell, that’s what this unique documentary, by Julian Nitzberg, is about.
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll is three parts straight ahead biographical film to one part impressionistic bits – all dealing with the life of the late Ian Dury [Andy Serkis], rock & roll entertainer extraordinaire. It treats the life of this unique talent with precisely the kind irreverence he would have expected.
You know the expression Sunday Christian? Well, Mahmud Nasir [Omid Djalili] is the Muslim equivalent. He prays five times a day… mostly; he hardly ever swears… he says, and maybe, after a stressful day, a bit of pale ale may pass his lips. In his heart, though, he is a fervent Muslim with a good life – a beautiful wife, Saamiya [Archie Panjabi]; a son, Rashid [Amat Shah] upon whom he dotes, and a successful taxi business. The only real flaw in his life is a curmudgeonly rival cabbie named Lenny [Richard Schiff].
Metropia is a stranger film than the average dystopia. With a visual design that would be appropriate for 1984 and its depiction of a Europe connected by a vast subway complex called The Metro and a plot that includes a biological mind control device disseminated by shampoo, Metropia is definitely a unique experience.
One of this year’s innovations at the Tribeca Film Festival was the introduction of the release of several titles to Video on Demand. Over the week, I’ll be looking at five of the more popular titles, beginning with the U.K. romantic comedy My Last Five Girlfriends.