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By Kase Wickman“Just keep it in your room.” That’s what For a Good Time, Call... co-star/co-writer/co-producer Lauren Anne Miller told her then-roommate, Katie Anne Naylon, when Naylon admitted that she held a job as a phone sex operator to earn cash. Nowadays, Miller and Naylon are far from their Florida State University dorm room, but they're still making dirty talk pay: For a Good Time, Call... is loosely based on Naylon’s former occupation, and ... Read More
by Kase WickmanOne of the cardinal rules of phone sex, as explained in the new indie comedy “For a Good Time, Call...” is this: Don’t lead the conversation to a sexy place until the other person does. While speaking with Ari Graynor, the film’s star and executive producer, who may be most familiar from the recent release “Celeste and Jesse Forever” or as hot mess Caroline in 2008’s “Nick and Norah’s ... Read More
Crickets. They’re all that can be heard above the swish of bathwater as Little Birds opens, and the sound is an apt introduction to the sleepy Salton Sea, CA, town where the film begins. For a couple of restless 15-year-old locals, Lily (Juno Temple) and Alison (Kay Panabaker), the depressing surroundings are just too much to bear. So when a chance encounter with some street kids en route to L.A. offers them a way out, they take it. Despite the sweeping ... Read More
    Expendables 2 grabbed the top spot at last weekend’s box office, grossing $28.6 million, according to the Washington Post. Makes sense – folks love watching good triumph over evil in gory bloodbaths. But if you’re tired of all-dude action movies in which an entirely male cast, most of who are well past their fighting prime, blow people to bits in an hour and a half, you’re not alone. I was wondering why there've been so few ... Read More
  Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud overwhelmed film lovers with the 2007 animated film Persepolis, based on Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel about growing up in Iran. Chicken with Plums, their second collaboration, is also based on a graphic novel by Satrapi. But Plums is primarily a live-action feature with a robust international cast and the lush aesthetics of a grand old studio film. The directors also employ magical illustrated ... Read More
The year 2012 brought us many pop culture trends, but perhaps none quite as big as The Hunger Games. The francise inspired everything from cultural criticism to DIY hair tutorial videos. Oh, and it gave us Katniss Everdeen, one of our top 10 fearless female film archers (say that ten times fast). Seriously, the fact that we'll never able to hang out with Katniss (you know, because she's, uh, not real) sorta breaks our heart. Yes, it’s safe to say we’re ... Read More
IFC is on a roll. They just keep announcing exciting movie premieres and fun Q&A sessions with independent film’s greatest minds. This time, it’s director Jonathan Demme’s film festival veteran documentary: I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, The Mad, and the Beautiful. The film will debut on September 13 at the NYC IFC Center followed by a Q&A with Demme. I’m Carolyn Parker follows one New Orleans native in her journey to ... Read More
Comedian Mike Birbiglia sure knows how to make people want to see a movie: by telling them they’re going to hate it.  Oh wait, he actually just went “over board” and you’ll probably love his new comedy Sleepwalk With Me. The "heartfelt comedy" will be especially great if it has half the wit and charisma of the Vulture exclusive short that debuted today. Our current Boy Du Jour, Birbiglia, and his co-writer Ira Glass (from This ... Read More
Picked as the opening night film for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Hello I Must Be Going stars Melanie Lynskey as Amy, a 35-year-old who moves back into her parents’ suburban home seeking refuge following her divorce and begins an affair with 19-year-old actor, Jeremy (Christopher Abbott). Writer Sarah Koskoff says the film is a story she’s wanted to tell for a long time, a story “about somebody who’s always in the background ... Read More
BUST cover girl Tavi Gevinson is one step closer to world domination. Her Rookie Road Trip just ended on June 28, and Gevinson already has a new project in the works. America’s favorite rookie is about to try her hand at acting with a role that almost sounds tailor-made for her. Fabulous writer/director Nicole Holofcener is helming the currently untitled film, which will also star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, and Catherine Keener. Gevinson will ... Read More