Film Review: The Spectacular Now

Film Review: The Spectacular Now

We live at a time where teenagers in cinema are portrayed in a few very distinct ways: you have fantasy-filled “vampire” movies, highly stylized “High School Musical”-type movies, and high school sex comedies in the vein of “American Pie.” While I’m not looking to make a commentary on the quality of these films, they typically deal with “teenage problems” through metaphor or humor, and the characters rarely feel like real kids facing real issues. [Read more…]

IFFBoston ’13 VIDEO Q&A – The Spectacular Now

IFFBoston ’13 VIDEO Q&A – The Spectacular Now

Following the screening of excellent film, The Spectacular Now – Director James Ponsoldt and co-writer Michael Weber  had a Q&A with the audience on the opening night of the Independent Film Festival of Boston.

IFFBoston ’13 Review: The Spectacular Now

IFFBoston ’13 Review: The Spectacular Now

We live at a time where teenagers in cinema are portrayed in a few very distinct ways: you have fantasy-filled “vampire” movies, highly stylized “High School Musical”-type movies, and high school sex comedies in the vein of “American Pie.” While I’m not looking to make a commentary on the quality of these films, they typically deal with “teenage problems” through metaphor or humor, and the characters rarely feel like real kids facing real issues.

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IFFBoston 2013 Kicks Off

IFFBoston 2013 Kicks Off

The 11th Annual Independent Film Festival of Boston kicked off last night at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square. James-ponsoldtFestival Director Adam Roffman introduced the fests new Creative Advisor Casey Affleck to a packed audience. The opening night film of the festival was “The Spectacular Now,” (Read our Review Here). Director James Pondolt, and co-writer Michael Weber stuck around for a Q&A following the screening of the film.

There are six more days left of IFFBoston, starting up again with a free screening of “Before You Know It” at UMASS Boston. We’ll see you there!