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15th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala Presented By Starz - Arrivals At The Beverly Hilton Hotel

Mike Mills, Ewan McGregor and Beverly Hilton Hotel - Mike Mills and Ewan McGregor Beverly Hills, California - 15th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala Presented By Starz - Arrivals at The Beverly Hilton Hotel Monday 24th October 2011

Mike Mills, Ewan Mcgregor and Beverly Hilton Hotel

Beginners Review


Good
With a slow, wistful pace, Thumbsucker writer-director Mills tells a moving story about connections across generations. It's warm and perhaps a little too heartfelt, but it's grounded in the three central performances.

Oliver (McGregor) is struggling to cope with the death of his father Hal (Plummer), only a few years after his mother Georgia (Keller) died. As his memories swirl, he meets the lively Anna (Laurent) at a party, and they embark on a tentative relationship. But he's consumed by thoughts about his father, who came out as gay after his mother's death and then had a complex relationship with Andy (Visnjic). He also remembers time with his mother when he was a boy (Boos), wondering how his personal history is affecting his life now.

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Beautiful Losers Review


Excellent
In Jean Renoir's 1936 Popular Front comedy-drama The Crime of M. Lange, an unsavory publisher takes it on the lam and leaves his staff in the lurch. Unwilling to break up their camaraderie, the staff reconstitutes itself as a cooperative, publishing a grassroots pulp western series featuring the happy-go-lucky cowboy Arizona Jim.

In Beautiful Losers, Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard's energized documentary celebrates the do-it-yourself subculture of artists engulfed in skateboarding, graffiti, and punk who gravitated toward the Lower East Side Alleged Gallery (of which Rose was the curator) in the late '80s. Here a motley collection of geeks, oddballs, lunatics, and downtowners -- including Shepard Fairey, Margaret Kigallen, Mike Mills, Barry McGee, Jo Jackson, Chris Johanson, Harmony Korine, Stephen Powers, Geoff McFeteridge, Thomas Campbell, and Ed Templeton -- recreated the cooperative spirits of Renoir with unfettered innocence, a lack of pretentiousness, and childlike glee, slapping together their artworks like Chuck Jones characters in heat. As one artist remarks in the film, they were just a "bunch of dumb, bored kids. All you had to do was have heart." Or as Stephen Powers comments, "It's really bad. I love it!"

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5th Annual Can-Do Awards Dinner Marking The 25th Anniversary Of Food Bank For New York City

Mike Mills Monday 7th April 2008 5th Annual Can-Do Awards Dinner Marking the 25th Anniversary of Food Bank For New York City New York City, USA

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Un-Hollywood Film Screening Hosted By Papaer Magazine, Featuring Mike Mills' Documentary 'Does Your Soul Have A Cold?' At The Tribeca Grand

Mickey Boardman and Mike Mills - Mickey Boardman and Mike Mills New York City, USA - Un-Hollywood film screening hosted by Papaer Magazine, featuring Mike Mills' documentary 'Does Your Soul Have a Cold?' at the Tribeca Grand Sunday 23rd September 2007

Thumbsucker Review


Weak
For once, the film's title is hardly a coy allusion or abstract metaphor - Thumbsucker is a movie about, yes, a thumbsucker. More specifically, he's a 17-year-old thumbsucker, a fact that hardly endears him to his schoolmates or family. As would be expected in most any film about a socially awkward teen, the story is ultimately about his maturation (or lack thereof) into the adult world. What it ends up being, however, is more like the chronicle of some hardworking parents stuck with a truly problematic son who's about as unlikable as it gets.

As parents Audrey and Mike Cobb, Tilda Swinton and Vincent D'Onofrio seem an odd choice, but it's an absolutely perfect one. Director Mike Mills may not have the best ear for story or subject matter (the source novel by Walter Kirn, should likely have been left on the unfilmed backlist) but he's dead-on when it comes to tone and casting. A pair of tired out working-class adults in a small Northwest town who can't quite accept being grownups, they have their two boys call them by their first names. Everything around them betrays this hope, of course, with Audrey working night shifts as a nurse at a celebrity drug treatment clinic just to catch a glimpse of an addict TV star she's got a girlish crush on, and Mike as the beaten-down manager of a sporting goods store unable to forget that but for an injury he could have gone pro.

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The Best Of Resfest Shorts, Vol. 1 Review


Weak
This compilation DVD features 16 short films from four years of the RESFEST travelling film festival, and as with any collection like this, it's a hit and miss affair -- albeit one with plenty of nudity.

The short "Snack and Drink" is a predecessor to Waking Life, proving that in-your-face, bizarre rotoscoping works best when it's given in sub-four minute chunks. It's still not really about anything, but Bob Sabiston and Tommy Pallotta make the most of following a curious, autistic subject.

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