We were luck to catch a screening of the film 5 to 7 from IFC Films and talk to the film’s director, Victor Levin, and lead actress, Berenice Marlohe. Be sure to check out the film in theaters now! Mild Spoilers
Usvsfilm: I love all the long takes and hearing the dialogue fill in the scenery throughout the film. Can you talk about some of the inspirations you had maybe in real life or movie-wise that created the whole environment in 5 to 7?
I’m happy to say I didn’t see very many bad films in 2014, but that also made it difficult to narrow down my 10 favorites and choose which ones I liked better than the other. Nonetheless, I’m proud of my outcome. Hope you enjoyed your movie going experiences and check out some of these films you may have missed. Before we get started, here are some honorable mentions…
For this week’s project profile we have filmmakers Justin Ambrosino and Soojin Chung, who are currently working on their upcoming film, Hungry for Love. Be sure to check out and support their Kickstarter campaign here.
Also check back tomorrow to hear our interview with Justin Ambrosino and Soojin Chung on the “Meet the Filmmaker” segment of the Us vs Film Podcast Episode 112 – Listen Up Philip.
If you’re a teenager, almost a teenager, or used to be a teenager you need to see The Spectacular Now. Even as adults (barely an adult in my case) I think your teen years stay with you in a very special nostalgic place, even if they were terrible, which let’s be honest they usually are. It’s a bittersweet time in someone’s life, bitter while it’s happening and then maybe seen with a softer lens as time goes on. American film and pop culture in particular celebrate and glorify the teenage years from Rebel Without a Cause, to John Hughes movies, to reality shows like “Laguna Beach” (don’t pretend you didn’t watch it), to more recent films like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and of course, The Spectacular Now.
Written and Directed by Hannah Fidell
Starring: Lindsay Burdge, Will Brittain, Jennifer Prediger, Julie Dell Phillips, Jonny Mars, Chris Doubek, Matthew Genitempo, and Cody Haltom