Thoughtful and slick, “The East” functions both as a highly engaging and riveting thriller, and also something that’s deeply conflicting, forcing you to juggle all angles of the scenario while the film is rolling and long after, too.
Sarah Moss (Brit Marling) left the FBI and is now a new recruit at Hiller Brood, a private intelligence firm dedicated to protecting some of the biggest corporations in the country. Sarah is hand selected by her boss, Sharon (Patricia Clarkson), to infiltrate an anarchist group known as The East in an effort to stop them from sabotaging the Hiller Brood clientele. At first, Sarah is determined to do the best she can to impress Sharon and jumpstart a successful new career, but after infiltrating The East and spending a significant amount of time with its members, she can’t help but to recognize that stopping them outright might not be the answer.
Like its promotional campaign, “The East” reels you in right from the start via a viral message from the group. In mere minutes the film manages to both relay The East’s motives and goals, and captivate the viewer, making for the ideal transition into the meat of the story.
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Tribeca Interview: Free Samples’ Jason Ritter
A guy like Jason Ritter likely has a nice pick of leading role opportunities, but when the right material and collaborators come along, he’s got no problem taking on a supporting part like Wally in Free Samples.
The film stars Jess Weixler as a law school dropout who bartends sporadically and indulges in booze herself far more regularly. After a hard night of drinking, she’s suckered into working on her friend’s ice cream truck for the day, a day that consists of no coffee, bad ice cream and a ton of customers that don’t go well with a hangover. However, a visit from her good friend Wally makes for a nice visit thanks to a certain lifelong dream of his.
While celebrating Free Samples’ world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, Ritter took the time to sit down and talk about working with Weixler and director Jay Gammill, dropping his pants on set, a certain little couch accident and much more. Watch it all in the video interview below.
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Interview: The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Taryn Manning
Funny thing; Taryn Manning’s brief description on her Twitter profile is “Yeah I’m in that movie and also on that show, and yep that’s me doing all that music n stuff too.” That very well might be one of the most accurate summaries on the site. In all seriousness, I’d like to bet the majority of you have seen Manning on the big screen, in a TV show or heard a Boomkat song before. Manning’s accomplished quite a bit over the years and shows no signs of slowing down, as her repertoire continues to grow. The latest edition to Manning’s resume? The movie The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll, due out in theaters and on demand on August 5th.
The films stars Kevin Zegers as Spyder, a guy who ditches his hometown to hit it big in the music industry. Sure, his first record is a hit, but without his song writing buddy, Eric (Jason Ritter), by his side, his second go is nothing short of a disaster. In an effort to make a comeback, Spyder heads back home to make amends with Eric and make his third album a hit, together. Manning steps in as Rose, Spyder’s manager who’s just about fed up with his antics. For Rose, Eric’s presence isn’t only promising in terms of Spyder’s career, but possibly on a romantic level, too.
Clearly The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll is right up Manning’s alley as a musician and as a person who tends to gravitate towards films about music, but there was still much to be learned from director Scott D. Rosenbaum as well as her multi-talented co-stars, Zegers and Ritter. While Manning shared a great deal of insight on her experience making the film, some of the most touching material is what she had to say about working in the industry and managing her insecurities in such a judgmental business. It seems as though Manning’s policies are working because not only is The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll on the way, but she’s also got a number of projects on the horizon, both on the big screen, like The Story of Bonnie and Clyde, and musically, particularly the release of her very first single from her new solo album, “Turn It Up.”
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