For fans of the current wave of independent filmmaking,
there’s a certain romantic curiosity surrounding the power-trio of Brit
Marling, Zal Batmanglij and Mike Cahill. Marling holds the center,
anchoring and serving as the face of the trio’s projects together.
The line of dialogue is whispered during a couple of key sequences in Third Person, the new film from Paul Haggis, the Academy Award-winning director of Crash
(Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay). As you might imagine, the
phrase insinuates itself dramatically into the hearts of the characters
who hear it, as they attempt to heed the call.
Earth to Echo wastes no time
setting up its premise. Three young teens — Alex (Teo Halm), Tuck
(Astro) and Munch (Reese Hartwig) — as awkwardly nerdy as can be, land
themselves in the middle of quite an adventure when they begin
investigating cell phone disturbances in their soon-to-be redeveloped
community in Nevada.
I love Donna Stern (Jenny Slate), the protagonist of Obvious Child,
the new indie dramedy from co-writer and director Gillian Robespierre
(working from her 2009 short of the same name), because Donna is
wickedly smart and engaging, a cute Jewish woman we rarely get to see in
mainstream romantic comedies.
Back in the early aughts, Clive Owen starred in a series of promotional online shorts created by BMW called The Hire,
where he played a mysterious driver with no name enlisted by powerful
people to tackle jobs that required a certain skill set, particularly
behind the wheel, that only he had.