With its inspiration in old Hollywood despite a contemporary setting, Wild Canaries this year treated Sarasota Film Festival goers with a treat of a caper and love story. 29 more words
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Back in the 30′s and 40′s a very popular film series called The Thin Man became a favorite of film goers. Starring Hollywood legends William Powell… 1,101 more words
Classic mystery conventions have provided fertile creative ground for any number of young American filmmakers in recent years, as evidenced by Rian Johnson’s “Brick,” Aaron Katz’s “Cold Weather” and now Lawrence Michael Levine’s “Wild Canaries.” Starring Levine and Sophia Takal (his wife and regular collaborator) as a sort of hipster Nick and Nora Charles investigating the shady goings-on around their Brooklyn apartment building, this craftily structured yet playfully loose-limbed detective yarn provides a canny narrative template for another of the writer-director’s low-budget studies of relational turmoil (following 2011′s “Gabi on the Roof in July”), its occasional descent into shrill bickering largely offset by the filmmakers’ palpable delight in their choice of material. 796 more words
SXSW: 'Wild Canaries' motion posters for the screwball comedy starring Sophia Takal, Alia Shawkat, Jason Ritter -- EXCLUSIVE
There are two types of people in the world: chaos muppets and order muppets.
For Wild Canaries writer/director Lawrence Michael Levine, an order devotee, his wife, actress and director Sophia Takal is the chaos variety. 655 more words