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Culture, The Exhibitionist Chatting With <i>Digging for Fire</i> Director Joe Swanberg

Chatting With Digging for Fire Director Joe Swanberg

The prolific and ever-burgeoning independent filmmaker Joe Swanberg makes warmly lived-in movies, increasingly involving commercially familiar actors. His newest, Digging for Fire, is a love story, and maybe also an oblique thriller, about house-sitting in Hollywood. Jake Johnson and…
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Film, "Touchy Feely": A Family Embraces Not Embracing

"Touchy Feely": A Family Embraces Not Embracing

Touchy Feely Lynn Shelton, before this the maker of Humpday and Your Sister's Sister, has a great knack for modest movies that are just high-concept enough. Shelton's Touchy Feely springs from a strong comedic hook: Just as a free-spirit massage…
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Film, "Your Sister's Sister": Schmaltz with Sharp Dialogue

"Your Sister's Sister": Schmaltz with Sharp Dialogue

Beginning with a bilious toast and ending with a group hug, Lynn Shelton's Your Sister's Sister, her fourth film, expertly makes us squirm for about half its running time only to soothe us with empty pop-psych declarations. In Shelton's previous…
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Film, <i>Rachel Getting Married</i>: The other sister

Rachel Getting Married: The other sister

Those who believe Jonathan Demme went all soft with Philadelphia and never recovered may not be reassured by his latest movie, an ensemble tale of family pathology gussied up with vérité camera work, world music, and improvising actors both trained…
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