Hammer to Nail

PONYBOI
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(The 2024 Sundance Film Festival ran January 18-28. Check out  Bears Rebecca Fonté’s movie review of Ponyboi. Seen it? Join the conversation with HtN on our Letterboxd Page.) [Note: I will be using he/him pronouns in this review as that is how the...
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A Conversation with Felipe Gálvez (THE SETTLERS)
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Felipe Gálvez has been working in the film industry for over 15 years. While this is his debut feature as a writer and director this is, not the first time he has worked on a feature film. For years he served...
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THE ZONE OF INTEREST
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(Check out Sammy Levine’s movie review for The Zone of Interest, in theaters now via A24. Seen it? Join the conversation with HtN on our Letterboxd Page.) There are very few filmmakers whose work I will trek across town in the pouring...
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SXSW 2024 LINEUP: New Films From Crystal Moselle, Pamela Adlon, & Roshan Sethi Coming to Austin
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The SXSW Film Festival has just announced the lineup for its competition and spotlight titles for its 2024 edition, which will be held in Austin from March 8 – 16. The screening sections include Headliner; Narrative Feature Competition; Documentary Feature...
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THE CURBSIDE CRITERION: GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S PINOCCHIO
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(Here at Hammer to Nail, we are all about true independent cinema. But we also have to tip our hat to the great films that continue to inspire filmmakers and cinephiles alike. This week, Brad Cook seeks to become a...
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SHE IS CONANN Trailer: Bertrand Mandico’s Queer, Feminist Retelling of the Legend Arrives in February
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Writer-director Bertrand Mandico (The Wild Boys) debuted his new 35mm queer fantasy, She Is Conann, at Cannes last year. Now, it is making its way to U.S. theaters where it will undoubtedly grab the attention of many cult audiences. Drawing...
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THE PEASANTS Trailer: Love & Tragedy Unfold In DK & Hugh Welchman’s Oil-Painted Spectacle
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The creators of the sensation Loving Vincent are back with a new oil-painted feature. The Peasants is adapted from Władysław Reymont’s 1904 Nobel Prize-winning novel. Set around that era in the Polish village of Lipce, DK Welchman and Hugh Welchman’s...
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A Conversation with Patricio Guzmán (Dreaming of Utopia: 50 Years of Revolutionary Hope and Memory)
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Dreaming of Utopia: 50 Years of Revolutionary Hope and Memory was the outsized title for an equally ambitious nonfiction program presented throughout venues across NYC this past fall. In commemoration of “the first September 11th” – the 1973 coup d’état...
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A Conversation with Jenn Wexler & Sean Redlitz (THE SACRIFICE GAME)
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Xmas sucks when you’ve been abandoned by your family. I can imagine being in boarding school already feels like being abandoned by your family. The Sacrifice Game finds Samantha (Madison Baines) stuck at Blackvale Academy when her stepfather gives her...
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THE CRIME IS MINE
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(Check out Chris Reed’s movie review of The Crime is Mine. The film is in theaters in NYC now via Music Box Films. Seen it? Join the conversation with HtN on our Letterboxd Page.) French director François Ozon (Peter von Kant)...
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