INTERVIEW: Gillian Robespierre & Jenny Slate of Obvious Child
by Charles Nash
As fun as the summer movie season can be, it can get pretty overwhelming with its abundance of sequels, franchises and big-budget blockbusters. That’s why Obvious Child, the feature-film debut from director Gillian Robespierre starring the adorable Jenny Slate, commonly known for her supporting role as Mona Lisa in Parks and Recreation, is such a delightful surprise. An indie comedy that manages to be as poignantly sweet as it is hilariously raunchy, which tells the story of Donna, a struggling stand-up comedian who’s been recently dumped by her boyfriend and rebounds by spending a night with the clean-cut Max (Jake Lacy) resulting in an accidental pregnancy.
I was fortunate enough to sit down with Gillian Robespierre and Jenny Slate with fellow journalists, Brett Michel from The Improper Bostonian and Ken Murray from IWantMyTwoDollars.com to conduct a round-table interview about their new film, which tackles considerably taboo material from a funny, insightful and refreshingly feminist point of view.
Click here for the full roundtable interview with the women behind Obvious Child
All movies assault the viewer in one way or another. — Michael Haneke (via davidlynchslunch)
By Safana Khan
Last year, President Barack Obama declared June to be Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Month. At SnagFilms, we were clapping and feeling patriotic, sort of like this baby:
It’s June again and now we have a special treat for you.
Yes, you should be as excited as Stefon. Now, get ready to look like this man:
because we’ve compiled a list of our favorite LGBT related films just for you. These films will make you feel all kinds of emotions. Here they are:
Last but not least, we’ve paired with The Trevor Project which is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people. We will be donating $.10 every time someone retweets the following tweet:
Rt & follow @thebentblog to donate $.10 to @TrevorProject. Share the #pride & watch free LGBT films on @snagfilms: http://t.co/X1olwnlmLO— SnagFilms (@SnagFilms)June 11, 2014
We promise, there’s no catch!
By Safana Khan
Remember when you cried and looked like an overgrown baby when you watched Academy-Award winning Iranian film A Separation?
Or how about when you knew life was going to work out perfectly after watching Academy Award-wining French film Amélie?
Unless you speak Farsi or French, you’re pretty much out of luck when it comes to watching these gems. Technically you still watch them but you probably won’t understand a word.
This is precisely why we are working to enhance our viewing experience by supporting English captions. We’ve partnered with Amara, a volunteer driven captioning platform, but we need your help! Join the SnagFilms captioning community here: http://bit.ly/SnagAmara
Thank you and Happy Captioning!
by Safana Khan
Chances are we have a film based on your favorite book or about your favorite author!
1) Arundhati Roy
The beautiful and brilliant author won the Man Booker Prize for her novel The God of Small Things. Watch this film about her humanitarian work in India.
2) George Orwell
In his essay “Such Such Were the Joys,” Orwell describes himself as an “unattractive boy” but we disagree. Watch the film version of his genius work, Animal Farm.
3. Oscar Wilde
Wilde makes our brains and hearts run wild. Watch a rendition of his four-act comedy Lady Windermere’s Fan.
4) Mark Twain
Since most of us have probably only read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, we might as well watch this film, which is an adaption of Twain’s Roughing It. Check out that ‘stache.
5) Leo Tolstoy
While the book may have taken you ages to read, the film version of Anna Karenina is only an hour and change. We still love you, Tolstoy.
6) Franz Kafka
He basically ranted against the system before it was cool to do so.
7) Sherwood Anderson
Here’s a film based on Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio. If you’ve read it then you’re one step ahead of us in terms of summer reading!
8) Anton Chekhov
Chekhov (a.k.a. the Original Condescending Wonka) once said, “Medicine is my lawful wife, and literature is my mistress.” We’re certainly glad he had a love affair with literature because now you can watch this film based on one of his many short stories!
9) Ayn Rand.
Enough said. This documentary will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about her.
10) William Shakespeare
Did your high school teachers tell you this?
Oh and here’s something…just for kicks
By Safana Khan
Yup, that’s right. You can watch them below: