Aug 30, 2011
A Bag of Hammers (direct- ed by Brian Crano) relates a story of human foibles and unforeseen circumstances from which Michael Ritchie (Smile, The Candidate) and Bill Forsyth (Local Hero, Comfort and Joy) once gleaned comic gems. Like a scenario from an O. Henry or Damon Runyon yarn, two con artists—whose only real talent is for downright theft—find them- selves responsible for a young boy. The somewhat precocious kid has recently moved to the neighbor- hood under the unwatchful eye of his job-desperate, cruelly detached mother (Carrie Preston of “True Blood,” defining white trash). What follows is an intriguing and wholly original study of complex relation- ships, told in an alarmingly offhand and humorous manner, consider- ing the dire nature of what actually takes place. Leads Jake Sandvig and Jason Ritter are a natural pair of tragic goofs, but English actor Rebecca Hall (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Frost/Nixon) owns every scene she’s in, mainly because her eyes own the camera. Johnny Flynn’s marvelous sound- track is a near masterpiece. (A Bag of Hammers, Saturday, August 27, 12:45 p.m., Carver Theatre)
A Bag of Hammers—Saturday, 12:45, Carver Theatre Given the title of this film, one might think viewers were in for some violence-laden mafia flick, but the opposite couldn’t be truer. The film, directed by Brian Crano, begins as an off-the-wall buddy comedy about two itinerant, small-time con-men. It’s all snarky dialogue at first, but just when the film has you laughing, it socks you with a surprisingly sentimental core. Forced to deal with the all-too real lives of the collapsing family next door, the two hucksters find their own comfortable existence changing in unexpected ways. It’s a rare film that can make you honestly laugh and cry in the same sitting, but the performances by almost every lead in Bag of Hammers is superb, and tilt this film from good to great. SG
Jun 6, 2011
May 9, 2011
Members only. NYC / Miami May 13, 2011. Los Angeles May 16, 20111.
Apr 27, 2011
Bag director, Brian Crano, will be a panelist at the Newport Beach Film Festival's Directing Panel.
Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 1pm Triangle Square. The seminar is free and open to the public and if we're lucky there will be pamphlets there.
Apr 17, 2011
If you're near Nashville, you should go check it out and enjoy.
Mar 7, 2011
A Bag of Hammers has been invited to screen at the Newport Beach Film Festival 2011.