Hide Your Smiling Faces


As we entered the month of May this week, we’ve now officially entered the summer movie season. Never mind the attempt by Oblivion to up the frame a bit with its grand sci-fi mash-up. Maybe if it had been better, a surprise knockout hit, we’d be calling it the head start of the blockbuster season, but there’s really just no overshadowing an Avengers movie, especially one from the original franchise sub-franchise, Iron Man. To be frank, it’s also going to be a hard movie to follow, too. Not necessarily in quality but in box office. Because it’s the start of May, we not only previewed the summer season but also the month itself. And we continued to cover a few film festivals, including Tribeca, Hot Docs, San Francisco and the new Stanley Film Fest, which will be a big part of our content the next few days. As always, the Reject Recap highlights the biggest movie news and features of the week and this time we have one selection not originally posted to FSR. If you see any interesting features we should include, email us. Start your weekend right after the jump.


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Now that the Tribeca Film Festival has been effectively put to bed for the year (rest up, sweet festival), it’s time to reflect on what we loved best about New York City’s spring fling, from zombies to visual effects to more Sam Rockwell than might be advisable by most doctors. For a festival like Tribeca, which lately seems to being striving (and hard) to be more unique and more fresh than it might have been in the past, a traditional “best-of” list just didn’t seem right. After all, where in such a list would we write about geodesic domes and solid fashion choices made by pre-teen characters and, again, just like a lot of Sam Rockwell? The answer – nowhere – made this year’s listing wrap-up style obvious. We just wrote about what we liked best. So what were the twelve best things at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival? Let us tell you.


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Daniel Patrick Carbone’s Hide Your Smiling Faces can be compared to Stand By Me in several ways. In both films, boys find the dead body of another boy in the woods. There are also meaningful interactions with woodland creatures and nature, dysfunctional parents, and the tethering bond of brotherhood, but despite the parallels between the two films, Hide Your Smiling Faces is its own entity. It is deeply meditative about life and death, about the relationship between humans and nature. And all of these meditations, very intriguingly so, come from two young boys. Perhaps the most admirable thing about the film is that it never falls victim to what’s expected. It veers away from typical coming-of-age tropes and thinks beyond the norm. Brothers Eric (Nathan Varnson) and Tommy (Ryan Jones) live with their loving parents in rural New Jersey. Eric is in the budding stages of being a teenager and is appropriately surly to the younger Tommy, shooing him out of his room and keeping his distance. Though their dynamic changes when Eric and his friends discover Tommy’s friend, Ian, lying dead in the forest, apparently after having fallen off the bridge above. Ian’s father (Colm O’Leary) is a single parent and an outwardly violent person, so he immediately arouses suspicion from the boys, especially since he always threatens to shoot their dog, Daisy. As Tommy mourns Ian’s loss and as Eric experiences a rift with a suicidal friend, the two brothers come together as they act out against Ian’s […]

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