Reviews of Ashley Greene’s ‘Skateland’ from Sundance
It seems Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart aren’t the only Twilight cast members to premiere a film at Sundance Film Fest this year. Even though Ashley Greene is in Berlin filming her new film Apparition, her film Skateland premiered at Sundance on Monday night.Â Here are some of the reviews of the film that have come in so far.
From the Hollywood Reporter:
The characters are not without dimension, and the young cast makes you care about what happens to at least some of them. But there aren’t a lot of surprises unless you count a tragedy that springs up out of nowhere.
Production values don’t get much better in an indie film. There is time and a budget for one of those show-off tracking shots to begin the movie, a white-knuckle car chase, on-the-money production and costume designs plus a soundtrack of ’80s music.
There will always be coming-of-age films, but they keep getting trickier to make. You’ve got to have something very fresh and original to say on the subject. “Skateland” doesn’t, so considerable talent got lavished on a tired script.
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From the LA Times:
Shiloh Hernandez Fernandez stars as a budding writer whose post-high-school life is stagnating. He’s the manager of a local skating rink that’s closing down, and his girlfriend, played by “Twilight’s” Ashley Greene, is going off to college with or without him. Obviously, the kid is going to have some lessons to learn.
The added fun of the film, for those who were alive during the ’80s anyway, is all the era-specific details tucked into the corners of the frame. “He-Man’s” Battle Cat is tucked onto a shelf, the teen writer works on a Commodore 64 hooked up to the tiny TV in his bedroom, and teenagers practice their moonwalk. And that’s not even touching on the soundtrack, which includes all the usual ’80s suspects including A Flock of Seagulls, REO Speedwagon and Talking Heads, among many others.
The crowd seemed mostly positive on the film, though one female audience member groused afterwards, “It’s fine, I guess, but ‘Dazed and Confused’ was better.”
Still, most everyone we talked to — both young and old — seemed to like it
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And just another reminder that Shiloh Fernandez was one of the final five actors considered for Edward.
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