James Ponsoldt (Image Credit: Jim Ponsoldt)

An Interview with ‘The Spectacular Now’ Director James Ponsoldt

James Ponsoldt (Image Credit: Jim Ponsoldt)

James Ponsoldt (Image Credit: Jim Ponsoldt)

Since hitting the film festival circuit earlier this year, director James Ponsoldt’s The Spectacular Now has been gaining steam as an indie/teen movie darling.  The film, about a high school senior named Sutter (Miles Teller), whose hard partying and live-in-the-moment ways begin to be called into question when he meets an atypical girl named Amy (Shailene Woodley), releases nationwide over Labor Day weekend.  In addition to Teller and Woodley, the film stars Kyle Chandler and Jennifer Jason Leigh, and was adapted to the screen by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber from the novel by Tim Tharp.

The Daily Quirk was lucky enough to score an interview with the rising-star indie filmmaker and director, James Ponsoldt, to talk about The Spectacular Now and his upcoming projects.  I can’t express how delightful it was to speak with James and hear the love and enthusiasm he has for The Spectacular Now and its stars.  In the words of a filmmaker friend of mine, “he’s a big deal.”  However, you wouldn’t know it by speaking with him – he was humble, funny, friendly, and incredibly kind.  Read on to see for yourself… Continue reading

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5 reasons why ‘The Spectacular Now’ should be on your must-see list

Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller in THE SPECTACULAR NOW (Image Credit: A24 Films)

Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller in THE SPECTACULAR NOW (Image Credit: A24 Films)

Growing up can be hard. Scratch that, growing up is almost always never easy, unless you’re Daniel Craig. Can you imagine that guy as a teenager? With the recent release of its trailer, the comedy- drama The Spectacular Now takes on the hardships of growing up and “living in the moment.” It looks to fill the shoes that The Perks of Being a Wallflower previously wore last year, as a coming-of-age tale about a high-school senior whose outlook on life changes when he meets a pretty, unique female classmate. The film premiered to rave reviews at this year’s Sundance Film Festival where it won the “Special Jury Award for Acting.” Here are five reasons why it should definitely been on your “must-see” list of films for 2013. Continue reading