Wild Canaries

a film by Lawrence Michael Levine

 

"BAM's Blowout: Relish the Film Fest That Screens Only the Best"

"The closest a contemporary film has come to replicating the unbridled jubilance of a classic screwball comedy, thanks as much to a sharply written script as to the exquisite performances…" - Village Voice

"Delusions and Grandeur"

"A droll and whimsical wonder… The tightly wound script conjures a classic-Hollywood tone, as does the precisely timed comic direction of two local romantics who bring grand screwball fantasies to life. - The New Yorker

"Festivals: Maryland & Little Rock"

 "In addition to proving adept at constructing and choreographing scenes that function as both farce and suspense, Levine proves to be a first-rate comedian, mugging for laughs without seeming vain or desperate for them, and expertly exploiting the Allen/Brooks/Arkin sweet spot where relatable and risible, schemer and put-upon overlap…. Accessible, classically conceived… Audiences ate it up in Baltimore." - Film Comment

"Homeward Bound"

"A thoroughly professional, buoyantly-paced movie…" - ArtForum

"Personality Complex: Indie Actor Sophia Takal"

"Wild Canaries, the hilarious maybe-murder mystery...showcases Takal's abilities like never before. She's a surprising comedic talent who's absolutely magnetic on screen." - Complex.com

"Wild Canaries Is the Screwball Indie Murder Mystery You Always Wanted" 

""Wild Canaries" is maybe the first of its kind: a screwball indie comedy that owes just as much to "The Thin Man" series and "Manhattan Murder Mystery" as it does to any mumblecore favorite made in the last decade." - Huffington Post

"SXSW Film Review: Wild Canaries"

"Craftily structured yet playfully loose-limbed... Far too eventful, plot-driven and frankly fun to be classified as mumblecore, “Canaries” can only build on Levine’s audience.Variety

"SXSW: 'Wild Canaries' motion posters for the screwball comedy starring Sophia Takal, Alia Shawkat, Jason Ritter" Entertainment Weekly

"The Biggest Breakthroughs of SXSW: Sophia Takal"

"Watching Takal, she's got the sweetness of Audrey Hepburn and ferocity of Katharine Hepburn, which is perfect for a film that feels like a love letter to old screwball comedies. It's only a matter of time before Hollywood swoops her up." - Watching Takal, she's got the sweetness of Audrey Hepburn and ferocity of Katharine Hepburn, which is perfect for a film that feels like a love letter to old screwball comedies. It's only a matter of time before Hollywood swoops her up." - Complex.com

"SXSW 2014: Lawrence Levine and Sophia Takal chase 'Wild Canaries'"

"With evocative cinematography by Mark Schwartzbard and an inventive dub reggae score by Michael Montes." - LA Times