Lois Maxwell, Actress: 1927-2007

Lois Maxwell has died in Australia at age 80. She was suffering from cancer. Though she appeared in over 50 films, it is the role of Miss Moneypenny in the long-running James Bond franchise for which she’ll be remembered to movie fans. The men who played Bond would come and go, but for over 20 (read…)

Hotel Chevalier – No Foreigners Allowed

“Wanna see my view of Paris?” This post sort of contains Hotel Chevalier spoilers at the end, but I’ll warn you. As you know, Wes Anderson’s short film Hotel Chevalier was made available for free on Apple’s iTunes last Tuesday. This was good news for people disappointed to learn that Fox Searchlight had opted not (read…)

Cronenberg – Salon Interview

I don’t really want to be a links clearinghouse where I spend all my time culling the internet for interesting tidbits to pass along. For one thing, there are tons of sites that already to a better job of that than I could ever hope to and for another I’d rather spend my time watching (read…)

Weekend Forecast: 9/28/07

The Kingdom (2007) It’s Thursday so this must be another Weekend Forecast. In my humble opinion, unless you live in New York, there isn’t much new to see here. New in wide release: The Kingdom. Americans investigating a bombing in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Seems to be a slick action thriller with terrorists, the Bad Guys (read…)

Review: In the Valley of Elah (2007) ***

Tommy Lee Jones and Susan Sarandon confront the loss of their son in Paul Haggis’ In the Valley of Elah (2007) To the extent that Paul Haggis’ new film In the Valley of Elah works (and it does work despite my admitted prejudices against the writer/director), much of the success can be credited to Tommy (read…)

Fall/Winter Part 2: October

Jason Schwartzman, Adrien Brody and Owen Wilson in The Darjeeling Limited Part two of the slow-to-roll-out Fall/Winter forecast brings us to October. This isn’t a comprehensive list, just the things that look notably good, bad or ugly. The ones that are the most promising are starred. As always, release dates are courtesy of ComingSoon.net and (read…)

Review: Eastern Promises (2007) *** 1/2

Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts in Eastern Promises (2007) To outward appearances, the new film Eastern Promises is merely a simple and entertaining crime thriller. As we’ve learned to expect from director David Cronenberg however, there is more here percolating just below the surface. It’s in the details where Cronenberg’s real interests lie and, like (read…)

Review: Into the Wild (2007) *** 1/2

Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) walks away from the world and Into the Wild (2007) Based upon the book of the same name by Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild tells the true story of Christopher McCandless who, after graduating from Emory University in 1990, donated his life savings to Oxfam International and then set off on (read…)

Weekend Forecast: 9/21/07

Mr. Jolie stars in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Limited Release) The wide releases this week are pretty bad so let’s start off with four limited releases that are opening wider this weekend. Read last week’s forecast if you’ve forgotten what they’re all about: Eastern Promises. Naomi Watts, Viggo Mortensen. Directed by David (read…)

Welcome to the Machine

Director Sean Penn and author John Krakauer 9/18 LA Premiere of Into the Wild (2007) (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) Last night at the Los Angeles premiere of Sean Penn’s new film Into the Wild, I had a small glimpse behind the curtain of the movie marketing machine for the first time. What did I see? Another curtain (read…)

Review: Hatchet (2007) *

Horror icon wannabe Victor Crowley claims another victim in Hatchet. Opening in limited release last weekend (9/7) accompanied by a fair amount of good buzz from old school horror fans, Adam Green’s new film Hatchet proudly presents itself as a throwback to the “Friday the 13th slasher in the woods” style horror popular in the (read…)

Weekend Forecast: 9/7/07

Jodie Foster in Neil Jordan’s The Brave One (2007) I’ve already covered 94.2% of these films in the previous post so the blurbs in this week’s Weekend Forecast will be somewhat abbreviated. In wide release this week: The Brave One. So, is it just Death Wish with a woman instead of a man? I’m willing (read…)

Blockbuster Season – You Know…for Adults

Brad Pitt in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford It’s about two weeks late, but here is the first part of a multi-part look at the best time of the year for movies: September to December. These are the upcoming movies I’ve singled out for praise or scorn plus others that have (read…)

A Word About the Reviews

It turns out reviewing movies on a regular basis is harder than I thought it would be, however, they’ve sort of become the back bone of this blog. I suppose it was inevitable since I don’t care to pick over ever detail of a movie before it’s even released, I have zero interest in box (read…)

Review: 3:10 to Yuma (2007) ****

Dan Evans (Christian Bale) is a simple man who finds himself in a complicated situation. Still suffering mental and physical consequences from the American Civil War, he’s trying to make an honest life for himself as a rancher near Bisbee, Arizona. It’s a hard life, however; a life that seems to have betrayed him at (read…)

Weekend Forecast: 9/7/07

Outlaw Russell Crowe and the men determined to see he gets on the 3:10 to Yuma Good riddance to August. Good riddance to summer. Good riddance to sequels. Let the real movie season begin. In Wide release this week: 3:10 to Yuma. James Mangold (Walk the Line) directs this remake of the 1957 Delmer Daves’ (read…)

Review: Halloween (2007) **

Damn this cordless phone age! What are you supposed to strangle people with anymore? In 1978, I was 9 years old. I still remember my older brother and sister going to see John Carpenter’s Halloween and coming back with stories that scared the living holy crap out of me: the killer who wouldn’t die, the murder (read…)

And We’re Back…Hopefully

Greetings internet surfing reader types! A special hello to the regulars and an enthusiastic shout out to some of you crazy Chinese hunting for sweet Shrek 3 pictures. Thank you all for continuing to stop by during the last month of incredibly weak blog output. I’ll spare you the reasons because reasons are like excuses (read…)





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