The Watercooler: 3/31/08

Audrey Tautou in the Watercooler pick of the weekend: Priceless After two mediocre weekends in a row and a weekend off, I ventured back to the movie theater this Saturday and Sunday, refreshed and reinvigorated. Three of the four movies I saw were good. The fourth one wasn’t bad, but I wasn’t really the target (read…)

First Impression: Son of Rambow

  When you’re 11, there are few things more important than best friends and your own imagination. The upcoming Son of Rambow is a charming and comic celebration of both. Set in England in the 1980s, it tells the story of two unlikely companions. The first is Lee Carter. Left to his own devices by indifferent (read…)

Review: Paranoid Park (2008) *** 1/2

Paranoid Park is perhaps the most rewarding expression yet of the elusive European arthouse sensibility Gus Van Sant has been exploring in his most recent films. He’s still less interested in a strong narrative than he is in moods and in the internal lives of characters who don’t appear to have any, but he’s achieved (read…)

Friday Filler: Do You Hulu?

Here at LiC, we pride ourselves in always being a couple of days late with what the cool kids are talking about. True to form, check out Hulu. It’s a joint venture between two evil empires (GE’s NBC Universal and News Corp’s FOX) bringing you high quality streams of many of your favorite movies and (read…)

The Future of Cinema is Now

Hey boys and girls. The USC School of Cinematic Arts is showing off the work of its students and alumni this weekend at the First Look Festival at USC’s Norris Theatre. Why do we care? Because the thesis film of friend of LiC Jeff McMahon is a part of the program. It’s a twisted and entertaining little holiday number (read…)

Patrick Wilson: King of Castration is ‘Barry Munday’

Patrick Wilson is having trouble with his balls again. Those of you who saw Hard Candy may recall a certain scene involving all manner of horrifying genital hijinks on the part of Mr. Wilson’s pedophile character. Now, in the dark romantic comedy Barry Munday, he’s set to play a womanizer who wakes up in the hospital (read…)

Weekend Forecast: 3/28/08

Amid slim pickings, perhaps Flawless is this week’s best bet? This week’s wide releases: 21. Based on the true story of how a bunch of brilliant M.I.T. math students went to work cheating at blackjack in Las Vegas. Because nothing says “excitement” like math nerds playing cards. Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe), Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne and (read…)

Richard Widmark, Actor: 1914 – 2008

Actor Richard Widmark died Monday at age 93. Nominated for an Academy Award and winner of a Golden Globe for his first screen performance as the revenge-seeking psychopathic killer, Tommy Udo, in Kiss of Death in 1947, Widmark may be best remembered for the scene where he pushes the mother of his victim down the stairs in her (read…)

Make Believe, Not War: Son of Rambow Online

The official website for Son of Rambow, the upcoming comedy from Nick Goldsmith and Garth Jennings (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), is up and running. This is the one about the kid from the strictly religious community in rural England who is exposed to a pirated copy of Rambo: First Blood and then agrees to help (read…)

DVD Finally Finds ‘Lost Highway’

Like Michael Haneke’s Caché, it begins with a mysterious videotape. Like Syndromes and a Century, it reboots unexpectedly part way through. Like Hitchcock, it deals with voyeurism and obsession and paranoia. Like Lynch’s own Mulholland Dr., it suggests there is something rotten in the Hollywood Hills. Oh, and then there’s Robert Blake. Borrowing tropes and (read…)

The Watercooler: 3/24/08

It was a suck-ulent weekend for new movies, so rather than reward Hollywood for dishing up crap until Oscar season begins in September, I decided to catch up on some DVDs. Though it hasn’t been expensive, I’ve wasted too much time slurping up slop at the local multiplex lately and it was time to cleanse (read…)

Craig Brewer to Deal ‘Gang Leader’

Craig Brewer, the writer/director of Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan, is set to direct Gang Leader for a Day from a book by Sudhir Venkatesh. The script is to be written by Sopranos screenwriter Michael Caleo and the whole thing will be hand delivered to the big screen by Paramount Vantage. Published in January 2008, (read…)

Review: Snow Angels (2008) *** 1/2

Young love: Michael Angarano and Olivia Thirlby in Snow Angels  From the beginning, the new drama Snow Angels would like you to consider the interconnectedness of people as each name in the opening credits is drawn in part from the letters of the one before it. The theme continues through the first scene which follows (read…)

The LA Times Remembers ‘Bonnie and Clyde’

Bonnie and Clyde: “They’re young, they’re beautiful, they kill people” For someone who wasn’t yet born when Bonnie and Clyde hit (including me), it might be difficult to understand what all the fuss was about, but the shockwaves from the collision of the European art house film with old Hollywood continue to resonate today even (read…)

Get Your Kicks on Route 66

It’s a beautiful spring day in Hollywood, California. It’s warm, but not too warm and the air is relatively clean for a change. Winter is behind us, the future is ahead of us and it’s road-trip weather; the kind that puts me in the mind of songs like Route 66. What does that have to (read…)

Review: Married Life (2008) *** 1/2

  Rachel McAdams is the other woman and Chris Cooper is the unfaithful husband in Married Life  Married Life is difficult to categorize. It takes place in a post-war America at a kind of crossroads; an era before the sexual revolution blurred the lines between gender roles, but a time when some of the forces that (read…)

Friday Filler: EW Takes the Low Road, LiC Follows

In an effort to capitalize on the zany, headline grabbing shenanigans of a certain New York politician/hooker-hound, Entertainment Weekly (the magazine that can be read cover to cover while sitting on the can) has tossed together another one of their timely, informative and entertaining lists (I really need that sarcasm font right now). It’s Tricks (read…)

DiCaprio and Scott Aim ‘Low’

  Fresh from wrapping Body of Lies, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ridley Scott are planning to reteam on a thriller called The Low Dwellers by 20-something insurance salesman/first-time screenwriter Brad Ingelsby whose spec script earned him a shitpot of money and a writing deal sure to make him hated by every failed screenwriter in town. The (read…)

Paul Scofield, Actor: 1922 – 2008

British stage and screen actor Paul Scofield, who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Sir Thomas More in the 1966 film A Man For All Seasons, died Wednesday at a hospital near his home in England following a battle with Leukemia. Despite his Oscar, Scofield appeared in only a few movies, most notably (read…)

Weekend Forecast: 3/21/08

Clotilde Hesme, Ludivine Sagnier and Louis Garrel star in the French musical/romance Love Songs, but only if you live in New York Wow, this is a dismal slate of new releases: Drillbit Taylor. Produced by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up). Co-written by Seth Rogen (Knocked Up). Starring Owen Wilson (Well hell, you know who he is). (read…)

…Or maybe Clint Eastwood is just Dirty Harry again

Internet hopes that Clint Eastwood’s upcoming Gran Torino would turn out to be a new Dirty Harry movie were stoked this evening with the unsubstantiated claims of some character named Kurt from North Hollywood. Kurt wrote in to tell AICN’s Harry Knowles that he’d recently been approached by a representative from Village Roadshow Pictures looking to check out (read…)

Don’t Mind the Staple

Proving that some people really do read Playboy for the articles, William Monahan (The Departed) is set to write a new thriller based on a true story that will be written up in a future issue of the magazine for men who only like women with the very life airbrushed right out of them. The (read…)

Cinema Eye Honors ‘Manda Bala’

  The 1st Annual Cinema Eye Honors for documentary films were handed out at the IFC Center in Manhattan last night and the big winner was Manda Bala (Send a Bullet). Winner of the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2007, Jason Kohn’s look at some of the ways that the pervasive political and economic corruption and (read…)

Clint Eastwood IS Starsky’s Car

  Suddenly, Clint Eastwood has another movie scheduled for 2008 besides Changeling (Nov. 7) and he’s not only directing, he’s going to star in it. It’s called Gran Torino and it’s coming in December. People everywhere are scratching their heads wondering what it all means. Source: Variety Meanwhile, Paramount wants Sam Raimi to bring back (read…)

Arthur C. Clarke, Author: 1917 – 2008

Renowned science fiction author and futurist Arthur C. Clarke died Wednesday (Sri Lanka time) after suffering breathing problems. This isn’t strictly film news, but of course Clarke collaborated with Stanley Kubrick on 2001: A Space Odyssey based on Clarke’s story The Sentinel. In the film, it was Clarke’s inspiration to have HAL 9000 singing Daisy (read…)

Anthony Minghella, Director: 1954 – 2008

Anthony Minghella died suddenly Tuesday morning of a brain hemorrhage while convalescing at a hospital following a neck operation. The Oscar winning director of The English Patient and The Talented Mr. Ripley was 54 years old. Source: Variety

Review: Horton Hears a Who (2008) ***

Horton Hears a Who, but he can’t see them “On the fifteenth of May, in the Jungle of Nool, In the heat of the day, in the cool of the pool, He was splashing…enjoying the jungle’s great joys… When Horton the elephant heard a small noise.” So begins Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss and (read…)

Another Dune, Like It or Not

They say the third time is a charm, though in the case of Dune I have my doubts. Regardless of what I think, Variety confirms that Peter Berg (The Kingdom) is attached to direct another version of Frank Herbert’s award winning epic sci-fi novel about the fight over a desert planet. David Lynch took a crack (read…)

Tony Leung Supports Co-Star Tang Wei

Tang Wei and Tony Leung in Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution Speaking to reporters after winning Best Actor at the Asian Film Awards Monday night, Tony Leung came out in support of his blacklisted co-star Tang Wei. Wei recently had her advertisements taken off the air by China’s State Administration of Radio Film and Television following (read…)

‘Secret Sunshine’ Wins 3 Asian Film Awards

Named the Best Undistributed Film of 2007 in the IndieWIRE Critics’ Poll last year, earning a Best Actress award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival for Jeon Do-Yeon, and named by me as one of the best films I saw at AFI, South Korea’s official submission for the best foreign language Oscar, Secret Sunshine (Milyang), (read…)

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