LAFF 2008: Day 10 – Part 3

Robert Feinberg and Ruby Lynn Reyner are finally Finishing Heaven I spent most of Sunday decompressing so my Saturday report is a day late. It all fits into the big picture though because the first film I watched was a documentary that tests the notion of whether late is indeed better than never. Let’s just pretend (read…)

‘Quantum’ of Bond

Moviefone has the new James Bond trailer in HD Quicktime.  Click here to see the Low-D version. There’s something about James Bond that’s connected directly to the part of my brain that’s still 12 or 13 years old so please forgive my continual plugging of this movie.

LAFF 2008: Day 10 – Part 2

The Los Angeles Film Festival Audience Awards were handed out last night. Audiences chose The Wackness as Best Narrative Feature, Anvil! The Story of Anvil as Best Documentary Feature and Man on Wire as Best International Feature. I didn’t catch the Anvil documentary because it played too far away from Westwood, but Man on Wire (read…)

The Watercooler: 6/30/08

So, on Friday I took time out from watching movies at the LA Film Festival…to watch more movies outside of the festival. Explain to me which part of taking a break from movies by watching movies doesn’t mean my life has spun out of control. Anyway, first up was WALL•E. I enjoyed it, but it (read…)

LAFF 2008: Day 10 – Part 1

The 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival wraps up today with Family Day, the premiere of Journey to the Center of the Earth, a scattering of other screenings and the announcement of the Audience Awards, but for me it ended last night. Before I post the usual recount of yesterday’s movie activity, I wanted to report (read…)

LAFF 2008: Day 9

Baghead: Be afraid. Be very afraid.  I took some time out to catch a few new theatrical releases on Friday night so there’s only one movie from LAFF to report on. How do you describe Mark and Jay (The Puffy Chair) Duplass’ Baghead. Is it a horror movie? Is it a comedy? Is it another (read…)

LAFF 2008: Day 8

Roy Andersson’s You, the Living (Du Levande)  Have you ever known someone you feel sorry for but can’t bear to spend more than a few minutes with? That describes the main character Eléonore (Eléonore Hendricks) in Josh Safdie’s The Pleasure of Being Robbed, a film I saw just before the festival began but am only (read…)

LAFF 2008: Day 7

Wednesday was a day at LAFF that probably would’ve been more rewarding earlier in the festival when my energy was higher. As it is, we’ve passed the half way mark, there’s a feeling of winding down and I’m finding myself losing patience with some of the more challenging fare. Nevertheless, I came away with some (read…)

Weekend Forecast: 6/27/08

Eve and WALL•E – Just a couple of crazy robots in love Thursday brings us to another Weekend Forecast. Prospects are certainly better than last week. WALL•E. I’m taking a break from the tail end of the LA Film Festival just for opening night of the latest from the fine folks at Pixar. I’ve said (read…)

LAFF 2008: Day 6

A scene from Robert McGuire’s segment of Fear(s) of the Dark I very nearly skipped The Wackness last night for the late addition of Winged Creatures with Kate Beckinsale. Something about The Wackness didn’t feel right. More than the mixed reviews out of Sundance, I hated the title and the prospect of another story about (read…)

Movies You May Have Missed: 6/25/08

Danny Glover in John Sayles’ Honeydripper – A movie you may have missed Ok, I know I said this item would be run on Tuesdays (if it ran at all) and here it is Wednesday again. I’ll tell you what. If you send in a self-addressed stamped envelope, I will happily refund your full LiC (read…)

LAFF 2008: Day 5

Choke: Two sex addicts walk into a strip club… I might be stating the obvious here, but something has come into clearer focus for me these past few days: Beware of reviews from film festivals. They’re not to be trusted. Environment, expectations and state of mind are all mutable, they all have an impact on (read…)

Hal Ashby is a GOOD Thing

Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort in Hal Ashby’s Harold and Maude Fact #1: Hal Ashby rules. Fact #2: People don’t talk enough about Hal Ashby’s remarkable and unbroken run of movies during the golden age of 1970s American Cinema. Seriously. Come on. The Landlord (1970). Harold and Maude (1971). The Last Detail (1973). Shampoo (1975). Bound (read…)

LAFF 2008: Day 4

Sunday was another good day at LAFF. I saw three documentaries and one narrative feature and they all ranged from good to great. First up was Man on Wire, a superb and surprisingly moving documentary about Philippe Petit, a Frenchman, acrobat and mad dreamer who walked a tight-rope between the twin towers of Manhattan’s World (read…)

The Watercooler: 6/23/08

It’s Watercooler time, but I’m afraid I don’t have much to start it off. At LiC it was all LAFF all the time this weekend and there was no time for new releases. It looks like The Love Guru would’ve stiffed even if I had seen it though. Did anyone see it? Was it as (read…)

LAFF 2008: Day 3

On the surface, the most obvious choice for the third day of the Los Angeles Film Festival would’ve been Werner Herzog’s man vs. nature in Antarctica documentary Encounters at the End of the World. Besides playing at the Majestic Crest, the coolest venue in the LAFF circuit, I’ve also been looking forward to seeing it (read…)

LAFF 2008: Day 2

After a month of having my face pressed against the candy store window, gazing longingly at all the mysterious and exotic treats in their brightly colored wrappers, I finally got my golden ticket, the doors of the Los Angeles Film Festival chocolate factory swung wide and, like Augustus Gloop, I made a bee line for (read…)

Spider-Man Snore

The LA Times reports that Spider-Man 4 is coming in 2011. (sound of crickets chirping) Since #3 combined at least three potentially good movies into one bad one, I’m not sure what there is left to do next. Plus, they don’t have a director a script or a star. Ah well, they only need a franchise character (read…)

LAFF 2008: Day 1

The 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival kicked off last night in Westwood with the World Premiere of Timur Bekmambetov’s Wanted starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman. The adrenalized action film based on Mark Millar’s comic seems a strange choice for a film festival ostensibly focused on independent and foreign cinema, but it fits (read…)

LiC Gets the Friday Screen Test Treatment

At DVD Panache, Adam Ross runs a weekly feature called Friday Screen Test where he takes someone who writes about movies, ties them to a chair, turns a hot light on them and grills them with movie related questions. I recently survived the experience and Adam has posted the results this morning. Head on over (read…)

Tarantino Rumor Mill in High Gear

According to AICN’s Harry Knowles, Quentin Tarantino recently sat down to shoot the shit with Enzo Castellari for the upcoming 3-DVD Special Edition of the Italian director’s 1977 WWII exploitation film, Quel Maledetto Treno Blindato. A Tarantino favorite, the film stars Bo Svenson and Fred Williamson as part of a group of US soldiers facing (read…)

Jean Delannoy, Director: 1908 – 2008

French filmmaker Jean Delannoy died on Wednesday at the age of 100. Though his film career lasted more than 60 years, he will always be inextricably intertwined with the French New Wave because he exemplified everything its proponents were fighting against. François Truffaut famously said that even the worst of Jean Renoir’s films would be (read…)

Weekend Forecast: 6/20/08

You could do worse than watching Singin’ in the Rain this weekend I’m just saying… I thank the movie gods that the LA Film Festival starts tonight because this is truly an awful weekend for new movies. My suggestion? Go rent an armload of Cyd Charisse musicals instead. Nevertheless, because we must, here are the (read…)

Movies You May Have Missed: 6/18/08

I like to encourage people to watch movies in a theater, but the reality is that more and more people are doing it at home. Also, not all of the movies we talk about here play in everyone’s neighborhood. Sometimes DVD is the only chance people have to catch up on some of this stuff. (read…)

Abrams is a sucker for a mystery

The love for JJ Abrams approaches Whedonesque or Apatowian heights in some quarters, but LiC is not one of them. Then again, I’m a mystery-puzzle nerd so the news yesterday that Mr. Abrams would be producing a movie based on this NY Times story by Penelope Green caught my attention. The short of it is (read…)

AFI: Please stop. No more lists. Please.

I’m a sucker for lists. I really am. I can’t stay away from them, but I’m begging the AFI: please stop. Seriously. Sure, they probably make tons of money off of this kind of thing, but they’ve long gone past the point of overkill and they’re nearing the frontier of self-parody. Pretty soon they’ll be doing the Top (read…)

‘Burn After Reading’ Poster

This one requires no comment from me. Click to enlarge. Source: Cinematical (who were kind enough not to crap it up with a watermark)

Spike Lee: Less Face Shutting, More Time Traveling

Next up for Spike Lee is Time Traveler which he plans to co-write and direct from a memoir by Ronald Mallett, one of the first African-American Ph.Ds in theoretical physics. Co-written with Bruce Henderson, Time Traveler: A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality traces Mallett’s life story from poverty to Ph.D. and (read…)

Cyd Charisse, Dancer: 1921 – 2008

Dancer, actress, movie star Cyd Charisse died in Los Angeles today after apparently suffering a heart attack on Monday. I didn’t really grow to love movie musicals until later in life, so my first real memory of her was in college. A couple of friends and I drove up to catch an all night screening (read…)

Review: Bigger, Stronger, Faster (2008) ****

  I was a scrawny kid growing up, but I never idolized the muscle-bound types. Bodybuilding was always a bore, I hated the He-Man cartoon, I didn’t worship Arnold Schwartzenegger or Sylvester Stallone and I never took professional wrestling seriously. Ordinarily I wouldn’t be interested in a documentary about three Hulk Hogan idolizing boys from (read…)

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