Split Opinion on ‘Duchess’

The trades are weighing in on the new Keira Knightley film The Duchess. THR’s Kurt Honeycutt likes Knightley but calls Saul Dibb “a sturdy but uninspired director,” adding that he “brings no Shekhar Kapur visual or dramatic flamboyance to the task of bringing Georgiana’s life to the screen. So Duchess will satisfy those who enjoy (read…)

Little Miss ‘Millionaire’

One of the favorite games of studios and entertainment journalists alike is looking under rocks to find the next big indie sensation. Studios want the break-out hit and journalists want to be the first to proclaim the next Juno or the next Little Miss Sunshine. This year, eyes are turning to Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire (read…)

Karina Longworth on ‘Benjamin Button’ preview

Judging an entire movie by 20 minutes is madness, but SpoutBlog’s Karina Longworth has seen the preview of David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button at Telluride and she liked it. In my book, she’s kind of an anti-fanboy and also one of the sharper characters out there when it comes to indie films (read…)

LiC 2008 Fall Forecast: December

Merry Christmas movie fans I know winter technically begins in December, but as far as LiC is concerned, the year is broken up into three general movie-going seasons. January to April is Movie Limbo where studios dump films they don’t believe in or don’t know how to handle. Luckily, there is also usually a crop (read…)

Movies You May Have Missed: 8/30/08

Rachel McAdams is the other woman and Chris Cooper is the unfaithful husband in Married Life It’s a solid week for Movies You May Have Missed. Here are a few more below-radar films that are coming to DVD on Tuesday. Reprise (2006) **** Here’s a great movie that I never got around to reviewing, but (read…)

Whither ‘Blindness’?

Julianne Moore in Blindness One of the more anticipated films going into Cannes last spring was Blindness, the opening night selection from Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardner) about a mysterious epidemic that causes people to go blind. With Mark Ruffalo, Julianne Moore, Danny Glover and Gael Garcia Bernal, it seemed like it (read…)

W. What? Why?

What am I not getting about this movie?   Source: Rope of Silicon  

LiC 2008 Fall Forecast: November

Daniel Craig is James Bond in Quantum of Solace With a few exceptions, November isn’t feeling like a very strong month for movies. There are several decent prospects, but the filler isn’t as interesting. Here’s hoping the Harry Potter Reshuffle will attract another title or two between now and then. Either way, we continue. Fine (read…)

Hypersensitive Interest Groups Schooled By Actual Facts

Following an Islamic civil rights group’s call for a name change of Alan Ball’s upcoming Towelhead, Warner Bros.’ initial response could be paraphrased as something like “ummm…no.” Yesterday, Alicia Erian, the Arab-American author of the source novel defended the title. “As an Arab-American woman, I am of course aware that the title of my book (read…)

The Holocaust – You know, for kids

99% of the stuff I bring to LiC is initiated by me and is filtered through my own interests and my own vision of what LiC should be. From time to time, a publicist will bring something to my attention and I’m happy to pass it along if it fits within the bounds of what (read…)

Solondz to Bring More ‘Happiness’

Controversial filmmaker Todd Solondz (Welcome to the Dollhouse, Storytelling) has found someone to cough up the cash to pay for a sequel/companion piece to his blackly comic Happiness. New indie production house Werc Werk Works will finance the project that once had Demi Moore, Paul Reubens and Emma Thompson attached. If it’s anything like the (read…)

Weekend Forecast: 8/29/08

Three better choices for your weekend than any of the new releases  Ladies and gentlemen, I present the worst week for new releases I’ve seen since I started doing the Weekend Forecast 70 some weeks ago. Do yourself a favor. Skip all of these and just go see Trouble the Water, Man on Wire or Vicky (read…)

Review: Red (2008) *** 1/2

Brian Cox in Red Brian Cox (Rushmore, Zodiac) is Avery Ludlow, a quiet, sensible man living alone with his old dog Red in a big, out of the way house in rural Oregon. The film begins more than a decade after the tragic loss of his wife and son and Avery has mostly put his (read…)

‘Burn After’ Reviewing

It seems perfectly foolish to link to a review that I’m not going to read and this probably isn’t even the first official review of Joel and Ethan Coen’s Burn After Reading, but it’s the first one that’s come across my newsfeeds and this is how I roll when it comes to the Brothers Coen. (read…)

LiC 2008 Fall Forecast: October

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Samantha Morton in Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York Moving right along with the Fall Forecast. Here’s what’s coming up in October. Once again, all dates are subject to change based on studio whim. LiC’s picks are starred. October 3 An American Carol. I love Airplane! as much as anyone, but David (read…)

One World, One Movie

Apparently, US studios have run out of Asian films to rip off because now they’re reversing the trend. Warner China Film HG, an unholy union between Warner Bros, China Film Group and Hengdian group is remaking the Kim Basinger film Cellular for a Chinese audience. I look forward to the day when I can report that a (read…)

This just in: ‘Towelhead’ is derogatory

“An Islamic civil rights and advocacy group has asked Warner Bros. to change the title of its upcoming film Towelhead, saying ‘the word is commonly used in a derogatory manner against people of the Muslim faith or Arab origin.’ ” This doesn’t really need a comment from me, does it? Source: THR

The Watercooler: 8/25/08

For the first time in a long time I stayed away from the movie theaters this weekend. There were a few things that looked promising, but nothing that felt like a must-see. I guess we all need a break once in a while. So, for my part this will be the shortest Watercooler ever, but (read…)

LiC 2008 Fall Forecast: September

George Clooney and Frances McDormand in Burn After Reading You can almost hear the air being let out of the summer movie season. Overall it was a pretty decent four months of movies, but I for one am glad to see it coming to an end. Now it’s time to look forward to the last (read…)

Movies You May Have Missed: 8/23/08

“I want a pet monkey. A spider monkey…a pet.” – David Lynch in Lynch It’s a slow weekend for news and I’m a long way off from having something more substantial to post so here’s an early look at some Movies You May Have Missed that are coming to DVD on Tuesday. Lynch (2007) *** (read…)

Review: Elegy (2008) *** 1/2

Penélope Cruz in Elegy Based on Philip Roth’s novel The Dying Animal, Isabel Coixet’s romantic drama Elegy stars Ben Kingsley as David Kepesh, a college literature professor who spent the sexual revolution of the ’60s married. Eventually abandoning his wife and son, he spent the ensuing years making up for lost time, jumping from one (read…)

The Criterion Collection and the Deep Blu Sea

  With its first batch of Blu-ray DVDs set to hit store shelves, classic cinema and home video god The Criterion Collection has updated its FAQ to address a few consumer concerns. The biggest issue for most folks will likely be whether to buy a standard DVD or wait for the Blu-ray. Criterion of course says you should (read…)

Shelter in the Summer Storm

In this morning’s New York Times, Stephen Holden has an interesting look at the best arthouse films from summer. If you’re like me, you’re a little worn out from all the hubbub over the summer tent-pole season and here are a bunch of terrific alternatives, most of which are still playing in theaters. I missed (read…)

Friday Filler: The Explanation

Joel brought this piece from Matt Zoller Seitz to my attention. It makes me smile for some reason. Happy Friday.

Review: Trouble the Water (2008) ****

Kim Rivers Roberts and Scott Roberts as we meet them in Trouble the Water One sign of a good documentary filmmaker is the ability to shift gears and abandon preconceived notions when a story changes unexpectedly. In the case of Carl Deal and Tia Lessin, the story that became their hurricane Katrina documentary Trouble the (read…)

LiC Interview: ‘Trouble the Water’

Carl Deal and Tia Lessin I recently sat down to chat with Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, the filmmakers behind Trouble the Water, the Sundance grand jury prize winning documentary about hurricane Katrina that opens in New York and Los Angeles on 8/22. Living in Cinema: You were previously a producer on Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit (read…)

Weekend Forecast: 8/22/08

Kimberly Rivers Roberts and Scott Roberts in Trouble the Water Ouch. It looks like summer is over but the fall movie season still hasn’t begun. The wide releases look almost completely forgettable so, once again, I’ll dig into the slightly more promising limited releases first. Trouble the Water. Coming from the producers of Fahrenheit 9/11 and (read…)

Review: Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) ****

Javier Bardem and Scarlett Johansson in Vicky Cristina Barcelona  Like a fleeting love affair in a beautiful foreign country, Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona is probably best appreciated for what it is rather than analyzed for what it means. It’s a bit of a trifle to be sure, but a supremely engaging and entertaining one. (read…)

The wait is over: ‘Without a Paddle’ gets a sequel

Don’t even bother slowing down the car for this one. There’s nothing to see here. In a story about Paramount Home Video’s year-old direct-to-video arm, The Hollywood Reporter mentions principal photography has wrapped on a sequel to the 2004 crapfest Without a Paddle. That’s right, Without a Paddle: Nature’s Calling will be on video store shelves (read…)

Film Noir Month: LiC meets MovieZeal in a dark alley

“It’s a wonderful situation because you’ve got it all, but you can’t put the fight on because you don’t have the money and there isn’t a man in all London who’ll let you have a shilling. You’ve got it all, but you’re a dead man Harry Fabian; a dead man.” –Phil Nosseross in Night and (read…)

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