Blind Leading ‘Blindness’ Protests

Some people are so blind, they can’t see a metaphor even when it’s right in front of them. I thought the protests over Tropic Thunder were the silliest ever, but now blind activists are planning on picketing the release of Fernando Meirelles’ Blindness, a film about society crumbling when it’s hit by an epidemic of sightlessness. (read…)

In the Pipeline: Eden

Eileen Walsh in Eden, a Liberation Entertainment Release Photo credit: Bernard Walsh It’s not set to be officially released until November, but Declan Recks’ Irish marriage drama Eden kicks off the Los Angeles Irish Film Festival on Thursday, and it’s playing the annual Woodstock Film Festival on Thursday and Saturday. Besides that, it’s a terrific (read…)

Trailer: I’ve Loved You So Long

Jennybee brought this trailer for the French I’ve Loved You So Long to my attention last night. The film starring Kristin Scott Thomas as a woman who comes to live with her younger sister after being in prison for 15 years premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February and has been getting good notices ever (read…)

Australia: Another Look

This morning, MSN put up what they’re calling an “exclusive video” for Baz Luhrmann’s Australia, though many sources are calling it a trailer. I suppose it’s a pointless semantic argument, but to me a trailer plays in a theater before a movie. Anything else is a commercial or a promotional video. Whatever this is, it’s (read…)

The Watercooler: 9/29/08

I guess you have to hand it to Spike Lee. He had a problem with the fact that Clint Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers overlooked the role played by African-American soldiers in World War II and, after complaining about it, he put his money where his mouth with his own World War II film. The (read…)

Harvey Has His Way: ‘The Reader’ to Open December 12

Hollywood watchers were abuzz last week amid reports of a disagreement between Harvey Weinstein and Scott Rudin over when to release Stephen Daldry’s World War II romance The Reader. Always looking for a little Oscar juice, Weinstein wanted to release the film starring Kate Winslet in December after a test screening went well. Rudin, who (read…)

Trailer #2: The Spirit

Click image for MovieFone’s Spirit trailer Maybe it’s because Frank Miller’s adaptation of Will Eisner’s The Spirit has been getting clobbered by nerd-kind since the unwashed masses were given a taste of it at Comic-Yawn last summer, but I’m strangely attracted to it. Call me contrarian or just call me a sucker. For the record, I liked (read…)

Ridley Scott’s Strange ‘Nottingham’ Casting Claim

In the few short months that I’ve been keeping tabs on daily movie news, Twilight pimping MTV has quickly positioned itself as the least reliable establishment source for news and the most likely to pass along unverified nonsense in the interest of page views. They didn’t originate the (probable) lie that Clooney would be The (read…)

Trailer #2: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

I caved in and watched the teaser trailer for David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton, but I’m drawing the line on this one. Nothing could make me want to see the movie more, so why risk ruining it before I see it? Anyway, I’m a (read…)

Movies You May Have Missed: 9/28/08

Bérénice Bejo and Jean Dujardin in OSS 117: Cairo Nest of Spies This week you should really be renting Paul Newman movies, but if you simply must see something new, here’s our weekly look at the Movies You May Have Missed coming to DVD on Tuesday. OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2008) **** First (read…)

Paul Newman: “Sometimes nothin’ can be a real cool hand.”

He hardly says a thing during the whole scene, but he owns it.

Paul Newman, Actor: 1925 – 2008

Legend, icon, hero, anti-hero. Pick your adjective. Actor Paul Newman finally succumbed to cancer at his Westport Connecticut home on Friday. He was 83 years old. In so many ways, Newman was a bridge. He represented a link between old Hollywood and new Hollywood. He had the classic star’s charisma, but he practiced the modern (read…)

Friday Filler: “Then who do we shoot?”

As the economy circles the toilet bowl threatening to take those of us who pay our bills on time down with it, the people who played the markets like Las Vegas slot machines are going to get away with killing the golden goose. It turns out the only thing trickling down all these years is sewage.  (read…)

Trailer: Valkyrie

Here’s the first actual look at Bryan Singer’s Valkyrie starring Tom Cruise, Carice van Houten and Kenneth Branagh. It feels like a fairly straightforward action/thriller and I think that’s a good thing. Catch it in HD at Yahoo or watch a featurette here.

Poster: Valkyrie

Click image for bigness Hey look ever’body. It’s the movie everyone seems to want to hate even though no one has seen it! Not a fan of the tagline, but as I said over at Inside the Gold (from whence I swiped the pic), I like the starkness and the geometry of it. Directed by (read…)

Poster: Synecdoche, New York

Click to enlarge I liked the teaser poster better, but please let this movie be brilliant. Via: Cinematical

Loose Ends: 9/25/08

I’ve been slacking on the loose ends lately. Some of these are like week-old cheese. Enjoy. Rachel McAdams will play love interest Irene Adler and Jude Law will play Watson opposite Robert Downey, Jr.‘s Sherlock Holmes in Guy Ritchie‘s big screen treatment of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories. Mark Strong (RocknRolla) will play the (read…)

Weekend Forecast: 9/25/08

Choke: The LiC pick of the week The wide releases are a mixed bag this week. I recommend you check out A Thousand Years of Good Prayers which comes to LA this weekend or Choke which opens in limited release. Opening wide: Eagle Eye. Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan play two innocent strangers who are blackmailed into (read…)

2008 AFI Fest to Open With ‘The Soloist’

Joe Wright’s The Soloist will be making its North American premiere as the opening night film of the 2008 AFI Fest in Los Angeles. In the film, Jamie Foxx plays Nathaniel Ayers, the true-life musical prodigy who succumbed to schizophrenia and ended up homeless on the streets of Los Angeles. Robert Downey, Jr. plays the (read…)

Ka-chow: ‘Cars 2’ to Suck a Year Early

Generally I’m willing to give Pixar the benefit of a doubt — they’ve earned it — but this business of willingly caving in to sequels, particularly a sequel to the weakest movie they’ve ever made, continues to give me pause. Originally slated for 2012, Cars 2 will now be crossing the finish line in 2011. (read…)

Bonus Wednesday Friday Filler: Local Hero

One of the movies in tomorrow’s Weekend Forecast put me in the mind of one of the best movies of the 1980s: Bill Forsyth’s Local Hero. It’s one of those rare magical movies that brings me joy and makes me happy to be alive.

Review: Ghost Town (2008) *** 1/2

Popular comedies are a tricky business. If they’re too quirky, they’re liable to limit themselves to a niche audience. Smooth off too many rough edges however, and they risk turning to cinematic sponge cake — formless, lifeless and lacking in character. Occasionally a comedy will hit a sweet spot where it satisfies expectations yet remains (read…)

‘Ballast’ Kicks Off IFP’s ‘First Weekend Series’ in NY

You’ve seen the trailer and if you live in NY you’ll be able to see the whole film beginning October 1 at the Film Forum. To launch their new First Weekend series, indie film organization IFP (the fine folks who bring you FilmMaker Magazine) bought up all the tickets for the 8pm October 2nd show and they’re (read…)

Trailers: Medicine For Melancholy, Gomorrah

Here are a couple more trailers worthy of your attention. The first is for Barry Jenkins’ Medicine for Melancholy, the indie film about the day after a one-night stand between two African-Americans in San Francisco. It originally made a splash at the most recent SXSW Film Festival and I caught up to it at LAFF. The trailer (read…)

Review: Appaloosa (2008) ***

Co-written and directed by Ed Harris from a novel by Robert B. Parker and starring Harris and Viggo Mortensen, Appaloosa is almost a throwback to the old B-westerns. It’s not a cheap film or one of low production quality, but it’s a simple, almost intimate story rather than one with the epic or mythic pretentiousness (read…)

Trailer: Ballast

Lance Hammer won the directing prize at Sundance for this stark character drama set in rural Mississippi, but because he passed up a deal with IFC and has chosen to release the film himself, Ballast is going to need all the attention it can get. Catch the trailer in HD at Apple or visit the website (read…)

The Watercooler: 9/22/08

I crammed all my movies into Sunday evening and it’s late and I’m tired so I’m going to keep my half of this short. Let’s just say It wasn’t exactly a movie going weekend for the record books, but it could’ve been a lot worse. First up was Ricky Gervais, Greg Kinnear and Téa Leoni (read…)

Trailer: Revolutionary Road

Here’s the trailer for Sam Mendes’ Revolutionary Road minus the obnoxious play-by-play from terminally chirpy Mary Hart. Catch the whole movie in theaters December 26.

Sunday in the Park with LiC

The New York Yankees are playing their last game at the old Yankee Stadium today. I’m not a fan of the team (though having them around as the bad guy makes baseball a lot more fun), but I’m a fan of history and it saddens me a little to see them moving a few doors (read…)

Review: A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (2008) *** 1/2

  Feihong Yu and Henry O in Wayne Wang’s A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures) On the surface, director Wayne Wang’s A Thousand Years of Good Prayers is a simple story about an elderly father who comes from China to America to help his adult daughter through a divorce. Underneath, (read…)

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