‘Slumdog’ Awards Heat Grows with BIFA Wins

Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle’s winning story of the impoverished Indian teen who has a chance to take the top prize on a popular television game show, won three prizes of its own on Sunday when it snagged a handful of British Independent Film Awards including best British independent film, best director for Boyle and most (read…)

Ebert on the State of Film Criticism

In the wake of this week’s Associated Press dictate limiting its entertainment writers (including movie reviewers) to 500 words, Roger Ebert weighs in on the current state of film criticism in general. He sees intelligent criticism increasingly pushed aside in favor of celebrity gossip and he fears not only for critics but for the health (read…)

Friday Filler: Thanksgiving is Still Freaking Me Out

Ok, this isn’t the scene with the eating of the chicken (is it REALLY a chicken???) but Eraserhead has been on my mind since the gluttonous excess of the American Thanksgiving holiday. If you’ve seen David Lynch’s first film, you know what I’m talking about. If you don’t…well I can’t help you now.

Thanksgiving: The Aftermath

My current bloated state puts me in the mind of Mr. Creosote in Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life. I hope everyone had a good one.

Happy Thanksgiving

Weekend Forecast: 11/25/08

The abbreviated Weekend Forecast is rolling out a little early this week because all the new releases are hitting on Wednesday. That’s tomorrow for those of you keeping score at home. Opening in wide release: Australia. Baz Luhrman’s epic adventure romance takes place on the eve of World War II as English aristocrat Nicole Kidman (read…)

Trailer #2: The International

Here’s another look at Tom Tykwer’s The International starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts. I’ve been interested in this one for a while just based on the people involved, but the first trailer didn’t do much to inspire confidence plus there’s the whole matter of the February dumping ground. This trailer looks similar but a (read…)

The Watercooler: 11/24/08

Things are a little crazy around the LiC head offices as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, but the monkeys and I did have a chance to catch a screening of Gus Van Sant’s Milk starring Sean Penn as the first openly gay man elected to major public office in the United States on Sunday night. I (read…)

Movies You May Have Missed: Rewind

It’s another dismal week for the smaller scale DVD releases and the big releases aren’t much to write home about either (the best of the lot is Hancock). Rather than skip the column altogether, I thought I’d go back and pick through the MYMHM columns since they started last June and reprint some of the (read…)

Trailer: The Wrestler

Weekend Forecast: 11/20/08

Another strange weekend for new releases is upon us as Hollywood seems to be taking a little pause before the Thanksgiving holiday. If you’re above a certain age, you’re forgiven for not really knowing or caring much about the two big wide releases. However, if you’re in the target audience, this is one of the (read…)

Trailer: Coraline

The adaptation of Neil (Sandman) Gaiman’s children’s book Coraline by writer/director Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) has been on LiC radar since it was originally announced as a 2008 release. Since then it’s been pushed back to February 2009, but my enthusiasm is undimmed. At last, here’s a look at the first Coraline trailer: (read…)

More Female Bonding

Miranda Wilding checks in with another Bond review, this time for Roger Moore’s Moonraker (1979). The first James Bond movie I ever saw in a theater was The Spy Who Loved Me. My older brothers had seen it first and I remember them chattering excitedly about the ski jump and the submarine car and this (read…)

Trailer: Nothing But the Truth

Here’s the trailer to Rod Lurie’s upcoming Nothing But the Truth starring Kate Beckinsale and Vera Farmiga. I haven’t really looked at the big picture to see how crowded the actress categories are so far this year, but I think Beckinsale will surprise people who only think of her as a pretty face. Farmiga continues (read…)

Oscar Short List = ‘Zachary’ Lover Shit List

The mysterious body that chooses the pool of potential documentary feature nominees for the Oscars every year probably stepped in another flaming bag of poo yesterday with the release of this year’s short list. The effusive praise heaped upon Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father by critics, bloggers and audiences alike has (read…)

Blonde on Bond

The ’60s are dead. Long live the ’60s. Continuing today with the informal and random James Bondathon now happening on an Internet near you, Miranda Wilding joins the chorus of boos for Quantum of Solace. Interestingly, her likes and dislikes are about the same as mine, but to different degrees. The end result is that I (read…)

I’ve Been Memed

The Alphabet Meme begun by Fletch over at Blog Cabins has been making its way around the Internet and I’ve been tagged to play along by Paul Clark of Silly Hats Only, Screengrab and Muriels fame. The deal is I’m supposed to pick my favorite film for each letter of the alphabet. Since this meme is already a (read…)

The Watercooler: 11/17/08

I’d like to kick off this Monday’s Watercooler with a shout out to the dude behind me during Changeling. Noisiest. Popcorn eater. Ever. What the hell were you digging for? Gravel? When I was a little kid, we had this massive bushel sized Valencia orange box full of Legos and I swear to god the (read…)

The Bond Plays On

Ok, so I saw Quantum of Solace today. The review is forthcoming, but suffice it to say that for the second time this year (have we really forgotten Indy IV already?) I’ll be forced to defend a much maligned entry in a tired movie franchise — at least based on the reviews of the people I know. (read…)

Movies You May Have Missed: 11/15/08

So you find yourself on an elevator with a drunk and lonely Audrey Tautou… After a couple of bum weeks with little in the way of decent under-the-radar DVD releases, the calendar finally rallies in the middle of November. Besides the high profile WALL-E and Tropic Thunder, the coming Tuesday brings an armload of solid (read…)

Will Tarantino Snag Morricone for ‘Inglorious Bastards’?

According to Variety’s Nick Vivarelli, Italian composing legend Ennio Morricone has agreed to score Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Bastards now filming in Germany. The problem is, shooting on the film will not finish until February and Tarantino has said he wants to bring the film to Cannes in April. That doesn’t leave enough time for Morricone (read…)

Another Day, Another Bond

In case you’re just tuning in, this is the 2nd part of what is shaping up to be an informal expression of enthusiasm for the James Bond franchise carried out by whoever is interested in chiming in. No one is in charge and there are no rules, but if you have something to add to (read…)

Trailer: Watchmen

After some initial skepticism, I drank the Kool Aid on Watchmen a while back. The more I see of it, the more I like it. It’s still hard to imagine a 2-hour movie doing the graphic novel justice, but Zack Snyder seems to have approached it in the right spirit and I admire the fact (read…)

Taking Stock of Bond

A couple of months back, something Daniel Getahun said in a comment thread got me to thinking about doing a multi-blog look at James Bond in anticipation of the release of Quantum of Solace. Well, I’m good at coming up with ideas, but pretty miserable at following through on them. Nevertheless, as proof that you can’t (read…)

Weekend Forecast: 11/13/08

Mathieu Amalric and Catherine Deneuve in the LiC pick of the week: Arnaud Desplechin’s A Christmas Tale  Kind of a strange lineup this week with only one new wide release, a few limited releases and a handful of movies opening in New York only. Nevertheless, there is some great and potentially great stuff here. I (read…)

Ridley Scott Goes to Movie Jail

This is one of those news items that makes me check the calendar to see if it’s April Fool’s Day. Apparently plans for a movie version of Monopoly, everyone’s favorite real estate game, have been kicking around Hollywood for awhile and Ridley Scott’s name was even attached as a producer. This morning I awake to (read…)

Studio Pinheads: Paint the Fence

Studio Pinhead #1: I don’t know how he does it, but that Will Smith craps box office gold. Studio Pinhead #2: I thought his last movie bombed. Development Weasel: Hancock? No, it made almost $230 million. I’ll take a bomb like that any day. SP2: Yeah, but it cost $150 million. Factor in marketing… SP1: (read…)

Trailer: Up

Ok, trying to get back up to speed on current movie events and wondering if there’s any point in running days old material. In this case, it’s Pixar so it never gets old.

The Watercooler: 11/10/08

With AFI winding down this weekend, I only caught one new release: Captain Abu Raed, Jordan’s official submission for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. I’m not sure if it was just playing in LA to qualify for the awards or if it will play elsewhere before 2009. Winner of the World Cinema Audience award at (read…)

AFI Fest 2008: The Awards

A group of Indian teenagers doing their part to make the world a better place in the AFI Audience Prize co-winner for Best Documentary: The World We Want As Edward Zwick’s World War II drama Defiance makes its world premiere tonight, AFI draws to a close for another year, but not before the grand jury (read…)

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