The Return of Movies You May Have Missed: 2/28/09

Elsa Zylberstein and Kristin Scott Thomas in I’ve Loved You So Long I haven’t rolled out the Movies You May Have Missed DVD column in over a month. There were a couple of empty weeks in there and a couple of others where I was simply out of the habit. Here then is a whole (read…)


One of the more interesting film festivals of the year, the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival, begins its 9-day run on March 16. You can get the full lineup with blurbage at the SXSW website. Year in and year out, the programmers for the Austin-based SXSW roll out a terrific roster of indie (read…)

Production Notes: 2/27/09 – Now with lemon fresh scent

This week’s edition of Production Notes stars Naomi Watts, Freida Pinto, Antonio Banderas, Woody Allen, John Cusack, Sean Penn, Michel Gondry, Melissa Leo, Cate Blanchett and Samuel L. Jackson. As always, it’s 100% Varietese free. Watts, Pinto and Banderas want to give you a Woody. Woody Allen’s lastest as-yet untitled project started getting more interesting (read…)

Weekend Forecast: 2/26/09

Harrison Ford in Crossing Over In the nearly two years we’ve been rolling out the Weekend Forecast there have been some wretched line-ups, but I think this one might take the prize for the worst one yet. Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience. When I find myself smirking at how stupid and empty tweens are (read…)

Trailer: Los Abrazos Rotos (Broken Embraces)

The teaser trailer for Pedro Almodovar and Penelope Cruz’s latest collaboration has been lurking around the Internet for about a week, but better late than never, right?

Waters Sill Troubled

Trouble the Water on the red carpet. I love how the cameras just can’t help cutting away to Miley friggin’ Cyrus. Though it lost the Oscar on Sunday night to Man on Wire, filmmakers Carl Deal and Tia Lessin and subjects Kimberly and Scott Roberts can be proud that the world was introduced to their (read…)

Who wants Heath Ledger’s last film?

Heath Ledger in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus No, not The Dark Knight, which tonight sleeps on a mattress lovingly manufactured from thousands of hundred dollar bills, each one carefully hand-stressed and softened by unemployed Wall Street bankers, then sewn together using thread from genetically enhanced silkworms and finally stuffed by more hundred dollar bills (read…)

Oscars Funnier than Pineapple Express

This seems to take forever to load before it streams properly and the quality isn’t great, but it’s better than the one I found on YouTube. As always with Trailer Addict, it works best if you hit play, then press pause and wait for the meter to fill up before playing:

The Watercooler: ‘Slumdog’ is Oscar’s final answer

It felt like a fairly predictable year so my 18/24 in the Oscar polling is nothing to write home about. I stiffed all the short categories (maybe I should’ve at least read the synopses if I wasn’t going to actually see the shorts?) and I missed score, foreign film and sound editing. I got the (read…)

Sunday Morning Coming Down

Ok, it’s not morning anymore, but I’m in a Sunday Morning Coming Down kinda mood so work with me here. Today is the biggest day of the year in Cinetopia – the day when one movie of hundreds is crowned The Best of the Year. That’s right, the 2008 Muriel for Best Picture is being (read…)

The Muriels: Best Lead Performance (Male)

The 2007 Muriels Nyoinks, I’m going to take a lot of crap for this one. Until this moment I completely forgot I didn’t vote for Mickey Rourke…but we’ll get to that in a moment. First, please enjoy another edition of the Muriel Also-Rans including my argument for Penelope Cruz. And now, the Best Male Lead (read…)

‘Wrestler’ Ram Jams Spirit Awards

Film Independent handed out the Indie Spirit Awards this evening in Santa Monica for the best films produced for under $20 million. I’m especially glad to see some of the love for Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Synecdoche, New York but even most of the winners I didn’t pick are worthy. Nice to see In Search (read…)

Production Notes: 2/21/09

If it bleeds, we can corset it. Plans are afoot to make the first Jane Austen/Alien hybrid flick. To be called Pride and Predator, the film takes the characters from a Jane Austen-type costume drama and unleashes a crash-landed alien upon them. Carnage ensues in what I assume will be a sci-fi comedy. Variety 2/16 (read…)

The Muriels: Best Lead Performance (Female)

Another 2007 Muriel Poster First up for the Muriels tonight is another group of Also-Rans, this time in the performance categories. Next is Muriel’s pick for the Best Female Lead Performance. Here how I voted: Meryl Streep – Doubt Kate Winslet – Revolutionary Road Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married Sally Hawkins – Happy-Go-Lucky Kristin (read…)

LiC Picks the Oscars

Will Slumdog win this many? The Oscars are on Sunday so it’s time for me  to take a stand and make some predictions. Here’s a list of all the nominees with my pick for the winner followed by who I’m actually rooting for. Feel free to make your own predictions in the comment thread. There’s (read…)

Inglourious Poesturs

Klicken sie das photo to see all three, Amerikanischer pig dogs.

Review: Must Read After My Death (2009) *** 1/2

Modern entertainments like Revolutionary Road and Far From Heaven purport to peel back the veneer of the post-war American Dream to reveal the dark, uncomfortable truths below the surface. They succeed to a point, but there’s an artifice that allows us the comfort of knowing we’re only watching a story. Where those films play at (read…)

The Muriels: Best Direction

From the 2007 Muriels Tonight’s Muriel also includes the first look at this year’s Also-Rans where enthusiastic supporters of certain nominees sound off on their personal favorites that didn’t quite make the Muriel cut. And now for the Muriel award for Best Direction of 2008. My votes: Jonathan Demme – Rachel Getting Married Andrew Stanton (read…)

Weekend Forecast: 2/19/09

Ooooh, it’s another dismal weekend for new releases. If you live in Los Angeles, check out Medicine for Melancholy. If you live in New York, take a look at Must Read After My Death. You could try Katyn also, though not having seen it I can’t vouch for it. The arthouse crowd will probably love (read…)

The Muriels: Best Cinematic Moment

Before you check out tonight’s Muriel award, have a look at the Heath Ledger-inspired tribute to a few other talents who received Muriel recognition this year but are no longer with us. I think the Best Cinematic Moment is my favorite category, but it’s also one of the hardest to vote for. There are so (read…)

Love. Pain. Glory. Foreclosure.

The Uncler w/ Uncle Sam and Alyssa Milano from Alyssa Milano Thanks to Joel for the heads up on this one.

The Muriels: Best Supporting Performance (Male)

Can you guess how tonight’s Muriel award turned out? I suspect I’ll take a lot of crap since I didn’t vote for the winner. My picks: Sam Rockwell – Snow Angels Javier Bardem – Vicky Cristina Barcelona Philip Seymour Hoffman – Doubt Eddie Marsan – Happy-Go-Lucky Brad Pitt – Burn After Reading Read on for (read…)

Trailer: Must Read After My Death

This haunting documentary about a real family on the edge in the supposedly halcyon days of 1960s America has a leg up on recent movies that have dramatized a similar subject. Must Read After My Death opens in New York on 2/20 and Los Angeles on 2/27. If you live outside of NY and LA, (read…)

The Muriels: Best Supporting Performance (Female)

Tonight’s Muriel is awarded to the actress who gave the best supporting performance in 2008. My vote: Penelope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona Rebecca Hall – Vicky Cristina Barcelona Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married Samantha Morton – Synecdoche, New York Marisa Tomei – The Wrestler And the winner…

The Watercooler: 2/16/09

George Clooney in Out of Sight I’ve been waiting for a long time for Tom Tykwer to live up to the promise he showed with Run Lola Run back in 1998. After seeing The International on Sunday night…well, I’m still waiting. Clive Owen and Naomi Watts vs. the Evil International Banking System seems like kind (read…)

The Muriels: Best Screenplay

The Muriel train keeps on rolling. Here’s how I voted for tonight’s award, Best Screenplay: Synecdoche, New York Doubt Vicky Cristina Barcelona Burn After Reading A Christmas Tale And here’s how the rest of the voting panned out…

Production Notes: 2/15/09

Better late than never, it’s LiC’s weekly survey of what has surfaced lately in the Hollywood trades. This week we’ve got David Lynch, Werner Herzog, Aaron Eckhardt, Richard Jenkins, Josh Brolin x 2, John Malkovich, Woody Allen, Ralph Fiennes, Christopher Nolan, David Cronenberg, Andrzej Wajda and more. Read on… Movies ‘R’ Us. Transformers. G.I. Joe. (read…)

The Muriels: Best Ensemble

Another day, another Muriel. Here’s how I voted for Best Ensemble: Doubt Synecdoche, New York Milk A Christmas Tale Snow Angels Check out what the voters decided here.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a hollow commercial bastardization of the notion of romance, but it’s a good excuse to run a juicy movie clip from one of my favorite movies and a recent Muriel top-five pick for Best of 1998:

The Muriels: Best Music

Norah Jones: The Story From My Blueberry Nights my pick for Best Music of 2008 Muriel makes no distinction between original soundtracks, adapted soundtracks or compiled soundtracks. It’s all music, right? Here’s how I voted for the Best Music of 2008: My Blueberry Nights The Dark Knight The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Doubt Man (read…)

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