‘Tell No One’ that they’re ruining another foreign film

Looking disheveled and unshaven, Studio Pinhead #1 enters the shabby conference room with a rolled up copy of Variety under his arm and a trail of toilet paper clinging to his shoe. He’s wearing a suit, but somehow it only makes him look cheaper. Unfurling the trade paper, he slaps it down on the table (read…)

The Summer of Our Discontent: May

Though summer doesn’t officially begin until June 20, the summer movie season begins in May. Sadly, as an unreformed slacker, I procrastinated the annual Living in Cinema summer forecast and now the first weekend of the season is only a day away. Therefore, part one of this year’s column will also stand in for the (read…)

Trailer: Julie & Julia

I’m a closeted PBS cooking show watcher, a huge fan of Julia Child and I’m still in the tank for Meryl Streep after Doubt last year so I have to admit this is on my radar a little bit even though I’m not the target audience and I’m pretty convinced I’ll hate it. Watch the (read…)

Poster: The Hurt Locker

Here’s the latest poster for Kathryn Bigelow’s excellent War-is-Hell action drama The Hurt Locker which tells the story of an elite bomb disposal squad working the streets of Baghdad. The poster nicely captures the “aw shit” money shot from the film and trailer. Click the image to see a slightly bigger version couresy of Premiere.com. (read…)

In the Pipeline: Seraphine

I caught a screening last night of Séraphine, the film which recently won seven of France’s César Awards and which currently stands alongside Tokyo Sonata as one of my favorites of the year. It tells the story of Séraphine Louis, AKA Séraphine de Senlis, an uneducated washerwoman and housekeeper who was guided by voices to (read…)

Trailer B: Antichrist

Here’s another trailer for Lars von Trier’s creepy-cabin-in-the-woods story starring Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg. I’m liking it. It seems to mix some of the creepiness and foreboding of J-Horror with something else altogether more Lars von Trier-y.

The Watercooler: 4/27/09

The siren call of cinema did not sing very loudly around the LiC head offices this weekend. I almost rallied on Sunday to go see The Soloist, but in the end it just didn’t seem worth the trouble. Despite great reviews for Tyson, my utter lack of interest in the man did little to convince (read…)

Trailer: Paper Heart

This documentary/improv comedy hybrid about comedian Charlene Yi’s quest to discover true love premiered at Sundance earlier this year. You might remember Yi best as one of Seth Rogen’s stoner pals in Knocked Up. If TrailerAddict doesn’t melt your butter, check it out at Apple. Paper Heart opens August 7.

Cannes Cannes

With the announcement this morning that Francis Ford Coppola’s Tetro would be headlining the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar, the complete Cannes schedule has taken shape. Coppola declined an out of competition slot with the main festival earlier this week, but couldn’t pass up the Fortnight invitation. Here is a partial list of the bigger names to (read…)

Weekend Forecast: 4/23/09

James Toback’s documentary Tyson, opening this week in limited release I’ve run out of ways to express my lack of enthusiasm for another tepid-looking weekend of new releases so it’s appropriate the creative geniuses in Hollywood have run out of words to name their films. The four wide releases this week use a total of (read…)

Earth Day 2009: Earth Strikes Back

Trailer: Coco avant Chanel

Here’s the French trailer for the upcoming biography of fashion designer Coco Chanel. Being French, it’s all…well…in French so don’t ask me what they’re saying. I’m pretty bored with biographies, but as a Francophile, a sucker for period pieces and a fan of Audrey Tautou, I’ll be looking forward to this one. For extra added (read…)

The Watercooler: 4/20/09

Me and the monkeys were planning on hitting three movies at the local multiplex this weekend and we had it all planned out perfectly – State of Play followed by Adventureland and Crank 2. Well, we got as far as the first two before deciding it was just a beautiful day outside so why waste (read…)

Review: State of Play (2009) *** 1/2

Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck in State of Play Condensed from the well-regarded 2003 BBC miniseries of the same name, Kevin (Last King of Scotland) MacDonald’s State of Play is a competent if unspectacular thriller in the journo-politico mold. While it never achieves the heights of genre classics like All the President’s Men, it manages (read…)

Sofia Coppola finally turns up ‘Somewhere’

Me and the LiC monkeys are big fans of Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette and we were just wondering the other day what she was up to besides this French advert from a few months back for Cherie perfume set to Brigitte Bardot’s bouncy and infectious Moi Je Joue (one of Brigitte’s (read…)

Trailer: The Hurt Locker

Of all the films to have been made about the war in Iraq, it’s tempting to call Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker the best of the bunch. It might be, but it’s unfair to pin it too closely to Iraq. It’s much more of a general War is Hell picture. Click the image below to (read…)

LiC: Two by One equals Two

Living in Cinema’s anniversary kind of snuck up on me this year and I debated whether or not to make a note of it. Noted or not, here we are at two years old and no one is more surprised by that than me. Once again I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all (read…)

Trailer: The Girlfriend Experience

Ok, this is one of those trailers I’m absolutely not watching until after I see the movie, but don’t let me stop you. Soderbergh. The Girlfriend Experience. I’m there May 22. International readers can check it out at Trailer Addict.

Weekend Forecast: 4/16/09

“Yes it’s just called Robin Hood and no I’m not playing both characters. Ask me one more question about it and I’m jamming this pen through your neck.” Jeff Daniels and Russell Crowe in State of Play There are a handful of recommended limited releases which should still be making their way around the country (read…)

Trailer: Revanche

When I said I was changing the name of LiC to Second Hand Trailer Warehouse, you probably thought I was kidding. And I was. But here’s another trailer. This time it’s for Revanche, an Austrian thriller I enjoyed at AFI Fest last November. Warning: This is an international trailer and the Internationals are much less (read…)

Trailer: Antichrist

Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg in the latest from Lars von Trier. Creepy. No US distributor yet, though.

The Watercooler: 4/13/09

The LiC movie-going weekend finally got out of first gear. Here’s hoping the trend continues for the remainder of the year. I’m tired of the winter movie dead season. There has been some good arthouse stuff and I’ve enjoyed some of the studio product, but mostly it’s been more uninspiring than usual. This weekend started (read…)

Happy Easter

While you all stuff your Cadbury Creme Egg holes in celebration of whatsisname, here’s the finale of LiC’s favorite religiously themed movie of all time. Happy Easter!

Trailer: Extract

It’s a few day sold, but here’s a teaser for the latest comedy from Mike Judge (Office Space). Also available at Apple. I like the cast, but I don’t trust trailers for comedies. Extract is scheduled for release September 4, but if the distribution is mangled as badly as Office Space, you’ll have to catch (read…)

Trailer: Il Divo

Sorry for yet another trailer, but I’ve been waiting for this one to go up for a couple of days. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes last year, Paolo Sorrentino’s Il Divo tells the true story of Italy’s mob-connnected seven time prime minister Giulio Andreotti. Toni Servillo (Gomorrah) won a European Film Award (read…)

Trailer: Moon

I’m officially changing the name of LiC to Second Hand Trailer Warehouse. Ok, not really. SHTW doesn’t have the same ring to it. Anyway, courtesy of IGN, here’s Sam Rockwell in Moon, one of the films that caught my eye in all the Sundance coverage. Moon opens June 12, 2009.

Trailer: Cheri

Apple has the Miramax trailer for Stephen Frears’ Chéri, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Rupert Friend. It’s essentially the same as the international trailer that made the rounds a couple of weeks ago except the title cards are different and the quality is higher. Based on the Colette novel set in turn of the century Paris, (read…)

Trailer B: Public Enemies

Well, I’ll say this much: Michael Mann gives pretty good trailer. Here’s the second one for Public Enemies. Catch it at MSN if the streaming doesn’t play nice. Public Enemies opens July 1.

Weekend Forecast: 4/9/09

Michael Peña and Seth Rogen Observe and Report I know it’s early yet, but I seem to remember more higher quality movies by this point in the year last year. Opening in wide release: Observe and Report. Jody Hill (The Foot Fist Way) sits in the director’s chair for the second time with this dark, (read…)

Trailer: Departures

Here’s the trailer for Departures, this year’s winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Looks like a sentimental crowd pleaser (which Oscar seems to favor) and that could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your perspective. I’ll be seeing it next week and I’ll let you know how (read…)

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