Review: Up (2009) *** 1/2

For the last 15 years, Pixar has carved out a niche making old-fashioned entertainments that appeal to audiences of all ages without pandering to any one of them. More impressively, they’ve done it using the highest level of craft and without repeating an obvious formula. In nine films they’ve told nine different stories with eight (read…)

Benny Goodman at 100: Hollywood Hotel

Benny Goodman of course had more to do with music than movies, but there was a time in the early part the sound era when the line between the two was much blurrier than it is today. On what would have been his 100th birthday, here’s Benny Goodman with a couple of numbers from Busby (read…)

Review: Burma VJ (2009) *** 1/2

“I feel the world is forgetting about us. By being a video reporter, at least I can show that Burma is still here.” – The leader of the Democratic Voice of Burma, known as ‘Joshua’ In 2007, Danish filmmaker Anders Østergaard set out to make a short documentary about one of the members of the (read…)

The Lyons Family: One down, one to go

Here’s my impression of 90% of movie fans when they find out today that Reel Talk with Jeffrey Lyons and Alison Bailes has been cancelled: “Wait, Jeffrey Lyons was still on TV?” I have fuzzy, extremely hungover Sunday or Saturday morning memories of such a show existing in the last few years, but I couldn’t (read…)

Teaser: Toy Story 3

First Showing has a clean, Entertainment Tonightless version of the teaser trailer for Toy Story 3 for those of you who just can’t wait to see it before Up this weekend. Check it out in HD if you’d rather: 480, 720, 1080 This was pretty clearly designed to take semi-subtle advantage of 3D and that’s (read…)

Review: Departures (2009) ***

Masahiro Motoki and Tsutomu Yamazaki in Departures Yojiro Takita’s Departures, Japan’s Oscar winner for best foreign language film, is a likable enough story rooted in some fascinating raw material, but it is marred by ham handed voiceover, exaggerated sentimentality, odd jags of black humor and sappy montages that would feel at home in a CD (read…)

LAFF kicks off with Jeff Daniels and ‘Paper Man’

Taking a 180 degree turn from the attention getting fluff of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, programmers for the LA Film Festival have announced that the opening night film will be the world premiere of Paper Man starring Jeff Daniels. It’s an honest-to-god indie from first-time filmmakers Michele and Kieran Mulroney about a middle-aged writer (read…)

Weekend Forecast: 5/28/09

This week’s wide releases: Up. Can Pixar’s latest creation lift what has so far amounted to a disappointing summer blockbuster season? I don’t think there is another filmmaking brand that automatically piques my interest like Pixar does. Although it’s taken me a while to warm up to the idea of a balloon-borne adventure with a (read…)

Trailer: Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

A little over a year ago, we scratched our heads over news that Werner Herzog was remaking Abel Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant with Nicolas Cage. A month later we read that it wasn’t so much a remake as it was a whole other story about a different bad lieutenant. Well, now there’s some sort of unofficial (read…)

Will Michael Bay stink up the LA Film Festival again?

LAFF says: “Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto” In 2007 we scoffed that the programmers of the Los Angeles Film Festival chose Michael Bay’s Los Angeles-set Transformers as the festival’s centerpiece gala. The move was justified as being a part of a retrospective of films featuring the City of Angels getting trashed by assorted disasters natural and (read…)

The last LiC Slumdog post ever: Azharuddin gets a home

“Please sir. I want some more.” (Getty Images Photo) Last year’s bit of Oscar-winning feel good poverty porn, Slumdog Millionaire, has turned into this year’s feel bad PR nightmare for the film’s producers and probably what amounts to more of the same for the film’s young cast. We passed along an Onion-esque report a couple (read…)

Woody Allen and Larry David: The Schnook and the Bellower

Photo: Nigel Parry/CPI for New York Magazine In the current issue of New York Magazine, Mark Harris puts Woody Allen’s latest film Whatever Works (June 18) into the context of the shifting landscape of so-called Jewish humor. He traces a line from Allen through Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David to current incarnations such as John (read…)

Audrey Hepburn: Still smokin’

The AP reports that an unidentified buyer paid the equivalent of $93,800 for a rare 2001 German stamp featuring Audrey Hepburn. The stamp’s original 14 million run was destroyed following a copyright dispute with Hepburn’s son Sean Ferrer who took issue with the portrayal of his mother with a cigarette holder. 30 proof copies were (read…)

Even Wim Wenders wants to go 3D

His latest film Palermo Shooting (as yet unseen outside of the festival circuit in the US) got creamed when it played Cannes in 2008, but LiC favorite Wim Wenders is hoping to move ahead into the third dimension. Screen Daily tells us Wenders is collaborating with legendary choreographer Pina Bausch to bring three of her (read…)

Cannes 2009: Dogtooth

Twitch also has a NSFW trailer for Dogtooth, the winner of the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes. Dogtooth is a sort of comedy(?) that tells the story of three 20-somethings who’ve lived their whole lives in an entirely insular world of confinement staged by their parents. It didn’t get the (read…)

Cannes 2009: Enter the Void

In between the last flurry of LiC coverage and the awarding of the Palme d’Or, there were a number of other interesting films to play Cannes that have slipped through the cracks. I’m putting one of the monkeys in charge of picking up some of the loose ends. Twitch brings us something of a teaser (read…)

The Watercooler: 5/25/09

Easy Virtue: Well, it was better than Terminator Salvation Happy Memorial Day everyone. I’m sure many of you are away from your computers today, but I hope you’ve taken some time out of your extended weekend to see some movies. I’m sure there have been worse movie this year – I try to avoid movies (read…)

Cannes 2009: ‘The White Ribbon’ takes the Palme d’Or

Palme d’Or winner: Michael Haneke Lifted wholesale from the fine folks at indieWIRE, here are the Cannes winners. Palme d’Or: The White Ribbon (Das Weisse Band), d:Michael Haneke Grand Prix (runner-up): A Prophet, d:Jacques Audiard Prix Exceptional du Jury (Special Jury Prize): Alain Resnais, Wild Grass Prix de la Mise en Scene (best director): Brillante (read…)

Review: The Girlfriend Experience (2009) **** 1/2

“If they wanted you to be yourself, they wouldn’t be paying you.” – Sasha Grey in Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience Steven Soderbergh’s latest film opens with a standard-issue, upwardly mobile couple on a date. There is a cab-ride discussion of the movie they’ve just seen and this carries over to an expensive dinner at (read…)

Cannes 2009: Almodovar, Resnais and Haneke

Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon Another day, another favorite for the Palme D’Or. This week, some eyes turned toward Michael (Cache, Funny Games) Haneke’s The White Ribbon as the one to beat for the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize. Sony Pictures Classics, which picked the film up before the start of the festival, also recently (read…)

Malick’s ‘Tree of Life’ taking root in 2009?

Screen Daily had an innocuous looking report yesterday about foreign rights for Terrence Malick’s highly anticipated Tree of Life being sold and buried in the item was a sentence saying the film “is due for release in the US later this year.” I thought it was supposed to be 2010. Is it a mistake or (read…)

Cannes 2009: The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

Most people have been buzzing about The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus as Heath Ledger’s last film. I’ve been more interested in finding out if it’s good Terry Gilliam (Brazil) or bad (Tideland). If these first reviews are any indication, it’s somewhere in between, but closer to the latter. The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. UK/Canada Director: (read…)

McPaper’s first look at the other Avatar

No, not the new James Cameron picture everyone is all excited about. USA Today has the first images I’ve seen from M. Night Shyamalan’s live-action adaptation of the hit Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender due in theaters Summer 2010. The story (dropping ‘Avatar’ from the title to avoid confusion with the Cameron film due (read…)

Review: Terminator Salvation (2009) * 1/2

I guess they were out of cherry Slurpees Hey. Want to be dry humped by McG for a couple of hours? Have I got the movie for you. I remember walking out of The Terminator 25 years ago buzzing about how cool it was. I’d never seen a villain quite like the indestructible cyborg that (read…)

Cannes: Audiard’s ‘Prophet’ Finds US Distributor

Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet (Un Prophéte), one of the current favorites among the bloggering class to win the Palme d’Or, has been picked up for distribution in North America, South America and Australia by Sony Pictures Classics. Check out the trailer here or read what some of the critics have been saying here. No word (read…)

Weekend Forecast: 5/21/09

Sasha Grey in Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience LiC’s Pick of the Week Sure, you could go see Terminator Salvation like everyone else this weekend or you could save yourself a couple of hours of boredom and skip it. Seriously. I didn’t like Star Trek all that much, but after Terminator I’d like to curl (read…)

Terminator: Scorn of the Fanboys

“Should we send one o’ them Terminators back in time to stop Harry Knowles?” “Yeah, and after that there’s a certain DP it might have a little chat with as well…” Forget about the (as of this writing) 50 score Terminator Salvation is pulling on Metacritic, take a look at what the fanboy crowd is (read…)

Trailer: Map of the Sounds of Tokyo (Subtitled)

We ran the Spanish language trailer for Isabel Coixet’s latest a couple weeks ago, but now a subtitled version (minus the annoying Spanish dub) is making the rounds. It’s still not safe for work…unless you’re lucky enough to have a job where simulated cunnilingus is considered safe. Map of the Sounds of Tokyo stars Rinko (read…)

Imax: Proudly robbing you since 2003!

With a presentation to shareholders on Tuesday, executives from Toronto based Imax addressed the crapstorm over screen size recently stirred up by Aziz Ansari. Their justification? They’ve been doing it for 6 years, profits are up and until now nobody was complaining. According to Carl DiOrio in The Hollywood Reporter: Imax officials dealt with the (read…)

IFC bringing ‘Antichrist’ and ‘Eric’ to the US

Talk continues to swirl around Lars von Trier’s Antichrist and reviews continue to trickle in as Variety announces that the film has been picked up for US distribution by IFC along with Ken Loach’s Looking for Eric. At SpoutBlog, I think Karina Longworth‘s review benefits from coming after the initial wave of hype. There’s a (read…)

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