Soderbergh on ‘Knockout’

I’m not sure why I was a little surprised by the recent news that Steven Soderbergh was set to begin production on Knockout, an action film in the vein of La Femme Nikita starring mixed martial artist Gina Carano. Every announcement from Soderbergh is almost willfully unpredictable. The guy clearly likes to mix it up (read…)

Trailer 2: Fantastic Mr. Fox

“You really are a, quote unquote, fantastic fox.” Judging by the response I’m picking up around the internet, I stand nearly alone in my unrestrained enthusiasm for Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. The only thing I don’t like about this latest trailer is the voice over and whorish pull-quotes. The rest? Gold.

Everybody Loves Roman

A few random thoughts on the Polanski business.

Trailer: A Nightmare on Elm Street

My indifference to this remake of the classic ’80s horror flick A Nightmare on Elm Street is absolute and the trailer does nothing to convince me otherwise. By lifting whole scenes from the original (including the glove emerging from the bathtub between the heroine’s legs – which Craven himself lifted from a similar scene with (read…)

The Watercooler: The New ‘New World’

There isn’t much to speak of in this vacation edition of the LiC Watercooler, but I did catch up with the new extended cut of Terrence Malick’s The New World on Blu-ray. Clocking in at 37 minutes longer than the previous cut, in some ways it feels like a different movie. It’s more literal and (read…)

Portland Part 2: Paranoid Park

LiC Celebrates Portland with Drugstore Cowboy

Greetings from the City of Roses, or Stump Town or P-Town, or PDX. Greetings from the meeting place of the Columbia and Willamette rivers. That’s right, LiC is “Out of the Office” as they say and the monkeys and I are enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of Portland, Oregon. Posting will be light for (read…)

Weekend Forecast: Coco, Capitalism and Clive

LiC’s pick of the week: Coco Before Chanel opening in NY and LA Opening in wide release this weekend: Fame. I’m gonna live forever…but life is still too short to be wasted on this. For those of you younger than 30, Alan Parker’s Fame was huge in 1980. It told the story of a bunch (read…)

AFI Fest to open with ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’

Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox has been announced as the opening night film of AFI Fest 2009 which runs in Hollywood from October 30 to November 7. The film featuring the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson opens in limited (read…)

Cronenberg to remake his own remake of ‘The Fly’

THR’s Steven Zeitchik is reporting that David Cronenberg has agreed to direct and possibly write a new version of The Fly, the 1958 classic he memorably remade in 1986 with Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis. It’s not a horrible idea per se, but is Cronenberg only interested in the quick cash or does he genuinely (read…)

Trailer: The House of the Devil

Trailer for The House of the Devil starring Joceline Donahue, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov and Geta Gerwig

Money never sleeps but…

Super boring candids of the cast of Oliver Stone’s Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps. The only question is: why?

Behold: The Social Network

It’s official: Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield will star in David Fincher’s Facebook movie The Social Network written by Aaron Sorkin

Magnolia grabs Swinton’s Venice/TIFF success ‘I Am Love’

Tilda Swinton’s well-received I Am Love parlays festival critical success into a distribution deal with Magnolia

DVD Review: Beer Wars (2009) ****

DVD review of Beer Wars, a documentary that looks at how difficult it is for small brewers to break into the marketplace and how the big breweries suppress choice.

The Coens do not abide. Silly Lebowski spinoff rumor killed

Coens fairly well put to bed idiotic rumors that there will be some sort of Big Lebowski sequel or spinoff.

Updated: SPC picks up ‘Lebanon’ and ‘Get Low’

As the so-called mini-majors have mostly folded up their tents, Sony Pictures Classics continues to prove it’s the place to be for higher end foreign and indie films with cross-over aspirations. With that in mind, the company announced today it has picked up Samuel Maoz’s Venice Golden Lion-winning Lebanon. Already in the pipeline from SPC: (read…)

Watercooler: Informant and Bright Star deliver, Precious wins

LiC’s movie drought ended this weekend with a couple of good ones: Steven Soderbergh’s odd and breezy The Informant! starring Matt Damon and Jane Campion’s heart breaking and beautiful Bright Star. The Informant came in 2nd at the box office with a modest $10.5 million which isn’t great, but isn’t bad for a film that (read…)

Trailer: Harry Brown

Here’s the international trailer for one of the films I was eyeing in Toronto. A revenge flick starring the great Michael Caine is highly appealing and  his performance got great notices, but I can’t say the trailer is doing much for me. I don’t know what it is. Trailers have been missing the mark for (read…)

Poster: Get Low

The poster for Toronto favorite ‘Get Low’ starring Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek and Lucas Black.

Poster, Trailer, Release Date: Visual Acoustics

VISUAL ACOUSTICS, the documentary about architectural photographer Julius Shulman finally as a release date, a poster and a trailer.

Character Posters: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Click to enlarge Courtesy of Empire, the obligatory character posters for Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox which opens November 13th. This one is facing a bit more flack lately than Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are (can we have a moratorium on the word “twee” now? Please?), but my enthusiasm is still running high. (read…)

Poster #3: Precious

People love Precious so much, it needs three posters. Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire opens in limited release on November 6. Source: IMP Awards

The Weinstein Shuffle – ‘Youth’ revolting in 2010 instead

Instead of Nine getting bumped into next year as had been widely speculated amid the much talked about Weinstein money troubles, it looks like the victim is Youth in Revolt. The Michael Cera starring comedy which made it’s North American debut to positive reviews at Toronto is being pushed back from October 30 to January (read…)

Henry Gibson, Actor: 1935 – 2009

Henry Gibson as Haven Hamilton in Robert Altman’s Nashville Though he rose to fame as the gentle but strange poet on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, I’ll best remember Henry Gibson (born James Bateman) for his more sinister turns in Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye and Nashville, John Landis’ The Blues Brothers and Paul Thomas Anderson’s (read…)

Trailer: Afterschool

IFC picked up this creepy looking number after it played the Un Certain Regard program at Cannes this year. Early trade reviews were middling, but the UK press latched onto it pretty well. The film is drawing comparisons (some favorable and some not) to Michael Haneke’s Caché and Gus Van Sant’s Elephant. Directed by newcomer (read…)

Weekend Forecast! Soderbergh! Damon! The Informant!

Wake up. The fall movie season is just starting to kick in and there’s something to see no matter where you live. Opening wide we’ve got Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant! Opening in limited release is Jane Campion’s Cannes favorite Bright Star. Opening in New York is Claire Denis’ terrific 35 Shots of Rum and coming (read…)

AFI’s promising opening lineup announced

The first selections for the 23rd AFI Fest in Los Angeles were announced today with a number of films that have been getting lots of buzz at recent festivals. Cannes: Marco Bellochio’s Vincere, Ken Loach’s Looking for Eric, Corneliu Porumboiu’s Police, Adjective, Bong Joon-ho’s Mother. Berlin: Claude Chabrol’s Bellamy Sundance: Lee Daniels’ Precious: Based on (read…)

Tokyo Film Festival to screen ‘The Cove’ after all

The Cove, the well-intentioned but wildly overpraised button-pusher exposing dolphin slaughter in Japan was announced today as part of the lineup for the 22nd annual Tokyo Film Festival. It had been widely speculated the controversial film would not be shown to the very audience who should see it, which is particularly ironic considering the festival (read…)

TIFF ’09: Norton, Douglas, Green (Eva) and Farrell (Colin)

Toronto reviews of Tim Blake Nelsons ‘Leaves of Grass’ starring Edward Norton, ‘Solitary Man’ starring Michael Douglas, ‘Cracks’ starring Eva Green and Neil Jordan’s ‘Ondine’ starring Colin Farrell

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