Happy 80th Birthday, Clint

Clint Eastwood turned 80 today Here’s a clip from my all time favorite Eastwood flick, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

Trailer #2: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

The first trailer for Edgar Wright’s comic adaptation Scott Pilgrim vs. The World starring Michael Cera inspired a collective yawn around these parts. I can see why. The words “comic adaptation” and “starring Michael Cera” don’t exactly inspire confidence, but when has Edgar Wright ever steered you wrong? Call me crazy, but I’m giving the (read…)

The Watercooler: The death of Hopper, Hobbit, Sex and Prince

The weekend isn’t technically over here in the United States as we all take Monday off for Memorial Day in honor of the men and women who have died in military service, but there’s no reason not to roll out the Watercooler today anyway. I’m pretty well caught up on the limited releases and there (read…)

Dennis Hopper, Actor/Director: 1936 – 2010

Goodbye Goon, Billy, Moon, Kansas, Tom Ripley, Shooter and Feck. RIP Frank Booth.

US Trailer: Nowhere Boy

We got a look at the UK trailer for Nowhere Boy, the story of John Lennon and the early days of a little rock band known as The Beatles, back in October and now here’s The Weinstein Company’s take on it. You might recognize an un-nerded up Aaron Johnson as the kid from Kick-Ass. Kristin (read…)

Weekend Forecast

Opening this week: Prince of Persia, Sex and the City 2, Micmacs, Agora

Shock and awwww

Combining the cute factor of the breeder porn hit Babies with everyone’s favorite yellow and gold metal suit wearing superhero, it’s Iron Baby. Bunnies beware. via: Movie City Indie

Review: Micmacs (2010) **

Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s MICMACS has all the appeal of an aggressive mime harassing you on a park bench when you just want to be left alone.

US Trailer/Poster: The Killer Inside Me

Apple also has the US trailer for Michael Winterbottom’s controversial The Killer Inside Me. I ran the UK trailer a couple of weeks ago, but this is the official one from IFC which is opening the film in the US on June 18. There’s also a nice looking official one-sheet but it’s splashed with one (read…)

Trailer: Afghan war doc ‘Restrepo’

Apple has the trailer for Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington’s Afghan war documentary Restrepo. The film which follows Second Platoon as it fights al Qaeda and the Taliban in one of the most dangerous areas of fighting in Afghanistan, premiered to some solid reviews at Sundance in January where it went on to win Documentary Jury Prize. Restrepo (read…)

Mini-Review: Please Give (2010) ** 1/2

Rebecca Hall and Amanda Peet in a rare moment in Please Give where I didn’t want to kill something What to make of Nicole Holofcener’s Please Give? On one hand, it’s funny. Holofcener has a knack for comedic situations and dialogue that feel natural and not like punch lines. She also gets the most from (read…)

Watercooler: Back in the swing

With my apologies, things have been a little quiet around LiC for the last month or so. I’m not one to make excuses and I have no intention of doing one of those boring “state of the blog” posts that try to justify a lack of output. Suffice it to say that I think the (read…)

Ugh

I freely acknowledge that I’m not the target audience for Sex and the City so there’s not much point in judging it one way or the other. The thing is, I spent the day at the movies today and was subjected to the trailer for the sequel and I can’t just paper over how utterly (read…)

Trailer: The Father of My Children

Mia Hansen-Løve’s touching French drama The Father of My Children opens today in LA and next week in NY. The review is below.

Mini-review: The Father of My Children (2010) *** 1/2

A touching French drama about a film producer who seems to have it all but whose company is on the verge of total collapse.

Mini-review: Holy Rollers (2010) ***

Jesse Eisenberg is a Hasidic drug smuggler. It’s ultimately a convential crime drama, but it’s elevated from some excellent performances by Eisenberg, Justin Bartha and Ari Graynor.

Weekend Forecast: MacOgre and ShrekGruber

Continuing a trend, it’s the limited releases that grab my attention this week. The melancholy French drama The Father of My Children opens in Los Angeles as does Ken Loach’s terrific Looking For Eric which opened in New York last week. Michael Douglas has been getting some excellent reviews for the indie comedy drama Solitary (read…)

Trailer: Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci in ‘Love Ranch’

By way of Apple, my pal Ryan Adams at Awards Daily brings to my attention this trailer for Taylor Hackford’s Love Ranch starring Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci as the husband and wife proprietors of the famed Mustang Ranch, the first licensed brothel in Nevada which opened the door to widespread legaliziation of brothel prostitution in (read…)

Motion Poster: Ryan Reynolds in ‘Buried’

Lionsgate would REALLY like you to know about their upcoming “dude buried in a box” flick Buried starring Ryan Reynolds. I linked some of the enthusiastic reviews when it hit Sundance, I ran the poster (updated above) and the teaser trailer, and now Yahoo has a motion poster which I’ve embedded after the jump. It’s (read…)

Hello Southside Elementary!

I’d like to give a Living in Cinema shout out to Ms. Rodgriguez and her 1st and 2nd period Reading and Language Arts classes at Southside Elementary in Miami, Florida. Living in Cinema was recently used in some assignments Ms. Rodriguez gave about writing reviews and this morning I had the pleasure of answering some (read…)

Trailer: Joan Rivers – A Piece of Work

Before all the plastic surgery and before the abysmal red carpet commentary on E! or wherever, Joan Rivers was great. She was acidly funny, she said things that needed to be said and she was a woman reaching the top echelons of success in a stand up comedy field notably dominated by men. For me (read…)

Dior pays Lynch to make a short film with Cotillard

Ok, technically it’s a 16 minute commercial for Lady Dior and part of the ongoing Marion Cotillard campaign. Apparently the folks at Dior told Lynch he could do anything he wanted as long as he showed the Dior handbag and featured Shanghai’s Pearl Tower. When one is presented with another slice of David Lynch’s imagination, (read…)

Watercoolerage

Interesting. Despite receiving a Cinemascore of A from audiences, Iron Man 2 dropped almost 60% at the box office from last weekend to this. The first Iron Man opened lower but only dropped 48%. I guess Robin Hood this year was much stiffer competition than the much hated and unfairly maligned Speed Racer in 2008. (read…)

Trailer: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

If you’ve never seen an Apitchatpong Weerasethakul film before, this mysterious trailer will probably do nothing to convince you to see his latest which will be making it’s world premiere at Cannes. If you’ve fallen under the Thai director’s unique spell however, this should leave you curious and excited for more.

Weekend Forecast: Looking for Ken Loach

Eric Bishop (Steve Evets) and Eric Cantona in Ken Loach’s Looking for Eric, LiC’s pick of the week I feel like all I do these days is crap on the wide releases. Is it my fault or is it the fault of the big studios? I don’t know. Anyway, this week is more of the (read…)

Clip: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, ‘Blue Valentine’

I know, it’s been all trailers all the time around here lately, but what are you gonna do? This isn’t a trailer, but it’s a clip of another Sundance favorite. Through flashbacks, Blue Valentine simultaneously charts the flowering and disintegration of a romance between a couple played by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. Blue Valentine (read…)

Trailer: Matt Damon and Emily Blunt in ‘The Adjustment Bureau’

Hollywood adaptations of Philip K. Dick stories tend to be hit and miss (and I say that as someone who’s always liked Total Recall).  Here’s the trailer for the latest, The Adjustment Bureau, which is based on Dick’s Adjustment Team – a rare occasion when Hollywood comes up with a better title for an adaptation. (read…)

Teaser: Super 8

Going in to Iron Man 2, there was almost as much excitement about the teaser for Super 8 as there was about the feature presentation. I’ll leave it to you to decide which was more disappointing. My own expectations weren’t high for either one, but at least Super 8 was short. Rumors flew that it (read…)

Lena Horne, singer/actress: 1917 – 2010

Another good one is gone. Here’s Lena Horne above singing her signature tune Stormy Weather in the 1943 film of the same name. I can’t really improve on this obituary in the LA Times.

The Watercooler

As expected, Iron Man 2 topped the box office, but the thing that had everyone talking this weekend was Betty White’s muffin. The funnier than average episode of SNL could’ve used a lot less MacGruber but Universal’s got a movie to plug. It seems to me in the old days they’d turn funny SNL sketches (read…)





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