Trailer: Johnnie To’s ‘Vengeance’ w/French Elvis Johnny Hallyday

The latest thriller from Johnnie To (Election) stars French rock-n-roll superstar Johnny Hallyday as a former killer turned chef who travels to Hong Kong to avenge the murder of his daughter’s husband. According to the press release: “The film opens August 4th on demand via IFC Midnight, provided by Comcast, Cox, Cablevision, Time Warner, and (read…)

LA Shorts Fest 2010 Winners

The 14th Annual LA Shorts Fest which “honors those individuals who have achieved excellence in short films” ended in Hollywood tonight and the festival’s six winners were announced: Best Experimental: Stanley Picle, Vicky Mather Best Animation: Zero, Christopher Kezelos Best Comedy: The Man Who Married Himself, Garrick Hamm Best Drama: Paraphernalia, John Williams Best Foreign (read…)

Poster: Gaspar Noe’s ‘Enter the Void’

Click image to enter an even bigger void Do not adjust your television sets, this is just the US one-sheet for Gaspar Noe’s controversial Cannes (2009) entry, Enter the Void. You’ve seen the French trailer, you’ve read some of the reviews and you’ve heard what friend of LiC Sartre had to say. Those of us (read…)

Trailer: Sundance hit ‘Catfish’

One of the more buzzed about films at Sundance this year (at least from my seat 700 miles away) was Catfish, a film that charts the online romance of the filmmaker’s brother. At least that’s how it begins. Apparently it evolves into something else altogether in the end, but everyone who’s seen it says it (read…)

Weekend Forecast: Below the surface, it’s a good weekend for movies

Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek in Get Low Forget about the schmucks or the talking kitties, three of my favorite movies of the year are in theaters as we speak. The Kids Are All Right continues it’s incremental roll out, more than tripling its screen real estate to nearly 900 theaters whileWinter’s Bone makes it’s (read…)

Get Low (2010)

Robert Duvall, Lucas Black and Bill Murray in Get Low Like Lisa Cholodenko’s festival darling The Kids Are All Right, Aaron Schneider’s Get Low is the rare crowd-pleaser that avoids obvious audience pandering and manages to leave its own unique imprint. With the great Robert Duvall giving his most engaging performance in years and Bill (read…)

Venice announces 2010 competition lineup

Darren Aronofsky, Tsui Hark, Kelly Reichardt, Julian Schnabel, Francois Ozon, Vincent Gallo, Monte Hellman, Sofia Coppola, Takashi Miike and Tom Tykwer are among the competitors at this year’s Venice Film Festival. No True Grit. No Tree of Life. Out of competition films include Casey Affleck’s Joaquin Phoenix mock-doc I’m Still Here, brother Ben Affleck’s The Town and (read…)

Del Toro may finally turn up ‘At the Mountains of Madness’

Forget about The Haunted Mansion, Deadline Hollywood reports tonight that Guillermo del Toro’s next directorial effort will be a James Cameron 3-D production of his long gestating passion project: an adaptation of H.P. Lovescraft’s sci-fi/horror novella At the Mountains of Madness. Written in 1931 and serialized in 1936, Mountains revolves around an Antarctic expedition’s discovery (read…)

BS Watch: Another year, another quashing of the asinine Lebowski sequel dream

Despite obnoxious MTV’s strenuous efforts to keep the dream of an unnecessary sequel to The Big Lebowski alive, the talent involved keeps shooting them down. Last year it was the Coens themselves (despite John Turturro’s best wishes). This year it’s none other than Jeff Bridges who was cornered by the once-proud music video channel while (read…)

Trailer: Fatih Akin’s ‘Soul Kitchen’

Click to enlarge IFC has rolled out the poster and trailer for Fatih Akin’s comedy Soul Kitchen. When a restaurateur’s girlfriend suddenly takes off for Shanghai, he leaves his restaurant in the care of his sketchy brother to go bring her back. Finding her shacked up with another man, he returns only to discover that (read…)

UK Trailer: Juliette Binoche in Kiarostami’s ‘Certified Copy’

I’ve been waiting all day for a suitable embed of this trailer, but this one from Rope of Silicon looks to be as good as I’m going to get for now. Arthouse favorite Abbas Kiarostami plus Juliet Binoche’s Cannes award winning performance. Any questions? IFC picked the film up for US distribution prior to its (read…)

Maury Chaykin, Actor: 1949 – 2010

Maury Chaykin with Kevin Costner in a clip from Dances with Wolves Ubiquitous character actor Maury Chaykin has died at the age of 61. I saw him most recently as one of the more memorable parts of Fernando Meirelles’  easily forgotten Blindness, but of course he had a long career in both film and television, (read…)

Happy 70th Bugs Bunny

Thanks to Spout’s Christopher Campbell for reminding us that today is Bugs Bunny’s 70th birthday. Tex Avery’s A Wild Hare, generally regarded as the first Bugs Bunny cartoon, premiered on July 27, 1940. Check it out at Spout after you enjoy Bully for Bugs, my all time favorite Bugs toon. It is never not funny (read…)

Toronto 2010: Unleash the films

What do Darren Aronofsky, Robert Redford, Woody Allen, Michael Winterbottom, Stephen Frears, Julian Schnabel, Mark Romanek , Kim Jee-Woon, Susan Bier, Sylvian Chomet, Alejandro Gozalez Inarritu, Mike Leigh, Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden, John Cameron Mitchel, David Schwimmer, Andrew Lau, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ben Affleck, Francois Ozon, Guillaume Canet, Im Sang-Soo and John Madden have (read…)

Walking across America in 2770 frames

This falls a bit outside of the usual LiC oeuvre, but maybe it shouldn’t. Clever and creative people rule and this video made me happy. It’s worth more than just a tweet. via: Vulture And thanks to Awards Daily pal Ryan Adams for pointing me to the How They Did It video which is just (read…)

UK Trailer: Gemma Arterton is Stephen Frears’ ‘Tamara Drewe’

I’ve been keeping an eye on Gemma Arterton ever since she stood out in a tiny part in Quantum of Solace, but she hasn’t followed it up with anything all that impressive. Because it’s Stephen Frears, I had high hopes for the comedy Tamara Drewe, but this trailer just dashed them with a fatal dose (read…)

Watercooler: ‘Inception’ is exceptional and so is ‘Kids’

The Kids Are All Right I’m sure Sony is happy with the $36.5 million (estimated) opening for Salt, but the real box office stories this weekend belong to a couple of continuing films. I said last week that the true test of enthusiasm for Inception would be how well it held up from week to (read…)

US Trailer: Let Me In

The big concern when the remake of Let the Right One In was announced was that they were going to ruin the movie. Since then, the studio has been working overtime to prove that they’re remaining faithful to the version we all know and love. Already the film is getting an initially reluctant stamp of (read…)

First Look: Daniel Craig in Jon Favreau’s ‘Cowboys & Aliens’

Daniel Craig stars as Jake Lonergan in Universal Pictures and DreamWorks’ Cowboys & Aliens, directed by Jon Favreau. I assume this has something to do with Comic Con. I don’t know, but it just landed in my inbox and it’s a slow news Saturday so what the hell? Based on the graphic novel by Scott (read…)

Trailer: Take an indie road trip with ‘Passenger Side’

Here’s the trailer for Matthew Bissonette’s road trip comedy drama Passenger Side which I told you about last summer when it played at LAFF. Here’s the review and here’s my interview with Matthew and his brother Joel who stars in the film. Joel plays Tobey, a recovering drug addict who convinces his brother Michael (Adam (read…)

Weekend Forecast: I’m bored of Salt puns so make your own

Salt: Flat (ok, couldn’t resist just one) Summer shot its wad with Inception I’m afraid. If you live in NY or if you can get it on cable, check out Todd Solondz’s Life During Wartime. If you live in Los Angeles, do yourself a favor and see the Irish charmer Kisses. If you live somewhere (read…)

Life During Wartime (2010)

Ciarán Hinds confronts his past as pedophile Bill Maplewood in Life During Wartime (Note: the above 4-star rating is for Happiness and Life During Wartime taken together. On its own, Wartime gets 3) Todd Solondz’s 1998 film Happiness is a bitterly and excoriatingly funny tableau of human misery that runs out of steam as it (read…)

Trailer: ‘Company Men’ aka Recession: The Movie

I know, I’m going through another trailer heavy phase. It could be worse. It could be wall to wall Comic Yawn coverage, right? When he saw Company Men at Sundance, Vulture’s Bilge Ebiri enthused: ” Surprisingly somber and complex, the film nails the quiet desperation of joblessness with minimal cloying and very few attempts at (read…)

Poster/Trailer: French crime epic ‘Mesrine’ part 1

Click image for hi-res Apple has the trailer (streaming after the jump) for Mesrine: Killer Instinct, the first part of the two-part French epic about legendary gangster Jacques Mesrine which came out in France in 2008 where it went on to win 3 Cesar Awards including Best Actor Vincent Cassel and Best Director Jean-François Richet. (read…)

Trailer: Prince of Broadway

The last I heard from Prince of Broadway was when it made its world premiere at the LA Film Festival in 2008 where it went on to win the Jury Prize. Now it’s got a release date of September 3, the words “Lee Daniels Presents” on the poster and a trailer over at Apple. I’m not (read…)

Trailer: Christopher Nolan’s ‘Following’ (1998) on VOD

For those whose knowledge of Christopher Nolan begins with Memento, IFC would like you to know they’re re-releasing his first film Following on VOD for three months. Incidentally, it’s also available streaming on Netflix where I’ve been meaning to watch it for a couple of months, but just haven’t gotten around to it. Filmed in (read…)

The Watercooler: Inception is more popular than conception and the Kids Are (still) All Right

Inception: Definitely more Fred Astaire than Lionel Richie Because you can never have anything good in Hollywood without it being beaten into the ground and because most people seem to be ok with that, it was inevitable that Inception’s successful opening weekend ($60 millionish) would lead to sequel talk. Even less surpisingly, this led to (read…)

Trailer: Sundance award winning doc ‘Enemies of the People’

Ladies and gentlemen, your feel-good movie of the summer. The son of two of the two million victims of the Khmer Rouge’s Cambodian Genocide returns to the country to interview some of the people responsible – including for the first time Pol Pot’s second in command. Enemies of the People won the World Cinema Documentary (read…)

Inception (2010)

Brimming with nifty dreamscape set pieces, Inception is a complicated and occasionally thrilling psychic roller coaster built around the idea that a person’s dreams can be invaded and manipulated and that the thoughts, memories and ideas contained within can be extracted. Despite all its intricately layered puzzle box trappings however, it is at its heart (read…)

Weekend Forecast: ‘Inception’ touches your brain in the bathing suit area

Why so serious? Leonardo DiCaprio’s dark night: Inception Yes, everyone is talking about Christopher Nolan’s Inception this week and they should be, but it’s far from the only game in town. One of my favorite movies of the year, The Kids Are All Right (**** 1/2) expands this weekend. Winter’s Bone (**** 1/2) and Restrepo (read…)





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