The Social Network (2010)

Rooney Mara and Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network If director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin set out to make a smart, funny, engaging and wholly entertaining movie around the founding of one of the more important sociological and technological developments of the last decade, they’ve hit a home run with The Social Network. (read…)

Tony Curtis, Actor: 1925 – 2010

Tony Curtis as Joe as Josephine as Cary Grant as Junior, the heir to Shell Oil in Some Like it Hot. Tony Curtis who appeared in more than 100 films over the course of a career lasting more than 50 years died last night of cardiac arrest at the age of 85. For my money, (read…)

Retro-Review: Blood Simple (1984)

A look back at the first film from Joel and Ethan Coen. It’s a little rough around the edges, but it contains all the DNA of their entire masterful filmmography.

Arthur Penn, Director: 1922 – 2010

Director Arthur Penn died yesterday, he was 88. After a vibrant career in stage in television, Penn left his biggest mark of course with 1967’s iconic Bonnie and Clyde, the film widely hailed for opening the Hollywood studio door to the French New Wave and ushering in one of the most exciting and creative decades (read…)

Sally Menke, Editor: 1953 – 2010

Sad news as two-time Oscar-nominated editor Sally Menke was found dead this morning near Griffith Park in Los Angeles at age 56. The story so far is that she’d gone hiking on Monday, police were alerted when she failed to return home by Monday night and her body was discovered around 2am on Tuesday. Menke (read…)

Trailer: Joel & Ethan Coen’s ‘True Grit’

Oh it’s nothing special. Just my most anticipated movie of the year. Apple’s got the trailer. Stream it after the jump. Thanks to Ryan at AD for the heads up. The song is “Where No One Stands Alone” as performed (I think) by The Peasall Sisters whom you may remember singing “In the Highways” from (read…)

The Watercooler Never Sleeps

I spent a good part of the weekend putting the finishing touches on the first AD/LiC podcast and laying the groundwork for the second, so I didn’t make it out of the house for any more movies beyond what I wrote about in the Weekend Forecast. Rewatched a few things from this year on DVD, (read…)

World Premiere: The AD/LiC Three-Way Moviegasm!

Behold: Episode 1 of the Awards Daily/Living in Cinema Three-Way Moviegasm wherein I join the Dynamic Duo behind Awards Daily, the mellifluous Sasha Stone and the roguishly charming Ryan Adams, for a weekly chat about what’s doing in movies. With two experts in the mix, our talk will naturally gravitate toward the Oscars, especially during awards season, but (read…)

Coming Soon: The AD/LiC Podcast

That’s right. Awards Daily’s Sasha Stone has convinced me to join her and her AD partner Ryan Adams in a little hard core movie chat action. This time of year the focus will naturally fall back on awards season, but the plan is to round it out with a more general approach to the movie conversation. (read…)

UK Trailer: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

The third and final part of Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, gets a UK trailer. Music Box plans to release the film in the US on October 29.

Weekend Forecast: A ‘Tall Dark Stranger’ and a familiar ‘Wall Street’ face

Freida Pinto and Josh Brolin in Woody Allen’s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger In addition to this week’s roster of new releases, here are some notable expansions. All of these movies are still limited, but at least it looks like they’re moving outside of New York and LA: Never Let Me Go (***), (read…)

Trailer: The King’s Speech

Here’s the trailer for the current (and possibly future) Oscar flavor of the moment, The King’s Speech starring Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush. Firth plays King George IV who hires speech therapist Rush to overcome his stutter at a momentous time in English history. The King’s Speech opens November 26.

Trailer/Poster: Olivier Assayas’ epic ‘Carlos’

Apple has the trailer (streamable after the jump) for Carlos, Olivier Assayas’ upcoming epic about the infamous terrorist Carlos the Jackal. Here’s the Apple blurb: “From the acclaimed director of IRMA VEP and SUMMER HOURS, Olivier Assayas, comes an explosive new work of astonishing scope; an epic portrayal of the notorious revolutionary and terrorist, CARLOS(played (read…)

Short film ‘Amexica’ addresses human trafficking, gets weekend Oscar qualifying run in LA

Issue-oriented films are a tricky business. Too often the message comes before the filmmaking and they both end up suffering. Ron Krauss’ short film Amexica, which humanizes the disturbing phenomenon of human trafficking, is the rare film that works pretty well on both levels. Nicely shot on 35mm and convincingly performed by Joseph Ferrante and (read…)

Postmortem: Phoenix is still here

CBS has only put up a shabbily condensed clip of Joaquin Phoenix’s return to The Late Show with David Letterman (I almost called it Late Night) and there’s no telling if these sub-legal clips (Part 1 and Part 2) will stay up at YouTube for much longer, but give them a shot. It’s about 16 (read…)

Press Release: ‘Love & Other Drugs’ to open AFI Fest, ‘Black Swan’ to close

AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi ANNOUNCES WORLD PREMIERE OF LOVE & OTHER DRUGS AS OPENING NIGHT GALA AND BLACK SWAN AS CLOSING NIGHT GALA Both Directors and their Creative Ensembles are Alumni of the Renowned AFI Conservatory LOS ANGELES, CA, September 23, 2010. AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi announced today that it will (read…)

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)

Gemma Jones in Woody Allen’s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Bouncing off of Shakespeare’s notion that life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing, Woody Allen’s comedy You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger approaches the essential meaningless of life through two sets of interrelated characters (read…)

How much would you pay to get your ‘Freakonomics’ on?

On Wednesday, September 22, movie fans in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, D.C., Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle can decide for themselves how much they want to pay to see an advance screening of the new documentary Freakonomics. From the film’s website a link will take you to the free screening survey. Answer a (read…)

The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers

Shorts International, the fine folks who bring the Oscar nominated shorts to theaters every year are continuing their support of the short film format with The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of The Suicide Brothers. It’ll be available for purchase via iTunes beginning tomorrow. Suicide Brothers is a blackly comic quickie made by and starring Rupert (read…)

Watercooler: Joaquin, ‘Jack,’ sociopathic bloggers and fabulous ‘Baker Boys’

It was a fairly busy week movie-wise around the LiC head offices. I’ve already shared my thoughts on Never Let Me Go, Catfish and The Town over on Friday’s weekend forecast, but I also finally caught up with the controversial Joaquin Phoenix “doc” I’m Still Here and the new indie Jack Goes Boating starring Philip (read…)

Documentary Fact vs. Fiction: The Methods and Madness of ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop,’ ‘I’m Still Here’ and ‘Catfish’

Note: Any important spoilers regarding the films in question have been clearly marked so read in confidence whether you’ve seen all three movies or not. A number of documentary-styled films have hit theaters in 2010 that stirred up controversy and forced us to question where fact ends, where fiction begins and what in the end (read…)

Trailer: Jim

You’ve seen the poster, you’ve seen the viral and you’ve read the official synposis for the indie genetic sci-fi flick Jim. Yesterday Apple debuted the trailer. Jim opens October 8.

ID Film Fest bringing Koreeda’s ‘Air Doll’ to L.A. in October

I’ve been curious to see Hirokazu Koreeda’s Air Doll since it played Cannes in 2009, but alas it was one of the many foreign films that was never picked up for US release despite heavy play on the film festival circuit and a run at the American Film Market. Thanks to ID Film Fest which (read…)

Weekend Forecast: A bounty of potential movie goodness

“You’re not gettin’ outta here Affleck until you explain Gigli to me.” Catfish (****). A terrific documentary for the modern age and a must-see for anyone who has ever connected with another human being online. Forget the hubbub about allegedly surprising plot turns and ignore the unsubstantiated suspicions that the filmmakers knew more about the (read…)

Casey Affleck comes clean on I’m Still Here, Internet pouts

Oh how I wish I’d gone to see I’m Still Here last weekend like I planned. The internet is working itself into a minor tizzy now that the cat is out of the bag and Casey Affleck has admitted to the New York Times that nothing in the Joaquin Phoenix doc was real, including the (read…)

Catfish (2010)

Yaniv Schulman embarks upon a romance by computer in Catfish If you spend any time at all online interacting with relative strangers, you need to see Catfish. It’s a documentary that follows a 24-year-old New York photographer named Yaniv “Nev” Schulman as he falls for Megan, a pretty young woman from a small town in (read…)

Trailer: Mark Wahlberg & Christian Bale in ‘The Fighter’

Apple has the trailer for one of LiC’s more anticipated film’s of the year: David O. Russell’s The Fighter starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams. The Fighter is based on the true story of boxer Irish Mickey Ward (Wahlberg) whose half-brother Dicky Ecklund was once lightweight champion before a life of crime led (read…)

Never Let Me Go (2010)

Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan in a shot that tonally typifies the entirety of Never Let Me Go Mark Romanek’s adaptaton of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel Never Let Me Go is a damp cinematic handkerchief. It aspires to devastating emotion, but like the constant English overcast throughout the film, it just hangs there ineffectually; neither threatening (read…)

Trailer: Depp & Jolie in ‘The Tourist’

The sad thing is that I can’t see Johnny Depp in a “normal” movie (i.e. non-Burton) anymore without thinking of those goddamn pirate movies. Yes, I know, clearly this movie about an innocent man caught up in a spy plot with Angelina Jolie is played for fun (or at least that’s what the trailer would (read…)

‘The Oath’ coming to P.O.V. on PBS

The laundry list of great movies this year I should’ve reviewed but didn’t is long and sad. Near the top of that list is the documentary The Oath. Luckily, PBS’s essential P.O.V. program will be airing the film on September 21st and it will be streamable online in its entirety from September 22 – 27. (read…)

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