News du jour unchained

Tarantino’s next is supposedly Django Unchained I pretty much shook my head in skepticism the whole way through the lead up to Inglourious Basterds and I don’t really want to go down that path again, but it’s Saturday so what the hell? This looks like a careful but not entirely successful attempt to recreate the (read…)

News du jour: Happy Friday

Click to enlarge Updated throughout the day: Robert Zemeckis rumored to be eying adaptation of time travel novel Replay (Vulture) Stuff to look at: Stanley Kubrick, an animated flimmography (Awards Daily) Soderbergh to direct Channing Tatum’s passion project Magic Mike Just because he’s planning to retire from filmmaking once his current plate of projects is (read…)

Weekend Forecast: Fast Five unnofficially kicks off summer

“Ashley, will you go to Prom with me?” Fast Five is going to be the king of the box office this weekend, but if you’re looking for something with fewer car chases and explosions, keep an eye out for Werner Herzog’s doc Cave of Forgotten Dreams. Find these new releases and dozens of other movie (read…)

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011)

Nothing would please me more than to report that Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams is the greatest documentary ever. Unfortunately, while it’s definitely the finest 3D movie about prehistoric cave paintings ever made (how’s that for a pull quote on the DVD?), the movie doesn’t quite live up to the awe and wonder inspired (read…)

News du jour: Melancholy baby

Click to enlarge Freshest items at the top… Summit mounting adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) is attached to direct the sci-fi tale about a young genius vs. aliens. (Variety) Jeff Bridges “in final negotiations” to join Ryan Reynolds in R.I.P.D. Sci-fi action comedy about a police force made (read…)

DVD Pipeline: Guy, Madeline and LiC on a Park Bench

  Slim DVD pickings this coming Tuesday (5/3/11), but there’s one title I’ve been anxious to catch up with myself and of course there’s always the LiC DVD Shelf with a panoply of DVDs to enjoy: Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench. This all-singing, all-dancing black and white indie musical combines the MGM tradition (read…)

News du jour: Certified Born in the USA

“We have it in us to be the better men.” “We already are.” Newest newsiest news at the top… Trailer: Harry Potter 7.2 Epic! (Apple) Relativity picks up 2010 Blacklist script Ness/Capone (Deadline) If Armie Hammer was The Lone Ranger, he’d be IN The Lone Ranger You don’t need a forensics team to get to (read…)

News du jour: 100% Sheen free since 1962

  Trailer: Tarsem Singh’s Immortals Zeus enlists Theseus to save mankind from King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke). From the producers of 300, in case you couldn’t tell from the trailer. (FilmStage) [Update: Apple apparently has the official full length HD trailer now as well] Imagine a post-apocalyptic future Zorro bent on revenge… Well, now you don’t (read…)

News du jour: Your Easter hangover cure

Trailer: Life in a Day – the YouTube crowdsourced movie YouTube to “imminently” join online feature streaming racket Which won’t mean anything to me until I can easily stream them on my TV. (The Wrap) More Killing news: co-star Joel Kinnaman joins aforementioned Safe House Hmm. His character is the one part of the show (read…)

A bounty of movie goodness

Michael Sacks, Goldie Hawn and William Atherton in Steven Spielberg’s The Sugarland Express It was a solid weekend of movie going around LiC this weekend even if it didn’t quite live up to my ambitions. Friday night I rewatched Steven Spielberg’s terrific theatrical debut The Sugarland Express streaming on Netflix. Since the Playstation Network has (read…)

Water for Elephants (2011)

“Call me Bella one more time and I’ll snap your neck like a twig. Comprende?” Take a tired cinematic love triangle, add depression era circus folk and handsome-as-a-Greek-statue-but-shallow-as-a-Roman-fountain Robert Pattinson and I have to admit there isn’t much about Water for Elephants to suggest it might be my cup of tea. On the other hand, (read…)

New to Netflix Streaming

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a round up of new titles to stream on Netflix, but here’s the cream of the most recent crop of newly streaming titles which have played in theaters in the last year or so. Marwencol (**** 1/2) Marwencol is a difficult documentary to adequately summarize in a small blurb. (read…)

News du jour: Happy Friday

I’ve been experiencing some dastardly internet difficulties the last two days (hence the belated Weekend Forecast) so most of this news has already gathered dust. For the sake of thoroughness, here it is anyway: John C. Reilly “offered” Hunger Games role. Deadwood’s Malcomson also cast If it’s true and if he accepts, he’d play Hunger (read…)

Tyler Perry’s Weekend Forecast: Oscars, Adverts, Madeas, Elephants, Cats, Cougars

Canada’s foreign language Oscar nominee Incendies. Check it out or the girl gets it It’s not exactly a stellar weekend at the movies as far as new releases go, but let’s get to it. If none of the below melt your butter, the Now Playing page has 50 movie ideas and some of them are (read…)

Trailer: Submarine

Here’s the domestic trailer for another buzzed about indie. “Fifteen-year-old Oliver Tate has two big ambitions: to save his parents’ marriage via carefully plotted intervention and to lose his virginity before his next birthday. Worried that his mom is having an affair with New Age weirdo Graham, Oliver monitors his parents’ sex life by charting (read…)

News du jour: 4/21/11

Updated throughout the day… IFC Midnight grabs Dutch evil Santa pic Saint The official press releases describes the film (which is about to make its US debut at Tribeca) thusly: “An original and delightfully gruesome slasher film, Saint re-imagines jolly old Saint Nick as a murderous bishop fulfilling a grisly prophecy under the December full (read…)

Trailer: Another Earth

From Apple, here’s the trailer for Sundance award winner Another Earth which received some positive notices upon its debut. It looks like lo-fi sci-fi. Here’s the official blurb: “In ANOTHER EARTH, Rhoda Williams (Brit Marling), a bright young woman accepted into MIT’s astrophysics program, aspires to explore the cosmos. A brilliant composer, John Burroughs (William (read…)

DVD Pipeline: New to Blu

There’s absolutely nothing worth talking about from recent cinema coming to DVD next Tuesday, but there’s a little bit of noteworthy Criterion action coming Tuesday, April 26 to keep the home video fires burning. Don’t forget the LiC DVD Shelf with over 100 DVDs judged worth your time by a crack team of movie fans (read…)

News du jour: 4/20/11

Zemeckis “in early discussions” to direct first live-action flick since 2000 That’s the good news. The bad news is the lead character is named Whip Whitaker. Ah well, at least it’s not more of that crappy mo-cap stuff. It’s called Flight, Denzel Washington is “loosely attached” (he should see a doctor about that methinks) and (read…)

Fancy graph: Popular movies suck worse every year!

Our pal Ryan Adams at Awards Daily points us to this fascinating graph at Very Small Array which charts the median Rotten Tomato rating of the top 10 grossing movies each year at the box office. As you can see through the yearly ups and downs, the general trend is definitely downward since 1950. Does (read…)

Restrepo co-director Hetherington killed in Libya by mortar fire

Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington during the filming of Restrepo (2010) This is a huge bummer. The guy put his life on the line to show the world the true face of war and now he’s paid the price. RIP (NY Times) Also: If you haven’t seen it, check out Restrepo on DVD.

News du jour: 4/19/11

Trailer: John C. Reilly and Jacob Wysocki in Azazel Jacobs’ Terri Cuban to sell Magnolia and Landmark “if the price is right.” Magnolia Pictures is one of the more adventurous distributors of indie content and Landmark Theatres are one of the premiere venues for same so I’ll be watching with interest what happens here. I’m (read…)


Michael Sarrazin, Actor: 1940 – 2011 The actor has died of cancer at age 70. His most well known film was Sydney Pollack’s They Shoot Horses Don’t They? though oddly I remember him best in The Gumball Rally (1976), an illegal cross-country race movie along the lines of Cannonball Run. Also, 1980s cable fodder The (read…)

Watercooler: Living in Cinema is 4

Yes, it’s my 4th anniversary today. Living and Cinema has made four trips around the sun, but most definitely not the last. Thanks to everyone who has read or commented since April 17, 2007. I went to see Robert Redford’s The Conspirator this weekend which seemed like the most viable bet among wide releases. It (read…)

Headlines: Now with all the brown ones removed

These are all from yesterday, actually. Nothing seemed to require urgent attention… Ryan Gosling “one of several actors being eyed” for The Lone Ranger Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) directs. Johnny Depp stars as Tonto. I’m still not feeling it. (Deadline) Sundance winner Like Crazy will go limited October 28 The love story starring (read…)

Weekend Forecast

Bertrand Tavernier’s The Princess of Montpensier It’s time once again for your Friday look at what’s new and notable in theaters: The Princess of Montpensier (****). Bertrand Tavernier’s period drama takes place amid the Catholic vs. Huguenot religious strife of 16th century France. Against this chaotic backdrop, a willful young woman (beautiful Melanie Thierry) is (read…)

Cannes announces 2011 lineup

Some of these have already been announced, but here’s the complete lineup for the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and it looks to be a good one. Highlights include Woody Allen, Pedro Almodovoar, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Takashi Miike, Lynne Ramsay, Paolo Sorrentino, Lars Von Trier, Nicolas Winding Refn, Jodie Foster, Gus Van Sant, Hong Sang-soo, Nadine (read…)

Headlines: 4/14/11

Updated throughout the day: 2nd trailer for Cowboys and Aliens It gives you a much clearer idea of what the whole thing is about without showing too much. Jon Favreau directs. Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford star. (Apple) Zemeckis to produce animated How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack How many more expensive duds does (read…)

DVD Pipeline: Finding the Way Back from Somewhere down the Rabbit Hole

Settling back into its regular Thursday slot, here’s the DVD Pipeline with the cream of the new DVD crop coming Tuesday 4/19. On tap this week are a couple of under-appreciated gems (The Way Back, Somewhere), a movie people were afraid to see because it sounded too depressing (Rabbit Hole, they were wrong) and the (read…)

IFFLA reviews: The Bengali Detective and Peepli Live

The Bengali Detective and his team of crime fighters The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles continues tonight with two films I had a chance to take a look at in advance. Both are worth a trip to the Arclight tonight, though you’ll have to pick one because they run 15 minutes apart. The first (read…)

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