Weekend News du Jour: 6/11 – 6/12

Retro WWII-era Captain America: The First Avenger poster (Click to Enlarge) Monitoring the news all weekend so you can go outside and play. (above) Retro Poster: Captain America: The First Avenger There’s not much reason for me to hope that Marvel’s 2nd placeholder this summer for their upcoming Avengers extravaganza is going to be any (read…)

News du Jour: 6/10/11

Trailer: Colin Hanks and Ari Graynor in the indie serial killer comedy Lucky Pacino and Levinson squeezing off Roth novel The Humbling before Gotti pic Al and Barry most recently worked together on You Don’t Know Jack, which was actually not very good, but featured one of Pacino’s better recent screen performances. They’re set to (read…)

Weekend Forecast: Super Summer Arrives

Kyle Chandler, Joel McCourtney, Elle Fanning and Ron Eldard in Super 8 Super 8 is the wide-release highlight of the weekend, and indeed probably the entire summer. Also of note in limited release are the bitter Brit-com The Trip (review) and the lovely Dutch period romance Bride Flight (review). More importantly, Terrence Malick’s The Tree (read…)

Snooze du Jour: 6/9/11

Trailer: Errol Morris’ Tabloid I’m sure this will change as soon as I finish typing this or while I’m at a movie or something, but it’s been a dull day so far news-wise. Anyway, for better or for worse, here is your daily assemblage of news, nuggets and notables updated as needed: Suddenly ubiquitous Jason (read…)

The Trip (2011)

Edited together by director Michael Winterbottom from the 6-episode BBC comedy of the same name, The Trip stars Steve Coogan and frequent co-star and collaborator Rob Brydon as versions of themselves. When Coogan is hired by The Observer newspaper to take a trip through Northern England sampling the finest restaurants along the way, he envisions (read…)

News du Jour: 6/8/11

Daily headlines, updated throughout the day. Duplass Bros. may reteam with Jonah Hill for dramatic thriller Pitchfork 24 Frames says the new script by Mark and Jay Duplass (Baghead, Cyrus) that has been making the rounds tells the story of a vengeance seeking mother out to get a blogger who has said terrible things about (read…)

News du Jour: 6/7/11

Werner Herzog talks to Stephen Colbert about Cave of Forgotten Dreams News, nuggets and notables, updated throughout the day. Leonard DiCaprio flirting with Tarantino’s Django Unchained Deadline says he’s in early talks for the role of Calvin Candie, an evil rancher with a female sex slave club. Keep in mind that were talking about an (read…)

Bride Flight (2011)

Takes a while to kick into gear, but once it does it takes on the weight of history and delivers a bittersweet, emotionally satisfying finale

News du Jour: 6/6/11

US Trailer: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle in The Guard News, nuggets and notables, updated throughout the day: Director Antoine Fuqua and Eminem could team up for boxing drama Southpaw You can thank the success of The Fighter for this one. (24 Frames) Al Pacino offered lead in Imagine He’d play an aging rock star who (read…)


Well, I’ve already reviewed the movies I saw in theaters this weekend, X-Men: First Class is here and Beginners is here, so I’ll avoid discussing them much further here at the Watercooler. I did rewatch the first X-Men on Netflix streaming however. I think it has held up surprisingly well and it really highlights what’s (read…)

Beginners (2011)

Christopher Plummer is fantastic and Beginners is moving and funny, but one half is stronger than the other and the result is a movie that could’ve been great yet winds up merely good.

X-Men: First Class (2011)

“All of these superhero movies are starting to give me a migraine.” Well, X-Men: First Class is better than X-Men Unplugged or whatever Brett Ratner’s Turd the Third was called and it’s better than this summer’s first superhero movie Thor, but it’s not anything very special either. If “adequate” and “not terrible” are your hallmarks (read…)

Barry Logo-don

The Barry Lyndon opening as it should be I’ve been luxuriating in the goodness of the new Barry Lyndon blu-ray and it’s fantastic (I sleep with it on a pillow next to me each night), but I’ve got a small issue with it and indeed a lot of DVDs of classic films these days. No, (read…)

News du Jour: Weekend Update

News, nuggets and notables updated throughout the weekend if necessary. Trailer: Twilight: Breaking Dawn See Taylor Lautner take his shirt off less than 50 seconds in. Or don’t. (THR) Sony buys Sex Tape spec for “low seven-figures” The Kate Angelo spec (Sex Tape is a working title) sounds like a potentially randier take on Date (read…)

News du Jour: 6/3/11

Trailer: Bride Flight News, nuggets and notables updated throughout the day. David Arquette casts sister Patricia Arquette in Glutton The producers swear Patricia was their first choice even before David was hired on to direct. Yeah, sure. Anyway, Abraham Benrubi (ER) plays a 1,200-pound man confined to his bed because… he’s 1,200 pounds. Arquette will (read…)

Weekend Forecast: Submarine, Beginners and Godard, plus Malick and Allen expand

Ewan McGregor and Melanie Laurent in Mike Mills’ Beginners, LiC’s (unseen) pick of the week The LiC pick of the week this weekend is (the as yet unseen by me) Beginners. Submarine is also worth a look even if I wasn’t as crazy about it as its many fans. More important than both of those (read…)

DVD Pipeline: Gritty kitty

The DVD Pipeline has been AWOL the last couple of Thursdays, though it was a lack of anything to shout about rather than slackitude on the part of yours truly. There were a bevy of exciting Blu-ray releases – not the least of which was last Tuesday’s bombshell combo of Stanley Kubrick’s Lolita and Barry (read…)

News du Jour: 6/2/11

Trailer – Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest Save the Date for Alison Brie and Lizzie Caplan Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men) and Lizzie Caplan (True Blood, Cloverfield) play two sisters, one who is committed for the long term (Brie) and one who is a little less secure in her (read…)

Submarine (2011)

Oliver Tate is 15 years old and he’s got problems. First of all, he’s a virgin. To that end, he’s trying to make time with impish class troublemaker Jordana Bevan, an anti-romantic as dark as her hair. Then there is the quiet implosion of his parents’ marriage which in turn is complicated by new neighbor (read…)

I Love News du Jour in June, how about you?

French Poster: David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Click to Enlarge Ringing in June with news, nuggets and notables, updated throughout the day. Paramount cooking up Burton/Taylor romance for Scorsese Because Martin Scorsese doesn’t have his name on enough projects, Paramount is putting the pieces together on a movie about the romance between (read…)

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