Gotham nominations: Unleash the awards hounds!

Fasten your seat belts, Here’s your first batch of awards nominations: The 21st Gotham Independent Film Awards. Best Feature: Beginners Mike Mills, director; Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech, Miranda de Pencier, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, producers (Focus Features) The Descendants Alexander Payne, director; Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Meek’s Cutoff (read…)

The Fly (1986)

One of the best remakes ever

Trailer/Motion Poster: Daniel Radcliffe in The Woman in Black

Here’s a trailer for the new horror flick The Woman in Black starring Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe. It debuted during the Scream Awards on Spike TV last night. I’m having a hard time getting a feeling for this one, but I’m in a Halloween mood and there’s always room for creepy Victorian ghost horror in (read…)

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

A gracious host

Full lineup for AFI Fest: 11/3 – 11/10

AFI Fest has announced it’s full lineup for the festival which begins on November 3rd. Once again the festival will take place in and around Hollywood’s historic Chinese Theater and admission is absolutely free. You’ll still need a ticket for admission though and they’ll be available to AFI members at the AFI Fest website on (read…)

Trailer #2: The Adventures of Tintin

So it looks like I’m pretty much the only one around here who is optimistic about this one, and that’s ok. I’m guessing if you’re not convinced already, this trailer isn’t going to change anything, but here you go… via: Apple

Trailer #2: George Clooney in Alexander Payne’s The Descendants

Actually, I’m not sure if this is 2 or 3. 2 according to Apple, plus a clip. Anyway… In case you’ve forgotten what it’s all about: “From Alexander Payne, the creator of the Oscar-winning SIDEWAYS, set in Hawaii, THE DESCENDANTS is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (George Clooney) an indifferent husband (read…)

Scream (1996)

Drew Barrymore receives a disturbing phone call

Trailer: The Devil Inside

This trailer was kind of derivative of a lot of horror trailers these days, but something about the idea of the movie gets under my skin. I don’t know. Maybe I’ve just been watching too much horror lately. The Devil Inside opens January 6, 2012. via: Apple

Trailer: Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘Alps’

Yorgos Lanthimos’ follow-up to his odd Greek arthouse hit Dogtooth

The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

In silent films, no one can hear you scream

The horror… the horror!

Revisiting The Exorcist and The Shining and trying to see old favorites with new eyes

Euro-crickets tumble for Spielberg’s Tintin

Owing to Tintin’s Belgian origins, Europeans got a look at Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn long before their American cousins (We’ll see it December 23rd) and the early buzz so far is pretty fantastic.

The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist (1973) directed by William Friedkin Ellen Burstyn as Chris MacNeil, Jason Miller as Father Karras Chris MacNeil: You show me Regan’s double – same face, same voice, everything – and I’d know it wasn’t Regan. I’d know in my gut. I’m telling you that thing upstairs isn’t my daughter. Now, I want you (read…)

Broom-Stick Bunny (1956)

Halloween Quote of the day takes on a Saturday morning cartoon vibe

The Weekend Forecast I Live In

Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In starring Antonio Banderas is your pick of the week

Final Poster: Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary

Johnny Depp stars in the film based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson

UK Trailer: Michael Fassbender in Shame

Michael Fassbender reunites with his Hunger director Steve McQueen for the story of a sex addict whose lifestyle is upended when his sister (Carey Mulligan) turns up. This was one of the more highly buzzed films to hit the fall festival circuit and it received mostly good to great reviews. It opens in the US (read…)

Psycho (1960)

The Halloween themed Quote of the Day continues with one of the original classics

Trailer 2: The Muppets

I was accused of being cynical and movie-hating again yesterday in the Twitterverse but that person should see the goofy grin I get when the Muppets come on. Or maybe they should just bite me. Or better yet, they should see my goofy grin and then bite me. Anyway… I’ve actually been fairly skeptical about (read…)

Film Independent at LACMA in November

The Film Independent at LACMA presale for November happens today at 5pm for Film Independent, LACMA Film Club and New York Times Film Club members! This is a new film series curated by Elvis Mitchell (NPR’s The Treatment) that “offers classic and contemporary narrative and documentary films, artists and their influences, emerging auteurs, international showcases, (read…)

Trailer: Glenn Close is ‘Albert Nobbs’

Glenn Close reunites with director Rodrigo Garcia to play a woman who pretends to be a man to get a job as a butler in a high end Dublin hotel.

Frankenstein (1931)

The Halloween themed Quote of the Day continues with one of the original classics

Trailer: Sleeping Beauty

Critics I surveyed at the time gave a mixed response to this adult take on the Sleeping Beauty story, though it had several passionate fans as you can see from the pull quotes in the trailer. Emily Browning stars as a college student who turns to prostitution to make ends meet. Her specialty? Being drugged (read…)

Clips: The Rum Diary

Ordinarily I’m not to keen on running clips of movies, but The Rum Diary isn’t exactly a summer blockbuster. Besides, I wasn’t at all crazy about the trailer and I’m happy to see the clip above strikes a much less broad tone and that Depp isn’t doing his Thompson shtick quite so strongly. Here’s the (read…)

The Thing (1982)

The Thing (1982) directed by John Carpenter Donald Moffat as Garry, Richard Dysart as Dr. Copper, Keith David as Childs, Joel Polis as Fuchs, and Kurt Russell as R.J. MacReady. Garry: Well, now the radio’s gone… Childs: And so are the choppers. Dr. Copper:  Yeah, we’re completely cut off. Garry: All we can do now (read…)

Javier Bardem confirms he’s the next Bond villain

He apparently spilled the fact  on Nightline last night, but naturally offered no other details. Suggested title: The Man with the Pneumatic Bolt Gun. Well, it’s better than Skyfall. via: EW

Trailer: The Avengers

I’ve been saying for a little while that if they’re going to make this interesting, they’re going to have to get as much mileage as possible out of the very different personalities brought together for The Avengers. In other words: internal conflict. These aren’t nuanced, richly drawn characters. They’re more like icons or archetypes and (read…)

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Night of the Living Dead (1968) directed by George A. Romero

Trailer: Roman Polanski’s ‘Carnage’

We saw a Venice Film Festival trailer for Carnage some time back and now here’s the official US version in anticipation of the December 16th release. I pointed skipped reading reviews after its debut, but there’s a good roundup of them over at MUBI if you’re so inclined. Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, Jodie Foster and (read…)





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