Jackson’s DVD Review: In Time

Though In Time split mainstream audiences and repelled critics upon its release last fall, it echoes Logan’s Run and Blade Runner and it works as a modern-day allegory of America’s political discourse. It’s an intelligently written and directed sci-fi that should prove a delight for fans of the genre. In Time hits shelves on Blu-Ray (read…)

Jackson’s DVD review: The Big Year

The Big Year hits shelves on Blu-Ray and DVD today. Check out my in-depth interview with director David Frankel here, on crafting one of last year’s underappreciated gems. Here’s a look at the Blu-Ray release, where I’ll once again help you answer the question of whether or not you should make sure to take the (read…)

Director David Frankel on his film The Big Year, out on DVD today

Steve Martin, director David Frankel and Jack Black on the set of The Big Year One of the biggest mistakes critics and audiences made last year was the complete dismissal of The Big Year. I include myself in that statement, as I saw it just recently. The lack of box office and mixed-at-best reviews were (read…)

The Kid from Spain (1932) – Eddie Cantor’s 120th Birthday

The Kid from Spain (1932) directed by Leo McCarey Eddie Cantor as Eddie Williams and Robert Young as Ricardo Eddie (reacting to the news he’s been expelled for breaking into the girls’ dormitory): What’s a diploma anyway? It’s only a license to go out and look for a job.

Before Sunrise (1995)

Before Sunrise (1995) directed by Richard Linklater Julie Delpy as Celine Celine: You know, my parents have never really spoken of the possibility of my falling in love or getting married or having children. Even as a little girl, they wanted me to think of a future career as a… you know… an interior designer (read…)

The Grey (2012)

“No, I can’t believe I’m the guy from Schindler’s List either, but hey, at least this isn’t The A-Team.” If you go to the multiplex to see an action movie in January, you take your chances and you can’t really complain too much if you come away disappointed. I went into Liam Neeson’s new survival (read…)

Grey Matter

I had epic plans for shaking off winter movie ennui by hitting the multiplex and breaking off three action movies in a row this weekend. Sadly, I started with The Grey which was surprisingly terrible considering the aggregated Rotten Tomato score. Between that and approximately 10 trailers that all looked horrible (two of which featured (read…)

SAG Awards: A big night for The Help

So… Ensemble, Actress and Supporting Actress for The Help. No real surprises, though I didn’t see a lot of people besides me predicting Jean Dujardin. Whatever else you might think of The Artist, Dujardin was the best part of it. Overall I got 4 out of 5 right, missing out on Viola Davis for lead (read…)

Harold and Maude (1971)

Harold and Maude (1971) directed by Hal Ashby Eric Christmas as the priest and Ruth Gordon as Maude Priest: Were you not the lady who drove my car off yesterday? Maude: Was that the one with the Saint Christopher medal on the dashboard? Priest: Yes. Maude: Then I suppose it was me. Get in Harold. (read…)

The 2012 DGA Awards: Harvey Weinst… er Michel Hazanavicius

Directors Martin Scorsese, Alexander Payne, Michel Hazanavicius and David Fincher attend the 64th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards Meet the Nominees Breakfast held at the DGA on January 28, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for DGA) In a turn of events that surprised absolutely no one, Michel Hazanavicius won (read…)

Willem Dafoe in “The Hunter”

“THE HUNTER is the story of Martin, a skilled and ruthless mercenary sent into the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for a tiger believed to be extinct. Hired by an anonymous company that wants the tiger’s genetic material, Martin arrives in Tasmania posing as a scientist. He proceeds to set up base camp at a (read…)

Pollock (2000) – Jackson Pollock’s 100th Birthday

Pollock (2000) directed by Ed Harris Marcia Gay Harden as Lee Krasner and Ed Harris as Jackson Pollock Lee: What’s this? I see the head, the body. This isn’t cubism Jackson because you’re not really breaking down the figure into multiple views. You’re just showing us one side. And what is this? Free Association? Automatism? (read…)

The 2012 DGA Awards: Who should win and who will

The Directors Guild of America are handing out their awards tomorrow night over dinner. Here are the nominees followed by my rationale and my picks for who should win and who will win Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris David Fincher, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Michel Hazanavicius, The (read…)

The 2012 SAG Awards: Who should win and who will

Wherein the Screen Actors Guild rewards its own (Sunday night) and I think about it much more than I ever planned to. Note that I’m only looking at the movie awards. I have no idea who should or will win in the television categories. Outstanding Performance By a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Demian (read…)

Rogue wolves, Oscar expansions and Declaration of War

Jeremie Elkaim and Valerie Donzelli in Declaration of War, your LiC pick of the week If you live in New York or Los Angeles, go see Declaration of War this weekend. If you’re in the mood for cheap January action thrills, go see Liam Neeson in The Grey.  If you’re intrigued by the Oscar nominations, (read…)

“Lockout,” brought to you by the colors orange and blue

Right around the time you were getting tired of the overuse of the orange/blue complimentary color scheme in movie posters, some dope had they bright idea: “Hey, let’s make a whole movie in orange and blue!” et voila: Lockout. Sadly, the chief effect is to emphasize that the movie itself looks about as cliched and (read…)

Alice in Wonderland (1951) – Lewis Carroll’s 180th Birthday

Alice in Wonderland (1951) directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson and Hamilton Lusk from the novels Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll Alice voiced by Kathryn Beaumont and Caterpillar voiced by Richard Haydn Caterpillar: Who… are… you? Alice: Why, I.. I.. I hardly know, sir. I’ve changed so many (read…)

Winslet, Keener reunite with Charlie Kaufman on “Frank or Francis”

Kate Winslet who was absolutely terrific in the Charlie Kaufman-penned Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Catherine Keener who was nominated for an Oscar for Being John Malkovich (also written by Kaufman) have both signed up for Kaufman’s sophomore directorial effort Frank or Francis, the musical comedy about a successful director (Steve Carrell) who (read…)

Downton Abbey’s Bonneville signs up for crime thriller “Dead Simple”

Every time Hugh Bonneville comes on screen in Downton Abbey, I think “Damn, I wish that guy was Colin Firth.” Here’s hoping that doesn’t happen with this adaptation of Peter James’ crime novel Dead Simple the first in a popular series featuring Roy Grace (Bonneville), a detective with a taste for the supernatural whose own (read…)

Monty Python could reunite for “Absolutely Anything”

Monty Python alum Terry Jones is directing the sci-fi farce mixing CGI and live action from a script he’s been developing for 20 years. Jones says it’s not a Monty Python picture but it “certainly has that sensibility.” Jones, Michael Palin, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle would voice a group of aliens who (read…)

Paul Giamatti joins Hailee Steinfeld in “Romeo and Juliet”

Paul Giamatti will play Friar Lawrence, pretty much the main guy to blame in the whole star-cross’d lovery mess. His intentions are good, but he’s the guy who sets up the marriage between Romeo and Juliet in the hope of ending the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets in the first place and he’s (read…)

WB close to getting Spielberg for their Moses pic

It’s called Gods And Kings and it’s not your grandfather’s Ten Commandments. According to “insiders” this is envisioned as a “Braveheart-ish vrsion of the Moses story.” Less gloss than DeMille and more grit. Color me skeptical, but then I underestimated Spielberg’s horsey war movie too and it was a lovely surprise. I don’t need to (read…)

Patton (1970)

Patton (1970) directed by Franklin J. Schaffner George C. Scott as General George S. Patton Patton (surveying the US victory): Rommel… you magnificent bastard, I read your book!!

O Canada! Meet the two Oscar nominees from north of the border

Congratulations to the National Film Board of Canada and the filmmakers for yesterday’s two Animated Short Oscar nominations, one for Patrick Doyon’s Sunday (Dimanche) and another for Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby’s Wild Life. The animated short category is reliably one of my favorites come Oscar time and this year promises to uphold the tradition. (read…)

Patrick Doyon talks about his Oscar-nominated animated short “Sunday”

[Editor’s Note: This interview was conducted after Sunday was short-listed but before it was nominated for the Oscar] The Oscar-nominated animated short Dimanche/Sunday is a timeless and whimsical look at a child living in a small Canadian town during a period of hardship and how the child’s imagination helps color the world around him. I (read…)

Actor Nicol Williamson: 1935 – 2011

I’m less crazy about Excalibur than I was in high school, but it’s sad to learn that Nicol Williamson, best known to movie fans as Merlin in the 1981 John Boorman film, died back in December after a battle with cancer of the esophagus. The noted stage actor is also remembered by me for playing (read…)

The Hours (2002) – Viriginia Woolf’s 130th Birthday

The Hours (2002) directed by Stephen Daldry Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf Virginia: My life has been stolen from me. I’m living in a town I have no wish to live in. I’m living a life I have no wish to live. How did this happen? It is time for us to move back to (read…)

In other un-casting news: Demi Moore drops out of Lovelace

Amid gossip reports that Demi Moore was hospitalized Monday evening for “exhaustion” and has, according to a statment “chosen to see professional assistance to treat her exhaustion and improve her overall health,” Moore has dropped out of Lovelace, the story of 70s porn star Linda Lovelace. Moore had signed up for what mostly amounted to (read…)

Zeta-Jones reunites with Soderbergh on “Side Effects”

Though it’s been reported that billionairess Megan Ellison’s Anapurna Pictures has pulled out of the film, Traffic star Catherine Zeta-Jones has joined Contagion alum Jude Law and Haywire co-star Channing Tatum in Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects. Written by Contagion screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, this is the pic that Soderbergh latched onto when his gig on (read…)

Lily Collins turns down Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead remake

Hey, remember 5 minutes ago when The Blind Side star Lily Collins was in “final negotiations” for a Sam Raimi produced sorta-redo of Evil Dead? Yeah, forget about it… I mean to the extent you hadn’t already. via: Playlist (by way of Variety correspondent Twitter feed. Yes you read that correctly)

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