The Hypo-Chondri-Cat (1959)

The Hypo-Chondri-Cat (1959) Directed by Chuck Jones Claude Cat voiced by Mel Blanc Claude Cat: Oh dear! I hope I didn’t get in that draft. I might catch a cold and it might turn into pneumonia (gulp)… or ATHLETE’S FOOT!

New Releases for the Weekend of March 30, 2012

The movie calendar is really starting to heat up and there are several excellent new limited releases this week. There are also a bunch of holdovers from previous weeks you might not have gotten around to seeing yet, so be sure to check out the Now Playing page. The Island President Proof that sometimes the (read…)

The African Queen (1951)

The African Queen (1955) Directed by John Huston Humphrey Bogart as Charlie Allnut and Kathryn Hepburn as Rose Sayer Rose: If we were to fill those cylinders with that blasting gelatin and then fix them so that they would stick out over the end of the boat and then run the boat against the side (read…)

Bully (2012)

Alex Libby, one of five stories in Lee Hirsch’s Bully Lee Hirsch’s powerful new documentary Bully movingly tells the story of five kids who are among the more than 13 million children the Department of Education estimates are bullied in schools each year. On one hand, it’s true that bullying of one form or another (read…)

All About Eve (1950)

All About Eve (1950) Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz George Sanders as Addison DeWitt and Anne Baxter as Eve Harrington Addison: I have not come to New Haven to see the play, discuss your dreams or pull the ivy from the walls of Yale. I have come here to tell you that you will not (read…)

3rd Annual TCM Classic Film Festival keeps getting better

We’re just a couple of weeks away from the 3rd Annual TCM Classic Film Festival and the slate just keeps getting more exciting. The bulk of the extensive four-day lineup has already been announced (details at the official site), but a new opening night screening has been added of Cole Porter’s High Society with Grace (read…)

16th COL-COA Film Festival announces lineup, bio “My Way” and French smash “Intouchables” bookend

Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy in COL•COA Closing Night Film The Intouchables Billed as the largest festival in Hollywood dedicated to foreign cinema, City of Lights, City of Angels (COL•COA) has been bringing the best of French cinema from Paris to Los Angeles for the last decade and a half. This will be the first (read…)

Carlito’s Way (1993)

Carlito’s Way (1993) Directed by Brian De Palma Sean Penn as David Kleinfeld and Al Pacino as Carlito Brigante Carlito: You remember a guy named Clyde Bassie? Got out of the joint a couple years ago. Anyway, he went down to the Bahamas, Paradise Island, and he got this car rental place. Used to talk (read…)

Director Lee Hirsch on his powerful new documentary “Bully”

Director Lee Hirsch and Alex Libby “Some of the poorest schools in this country have some of the best school climates. It’s not money. It’s commitment. It’s care. It’s ‘Do we value social and emotional learning as much as we do hard numbers testing?’” – Lee Hirsch A tragic increase in suicide rates among kids, (read…)

Weinstein rejects R rating, “Bully” doc to go out unrated

After a failed appeal to overturn the MPAA’s R rating based on language, The Weinstein Company yesterday opted to take the unconventional step of releasing their new documentary Bully without a rating at all. The idea is that the film’s target audience of teenagers will be able to see the film this way. On the (read…)

Romeo and Juliet (1968) – Happy 70th Birthday, Michael York

Romeo and Juliet (1968) Directed by Franco Zeffirelli from the play by William Shakespeare. Michael York as Tybalt and Bruce Robinson as Benvolio Tybalt: What? Art thou drawn among these heartless hinds? (Draws sword) Turn thee, Benvolio. Look upon thy death. Benvolio: I do but keep the peace. Now, put away your sword or manage (read…)

No Country for Old Men (2007)

No Country for Old Men (2007) Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen Kelly Macdonald as Carla Jean Moss and Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh (not pictured) Carla Jean: You got no cause to hurt me. Chigurh: No, but I gave my word. Carla Jean: You gave your word? Chighurh: To your husband. Carla (read…)

Watercoolers, Zithers and Third Men

Inspired by the recent Movie Quote of the Day, this week’s Watercooler musical selection is Anton Karas’ memorable work from The Third Man. This is the film’s dryly melancholic final scene and the music is a quieter, sadder reworking of the jaunty, bemused opening theme. The change in moods fits Holly Martins’ character arc to (read…)

The Deep Blue Sea (2012)

Terence Davies returns to the bad old good old days of post-War England by way of Terrence Rattigan’s 1952 play The Deep Blue Sea. Against the backdrop of an emotionally repressed and class conscious country still reeling from the deprivations of war but with the social revolution of the 1960s not yet in sight, a (read…)

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999) Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch John Tormey as Louie, Cliff Gorman as Sonny Valerio, Henry Silva as Ray Vargo and Joe Rigano as Joe Rags. Louie: For the past four years, this guy’s done maybe twelve perfect contracts. Perfect. Like a ghost. He’s very valuable. He’s (read…)

A Broken Leghorn (1959)

A Broken Leghorn (1959) Directed by Robert McKimson Foghorn Leghorn voiced by Mel Blanc Foghorn Leghorn: Heh, heh. He’s so dumb, he thinks a Mexican border pays rent. Heh, heh, heh.

The Hunger Games (2012)

The first Living in Cinema rule for literary adaptations, also known as The Da Vinci Code Rule, says that a movie shouldn’t feel like it takes longer to watch than the book upon which it is based took to read. Clocking in at almost 2 1/2 hours and feeling even longer, The Hunger Games is (read…)

New Releases for the Weekend of March 23, 2012

Iko Uwais in The Raid: Redemption, your LiC Pick of the Week Everyone is pretty much getting the hell out of the way of the juggernaut that is The Hunger Games. If you’re not in the mood to get your tween on, check out the terrific action picture The Raid: Redemption which is being served (read…)

“Last Days Here” directors Don Argott and Demian Fenton

Listening to the early recordings of the heavy metal band Pentagram, songs including “Forever My Queen,” “Earth Flight,” and “Last Days Here,” it’s easy to see why their small but devoted fan base considers them to have been one of the best bands of the early seventies. Their raw recordings manage to feel angrier than (read…)

Grizzly Man (2005)

Grizzly Man (2005) Directed and narrated by Werner Herzog Werner Herzog (voiceover): What haunts me is that, in all the faces of all the bears that Treadwell ever filmed, I discover no kinship, no understanding, no mercy. I see only the overwhelming indifference of nature. To me, there is no such thing as a secret (read…)

Gareth Huw Evans talks about this martial arts sensation “The Raid: Redemption”

[Be sure also to check out my review of the film as well as Jackson’s interview with the film’s co-composer Joseph Trapanese] Following an incredible reception at last fall’s Toronto Film Festival The Raid: Redemption has been picked up for distribution for Sony Pictures Classics, screened at Sundance, and already become a cult phenomenon before (read…)

Paramount “reimagining” Huck Finn, Imagine re-adapting 1984

Paramount says their new take on Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer called “Huck” will have supernatural elements and be “in the vein of Snow White and the Huntsman.” Ugh. via: THR Meanwhile. Imagine is cooking up another film version of George Orwell’s dystopian classic 1984. That’s potentially not a terrible idea as long (read…)

Abigail Breslin joins Halle Berry in “The Hive”

This is the one that used to be a Joel Schumacher film, but then turned into something someone might actually want to pay to see when The Machinist director Brad Anderson took over. Halle Berry plays a 911 operator who must save a young girl from a serial killer. Abigail Breslin will of course be (read…)

Ratner negotiating to direct “Midnight Run 2”

Robert DeNiro is involved, but there’s no word if Charles Grodin will come back. Even less promising than the fact that Brett Ratner is the director is the fact the screenplay is being re-written by David Elliot and Paul Lovett who are the geniuses behind G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. If I wanted to (read…)

David O. Russell attached to direct “American Bullshit”

The 2012 Black Listed script recalls the Abscam scandal of the early ’80s when the FBI netted several political officials including US Senator Pete Williams in a sting operation utilizing a phony Shiek pretending to be looking to buy US citizenship. After several years in movie jail, David O. Russell bounced back in 2010 with (read…)

Last Days Here (2012)

[Note: Last Days Here previously opened in New York on March 2nd. I’m reviewing it now in anticipation of the film’s LA premiere Friday night at Cinefamily on Fairfax, just up the street from Canter’s Delicatessen, home of the best corned beef reuben in Los Angeles. Filmmaker Don Argott and his producer Sheena Joyce will (read…)

David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis” starring Robert Pattinson gets a Euro-teaser

Ok, you can pretty much stow any and all worries you may have had about Robert Pattinson in David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis. This very much looks to be something of a return to an earlier tone from Cronenberg. Consider my skepticism erased. via: Your good pals at Twitch

Baby Doll (1956) – Karl Malden’s 100th Birthday

Baby Doll (1956) Directed by Elia Kazan and screenplay by Tennessee Williams from his play 27 Wagons Full of Cotton Karl Malden as Arthur Lee Meighan and Carroll Baker as Baby Doll Meighan Arthur Lee: Well, what’re you waitin’ for? Oh now, come on. Get into the car! Baby Doll: I will get in the (read…)

The Raid: Redemption (2012)

Iko Uwais in Gareth Evans’ The Raid: Redemption The blazing Indonesian martial arts flick The Raid: Redemption from Welshman Gareth Evans (Merantau) burst onto the scene to breathless reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011. All too often, however, genre pictures that are endlessly hyped on the festival circuit wind up disappointing when (read…)

Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay to star in Winter’s Tale

No, not the play by Shakespeare, the 1983 novel by Mark Helprin which takes place in a mythical New York City around the turn of the 20th Century and the present day. Findlay will play a dying woman who falls in love with the thief who breaks into her swank West Side mansion. Well that (read…)

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