New Movie Releases for 4/13/12

Here are you are your new releases for the weekend. Also be sure to check out the Now Playing page with a more complete list of what’s doing in theaters with trailers and showtimes, etc. Monsieur Lazhar Solid performances from adult and child alike enliven Monsieur Lazhar and raise it above the ordinary inspirational teacher (read…)

Tiny Furniture (2010)

Tiny Furniture (2010) Written and directed by Lena Dunham Lena Dunham as Aura and David Call as Keith Keith: So, how’re… how’re things? Aura: Ummm… I’m really tired. I took three Klonopin and woke up next to a spoonful of peanut butter.

Monsieur Lazhar (2012)

Émilien Néron and Sophie Nélisse in Monsieur Lazhar (Courtesy of Music Box Films) Philippe Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar was nominated in this year’s foreign language Oscar category and it’s easy to see why. Based on the play Bachir Lazhar by Evelyn de la Cheneliere, it avoids the ordinary pitfalls of the standard “inspirational teacher” drama and (read…)

Woody Allen’s “To Rome With Love” to open the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival

via Press Release: LOS ANGELES (April 12, 2012) – Today the Los Angeles Film Festival (June 14 – 24), in conjunction with Presenting Media Sponsor the Los Angeles Times and Host Partner L.A. LIVE, announced the North American Premiere of Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love as the opening night film for the 2012 Festival. (read…)

The Incredibles (2004)

The Incredibles (2004) Written and directed by Brad Bird Dashiell “Dash” Parr voiced by Spencer Fox and Helen Parr voiced by Holly Hunter Dash: You always say, “Do your best,” but you don’t really mean it. Why can’t I do the best that I can do? Helen: Right now, honey, the world just wants us (read…)

Director Philippe Falardeau on his Oscar-nominated “Monsieur Lazhar”

Fellag as Bachir Lazhar in Philippe Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar (image courtesy of Music Box Films) After receiving an Oscar-nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, playing festivals all over the world including Sundance and Toronto, and winning six Genie awards (Canada’s Oscar equivalent), Monsieur Lazhar is getting a stateside release from Music Box Films, opening April (read…)

Cabaret (1972) – Happy 80th Birthday, Joel Grey

Cabaret (1972) directed by Bob Fosse Joel Grey as the Master of Ceremonies Master of Ceremonies: And now, presenting ze cabaret girls – Heide, Christina, Mausi, Helga, Betty und Inga – Each and every one… a wirgin. (audience laughs) Master of Ceremonies: You don’t believe me? Well, do not take my vord for it. Go (read…)

Singer/Songwriter Tom Russell – “Road to Nowhere”

Over the course of the last forty years, Tom Russell has evolved into arguably the greatest singer/songwriter currently writing and releasing albums. While many of his contemporaries (Russell is in his mid-sixties) are happy releasing compilations and performing nostalgia tours, Russell redefines Americana music and breaks through new barriers with each album and gig. Some (read…)

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) – Happy 80th Birthday, Omar Sharif

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Directed by David Lean Omar Sharif as Sherif Ali and Anthony Quinn as Auda abu Tayi Auda abu Tayi: Ali, does your father still steal? Sherif Ali: No. Does Auda take me for one of his own bastards? Auda abu Tayi: No, there is no resemblance. Alas, you resemble your father. (read…)

Screenwriter/Producer Steven Gaydos talks about Monte Hellman and “Road to Nowhere”

As I wrote in my piece about the best films of 2011, Steven Gaydos penned the year’s best screenplay in Road to Nowhere, director Monte Hellman’s (Two-Lane Blacktop) film-within-a-film-within-a-film story of intrigue, lust, obsession, and murder. Road to Nowhere combines the story of filmmaker Mitchell Haven’s (Tygh Runyan) creative crisis and film set torn asunder (read…)

Pillow Talk (1959)

Pillow Talk (1959) Directed by Michael Gordon Doris Day as Jan Morrow and Rock Hudson as Brad Allen Brad: Miss Morrow, why are you so fascinated with my personal affairs? Jan: I’m not fascinated, Mr. Allen. Revolted. Brad: You don’t see me going down to the phone company complaining about your affairs Jan: I have (read…)

Popeye the Watercooler Man

Harry Nilsson wrote this song for Robert Altman’s Popeye and it’s one of the sweetest moments in one of Altman’s most-maligned movies. Shelley Duvall’s awkward delivery somehow makes it even sweeter. Paul Thomas Anderson would later borrow the song for Punch Drunk Love where it perfectly reflected the queasy, off-kilter romance at the center of (read…)

Easter Yeggs (1947)

Easter Yeggs (1947) Story by Warren Foster. Directed by Robert McKimson. Elmer Fudd voiced by Mel Blanc Elmer Fudd: I’m waiting for the Easter Wabbit. When he comes in wookin’ so fwuffy and cute with his wittle basket of Easter eggs… BANG! Easter Wabbit stew!

Baseball Bugs (1946)

Baseball Bugs (1946) Story by Michael Maltese. Directed by Isadore “Friz” Freleng. Bugs Bunny voiced by Mel Blanc Bugs Bunny: Ehhh, watch me paste dis pat’etic palooka wit a powerful, paralyzing, poy-fect, pachy-doy-mous percussion pitch!

We Have a Pope (2012)

What if they picked a new Pope, but the chosen cardinal didn’t want the job and fled? That’s the basic conceit behind We Have a Pope (Habemus Papam) by writer/director Nanni Moretti (The Son’s Room). It’s a fertile set up for a religious farce, but Moretti has something a little more thoughtful in mind. There (read…)

Australian director Daniel Nettheim on his film “The Hunter” starring Willem Dafoe

Daniel Nettheim filming The Hunter – Photo by Matt Nettheim In Daniel Nettheim’s character drama/thriller The Hunter, Willem Dafoe stars as a professional hunter hired by a shady biotech concern to track, kill and extract the DNA of a Tasmanian tiger, an animal believed to have gone extinct 80 years ago but unverified sightings of (read…)

New Movie Releases for April 6, 2012

It’s time to Sambola everybody! Greta Gerwig and Adam Brody in Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress Things are looking up this weekend with Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress, but if none of these new releases, er, float your boat, be sure to check out the Now Playing page with a bunch more suggestions for your (read…)

The Bad News Bears (1976)

The Bad News Bears (1976) Directed by Michael Ritchie Gary Lee Cavagnaro as Engelberg, Alfred W. Lutter as Olgivie, Walter Matthau as Morris Buttermaker, Scott Firestone as Regi Tower, Quinn Smith as Timmy Lupus, Jaime Escobedo as Jose Agilar, Brett Marx as Jimmy Feldman, Erin Blunt as Ahmad Abdul Rahim, George Gonzales as Miguel Agilar, David (read…)

Director Jon Shenk talks about his doc “The Island President”

Jon Shenk on location with President Mohamed Nasheed – Photo by Lincoln Else “Observational documentary filmmaking is kind of like hunting when you’re really hungry. You’re never satisfied.” – Documentarian Jon Shenk “It won’t be any good to have a democracy if we don’t have a country.” – Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed The Island President (read…)

Greta Gerwig in “Lola Versus”

The official Fox Searchlight synopsis: “Greta Gerwig plays Lola, a 29-year-old woman dumped by her longtime boyfriend Luke (Joel Kinnaman) just three weeks before their wedding. With the help of her close friends Henry (Hamish Linklater) and Alice (Zoe Lister-Jones), Lola embarks on a series of desperate encounters in an attempt to find her place (read…)

Delicacy (2012)

Francois Damiens and Audrey Tautou in Delicacy [Delicacy previously opened in New York on March 14th and finally lands in Los Angeles on April 6] Just when I think every romantic bone in my body has been filleted, a movie comes along to remind me that deep down I’m still kind of a sap. Not (read…)

Whit Stillman, his career and his new film “Damsels in Distress”

Whit Stillman on the set of Damsels in Distress “One of the beautiful parts of doing Metropolitan…the one subject that certain film critics and film journalists do not consider themselves experts in, it’s debutante parties. They’re experts on absolutely everything else in creation, except for debutante parties. So they allowed us to make a film (read…)

Bull Durham (1988) – Baseball’s Opening Day

Bull Durham (1988) Written and directed by Ron Shelton Kevin Costner as Crash Davis and Stephen Ware as the Umpire Crash: That’s a cocksucking call! Umpire: Did you call me a cocksucker? Crash: No, I didn’t. Umpire: Did you call me a cocksucker? Huh? Crash: I said it was a cocksucking call. You can’t throw (read…)

Director David Brooks on his indie horror film “ATM”

Filmmaker David Brooks’ debut film, ATM, has been making the rounds on Video-On-Demand via the Independent Film Channel before its theatrical release Friday, April 6th.  ATM follows young professionals David (Brian Geraghty), Emily (Alice Eve), and Corey (Josh Peck) on a late-night run into an ATM vestibule in the middle of a desolate parking lot. (read…)

Michelle Williams in Sarah Polley’s “Take This Waltz”

All I can think of watching this trailer is how I don’t want to hear Seth Rogen laughing again. Ever.

Damsels in Distress (2012)

Carrie MacLemore, Greta Gerwig and Megalyn Echikunwoke are Damsels in Distress “You know the saying ‘Prevention is 9/10ths the cure?’ Well, in suicide it’s actually 10/10ths.” – Violet Whit Stillman’s fourth film, and his first since 1998’s The Last Days of Disco, is about relationships. It’s about suicide prevention. It’s about international dance crazes (the (read…)

Fear Strikes Out (1957) – Anthony Perkins’ 80th Birthday and Baseball’s Opening Night

Fear Strikes Out (1957) Directed by Robert Mulligan Anthony Perkins as Jim Piersall and Norma Moore as Mary Piersall Jim: See what he did to me? That Cronin suspending… suspending me, kicking me off the team for two weeks? I’m the one player on that team that plays to win games. I play to win (read…)

Woody Allen’s “To Rome with Love”

Opens in Italy on April 20th and in the US on June 22.

Rear Window Time Lapse

Rear Window Timelapse from Jeff Desom on Vimeo. So, this guy took all the different courtyard shots in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, stabilized them with After Effects and stitched them together to create this time lapse view of the events in the film. It’s oddly entertaining to watch. A bit more info here.  

The Goodbye Girl (1977) – Happy 70th Birthday, Marsha Mason

The Goodbye Girl (1977) Directed by Herbert Ross Richard Dreyfuss as Elliot Garfield and Marsha Mason as Paula McFadden Elliot: Okay. So what’s the deal, huh? I mean, I got a lease here in my pocket. You gonna honor it or what? Paula: I got a daughter in my bed. That tops a lease in (read…)





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