James Bond “Skyfall”

Yeah. Bardem. Bring it. Trailer after the jump

Jackson reviews the “Forever Marilyn” Blu-ray collection

Forever Marilyn releases today, collecting seven of her best films and performances on Blu-ray, five of which are appearing in the format for the first time. These classic films have never looked or sounded better, and this collection is a great opportunity to revisit some acclaimed films and lesser-known gems from legendary directors, as well as (read…)

White Men Can’t Jump (1992) – Happy 50th Birthday, Wesley Snipes

White Men Can’t Jump (1992) Written and directed by Ron Shelton Marques Johnson as Raymond and Wesley Snipes as Sidney Deane. Raymond: What you gonna do man? You gonna teach class or play basketball? Sidney: Yo, I been teaching class on you all day. Taking you right to the clinic, baby.

I Heart Huckabees (2004)

I Heart Huckabees (2004) Screenplay by David O. Russell and Jeff Baena. Directed by David O. Russell. Jason Schwartzman as Albert Markovski. Albert (voiceover): Motherfucking, cocksucker, motherfucking, shit fucker. What am I doing? What am I doing? I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m doing the best that I can. I know that’s all I (read…)

Watercooler to the Gallows

At the end of 1957, a couple of years before he recorded the seminal Jazz album Kind of Blue, Miles Davis recorded the soundtrack for Louis Malle’s Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour l’échafaud). Coming in a bit before the French New Wave kicked off, Elevator was Malle’s first film and it turned actress Jeanne Moreau (read…)

Mister Roberts (1955)

Mister Roberts (1955) Directed by John Ford and Mervyn LeRoy William Powell Lt. “Doc” and Henry Fonda as Lt. (JG) Douglas A. “Doug” Roberts Roberts: He’s been reading God’s Little Acre for over a year now. He’s underlined every erotic passage and added exclamation points… and after a certain pornographic climax, he’s inserted the words (read…)

Rabbit Hood (1949)

Rabbit Hood (1949) Written by Michael Maltese and Directed by Charles M. Jones Bugs Bunny voiced by Mel Blanc Bugs Bunny (escaping Sherrif of Nottingham): What a mess! I shoulda gone to Worcestershestershistershire.

Three Kings (1999)

Three Kings (1999) Written and directed by David O. Russell Spike Jonze as Condrad Vig and George Clooney as Archie Gates (not pictured) Archie: I’m talkin’ about millions in Kuwaiti bullion. Conrad: You mean them little cubes you put in hot water to make soup?

Director Alison Klayman talks about “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry”

With a slate of documentaries that have since dominated the festival circuit and have been picked up for various forms of distribution, this year’s Sundance Film Festival was all about non-fiction film. One of those standouts is Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry for which filmmaker Alison Klayman won a Special Jury Prize for Spirit of Defiance. Ai Weiwei is one of China’s most prolific and controversial artists…

First Look: Tom Tykwer and Andy & Lana Wachowski’s “Cloud Atlas”

Directed by Tom Tykwer and Andy & Lana Wachowski from the novel by David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Xun Zhou, Keith David, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant. It opens October 26, 2012.

“Searching for Sugar Man” Singer/Songwriter Rodriguez

When I interviewed Searching for Sugar Man filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul, he recounted for me the Detroit mythology of singer/songwriter Rodriguez: “The people in Detroit, who were talking about this shadow man walking around dressed in black in the night, with his guitar on his back, never talking to anybody. He was the most intriguing person I’d ever heard about.” Rodriguez’s songs are consummately poetic, and often deeply bittersweet, both in the lyrics as well as in the arrangements and instrumentation…

#1 All the President’s Men (1976) – Jason Robards’ 90th Birthday

Jason Robards in Alan J. Pakula’s “All the President’s Men” (1976)

#2 Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) – Blake Edwards’ 90th Birthday

George Peppard and Audrey Hepburn in Blake Edwards’ “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961)

Ang Lee’s 3D “Life of Pi”

Director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) creates a groundbreaking movie event about a young man who survives a tragic disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While marooned on a lifeboat, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with the ship’s only other survivor — a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Dog Day Afternoon (1975) RIP Screenwriter Frank Pierson 1925 – 2012

Dog Day Afternoon (1975) Screenplay by Frank Pierson from an article by P.F. Kluge and Thomas Moore. Directed by Sidney Lumet. Al Pacino as Sonny Wortzik and Charles Durning as Det. Sgt. Eugene Moretti Sgt. Moretti: Come on. Quit while you’re ahead. All you got is attempted robbery. Sonny: Armed robbery. Sgt. Moretti: All right, (read…)

Margaret (2011) – Happy 30th Birthday, Anna Paquin

. Margaret (2011) Written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan Anna Paquin as Lisa Cohen and J. Smith-Cameron as her mother Joan (not pictured) Lisa: Where are you going? Joan: The opera. Lisa: Why are you going to the opera? Joan: Turns out he’s a really big opera fan. Anyway, don’t you think it sounds kinda (read…)

Director Malik Bendjelloul on his acclaimed music doc “Searching for Sugar Man”

Searching for Sugar Man director Malik Bendjelloul Photo by Sven-Ake Visen, Courtesy of Malik Bendjelloul/Sony Pictures Classics Searching for Sugar Man has already become one of the year’s most acclaimed documentaries, having won awards at Sundance, Tribeca, and the Los Angeles Film Festival. The film weaves together various narratives surrounding the enigmatic singer/songwriter Rodriguez who (read…)

The Ladykillers (2004) – Happy 40th Birthday, Marlon Wayans

The Ladykillers (2004) Written and directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen Marlon Wayans as Gawain MacSam Gawain: You brought yo’ bitch… to da Waffle Hut?

Jumpin Watercooler Jive

I don’t have to give you a rundown of the headlines to remind you the world is circling the toilet bowl. Everywhere you turn these days something horrible is happening. Whether its on the other side of the world or in our own backyards, the litany of bad news seems endless. Movies are supposed to (read…)

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984) Directed by W.D. Richter. John Lithgow as Dr. Emilio Lizardo Lizardo: Laugh-a while you can, monkey boy!

Falling Hare (1943)

Falling Hare (1943) Written by Warren Foster. Directed by Robert Clampett Bugs Bunny voiced by Mel Blanc Bugs Bunny: Ummm, uh, ehhh, What’s all the hubbub… bub?

The Queen of Versailles (2012)

Jackie Siegel, The Queen of Versailles Photographer Lauren Greenfield’s documentary The Queen of Versailles starts out as the story of billionaire couple David and Jackie Siegel and the building of their new Orlando mansion which was modeled after the royal palace outside Paris and, upon completion, would be the largest private residence in the United (read…)

Prashant Bhargava talks about his first feature film “Patang (The Kite)”

Patang (The Kite) Patang (The Kite) is the first feature film from Indian filmmaker Prashant Bhargava. With a bold vision of India and the world’s largest kite festival, and a sense of storytelling that included casting almost entirely non-actors and shooting long takes filled with vibrancy and vivid color, Bhargava has cemented for himself a (read…)

The Dark Knight (2008)

The Dark Knight (2008) Directed by Christopher Nolan Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne and Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth Alfred: Some men aren’t looking for anything logical like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master”

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The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

I’m not sure yet if it quite holds up to deeper scrutiny, but my in-the-moment response to The Dark Knight Rises is that it’s exactly what you’d want and expect for the concluding chapter of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. You’ve got the spectacle, the angst, the gloom, the thematic grandiosity and the gravity, but there’s (read…)

Director Lauren Greenfield on her Sundance award-winning doc about the American Dream “The Queen of Versailles”

Documentarian Lauren Greenfield has established herself as a deft observer of youth and pop culture, gender politics, and consumerism, both as a photographer and as an award-winning documentarian. Her latest documentary, The Queen of Versailles is an intimate and revealing portrait of David and Jackie Siegel and their eight children. Siegel founded and is the (read…)

Gotcha! (1985) – Happy 50th Birthday, Anthony Edwards

Gotcha! (1985) Directed by Jeff Kanew Anthony Edwards as Jonathan Moore and Linda Fiorentino as Sasha Banacek Sasha (with Czech accent): I am twenty-four. How old are you? Jonathan: I’m, uh, twenty-three. Sasha: Really? Jonathan: Yeah. Sasha: Oh, I would have thought you were about, mmm, eighteen… Jonathan: Oh, no. No. I’m, I’m twenty-three. Sasha: (read…)

Curiousity Killed the Cat: Pandering to the Internet Culture of “Now!” (Spoiler Free)

Though I do my best to be 100% spoiler free in writing about movies (at the very least not giving away anything that isn’t in a trailer), I try not to be too much of a hardass when others are more cavalier about it. While it irritates me to read a review that gives away (read…)

Batman Begins (2005)

Batman Begins (2005) Directed by Christopher Nolan Liam Neeson as Henri Ducard and Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne (not pictured) Henri Ducard: A vigilante is just a man lost in the scramble for his own gratification. He can be destroyed or… locked up. But if you make yourself more than just a man, if you (read…)

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