Jackson takes a look at “The Three Stooges” on Blu-ray

When The Three Stooges opened in theaters this April, the film divided critics down the middle, earning a 50% at Rotten Tomatoes. Although the film did below average box office for a movie directed by the Farrelly Brothers (Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary), its $43 million domestic take was enough for it to (read…)

Donnie Brasco (1997)

Donnie Brasco (1997) Directed by Mike Newell Al Pacino as Benjamin “Lefty” Ruggiero Lefty: You don’t know the worries I got, Donnie. A woman like Annette, I can’t do right by her. I ain’t got t’ree bucks in my pocket. I put a bet on a horse, that horse don’t do what it’s supposed to (read…)

High Society (1956) – R.I.P. Celeste Holm

High Society (1956) Directed by Charles Walters Frank Sinatra as Mike Connor and Celeste Holm as Liz Imbrie Mike: Do you think she was born that way? Liz: No… it takes years! Mike: I know we’re being taken for a ride. Liz: Well, if we are, let’s enjoy the scenery.

It’s Zorba the Greek to me

This week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude is Mikis Theodorakis’ wonderful work for Michael Cacoyannis’ Zorba the Greek starring Anthony Quinn and Alan Bates. That’s literally it from my end this week. Now it’s y0ur turn. Has anyone been up to anything worth talking about at the movies lately? Lay it on me.

Rushmore (1998)

Rushmore (1998) written and directed by Wes Anderson Jason Schwartzman as Max Fischer and Bill Murray as Herman Blume. Herman: What’s the secret, Max? Max: The secret? Herman: Yeah, well, you seem to have it pretty figured out. Max: The secret, I don’t know, I… I think you just gotta find something you love to (read…)

Bound for Glory (1976) – Woody Guthrie’s 100th Birthday

Bound for Glory (1976) Screenplay by Robert Getchell from the autobiography by Woody Guthrie. Directed by Hal Ashby. Melinda Dillon as Mary Guthrie. David Carradine as Woody Guthrie. Mary: You’re spendin’ your whole life out there tryin’ to fix the world. You don’t do nothin’ to help our family. Woody: Hell! I brought you out (read…)

The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – Happy 70th Birthday, Harrison Ford

The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Screenplay by Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan from a story by George Lucas. Directed by Irvin Kershner. Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia and Harrison Ford as Han Solo. Leia: I hope you know what you’re doing. Han: Yeah, me too.

Teasing Sam Raimi’s “Oz the Great and Powerful”

The official blurbage: “Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s (read…)

Five Corners (1987)

Five Corners (1987) Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley. Directed by Tony Bill. John Seitz as Sullivan  and Gregory Rozakis as Mazola Mazola: You know, there used to be Indians around here. Sullivan: Is that right? Mazola: Sure. This whole area here was Indians. It was called Keskeskeck. Sullivan: Is that right? Mazola: Sure. Sullivan: What (read…)

David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis”

S.O.B. (1981)

S.O.B. (1981) Written and directed by Blake Edwards. Julie Andrews as Sally Miles, Robert Preston as Dr. Irving Finegarten and Richard Mulligan as Felix Farmer Sally: (Laughing) I’m gonna show my boobies! What do you think, Irving? You’ve seen my boobies. Are they worth showing? Irving: Well, since I can only render an evaluation based (read…)

“Margaret” Director’s Cut lands on DVD

  Even in a truncated form, Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret was one of the best movies of 2011. On the occasion of the DVD release of the longer director’s cut, be sure to check out the interview I did with the film’s star Anna Paquin for Awards Daily. Then by all means check out the DVD. (read…)

Jackson’s review of the “American Reunion” Blu-ray

When American Pie opened in July of 1999, the film grossed over $235 million worldwide, became a cultural phenomenon, and launched a four movie theatrical franchise that consistently proved to be as heartfelt as it was raunchy. In American Reunion, the whole cast of the first two American Pie movies reunites, and gives longtime fans (read…)

The Wild Bunch (1969) – RIP Ernest Borgnine

The Wild Bunch (1969) Written and directed by Sam Peckinpah from a story by Walon Green and Roy N. Sickner. Ernest Borgnine as Dutch Engstrom and William Holden as Pike Bishop (not pictured). Dutch: Hey, I’m down to about twenty in silver. Pike: Well, with the way the Generalissimo’s cleaned out this part of the (read…)

A chat with the producing team behind the Sundance hit “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Quvenzhane Wallis as “Hushpuppy” on the set of Beasts of the Southern Wild. Photo Credit: Jess Pinkham When it opened on June 27th in limited release, Beasts of the Southern Wild scored the weekend’s highest per-theater average, taking in $169,702 from four theaters. This past weekend, the film notched another strong showing as it expanded (read…)

Shaft (1971) – Happy 70th Birthday, Richard Roundtree

Shaft (1971) Directed by Gordon Parks Richard Roundtree as John Shaft and Gwenn Mitchell as Ellie Moore. Ellie (on the phone): You got problems, baby? Shaft: Yeah. I got a couple of ’em. I was born black and I was born poor.

You Only Watercooler Twice

This week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude is Nancy Sinatra singing the title song to the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice which was composed by the great John Barry with lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. In a perfect world, I’d have used an embed that included Maurice Binder’s typically wonderful title work, but none of (read…)

Barcelona (1994)

Barcelona (1994) Written and directed by Whit Stillman Chris Eigeman as Fred Boynton and Taylor Nichols as Ted Boynton. Ted: With all the controversy over NATO, I’m not sure this is the best time for a fleet visit. There’s a lot of anti-NATO feeling here. Fred: Anti-what? Ted: Anti-NATO. Fred: Anti-NATO? Ted: Yeah. Well, actually, (read…)

Plane Daffy (1944)

Plane Daffy (1944) Written by Warren Foster. Directed by Frank Tashlin. Daffy Duck voiced by Mel Blanc Daffy: Well, waddya know? The little light… it stays on!

Paper Moon (1973)

Paper Moon (1973) Directed by Peter Bogdanovich Tatum O’Neal as Addie Loggins and Ryan O’Neal as Moses Pray Moses: You don’t have to worry. I ain’t about to leave some poor little child stranded in the middle of nowhere. I’ve got scruples too, ya know. You know what that is? Scruples? Addie: No, I don’t (read…)

A chat with the cast of Mark and Jay Duplass’ “The Do-Deca-Penthlon”

Steve Zissis, Jennifer Lafleur and Mark Kelly in The Do-Deca-Pentathlon The Do-Deca Pentathlon, the latest film from indie filmmaking staples Jay and Mark Duplass (Baghead, Cyrus) is currently available on Video On-Demand and opens in theaters this Friday, July 6th. In addition to interviewing Mark and Jay in anticipation of their latest film being released, (read…)

A Face in the Crowd (1957) – RIP Andy Griffith

A Face in the Crowd (1957) Directed by Elia Kazan Andy Griffith as Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes Lonesome Rhodes (over the radio): Well I think I’ve sung at you enough for one mornin’ so uh, maybe I’ll wind up with a joke? Let’s see, uh… (laughs) Yeah, I got one: Sheriff Big Jeff Best! (laughs) You (read…)

Teasing Sam Raimi’s “Oz the Great and Powerful”

Team America: World Police (2004) – Happy Independence Day!

Team America: World Police (2004) Written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Pam Brady. Directed by Trey Parker. Spottswoode voiced by Daran Norris, I.N.T.E.L.L.I.G.E.N.C.E. voiced by Phil Hendrie. (Not pictured: Sarah voiced by Masasa, Chris voiced by Matt Stone and Gary voiced by Trey Parker) Spottswoode: Team, if the Durkadurkastani’s have weapons of mass destruction, (read…)

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

To put a twist on the tagline from the movie that kicked off the cinematic obsession with superheroes more than 30 years ago: when it comes to The Amazing Spider-Man, you’ll believe a man can cry. I mean that in a good way since this film scores a hit with the emotional beats which is rare for this kind of thing.

Indie filmmakers Mark and Jay Duplass on their latest comedy “Do-Deca-Pentathlon”

Mark Duplass (left) and Jay Duplass (right) Over the course of seven years and five feature films, brothers Jay and Mark Duplass have established their unique brand of filmmaking, often making low or no-budget films that feature stories of eccentric and loveable underdogs. Their first two films, The Puffy Chair and Baghead, were no-budget, handmade (read…)

Vanilla Sky (2001) – Tom Cruise’s 50th Birthday

Vanilla Sky (2001) Written and directed by Cameron Crowe from the film Abre Los Ojos. Tom Cruise as David Aames David (voiceover): My dreams are a cruel joke. They taunt me. Even in my dreams I’m an idiot who knows he’s about to wake up to reality. I can only avoid sleep… and I can’t. (read…)

Shane (1953)

Shane (1953) Directed by George Stevens Alan Ladd as Shane. Shane: Joey, there’s no living with… with a killing. There’s no going back from one. Right or wrong, it’s a brand. A brand sticks. There’s no going back. Now, you run on home to your mother and tell her… tell her everything’s all right and (read…)

Experiment in Watercoooler Terror

I’d be remiss in talking about movie soundtracks without featuring Henry Mancini at least once so this week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude is the theme from Blake Edwards’ Experiment in Terror. It’s not the most famous of the 30 collaborations between the two, but it’s a good one and typical of Mancini’s wonderful jazz-inflected themes. It (read…)

#1 Double Indemnity (1944) – James M. Cain’s 120th Birthday

Double Indemnity (1944) directed by Billy Wilder. Co-written by Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler from the novel by James M. Cain Fred MacMurray as Walter Neff and Barbara Stanwyck as Mrs. Phyllis Dietrichson Walter: Wish you’d tell me what was engraved on that anklet Mrs. Dietrichson: Just my name. Walter: As for instance? Mrs. Dietrichson: (read…)

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