The Mummy (1932) – Happy Halloween

The Mummy (1932) Directed by Karl Freund Edward Van Sloan as Dr. Muller, Arthur Byron as Sir Joseph Whemple and Bramwell Fletcher as Ralph Norton Sir Joseph (reading): “Death… eternal punishment… for… anyone… who… opens… this… casket. In the name of Amon-Ra… the king of the gods.” Good heavens, what a terrible curse! Ralph: Well, (read…)

Oscar Podcast #5 – Best Actress, Cloud Atlas Post Mortem, Politics

Don’t be daunted by the nearly 2 hour run time of this episode. The whole second half is just Sasha, Ryan and I bitching about politics, because honestly nothing else really seems to matter right now – certainly not the awards race. If you don’t care about Oscars, you could certainly skip ahead to the (read…)

Burn: A Year on the Front Lines to Save the City of Detroit (2012)

Hammered by a terrible economy, the struggling auto industry and the attendant crime and social problems, the city’s population has dropped from over 1.8 million people in 1950, to just over 700,000 today. The new documentary Burn: One Year on the Front Lines to Save the City of Detroit examines the crumbling city from the perspective of the crew of Engine Company 50…

Bernie (2012)

Bernie (2012) Directed by Richard Linklater Sonny Davis as a Townsperson Townsperson: Carthage is in East Texas and that’s totally different from the rest of Texas which could be five different states, actually. You got your West Texas out there with a bunch of flat ranches. Up north you got them Dallas snobs with their (read…)

High Noon (1952)

High Noon (1952) Directed by Fred Zinnemann Otto Kruger as Judge Percy Mettrick Mettrick: No time for a lesson in civics, my boy. In the fifth century BC, the citizens of Athens having suffered grievously under a tyrant managed to depose and banish him. However, when he returned some years later with an army of (read…)

RIP Cloud Atlas

This week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude is from the late lamented Cloud Atlas which landed in theaters on Friday with mostly a collectively shrug from critics and utter disinterest from audiences. Is it really any wonder that Hollywood keeps cranking out sequels and remakes and comic book movies? Why take a chance on something bold and (read…)

The Battle of Britain (1969)

The Battle of Britain (1969) Directed by Guy Hamilton Ralph Richardson as Sir David Kelly and Curt Jürgens as Baron von Richter Von Richter: What’s left of your army abandoned its weapons at Dunkirk. You’re defenseless and just playing for time. We know of the moves you’re making in Washington. We know the Americans won’t (read…)

School of Rock (2003)

School of Rock (2003) Directed by Richard Linklater. Jack Black as Dewey Finn Dewey: Dude, I service society by rocking. OK? I’m out there on the front lines, liberating people with my music. Rockin’ ain’t a walk in the park, lady!

Quantum of Solace (2008) – JB50

Quantum of Solace (2008) Marc Forster Daniel Craig as James Bond and Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter Bond: You know, I was just wondering what South America would look like if nobody gave a damn about coke or communism. It’s always impressed me the way you boys would carve this place up. Leiter: I’ll take (read…)

Pusher (2012)

With the relative success of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, I suppose it’s inevitable a producer would scour the Danish director’s filmography for a gritty gem that could be reworked for an English speaking audience. That’s what’s happened with the crime-thriller Pusher, Refn’s low budget 1996 bid to break into the movie business which proved popular enough to generate a couple of sequels.

The Other Son (2012)

  As much as possible, I go into screenings not really knowing anything in advance about the movie in question. Obviously with higher profile movies I’m aware of general buzz or often it’s a movie I’ve been anticipating and following based on the talent involved, but once in a while I walk into a movie (read…)

Casino Royale (2006) – JB50

Casino Royale (2006) Directed by Martin Campbell Daniel Craig as James Bond and Eva Green as Vesper Lynd Vesper: Am I going to have a problem with you, Bond? Bond: No. Don’t worry. You’re not my type. Vesper: Smart? Bond: Single.

Evil Dead reborn

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised they’re going more for the scary and gross route this time instead of the funny and gross. It makes sense and it’s probably a good movie. Did it work? I don’t know. We’ll find out next April.

Die Another Day (2002) – JB50

Die Another Day (2002) Directed by Lee Tamahori Rosamund Pike as Miranda Frost Miranda Frost: Remember, I know all about you Double-oh-seven. Sex for dinner, death for breakfast. Well, it’s not gonna work with me.

The World is Not Enough (1999) – JB50

The World is Not Enough (1999) Directed by Michael Apted Pierce Brosnan as James Bond and Patrick Malahide as Lachaise (not pictured) Lachaise: I’m merely the middle man and I’m just trying to do the honorable thing, returning the money to its rightful owner. Bond: Mmm, and we know how difficult that can be for (read…)

Oscar Podcast the Fourth

This week on the Oscar Podcast, Sasha, Ryan and I talk mostly about the Best Actor race – Daniel Day Lewis, Joaquin Phoenix, Denzel Washington – and we air out Elvis Mitchell’s wonderful interview with Phoenix in Interview Magazine. I highly recommend you check out the interview whether you listen to the podcast or not.

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) – JB50

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) Directed by Roger Spottiswoode Pierce Brosnan as James Bond and Samantha Bond as Miss Moneypenny Moneypenny (on the phone): James? James? Where are you? Bond: Oh. Moneypenny. I’m just up here at Oxford… brushing up on a little Danish.

Watercooler Royale

Another Watercooler, another slice of Bond for the Watercooler Musical Interlude. The first movie called Casino Royale (1967) is excluded from the purist’s James Bond canon, but this is a great theme anyway if you’re into the whole Herb Alpert/Burt Bacharach sound… and I am. Producer Charles K. Feldman scored the film rights to the (read…)

GoldenEye (1995) – JB50

GoldenEye (1995) Directed by Martin Campbell Judi Dench as “M” and Pierce Brosnan as James Bond M: You don’t like me, Bond. You don’t like my methods. You think I’m an accountant – a bean counter more interested in my numbers than your instincts. Bond: The thought had occurred to me. M: Good, because I (read…)

Licence to Kill (1989) – JB50

Licence to Kill (1989) Directed by John Glen Robert Davi as Franz Sanchez and Pedro Armendariz Jr. as President Hector Lopez (not pictured) President Lopez: There’s been a mistake with my check. Look at it. It’s half the usual amount. Sanchez: You were very quiet when I was arrested. Remember, you are only president… for (read…)

The Living Daylights (1987) – JB50

The Living Daylights (1987) Directed by John Glen Timothy Dalton as James Bond and Maryam d’Abo as Kara Milovy Kara: You were fantastic! We’re free. Bond: Kara, we’re inside of a Russian airbase in the middle of Afghanistan.

Olivia Thirlby gets a roundtable grilling about her character in “Nobody Walks”

Roundtable interviews are always hit and miss affairs with a lot of silly questions punctuated by occasionally insightful ones, but smart, thoughtful and talented people like Olivia Thirlby have a knack for giving interesting responses no matter what. She was in Los Angeles recently to talk about her new film Nobody Walks directed by Ry Russo-Young and written by Russo-Young and current “it” girl Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture, HBO’s Girls).

Gotham Independent Film Award Nominations – Bernie, The Master, Middle of Nowhere, Moonrise Kingdom

Gotham nominee Emayatzy Corinealdi and David Oyelowo in Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere Press Release: New York, NY (October 18, 2012) – The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers announced today the nominees for the Gotham Independent Film Awards™.  Signaling the kick-off to the film awards season, IFP’s (read…)

A View to a Kill (1985) – JB50

A View to a Kill (1985) Directed by John Glen Roger Moore as James Bond and Christopher Walken as Max Zorin Zorin: You lost, Double-oh-seven. Bond: Killing Tibbett was a mistake. Zorin: I’m about to make the same mistake twice. Bond: My department know I’m here. When I don’t report, they’ll retaliate. Zorin: If you’re (read…)

Octopussy (1983) – JB50

 Octopussy (1983) John Glen Roger Moore as James Bond and Desmond Llewellyn as “Q” Bond: You wouldn’t have a small piece of thread in there, would you Q? Someone seems to have stuck a knife in my wallet. Q: Oh, they missed you. What a pity.

Win a copy of Jonathan Demme’s “Neil Young Journeys”

Jonathan Demme’s third collaboration with Neil Young (my review) lands on DVD today. You can pick up a copy over at Amazon OR you can try your luck winning one courtesy of the fine folks at Sony Home Entertainment. Simply drop me a line ( contact [at] livingincinema [dot] com ) with your favorite Neil (read…)

Teasing Chloe Moretz as “Carrie”

Brian De Palma’s adaptation of Steven King’s Carrie is one of the all time greats. That’s not to say that Kimberly Pierce can’t also do a wonderful and significantly different job and I like the casting of Chloe Moretz who shows real potential to transcend her little girl roots. At the same time, I don’t have a lot of faith in the current state of cinema that MGM even WANTS an interesting movie….

For Your Eyes Only (1981) – JB50

For Your Eyes Only (1981) Directed by John Glen Topol as Milos Columbo and Carole Bouquet as Malina Havelock Columbo: Should’ve brought more of my people. Malina: James is counting on surprise. Columbo: But we are only five men. Malina: And one woman.

Awards Daily Oscar Podcast Episode 3 – Holy Motors, Anna Karenina and Cloud Atlas

Here’s Episode 3 of the Oscar Podcast wherein I join Sasha Stone and Ryan Adams of Awards Daily to talk about movies with an eye toward the coming awards season. This week we noodle around a little in the weekend box office numbers looking for signs of life, I report back to Sasha and Ryan (read…)

Moonraker (1979) – JB50

Moonraker (1979) Directed by Lewis Gilbert Michael Lonsdale as Sir Hugo Drax and Roger Moore as James Bond Drax: You have arrived at a propitious moment coincident with your country’s one indisputable contribution to western civilization: afternoon tea. May I press you to a cucumber sandwich?





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