The Sun quotes one Martin Scorsese as being a fan of Rupert Grint of Harry Potter fame: “I would be very interested in working with him. I would have no issues in casting him as a gangster. He is a very talented young man.” This is meaninglessness incarnate, but let me be the first to (read…)
I’d like to give a Living in Cinema shout out to Ms. Rodgriguez and her 1st and 2nd period Reading and Language Arts classes at Southside Elementary in Miami, Florida. Living in Cinema was recently used in some assignments Ms. Rodriguez gave about writing reviews and this morning I had the pleasure of answering some (read…)
Reports of Paul Greengrass jumping ship on Bourne 4 bounced around the internet yesterday, and today BFDealMemo has Greengrass’ official non-statement/statement via Universal: You won’t find a more devoted supporter of the Bourne franchise than me. I will always be grateful to have been the caretaker to Jason Bourne over the course of The Bourne (read…)
IFC Entertainment and online rental service Netflix announced a partnership yesterday to offer 53 IFC titles for streaming online. This is good news and bad news. The good news is it that it makes some of IFC’s great titles easier for people to see. Older stuff like John Sayles’ The Brother From Another Planet and (read…)
Sad new to pass along this evening as THR reports that Dennis Hopper has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and is canceling all travel plans to begin treatment. There’s no word on the prognosis or if this has anything to do with his hospitalization earlier this month. Best wishes to Goon, Dave Hastings, Billy, Moon, (read…)
This weekend was all about revisiting films I’ve already seen. Joel and Ethan Coen’s A Serious Man improved with a second viewing while the highly praised Sundance favorite An Education lost a little bit of its luster. It’s still good and Carey Mulligan’s place as the new star of the year is secure, but the (read…)
I’ve never met Kim Voynar, but she’s among my favorites as far as internet movie scribblers goes. I like her attitude and perspective and she’s one of the writers I turn to for opinions out of the big festivals. Even as a stranger I was dismayed to read just now that she took seriously ill (read…)
According to a new study in the UK, half of all people have lied about seeing a classic movie they haven’t. Have you?
I’m still mulling over Inglourious Basterds, but the good news is that it’s terrific. It’s much slower, talkier and in a way more serious than I expected, but damnit it works. I haven’t dug into the negative reviews yet, but its safe to say a certain movie blogger who was morally outraged by the movie (read…)
Buried in the Universal press release that shuffled Wolfman and Green Zone off to 2010 was a bit about Jude Law and Forest Whitaker’s long-delayed (it began production in October 2007 and post-production in January 2008) sci-fi action thriller Repossession Mambo getting retitled Repo Men! and targeted for the first part of 2010. Apparently this (read…)
Chat with the director of The Stoning of Soraya M. 6/25 on Facebook
John Wayne died on June 11, 1979 at the age of 72. I was late in coming to understand how great he really was. Back then his acting style seemed corny to me and I didn’t care for his politics. I still don’t care for his politics, but they’re a lot better than what Conservatism (read…)
E3 2009 where all the nerds gather in Los Angeles to talk about the latest electronic nerdery is ongoing as we speak. Normally we wouldn’t care, but Steve Wiebe just attempted once again to take the Donkey Kong title from mullet wearing videogame evil-doer Billy Mitchell – a rivalry captured by the great documentary King (read…)
The AP reports that an unidentified buyer paid the equivalent of $93,800 for a rare 2001 German stamp featuring Audrey Hepburn. The stamp’s original 14 million run was destroyed following a copyright dispute with Hepburn’s son Sean Ferrer who took issue with the portrayal of his mother with a cigarette holder. 30 proof copies were (read…)
I don’t want to give the impression that Inglourious Basterds is getting killed by the critics, but in an effort to tamp down my own absurd expectations here is a sampling of some of the more negative reviews of the Quentin Tarantino WWII adventure which premiered in competition at Cannes at 8:30 this morning local (read…)
Speaking to Sweden’s SVT, Angels & Demons actor Stellan Skarsgård had this to say about the book’s author: “I think Dan Brown is a terribly bad writer, but he has cliffhangers after every chapter which makes you continue reading. It’s like eating peanuts at a bar. You don’t like them, but you keep on eating (read…)
The LiC movie-going weekend finally got out of first gear. Here’s hoping the trend continues for the remainder of the year. I’m tired of the winter movie dead season. There has been some good arthouse stuff and I’ve enjoyed some of the studio product, but mostly it’s been more uninspiring than usual. This weekend started (read…)
It’s a few day sold, but here’s a teaser for the latest comedy from Mike Judge (Office Space). Also available at Apple. I like the cast, but I don’t trust trailers for comedies. Extract is scheduled for release September 4, but if the distribution is mangled as badly as Office Space, you’ll have to catch (read…)
Back in the old days when I was afraid of actually coming up with something to post here at LiC every single day, we had an occasional feature called Friday Filler that was a blatant acknowledgment that Fridays are slow traffic days and frankly I just didn’t always feel like breaking a sweat. Well, it’s (read…)
Maria Heiskanen in Everlasting Moments Maria Larsson is a working-class mother married to Sigge, a dockworker and a philandering alcoholic brute. Living in the early 20th century and born of religiously conservative parents, physical escape for Maria is not a real option. Instead she finds a kind of creative escape when the kindly owner of (read…)
I was looking for a clever movie clip that would somehow enhance or play off this exciting day in American history, but there aren’t any movies better than this. I’m just going to sit back quietly and watch.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association splits their love between The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Doubt and Frost/Nixon by giving each film five Golden Globe nominations each. The main surprise for me is that they didn’t give more love to The Dark Knight. Why? My cynical side thinks they figured the movie’s biggest star couldn’t show up for their (read…)
Ok, this isn’t the scene with the eating of the chicken (is it REALLY a chicken???) but Eraserhead has been on my mind since the gluttonous excess of the American Thanksgiving holiday. If you’ve seen David Lynch’s first film, you know what I’m talking about. If you don’t…well I can’t help you now.
My current bloated state puts me in the mind of Mr. Creosote in Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life. I hope everyone had a good one.
365 – 173 LiC steps outside of the movie theater for a few moments tonight to drink in history. Tuesday, November 4, 2008: “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our (read…)
Benicio Del Toro in Che Hey there LA area LiC readers. How’d you like to see the sold out Gala presentation of Steven Soderbergh’s Che at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood at 6pm on Saturday, November 1, 2008? I’ll make it easy on you. Send an email with “Che Ticket” in the subject line (read…)
Dev Patel and Freida Pinto in Slumdog Millionaire I’m not sure if the Slumdog Millionaire clip at the film’s official website is new or not, but it’s the first one I’ve seen of the recently buzzed Danny Boyle film. Based on the synopsis, I wasn’t expecting the action element, but then maybe I should have considering (read…)
The occasionally snobby (in a good way) Dave Kehr takes a surprisingly sober stab at Enzo G. Castellari’s The Inglorious Bastards recently come to 3-disc DVD set. “A product of that brief, heady period when Italian genre movies challenged Hollywood for dominance of the Western world’s drive-ins and grindhouses, “The Inglorious Bastards” is a slapdash (read…)
NY Mag’s Vulture notices that the viral Tropic Thunder website for Simple Jack has disappeared. They suggest that concern from disabled rights advocacy groups may have convinced DreamWorks to take the site down. I still think the website was mocking Hollywood, but as Vulture notes, the movie’s tagline “Once upon a time…there was a retard” (read…)