Zero Dark Thirty

  Walking out of a screening of the compelling and disturbing Zero Dark Thirty a couple of weeks back, two things occurred to me. The first was that I’d just seen my favorite movie of the year and the second was that it was likely going to inspire a great deal of whining and hand-wringing (read…)

ANNE HATHAWAY as Selina Kyle in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' action thriller "THE DARK KNIGHT RISES," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. TM & © DC Comics.

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…)

Carey Mulligan and Ryan Gosling in Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive

“Stand back. This could get ugly.” Ok. I don’t like to do it, but I have to admit I was wrong. I misjudged Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive. After seeing it a 2nd time, having had a few more days to think about it and having talked it over some with people who liked it better (read…)

Will Eddie Murphy do unspeakable things to Oscar? The Academy clearly wanted to stir up some buzz by hiring Eddie Murphy as the host of the 2012 Oscar telecast and they were almost instantly gratified with a flurry of commentary all over the internet once this past weekend’s rumors became official. The general opinion seems (read…)

The Barry Lyndon opening as it should be I’ve been luxuriating in the goodness of the new Barry Lyndon blu-ray and it’s fantastic (I sleep with it on a pillow next to me each night), but I’ve got a small issue with it and indeed a lot of DVDs of classic films these days. No, (read…)

This is probably going to be a state-of-the-blog post with a little opinion mixed in. It’s been a while since I’ve written one because, as tempting as they are, I kind of hate them. For better or for worse, I try to subscribe to a philosophy best described by a quote from The Good, The (read…)

Oh how I wish I’d gone to see I’m Still Here last weekend like I planned. The internet is working itself into a minor tizzy now that the cat is out of the bag and Casey Affleck has admitted to the New York Times that nothing in the Joaquin Phoenix doc was real, including the (read…)

I wish the studios cranking out one superhero movie after another would keep their mitts off of great actors. Before the huge success of Batman, Michael Keaton was a terrific comic actor. Night Shift remains one of my favorite movies and one of only maybe 2 1/2 Ron Howard movies I can stomach. Since Batman? (read…)

2.3 million people watched Lindsay Lohan’s sentencing hearing. Meanwhile, a guy’s admittedly excessive but kind of awesome childlike exuberance over a double rainbow is widely mocked for days by flippantly ironic assholes from one corner of the internet to the other. What is wrong with people?

It never occurred to me that Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington’s terrific documentary Restrepo could ever be construed as being pro-war. To the contrary, by offering an immediate, harrowing, ground-level dose of the fighting, it should cause any reasonable person to wonder what it is we’re really asking of the young men and women who (read…)

The internet collectively shit itself last week over a Deadline Hollywood report that Peter Jackson had agreed to step in as director of The Hobbit after Guillermo del Toro bailed. Then on Sunday, one Harry Knowles splashed some cold water on the whole idea when he spoke to Jackson himself who acknowledged that he’d always (read…)

Dear Tea Partiers, Your misplaced fear and rage worries me. How mad do you have to be before this: is twisted into this: Forget about the bogus socialist straw man you’ve set up, how about channeling a little of your seething anger toward the too-big-to-fail oligarchs on Wall Street who are profiting from the destruction (read…)

Sam Rockwell absolutely deserves an Oscar nom for MOON, but Sony would be crazy to spend any money to get him one.

I hope you loved Avatar because there aren’t going to be many places to hide from it between now and March 7 when it wins multiple Oscars. With pretty unanimous praise from the top critics (I wish I had some of whatever was in the Kool-Aid they drank when they watched this thing last week), (read…)

Avatar will be sequelized. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised.

Is The Cove documentary or propaganda? Does it really matter either way?

A few random thoughts on the Polanski business.

So, Jeff Wells hated Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. Fair enough, but his reasoning is hypocritical nonsense.

Everywhere I look these days, it’s 3-D this and 3-D that, but I wonder whether the technology is being driven by the studios who want us to want it or if audiences are actually demanding it.

The Comic-Con crowd is worried that New Moon-loving tweens are going to ruin all of their Avatar fun.

Adam Sternbergh wonders if its ok if not everyone in the audience is in on Sacha Baron Cohen’s joke.

Kim Masters wonders if artists like Michael Mann can continue making high-budget films in Hollywood’s currently skittish economic climate.

Further rules changes threaten to make the Oscars even more meaningless.

Forget about Transformers action fans, go see The Hurt Locker this weekend instead

Is Michael Bay threatening to make art movies?

“You can be anything you want when you grow up, honey… …as long as you marry a black man!” Disney has long been criticized for its treatment of black people in movies. Song of the South first springs to mind with its happy singing slave stereotype Uncle Remus, but there are also the crows in (read…)

With a presentation to shareholders on Tuesday, executives from Toronto based Imax addressed the crapstorm over screen size recently stirred up by Aziz Ansari. Their justification? They’ve been doing it for 6 years, profits are up and until now nobody was complaining. According to Carl DiOrio in The Hollywood Reporter: Imax officials dealt with the (read…)

The IMAX you know vs. the IMAX they’re selling I don’t know about where you live, but Imax seems to be cropping up at more and more theaters around here…except it isn’t. I made a special trip last year to The Bridge to see Shine a Light in Imax and the huge screen was definitely (read…)

It was apparently a slow news day over at THR yesterday because Steven Zeithchik and Borys Kit take another look at the increasing remake trend that grips Hollywood. Regular LiC readers will know that I’m no fan of remakes, and yet sometimes I wonder “what’s the harm?” If I don’t like them, I don’t have (read…)

For the second year in a row, LA Times awards jockey Tom O’Neil was denied a press pass to cover the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s awards banquet and for the second year in a row he’s using the snub to suggest LAFCA’s machinations aren’t above board. Noting that the critics group allows journalists who (read…)

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