Michael Moore’s Latest Gets a Trailer, but No Title

Here is a brief teaser trailer for the latest Michael Moore film about the bailout, currently known as “Untitled Michael Moore Project”: I am a pretty big fan of Moore’s work, but I absolutely hate when he is on camera. Moore is a brilliant filmmaker, but a sub-par screen persona. In this short trailer, his […]

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REVIEW: ‘Monsieur Verdoux’ (1947)

Review: B+ There is a moment in Charlie Chaplin’s Monsieur Verdoux when the protagonist replaces wine with a home brewed poison. As he finishes concocting, the writer/director/composer/star breaks the fourth wall, looks right at the camera and declares “it’s time for a little experiment.” This attitude seems to represent Chaplin’s attitude towards the film. He […]

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Announcing the Winner of First Month of Daily Trivia

Congratulations to ijrichter, the first winner of the Film Misery Daily Trivia Contest. ijrichter got 12 of the 21 quotes correct. As the winner he won Fargo on DVD. There were no quotes that completely stumped anyone. I’d like to thank all 26 people who participated. Look for a new contest to begin on Monday! […]

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NEW IN THEATRES: Three I Cannot See

One of the worst parts of being a film buff who does not live in New York or LA is that I often have to wait one whole week before being able to see new releases. Ah, well, such is life. Here are my picks for this week: Three to See for the Weekend of […]

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An Eerie Case of Life Imitating Art

The twitter world has been aflutter this morning with a story about an Italian woman who missed Air France Flight 447 last week – the flight that crashed in the Atlantic with all 228 people aboard losing their lives. The Italian woman who missed the flight was killed last night in a car crash. Apparently […]

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‘Shutter Island’ Gets a Trailer

One of the most anticipated films of 2009, Martin Scorcese’s Shutter Island finally got its first trailer. The film is definitely a frontrunner for Best Picture, but I am still skeptical. It has the Scorcese/Dicaprio factor going for it as well as a stellar supporting cast, but when’s the last time a psychological thriller like […]

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Facebook for Classic Film Buffs

TCM.com has launched a new social networking site for Classic Film Buffs called the Classic Film Union or CFU. It’s only the beta site right now and there are a lot of kinks to work out, but I think it will be pretty cool when it’s all together. As it stands right now here are […]

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News and Links: Back into the Swing of Things

My internet is back up and running and it’s time to get back into the swing of things. I’m working on a review and a best Chaplin movies article to wrap up the belated Chaplin month. Also, remember TOMORROW is the last day for the Daily Trivia Contest and the race is tight. Even if […]

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RIP David Carradine 1936-2009

I figured even though I’m kind of on vacation I had better stop in and say something about David Carradine’s passing. I really only knew him as Bill from the recent Kill Bill franchise and those weird Yellow Book commercials. His performance in Kill Bill was captivating and he played the role with the right […]

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The Lack of Activity Will Soon Cease

I just finished a move and am in the process of settling in to a new apartment. I made the mistaking of not arranging for internet until after I was already moved in and therefore have to wait a week until they are available for installation. It’s times like these when you just don’t want […]

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NEW IN THEATRES: Drag Me to Up

This weekend is apparently the best of 2009 so far. Two of the summer’s most anticipated films open to rave reviews. It’s about time that I can finally recommend seeing something other than Star Trek. Three to See in Theatres for May 29, 2009 1) Up (3,766 theatres) Directed By: Pete Docter Rotten Tomatoes: 98% […]

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Fake Sitcom as Part of Appatow’s ‘Funny People’

As a marketing ploy for Judd Appatow’s Funny People, NBC.com has set up a fake website for the fake sitcom “Yo Teach…!” that is featured in the movie. It features Jason Schwartzman as actor Mark Taylor Jackson who plays “Teach” in the sitcom. Sadly, this would be better than most sitcoms on television. Actually, if […]

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When to Go Pee During Movies

Why didn’t somebody think of this before? We’ve all been there. You’re enjoying a film that you’re seeing for the first time, but even though you ordered the small soda, small at the movies is about 32 oz. Youre bladder is telling you it’s time to pee, but you don’t know when’s the best time […]

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2009 Summer Reading List

Memorial Day was on Monday which marks the unofficial start of summer. It’s time to spend many a lazy afternoon lying in the hammock with a tall glass of lemonade and a good book. For you movie buffs and Oscar watchers out there this is a great time to pick up some of the books […]

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REVIEW: ‘The Circus’ (1928)

Review: A- One of Chaplin’s most underrated films and the one that Chaplin himself tried so very hard to forget is the 1928 feature The Circus. Released in between two of his better known films, The Gold Rush (1925) and City Lights (1931), The Circus features some of the tramp’s most hilarious bits and represents […]

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NEW ON DVD: Horrible Week for DVD Releases

I hope you own a Blu-Ray player because this week offers pretty much nothing worth checking out on DVD. However, there are a few films that are being released on Blu-Ray for the first time this week that are worth checking out. Three Two to See on DVD/Blu-Ray for May 26, 2009: 1) Children of […]

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Post Cannes Oscar Predictions

The Cannes Film Festival did not really shake things up for this year’s Oscar race. Rather than allowing a frontrunner to emerge, it hinted that some of the films I thought had a chance really weren’t even possibilities. The awards yesterday mostly went to films that will see limited release in the U.S. and likely […]

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Top 10 Films Cannes Made Me Excited For

The Cannes Film Festival wrapped up today with the announcement of the winners earlier today. If you’re like me you spent the past two weeks closely following the festival and trying to decipher which films will see success if they reach the United States. While a lot of the films that screened at Cannes will […]

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