I’ve noticed a pattern in the last couple of weeks of New on DVD columns. It seems to go one new release, one classic re-release or Blu-Ray release, and one Criterion. This week is much of the same: Three to See on DVD for May 19, 2009: 1) Valkyrie (2008) Directed By: Bryan Singer Starring: […]
Two more competition films screened today Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist and Ken Loach’s Looking for Eric. There has still to be one film that has received unanimous praise (besides the opening night film Up), but a lot of strong contenders for the Palme d’Or have emerged. Screenings and Reviews: More dislike for Lars Von Trier’s […]
Grade: D+ After seeing Ron Howardâ€™s latest Dan Brown adaptation, Angels & Demons, Iâ€™m not sure what was more dizzying â€“ the constantly rotating camera or the random facts spewing from the mouth of Tom Hanksâ€™ protagonist Robert Langdon. The film was light on story and heavy on fluff and a sub-par effort from the […]
Apologies for the lack of activity this weekend. Apparently my ISP has blocked my site, preventing me access from updating or even viewing it at home. This should be remedied soon. Look for a new Daily Trivia tomorrow as well as reviews of Angels and Demons and more on Chaplin to come this week.
With the first week of Cannes over, the festival has seen its share of cheers and boos as is to be expected with a lot of critics divided. As we head into the last week of competition, there are more films to look forward to including Pedro Almodovarâ€™s Broken Embraces and Quentin Tarantinoâ€™s Inglourious Basterds. […]
Another day, another two competition films screened. Today it was Jane Campionâ€™s Bright Star and Park Chan-wookâ€™s Thirst. There were also several out-of-competition or previews of films that have been buzzed about in the south of France. Screenings and Reviews: Critics are calling Jane Campionâ€™s Bright Star a satisfying return to form for Jane Campion. […]
Two films that are in competition screened today at the Cannes Film Festival – Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank and Lou Ye’s Spring Fever. Here’s the story from Day 2: Screenings and Reviews: Fish Tank has received mostly positive reviews, with raves going towards its star Katie Jarvis. In his review, Ray Bennett from The Hollywood […]
Casting News: Mila Kunis and Mark Ruffalo will join Tina Fey, Steve Carrell, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Taraji P. Henson, Common, Leighton Meester, Kristen Wiig, Ray Liotta and Jimmi Simpson for the upcoming movie Date Night. Quite the glut of big names. The film is for FOX and will be directed by Shawn Levy. Comingsoon.net […]
Grade: A In the opening slide of the film The Kid it is described as â€œa picture with a smile, and perhaps a tear.â€ There may not be a kinder, more appropriate way to describe Charlie Chaplinâ€™s first ever feature length film. The Kid is a masterful blending of Chaplinâ€™s comic genius, which he had […]
This morning I wake up to find the full trailer for Nine has been posted. Enjoy: It looks even more fantastic than I can fathom. It comes out November 25, 2009.
Awards Daily has pointed us to this preview of the upcoming film Nine that was played on ET: This film has to be an actresses dream. It’s based on a musical that is based on a play that is based on Fellini’s 8 1/2. I stick to my Oscar predictions on this one that it […]
Over in France, the first day has wrapped up at the Cannes Film Festival and so far only one film has been officially screened, the out-of-competition Up. It is the first time in the festival’s 62 year history that an animated film has opened the competition, and judging by initial word, it may be one […]
The start of the Cannes Film Festival is just a few hours away and if you’re like me you are probably out there scanning the blogs and the social networking sites, wishing you could be there yourself. I thought I would make keeping up with Cannes easier by compiling the best sites on the net […]
Sneak Peaks: Tom Chiarella from Esquire has gotten a sneak preview of the upcoming film The Road. In his review he says: The other certainty is that everyone involved in this movie is working against the predictable imperatives of perhaps the most predictable movie genre of them all: the apocalyptic thriller. The great experiment of […]
This week sees the release of some great classic films on Blu-Ray and some not so great movies from earlier in 2009. Three to See on DVD for May 12, 2009: 1) Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collections In honor of last weekends release of the 11th Star Trek film, the previous 10 are being […]
Grade: B+ For the past few years summer movie entertainment has been tiring. We have seen a lot of half-hearted attempts to re-vitalize film franchises with the primary goal being the box office take, rather than great filmmaking. It has gotten to the point where I just grit my teeth, buy the ticket, and sit […]
The trekkies were not enough to outnumber the the X-Men fans, as Star Trek opens about 10 million dollars behind last weekend’s Wolverine. I still hold out my belief that Star Trek will have an overall bigger gross than Wolverine because of repeat viewings by fans and positive reviews inspiring more people to see it. […]
Disney’s return to hand-drawn animation just had it’s trailer released: The Princess and the Frog trailer to me looks promising. Disney has been playing up the nostalgic feel with their trailers lately. (Remember the Wall-E trailer from last year where they began it by highlighting Pixar’s best work?) This trailer definitely has the feel of […]
In honor of this month’s Career Appreciation of the great Charlie Chaplin, I have created the first Monthly Quiz featuring questions about Chaplin and his films. You don’t have to be an expert to give it a shot. Try to do it without consulting IMDB or Wikipedia. Launch the Charlie Chaplin Quiz!