‘Inglourious Basterds’ is a Hit!

Tarantino’s long awaited WWII film saw its first screenings at Cannes this morning and so far word is very positive. The first review I came across was Chris Hewitt from Empire who raved about the film: Tarantino has made a career out of subverting expectations – this is the man who made a heist flick […]

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Cannes Day 7 – ‘Broken Embraces’ ain’t Broke

One of my most anticipated films of the Cannes Film Festival, Pedro Almodovar’s Broken Embraces, screened today to very mixed reviews. Also, today came some mid-festival discussion of the awards possibilities at this point. Screenings and Reviews: Broken Embraces opened to reviews that can once again be described as “polite” but not “ecstatic.” It didn’t […]

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News and Links 5/19/09 – Shakespeare and Beards

Casting News: ComingSoon.net reports that Ralph Fiennes is making his directorial debut with one of Shakespeare’s lesser known works, Coriolanus. William Hurt, Vanessa Redgrave, and Jessica Chastain have signed on to the movie. Fiennes will play the title role. This inspires me to go back and watch th 1984 BBC version of the play with […]

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NEW ON DVD: Noticing a Pattern

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: […]

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Cannes Day 6 – Anti-Antichrist

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 […]

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REVIEW: ‘Angels & Demons’

Grade: D+ After seeing Ron Howard’s latest Dan Brown adaptation, Angels & Demons, I’m not sure what was more dizzying – the constantly rotating camera or the random facts spewing from the mouth of Tom Hanks’ protagonist Robert Langdon. The film was light on story and heavy on fluff and a sub-par effort from the […]

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Technical Difficulties = Major Headache

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.

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Cannes Day 4 and 5 – Weekend Wrap-Up

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 Almodovar’s Broken Embraces and Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. […]

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Cannes Day Three – Bright Stars

Another day, another two competition films screened. Today it was Jane Campion’s Bright Star and Park Chan-wook’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 Campion’s Bright Star a satisfying return to form for Jane Campion. […]

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Cannes Day Two – The Competition Begins

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 […]

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News and Links 5/14/09 – Trailers Galore!

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 […]

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REVIEW: Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Kid’ (1921)

Grade: A In the opening slide of the film The Kid it is described as “a picture with a smile, and perhaps a tear.” There may not be a kinder, more appropriate way to describe Charlie Chaplin’s first ever feature length film. The Kid is a masterful blending of Chaplin’s comic genius, which he had […]

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Cannes Day One – Much Love for ‘Up’

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 […]

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Top 10 Websites for Cannes Festival Coverage

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 […]

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NEW ON DVD: Everything Old is New Again

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 […]

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REVIEW: ‘Star Trek’ has Converted Me

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 […]

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