Archive for July, 2010

Two Clips from ‘I Do & I Don’t’

— by AMANDA KOEHLER — It’s official: Jane Lynch is hot right now. From her hilarious bit parts in movies like “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and TV shows such as “Two and a Half Men,” Lynch is finally getting the spotlight she deserves — and a recent Emmy no[...]

Trailer Talk: ‘Yogi Bear’

— by JOSUE SANCHEZ — Sure I watched “Yogi Bear” cartoons when I was a kid. Yet, I can’t remember why I loved it so much. What I can remember is that something about it captivated me to watch it every day, along with my other favorites like “Transformers,” “[...]

Under Review: ‘Dinner for Schmucks’

— by MARIUSZ ZUBROWSKI — I just concluded my reading of a several response discussion on the topic of Jay Roach’s “Dinner for Schmucks,” in which the original author stated that the film is “destined to be the meanest movie ever” because he believes that the plot is “just abo[...]

An Exclusive Interview with Producer-Director Bess O’Brien

— by BEV QUESTAD — Bess O’Brien has been a leader in collaborative, authentic movie making, telling true-life stories personal struggles and challenges through film. This July she and her cast were awarded the 2010 SuAnne Big Crow Human and Civil Rights Award from the National Educatio[...]

Film Festivals Serve a Necessary Purpose

— by BEV QUESTAD — Film festivals are like a one-weekend love affair with the dark mystery man of your dreams in a far-off city. Festivals make available something you’re not likely to experience ever again. And there’s a reason for this plot against pleasure, this worldwide conspira[...]

Trailer Talk: ‘Space Pirate Captain Harlock’

— by CHRIS HYATT — It’s rare that I’m so torn when it comes to a movie, normally I love it or hate it. “Space Pirate Captain Harlock” most definitely has me conflicted. Based upon the anime of the same name, “Harlock” is set in the future where humanit[...]

Trailer Talk: ‘The Town’

— by RACHEL COYNE — Hey, Jon Hamm has a large role in a nationally-released movie! Here’s my $12, and can you please direct me to the concession stand? OK, fine. If Mr. Hamm’s chiseled chin isn’t enough to get you interested in a movie, “The Town” has a lot of other things goin[...]

Under Review: ‘Freedom’s Thirst’

— by BEV QUESTAD — “Kashmir is India’s heart” says the narrator of this film, but the Kashmir region is not a safe place. Last summer, there were 47,000 deaths and 3,400 disappearances resulting from political struggle. Some news analysts have speculated that the Kashmir area is th[...]

‘Thor’ Comic-Con Footage is Leaked

— by SEAN GERSKI — It is one of the great mysteries of the Comic-Con. Studios create first-look videos with footage of movies fans want to see. The studios show that footage to the lucky few who can afford to make it to Comic-Con (or are paid to be there). And then they spend time [&hell[...]

Trailer Talk: ‘Lebanon’ (aka ‘Levanone’)

— by BEV QUESTAD — “On June 6, 1982, at 6:15 a.m., I killed a man for the first time in my life. I was 20 years old.” Better than the trailer is Samuel Maoz’s essay on why he made this film. Back in 1982, when Israel invaded Lebanon, Maoz — an Israeli tank gunner […][...]

See Josh Hutcherson’s ‘Spider-Man’ Audition

— by ALEXA MILAN — Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know by now that Sony and director Marc Webb have selected Andrew Garfield as the new Spider-Man. But before casting Garfield, the shortlist of potential Spider-Man stars included the likes of Jamie Bell, Anton[...]

Under Review: ‘Wikileaks’

— by BEV QUESTAD — News releases are out today about Pfc. Bradley E. Manning’s 2007 video documenting an apparent US massacre of at least 12 civilians in Bagdad. He’s been charged with eight violations of the U.S. Criminal Code for illegally transferring classified data to Wikileaks.[...]

Trailer Talk: ‘Sucker Punch’

— by CAM SMITH — Honest to Pete, for the life of me I don’t quite understand the popular fan backlash against Zack Snyder. He’s one of the most dynamic visual directors currently occupying Hollywood’s big budget heavy-hitter ranks, reliably populating each of his dazzling works wit[...]

Under Review: ‘King of India’

— by BEV QUESTAD — A train is traveling past, not stopping. We see them, on the other side, blurred behind the rushing wheels. This is the metaphor for their lives. As India moves on, progressing, these children remain, untended, blurred, disregarded identities. These are the children of[...]