Trailer for Inside Llewyn Davis
- the new film by the Coen brothers possibly
inspired by the album cover for The Freewheeling' Bob Dylan
RIP Michael Winner
, director of the Death Wish
series among others
, restaurant critic, Esure advert star
) and clean underpants wearer
Links to 30 Screenplays
from films released in 2012, including Django Unchained, The Master, Looper, Lincoln, Amour...
Back in 2000, R. Talsorian Games released on their website a series of overviews of what they considered to be classic Cyberpunk movies
, along with notes on incorporating their characters and ideas into games. [more inside]
Bond film Skyfall has been nominated
for its first Academy Awards since 1982
. Skyfall was nominated for original score, sound mixing, sound editing, original song
, and cinematography. It is also cinematographer Roger Deakins
' tenth nomination without a win. [more inside]
Here Is What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan in Your Movie.
The movie in question is The Canyons
, the Kickstarter-funded
erotic thriller written by Bret Easton Ellis and directed by Paul Schrader. There's no release date yet, but the film does have several retro-themed trailers
-- Aliens as oppressed or oppressing groups in Avatar
, Super 8
, Attack the Block
Review Raja Review Raja doesn’t share his real name with anyone, but he is happy to share the unlikely story of how a white guy who was born in Tweed and grew up in Belleville became Review Raja, a connoisseur of Tamil films, or Kollywood, and a celebrity in the Tamil community in Canada and abroad.
An insert house provides labels and covers for products in TV and film production to avoid legal problems and Earl Hays Press is the big granddaddy of them all so why not enter an alternate off-brand universe of Butt Beer, Captain Sugarr, and Sports Page today?
Mondo picks it's alternative movie posters of the year: 1
Michael Caine is frank about his experiences on the set of The Muppet Christmas Carol
. [more inside]
Turns out many of Ridley Scott's Prometheus' flaws were the result of shoddy editing
and mismatching elements
from essentially two different scripts
Last Year Rifftrax
, the MST3K spin-off movie riffing series, completed a "best of five years" compilation video.
Why not get into the festive seasonal mood with three more "best of" clips from such beloved holiday classics as SANTA CLAUS AND THE ICE CREAM BUNNY
- MAGIC CHRISTMAS TREE
- and of course, THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL.
James Lipton interviews Dave Chappelle
. Dave Chappelle interviews James Lipton
. And while we're at it.... [more inside]
Raising Arizona is notable among the Coen Brothers’ filmography for seamlessly fusing the ravishing grimness of their drama with the slapstick antics of their comedy. ... [It] is an intensely bittersweet film. That it is admittedly hilarious distracts from this sorrow, but it doesn’t dampen it. If not the absolute best by the Coens, it’s certainly their most charming.
- Michael Nordine [more inside]
Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty
has been named the best film of 2012 by the National Board of Review, the New York Film Critics Circle, and the National Board of Review. Does it endorse torture? [more inside]
New York Times Magazine "Hollywood Issue": Hollywood’s Year of Heroine Worship
. Accompanied by an online web series of 13 original, short films: Wide Awake
, each starring an actress whose performance helped 'define the year in film.' [more inside]
Between Peter Jackson’s penchant for cartoonish unserious gore and Bob McCarron’s off-screen makeup effects manipulations,
Braindead achieves something that approaches inspired genius in the heretofore unknown artform of human carnage. The film is filled with moments of joyous slapstick tableaux... And then there is that moment where
Braindead finally breaks through to achieve a transcendentally surreal glory of excess where Tim Balme wades into battle against the zombies armed with a lawnmower, drenching an entire room in showers of blood. (
Braindead holds the record for the greatest amount of artificial blood ever used in a film). The film is a work of perverse genius.
- Richard Scheib
The Best WWII Movies You [Probably] Haven't Seen: Page 1
, Page 2
"For some time after Tony Scott tragically, mysteriously took his life
earlier this year we tried to think of some way to honor his work and explore it on the Notebook. A proper response was found by filmmaker, editor and Notebook contributor Gina Telaroli, who suggested a kind of critical exquisite corpse
, and in this manner forge a way—or an attempt—to fit the forms of Tony Scott's oeuvre to the content critics would contribute."
With a 45-point spread between critics and audience
, this ten-year-old action film
was a box-office failure
. It features an actor
whose characters die so often on screen that there is a YouTube tribute
to his many cinematic demises. The fictional fighting style
featured in the film was also used in another film
written by the same chap
The lead actor
has a body of work
that ranges from the sublime
to the straight-up surreal
. At age 13, he found the media attention so intense that he would run away during press conferences
Rock 'N' Roll High School, staring the Ramones, is one of the five greatest American films of all time. Well, five best movie musicals? At the very least, the scene of the band rolling down the high school halls and blaring "Do Ya Wanna Dance" with the teen archetypes (cheerleaders, jocks, geeks, etc.) following, clapping and dancing while brewing up the eventual explosion of the school, could be the most transcendent two minutes of any rock movie.
- Eric Davidson
, introducing his interview of director Allan Arkush
The implication is, you’re making it for a group that you are not a member of—and there is something very insincere in that. If you’re dealing with a storytelling medium, which is a mechanized means of producing and presenting a dream that you’re inviting people to share, you’d better believe your dream or else it’s going to come off as patronizing. Innovation lessons from Pixar: An interview with Oscar-winning director Brad Bird (PDF)
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Is his face always like that? It's like he washed it with a powdered doughnut. The Confused Notes of a Twilight Newbie Forced to Watch Breaking Dawn – Part 2
After 65 Years The Hollywood Reporter addresses its role
in the hollywood blacklist
, including an apology
from W.R. Wilkerson III, son of THR founder Billy Wilkerson whose "A Vote For Joe Stalin" editorial named writers such as Dalton Trumbo
, Lester Cole
, Howard Koch
and John Howard Lawson
as communist sympathisers.
The fact that many of the actors in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy have previously portrayed high school characters has resulted in an extended trailer mashup resetting the Batman series as a teen comedy.
(previously here on sign language interpreters
and her 352-page book about 'Invented Languages'
) is currently kicking ass and taking etymologies at the Mental Floss site with a flurry of listicles* on the 'invention' of today's English/American language:
The solidly informational "11 Weirdly Spelled Words—And How They Got That Way"
The entertainingly snarky "11 Creative Suffixes That Inspire New Words"
The just plain fun "From Y’all To Youse, 8 English Ways to Make “You” Plural"
plus one non-linguistic piece of pure pedantry: "11 Movie Chess Scenes Where The Board Is Set Up Wrong"
*** [more inside]
The History of Film in one convenient, zoomable graphic.
2000 "important" American, British, and a few other European films, grouped by genre and year. [more inside]
The new James Bond movie, Skyfall
, has largely been well received by critics
some of who have suggested that the film is less sexist than its predecessors
. Others have disagreed and stated that the new film has is quite problematic and may be "abandoning the moral intelligence of the times"
. Giles Coren, writer for The Times, put forth a piece that calls Skyfall "a sick, reactionary, depressing film". The Times refused to run the piece saying that "it was about James Bond and there's been too much Bond". So Coren's wife and fellow journalist, Esther Walker, agreed to run the piece in her blog