Monthly Archive: July 2009

Jul
31

Louie Psihoyos on THE COVE

The Killing Waters: Looking down on THE COVE

Who the hell didn’t love FLIPPER? Cute ‘n’ cuddly (and how many sea creatures do you know get to claim those adjectives?), the titular bottle-nose dolphin of the classic sixties TV show was a real Up with People kinda mammal. You may not remember any of the specific episodes (didn’t most of them have to …

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Jul
29

Monika Treut on GHOSTED

Ting-Ting Hu (left) and Inga Busch explore loves both physical and spiritual in GHOSTED

It’s turning out to be a pretty good year for unexpected international co-productions — check out the MMP ep on the superb Israeli/Australian stop-motion animated film $9.99 if you don’t believe me. Now Germany and Taiwan have joined forces, not for the exquisitely designed yet affordable home entertainment system you might expect, but for German …

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Jul
24

Max Mayer on ADAM

A Beautiful, If Somewhat Perplexed, Mind: Rose Byrne and Hugh Dancy in ADAM

Turning out to be a rough month for romance, isn’t it? ADAM, the new drama directed by Max Mayer and starring Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne, doesn’t skip back and forth within its time line or offer the narrative flamboyancy of (500) DAYS OF SUMMER, but that doesn’t mean that the course of love is …

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Jul
21

Marcel Sarmiento & Gadi Harel on DEADGIRL

Love Bites: Jenny Spain as the DEADGIRL

Wow, midnight movies. I know they still happen, I just hadn’t recently heard of anyone basing a distribution pattern solely around the phenomenon. Nevertheless, the producers of DEADGIRL are rolling the dice on it, debuting their film at midnight this weekend (July 24 & 25, 2009), and dispatching the filmmakers and cast to screening cities …

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Jul
19

Raves for MMP!

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The latest episode of the highly-regarded EDGY PODCAST REVIEWS offers hosts Daniel & Jana’s opinions on MMP and, to put it mildly, they kinda love it. Here, in fine, film industry tradition, are some excerpted quotes (trust me, I’m being fair in my selection): “…the length of the episodes are about 20 minutes and left …

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Jul
17

THE SUMMER OF CORRECTIONS: iTunes Repost for (500) DAYS OF SUMMER and Release Date for IN THE LOOP

Turns out there may be some trouble downloading the (500) DAYS OF SUMMER episode on iTunes, so this is a repost that hopefully will fix things. If you had trouble downloading on iTunes before, give it a shot again. If you wind up getting two copies of this ep, well, consider that twice the MMP …

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Jul
16

Marc Webb on (500) DAYS OF SUMMER

Director Marc Webb (right) works with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel on (500) DAYS OF SUMMER

Ain’t love grand? Uh, no, not necessarily, and especially not if you’re a character in an independent film, where relationships are far more likely to crash upon the rocky shoals of discord than find a safe harbor in Happily-Ever-Afterland. And I prefer that, really, especially since what passes for mainstream romantic-comedy these days usually turns …

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Jul
15

Armando Iannucci on IN THE LOOP

Angling for Survival: Mimi Kennedy and James Gandolfini plot their next moves in IN THE LOOP

I’m not going to say that IN THE LOOP — the new British political comedy directed by Armando Iannucci and based on his award-winning BBC sitcom THE THICK OF IT — is going help put the last eight years of U.S./Great Britain relations into context, but at the very least, I think it provides some …

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Jul
09

Lynn Shelton on HUMPDAY

Mark Duplass (left) and Joshua Leonard push past the bounds of friendship in HUMPDAY

I do so love the comedy of discomfort — you know, the kind of thing that pokes us where we’re tender, has the nerve to call attention to it, and then makes us laugh at our sensitivity. Doesn’t really get done often, because there’s a grand risk involved: This is the kind of thing where …

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Jul
02

Amat Escalante on LOS BASTARDOS

Well, here’s a nice, nasty way to kick off your July 4th weekend. LOS BASTARDOS is spare and brutal, a survey of the suburban wasteland that finds two illegal immigrants (non-pros Jesus Moises Rodriguez and Ruben Sosa) staging a home invasion and finding that their hostage (Nina Zavarin) is too benumbed to care. Director Amat …

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