Monthly Archive: August 2009

Aug
27

Dan Stone & James Joyner on AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

The Whale Hunters Hunted: Sea Shepherd challenges a Japanese whaling vessel

Paul Watson dropped out of Greenpeace because he felt they weren’t doing enough to protect whales from fleets hunting in supposedly protected seas. He founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and over the years has become the bane of whalers — Japanese in particular — by employing confrontational tactics that start at stink bombs (did …

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Aug
24

Ang Lee on TAKING WOODSTOCK

Don't Worry, It's Not the Brown Acid: Demetri Martin (center) and Paul Dano (right) take a trip under Ang Lee's supervision.

If I was to be completely honest about it, I’d have to say that my disappointment at not being able to attend Woodstock had less to do with the possibility of experiencing the performances of Joplin, Hendrix, The Who, et al, than with my fourteen-year-old, hyper-hormonal self missing the opportunity to see a real, live …

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Aug
19

Spike Lee & Stew on PASSING STRANGE: THE MOVIE

The Artistic Live with a Beat: Stew (with mike) rocking out in PASSING STRANGE: THE MOVIE

It’s got trenchant insights into art and identity, and you can dance to it. It’s a grand irony that you can live in New York, one of the greatest theater cities in the world, and not be able to swing the cost of tickets without taking out a second mortgage on your apartment. I’d heard …

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Aug
18

Oliver Hirschbiegel on FIVE MINUTES OF HEAVEN

Rage of the Survivor: James Nesbitt in FIVE MINUTES OF HEAVEN

Could it just be coincidence? Could it just be that, by some random alignment of the planets, we have two films about the conflict in Northern Ireland opening on the same weekend? I’m seeing conspiracy, frankly. Your grandmas may be safe from the death panels, but that doesn’t mean the government hasn’t got its sights …

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Aug
14

Glenn McQuaid on I SELL THE DEAD

Turning a Profit in an Undead Market: Larry Fessenden (left) and Dominic Monaghan ply their trade in I SELL THE DEAD

Thank you, Glenn McQuaid, for letting us laugh at the desecration of holy ground again. Shot on a tight budget, with New York City — mostly Staten Island — standing in for the British Isles in the nineteenth century, I SELL THE DEAD has pretty much nothing going for it except a neat cast, plus …

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Aug
13

Neal Brennan on THE GOODS

I Loves Ya, Ya Scoundrels: Clockwise from left: Jordana Spiro; James Brolin; Jeremy Piven; David Koechner; Kathryn Hahn; and Rob Riggle as the ten-year-old with the gland problem in THE GOODS

So here’s my tale: On Monday, we finally had to put our cat, Boris, to sleep. He had been a good friend for nineteen years, but in the last few weeks in particular it had become evident he had reached the end of the line. Didn’t make the decision any easier. At the same time, …

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Aug
06

Sophie Barthes on COLD SOULS

It's Just Like Getting Your Tonsils Out. No, No It Isn't at All Like That: Paul Giamatti in COLD SOULS

Will the public option cover soul extractions? As if TOTAL RECALL and THE ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND weren’t warnings enough that technology should be employed prudently when messing with the human mind, now comes Sophie Barthes’ COLD SOULS, a comic fantasy in which getting your soul removed may do wonders for your acting …

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