Monthly Archive: September 2009

Sep
30

Austin Peck on THE BLUE TOOTH VIRGIN

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A TV writer tries his hand at a feature film. His friend reads the script, thinks it’s an ungodly mess of muddled symbolism and Freud 101 anxieties. “Be honest,” the writer says. This is the way friendships end, and mean, funny films about the deaths of such friendships are born. In THE BLUE TOOTH VIRGIN, …

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Sep
29

REPOST: Recommended Listening

In the process of recovering from the database crash over the weekend, I lost the two posts that contained recommendations to podcasts that I listen to regularly. Sadly, Mr. Einstein here didn’t bother to save the in-depth descriptions of each show, so I’m just going to give a capsule overview and encourage you to check …

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Sep
29

Flashback: Sacha Gervasi on ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL

The rock documentary, ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL is having its TV debut this Saturday, October 3, at 10 PM ET/PT on VH1 and VH1 Classic. In honor of the event, I figured I’d repost the interview I conducted with the film’s director, Sacha Gervasi. Check out the doc — it’s a good ‘un — …

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Sep
27

REPOST: Michael Almereyda on PARADISE

Michael Almereyda's PARADISE

Let’s forget about narrative for now, shall we? Let’s not focus on narrative, let’s live in the moment. And let’s consider a documentary focused on isolated pieces of time, how those pieces can be compiled into a portrait of life as it is lived around the world. Michael Almereyda is no stranger to toying with …

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Sep
27

REPOST: Anne Fontaine on COCO BEFORE CHANEL

Benoit Poelvoorde and Audrey Tatou in COCO BEFORE CHANEL

So last week we had BRIGHT STAR, in which 19th century Fanny Brawne came into her own through her gifts as a seamstress. And now we have Anne Fontaine’s COCO BEFORE CHANEL, in which Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel… well… “comes into her own” is putting it mildly. She frackin’ defined an industry, after all. Thankfully, this …

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Sep
27

REPOST: Ben Whishaw and Paul Schneider on Jane Campion’s BRIGHT STAR

Ben Whishaw as John Keats and Abbie Cornish as Fanny Brawne in Jane Campion's BRIGHT STAR

Guess I’m going to have to reevaluate my opinion of THE PIANO. I was one of those backlash guys, one of the ones who read all the effulgent praise about the film, the stuff elevating it to hitherto unknown heights as a stunning, sensuous cinematic event, and anticipated an experience that would forever change my …

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Sep
27

Tech Hiccup at MMP

Okay, so now I know why they say to backup databases frequently. My WordPress glitched today, trashing the MMP site. Fortunately, I did take a backup a couple of weeks ago, so everything’s restored back to the Tim Burton/9 episode. We’ll get the rest back up this week — hopefully tomorrow. That will include the …

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Sep
08

Tim Burton on 9

David and the HOLY CRAP, WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?!: 9 (voiced by Elijah Wood) faces off against a mechanized foe.

So… more li’l doll people. Been a good year for that kinda thing — CORALINE, $9.99. And now there’s 9, in which a group of burlapy, goggle-eyed humanoids struggle for survival in a post-apocalyptic waste heap. Would it surprise you that Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov were co-producers on this project? Would it further surprise …

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Sep
02

Ondi Timoner on WE LIVE IN PUBLIC

Welcoming Big Brother: The Denizens of WE LIVE IN PUBLIC

Look, it’s really no big surprise how far we’ve let slip our right to privacy. What comes as something of a shock is how happily we’ve volunteered its erosion, cookie by cookie, behavioral analysis by behavioral analysis. Well, maybe one guy wasn’t so startled:� Josh Harris, founder in the ’90s of Pseudo, the first Internet …

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