Monthly Archive: October 2009

Oct
31

Ti West on THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL

Don't Go in the... Oh, Okay, Never Mind: Jocelin Donahue in THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL

Ti West sure digs his retro. In THE ROOST — his tidy little horror film about a group of travelers threatened by some really nasty bats — he added a wraparound featuring Tom Noonan in tacky butler drag, holding forth in front of a cardboard set as host of a local Saturday Night Chiller Feature …

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Oct
29

Anthony Fabian on SKIN

The Face Looking Back: Sophie Okonedo in SKIN

You could probably forge a good, absurdist, dark comedy out of a government where racial identity can be declared and reversed by official decree, and white parents whose child’s skin is, because of a genetic quirk, darker than theirs struggle to get their kid designated Caucasian. I can imagine Terry Gilliam going to town on …

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Oct
28

ANTICHRIST: A Conversation

Living Dead Forest: Willem Dafoe (on top, duh) and Charlotte Gainsbourg ignore the warnings in ANTICHRIST

“Lars von Trier doesn’t like to fly.” “Lars von Trier isn’t going to talk to a lot of press.” Yeah, yeah; yadda-yadda. But just because he isn’t talking to us doesn’t mean we can’t talk about him, particularly about his childhood. I have it on good authority that he refused to eat his sandwiches until …

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Oct
24

New Sponsor: THE FOURTH KIND

It appears that close encounters of the first, second, and third kind are pretty benign, but when you get to number four, that’s where things get nasty. Usually, it’s not advisable to try to go Spielberg one better, but the folk at Universal are giving it a shot. Check out the trailer:

Oct
23

Mira Nair on AMELIA

At Home in the Air: Hilary Swank in AMELIA

You’re going to have to trust me on this one: I am a romantic. ONCE is one of my favorite films; I teared up at both UP and MARY AND MAX (animated characters struggling for their small bit of happiness just hit some special spot in me). But when you’re telling the tale of Amelia …

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Oct
18

(Almost) Live from London: PIRATE RADIO vs. THE BOAT THAT ROCKED

So I figured, while I’m in London interviewing some of the people involved with PIRATE RADIO, Richard Curtis’ film about those intrepid souls who in the 60’s brought the UK their daily dose of rock when the BBC was loathe to, why not try a little experiment in whether one dude with a netbook, a …

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Oct
14

Sebastian Silva on THE MAID

Anybody Home? Catalina Saavedra is THE MAID.

New York Magazine’s David Edelstein pretty much called it: About midway through, you could be forgiven for worrying if THE MAID was teetering on the precipice of going the full, THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE route — a concern that’s only enhanced when a stray cat turns up that seems to have “I Will …

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Oct
12

Nicolas Winding Refn on BRONSON

You wanna talk extreme? Charles Bronson, ne Michael Peterson, has spent thirty-four of his fifty-six years of life in incarceration of one form or another — most of that time has been in solitary confinement. The system has been violent to him, but he’s been violent back, and an anti-authoritarian cult has risen around his …

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Oct
08

9 Opens in UK on October 28th

Hey, lookee here: Focus Features’ 9, which opens in the UK at the end of October, is willing to throw a little financial support our way. (Thanks, guys!) So, in honor of all our brothers and sisters across the pond, I figured it’d be a good idea to re-offer the Tim Burton roundtable ep, and …

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Oct
07

Tom Hooper on THE DAMNED UNITED

Glee Goeth Before the Fall: Michael Sheen (right) and Timothy Spall celebrate for the camera in THE DAMNED UNITED

To be clear, I’ve got nothing against sports films that exult in good sportsmanship and the triumph of the underdog and the sheer joy of human competition. THE NATURAL? Sure. BAD NEWS BEARS? No prob. THE MIGHTY DUCKS? Let’s not go crazy, now. But to be honest, I’m more favorably inclined towards films like THE …

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