Monthly Archive: November 2009

Nov
23

Tim Burton at MoMA

So you go into this room at New York’s Museum of Modern Art’s Tim Burton exhibit, and it’s like striking gold: the Jack Skellington figure is there, along with a choice selection of the replacement heads that were used to animate dialogue; there’s the creepy, completely covered baby Penguin wicker stroller from BATMAN RETURNS; you …

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Nov
20

John Woo on RED CLIFF

We're Here to Eat Rice and Kick Ass, and We're All Out of Rice: Soldiers Charge in RED CLIFF

The short form would be that John Woo rediscovered himself in returning to China, but that really doesn’t capture what’s going on. Woo made his name with such beautiful, dynamic, and surprisingly thoughtful urban crime films as HARD BOILED and THE KILLER — pop culture with soul — then made his way to America for …

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Nov
13

PIRATE RADIO Part 2: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Richard Curtis

Rock on Board: Philip Seymour Hoffman (left), Rhys Ifans (center) and Richard Curtis on location for PIRATE RADIO

Richard Curtis had a death in the family. I’d flown in to London to do the interviews for my PIRATE RADIO coverage, and the director was at the top of my list. Some things, though, take precedence over spending fifteen minutes with a dumpy New York journalist, and for Curtis, this had to be one …

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Nov
11

PIRATE RADIO Part 1: Nick Frost, Talulah Riley, Tom Sturridge

They Were Gods in Their World: Nick Frost as Doctor Dave in PIRATE RADIO

So here’s what I did on my class trip to London: shoot a video featuring people on the street discussing whether they preferred PIRATE RADIO or THE BOAT THAT ROCKED as the title of the latest Richard Curtis film; interview some of the stars of the film itself; and eat British airport pizza. Two of …

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Nov
06

Michael Aimette and John G. Hofmann on TURNING GREEN

Erin Go Frack Yourself: Donal Gallery (left), Alessandro Nivola (center), and Tim Hutton give Ireland some dark shading in TURNING GREEN

Not to put too fine a point on it, but the poster for TURNING GREEN lies. It showcases Tim Hutton, Colm Meaney, and Allesandro Nivola, but while they’re prominent figures in the film, it ain’t about them. Off in the lower right, with his back turned towards the camera, there’s your protagonist: A teenage boy, …

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