Publisher Theme
I’m a gamer, always have been.
Monthly Archives

May 2009

The White Ribbon

I'm by no means fluent in either French or German, but somehow the sense of this scene comes across to me with most of the meaning intact. Maybe it's because she's explaining death to a child, and the language is simplified to my level…

Palm d’Or for Haneke’s The White Ribbon

Tahar Rahim in Un proph√®te. Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon wins the Palm d'Or. Thanks to frederic lyon for letting us know Charlotte Gainsbourg has been named Best Actress for her role in Antichrist and Christoph Waltz has won…

The Lady Noire Affair

Fan of style without substance? Then you'll adore Dior. That seems to be the message behind this pretty pastiche of Hitchcock, directed by Olivier Dahan and starring his muse from La Vie en Rose, Marion Cotillard, as some sort…

Xavier Dolan sweeps Cannes Fortnight

20-year-old Xavier Dolan's first feature, "I Killed My Mother," has won three of the top four top prizes in the Cannes Fortnight competition. The semi-autobiographical film was awarded the Art Cinema Award, given by an international…

A Prophet

Generating some of the best reviews out of Cannes this week is Jacques Audiard's prison drama, A Prophet. Synopsis from the official press material: Condemned to six years in prison, Malik El Djebena cannot read nor write. Arriving…

Surrogates

Directed by Jonathan 'Terminator 3' Mostow. Bruce Willis stars in a collection of scenes from Minority Report, The Matrix, AI: Artificial Intelligence, eXistenZ, and I, Robot reassembled and factory refurbished as Surrogates. I see…

Terminator: Abomination?

Not even sci-fi-optimist Roger Ebert could fake an orgasm over this one: "It gives you all the pleasure of a video game without the bother of having to play it." Stephanie Zacharek, Salon: "Terminator Salvation has no brains and no…

Precious an Early Oscar Contender?

Film Misery comes up with six reasons why Precious will be nominated for Best Picture (and for each one there is probably an equal and opposite reason why not, but nevertheless) and then asks if he's off base. Closing one's mind to…

Whatever Works, 3 clips

Is it smart marketing to take three brief samples of annoying behavior and combining them for a triple punch of lengthier annoyance? Alex Billington at firstshowing.net says he usually doesn't like to post clips and I'm starting to…

Goldstein on Basterds

It looks as though there is some kind of disconnect between how the reception of Inglorious Basterds is going so far, at least according to Goldstein, who looks at the internet and concludes that those who like Harvey Weinstein are showing…

Homophobia Alive and Well?

::: SPOILER ALERT ::: (but it's all over the news by now anyway) I know it's not cinema but what the hell. It's is a horrifying thing that Adam Lambert was passed over on American Idol for the much lesser Kris Allen. It's a stupid…

Top 10 Movies in Cannes history

Time's Richard Corliss looks back at 70 years of Cannes premieres and comes up with his Top 10 favorites: The Third Man, 1949 The Wages of Fear, 1953 La Dolce Vita, 1960 Taxi Driver, 1976 Tree of Wooden Clogs, 1978 sex,…

IFC picks up Antichrist

Good news for Von Trier fans, according to the Hollywood Reporter: "Since it premiered at Cannes on Monday, we haven't been able to stop ‚Ä®talking or thinking about 'Antichrist,' " IFC Entertainment president Jonathan‚Ä® Sehring…

3 clips from Inglourious Basterds

"Inglourious Basterds premiered in Cannes yesterday, and all we got was these 3 lousy clips." That might make a cute T-Shirt slogan, but I'm not feeling amused or very encouraged by what I'm seeing here. I'll reserve judgment until I…

9, feature trailer

So much more fun when the Feature Animation category isn't already locked down in May, isn't it? As patrick c. says in the comment #1, could this be the year the field expands to 5 nominees? Plenty of candidates: 9 Astro Boy…

Spielberg to produce Martin Luther King bio

Steven Spielberg has secured rights to film the life story of civil rights leader Martin Luther King. "We are all honored that the King Estate is giving us the opportunity to tell the story of these defining, historic events,"…

Lars Von Trier vs. Pedro Almodóvar

Two directors with distinctly different attitudes about women. (AFP) ::: SPOILER ::: The Danish provocateur's new movie casts Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe as a couple who retreat to a log cabin to work through their grief at…