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May 2009

Funny People trailer

I let this one slip past me a few weeks ago, but as a big fan of Punch-Drunk Love I'm glad to see Adam Sandler remembers that real people can be funny people too. A couple of new TV spots after the cut.

Lars and the Vile Girl

Scissor Sisters New York Magazine has more about the Lars Von Trier controversy, first describing yesterday's Cannes press event for Antichrist: An indication of just how deeply its detractors despise the film: Von Trier was even…

Sherlock Holmes trailer

ok, not your grandfather's Sherlock Holmes, but you know what? You can rent those. Holmes isn't sacred to me, so I don't mind Ritchie pulling him up by his post-modern Victorian rebootstraps.

Bright Star shines at Cannes

One of the highlights of the weekend at the Cannes Film Festival was the premiere of Jane Campion's Bright Star, centering on the 3-year romance, from 1818-1821, between poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne. Ben Whishaw stars as Keats,…

Amenabar Talks Agora

It strikes me that this is the kind of dialogue you just don't hear at press junkets here in America, even among our most daring filmmakers. While the film itself is receiving mixed reviews, it's interesting that someone is trying to say…

Ouch, Von Trier’s Antichrist Panned Horribly

The reactions to Lars Von Trier's Antichrist are reaching a level of hysteria rarely witnessed coming out of the festival.¬† There is so much hubub, in fact, that EW's Lisa Schwarzbaum believes it's just Von Trier bringing his otherwise…

Agora premieres in Cannes

Thanks to Jesus Alonso for reminding us to check the news. First, some background from the AP: As the Roman Empire declines, Hypatia struggles to preserve scientific knowledge amid the clash of zealots in Alexandria, whose rising…

Precious gets standing-O at Cannes

Thanks to Pete for delivering this link to breaking news from Cannes. Coming-of-age ghetto tale 'Precious' triumphs at Cannes (1 hour ago) CANNES, France (AFP) ‚Äî Hard-hitting US indie movie "Precious", the tale of an obese…

Morphing Movie Men

Thanks to Alison Flynn for finding this trippy 3-minute time-lapse survey of Hollywood manliness. Some of the transitions freak me out a little but, then again, a few of these historical hunks have always struck me as slithery, even…

First Tetro reviews

Awards potential suddenly shrinks to one category: cinematography. The Hollywood Reporter "Tetro" looks like the work of a film school grad, his head swimming with the classic black-and-white European films of the '50s and '60s and…

From the director of Oldboys Don’t Cry

File under: Critics We Can Skip from Now On. Self-described "freelance writer and raconteur," Michael Giltz, on HuffPo. THIRST ** -- It's a vampire flick and anyone who has seen the Swedish vampire movie Let The Right One In will find…

Precious poster

As tmoves pointed out last night, the one-sheet for Precious has its splintered graphic roots in the work of Saul Bass. Unlike the verbatim quote in the Clockers poster several years ago, the artist who designed the Precious image knows…

Kevin Spacey, Oscar winning Oscar host?

Spacey wouldn't be the first Oscar winner to host the Academy Awards, though it seems the trend in recent years has been to choose an Oscar host who's least likely to ever win one. Nevertheless, Contactmusic says Spacey is thinking…

Cannes reacts to Up

I'd love for somebody to find me a photo of the VIP guests at the theater with their 3D glasses on. Until then, we only have their words to describe their unanimously awestruck reaction: The film, in its aerial beauty and its…

Angels & Demons & Critics

Having a wonderful time! Wish you were too! -- Tom & Ron The Da Vinci Code had a 46 average on Metacritic, and 0 Oscar noms. Angels & Demons doesn't look destined to do much better, with a 50 on Metacritic so far. And…

The Road trailer

Those who know the book will see things in this trailer that Cormac McCarthy never explicitly described. It's my understanding, from the feature article in Esquire we posted a few days ago, that the movie doesn't show them either. So…