Month: June 2008

Doc it Out’s Agnes Varnum on Alex Gibney’s Gonzo: The Life & Times of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson: The first few minutes looked very cartoony with some wierd After Effects experiments, and I was thinking that I was in big ...

AJ Schnack reports on how the LAFF went down: Darius Marder’s LOOT, a study at parallel searches for buried treasure and the healing of past wounds, took the top Jury Prize at the Los Angeles Film Festival Saturday, along with ...

There is no denying Wall-E is an event. This, for so many reasons both large and small. I was trying to figure out what irritating me most about Stephanie Zacharek’s review of the film (since Ryan is on vacation and ...

(Slight spoiler warning) With no limits to their creative freedom, the animators of WALL•E let their imaginations run rampant in developing appropriately resonant forms for their primary characters. Next to the eclectic hodgepodge of spare parts and miscellaneous mechanical contraptions ...

One thing I absolutely loved about Wall-E was how capable and tough Eve was. This was no typical modern love interest who kicks ass just to make hotter but when it comes down to it she must be rescued by ...

Kris Tapley over at Incontention makes the bold prediction that Heath Ledger may be in line not for a supporting nod but for lead. I am a pessimist by nature and thus, my reaction to this is supporting, yes, lead, ...

Poor Ann Curry is the latest victim to James McAvoy’s charms. She reveals her true intentions in this clip, and barely manages to hold it together throughout the rest of the interview. All I can say to you, Oscar watchers, ...

Question: have the Oscars lost their relevance? Does it even mean anything to win an Oscar anymore? That’s my big question. What’s yours?

WALL‚Ä¢E comes from a distinguished acting family. The similarity was noted by many others, months ago, but it’s cool to see the Robot Barrymores side by side. Not to detract from WALL‚Ä¢E in the least. He’s his own man. In ...

Someone gave me the tip-off to this a while back but I kind of disregarded it. It wasn’t that I didn’t believe it, it was more that it was too early to be talking about it. And now it is ...

Kottke.org points us to the Vulture’s top eight best Pixar movies and I have to agree with Kottke that this list is so wrong – but especially their number one choice. Seriously. They count it down it like this: 1. ...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtIN1tycGgY[/youtube] If this isn’t Viggo Mortensen’s year then I don’t know whose year it is, well, unless it’s Wall-E’s. Thanks to reader Jo for giving me the heads up to this Oscartastic trailer of the divine Mr. Mortensen in Good. ...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-sXBkQ13EQ[/youtube] Kris Tapley at In Contention posts this impromptu promo Letterman gave The Dark Knight two nights ago (gratis and sans guest, no less). Kris helpfully extracts the money quote for us: Heath Ledger…oh my God is he great in ...

Filmmakers hanging their highest hopes on winning an Academy Award know it’s the dream scenario guaranteed to boost box-office with a post-Oscar bump worth millions, right?¬† …um, not always. Not when the distributor is caught up short and unprepared to ...

Apparently, the Emmy committee folks have released the finalists for the main categories (thanks to the ever-efficient ONTD for the info). It is unprecedented, yes, but THAT surprising? Not really. Boston Legal, there’s a shocker! Grey’s Anatomy, no way! Desperate ...

June 27, 1969 — The Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village mark the beginning of the gay liberation movement. June 27, 2008 — WALL‚Ä¢E worldwide premiere marks the beginning of the adorable robot liberation movement.

Speaking of Tale of Despereaux, here is a new trailer (at least I think it’s new – some smart ass is going to correct me, I just know it). [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH9pBu3myaw[/youtube]

Welcome to the first State of the Race column of the 2008 season. What does that mean? Not a whole lot, full disclosure. It is still way too early to count any chickens or Oscar contenders, despite how good they ...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFX-1aXj_aU[/youtube] If you had a choice in life, would you rather win an Oscar or would you rather have people say this kind of stuff about you after you’re gone? This is really just an excuse to highlight this great ...

A preview of an upcoming piece in the LA Times appeared last night, with excerpts from an article slated to run on Sunday. I won’t be around nest week, so might not get the chance to post much until after ...

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