Month: September 2008

Can’t find an embeddable version, so you’ll need to click the Australia logo Click above to be carried off to very pretty Luhrmannland. Looking more and more like Out of Africa meets The African Queen — not that there’s anything ...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1fZSemg3iM[/youtube] Official sales pitch: “The emotional story of a man who will change the lives of seven strangers.” [None of them in the audience, however.]

The zig-zag path from Fitzgerald short story to Fincher epic is outlined in the NYTimes, following The Curious Case of Benjamin Button across a minefield of interpretations (a comedy starring Martin Short!), as the property was passed many hands over ...

Roger Ebert, reviewing Cool Hand Luke in 1967, a 1400-word history lesson on the evolution of our attitudes about heroes and how Paul Newman became the ultimate personification of the anti-hero: “He’s been in movies where he is a fairly ...

Epic in the purest sense of the word. Apple HD trailers here. I think now we’ve seen enough so that this qualifies as more than a guess: Best Cinematography nomination for Claudio Miranda, and I’m all in for another 7-8 ...

[UPDATE: Much sharper version to replace the previous youtube clip. A movie that depends on the strength of its graphic impact to deliver the full force of its style deserves the best presentation possible.] Hope nobody’s getting tired of trailers. ...

Thanks to Alex Billington at Firstshowing.net for the reminder about Cannes Camera d’Or winner, Hunger, the story of IRA martyr Bobby Sands’ last days during his 1981 hunger strike. Though a difficult movie to watch, Alex thinks Hunger deserves recognition ...

Maybe not as dreamlike and tantalizing as the teaser poster, but a beautiful Metropolis-under-glass terrarium all the same. Probably best that promotional teasers for Synecdoche, New York stay away from trying a literal explanation of the puzzle-box complexity of the ...

Poster after the cut. [UPDATE: Featurette we’ve seen before, but higher quality than the one posted months ago.]

Remember the Matt Damon interview that we all enjoyed and admired 100%, when everybody joined hands, sang Kumbyah, made s’mores, and told ghost stories before we paired off in unlikely couples and slipped off to zippered tents to make out? ...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1lOiy3j-K0[/youtube] Looks beautiful — and probably too subdued for Oscar. But let’s never loose sight of the fact that awards coverage involves more than the Oscars. We have the Spirit Awards and various critics groups to consider, too, and their ...

SWM seeking short-term no-strings thrill-seeking partner. Me: Supernaturally attractive, killer blue eyes. You: Exotic sex kitten, some sort of accent. Must enjoy eating out, spontaneous car chases, long walks through the desert, international intrigue and ‘splosions. Mutual interest in ridding ...

We’ve mentioned Man on Wire several times as an almost certain nominee for Best Documentary. Swept up in the general consensus that it’s one of the very best films of the year, apparently we’ve taken it for granted by never ...

Just a reminder that the Gurus’ Top 10 is not that different from the AD readers Top 10, based on our poll — more than a month ago. The significant difference being the sudden emergence of Slumdog Millionaire at TIFF ...

I’ll say this: The trailers and posters for W. are getting progressively more sophisticated and interesting. The more it veers into surreal absurdity the more I like it, slouching into a crude groove of Mad Hatter sociopathic slapstick that sure ...

More variations on the Body of Lies design theme we’ve seen here and here. The soft-focus grid of background lights gives this pair a powerful visual unity and reminds us that the action will be backed up with an blinking ...

Brad Brevet at Rope of Silicone mines EW for the rumor/tease suggesting Ricky Gervais is being courted to host the Oscars. But is his intentionally graceless demeanor too clever and caustic for the masses to grasp? Gervais’s “The Office” inspired ...

Let the fetting begin! Producers Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven and Emma Thomas and screenwriter John Patrick Shanley to be honored at Hollywood Awards Gala. Hollywood, CA September 24, 2008 — The 12th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, co-chaired ...

Only the faintest trace of Clint Eastwood’s involvement in this lipstick ad, unless that smudge in the corner is his thumb over the lens.

Gamorra was just announced as Italy’s official submission to this year’s Oscars. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hky53gXyjX0[/youtube] Several versions of trailers for Gomorra floating around. If anyone knows of a better source, let us know.

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