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March 15, 2010

SXSW: Marwencol

SXSW: Marwencol

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(The clip here is not from the documentary Marwencol. Instead it’s a stop-motion scene conceived by the creator of the tiny town itself.) Mark Hogancamp, a bad drunk with a thing for women’s shoes, was jumped by five guys outside a bar in Kingston, N.Y., and beaten into a coma. When he emerged, he set to work creating a 1/6 scale World War II-era Belgian village made up of dolls…

SXSW: Cold Weather

SXSW: Cold Weather

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I like when an off-beat director grabs hold of just barely enough traditional narrative to hook us. I also like trailers that are more concerned with conveying a hint of the flavor and aroma of a film without revealing all the ingredients like a 3-minute condensed recipe. (Just add water, for a bite-sized, easily digestible Insta-Plot. Ready to gulp down in less than 3 minutes!) Creating a mild sensation at…

David Fincher stalking The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo?

David Fincher stalking The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo?

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It took me nearly 2 weeks to snowplow through the first 100 densely packed pages of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo — and 2 riveting nights to ride the avalanche of the remaining 400. To be fair, the tangled plot needs a fair amount of setup as foundation for the interlocking puzzle structure, but the Swedish film adaptation comes front-loaded with a lot of dialogue exposition that works better…

Kick-Ass wants YOU to Kick Ass

Kick-Ass wants YOU to Kick Ass

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Two new posters for Kick-Ass that IMPAwards calls “propaganda style.” Early word is enthusiastic. Patrick Kolan at IGN says, “it’s more than a teen movie but less than a traditional superhero tale ‚Äì and by treading this fine line, it comes up with its own hugely entertaining balance between the two.” The relationship between Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz, most recently seen in (500) Days of Summer) and her father, Big Daddy…

And Speaking of Docs

And Speaking of Docs

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Video clip NSFW Steven Soderbergh has made a documentary on Spalding Gray, the writer/performance artist who took his own life. His surviving wife Kathie Russo is one of the producers on the film. She did a small but interesting piece about Grey on This American Life a while back that I found incredibly moving. Karina Longworth calls Everything is Going Fine a must-see doc at SXSW. As far as Soderbergh…

Cherry Picking Tribeca’s Docs

Cherry Picking Tribeca’s Docs

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Christy Turlington production company in Tanzania Craig Kennedy runs down the last of the lineup for the Tribeca Film Fest. One wonders if any of these movies will have a life beyond the fest. But the buzz starts here if it starts at all. Sundance, Telluride and Toronto have become more prominent for the Oscar race. Nonetheless, here are a few titles worth looking out for. The funny thing about…