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May 2011

The Politics of Oscar: David Mamet Turns to the Dark Side

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The Oscar race is a funny thing.  It is not all that different from any other fairly meaningless contest in our culture.  It is based on momentarily likability.   Your vote is personal.  It was with great interest, then, that I’ve watched this whole “David Mamet becomes conservative” story. He isn’t really just quietly becoming a conservative, of course, he’s burning down the house – calling liberalism an addiction, a…

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, red band trailer

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, red band trailer

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It’s ‘leaked.’ Not sure how long this camcorder edition of the Red Band trailer for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will remain online, so watch and soak it all in quick, as soon as you can. (thanks to Yogs!) (& thanks to Rope of Silicon for preserving a copy to replace the one youtube has removed.)

del Toro presents Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, trailer

del Toro presents Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, trailer

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Presented by Guillermo del Toro, directed by Trey Nixey. (Creepy teaser after the cut.) Sally Hurst (Bailee Madison), a lonely, withdrawn child, has just arrived in Rhode Island to live with her father Alex (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes) at the 19th-century mansion they are restoring. While exploring the sprawling estate, the young girl discovers a hidden basement, undisturbed since the strange disappearance of the mansion’s…

Joseph Gordon Levitt in 50/50, trailer

Joseph Gordon Levitt in 50/50, trailer

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(thanks phantom!)

Extended clip from The Prodigies

Extended clip from The Prodigies

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NYC, Central Park, 2010. Five young teenagers are violently assaulted. But they’re not your average teenagers… they’re prodigies. The trauma of the assault incites them to lash out against the world in a cold and calculating way. The five chillingly brilliant minds come together to concoct a perfect revenge. The only person aware of the pending doom is Jimbo Farrar, a sixth prodigy, who has gathered them. As long as…

George Clooney in The Descendants, trailer

George Clooney in The Descendants, trailer

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Four new clips from The Tree of Life

Four new clips from The Tree of Life

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Four 1-minute clips from The Tree of Life (via Rope of Silicon).

Watch Cannes Critics Week films for free on MUBI

Watch Cannes Critics Week films for free on MUBI

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MUBI is showcasing dozens of features and short films through June 30. The selected movies will be free for the first 1000 views. A lot of unfamiliar titles on offer, so if anyone discovers a gem please post a brief capsule review in the comments. We’ll feature your best recommendations in rotation on the main page. UPDATE: Thanks to Jeremie for these excellent synopses and suggestions. All but one of…

Terrence Malick pops in at The Tree of Life premiere

Terrence Malick pops in at The Tree of Life premiere

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(View full-size on the Flickr stream of the photographer, colonelchi. Enlargement after the cut) Photographic evidence of a rare sighting of the elusive Terrenece Malick at during the ovation at the end of The Tree of Life for its Cannes premiere. FilmDetail points us to details in USA Today, with first-hand account from Jessica Chastain: In what may be the festival’s best-kept secret, famously shy director Terrence Malick made a…

Oscar Check – Cannes, 2011

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Can the Tree of Life go all the way to Oscar’s Big Ten?  It’s a tough one, and ultimately a little depressing to think about in all honesty.  Coming out of the Cannes Film Fest, it seems that the year’s best films would be selected over the course of the year until the very best remain.  But we know that it doesn’t really work that way because “best” is a…