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

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...
Posted On 30 May 2011

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, red band trailer

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...
Posted On 28 May 2011

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

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 Sally Hurst (Bailee Madison), a lonely, withdrawn child, has just arrived in Rhode Island to live with her father Alex (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes) at the...
Posted On 28 May 2011

Extended clip from The Prodigies

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...
Posted On 26 May 2011

Four new clips from The Tree of Life

Four 1-minute clips from The Tree of Life (via Rope of Silicon).
Posted On 25 May 2011

Watch Cannes Critics Week films for free on MUBI

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...
Posted On 25 May 2011

Terrence Malick pops in at The Tree of Life premiere

(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...
Posted On 25 May 2011

Oscar Check – Cannes, 2011

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...
Posted On 23 May 2011