Month: May 2011

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 ...

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!) ...

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 Sally Hurst (Bailee Madison), a lonely, withdrawn child, has just arrived in Rhode Island to live with her father Alex (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend ...

(thanks phantom!)

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 ...

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

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 ...

(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 ...

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 ...

(Thanks to phantom, who proposes what looks to be an airtight formula: “Clooney + Payne + Fox Searchlight = Oscar Gold ?”)

Last week we posted two clips from Take Shelter, winner of the Grand Prize of the Cannes Critics’ Week competition. Today Take Shelter gets an official trailer, and you can watch a brief interview with director Jeff Nichols after the ...

The Academy members will now have the opportunity to vote electronically, Nikki Finke just confirmed.  I’m not sure what this means exactly – but one assumes they mean online voting? As Mark Zuckerberg would say, “let the hacking begin.”  Just ...

Oscilloscope Laboratories has picked up distribution rights to Lynn Ramsey’s We Need to Talk About Kevin following its Cannes premiere. Oscilloscope acquired Meek’s Cutoff earlier this year and is building a solid reputation showcasing quality indie productions. They handled Wendy ...

Lucky residents of New York and Los Angeles will be able to see Terrence Malick’s Palme d’Or winner The Tree of Life in theaters this Friday. Over the next 6 weeks the film will expand to major markets across the ...

[notice]Over the past few days, since I went to Cannes, a virus attacked the site.  The last time this happened, I was also out of town, but this time in Yosemite.  Thankfully, Ryan was at the wheel and he managed ...

Réaction de Jean Dujardin suite Prix… euh, après la coupe… (thanks phantom)

Palme d’Or: The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick) Grand Prix (a tie): Le Gaumin au Velo (Dardennes brothers) & Once Upon a Time in Anataolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan) Best Director: Nicholas Winding Refn (Drive) Best Actor: Jean Dujardin (The Artist) ...

The Guardian‘s Vanessa Thorpe says some believe Cannes has been desperate to give Terrence Malick the prize for 30 years. Hanging over the jury’s last-minute deliberations on the Riviera is an even bigger question. Will the favourite, Terrence Malick, turn ...

Opening shot of two well-known thrillers. In two high-angle aerial views, we watch convoys of cop cars snaking their way along the sinuous two-lane S-curve of two highways at night. Both screenshots come from the first 30 seconds of each ...

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