How to Mentor an Aspiring Cinephile?

Indiewire’s Criticwire addressed today this question from a reader: “I mentor a 14-year-old from Harlem and nothing would make me happier then to have her enjoy ‘art house’ movies.  She goes to Hollywood movies in chain theaters, and doesn’t...
Posted On 11 Jun 2012

The Avengers Heads Towards $600 Million, Time To Consider it for Best Picture?

I’ve been holding out as long as possible, but The Avengers has come this weekend at number 3 at the box office.  That gives it more than enough juice, joining Titanic and Avatar, to be considered a best picture contender.  One of the ways you judge the viability of a...
Posted On 05 Jun 2012

Girl Pressure: Why Being the Voice of a Generation Can Be Problematic

There is probably nothing more frustrating than seeing a voice and a talent like Lena Dunham’s — maybe the coolest thing to happen to storytelling in a long while — being relegated to stories about how these girls’ lives are shaped and defined by the men...
Posted On 04 Jun 2012

Two new Prometheus TV spots

Two 15-second injections of upper-octave chills. “How I wonder what you are.” Indeed.
Posted On 04 Jun 2012

New footage from The Dark Knight Rises

The screams you hear in the background from the fans in the audience at the MTV movie awards mean a lot, because we know how hard it is to get those kids excited.
Posted On 03 Jun 2012

Rooney Mara & Jude Law in The Bitter Pill

Steven Soderbergh shooting Rooney and Jude on on 65th Street in NYC, via Vulture. Written by Scott Z. Burns, who penned Contagion and The Informant for Soderbergh, The Bitter Pill stars Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Vinessa Shaw and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The film is a...
Posted On 03 Jun 2012

Ryan Gosling in Only God Forgives

This. And four more shots of Ryan Gosling in Only God Forgives, after the cut, via Collider. For his followup, Nicolas Winding Refn is considering a brutal thriller featuring another stoic story of vengeance based on the 1992 UK graphic novel Button Man: Killing Game. It’s...
Posted On 01 Jun 2012