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Happy-Go-Lucky, trailer

| August 12, 2008 | 21 Comments

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P97wbtckTEY[/youtube] Awards Daily friendlies Nathaniel Rogers and Kris Tapley have been tuned in to Sally Hawkins and Happy-Go-Lucky for weeks. Today’s expanded announcement of the NYFF line-up finally pounded the film’s potential through my thick skull. Kris is betting on Happy-Go-Lucky for his newly minted “Juno slot“¬© (but let’s... (Read More)

“Blockbuster Fatigue”?

| August 11, 2008 | 29 Comments

The thrilling reality many moviegoers enjoy remains incomprehensible and inaccessible to some critics, and they’re having a heck of a time explaining it to themselves. Stephanie Zacharek is still puzzled. She’s tired of reviewing movies she doesn’t like, so today she takes time out to psychoanalyze the audiences that... (Read More)

Appaloosa, one-sheet

| August 8, 2008 | 17 Comments

Minus 5 points for failure to fully commit to sepia? Or plus 5 points? For one-sheet color palettes in 2008, Dark Knight Blue is the new black. (Bonus question: How many peculiar things would one need to add to Viggo Mortensen’s face before he ceases to be hot?)

Beijing is “Mad About English!”

| August 8, 2008 | 5 Comments

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBFEgMqhOs4[/youtube] Since its successful bid to host the 2008 Summer Olympics, China has been stricken with what the Chinese call yingwen re or ‘study English fever’. The goal is to have hundreds of thousands of English speakers ready to greet international visitors when they arrive for the Games. Mad... (Read More)

Cruz & Bardem in Jamón, jamón

| August 7, 2008 | 10 Comments

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57_ZGoBs4qc[/youtube] One of the couples we’ll meet in the various pairings of Vicky Cristina Barcelona are Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz as Juan Antonio and his ex-wife Maria Elena (described by Andrew O’Hehir as “a free-floating agent of chaos whose only role is to disrupt and destroy all possible... (Read More)

Flash of Genius, trailer and poster

| August 6, 2008 | 10 Comments

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv-8FSGiOlQ[/youtube] Full disclosure: I’m a total sucker for this kind of David vs MegaGoliath historical tale of the little guy rocking the system. Rookie director Marc Abraham has 17 years of solid experience producing (Children of Men, Thirteen Days, The Commitments, The Emperor’s Club). The warm vintage luster of... (Read More)

Celebrity Politics Mashup

| August 6, 2008 | 14 Comments

It’s topical, sensationalist, relevant, quite funny, and it’s deeper than you’d expect. It’s hot. And you don’t have to wait till October 17th to see it. (a couple of bonus cartoons, after the cut)

Vicky Cristina Barcelona Delicioso

| August 5, 2008 | 12 Comments

Culling the best tips from today’s comments, J UK‘s link to David Denby’s review in The New Yorker warrants a bump to the main page: Woody Allen‚Äôs ‚ÄúVicky Cristina Barcelona‚Äù has a natural, flowing vitality to it, a sun-drenched splendor that never falters. It’s all uphill from there, as... (Read More)

Appaloosa trailer

| August 5, 2008 | 22 Comments

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kg3TaAPELkQ[/youtube] Here ya go, kids.¬† At last a movie with real potential that’s right around the bend. Premiering at Toronto, and opening in the US the first week of October.