Archive for October, 2007

Displaced

Displaced

| October 19, 2007

Ambitious is a word that one could use to describe Displaced. Perhaps a bit too ambitious. The first actor that we hear speak is Ian McKellen, who performs the opening narrative/backstory. Don’t be fooled into thinking that this benchmark of quality will be found throughout the film. Either McKellen is related to someone involved in […]

Phoenix the Reluctant Actor

Phoenix the Reluctant Actor

| October 18, 2007

Joaquin Phoenix is gleefully smoking a cigarette, cross-legged on a chair in a Toronto hotel room, as one of his latest films, Reservation Road, is about to premiere. Not one who loves to talk to the press, Phoenix talks rapidly about his distaste for what he defines as the process of acting, not the job, […]

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Music Box Massacre 3

Music Box Massacre 3

| October 18, 2007

From October13-14, 2007, the Music Box Theatre in Chicago hosted the 3rd Annual 24-hour Music Box Horror Movie Massacre. From noon Saturday to noon Sunday, they screened 13 horror films (plus two shorts), spanning 80 years. My wife, two friends and I braved all 24 hours of the event (with the exception of grabbing a […]

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Baxter

Baxter

| October 16, 2007

Let this be a lesson to everyone who’s ever looked down their noses at Paris and sneered as they turned back to their “freedom fries”: never turn your back on the French, especially their filmmakers…because when they want to be, they can be just as truly balls-out fucked up as the Japanese ever thought to […]

Terror’s Advocate

Terror’s Advocate

| October 14, 2007

Director Barbet Schroeder (Single White Female, Reversal of Fortune, Barfly) has long concerned himself with capturing “Human Monsters” – both fictional and real. In his earlier documentary work, his subjects ranged from Idi Amin to Klaus Von Bulow and Charles Bukowski. With Terror’s Advocate, he returns to non-fiction for the first time in nearly twenty […]

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We Own the Night

We Own the Night

| October 14, 2007

We Own the Night reunites screenwriter/director James Gray with both Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg, who starred in Gray’s second feature film, The Yards. Add in Robert Duvall, and you have the promise of a pretty impressive evening of acting. The actors deliver, but Gray stumbles. Starting strong, the film stumbles over too many plot […]

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Mr. Hopkins Does Things His Way

Mr. Hopkins Does Things His Way

| October 14, 2007

At 70, Sir Anthony Hopkins shows no signs of slowing down. As an actor, he is still preparing to play Alfred Hitchcock in a biopic, sill be seen next month in the all digital Beowulf, and his second directorial feature, Slipstream, will be released several months following its Sundance bow. Talking on the phone from […]

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Ms. Binoche Takes on Hollywood Romance

Ms. Binoche Takes on Hollywood Romance

| October 14, 2007

Beautiful Juliette Binoche segues from intense dramas, such as the Israeli film Disengagement, to more mainstream Hollywood fare as the upcoming romantic comedy Dan in Real Life, opposite Steve Carell, in which she plays the fiancee of Carell’s brother, who finds herself falling for Carell’s widowed newspaper advice columnist at a large family gathering. The […]

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Kaye Takes the Abortion Debate Front and Center

Kaye Takes the Abortion Debate Front and Center

| October 14, 2007

British director Tony Kaye says he learned a lot since American History X was literally taken away from him. Older and certainly wiser, Kaye spent 15 years making his powerful black and white documentary Lake of Fire. In this candid conversation with Paul Fischer, Kaye discusses the film and the mistakes he made with his […]

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Ms. Mortimer Plays with Dolls While Still in the Pink

Ms. Mortimer Plays with Dolls While Still in the Pink

| October 14, 2007

In a quiet corner table in a Toronto restaurant, Emily Mortimer may be forgiven for thinking that her latest film is a tad bizarre, at least on paper. In Lars and the Real Girl, she plays the sister-in-law of the troubled Lars (Ryan Gosling) who finally brings a girl home. The trouble is, the ‘girl’ […]

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