Archive for September, 2008

Alan Gets the Ball Rolling

Alan Gets the Ball Rolling

| September 20, 2008

Alan Ball is one of the most original voices in film and television today, from his Oscar-winning original screenplay for American Beauty, to his groundbreaking Six Feet Under, Ball is a new voice for a new generation. Ball makes his long-awaited theatrical directorial debut on Towelhead, based on the acclaimed novel, that follows the dark, […]

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Many Irons in the Fire for Oscar Winner Jeremy

Many Irons in the Fire for Oscar Winner Jeremy

| September 20, 2008

Oscar winning Brit Jeremy Irons is very picky when it comes to leaving one of his many British homes [and Irish castle] to take on a Hollywood role, but the idea of playing the antagonistic cattle baron in the Ed Harris-directed western, Appaloosa, was clearly too good to pass up. In a Toronto hotel room, […]

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Finding Peter Tolan in ‘Finding Amanda’

Finding Peter Tolan in ‘Finding Amanda’

| September 20, 2008

Last week I had the opportunity speak with Peter Tolan, writer and director of Finding Amanda, now available on DVD from Magnolia Entertainment. A very polite Peter apologized in advance for any background noise as he was taking a stroll through the 30’s on New York City’s West Side, not far from my virtual Starbucks […]

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Copycat

Copycat

| September 16, 2008

Hey, Ulli Lommel…got a special message for you this week. Assuming you read these, which isn’t likely given that you’re still pumping out your special brand of direct to video drivel to an unsuspecting video store audiences instead of slinking off into the night like the crime against video store patrons you are. Anyway, message: […]

Sukiyaki Western Django

Sukiyaki Western Django

| September 15, 2008

Takashi Miike made his mark in the States on horror/gore aficionados with films such as Ichi the Killer and one of my favorite horror films in recent memory, Audition. What many of his fans do not realize is that Miike has made almost 80 films in a myriad of genres from the five or so […]

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Man, Woman, and the Wall

Man, Woman, and the Wall

| September 15, 2008

We’ve all been in this situation. We are on the bus, train, or in line at the grocery store and a person in front of us or behind us is talking loudly about their personal business. Or perhaps you pick up your cordless phone and realize it is picking up another cordless phone’s signal. And […]

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Sandhogs

Sandhogs

| September 15, 2008

This 11-episode History series follows a virtually unknown group of men called the Sandhogs as they labor in one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. For nearly 150 years, the Sandhogs have been mining hundreds of feet below New York City. They are the city’s unsung heroes, without whom the people above would […]

Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys

Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys

| September 15, 2008

Boy, I’ve been waiting for this latest Tyler Perry movie, Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys. No, I wasn’t fiending for the trademark slapstick comedy, but as I noted in my review Meet the Browns, I anticipated Tyler’s departure for what many years from now will be known as his anthology of Madea films. With […]

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Burn After Reading

Burn After Reading

| September 15, 2008

I was less than enthused with the Coens’ previous film, No Country for Old Men. Most people saw its dour tone as a perfect reflection of its theme that we are powerless to outrun death. I felt that the lack of humor only made the film feel soulless, an empty–yet technically skilled–exercise in suspense. I’m […]

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Keira Knightley – Simply Royalty

Keira Knightley – Simply Royalty

| September 15, 2008

There seems there is a lot in common between British actress Keira Knightley and her latest cinematic incarnation, Georgiana, The Duchess of Devonshire. Both are fashion icons, celebrities and compelling in their own way. The truer story of the 18th century superstar of sorts who ended up living with both her husband and his mistress, […]

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