Review: Cake

 
Synopsis: Claire becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic pain support group while grappling with her own, very raw personal tragedy. (c) Imdb

 

 

When the 2015 Oscar nominations were made, Jennifer Aniston’s name has been floated as a major snub. Cake, opening nationwide on January 23rd, will giv…

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Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner A Magnificent, Yet Boring Art Film

 

This film explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in …

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Review: Little Accidents

 

 

 
 

Synopsis: In a small American town still living in the shadow of a terrible coal mine accident, the disappearance of a teenage boy draws together a surviving miner, the lonely wife of a mine executive, and a local boy in a web of secrets. (Imdb)
 

 

First time director Sara Colangelo mi…

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American Sniper is an Exceptional War Epic

 

Synopsis: Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle’s pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.

 

 

We’ve all seen many war films as they seem to be a staple for …

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Blackhat: Michael Mann and Chris Hemsworth's Disappointing Generic Computer Thriller

Set within the world of global cybercrime, Legendary’s Blackhat follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta.

 

Michael Mann’s generic foray into crafting a meaningful and interesting computer hacking Internation…

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Rory Kennedy Discusses Her Oscar Nominated Last Days of Vietnam

Synopsis: During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon as the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempted to escape. On the ground, American soldiers and diplomats confronted a moral quandary: whether to obey White House orders to evacuate only U.S. citizens or risk being charged wit…

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Interview: Inherent Vice actor Michael Cotter

 

Inherent Vice opens in theaters on January 9th. I got a chance to talk with one of the actors in the film, Michael Cotter, who plays Rhus Frothingham. We discussed the movie, as well as the cult-hit Dylan Dog.

 

 

Jim: Hey Michael, glad we get to catch up. Wanted to start out with Inherent Vice, what was the process…

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Paul Thomas Anderson's Zany Inherent Vice is a Densely Constructed Masterpiece

 

“Inherent Vice,” is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel. When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife a…

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Ava DuVernay's Masterful Selma is the Timely Movie America Needs

SELMA is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965,…

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Interview: Inherent Vice actress Delaina Mitchell

 

Inherent Vice is hitting theaters nationwide on January 9th. I got a chance to speak to Delaina Mitchell, who plays the wife of Josh Brolin in the film. I spoke to Delaina about Inherent Vice, and Vanilla Sky among other things.

 

 

JIM: What’s it like to be part of a film like Inherent Vice?

 
DELAINA: I’m…

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August 30, 2004
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Got A Question About The Upcoming Narnia Films? It’s Probably Answered Here.

— Posted by John Campea

There have been casting and effects rumors floating around the live action adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia for a little while now, but now that things are…

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August 30, 2004
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Passion of the Christ DVD Is Barer Than the Tomb and At Least One Toronto Reviewer Is Less Than Pleased About It.

— Posted by John Campea

While he’s not generally my first choice in local film reviewers the Toronto Sun’s Bruce Kirkland does come up with an article that bears mention from time to time. And…

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August 30, 2004
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Superbabies: BabyGeniuses 2 Doesn’t Crack the Top Ten.

— Posted by John Campea

… Yeah.. but, who really cares anyway? I sure don’t. Forget I said anything.

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August 29, 2004
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And the So-Full-Of-It-They’re-Choking Award Goes to: Miramax.

— Posted by John Campea

Just thought I’d point out that Boxofficemojo.com has quoted Amanda Lundberg, Head of Miramax’s Worldwide Relations giving the official reason why they handled the “Hero” release the way they did….

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August 29, 2004
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Pics From the Big Ol’ Geek Convention

— Posted by John Campea

So I mentioned back on Friday that Nick and I had been roaming the big sci-fi / horror / anime / comic convention prior to going to catch Hero and…

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August 29, 2004
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Godzilla: Final Wars Footage Online!

— Posted by John Campea

Whee! Monster Zero has posted links to some footage from the Ryuhei Kitamura directed Godzilla: Final Wars! They’re careful to point out that this is not an official trailer, but…

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August 29, 2004
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I’d Know That Bak Anywhere …

— Posted by John Campea

Nothing really there yet but it makes me happy to see that the North American website for Ong Bak is now live … just a little more than two months…

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August 29, 2004
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Release Date For A Very Long Engagement

— Posted by John Campea

Not sure when this was officially announced, but I stumbled across an article today that stated Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s A Very Long Engagement will hit North American theaters November 26th. I’m…

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August 29, 2004
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Miike’s One Missed Call Hits DVD Next Week

— Posted by John Campea

Another find by the apparently all-seeing Logboy … Takashi Miike’s One Missed Call is being released as a two DVD set in Korea September 7th and, yes, the Korean release…

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August 29, 2004
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Starring in “Friends” equals No Movie Career for You

— Posted by John Campea

I’ll come right out and admit it. I’m a guy in his 30’s and I liked the show Friends. There… I said it. Coming out of the closet it very…

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August 28, 2004
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Toronto Film Fest Launches Online Forum

— Posted by John Campea

Clever folk that they are, the powers that be at the Toronto Film Festival have launched their very own online forum for the Festival. There are discussion areas set up…

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August 28, 2004
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Hero Rules the Box Office

— Posted by John Campea

According to the just-released figures over at Box Office Mojo Hero is leading this weekend’s box office race by a healthy margin. Despite playing on nearly a thousand fewer screens…

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August 28, 2004
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Infernal Affairs Is Back On Miramax’s Release Schedule

— Posted by John Campea

Right. Now that Miramax has finally gone ahead and released Hero and a butchered version of Shaolin Soccer – the uncut, Cantonese version on the North American DVD apparently has…

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August 28, 2004
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New Incredibles TV Spots Online.

— Posted by John Campea

No commentary necessary. Just go watch them. Here and here.

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August 28, 2004
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Jay and Silent Bob are on the Comeback Trail. The Passion of the Clerks to Begin Shooting in January.

— Posted by John Campea

Kevin Smith’s going back to the work that made him famous with a sequel to his classic Clerks set to begin filming next year with the original cast members on…

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August 28, 2004
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Whedon Confirmed for X Men 3?

— Posted by John Campea

The Hollywood North Report certainly seems to think so … they’re reporting that Whedon has signed on to write and direct with the start date pushed back to summer, 2005….

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August 28, 2004
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New Team America TV Spot Online

— Posted by John Campea

Yeah, I’m not actually that big a fan of South Park boys Parker and Stone’s work, but this just looks pants-wettingly funny. MTV has posted a new TV spot for…

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August 28, 2004
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Casting Announced on Aardman’s Flushed Away

— Posted by John Campea

Aardman Animation has announced the voice cast for Flushed Away, their new film about an upper class rat flushed into the sewers of London. According to the Hollywood Reporter Hugh…

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