"Iris" A Swan Song for Two

 

If you’ve ever seen a pair of eyeglasses with frames like saucers, a necklace with big enough beads to be used in the World Series, or a feather boa digesting a large rodent, chances are the inspiration for the design came from one woman. Name: Iris Apfel. Profession: interior decorator extraordinaire, thrift store miner, Harlem world…

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Tomorrowland's journey to inspiration is mostly stagnant

 

Synopsis: Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory.

 

 

Tomorrowland was a bit of a mystery up until the final weeks before opening….

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"Human Centipede 3" Makes Me Happy to Announce How Terrible It Is

The tremendously disgusting things gushing like from a volcano out of Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) are not what ruin the movie. The fun of gross-out cinema is to be grossed out. And having our boundaries pushed is important if for no other reason than to check ourselves. Human Centipede 3 (which I will refer to as HC: 3 going forward) tri…

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Two Short Films by Fabian Martorell: "The Coin" and "Unbelief"

 

French filmmaker Fabian Martorell turned in two short films to The Movie Blog to be reviewed. The Coin and Unbelief are two conceptual shorts blowing as much hot air as possible in their fleeting timespans. These two share a theme (faith) and play off of each other nicely. Both tackle the idea of faith in different ways—one looking to the…

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Mad Max: Fury Road Review

In a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, two rebels just might be able to restore order: Max, a man of action and of few words, and Furiosa, a woman of action who is looking to make it back to her childhood homeland.

 

 

For me, Mad Max: Fury Road unofficially kicks off summer blockbuster season. The Avenger…

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Pitch Perfect 2 excelled in music but slightly lacked in plot

 

Synopsis: After a humiliating command performance at Lincoln Center, the Barden Bellas enter an international competition that no American group has ever won in order to regain their status and right to perform.
 

 

When I saw that a Pitch Perfect sequel was being made, I got excited. The first film was enjoyable …

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Director Amy Berg Talks About Making Every Secret Thing

 

With her upcoming movie Every Secret Thing releasing on May 15th in theaters, VOD, and iTunes, I got a chance to speak with Director Amy Berg about the film.

 

Jim: Hey Amy, how’s it going?

 
Amy: I’m doing very well Jim.
 

Jim: Obviously you have a documentary background, but how did you come up with this…

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Short Film "The Cobblestone Corridor" Exercising its Right to Drool

 

 

            The Cobblestone Corridor, a short film written, directed and starred in by Erik C. Bloomquist, is a neo-noir about a newspaperman doubling as detective to uncover the truth behind the ousting of a popular teacher at his preparatory school. Bloomquist plays Allen Archer, the editor-in-chief and lead journalist for…

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Danish Short "The Harvest" Not to be Confused with Anything Else

The Harvest, a short, Danish production by directing duo Kim Sønderholm and Martin Sonntag, is not to be confused with the recently released Jon McNaughton film of the same name (reviewed by The Movie Blog’s Jim Alexander here). This is a special effects nightmare—I mean this in a good and bad way. The twenty nasty little minutes that comprise …

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"Woodfalls" Falls Flat and Hard

 

Woodfalls has one thing going for it—Michelle Crane. Crane plays Rebecca, who, along with her brother, Billy (Matthew Ferdenzi), and their helpless mother, moves into a trailer sitting lonely in a field in the town of Woodfalls. Crane, as the bible clinging, inexperienced, softhearted Rebecca is natural and competent in a way no other…

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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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August 28, 2004
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Trying to Figure Out the Timeline in Those Ju-on Films? Go Here.

— Posted by John Campea

Part of the fun of the original Japanese Juon films is trying to maintain a grip on the very fractured timeline and piece together what happens when. If the mental…

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August 28, 2004
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Who’s Coming To Midnight Madness?

— Posted by John Campea

Okay, we already told you which films were coming to this year’s Midnight Madness but as of this afternoon we can also tell you which actors and directors will be…

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August 28, 2004
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You a Genre Film Fan in Toronto? Get Yourself Down to the Convention Center Pronto … Details on Appleseed’s Theatrical and DVD Releases and a Word With Chewbacca

— Posted by John Campea

Prior to tonight’s screening of Hero Nick and I made it down to the Convention Center aiming to spend a bit of time at Rue Morgue’s Festival of Fear, not…

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August 28, 2004
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Some Post-Hero Thoughts

— Posted by John Campea

Aaaah … I just got back from finally having seen Hero on the big screen and it was goooooooood. I went in a group of nine, three of whom had…

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August 27, 2004
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Professor Xavier Picard goes in for Heart Surgery

— Posted by John Campea

One of the best voices in entertainment, Patrick Stewart, went in for surgury. The Assoiated Press reported the following: Angioplasty involves the use of catheters to place a small balloon…

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August 27, 2004
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More Goodness From Aardman …

— Posted by John Campea

Yeah, yeah … it’s old news if you’re in the UK but I’m not and these were never available here … One of the side benefits to being the parent…

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August 27, 2004
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UK Trauma Website Online …

— Posted by John Campea

… and it’s a good one. Unless you have an active dislike for ants, in which case it will make you very uncomfortable. Check it out here.

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August 27, 2004
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Hero Reviews Come Rolling In …

— Posted by John Campea

Lest you think it’s just a few of us deranged Asian film fans raving about how good Hero is, here are a few numbers and quotes to ponder. Rotten Tomatoes…

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August 27, 2004
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Farscape Trailer Online

— Posted by John Campea

You know, I was never a huge Farscape fan but that had a lot more to do with the availability of the show here in Canada than with the quality….

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August 27, 2004
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Just So Everybody Knows …

— Posted by John Campea

That supposed Quentin Tarantino blog people have been talking about? Bogus, as confirmed both by his agent and one-time writing partner Roger Avery. It’s still a pretty good impression of…

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August 27, 2004
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Wondering Where You Can Find Info On TIFF Films? Go here.

— Posted by John Campea

Okay, this kicks ass. And saves me a lot of work. Thanks to the good people at Greencine Daily I’ve just found this site here that links to all the…

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August 27, 2004
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Hey Gilliam Fans! The Man’s Coming To Town!

— Posted by John Campea

Hey boys and girls … Terry Gilliam is slated to begin filming Tideland in Toronto starting at the end of September. I’ve sent a note off to his agent to…

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