JONATHAN MILLER: A FEW MINUTES ON CHRIS MARKER

Distributor Jonathan Miller talks about his DVD release of Chris Marker’s “A Grin Without a Cat,” a landmark of non-fiction filmmaking.



Posted on April 30, 2009 by

THE COUNTRY TEACHER (VENKOVSKY UCITEL)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 113 minutes

If you plan to see “The Country Teacher,” you should be warned: loneliness is terrible. And sometimes it makes an otherwise sensible person do nonsensical things.


Posted on April 30, 2009 by

SWINE FLU IS COMING FOR YOU!

SWINE FLU IS COMING FOR YOU!

Believe what you will about the latest swine flu outbreak, but this 1976 PSA spells it out loud and clear…



Posted on April 29, 2009 by

I AM THE BLUEBIRD

I AM THE BLUEBIRD
3 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 110 minutes

ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE! The link between memory and self-agency is, in and of itself, a fascinating subject, but Thomas Verrette’s treatment of it makes the film frustrating to watch.


Posted on April 29, 2009 by

TELL-TALE

2 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 92 minutes

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL WORLD PREMIERE! Novelist Nick Antosca caught this gristly revision of the classic Poe tale at Tribeca, and everywhere he looked he found a gaping chest wound of a plot hole.


Posted on April 28, 2009 by

NICK DAWSON TALKS HAL ASHBY

There’s never been a proper biography written on the amazing filmmaker Hal Ashby. But Nick Dawson has written one and it’s a damn fine book…



Posted on April 27, 2009 by

CANADIAN CLASSICKS: ROCK ‘N’ ROLL NIGHTMARE

Canadian Classicks is a look at some of the gems and turds from the so-called “tax shelter period,” when the Canadian government introduced new laws in an effort to boost domestic film production. If last week’s choice, “Rituals,” represented one of the best examples of Canadian horror filmmaking. This week’s choice is easily one of the worst…



Posted on April 27, 2009 by

SHADOWS IN PARADISE (DVD)

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 60 minutes

While “Shadows in Paradise” provides a glimpse into an extraordinary moment in Hollywood history, its lack of depth makes it too shadowy for full value.


Posted on April 27, 2009 by

PROGNOSTICATING WITH GARY WEEKS: OR, “THE DAY I LEFT MY CELL PHONE AT HOME”

PROGNOSTICATING WITH GARY WEEKS:
OR, “THE DAY I LEFT MY CELL PHONE AT HOME”

ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL INTERVIEW! On a warm and breezy Wednesday afternoon with a honeydew-celery smoothie in hand, Stina Chyn chatted with writer-actor Gary Weeks to learn more about “Deadland,” the film he stars in and wrote.



Posted on April 26, 2009 by

DAVID LYNCH & CRISPIN GLOVER’S BIG OFFICE BLOCKBUSTER!

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 9 minutes

This parody series is a delightful slap to any film geek’s face.


Posted on April 25, 2009 by

THE DEATH OF ALICE BLUE

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 86 minutes

ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE! Echoing the narrative programming of late-night SciFi or F/X television, “The Death of Alice Blue” depicts one of the most bizarre and health-code-violating office spaces in indie cinema.


Posted on April 25, 2009 by

THE BOOTLEG FILES: CHAPLIN IN KID AUTO RACES AT VENICE

Phil Hall’s The Bootleg Files explores the wild world of classic and kooky flicks that can only be found on bootlegged videos and DVD. This week, Phil finds a familiar figure at a California auto race.



Posted on April 24, 2009 by

THROW DOWN YOUR HEART

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 97 minutes

Fans of world music will enjoy the vibrant and spontaneous performances gathered here


Posted on April 24, 2009 by

FIGHTING

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 105 minutes

Maybe a more interesting film would have Shawn examining the root causes underlying his fury and coming to terms with them in an adult fashion? Nah, probably not.


Posted on April 24, 2009 by

SPIKE LEE AND FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA AT SIFF 2009

The 2009 Seattle International Film Festival announced that it will present a special Golden Space Needle Award for Outstanding Achievement in Directing to Spike Lee on Saturday, May 23 at Seattle’s historic Egyptian Theatre. The tribute ceremony will include a montage of clips highlighting Mr. Lee’s diverse work as a director, as well as a […]



Posted on April 23, 2009 by

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