Archives for April 2010

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KICK-ASS

By CRAIG YOUNKIN - April 16, 2010Normal people being superheros. “The Dark Knight” already taught us what a horrible idea that was, but fine, I was willing to give a comedy about it a try. So “Kick-Ass” takes this jokey, cartoonish premise and spends much of its ridiculously long run-time not being funny right before it switches gears into an overbearingly violent second half that doesn’t have a ... more >

PRODUCER’S LOG # 187: ‘BOOGIE WOOGIE’

By ALI NADERZAD - April 15, 2010IFC Films will open Duncan Ward’s star-studded satire ‘‘Boogie Woogie’’ on Friday, April 23 in New York at the IFC Center. The film will be available nationwide in fifty million homes on VOD beginning on April 21.Adapted by Danny Moynihan from his novel of the same name, ‘‘Boogie Woogie’’ is a wicked satire set against the backdrop of the contemporary London art ... more >

BRIEFLY NOTED: ‘THE GOOD HEART’

By ALI NADERZAD - April 14, 2010Brian Cox stars as Jacques, the curmudgeonly owner of a gritty New York dive bar that serves as home to a motley assortment of professional drinkers. Jacques is determinedly drinking and smoking himself to death when he meets Lucas (Dano), a homeless young man who has already given up on life. Determined to keep his legacy alive, Jacques deems Lucas is a fitting ... more >

LEAVES OF GRASS

By CRAIG YOUNKIN - April 11, 2010No stranger to quirky performances (most notably “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou”), actor Tim Blake Nelson takes his broad sense of humor behind the camera this time, as writer and director, for “Leaves of Grass.” This is a scatter-brained flick (part drug comedy, part violent crime film, part romance, part drama about dealing with family issues, part reflection on the ... more >

INDIES IN BRIEF: DOC "THE CARTEL" SOUNDS A LOUD CALL TO ACTION

April 9, 2010 --Teachers punished for speaking out. Principals fired for trying to do what's right. Union leaders defending the indefensible. Bureaucrats blocking new charter schools. These are just some of the people we meet in "The Cartel." The film also introduces us to teens who can't read, parents desperate for change, and teachers struggling to launch stable alternative schools for ... more >

THE INSIDER: ‘REC’ GETS FRANCHISED

By ALI NADERZAD - April 8, 2010Whenever something noteworthy comes up Screen Comment will share recent intel about dealmaking and movies distribution in this new section called THE INSIDER (file these wee articles under 'MOVIE BIZ'). The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnet Releasing, which is the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures announced that it has acquired the rights to "[REC] 2," the anticipated ... more >

SHORT TAKES: HAPPINESS RUNS

By STAFF - April 7, 2010Little by little, Victor starts to notice the cracks in the utopic ideals of the hippie commune where he was raised. His mother helps to fund it while the guru, Insley, hypnotizes and seduces women with a technique he calls “running.” Insley manipulates the minds of these women so that they give him their bodies and all their worldly possessions. Victor’s childhood love, ... more >