Archives for August 2011


Don’t be afraid of the dark

Pre-teen horror shlock disguised as adult-sized horror film
Guy Pearce, Katie Holmes, Bailee Madison
Directed by Guillermo del Toro

If we were loading cultural items onto a deep space vessel headed beyond the Milky Way and you wanted a prime example of the horror movie with a disturbed little girl (Bailee Madison) moves in with her father and stepmother in a threatening old mansion, a crazy secret murder in the basement, a grumpy groundskeeper who knows all the secrets, an oblivious father (Guy Pearce) who refuses to move ... more >

The legend is born–Ip Man

The third installment of the celebrated martial arts films
Yu-Hang To, Siu-Wong Fan, Sammo Hung Kam-bo
Directed by Herman Yau

If you liked watching Bruce Lee in action, then this is for you. Before Bruce Lee, there was Ip Man. The legend is born—Ip Man, the sequel follow-up to martial arts film series Ip Man, will be released in theatres this Fall. A biographical film based on the life of Wing Chun master Yip Man, famous for mentoring Bruce Lee, Ip Man is helmed by director Herman Yau and stars Dennis To. The ... more >

The future

Straight talk about the indie event of the summer
Miranda July, Hamish Linklater and David Warshofsky
Directed by Miranda July

Complaining that a Miranda July film is too quirky is like complaining that the Saw franchise is too violent. Anyone who ever dabbled in performance art from an early age has had that eccentric, overzealous, slightly creepy teacher: a dance instructor in a way-too-tight leotard, jiggling to New Age music, a drama teacher overemphasizing inflections of gibberish words—Miranda July is that ... more >

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Raúl Ruiz leaves us

Remembering the Three Crowns of the Sailor director

Raúl Ruiz died today, the Chilean director who had exiled himself to France after Pinochet’s acceding power, was better known there for having directed a number of made-for-TV films. As prolific artist who wrote and directed his films, and the author of a well-received adaptation of a Proust novel (Marcel Proust's Time Regained; 1999) he earned his place in the pantheon of film auteurs. After ... more >

Conan the Barbarian

Give Jason Momoa a chance

Should you give a big, 3-D action movie a fair shot when you get the clear feeling that you’re getting moviegoer forage? American movie studios have retrofitted thousands of movie theaters across the country to make them fit for 3-D movies viewing. And in times like this, with a crop year that hasn’t been this mediocre in a long time, it’s clear that justifying the costs of these conversions ... more >