Archives for September 2011


Roman Polanski’s Carnage

The New York Film Festival opener
Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, and John C. Reilly
Directed by Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski's latest effort is an adaptation of French dramatic auteur—and, for a short while, Nicolas Sarkozy confidante--Yasmine Reza's play “God of Carnage.” After being favorably received onstage, both Broadway and the West End mounted productions to mostly positive acclaim. It seems natural, then, that a film version—a ninety-minute set piece in which the characters barely leave the ... more >

NEWS IN REVIEW – survival and the small-town theatre

We are all Justin West

In this week's Chicago Tribune is an article by film critic Michael Phillips about the demise of the small-town movie theatre. Converting the projectors to digital costs money and mom-and-pop theatre owners just don't have the fund since they've often been running on fumes. The problem is a lack of incentive, of course. The cost of creating a 35 mm print is about 12 times higher for the studios -- ... more >

Press Play blog presents Polanski video series

Retrospective lead-up to NYFF Carnage screening

This week the Press Play blog's Serena Bramble and Simon Abrams are presenting the first chapter in a video-essay series on Roman Polanski's movies, called, unsurprisingly, Life’s work: the films of Roman Polanski, curated by Indiewire and Salon contributor Matt Zoller Seitz. Any doubt you may have on the producers' intentions will vanish as soon as you learn the first chapter’s title: Roman ... more >

Netflix to stream DREAMWORKS ANIMATION catalog

Netflix: 1 - Pay TV: 0

In the epic saga of Netflix v. pay TV there is some light at the end of the tunnel for the familiar red envelope company. As first reported on Gizmodo, Dreamworks Animation studios have granted Netflix the rights to stream their catalog. That’s really good news for Netflix--they beat out HBO in competing for fresh studio content--as it gives them new credibility and legitimizes them, and it’s good ... more >

Katie Cassidy

This week's PEOPLE TO WATCH thesp is a natural

Whoever knocks Abercrombie & Fitch is going to have to deal with me so don’t badmouth them, especially not in front of actress Katie Cassidy: she used to model for them--one look at her headshot and you'll understand why. All-American beauty Katie Cassidy has made Screen Comment's PEOPLE TO WATCH section and we’re thrilled to be able to talk about this fine young thesp. Cassidy appeared ... more >

Twitter’s funny

And a couple more things

I was skimming through the evening's tweets when I came across this one: Couldn't help a couple guffaws--or three. I don't think I've ever seen Paz De La Huerta (The limits of control, Enter the void) not naked on screen. Some actresses just pick and choose roles like that. But I digress. I just read that The Artist, by French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius, took home the Audience Awards at ... more >


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