Archives for January 2012


British moviegoers demand a refund

"I want a refund" has been the pronouncement of certain British moviegoers after watching the buzz-worthy French ode to Hollywood-era filmmaking The Artist. Apparently they did not realize that the film in question was a silent movie. The funny thing is, the chain of movie theatres concerned, Odeon, actually agreed to the refund, further stating that "The cinema is happy to offer guests a refund ... more >


And the point of it all was ...
Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and John C. Reilly
Directed by Roman Polanski

Carnage tells the story of two couples who meet to discuss in as civilized and understanding a manner as possible the schoolyard spat of their sons that resulted in broken teeth and harsh words. One pair of parents comes to the other pair’s apartment to discuss the situation. After they come to an agreement about the wording of a document describing the incident, things start going ... more >

The Divide

Straight out of the gore files
Lauren German, Michael Biehn and Milo Ventimiglia
Directed by Xavier Gens

Anyone who's ever been in a car accident knows about the moment of inevitability: that instant, right before the impact, when you realize that this is actually happening, that the SUV skidding towards you isn't going to stop at the last moment but really is going to plow right into you; and that you can't do a thing about it. A similar feeling inhabits me when I encounter a truly awful film. ... more >

Bin Laden movie in the works

The capture of the century, told on-screen

Kathryn Bigelow (pictured) and Mark Boal--remember those names? Of course you do, it’s the inspiring duo that brought us The Hurt Locker in 2008. They’ve gotten together again for a new project, this time based on the attack, and subsequent taking out, of Osama Bin Laden at his Abbotabad, Pakistan compound. The operation was led by a team of Navy Seal officers, and the film’s script is based on ... more >

Bob Anderson Dies

Swordmaster will be dearly missed by film community

Bob Anderson, Olympic fencer, stunt man and sword master, died at age 89. During a career that spanned over fifty years and saw the death of the studio system and the advent of the blockbuster, Anderson worked with everyone from Errol Flynn to Sean Connery and Antonio Banderas. He gained the greatest notoriety for his work on the Star Wars trilogy in the seventies, though his role in key ... more >

What mattered in 2011

A rundown of the year's best

Time to take stock, filmwise, of the year that was. My grading system (from 0—none this year though I could barely bring myself to give a 6 to the much-applauded Tree of Life—to 20) helps do a quick scan of the hundreds of films I’ve seen in 2011. What does a film have to be and do to get 20? Keep me consistently engaged, not have any off moment, not have any special goofs or anachronistic ... more >

The Innkeepers

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