Archives for March 2012


AUDREY TAUTOU stars in Delicacy

The trouble with Nathalie
Audrey Tautou, François Damiens and Bruno Todeschini
Directed by David Foenkinos

The French title of the movie Délicatesse by the Foenkinos brothers has been translated by "delicacy," in the process losing its je-ne-sais-quoi. Delicacy brings food to mind rather than the subtle concept of thoughtfulness. Yet délicatesse is what makes classy, sophisticated and altogether charming executive Nathalie (played by Audrey Tautou, no less) sit up and notice a humble co-worker, ... more >

Time to get an Xbox, people

A new tremor is felt rippling across the industry

If you've thus far resisted getting an Xbox (maybe because you're happy watching Netflix on your iPad or because your current cable TV subscription is keeping a smile on your face) now may be the time to jump ship. As reported by Mashable, Microsoft has added new applications to its Xbox console making it possible for users to watch Comcast, HBO GO and MLB.TV. As noted in the article, "for the ... more >

WEINSTEIN CO. to release Bully without a rating

UPDATED: Theatre Owners Association responds

[Story updated, 11:03am] In disagreement with the MPAA's proposed "R" rating, the Weinstein Company, which produced  Bully (set for release this week) has taken the decision to release the documentary without a rating at all. As reported by Entertainment Weekly's Inside Movies blog, the small amount of language in the film that’s responsible for the R rating is there because it’s real,” said ... more >


How to draw a bigger audience in the V.O.D. era

As most industry followers know by now The Hunger Games made a killing at the box office this weekend, selling $ 20M in tickets on opening night. What’s noteworthy is that some theatre owners are going the extra mile by “expanding” moviegoers' experience to take advantage of big openers. Movie sets are partially replicated, patrons are encouraged to bring props and costumes to the premiere, ... more >

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in PICTURE PARIS

Tribeca Festival, 2012

Here are some pics from a short film which will be shown this year at the Tribeca Film Festival. Picture Paris stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a woman whose last child goes off to college and she's feeling the postpartum pretty harshly. Taking a trip to Paris becomes an obsession, one which becomes reality and will quickly turn out to be filled with unpredictable events (read the interview with Julia ... more >


What to expect at Tribeca this year

One of the numerous titles to be screened at this year's Tribeca Festival is the new Morgan Spurlock documentary Mansome. Modern mensches the likes of Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Zach Galifianakis and Spurlock discuss body dysmorphic disorder, shaving, terms like metrosexual and generally what it means to be a man nowadays. Expect fireworks and panache. And lots of laughter. We'll be there ... more >

TRIBECA FEST – another bountiful year

The challenges of covering a program that's bursting at the seams

I’m putting together the grid for the next Tribeca Festival, which will occur next month. ScreenComment was born in New York, we cannot not give Tribeca the full coverage that it deserves (and Tribeca has always been friendlier to us than other festivals). This year we’re sending a small army of film critics downtown, although it doesn’t seem quite enough. As always at Tribeca, there are ... more >