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Contemporary Artists and the Biopic Genre

MOVIETRACKS Episode # 7

[subscribe to this podcast on iTunes] MOVIETRACKS podcasts are downloadable. Slip them in your iPod or your iPhone, and don't forget to share them with a friend! Here's what you'll find in this episode: La Llorona, composed and performed by Lila Downs (Frida), 2006 She is dancing, composed and performed by Brian Kelly (Basquiat), 1998 Mahogany Hall Stomp, composed and performed by Louis ... more >

MOVIETRACKS podcast #7 is out

Contemporary artists and the biopic genre

MOVIETRACKS podcasts are downloadable. Slip them in your iPod or your iPhone, and don't forget to share them with a friend! Here's what you'll find in this episode: La Llorona, composed and performed by Lila Downs (Frida), 2006 She is dancing, composed and performed by Brian Kelly (Basquiat), 1998 Mahogany Hall Stomp, composed and performed by Louis Armstrong (Pollock), 2000 Gazing in the ... more >

Le Capital (Costa-Gavras)

When it rains.

[No U.S. distribution yet] PARIS - Men looking smart in suits. People walking in and out of rooms, cars, and airport lounges. Icy conversations among would-be backstabbers. I'll raise my voice then you'll raise yours. Any of these sentences could summarize the new Costa-Gavras film “Le Capital," in which the head of a large European investment bank (played by France's top humorist, Gad Elmaleh) ... more >

ARGO seen through the prism of history

A film long on thrills but short on history

"Argo" is a great thriller, well-acted (special kudos to John Goodman and Alan Arkin), with spectacular cinematography in an Istanbul passing off as Tehran and a nail-bitingly suspenseful last half-hour (see Craig Younkin's REVIEW). Incredibly, the far-fetched story really happened. The year is 1979 with Iran’s Islamic Revolution in full swing. In November, when the terminally ill Shah who has ... more >

HITCHCOCK

The biopic that could've been (but isn't)
Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren
Directed by Sacha Gervasi

The principal pleasure of “Hitchcock”—which, in the end, is a film of decidedly few pleasures—comes from watching Anthony Hopkins’s transformation into the Master of Suspense. Hopkins may have worn a fat suit and prosthetics for the role, and he may not possess the disproportionately gaunt cheekbones and bulbous nose of the real Hitchcock (the star’s nose is so pointy here it almost upstages his ... more >

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Warner sued by Tolkien heirs

Oldish contract did not cover digitally-deliverable content

J.J. Tolkien's heirs are lodging a complaint against Warner Brothers and several other studios, including New Line. Warner, the producers of the popular trilogy “Lord of the Rings” and the upcoming film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” are being sued for alleged ‘morally questionable’ merchandizing by the family of their late author. The complaint alleges that the studio did not comply with ... more >