Archives for August 2013



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[Warner Bros]
Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez and Jon Voight
Directed by Courtney Solomon

The car porn chiller “Getaway” is a movie of wonder. I wondered about the way the film was actually made, the shooting sequence, the extravagant car flips and pile-ups, the monotone acting. Did Ethan Hawke actually shoot all of the gear-shifting shots? Or was that Ethan Hawke’s hand double? Did they shoot one gear shift and re-use that footage? Or is there a special gear shift for each scene so ... more >

The World’s End

[Big Talk Productions]
Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Paddy Considine
Directed by Edgar Wright

I dressed like that. In college more so than high-school. Black trench coat (but mine was brown). Black slacks. Doc Martens. I never owned that Sisters of Mercy T-shirt, but I did own the album with that cover. That was Gary King’s wardrobe on the last day of high-school in 1990, the day he and four friends started (but didn’t finish) a legendary twelve-pub crawl in their English hometown. ... more >

Remembering Karen Black

The anti-Hollywood glamour girl

For a few years in the early seventies Karen Black, who died a few days ago was the face of cinema, along with her male counterparts Peter Fonda or Jack Nicholson. Not surprisingly, they were all in the iconic film of that period, “Easy Rider” (okay, 1966). Fonda directed, Nicholson with a supporting role lasting a few minutes burst on the screen and on the scene, and Black had a small but as ... more >

The Grandmaster

"Yi dai zong shi" [original title]
Zhang Ziyi and Tony Leung
Directed by Wong Kar-Wai

This is Wong Kar Wai's first martial arts outing, not to mention his first film since his embarrassing English-language attempt “My Blueberry Nights” from 2007. Wong spent three years researching “Grandmaster,” which tells of Kung Fu masters in Northern China and Hong Kong in the years before WWII until the fifties, and he seems to have gotten all the details, down to the buttons on Tony ... more >

Bellucci and Kusturica in BOSNIA

The new film's narrative is about love in the time of war

Monica Bellucci arrived yesterday in Bosnia to commence principal photography on a new film by Serbian director Emir Kusturica. The film is a love story in the time of war. "Monica will be with us for about fifty days of shooting. My plan is to finish in November and for the film to be presented at the Cannes Film Festival next year," Kusturica said yesterday at a press conference in Trebinje, ... more >

JUST RELEASED – Corey Monteith in “McCanick”

Corey Monteith's last role before dying

A brand-new still from "McCanick," which will premiere at the next Toronto International Film Festival, was just released. When narcotics detective Eugene “Mack” McCanick (David Morse, “16 Blocks,”The Green Mile") discovers that a seemingly harmless young criminal, Simon Weeks (Monteith), has been released from prison, it triggers a firestorm of paranoia and violence. Unbeknownst to the chief ... more >