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Swampland Race Relations: Old Indie Mixes 'Interracial' Love + Vengeance & Voodoo

Swampland race relations in Chloe, Love Is Calling You: Desired by two handsome white men, is Olive Borden black or white? Swampland race relations: Bizarre 'Chloe Love Is Calling You' mixes reactionary ideas & voodoo Whenever I watch a film such as the swampland-set 1934 thriller Chloe, Love Is Calling […]


'The Beast with a Million Eyes': Roger Corman Beats Alfred Hitchcock with Nature vs. Humans Thriller

The Beast with a Million Eyes: Hardly truth in advertising as Roger Corman's micro-budget sci-fi thriller is no “monster movie.” 'The Beast with a Million Eyes': Alien invasion movie predates Alfred Hitchcock classic Despite the confusing voice-over introduction, David Kramarsky's[1] The Beast with a Million Eyes a.k.a. The Beast with […]


'In Stereo' Movie Review: Witty, Sarcastic Romantic Indie Comedy

'In Stereo' movie with Micah Hauptman and Beau Garrett. 'In Stereo' movie review: Witty, sarcastic romantic comedy In Stereo is a particular kind of romantic comedy – the kind full of characters that aren't remotely romantic, that tend more toward wit and sarcasm rather than light or camp comedy (unless […]


Kristen Stewart 'On the Road' Movie Images & Old Lois Lane Rumors

Kristen Stewart in 'On the Road': Dancing with Garrett Hedlund. Down memory lane: Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart 'On the Road' images At the time best known as The Twilight Saga's conflicted human Bella Swan, Kristen Stewart was cast as the exuberant Marylou in Walter Salles' film adaptation of Jack […]


Gotham Awards' Winners: Julianne Moore and Michael Keaton, Edward Snowden

Gotham Awards' Best Documentary 'Citizenfour' revolves around a controversial topic: Edward Snowden. Gotham Awards winners: Hollywood stars Julianne Moore, Michael Keaton - plus whistleblower and political refugee Edward Snowden The Gotham Awards, the more modest, New York City-based version of the Los Angeles-based Spirit Awards, announced its 2014 winners at […]


Tom Laughlin Dies: 'Billy Jack' Actor/Director Revolutionized Film Distribution + Presidential Candidate

Tom Laughlin in 'Billy Jack' Tom Laughlin: 'Billy Jack' actor-filmmaker who died last week helped to revolutionize film distribution patterns in North America Tom Laughlin, best known for the Billy Jack movies he wrote, directed, and starred in opposite his wife Delores Taylor (since 1954), died of complications from pneumonia […]


Robert Pattinson 'Life': Dennis Stock But No T.E. Lawrence? + Bill Condon 'Breaking Dawn' Director's Cut

Robert Pattinson Life. Robert Pattinson 'Life': Pattinson to play James Dean photographer and travel companion Dennis Stock Robert Pattinson is keeping himself busy. Pattinson is reportedly going to play Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock in the aptly titled Life, to be directed by Anton Corbijn, himself a photographer. Dane DeHaan […]


Watch 'On the Road' Full Movie Online + Kristen Stewart & Garrett Hedlund Featurette

Watch On the Road online at SundanceNow (image: Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund) On the Road, Walter Salles' film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's semi-autobiographical novel, is now available on SundanceNow. Initially screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, where it drew mixed reviews, and later reedited for the Toronto […]


Ben Affleck Political Thriller Tops PGA Awards + Sundance Double Winner Surprise

PGA Awards 2013 winners Update: Ben Affleck's Argo wins Theatrical Motion Picture PGA Award. Argo producer Ben Affleck tells Steve Pond “I had totally convinced myself they were going to read another name.” Affleck's fellow Argo producers are George Clooney and Grant Heslov. The Producers Guild of America is currently […]


'On the Road': Kristen Stewart Movie Flops + Fans Outraged Re: Robert Pattinson Indie Comparison

On the Road with Kristen Stewart. Shot in late 2010, screened at the Cannes Film Festival in spring 2012, and re-edited for the American market a few months later, Walter Salles' film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's seminal 1957 novel On the Road landed with a thud at the U.S. box […]


Female Road Movie 'The Most Fun I've Ever Had with My Pants On'

The Most Fun I've Ever Had with My Pants On: Great cinematography, solid central performance Walter Salles' On the Road isn't the only road movie to be showcased at Los Angeles' AFI FEST on Saturday, Oct. 3. The Most Fun I've Ever Had with My Pants On will be screened […]


'Cosmopolis' 2012 Bombs: Reporting Facts = Anti-Robert Pattinson Bias?

'Cosmopolis' 2012 with Robert Pattinson and Sarah Gadon. Robert Pattinson 'Cosmopolis' movie: Highly unlikely further expansion Sept. 4, '12, update: Starring Robert Pattinson, David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis had a solid debut at three U.S. theaters two weekends ago. (The film was screened in Canada – and surprisingly flopped badly – last […]


'On the Road' Again: Kristen Stewart Resurfaces & New Film Clip

On the Road movie trailer UK. Aug. 22, '12: Walter Salles' On the Road, a film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's '50s novel, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2012, where it was greeted by mixed reviews. Ultimately, Salles' On the Road movie failed to win any Official Competition awards at […]


Kristen Stewart Hot Young Actress: (Fake) Snuff Film Thriller 'Cali'?

Kirsten Stewart: Hot young actress in & out of movie projects July 25, '12: Alex Pettyfer and Kristen Stewart in Cali? (Image: Alex Pettyfer tattoos in Beastly.) We all knew that Kristen Stewart will be starring as the antiheroine in the Michael Diliberti-written, off-beat actioner Cali. Now we've just learned […]


Kristen Stewart Hot Actress: 'Lie Down in Darkness' Movie

Kristen Stewart hot actress: Lie Down in Darkness movie The media circus surrounding the Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders “affair” continues unabated: Will Robert Pattinson forgive? Will Liberty Ross forget? But the world – and the world of moviemaking – haven't come to a halt because of the “cheating scandal.” […]


'Cosmopolis' Trailer: Cool Robert Pattinson Showcase

Robert Pattinson naked and dangerous: Cosmopolis movie July 11, '12, update: Robert Pattinson Cosmopolis movie trailer HD. This US Cosmopolis trailer doesn't start with Robert Pattinson saying “I wanna a haircut.” (Please scroll down.) Instead, Pattinson's words are “Show me my car.” Never mind that “Show me my ocean liner” […]


Robert Pattinson News: From 'The Triumph of Mediocrity' to Iraq War & Dystopian Future

Robert Pattinson news: Eclectic film projects June 26, '12, update: In Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod's Bel Ami, a movie adaptation (written by Rachelle Bennette) of Guy de Maupassant's 19th-century novel, Robert Pattinson (photo) plays Georges Duroy, a former soldier who climbs to the top of Parisian society by having […]


'Cosmopolis' Reviews: Robert Pattinson 'Bravery' & Dead Rats

Limousine rider Juliette Binoche. Cosmopolis reviews Starring Robert Pattinson, David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis is missing a scene found in Don DeLillo's 2003 novel: a 300-person orgy at a Manhattan intersection. But don't despair. Cronenberg's movie, which opens tomorrow in Canada and Aug. 17, '12, in the US, apparently has more than […]


'Maps to the Stars': Robert Pattinson-David Cronenberg Collaboration? + 'Amour' Trailer & Critics Favorite

Maps to the Stars for Robert Pattinson / David Cronenberg? Above, Pattinson in Cronenberg's Cosmopolis (Paul Giamatti in background) Robert Pattinson hates Twilight, according to those who have taken seriously his (jokingly) dismissive take on the movie series that has made him world famous. Anyhow, whatever his feelings in regard […]


'On the Road' Movie Reviews: Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart Praised

Cannes Film Festival movie review: In Variety, Justin Chang says the following about Walter Salles' On the Road, a film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's 1957 novel starring Garrett Hedlund (Dean Moriarty / Neal Cassady), Sam Riley (Sal Paradise / Jack Kerouac's alter ego), and Kristen Stewart (photo, as Marylou / […]


'On the Road' Film: Kristen Stewart & Garrett Hedlund Interview + Oscar Chances?

On the Road interview: cast members Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley March 21 update: “It's interesting to play characters that have existed,” says Kristen Stewart in an On the Road video interview posted at Screenslam. (Please scroll down.) “Especially when you have grown to love those people. When I […]


Kristen Stewart Latest News: Juggling Film Projects

Robert Pattinson: Breaking Dawn 2 'reshoots.' April 29, '12, update: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Michael Sheen are back in Vancouver for the Breaking Dawn - Part 2 “reshoots” – or rather, “pickup shots.” A couple of weeks ago, Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon announced that he, Pattinson, Stewart, and […]


Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980

Los Angeles Filmforum continues its film series “Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980” with The Alternative Projections Marathon on May 18. As per the Filmforum press release, “for the penultimate experience, we celebrate with an incredible range of films and videos that we haven't squeezed into other screenings, […]


Kristen Stewart News: The Indie Road

Kristen Stewart April 3: Kristen Stewart news of a while back … In the above picture you can see none other than Kristen Stewart, a.k.a. Bella Swan a.k.a. Snow White a.k.a. KStew a.k.a. the second half of Robsten, at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Nov. 3, 2011. Stewart and […]


'On the Road' Trailer & 'Breaking Dawn 2' Teaser + 'Snow White' TV Spot: Kristen Stewart Triple Whammy

As to be expected, the just released trailer (see below) for Walter Salles' On the Road looks classy – beautiful, subdued cinematography by Eric Gautier – and offers believable performances by a strong cast that includes Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kristen Stewart. The film's target audience is clearly not […]


'The Host' Trailer: Creepy Blue-Eyed People + Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan?

Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, The Host 'The Host' trailer “The Earth is at peace. There are no wars. There's no hunger,” intones Saoirse Ronan in The Host's teaser trailer (see below). “Honesty, courtesy and kindness are practiced by all. The world has never been more perfect. It is no longer […]


Spirit Awards: Jean Dujardin Wins + Jessica Chastain & Sarah Paulson

Jean Dujardin, Uggie the Dog in Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist It's awards season. Your movie has been winning tons of trophies on two continents. What to do? After arriving in Los Angeles, make sure you get a police escort for your next awards ceremony. According to indieWIRE's Anne Thompson, that's […]


'Husbands' Movie Review: John Cassavetes 'Men-Boys' Drama

Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk in John Cassavetes' Husbands John Cassavetes was a filmmaker who made his independent films in two primary modes: brilliant character-driven masterpieces like Faces, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, and Opening Night, or character-driven mediocrities with “moments,” like Shadows, A Woman Under the Influence, and Gloria. […]


War on Drugs & Military Rape Top Sundance + Aki Kaurismäki Booed in Rotterdam

Ra'anan Alexandrovicz's The Law in These Parts Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild, the story of a young girl growing up in Louisiana (to be released by Fox Searchlight) was the top U.S. narrative feature at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Eugene Jarecki's The House I Live In, a […]


'Faces' Movie Review: John Cassavetes' Dysfunctional Marriage Mirror

Gena Rowlands and John Marley in Faces movie. After playing Mia Farrow's husband in Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby (1968), John Cassavetes reportedly threw the money he made as an actor into the finishing touches on Faces, a personal project he had begun filming in 1966. Cassavetes spent months (some sources […]


'Bel Ami' Trailer 2012: Robert Pattinson Realizes Sex Is Most Effective Social-Climbing Gear

Bel Ami 2012 poster with Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Christina Ricci. Shot in early 2010 but coming out in 2012, the latest film version of Guy de Maupassant's Bel Ami is also the latest attempt of Twilight Saga performer Robert Pattinson to both extend his range […]


'A Woman Under the Influence' Review: Gena Rowlands-John Cassavetes Collaboration

Peter Falk, Gena Rowlands, A Woman Under the Influence Steven Spielberg is a respected film director. Many will even call him an auteur. When you watch a Spielberg film, you know it's a Spielberg film – or at least one made by his myriad imitators. John Cassavetes is a respected […]


British Independent Film Awards + Gotham: Sex & Spies + Gay Dad-Straight Son

Mélanie Laurent, Ewan McGregor, Beginners BIFA nominations As expected, Steve McQueen's Shame, Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin are three of the top contenders for the Raindance Institute's 2011 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA), the British version of the United States' […]


Cam Gigandet, Jena Malone: '5 Star Day' Q&A with Director Danny Buday

Cam Gigandet, 5 Star Day Directed by Danny Buday (photo), and starring Twilight's Cam Gigandet and Sucker Punch's Jena Malone,the psychological drama 5 Star Day opened via Breaking Glass Pictures on Wednesday in select theaters (in the Los Angeles area: the Laemmle Sunset 5 in West Hollywood and the Playhouse […]


West Hollywood Sunset 5 Movie Theater to Close Its Doors; Sundance Cinemas to Replace Laemmle

West Hollywood's Laemmle Sunset 5 movie theatre complex, a showcase for numerous independent, foreign, and gay films is about to close its doors. The Sunset 5, where I watched movies ranging from a preview of François Ozon's Swimming Pool to a midnight screening of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, […]


Kristen Stewart: Future Purple-Haired Lesbian?

Oct. 27, '11, update: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner will introduce a “never-before-seen clip” from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 at 7:56 p.m. ET – I repeat, 7:56 p.m. – on November 3 on MTV. Following the Breaking Dawn clip, the Twilight Saga trio will […]


Watch the Spirit Awards: Paul Rudd Crotch & Eva Mendes Breast Grabbed + Box Office- & Oscar-Friendly Winners

Spirit Awards' Best Film 'Black Swan' and Best Actress Natalie Portman. Spirit Awards: Box office- & Oscar-friendly winners The Spirit Awards aren't the Oscars, we're told. No, they aren't. But they share a lot more in common with one another than the free-spirited, it's-all-about-the-art crowd would have us believe. Held […]


Mark Zuckerberg 'Time' Person of the Year & Oscar Push + Lesbian Film Pioneer Barbara Hammer Movies

Mark Zuckerberg: Time Person of the Year. Will the Time magazine Person of the Year cover give an awards season boost to Sony Pictures' The Social Network? Directed by David Fincher, the real-life-based drama stars Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg, the controversial founder of the social media behemoth Facebook. Mark […]


Royal Drama Tops British Independent Film Awards But Director Snubbed + Jennifer Lawrence Wins Stockholm

Royal drama The King's Speech with Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush. Tom Hooper's real-life-inspired crowd-pleaser topped the British Independent Film Awards with five wins, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Firth), and Best Supporting Actor (Rush) – but curiously, not Best Director. Royal drama tops British Independent Film Awards The King's […]


Sex-Starved Housewives & Bloody Iranian Elections + Veteran Marina Vlady: Sundance Movie Line-Up

Sex-starved housewives everywhere are represented by Agnes Kittelsen, who also happens to be the “perfect” housewife, in Anne Sewitsky's Happy, Happy / Sykt Lykkelig – one of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival's World Cinema Dramatic Competition entries. Also in the Happy, Happy cast: Henrik Rafaelsen, Maibritt Saerens, and Joachim Rafaelsen. […]


Spirit Awards Nominations: Jennifer Lawrence & James Franco In + What's American & What's Ain't

Jennifer Lawrence in Debra Granik's Winter's Bone (top); Michelle Williams in Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine (upper middle); John Cameron Mitchell, director of Rabbit Hole (lower middle); Ronald Bronstein in Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie's Daddy Longlegs (bottom) Winter's Bone, in which an Ozark Mountain teenager hunts down her drug-dealing father, […]


'Welcome to the Rileys': Kristen Stewart Fans Attack Article

Kristen Stewart in 'Welcome to the Rileys,' with James Gandolfini. Kristen Stewart Welcome to the Rileys online controversy To date (Nov. 14, '10), none of my posts has attracted as much attention – in sheer number of comments – as the one titled “Kristen Stewart Welcome to the Rileys Box […]


'Welcome to the Rileys' Reviews: Kristen Stewart No 'Bella Does New Orleans'

Welcome to the Rileys with James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart Directed by Jake Scott, Welcome to the Rileys, which opened at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, has been greeted by mixed-to-lukewarm reviews. For the most part, reviewers have faulted Ken Hixon's screenplay about a grieving couple (James Gandolfini, Melissa Leo) whose […]


'The Living Wake' Interview: Director Sol Tryon on Working with Jesse Eisenberg

Jesse Eisenberg, Mike O'Connell, The Living Wake Directed by Sol Tryon, and co-written by Mike O'Connell and Peter Kline, The Living Wake is the sort of movie that defies both labels and expectations. It's comedy; it's drama; it's a musical; it's a character piece; it's bizarre; it's its own genre. […]


Ashley Greene & Kellan Lutz Contract Dispute + Kristen Stewart Movie Apparition Discord

Ashley Greene a.k.a. Alice Cullen in 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon.' Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz 'Breaking Dawn' contract impasse comes to an end May 19 '10 update: After much Sturm und Drang and a few “scandalous” (or at the very least embarrassing) accusations of exploitation and low wages, Ashley […]


Most Influential People Robert Pattinson + Lady Gaga & Ashton Kutcher?

Emilie de Ravin, Robert Pattinson, Remember Me April 29: Singer Lady Gaga, actor Robert Pattinson, artist Banksy, Apple entrepreneur Steve Jobs, Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh, talk-show hostess Oprah Winfrey, actor-tweeter Ashton Kutcher, talk show host Conan O'Brien, artist Zaha Hadid, filmmaker James Cameron, and Nelson Mandela's wife Graça Machel […]


German Film Awards: Michael Haneke Nazis-in-the-Making Drama Tops Nominations

The White Ribbon. The White Ribbon, Michael Haneke's depiction of rural Germany on the eve of World War I – and how the cute (if dangerous) little children of that era grew into the Nazis and their followers of the 1930s and 1940s – received 13 nominations for the Lolas, […]


'Remember Me' Reviews: Robert Pattinson First Non-'Twilight' Star Vehicle Fails to Impress U.S. & U.K. Critics

'Remember Me': Robert Pattinson broods, suffers tragedy; most critics unimpressed, several downright offended. 'Remember Me' reviews: First Robert Pattinson non-'Twilight' star vehicle fails to please U.S. critics, offends some The romantic melodrama Remember Me, with Robert Pattinson in his first post-Twilight human role, has been greeted by mixed-to-negative reviews. Directed […]


Mostly Mainstream Spirit Award Winners + Gay Sex Challenge Movie Wins John Cassavetes

Helen Mirren, Anne-Marie Duff, Paul Giamatti in The Last Station The Academy Awards show will be held on Sunday. The Razzie Awards Gala Ceremony will take place tomorrow. And tonight it's the Spirit Awards, live from downtown Los Angeles (instead of Santa Monica beach as in years past) at 8 […]


'Easier with Practice': Q&A with Filmmaker Kyle Patrick Alvarez

Brian Geraghty, Kel O'Neill in Easier with Practice Easier with Practice, Kyle Patrick Alvarez's feature-film debut based on an autobiographical article written by Davy Rothbart for GQ, has been getting some pretty good buzz. This psychological drama about human connections in the early 21st century has won the Grand Jury […]


'Eclipse' Trailer + Robert Pattinson Provocative Photo Essay & Kristen Stewart 'Email Attack'

Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson in 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.' 'Eclipse': Love is eternally having to say … “Isabella Swan, I promise to love you every moment forever.” That's Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) telling said Swan (Kristen Stewart) what most people anywhere would like to hear – and believe – at […]


'Snow and Ashes,' 'American Jihadist': Slamdance Winners

The Slamdance Film Festival winners were announced Jan. 29. The Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Film went to Charles-Olivier Michaud's Snow and Ashes (above), in which a war correspondent wakes from a coma to discover that his collaborator has disappeared. The Best Documentary Film was Mark Claywell's American Jihadist. […]


Kristen Stewart Praised: 'Welcome to the Rileys' & 'The Runaways' Reviews

Kristen Stewart: “I'm not 'playing a stripper.' It's really not a stripper movie at all. It sort of just opens your eyes about people that don't have options. I know I'm speaking really vaguely about it.” Stewart was quoted by Chris Lee in the Los Angeles Times blog 24 Frames. […]


Sundance: Joan Rivers & Lesbian Family Drama + Benazir Bhutto & 'The Mormon Proposition' Among Entries

Sundance movies: Anna Paquin and Josh Duhamel in The Romantics. As usual, the upcoming Sundance Film Festival will screen numerous world premieres; one of them is writer-director Galt Niederhoffer's The Romantics, an ensemble piece featuring Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Anna Paquin, Josh Duhamel, Katie Holmes, Adam Brody, and Elijah […]


British Independent Film Awards: Moon Mystery Tops + Andrzej Wajda Passion & Death Tale Is FIPRESCI Winner

Moon with Sam Rockwell. This year's British Independent Film Awards Best Picture winner, Duncan Jones' Moon has elements in common with, among other sci-fi/mystery thrillers, Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and Basil Dearden's The Man Who Haunted Himself. Astronaut Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) and supercomputer GERTY (which sounds kinda […]


Sundance: James Franco as Gay Poet Allen Ginsberg + Gay Ghost Love Story

Sundance Film Festival: James Franco as Allen Ginsberg in Howl. Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's film is described as a “nonfiction drama” about gay poet Allen Ginsberg, who, at age 29, wrote the poem “Howl” (1954–1955) considered both politically incorrect (before the expression was even invented) and obscene. Here's one […]


Spirit Awards: Where's Oscar Season Favorite & How American Is Tolstoy? + Split Annies

Precious with Gabourey Sidibe and Paula Patton. The Spirit Awards' eventual big winner – topping all of its five nominations – was Lee Daniels' dysfunctional family drama Precious, adapted by Geoffrey Fletcher from the novel Push by Sapphire. Gabourey Sidibe plays the illiterate Harlem adolescent Claireece “Precious” Jones, a rape […]


British Indies' Awards + Gay Seattle Winners & Host Ricky Gervais

Katie Jarvis in Fish Tank (top); Sam Rockwell in Moon (middle); Carey Mulligan, Dominic Cooper in An Education (bottom) 'Moon,' 'Fish Tank': British Independent Film Award Nominations Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank leads the list of 2009 British Independent Film Award nominees. The tale of a rough teenager (Katie Jarvis) whose […]


'Passenger Side': Q&A with Matt Bissonnette

In Matt Bissonnette's psychological comedy-drama Passenger Side, recently screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival, two brothers go on a road trip throughout the Los Angeles area and the desert nearby. Michael Brown (Adam Scott) begins his birthday with a telephone call from his estranged brother, Tobey (Joel Bissonnette), who […]


'Moon' Tops Edinburgh Film Festival + Well-Regarded Indie Finds Distribution

2009 Edinburgh Film Festival Awards 2009 Edinburgh Film Festival: June 17–28. After spending three years at a moon base extracting a gas needed to reverse Earths energy crisis, an astronaut (Sam Rockwell) is about to return to his home planet when he starts seeing and hearing things. His company has […]


Pandas & Zombies + Jeanne Crain & Johnny Depp: Los Angeles Film Festival

Shu Hin, Ryu Hin in Panda Diary (top); Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews in Hot Rods to Hell (bottom). Los Angeles Film Festival, Tuesday, June 23: In Mercedes Stalenhoef's Carmen Meets Borat (The Regent, 2 pm), a Romanian teenager dreams of going to Spain to escape the backwards town in which […]


'The Art of Being Straight': Q&A with 'Gay Curious' Drama Actor-Director Jesse Rosen

Jesse Rosen in The Art of Being Straight. In Jesse Rosen's feature-film debut, The Art of Being Straight, 23-year-old Jon (played by Rosen himself), recently arrived in Los Angeles after leaving behind his girlfriend in New York, discovers that Southern California has more than sunshine and hot chicks to offer. […]


'The History of Independent Cinema' Q&A

As the title implies, BearManor Media's The History of Independent Cinema covers the century-long development of – American – filmmaking outside the big-studio lots. Now, who were those independents? Well, as author and film critic Phil Hall explains, they range from those fleeing the Thomas Edison East Coast oligopoly back […]


Joanna Priestley & Zoe Beloff Movies: REDCAT Screenings

PRESS RELEASE FILM AT REDCAT PRESENTS Joanna Priestley: Fighting Gravity Mon Apr 20 | 8:30 pm Jack H. Skirball Series $9 [students $7, CalArts $5] Los Angeles premiere Dubbed “the queen of independent animation” by Bill Plympton, Joanna Priestley unveils her new short Missed Aches, a humorous rant about the […]


SXSW Film Festival Line-Up: From Anvil & Jim Morrison to Paul Rudd & Kristen Stewart

Narrative Feature Competition Artois the Goat Director: Kyle Bogart. Writer: Cliff and Kyle Bogart Lab technician Virgil Gurdies embarks on an epic quest to craft the greatest goat cheese the world has ever known and reclaim the heart of his beloved Angie.  Cast: Mark Scheibmeir, Sydney Andrews, Stephen Taylor Fry, […]


'Happy Holidays': Q&A with Filmmaker James C. Ferguson

I'm always happy when a filmmaker is inspired by Woody Allen – as opposed to, say, Quentin Tarantino or Zack Snyder. Case in point: First-timer James C. Ferguson (right, in blue), whose Happy Holidays (written by Ferguson and Tom Misuraca) is a three-way character study about old school friends who […]


'…Around': Q&A with Filmmaker David Spaltro

David Spaltro's …Around is appropriately subtitled, “Embrace the Fall.” For “falling” – both emotionally and financially – is what happens to the film's protagonist, whose hurdles are based on writer-director Spaltro's own experiences while studying film at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. …Around follows the travails […]


'Valkyrie': Tom Cruise Film Receives 'Muted Praise' in Germany + Gay Slamdance Entries & Dubai Winners

Valkyrie film with Tom Cruise as Count Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg, the man who wanted to kill Adolf Hitler. The failed plot to assassinate the German Führer led to von Stauffenberg's execution at age 36 in July 1944, less than a year before the end of World War II in […]


National Board of Review & Gotham Awards Mix Big & Small Movies + Star-Studded Spirit Award Nominations

Slumdog Millionaire with Dev Patel and Freida Pinto. On its way to becoming 2008's most notable sleeper hit, Slumdog Millionaire has been announced as the National Board of Review's Best Film winner. Danny Boyle's Bollywood-inspired mix of drama, music, romance, and social commentary is already being touted as a likely […]


Stockholm Film Festival Awards + British Independent Film Award Winners

Writer-director Courtney Hunt's Frozen River takes place in the days before Christmas near a border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec, where two single mothers – one white, one Mohawk – in dire straits dive into the border-smuggling underworld. Melissa Leo (above, with Michael O'Keefe), […]


'Baghead': Movie Extras Take Control

Baghead, the newest release by the brothers Jay and Mark Duplass, played at Montreal's Just For Laughs Film Festival to a packed audience. Baghead has been advertised as a creepy movie about young people in a cabin in the woods, who are stalked and hunted. In truth, Baghead is more […]


Heidi Fleiss & Richard Nixon + Guillermo del Toro & Dinosaurs : Los Angeles Film Festival

Los Angeles Film Festival Awards 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival: June 19-29   Prince of Broadway tells the story of a Ghanaian immigrant living in New York City, whose ex-girlfriend disappears after dropping their 2-year-old son in his arms. Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature Prince of Broadway, written […]


'Chop Shop': Q&A with Ramin Bahrani

Ramin Bahrani's Chop Shop, which opens today in Los Angeles, has received widespread praise since its premiere at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. The French daily Le Monde called it “the major revelation of the Cannes Film Festival's Director's Fortnight,” while John Anderson remarked in The Washington Post that Bahrani […]


'Sangre de Mi Sangre': Q&A with Director Christopher Zalla

Formerly known as Padre Nuestro (not to be confused with Rodrigo Sepúlveda's Chilean drama of the same name), screenwriter-director Christopher Zalla's debut feature Sangre de Mi Sangre (“Blood of My Blood”) received the Grand Jury prize for best narrative feature at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. More than a year […]


Genie Awards Honor Julie Christie & David Cronenberg

The Genie Awards 2008 ceremony, held last night in Toronto, was dominated by Sarah Polley's remarkably accomplished directorial debut, Away from Her, which won a total of 7 awards. The story of a man coming to terms with the fact that his Alzheimer's-stricken wife has fallen in love with another […]


SXSW Movies: Birdwatchers in Arkansas Bayou + 'Dance of the Dead'

24 Beats per Second Blip Festival: Reformat the Planet Director: Paul Owens. A documentary look at the movement known as ChipTunes, a vibrant underground scene based around creating new, original music using old video game hardware. (World Premiere) Heavy Load Director: Jerry Rothwell. Heavy Load are a punk outfit subject […]


Sundance Film Festival Awards: Immigrant Smuggling & Skyscraper Acrobatics + Roman Polanski & Gay Zombies

Frozen River with Melissa Leo and Mark Boone Junior: Sundance Film Festival Awards. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize Dramatic at this year's Sundance Film Festival, first-time filmmaker Courtney Hunt's Frozen River stars Melissa Leo and Misty Upham as two cash-strapped, Upstate New York working-class women who decide to make an […]


Sundance Movies: From Sexual Failures to Rising Russian Nationalism + Roman Polanski

A Complete History of My Sexual Failures, a Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Documentary entry, revolves around London-based filmmaker Chris Waitt's attempts to understand the reasons for things having gone so wrong for him in the romance department. So, how does he set out to find enlightenment? According to the […]


Julie Christie Out & Telugu-Language Movie In: Spirit Awards + Thessaloniki Winners

There were several surprise nominees for the 2007 Spirit Awards, announced earlier today. Most notable among those were Rajnesh Domalpalli's Telugu-language drama Vanaja (above), which garnered nominations for best first feature film and best cinematography (Milton Kam); Marisa Tomei's best supporting actress nod for Sidney Lumet's thriller Before the Devil […]


Stockholm + Blue Dragon Award Winners: Abortion Drama & Gangster Action Comedy Top Picks

Cristian Mungiu's Romanian abortion drama 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days received the Bronze Horse for best film at the 2007 edition of the Stockholm Film Festival. Mungiu's drama about a young woman helping a friend to undergo an illegal abortion during the Nicolae Ceausescu era was chosen for […]


Tokyo & Rome Film Festival Awards + Golden Horse Winners & Israel Oscar Entry Disqualified

Eran Kolirin at the Tokyo Film Festival. 2007 Tokyo Film Festival Awards 2007 Tokyo Film Festival: October 20–28. Eran Kolirin's The Band's Visit, about an Egyptian police band stranded in a small Israeli town, was the top winner at the 2007 edition of the Tokyo Film Festival. The Band's Visit […]


'Minnie and Moskowitz' Review: John Cassavetes

All choice entails risk, therefore John Cassavetes' artistic choice to structure his films based mostly on improvisation rather than hard scripted dialogue is a decision that can result in great films, like Faces, ok films like Shadows, and bad films like Minnie and Moskowitz (1971), an awkwardly written and poorly […]


Ryan Gosling School Drama Tops Gotham Awards + Maggie Gyllenhaal Tops Stockholm Film Festival

2006 Gotham Awards 2006 Gotham Award nominees: Oct. 23, 2006. 2006 Gotham Award winners: Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers, New York City, on Nov. 29, 2006. The socially-conscious psychological drama Half Nelson, one of those rare low-budget American films that actually have something to say and that manage to convey […]


British Independent Film Awards: 'Queen' vs. 'King'

There were numerous surprises at the 2006 British Independent Film Awards (Bifa) ceremony, which was held yesterday, Nov. 29, in West London. Out of its six nominations, the unofficial favorite, Stephen Frears' The Queen, about the battle of wills between Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) and Prime Minister Tony Blair […]


Danièle Huillet

In the New York Times, Dave Kehr has written the obit of Paris-born filmmaker Danièle Huillet, who died of cancer on Monday, Oct. 9, at the home of friends in France's Loire Valley. Huillet, who lived with her husband, Jean-Marie Straub, in Rome, was receiving medical treatment at the time. […]


Los Angeles Film Festival Movies: From Small Town USA Hell to 'The Big Chill' Revisited

After debating whether to catch a late Tuesday night show at the Los Angeles Film Festival or just hit the sack early and catch more movies the day after, I finally decided to watch writer-director Mike Ott's Analog Days, which revolves around a group of aimless twenty-somethings stuck in the […]


Independent Film Spirit Awards: 'Brokeback Mountain' Tops

Independent Film Spirit Award winner 'Brokeback Mountain,' with Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. Independent Film Spirit Awards 2006: 'Brokeback Mountain' is Best Film Ang Lee's gay romantic drama and 2006 Academy Award favorite Brokeback Mountain won two top awards – Best Film and Best Director – at the Independent Film […]


'The Secret Life of Words' Tops Goya & Spanish Film Critics Awards + Mexican-American L.A. Wins Sundance

The Secret Life of Words with Sarah Polley and Tim Robbins. A modest box office performer in Spain ($4.09 million) and an even more modest performer elsewhere, Isabel Coixet's Spanish-Irish psychological drama The Secret Life of Words became the second English-language production in five years to win the Best Film Goya Award. […]


Premiere Time: Slamdance Film Festival Tackles Dr. Mengele & The Holy Modal Rounders

Premiere time at the Slamdance Film Festival, with numerous World, North American, and U.S. movie debuts. Bob Hercules and Cheri Pugh's Forgiving Dr. Mengele chronicles the reaction to Auschwitz concentration camp survivor Eva Mozes Kor's decision to forgive Nazi doctor Josef Mengele. As an aside, Mengele, who died in the state […]


Truman Capote 'In Cold Blood' Drama Tops Gotham Awards

Bennett Miller's Capote, which depicts author Truman Capote's research while writing In Cold Blood, won Best Picture and Breakthrough Director honors at the Gotham Film Awards on Nov. 30. Henry-Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro's Murderball, about rugby-playing quadriplegics, won the Best Documentary award. The Best Ensemble Cast award went […]


'Little Fugitive' Director Morris Engel Dies: Independent Cinema Pioneer

'Little Fugitive' director Morris Engel. 'Little Fugitive' director Morris Engel dead at 86 Morris Engel, hailed as one of the fathers of American independent cinema and whose 1953 cinéma vérité effort Little Fugitive received an Academy Award nomination for Best Motion Picture Story, died of cancer on March 5, '05, […]


Sundance Winners: 'Forty Shades of Blue' & Anti-War Documentary + Amy Adams & Lou Taylor Pucci

Forty Shades of Blue with Darren E. Burrows. Winner of the 2005 Sundance Film Festival's U.S. Dramatic award and reportedly inspired by Satyajit Ray's Charulata (1964), Ira Sachs' Memphis-set drama stars Northern Exposure actor Darren E. Burrows (as Darren Burrows) and veteran Rip Torn (Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee for Cross Creek, […]