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Month: November 2008 (page 1 of 4)

The Kincade Memo

Been meaning to post this for a while: 6) Hidden details whenever possible, References to my children (from youngest to oldest as follows): Evie, Winsor, Chandler and Merritt. References to my anniversary date, the number 52, the number 82, and the number 5282 (for fun, notice how many times this appears in my major published Continue reading

Behind the Scenes Squabbles on Crossing Over

Sean Penn was cut out of a movie called Crossing Over and some people are upset: Penn shot a couple of scenes as immigration cop Chris Farrell in the Weinstein Co. drama, but he’s not in the trailer and his name is missing from the credit block. What gives? Why would Kramer cut Penn, a Continue reading

Turkey Day Movie Bites: Australia, Rachel Getting Married, Last Chance Harvey, Changeling, Role Models

I’ve seen several movies lately that I haven’t had time to set down my thoughts about. There’s too much cooking today to give any of them full reviews, so enjoy these movie bites or, if you like, check out this old post on Thanksgiving Day movies. -JO Australia Review Australia is not, as the trailer Continue reading

Gen Art Film Festival

Gen Art, the organization that did the Nobel Son screening, has an annual festival: The Gen Art Film Festival is an amazing week of premieres that spotlight the most talented emerging filmmakers in North America. Offering a multi-genre slate of 14 exhilarating films, seven shorts and seven features, the festival is attended by tastemaker film-lovers, Continue reading

Paul Schrader Goes to Bollywood

He says it’s because Hollywood “barren.” You could read that two ways — that it’s intellectually barren (has he seen most of what Bollywood makes?) or that it’s financially barren for him (because he’s pissed off the wrong people). In any case, I’m glad whenever the guy who wrote Taxi Driver can still be making Continue reading

Laughing All the Way to Shady Pines

Last week I had the chance to catch two short films by a talented young director out of USC named V.K. Shaw, “Welcome to Shady Pines” and “The Cheapest Man in the Room.” “Welcome to Shady Pines” (5 min) is presented as a submission video for Real Estate Agent of the Year from a relentlessly Continue reading

Cahiers Top 100

Venerable French cinema snob magazine Cahier du Cinema just put out a Top 100 list. Two of their former writers rank highly: Jean-Luc Godard (#15, Contempt) and Alain Resnais (#26, Hiroshima mon amour). Francois Truffaut is way down the list. (Snobs, I said with merit.) These sort of things are always going to stir up Continue reading

A New Pop Culture Phenom is Born

Twilight is stomping the Box Office this weekend: Entertainment’s low cost blockbuster Twilight opened huge as expected because of heavy pre-sales with $35.7M Friday from 3,419 theaters, including $7M worth of Thursday midnight shows, for what should be $75M for its first North American weekend in release. Fangirls — or should I say fang-girls — Continue reading

BH: Another New York Screening

Greg sends word of another New York screening of Bunker Hill: EXCLUSIVE PRE-RELEASE SCREENING OF KEVIN WILLMOTT’S PROVOCATIVE NEW FEATURE FILM “BUNKER HILL” THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4 AT THE TRIBECA CINEMAS WHAT: Free, exclusive screening of “BUNKER HILL,” the new film from independent director Kevin Willmott (CSA: Confederate States of America), starring Emmy and Peabody Award Continue reading

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