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‘Carnage’ a funny but slight Polanski film

29 December 2011 10:03 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Carnage

Directed by Roman Polanski

Written by Roman Polanski and Yasmina Reza

2011, France/Germany/Spain

Roman Polanski has made his first comedy since 1972′s What?, and it’s very funny.  Comedy is the easiest and the hardest genre to review.  The biggest question is how many laughs does the film contain, but you have to pinpoint why it made you laugh and if the film reaches any kind of transcendence.

Carnage, adapted from Yasmina Reza’s hit play God’s of Carnage, is quite funny, and one of the better comedies of 2011.  On paper, Polanski might seem like an odd choice to adapt Reza’s play (adapted by Christopher Hampton for the Brodway production) but it actually is a perfect match when you think about it.  Polanski made his name in the 60′s and 70′s doing single-location films like The Tennant and Repulsion, and Carnage, with the exception of the opening and closing shots, »

- Josh Youngerman

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A journey to the center of the mind

29 December 2011 6:59 AM, PST | blogs.suntimes.com/ebert | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

Spoilers abound.

I watched Robert Zemeckis's "Contact" again a couple of weeks ago, so I could add it to the Great Movies Collection. In 1997 I had some questions, but this time it was even more clear that the movie ends in enigma and paradox. Like many movies, that has little bearing on its effect.

Questions introduced from near the beginning seem to find answers at the end, and most viewers are satisfied--even exhilarated. For me, too, there was uplift. No matter that the scientific establishment scoffs; Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) knows what she saw, and we saw the same things.

You will recall she is a radio astronomer involved in the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence(Seti). An evidently intelligent radio message is received from a planet circling Vega, the fifth brightest star in the night sky, about 25 light years away from Earth. It is flagged with prime numbers to grab attention. »

- Roger Ebert

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Forrest Gump, Bambi, Stand And Deliver Among 2011 National Film Registry List

28 December 2011 3:26 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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“My momma always said, .Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get..” That line was immortalized by Tom Hanks in the award-winning movie “Forest Gump” in 1994. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today selected that film and 24 others to be preserved as cultural, artistic and historical treasures in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.

Spanning the period 1912-1994, the films named to the registry include Hollywood classics, documentaries, animation, home movies, avant-garde shorts and experimental motion pictures. Representing the rich creative and cultural diversity of the American cinematic experience, the selections range from Walt Disney.s timeless classic “Bambi” and Billy Wilder.s “The Lost Weekend,” a landmark film about the devastating effects of alcoholism, to a real-life drama between a U.S. president and a governor over the desegregation of the University of Alabama. The selections also »

- Michelle McCue

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Latest National Film Registry Entries Include ‘Forrest Gump,’ ‘Bambi,’ and ‘El Mariachi’

28 December 2011 6:30 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

I’m never one to put significant stock in the film-based choices made by any kind of committee — be it an awards group, critics circle, soup kitchen line, etc. — but the National Film Registry is a little different. Not that they’re any different than those aforementioned organization types, but because the government assemblage preserves works deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” No small potatoes.

Their latest list — created for both public awareness and the opportunity to grumble, as I’ll do in a second — has been unveiled, and the selections are none too out-of-left-field. The biggest of these 25 would have to be Forrest Gump, a choice I fully understand but completely disagree with on an opinion and moral scale. The only other true objection I can raise is toward El Mariachi, film school-level junk from a director whose finest works are the direct result of working with those more talented. »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Forrest Gump, Bambi, The Silence Of The Lambs: National Film Registry 2011 Movies

28 December 2011 12:09 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Best Picture winners The Lost Weekend (1945), Forrest Gump, and The Silence of the Lambs (1991), along with the Walt Disney Studios' animated classic Bambi (1942), Charles Chaplin's silent comedy-drama The Kid (1921), and Howard Hawks' early screwball comedy Twentieth Century (1934) are among the 25 "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant movies just added to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry. Directed by Billy Wilder, The Lost Weekend earned Ray Milland a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of an alcoholic. Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs earned Oscars for both leads, Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster. A monumental box-office hit in the mid-'90s and a paean to idiocy and conformism, Forrest Gump earned Tom Hanks his second back-to-back Oscar (he had won the previous year for Demme's Philadelphia). As per the National Film Registry's release, Bambi was Walt Disney's favorite among his studio's films. (That's all fine, »

- Andre Soares

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Which Tom Hanks Film Is Now A National Treasure?

27 December 2011 10:40 PM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Washington — Forrest Gump's oft-imitated line, "My momma always said, `Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get' " will be immortalized among the nation's treasures in the world's largest archive of film, TV and sound recordings.

The Library of Congress on Wednesday announced that 1994's smash hit "Forrest Gump" starring Tom Hanks was one of 25 films chosen to be included this year in the National Film Registry.

The oldest reels are silent films both from 1912. "The Cry of the Children" is about the pre-World War I child labor reform movement and "A Cure for Pokeritis" features the industry's earliest comic superstar John Bunny.

Also from that silent era is Charlie Chaplin's first full-length feature, "The Kid," from 1921.

Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the Librarian of Congress names 25 films that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant. This year, »

- AP

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The Silence Of The Lambs Joins National Film Registry

27 December 2011 8:58 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

The National Film Registry of the Library of Congress announced its 2011 class of films selected to be stored, saved and archived as cultural treasures and Jonathan Demme’s 1991 Oscar-winning horror thriller The Silence Of The Lambs starring Anthony Hopkins as serial killer Hannibal Lecter and Jodie Foster as FBI agent Clarice Starling led a class of 25 movies selected by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. According to the 24 Frames blog at The Los Angeles Times, The Silence of the Lambs joined other recent Hollywood productions including Forrest Gump, Stand and Deliver and Robert Rodriguez’s El Mariachi as well as classics Bambi, The Big Heat and Charlie Chaplin’s silent classic The Kid featuring Jackie Coogan. »

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The Silence Of The Lambs Joins National Film Registry

27 December 2011 8:58 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

The National Film Registry of the Library of Congress announced its 2011 class of films selected to be stored, saved and archived as cultural treasures and Jonathan Demme’s 1991 Oscar-winning horror thriller The Silence Of The Lambs starring Anthony Hopkins as serial killer Hannibal Lecter and Jodie Foster as FBI agent Clarice Starling led a class of 25 movies selected by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. According to the 24 Frames blog at The Los Angeles Times, The Silence of the Lambs joined other recent Hollywood productions including Forrest Gump, Stand and Deliver and Robert Rodriguez’s El Mariachi as well as classics Bambi, The Big Heat and Charlie Chaplin’s silent classic The Kid featuring Jackie Coogan. »

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The Silence Of The Lambs Joins National Film Registry

27 December 2011 8:58 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

The National Film Registry of the Library of Congress announced its 2011 class of films selected to be stored, saved and archived as cultural treasures and Jonathan Demme’s 1991 Oscar-winning horror thriller The Silence Of The Lambs starring Anthony Hopkins as serial killer Hannibal Lecter and Jodie Foster as FBI agent Clarice Starling led a class of 25 movies selected by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. According to the 24 Frames blog at The Los Angeles Times, The Silence of the Lambs joined other recent Hollywood productions including Forrest Gump, Stand and Deliver and Robert Rodriguez’s El Mariachi as well as classics Bambi, The Big Heat and Charlie Chaplin’s silent classic The Kid featuring Jackie Coogan. »

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The Artist, Kidnapped Mormon Missionary/Sex-Slave Documentary Tabloid Top Detroit Film Critics Awards

27 December 2011 6:50 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Joyce McKinney, Errol Morris' Tabloid A few days ago, the Detroit Film Critics chose Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist, starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo, as their top film of 2011. Set in Hollywood at the dawn of the sound era, The Artist is currently the favorite for the 2012 Best Picture Oscar. Competition, however, remains fierce, including Martin Scorsese's Hugo, Steven Spielberg's War Horse, and Alexander Payne's The Descendants. [Full list of Detroit Film Critics winners.] Hazanavicius was also the Detroit Critics' Best Director, but the Best Screenplay Award went to Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian for Moneyball, a baseball drama directed by Bennett Miller and starring Brad Pitt. In the acting categories, Michael Fassbender was the Best Actor for his performance as a troubled man who enjoys a lot of sex in Steve McQueen's Shame, while Carey Mulligan, Fassbender's troubled sister in Shame, was the Best Supporting Actress. Critics' faves Michelle Williams »

- Steve Montgomery

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The Artist, Michelle Williams, Michael Fassbender, Carnage Ensemble: Detroit Film Critics Winners

27 December 2011 5:12 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet in Roman Polanski's Carnage The Artist, Kidnapped Mormon Missionary/Sex-Slave Documentary Tabloid Top Detroit Film Critics Awards Best Picture * The Artist The Descendants Hugo Take Shelter The Tree Of Life Best Director * Michel HazanaviciusThe Artist Terrence MalickThe Tree Of Life Jeff NicholsTake Shelter Martin ScorseseHugo Nicholas Winding Refn – Drive Best Actor George ClooneyThe Descendants Jean DujardinThe Artist * Michael FassbenderShame Brad PittMoneyball Michael ShannonTake Shelter Best Actress Viola DavisThe Help Felicity JonesLike Crazy Meryl StreepThe Iron Lady Charlize TheronYoung Adult * Michelle WilliamsMy Week With Marilyn Best Supporting Actor Kenneth BranaghMy Week With Marilyn Albert BrooksDrive Ryan Gosling – Crazy Stupid Love Patton OswaltYoung Adult * Christopher PlummerBeginners Best Supporting Actress BÉRÉNICE BejoThe Artist Jessica ChastainTake Shelter * Carey MulliganShame Vanessa RedgraveCoriolanus Octavia SpencerThe Help Best Ensemble »

- Steve Montgomery

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Kate Winslet Not A Fan of Cell Phones in Carnage Clip

27 December 2011 12:27 AM, PST | CineMovie | See recent CineMovie news »

Academy Award®-winning director Roman Polanski directs Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz in Carnage Shot in real time as the four parents meet to settle a dispute over their children. In this clip from Carnage, Kate Winslet tries to get her husband played by Christoph Waltz off his cell phone but when he doesn't the cell phone sleeps with the fishes thanks to Kate.

Based on the comedy play “God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza, Carnage is a razor sharp, biting comedy centered on parental differences. After two boys duke it out on a playground, the parents of the “victim” invite the parents of the “bully” over to work out their issues. A polite discussion of childrearing soon escalates into verbal warfare, with all four

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Kate Winslet Not A Fan of Cell Phones in Carnage Clip

27 December 2011 12:27 AM, PST | CineMovie | See recent CineMovie news »

Academy Award®-winning director Roman Polanski directs Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz in Carnage Shot in real time as the four parents meet to settle a dispute over their children. In this clip from Carnage, Kate Winslet tries to get her husband played by Christoph Waltz off his cell phone but when he doesn't the cell phone sleeps with the fishes thanks to Kate.

Based on the comedy play “God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza, Carnage is a razor sharp, biting comedy centered on parental differences. After two boys duke it out on a playground, the parents of the “victim” invite the parents of the “bully” over to work out their issues. A polite discussion of childrearing soon escalates into verbal warfare, with all four

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Before The Dragon Tattoo: The Best Of David Fincher

26 December 2011 3:24 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

There is, as I’m sure you’re aware, a holy trinity of Davids working within American mainstream cinema at the present time. Fincher, Lynch and Cronenberg. For me the one that has had the greatest cultural impact in the last 20 years has to be the former. He is that very rare director blessed with both box-office success and a cult classic following.

Born 1962 in Denver, Colorado, it was Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid that gave him the film-making bug and he started shooting 8mm shorts at the ripe old age of eight. After getting a job at Industrial Light and Magic where he worked on Return Of The Jedi, he went on to direct high grade music videos, for the likes of Madonna and Micheal Jackson and commercials, one of which, for the American Cancer Society in 1984, featured a foetus smoking a cigarette. A young Marla Singer, perhaps? »

- Matt Haynes

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The X Factor Season Finale Recap: And the Winner Is… [Updated]

22 December 2011 7:05 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The word “Finale” — spelled out in all caps using pure molten lava — bubbled and exploded across a giant electronic screen. A lithe young woman in a red-and-white striped, fur-trimmed bathing suit writhed seductively inside an oversized snow globe. And Melanie Amaro, Chris Rene, and Josh Krajcik were reduced to blubbering, carol-singing wrecks.

The message may not have been subtle, but let’s be honest, that’s never really been Simon Cowell’s forte: In No Particular Order, The X Factor reminded us in incredibly loud and extremely close-up fashion, that Christmastime is here; that Nicole HarbingerOfDoom is a master of »

- Michael Slezak

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[Now Streaming] Your ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,’ ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ & ‘We Bought a Zoo’ Alternatives

22 December 2011 6:00 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently streaming on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, and We Bought a Zoo.

With the holidays hitting this weekend, a family friendly zoo tale does box office battle with a dizzying espionage thriller and the feel bad movie of Christmas. If you want to spend your holiday revels, relishing inspiring true tales, action-packed adventures, and deeply dark tales of revenge, we got you covered with the best of movies now available online through Netflix.

When seeking the elusive truth behind a missing girl’s disappearance, a dedicated journalist (Daniel Craig) crosses paths with an edgy but enchanting young hacker. Rooney Mara stars as Lisbeth Salander, the controversial It girl of Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy. David Fincher directs.

Like your thrillers extra dark? »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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'Game Change': See Julianne Moore take stage as Sarah Palin -- Video

21 December 2011 3:16 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

HBO Films seems to have two essential mission statements. First, to corner the market on Al Pacino’s good acting (see: Angels in America, You Don’t Know Jack, the upcoming Phil Spector biopic. Second, and more importantly, the moviemaking arm of the network appears to be constructing a complete chronology of American history, from the Revolution (John Adams) through the Great War (Band of Brothers, The Pacific), and right up to our disturbing modern moment (Recount, Too Big to Fail).

Next year’s Game Change is an intriguing new entry in the HBO History canon, adapting the addictive behind-the-scenes »

- Darren Franich

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Eight Reasons to Spend the Holidays at the Movies

21 December 2011 1:44 PM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Here's a preview of what's opening in theaters this holiday weekend, starting with Wednesday's premieres: the tense crime drama "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and the animated thrill ride "The Adventures of Tintin," along with the expanded release of "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol."

Opening on Friday is the delightful dramedy "We Bought a Zoo," starring Matt Damon," and the limited release of Angelina Jolie's directorial debut, "In the Land of Blood and Honey. »

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The Commercials of David Fincher: From Dennis Hopper to Charles Barkley and Angelina Jolie

20 December 2011 9:23 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

 

Yesterday I brought you the music videos of David Fincher and today I bring you his commercials. With a strong visual eye and an occasionally dark, yet playful, sense of humor, Fincher has directed commercials for companies such as Nike, Budweiser, Heineken, Coca-Cola, Apple, Motorola, Adidas, Colt 45, Levi's, At&T and Hp and in those commercials he's featured stars such as Brad Pitt, a very young Angelina Jolie, the late Dennis Hopper, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Claire Forlani, Billy Dee Williams as well as sports stars such as Charles Barkley, Michael Vick, Terrell Owens, Adrian Peterson, Ladainian Tomlinson, Troy Polamalu, Shawne Merriman and Steven Jackson. Over the next four pages I have gathered a collection of 23 of Fincher's commercials for you to preview and I'm sure you'll recognize many and yet will have never realized they were directed by the man behind Seven, Fight Club, Zodiac and his latest effort, »

- Brad Brevet

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John C. Reilly Tackles Childish Parents In 'Carnage'

19 December 2011 11:29 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

We've seen him play an emotionally stunted stepbrother and a country crooner on the big screen, but now accomplished actor John C. Reilly takes parenting to a childish level in Roman Polanski's "Carnage."

Reilly stars alongside Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz in the film, which centers around two couples who meet after their sons are involved in a fight. However, as their meeting progresses, the parents' behavior becomes increasingly bizarre, and the entire evening turns into utter chaos. (Warning: Vomit is involved.)

The self-effacing Reilly, 46, spoke to The Huffington Post about "Carnage," being a parent in real life, and his love of French cheese.

"Carnage" is based on a play of the same name. Have you ever see it on stage?

No. I was offered to do it on stage a couple of times but it just didn't work out, which turned out to be a lucky »

- Nicki Gostin

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