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5 items from 2011


[Review] The Pill

17 December 2011 10:00 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

One of the greatest lessons I received from my film school education was a tossaway bon mot from a faculty advise, upset that  I didn’t have time to take a 17th century sculpture class. Seeing my confused expression, she shared, “you can’t break the form until you learn it.” With The Pill, first-time writer/director J.C. Khoury manages to somehow do both and still create a fun, entertaining, and surprisingly effective film.

Not since the western has a genre been so dominated by X’s and O’s than romantic comedies. Rom-coms follow a certain formula, replicated over and over again, mainly because they work. Guy and girl can’t possibly be together until they inevitably are. If websites and newspapers didn’t demand a word count, a perfectly suitable review of New Years Eve would read, “it’s exactly what you think it is.” The Pill takes »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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French Music Appreciation Class

13 June 2011 3:08 PM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

French Lessons en chanson Jean Brassard and Steve Ross Hudson Opera House, Hudson, New York, May 21, 2011

It was 1960-something and I was attending the summer session at Hollywood High; a friend got me in to usher at the Huntington Hartford Theater (now the Fernando Lamas Theater) on Vine Street. One night some French guy was to sing. I had never heard of him, but there was an extra-special excitement in the air as Maurice Chevalier, Hedy Lamar, Steve Allen, Marlene Dietrich (on the arm of a young blond muscleman), Meredith Wilson (who wrote The Music Man) and other luminaries chatted in the lobby. The house lights dimmed and Maurice Chevalier with much glee introduced the singer. A thin man, in a suit that seemed to be much too tight, entered to thunderous applause and sang a song in French (a language I did not know). The audience went wild. He »

- Jay Reisberg

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The Pill Movie Review - Dances With Films

13 June 2011 1:40 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: The Pill Writer-director: J.C. Khoury Starring: Noah Bean, Rachel Boston, Anna Chlumsky, Dreama Walker, Al Thompson, Jean Brassard, Lue McWilliams A lot of Hollywood romantic comedies unfold in worlds that are virtually unrecognizable from the real one, where couples meet in strange fashion and relationships often overlap in messy ways. Writer-director J.C. Khoury’s engaging The Pill, which just enjoyed its world premiere at the 14th annual Dances With Films festival, is thankfully not one of those efforts. The movie centers around Fred (Noah BeanRose Byrne’s murdered fiance on Damages), a New Yorker who hooks up with the free-spirited Mindy (Rachel Boston), has pleasantly drunken but unfortunately unprotected sex, wakes up, and »

- bsimon

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Stake Land (2010) ‘Belle’ Movie Trailer: Jim Mickle, Danielle Harris

17 April 2011 2:58 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

The Stake Land ‘Belle’ Movie Trailer has premiered. Jim Mickle‘s Stake Land (2010) stars Danielle HarrisNick Damici, Connor Paolo, Kelly McGillis, and Michael Cerveris. Stake Land’s plot synopsis: “America is a lost nation. When an epidemic of vampirism strikes, humans find themselves on the run from vicious, feral beasts. Cities are tombs and survivors cling together in rural pockets, fearful of nightfall. When his family is slaughtered, young Martin (Gossip Girl’s Connor Paolo) is taken under the wing of a grizzled, wayward hunter (In the Cut’s Nick Damici) whose new prey are the undead. Simply known as Mister, the vampire stalker takes Martin on a journey through the locked-down towns of America’s heartland, searching for a better place while taking down any bloodsuckers that cross their path. Along the way they recruit fellow travellers, including a nun (Kelly McGillis) who is caught in a crisis »

- filmbook

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Stake Land (2010) Movie Trailer, Poster: Jim Mickle, Nick Damici

16 April 2011 9:41 AM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

The Stake Land Movie Trailer and Movie Poster have premiered. Jim Mickle‘s Stake Land (2010) stars Nick Damici, Danielle Harris, Connor Paolo, Kelly McGillis, and Michael Cerveris. Stake Land’s plot synopsis: “America is a lost nation. When an epidemic of vampirism strikes, humans find themselves on the run from vicious, feral beasts. Cities are tombs and survivors cling together in rural pockets, fearful of nightfall. When his family is slaughtered, young Martin (Gossip Girl’s Connor Paolo) is taken under the wing of a grizzled, wayward hunter (In the Cut’s Nick Damici) whose new prey are the undead. Simply known as Mister, the vampire stalker takes Martin on a journey through the locked-down towns of America’s heartland, searching for a better place while taking down any bloodsuckers that cross their path. Along the way they recruit fellow travellers, including a nun (Kelly McGillis) who is caught in »

- filmbook

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5 items from 2011


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