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12 items from 2011


55th BFI London Film Festival: ‘Poupoupidou (Nobody Else But You)’

30 September 2011 4:45 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Poupoupidou (Nobody Else But You)

Director: Gérald Hustache-Mathieu

Screenplay by Juliette Sales and Gérald Hustache-Mathieu

In French with English subtitles

How much do you really know about cinema’s most famous blonde? Director Gérald Hustache-Mathieu’s Poupoupidou isn’t a biopic of Marilyn Monroe, but certain details about the life and death of Martine Lingevin, aka Candice Lecoeur, aka cheese poster girl “Belle de Jura” may seem very familiar.

That title is a reference to “I Wanna Be Loved by You”, Marilyn’s famous number from Some Like It Hot. The opening credits seem to be taking their cue from Bert Stern’s Vogue photos – diaphanous top, nipple, bare flesh. It’s just the tip of the iceberg for cinephiles – an appropriate metaphor for a movie set in a snowbound town in Eastern France.

Poupoupidou is one of those films in which the two leading characters never meet because one of them is already dead. »

- Susannah

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New this Week: ‘Horrible Bosses,’ ‘Zookeeper’ and ‘Hobo with a Shotgun (DVD)’

6 July 2011 6:21 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

Horrible BossesJason BatemanCharlie DayJason Sudeikis

ZookeeperKevin JamesRosario DawsonLeslie Bibb

Movie of the Week

Horrible Bosses

The Stars: Jason BatemanCharlie DayJason Sudeikis

The Plot: Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness.

The Buzz: I can’t say that I’m terribly excited about this film — I’d rather go see Super 8 (again) or Transformers 3 (again). Still, anything’s better than Zookeeper. Bateman is great, and the actors populating these horrible bosses are all battle-tested in the realm of good comedy (Jennifer Aniston = Office Space, Colin Farrell = In Bruges, Kevin Spacey = Hurlyburly). When he’s on, Seth Gordon is a phenomenal director (see The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters), so this should be at least good. The trailer was pretty unimpressive though »

- Aaron Ruffcorn

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Of Gods and Men Review

28 February 2011 11:45 AM, PST | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Director: Xavier Beauvois Writers: Xavier Beauvois and Etienne Comar Cinematographer: Caroline Champetier Starring: Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin, Philippe Laudenbach Studio/Runtime: Sony Pictures Classics/120 min. Movies adapting real-life stories for the big screen always have a tough choice in how accurately they depict events. Hollywood usually chooses to heighten things and, although we accept that they’re only inspired by reality and not recreations, it’s also possible to stray too far in the realm of realistic depictions. That’s the case with Of Gods and Men, which depicts what happened to a Trappist monastery in Algeria during 1996, events »

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Of Gods and Men Gets a New Trailer!

28 January 2011 8:10 AM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

A new trailer for Cannes Festival’s winner Of Gods and Men has been debuted via Apple.

The excluding of a beloved French film in the Best Foreign Language Film category of Oscar nominees – and the inclusion of a skeptically regarded Algerian one – has raised a few eyebrows and damaged some egos in France. Opening in NY and La on February 25th, director Xavier Beauvois has assembled an excellent cast for this “quietly powerful” film including, Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin, Philippe Laudenbach, and Jacques Herlin.

Of Gods and Men Movie Photos

Having been commercial success in its domestic market, the drama will hit limited U.S. theaters. However, in the grand scheme of French-American relations, it’s a small bump in the road.

Just a quck reminder:

The film with a screenplay written by Etienne Comar, centers its story on the monastery of Tibhirine, where Trappist monks lived »

- Nikola Mraovic

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Ten

28 January 2011 6:13 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

My Idiot Brother

Opens: 2011

Cast: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Steve Coogan

Director: Jesse Peretz

Summary: Ned is a well-meaning idealist just released from prison for dealing cannabis. In succession, he disrupts the lives and homes of his three sisters: a career-driven journalist about to get her big break; a bisexual hipster whose lies are disrupting her relationship; and a married mother who hasn't noticed that her marriage is falling apart.

Analysis: Scoring a good response over the weekend at the Sundance Film Festival, this broad light comedy with a sweet heart charmed the pants off The Weinstein Company to the tune of around $6 million for distribution rights. That covers most of its sub-$10 million budget, a number that it could potentially outgross by several factors if the good-natured tone hinted at in the reviews were correct. If anything, the few negatives tended to be because this »

- Garth Franklin

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New Trailer for Festival Favorite ‘Of Gods and Men’

27 January 2011 3:00 PM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

One of the things about working at a film festival is that you don’t always have the opportunity to watch the films at the festival.  That was the case when I worked at the NY Film Festival back in September and why I wasn’t able to see the well received film, Of Gods and Men.

Opening in NY and La on February 25th, director Xavier Beauvois has assembled an excellent cast for this “quietly powerful” film…or so I hear.  The film stars Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin, Philippe Laudenbach, and Jacques Herlin.  I suggest you check out the trailer below because it is quite good for a drama of this caliber.  Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Eight French Christian monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers in a monastery perched in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990s. »

- Alex DiGiovanna

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Trailer and Poster for Excellent French Feature 'Of Gods and Men'

27 January 2011 8:35 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

One of the surprise omissions from the Academy's Foreign Language shortlist this year was the absence of Xavier Beauvois's Of Gods and Men (Des hommes et des dieux), a film I saw on my final day at the Cannes Film Festival as it was one of the films I'd missed and many were talking about as a possible contender for the Palm d'Or. It didn't end up winning as it lost to fellow shortlist exclusion Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.

I never did get around to reviewing it, but I will get a second shot come February 25, the day Sony PIctures Classics will release the film in New York and Los Angeles prior to what I imagine will be a slow roll out to the major cities around the country shortly thereafter.

The film is quite good as it tells the story of eight French Christian »

- Brad Brevet

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"Of Gods and Men" Leads Cesar Awards Nominations!

21 January 2011 3:12 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Xavier Beauvois' "Of Gods and Men" dominated the nominations of the 36th Annual Cesar Awards, the French equivalent of the Oscars. "Of Gods" received 11 nominations total and will compete against Heartbreaker (L'Arnacoeur), Gainsbourg (Vie Heroique), Mammuth, Le Nom Des Gens, The Ghost Writer, and On Tour for Best Film.

The Social Network, Invictus, Inception, Illegal, The Secret In Their Eyes, Bright Star, and Les Amours Imaginaires will duke it out for the Best Foreign Film category.

Jodie Foster will preside over the ceremony and Quentin Tarantino will be given an honorary Cesar award. The 36th Annual Cesar Awards will be held on Feb. 25th.

Here is the full list of nominees:

Best Film

Heartbreaker (L'Arnacoeur), dir: Pascal Chaumeil

Of Gods and Men (Des Hommes Et Des Dieu), dir: Xavier Beauvois

Gainsbourg (Vie Heroique), dir: Joann Sfar

Mammuth, dir: Benoit Delepine, Gustave Kervern

Le Nom Des Gens, dir: Michel Leclerc

The Ghost Writer, »

- Manny

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Quentin Tarantino to Receive Honorary César Award

21 January 2011 1:25 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The nominations for this year’s César Awards (France’s Oscar equivalent) has been announced. In addition the awards ceremony has also chosen Quentin Tarantino as the recipient of the ceremony’s honorary award. Alain Terzian, the president of the Académie des arts et techniques du cinéma announced at a press conference this morning confirmed that the director would be present to ick up his award in person.

It is also worth noting that there are three American movies among the seven nominees for Best Foreign Film: Inception, The Social Network and perhaps the biggest surprise, Invictus.

The 36th edition of the Césars will take place on February 25 in Paris.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Best Movie

L’arnacoeur by Pascal Chaumeil

Le nom des gens by Michel Leclerc

The Ghost Writer by Roman Polanski

Tournée by Mathieu Amalric

Des Hommes et des Dieux by Xavier Beauvois

Gainsbourg »

- Ricky

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Previewing the Films of 2011: 39 Potential Oscar Contenders for the New Year

7 January 2011 10:49 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Here we are, the final installment of my 2011 preview and I have 36 new films to discuss, which means in the last four days I have brought you information on 133 different films opening (or expected to open) in 2011. I'd say that's one hell of a comprehensive preview.

Today's installment brings you a look at potential Oscar contenders and a dozen foreign language films I decided to single out. But before we get too far, let me remind you of the previous installments should you want to start at the beginning: Tuesday, January 4: 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2011 Wednesday, January 5: Curiosities, Quirky, Unconventional and Bizarre Movies Thursday, January 6: Blockbusters and Popcorn Features Today, January 7: Foreign Language and Oscar Hopefuls First we'll begin with the Oscar Contenders. Below I've listed 39 films I feel will mark the start of the Oscar conversation for the new year. Fifteen of these films I've »

- Brad Brevet

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Indie Film - 'Of Gods and Men' clips and photos!

5 January 2011 11:30 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Cannes Film Festival winner Xavier Beauvois Incendies gets new videos. Clips are up from Of Gods and Men, Sony Pictures Classics, starring Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin, Philippe Laudenbach, Jacques Herlin, Loïc Pichon and Xavier Maly. The film is helmed by Xavier Beauvois who wrote alongside Etienne Comar and is a multiple award winner and nominee in numerous film festivals. The historical drama was selected as a winner of the Best Foreign Language Film by the National Board of Review. Pic opens on February 25th, exclusive to New York and Los Angeles »

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Indie Film - 'Of Gods and Men' clips and photos!

5 January 2011 11:30 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Cannes Film Festival winner Xavier Beauvois Incendies gets new videos. Clips are up from Of Gods and Men, Sony Pictures Classics, starring Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin, Philippe Laudenbach, Jacques Herlin, Loïc Pichon and Xavier Maly. The film is helmed by Xavier Beauvois who wrote alongside Etienne Comar and is a multiple award winner and nominee in numerous film festivals. The historical drama was selected as a winner of the Best Foreign Language Film by the National Board of Review. Pic opens on February 25th, exclusive to New York and Los Angeles »

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