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11 items from 2011


Shanghai Mystery and A Modern Medusa: A Movie Review

10 November 2011 8:00 AM, PST | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

*full disclosure: a DVD screener of this film was provided by Indican Pictures for review.

Director/writer: Oscar L. Costo.

Cast: Vivian Wu, Richard Burgi and Honglei Sun.

Shanghai Mystery (originally titled Shanghai Red) is one of those hugely character driven films where, if director Oscar L. Costco ("Seaquest Dsv") was driving, he must be moving at 20 miles per hour. The type of film he developed may not be for everyone. What he creates is a slow mystery drama that starts with a lady in a slinky red dress.

She arrives at a penthouse in Shanghai, shoots a 'client,' and gets caught. The rest of the film bounces between her time in prison, talking to a lawyer, and revealing her life in flashback.

Mei Li's (Vivian Wu, Strange World) life is explored in exquisite detail. Viewers first learns that her husband was killed during a business trip that she urged him to take. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Ed Sum)

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Win: Snow Flower & The Secret Fan On DVD

19 October 2011 12:28 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Snow Flower & The Secret Fan is released on 04 November 2011 on Blu-ray and DVD. We have 3 copies of the DVD to give away courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Inspired by the bestselling novel Snow Flower And The Secret Fan by Lisa See, the film is a timeless portrait of female friendship. In 19th-century China, seven-year-old girls Snow Flower and Lily are matched as laotong – or “old sames” – bound together for eternity. Isolated by their families, they furtively communicate by taking turns writing in a secret language, nu shu, between the folds of a white silk fan.

In a parallel story in present day Shanghai, the laotong’s descendants, Nina and Sophia, struggle to maintain the intimacy of their own childhood friendship in the face of demanding careers, complicated love lives, and a relentlessly evolving Shanghai. Drawing on the lessons of the past, the two modern women must understand the story of their ancestral connection, »

- Matt Holmes

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New Release: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Blu-ray and DVD

1 September 2011 1:07 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Release Date: Nov. 1,  2011

Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray $39.99

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Bingbing Li embraces life in Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.

Director Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club) weaves a contemporary tale with an old-world fable in the historical period drama Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, based on Lisa See’s best-selling novel of the same name.

The film follows two girls growing up in 19th century China, Lily (Bingbing Li, The Forbidden Kingdom) and Snow Flower (Gianna Jun, My Sassy Girl). They are brought together in a “Laotong” friendship — a lifelong bond between two women who rely on each other for companionship and comfort.

Amid the civil unrest and gender discrimination of the era, the pair deals with life’s hardships together until they are separated by marriage and childbirth. But the sworn sisters continue to communicate through the secret Chinese language of “nushu,” hiding their »

- Laurence

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July Preview: Larry Crowne, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, and Horrible Bosses

30 June 2011 11:53 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Monthly Movie Preview – July 2011

It’s summer. Period. No more discussion. You see, in Portland summer doesn’t fully hit until Fourth of July weekend. We survive through June with rain, overcast skies, and a lot of 60 degree days. No more. We are also officially in summer, and more importantly … Summer Blockbuster Season. The big boys are coming out to play (Harry Potter, Tom Hanks, Captain America). So with that, let’s get to it.

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online survey July 1

Movie of the Week

Larry Crowne

The Stars: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Sarah Mahoney

The Plot: Larry (Hanks) loses his retail job and decides to go to community college. Ms. Tainot (Roberts) is his speech teacher who is going through struggles of her own.

The Buzz: Likeable. It has to be, right? Hanks is our box office everyman so putting him through our economic downturn, searching for a job, »

- Jeff Bayer

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Snow Flower And The Secret Fan featurette, interviews and behind-the-scenes video

29 June 2011 11:59 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Featurette from Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,interviews and a behind-the-scenes look at the Wayne Wang film. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan stars Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun, Vivian Wu, Archie Kao and Hugh Jackman. We have an interview clip with Lisa See, the author of the bestselling novel on which the movie is based, as well as helmer Wang and producers Florence Sloan and Wendi Murdoch. The featurette is on Lisa See and can be seen in high definition as well. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a timeless portrait of female friendship. »

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Snow Flower And The Secret Fan featurette, interviews and behind-the-scenes video

29 June 2011 11:59 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Featurette from Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,interviews and a behind-the-scenes look at the Wayne Wang film. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan stars Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun, Vivian Wu, Archie Kao and Hugh Jackman. We have an interview clip with Lisa See, the author of the bestselling novel on which the movie is based, as well as helmer Wang and producers Florence Sloan and Wendi Murdoch. The featurette is on Lisa See and can be seen in high definition as well. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a timeless portrait of female friendship. »

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Snow Flower And The Secret Fan featurette, interviews and behind-the-scenes video

29 June 2011 11:59 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Featurette from Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,interviews and a behind-the-scenes look at the Wayne Wang film. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan stars Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun, Vivian Wu, Archie Kao and Hugh Jackman. We have an interview clip with Lisa See, the author of the bestselling novel on which the movie is based, as well as helmer Wang and producers Florence Sloan and Wendi Murdoch. The featurette is on Lisa See and can be seen in high definition as well. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a timeless portrait of female friendship. »

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

17 May 2011 12:57 PM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Starring: Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun, Vivian Wu

Director: Wayne Wang

The Scoop: Based on the acclaimed historical novel by author Lisa See, "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" tells the story of two very different women who form a long lasting relationship -- first as BFFs, then as dedicated frenemies -- in 19th century China. Wang ("Maid in Manhattan," "Because of Winn Dixie") handles the directing duties.

Rated PG-13, limited | Watch the trailer »

- NextMovie Staff

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Snow Flower And The Secret Fan movie poster!

13 March 2011 10:54 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See the first movie poster from Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, starring Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun, Vivian Wu, Hugh Jackman and Archie Kao. The Fox Searchlight Pictures historical drama is helmed by Wayne Wang (Because of Winn-Dixie, Last Holiday) from the writing by Angela Workman, Michael Ray and Ronald Bass, based on the novel by Lisa See. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan opens July 15th. The story, which is set in 19th century remote China, tells of the lifelong friendship of Lily and Snow Flower as well as their imprisonment by rigid cultural codes of conduct for women. Wendi Murdoch and Florence Sloan produced the film. Cinematography comes from Richard Wong »

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Snow Flower And The Secret Fan movie poster!

13 March 2011 10:54 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See the first movie poster from Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, starring Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun, Vivian Wu, Hugh Jackman and Archie Kao. The Fox Searchlight Pictures historical drama is helmed by Wayne Wang (Because of Winn-Dixie, Last Holiday) from the writing by Angela Workman, Michael Ray and Ronald Bass, based on the novel by Lisa See. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan opens July 15th. The story, which is set in 19th century remote China, tells of the lifelong friendship of Lily and Snow Flower as well as their imprisonment by rigid cultural codes of conduct for women. Wendi Murdoch and Florence Sloan produced the film. Cinematography comes from Richard Wong »

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Twelve

8 March 2011 6:44 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Scream 4

Opens: April 15th 2011

Cast: Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Mary McDonnell, Emma Roberts Director: Wes Craven

Summary: Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with family and friends, but it also brings about the return of Ghostface which puts the whole town in danger.

Analysis: Back in late 1996 when I first began covering film news, "Scream" was released and became more than just a sleeper hit. After years of genre movies being relegated to direct-to-video status, this comedic slasher spawned the biggest surge in the horror film genre since "Halloween" almost two decades before. Its post-modern stylings and witty self-aware dialogue went on to be a big influence on films and television in general.

Yet the "Scream" series itself never could quite capture that glory again. By the time the »

- Garth Franklin

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