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6 items from 2010

Cork Film Festival Wednesday Tips

9 November 2010 5:57 PM, PST | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Right, another few suggestions / tips for the Cork Film Festival which is quickly coming to an end. First up… Our Life tells the story of a man who has it all, kids and a wife who is pregnant with their third, except a dramatic event get’s in the way of the happy bliss. Elio Germano picked up the Best Actor trophy at this years Cannes for his performance here. Our Life is showing tonight, 830pm at the Cork Opera House. Buy tickets here. For the music fans, and more importantly fans of The Kinks, Do It Again will be a must see. Featuring the likes of Sting and Paul Weller, Do It Again follows a newspaper reporter called Geoff Edgers. Said Mr.Edgers sets out to the find the still breathing members of The Kinks and attempts to convince them to reunite! Gate Cinema – 2:30pm. Buy tickets here. »

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Film festival picks of the week

16 April 2010 4:09 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Italian Film Festival, Scotland

No gimmicks here – just the chance to see some world-class Italian films from directors old and new. From veteran Enzo Castellari, director of the original Inglourious Basterds, comes Eagles Over London, the film that invented the "macaroni combat" genre by dazzlingly recreating the Battle Of Britain. There's also a four-film tribute to legendary actor Vittorio GassmanIl Mattatore, as he's affectionately known – with screenings of the little-seen swashbuckler For Love And Gold and the original Scent Of A Woman, which won Gassman the Best Actor award in Cannes. More recent titles include director Federico Bondi's Mar Nero, a touching tale of the relationship between an elderly lady and her youthful carer, and Cinema Paradiso director Giuseppe Tornatore's dark, modern thriller The Unknown Woman. And, for the more traditional, there's a screening of everyone's favourite Italian classic, La Dolce Vita.

Various venues, Fri 16 to »

- Andrea Hubert, Phelim O'Neill

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Exclusive: Sting, Zooey Deschanel rock new Kinks doc “Do It Again”

10 April 2010 6:50 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

By Sean O’Connell

The Kinks, to me, were a second-tier rock outfit. That’s not a slight against the band. Several of their hits, from “Lola,” “All Day and All of the Night” and “Tired of Waiting for You” to “You Really Got Me,” became part of pop culture’s conscience. They just never attained the same level of popularity and mainstream success as legendary first-tier rockers The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones or The Who.

Geoff Edgers would disagree. The Boston Globe reporter views The Kinks as one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time. And with his 40th birthday fast approaching — the milestone of the mid-life crisis — Edgers sets a personal and professional goal. He’s going to reunite the four original members of the band, including feuding brothers Ray and Dave Davies, who haven’t spoken in years.

Robert Patton-Spruill’s documentary “Do It Again, »

- Sean O'Connell

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Full Frame ‘10: Exclusive interview with Sadie Tillery, Director of Programming

6 April 2010 9:55 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

By Sean O’Connell

Writing about the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, A.O. Scott of the New York Times said, “A festival like this offers a sustained, concentrated exposure to the sheer emotional power of documentary filmmaking, its ability to communicate the drama embedded in human experience. In Durham … you (can) walk into the stately dark of the Carolina Theatre and lose yourself in real life.”

That’s exactly what thousands of audience members hope to do this weekend once Full Frame gets underway. The four-day festival promises to bring more than 100 films – as well as discussions, panels, and good old-fashioned southern hospitality – to a six venues in a four-block neighborhood in downtown Durham.

This year’s program includes new films by innovative director Michel Gondry (“The Thorn in the Heart,” pictured above), Academy Award winners Steven Soderbergh (“And Everything Is Going Fine”) and Alex Gibney (“Casino Jack and the »

- Sean O'Connell

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Full Frame ‘10: Annual film fest a welcome dose of reality

5 April 2010 11:49 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

By Sean O’Connell

Durham, N.C., is enjoying an unusually busy week. On Monday night, Duke University’s men’s basketball team, the Blue Devils, will compete for an Ncaa National Championship against the Butler Bulldogs. Should Duke win, the Southern city likely will celebrate right up until Thursday, when the annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival picks up the torch and carries a wave of enthusiasm through the weekend.

Full Frame has become an essential springtime stop for documentary film lovers and celebrants of all things cinema. The four-day gathering has become a springboard for recent Oscar winners such as James Marsh’s “Man On Wire” (2008) or Alex Gibney’s “Taxi to the Dark Side” (2007). It’s also earning a reputation for luring documentary heavyweights to the intimate Southern setting, meaning you have a very good chance of bumping into Gibney, Morgan Spurlock, Charles Ferguson, Godfrey Cheshire, D.A. Pennebaker, »

- Sean O'Connell

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Movie Poster of the Week: "Do It Again"

6 February 2010 10:41 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Movie Poster of the Week has been at the International Film Festival Rotterdam this past week, scouting some brand new poster art from around the world. Next week I'll be posting a larger selection of what I've been seeing, but this is one of my favorites and one of the first to catch my eye. Directed by Robert Patton-Spruill, and having its world premiere in Rotterdam, Do It Again documents Boston rock critic Geoff Edgers' quest to reunite The Kinks. A glorified episode of Bands Reunited (which I don't mean disparagingly since I mourn that show's demise), though as much a portrait of the overly optimistic Edgers than of his favorite band, the film features a remarkably accommodating Sting, a wide-eyed Zooey Deschanel, and a marvellously pissed off Paul Weller among its interviewees.

The superb poster was drawn by Dave Plunkert of Baltimore-based Spur Design, more of whose remarkably »

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