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6 items from 2009

Tiff 2009 Day 7: Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Micmacs

30 November 2009 1:32 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

A welcomed "diversion" to my viewing slate, Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator wasn't the first picture that came to mind when watching Dany Boon's miming about in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's "anti-war" themed pic. - A welcomed "diversion" to my viewing slate, Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator wasn't the first picture that came to mind when watching Dany Boon's miming about in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's "anti-war" themed pic. I wasn't thinking of anti-war pics, and it was upon further reflection that I thought about the whole non-violence combating violence discourse of the film, but it was the collection of pics from the late 70's/early 80's films that I grew up on that I had in mind. In my estimation, Jeunet's Micmacs delivers that tingling feeling sensation that we find in spades in Amelie, the pic is a technically fun film to watch, and is inoffensive, quirky »

- Staff

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Imran Khan says Look Up!

5 August 2009 6:03 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Imran Khan cannot only act, direct, fight the bad guys, romance the girl and dance, he has another talent - writing. In his weekly column for the Hindustani Times Imran writes about all sorts of things: some filmi, some funny like the "battle" with PC over a hacked column and some serious. One of his most recent columns was a call to arms and he urged his readers to join him in fighting "to free the world and do away with greed, with hate and intolerance". Here are some highlights from that amazing piece.

The column was a quote by Charlie Chaplin from the film The Great Dictator and its message is to "Look Up". Chaplin as Hynkel - Dictator of Tomania says in that speech that, "We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other's happiness, not by each other's misery. »

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Orange of the Week: Sacha Baron Cohen

5 April 2009 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

-   Taking aim at homophobes, the idiocy behind the fashion industry, and people who think babies are a fashion accessory, I might be going off the deep-end here, but I couldn't help think about Bruno in the same context, and as a modern day version of Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator. I've chuckled over the trailer several times over. The Orange of the Week goes to Sacha Baron Cohen. »

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I'm Not a Huge Charles Chaplin Fan but...

2 February 2009 12:41 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

...this moment in Modern Times is near perfection. For those that don't know what's going on in the scene, he had the lyrics to the song he was supposed to sing on his cuffs, which you will notice fly off almost immediately. One thing interesting about the song Chaplin sings is that it is the first time you hear the Tramp's voice as he sings "Je cherche apres Titine" in French/Italian gibberish but his actions lead the audience to understand what he is supposed to be singing about entirely. If you are yet to familiarize yourself with Chaplin or are looking for a refresher course on April 16 TCM is set to run 10 Chaplin films in a row including Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914), A Dog's Life (1918), A Day's Pleasure (1919), The Kid (1921), Pay Day (1922), A Woman of Paris (1923), The Gold Rush (1925), Modern Times (1936), The Great Dictator (1940), A King in New York (1957) and »

- Brad Brevet

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Cool Stuff: Olly Moss’s Poster Remakes

14 January 2009 6:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

21-year old UK artist Olly Moss is probably best known for his popular t-shirt designs which have virally spread across the interwebs. You might recognize some of his designs below.

Olly has decided to create a series of movie posters reinterperated in a kinda minimalistic post modern German-ism style. Six more posters (The Dark Knight, Die Hard, Deer Hunter, Rain Man, The Great Dictator, and American History X) after the jump.

Die Hard

“The posters were made for fun. I love design and I love films so it was an ideal personal project,” Olly tells /Film. “In most cases I chose popular films with strong scenes or themes that would be immediately recognisable even when represented very simply.”

The Dark Knight: “The silhouette in this poster was absolutely inspired by the intro to the 90s Batman animated series.”

Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator: “I came up »

- Peter Sciretta

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The birds of prey are circling

8 January 2009 7:46 PM, PST | | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

Why do we thirst for movie stars to fail? Why are so many showbiz journalists like hyenas circling a crippled prey? Why do so many gossip columnists behave like jilted lovers or betrayed investors, livid with anger at what they once valued so highly? Why are a few stars singled out like the victims of school bullies? Why do the box office receipts of "Australia" appear in almost every news outlet, but an actual review of it appears in so few?

Here is a recent headline: "Australia" Another Nicole Kidman Letdown. We learn in the attached story from Reuters:

Twentieth Century Fox appears to have given up on director Baz Luhrmann's latest period epic in North America, and is hoping that foreign sales will rescue the costly picture. The movie has sold just $44.3 million worth of tickets at the U.S. and Canadian box office after five weekends, and »

- Roger Ebert

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