12 items from 2012
Kill List director Ben Wheatley returns with his latest opus, Sightseers, a very British black comedy which is penned by its stars Alice Lowe and Steve Oram and tells the story of Chris (Oram) who wants to show Tina (Lowe) his world and he wants to do it his way – on a journey through the British Isles in his beloved Abbey Oxford Caravan. Tina’s led a sheltered life and there are things that Chris needs her to see – the Crich Tramway Museum, the Ribblehead Viaduct, the Keswick Pencil Museum and the rolling countryside that accompanies these wonders in his life. But it doesn’t take long for the dream to fade. Litterbugs, noisy teenagers and pre-booked caravan sites, not to mention Tina’s meddling mother, »
Excision opens in limited UK cinemas this Friday and is well worth hunting down. A fascinating film from first time director Richard Bates Jr., Excision is adapted from a short he made in 2008 and tells the story of a rather disturbed teenager named Pauline.
Played by AnnaLynne McCord, Pauline is troubled in many ways and has an obsession with surgery and the more bloody side of life (and death). The film explores her character’s thought processes in a very interesting and, in many ways, empathetic manner and the way in which Bates treats this central character is very much in the film’s central draw.
Playing Pauline’s rather strict and unsympathetic mother is Traci Lords and I was lucky enough to ask her some questions about the film and her part in it.
Were you familiar with Richard Bates Jr.’s short film before you starred in the »
- Craig Skinner
Chicago – The opening moments of Anne Renton’s feature debut, “The Perfect Family,” paint a typically cheery portrait of suburbia, complete with a sign displaying the generic tagline, “An Enjoyable Town.” It’s the sort of neighborhood audiences have seen countless times before in indies aiming to depict the “dark side” of small town America, a la “Blue Velvet.”
When uptight Catholic server, Eileen (Kathleen Turner), accidentally spills a handful of communion wafers and secretly shoves them in her mouth with the exquisite clumsiness of Lucille Ball at the chocolate factory, I was fully prepared for this film to devolve into a caustic slice of familial dysfunction along the lines of “Another Happy Day,” populated with shrill stereotypes and Puritanical basket cases. “The Perfect Family” could’ve easily been that movie, but it isn’t. In fact, it’s a much more tender and thoughtful picture than one would expect. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Cold-blooded statements from cinema's most notable tough-nuts
Clip joint regular FreakyChucker ventures above the line for the first time for this week's offering.
What's not to love about a bad-ass one-liner? A single piece of dialogue that instantly freezes the breath right there in your chest, leaving you in no doubt whatsoever that what you are dealing with here is one stone-cold tough melon farmer.
Note that the whole "one line" thing is kind of crucial here. So there'll be no Samuel L Jackson, Pulp Fiction-style striking down with furious vengeance in this list. Neither will George C Scott's opening speech from Patton be making an appearance. Those examples were part of some long (though admittedly bad-ass) speeches – and 'bad–ass speeches' are a whole different Clip joint. (As is the comparable killer comebacks topic – Ed).
Also, while we're throwing parameters around, you will find no Clint Eastwood "Do you feel lucky? »
This week on DVD/Blu-ray: A black-and-white French classic; one of the craziest comedies to ever play at the Sundance Film Festival; a moving drama from New Zealand; a comedic rush courtesy of Bobcat Goldthwait; and a mother's day treat for those who didn't think "Serial Mom" was violent enough. #1. "La Haine (The Criterion Collection)" You might know Matthieu Kassovitz best as Audrey Tatou's bumbling love interest in "Amelie," but before wooing the hearts of cinemagoers worldwide, Kassovitz directed "La Haine," a black-and-white explosive expose on the racial and cultural unrest present in modern-day France. The film, which has gone on to become a landmark of French cinema since first enthralling audiences in 1995, centers on one day in the lives of three friends from immigrant families living in the low-cinome banlieue district on Paris's outskirts. When a local youth is beaten unconscious by the »
- Nigel M Smith
Emily Deschanel is best known for her work as forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan on Fox's "Bones," which is currently in its seventh season -- and also for being the older sister of Zooey Deschanel.
Deschanel costars in the indie comedy "The Perfect Family," in which Kathleen Turner returns to the big screen as Eileen, a devout Catholic who has been nominated for Catholic Woman of the Year. The religious matriarch -- who has a recovering alcoholic husband, a son who's cheating on his wife, and a lesbian daughter (Deschanel) planning to marry her partner and have a baby with her -- is forced to examine what makes a family perfect: its appearance to the outside world, or how it feels from the inside.
We sat down with the energetic Deschanel as she talked to us about gay rights, potentially working with her sister, what's next on "Bones" and »
- Robert DeSalvo
Kathleen Turner is, more or less, exactly how you'd expect her. You can hear her long before and after you're in the same room, and she certainly doesn't suffer fools. Or anybody else, for that matter. We spoke (for much less than our alloted time slot) with the iconic star of "Body Heat," "Serial Mom" and "Baby Geniuses" about her role in "The Perfect Family," an ultra low-budget indie about a Catholic woman who is shocked to discover that her family falls short of her ideals. How did you come into the project? The script was sent to my agency by, well, you know, an established person. And I have a reputation for being very open to material, which I try to do, if it comes through the right channels, and I say that so I won't be flattered with unqualified scripts. I was intrigued. I was very intrigued. Eileen is a good woman, »
- Austin Dale
Kathleen Turner Kathleen Turner, perhaps best remembered for seducing William Hurt in Lawrence Kasdan’s Body Heat and for romping about with Michael Douglas in Robert Zemeckis‘ Romancing the Stone, will be present on May 7 at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Bell Lightbox to discuss her career in films and on stage. Turner will be making her Toronto stage debut in Matthew Lombardo’s High at the Royal Alexandra Theatre from May 8–13. Turner, 58 next June, has appeared in nearly 30 features. In addition to the aforementioned two titles, her credits include Ken Russell’s Crimes of Passion, as a Belle de Jour-like sex worker; John Huston’s Oscar-nominated Prizzi’s Honor, as Jack Nicholson’s partner in crime; the Lewis Teague-directed Romancing the Stone sequel The Jewel of the Nile; Francis Ford Coppola’s Peggy Sue Got Married, which earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination; and Danny DeVito »
- Andre Soares
Why not feast your peepers on the trailer for Morgan Spurlock’s (Super Size Me) new documentary, Mansome? The film analyses the identity of men in modern times, and touches on an array of subjects; from the modern male’s humorous obsession with manscaping and grooming products, to the more serious mental condition of body dysmorphic disorder.
It features interviews with Will Arnett (Blades Of Glory) and Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) – who also co-executively produced the film – as well as Judd Apatow (Funny People), Paul Rudd (Anchorman), Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), and John Waters (Serial Mom).
Mansome also seeks out the opinions of the general public in a bid to determine what being a man means, during a time where the definition of masculinity is more uncertain than ever.
Mansome is due for release in the Us on 18th May. There is no date set for a UK release as yet, »
- Martin Daniel McDonagh
Here is last week's caption pic winner. This week's caption pic is at the bottom of the page.
Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is ...
"Aubrie, no! I said blow out the candles!""
Thanks to John for this week's winning caption! And a special shoutout to Ferkel for his "How the hell are we supposed to put a caption to that picture and keep it PG-13?!" lament.
Weekend Birthdays! (Note: Birthday shoutouts are for out entertainers, allies, or for any celeb that seems to have a following on Ae). James McAvoy (above) is 33, George Takei is 75, Jessica Lange is 63, Andy Serkis is 48, Shemar Moore is 42, Joey Lawrence is 36, Patti Lupone is 63, John Cameron Mitchell is 49, Eric Mabius is 41, Robbie Amell is 24, Charlotte Rae is 86, Jack Nicholson is 75, and Luther Vandross would have been 61. What are your fave Luther songs? Here are mine: 5. "Dance With My Father." 4. "Any Love," 3. "Til My Baby Comes Home, »
It's not easy to put together a top 100 of just about anything, but the folks over at Yahoo! Movies have really thrown down the gauntlet this time with a list of the 100 Funniest Movies to See Before You Die. In describing the list, they maintain that their goal was to choose the "funniest" movies out there, not necessarily the "best" comedies. With that in mind, you might think they'd stay away from critically acclaimed classics and lean more toward low brow, quick and easy laughfests. But you'd be wrong. There are a lot of classics on this list, everything from The Apartment to Dr. Strangelove to Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times and Buster Keaton's The General. There are also movies on here that aren't really "comedies" per se, such as Pulp Fiction and Martin Scorsese's After Hours. More than anything, this serves as a reminder that what is »
Those of you in the Los Angeles area have two enticing theater options coming up. The first -- an absolute must see -- is the Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim's Follies. It's coming to La soon from Broadway intact but for Bernadette Peters who will be replaced by another major but less famous talent, Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza). The other theater option is currently playing. I can't vouch for since I haven't seen it, but it's the one and only Kathleen Turner playing Molly Ivins in the one woman show Red Hot Patriot.
I have however seen Kathleen Turner live on stage twice (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and High) and she doesn't lose even one ounce of her charisma or gift on the stage the way many screen stars do when they attempt the transfer. Earlier this week she had »
- NATHANIEL R
12 items from 2012
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