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Film Review: ‘Permanent’

Film Review: ‘Permanent’
It’s hard to decide which era “Permanent” is most nostalgic for: 1982, when writer-director Colette Burson’s semiautobiographical coming-of-ager is set, or the turn of the millennium, when movies like “Welcome to the Dollhouse” and “Ghost World” set the template for the kind of twee, adolescent-angst stories that reached their apotheosis a few years later with Fox Searchlight releases “Napoleon Dynamite” and “Little Miss Sunshine.” In either case, the movie does neither time period any real favors, being a funny-ish (but never outright funny) portrait of a high school girl whose biggest concern is her hair.

As such, the title “Permanent” refers to the chemical process (or “perm,” as the mainstream called it) made enviable by the likes of Meg Ryan, Stevie Nicks and Dolly Parton back when big hair and poodle-like ringlets were all the rage. It also describes the kind of damage that high school renders on teenagers everywhere, who carry the
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‘Downsizing’ Star Hong Chau Turned to Acting to ‘Burst Out of My Introvertedness’

‘Downsizing’ Star Hong Chau Turned to Acting to ‘Burst Out of My Introvertedness’
Hong Chau is drawing critical raves in Alexander Payne’s sci-fi film “Downsizing,” which opens Dec. 22. But the actress, who grew up in a Vietnamese refugee community in New Orleans, gained her widest early exposure playing a character closest to home — an immigrant, in HBO’s New Orleans-set “Treme.” She’ll next star in “American Woman,” about the Patty Hearst kidnapping. Chau studied creative writing in college but switched to film studies when her parents asked her to be more practical. “I chose film because it’s a trade,” she says. “I was wrong about it being practical.”

How did you develop your passion for acting?

I was dabbling in it initially as a way to burst out of my introvertedness. I must have found some strange sort of joy or fascination with it, because I stuck with it. But it wasn’t necessarily acting that turned me to film; it was wanting to be a part
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Japan’s Softcore Porn Tradition Is Resurrected With a Healthy Blend of Sex, Humor, and Visual Flair

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If you read Playboy for the articles, “Wet Woman in the Wind” and “Antiporno” may be for you. Part of Mubi’s foray into theatrical distribution, they also represent the return of the Roman Porno — a particular kind of pink film (read: softcore porn) made by the Nikkatsu studio and prevalent in Japan throughout the 1970s and ‘80s.

The first of these, 1971’s “Apartment Wife: Affair in the Afternoon,” spawned 20 sequels within a seven-year span and made Kuzuko Shirakawa a different kind of scream queen long before Jamie Lee Curtis first met Michael Myers. Nikkatsu produced roughly three Roman Pornos a month until 1988, helping the revered studio pivot away from Yakuza flicks. These affairs were short, sexy, and often quite good — critics responded to them with nearly as much enthusiasm as audiences.

Read More:‘Anti-Porno’ Trailer: Japanese Director Sion Sono Returns with a Feminist Take on Sexuality

To celebrate that legacy,
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Filming set to start on Lucky McKee produced ‘Don’t Look There’

Produced by Lucky McKee (May, The Woman, All Cheerleaders Die), director Richard Zelniker’s new thriller Don’t Look There is set to begin filming this winter.

A mystery/thriller about a clinical psychologist (Emmanuelle Vaugier) who’s on a downward spiral as she treats a new patient (Kenny Johnson) that suffers from premonitions. As their sessions deepen, a detective (Kirk Acevedo) solicits her help in hunting down an elusive serial killer terrorizing Detroit during the holiday season.

The film, which stars Natalie Alyn Lind (The Gifted, Gotham), Kirk Acevedo (Insidious: The Last Key, Band of Brothers, Fringe), Emmanuelle Vaugier (Saw 2, CSI: NY), Keesha Sharp (Marshall, Lethal Weapon), Michelle Krusiec (The Invitation) ,Kenny Johnson (Swat, Bates Motel), Patrick Sabongui (Homeland, Drones), Shane Graham (AMC’s The Son, Ride), Kevin Johnson (Ozark), Erin O’Brien (Tremors, Clinton Road), Dave Sheridan (Victor Crowley, Ghost World), Cj Valleroy (Unbroken) and Pip Dwyer (It,
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"The Vampire Diaries: Ghost World"

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Sneak Peek footage, images and synopsis fom "The Vampire Diaries" episode "Ghost World", written by Rebecca Sonnenshine and directed by David Jackson, that aired October 27, 2011

on The CW:

"...as 'Mystic Falls' prepares to celebrate the traditional 'Illumination Night', the town is invaded by spirits of the dead.

"After a particularly violent encounter with an angry spirit, 'Damon' asks 'Bonnie' to find the reason behind the ghosts' surprising power.

"'Elena' convinces 'Jeremy' to use his connection to the other side to help her find a new way to reach Stefan, leading Jeremy to a terrible choice.

"Finally, 'Alaric' discovers a long-hidden clue to the past..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Vampire Diaries: Ghost World"...
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Comic Books Actually Exist! And Other Things I’ve Found Out

Author Note: This original editorial was written in 2011, and several of the references are clearly dated, and more than that, in the past six years, my perspective has altered, changed, been tweaked,…, been re-examined (Shrugs) something to that effect- needless to say that this is the article written by a then-still young(er), still unknowing film school undergrad who had a more wide-eyed and bushy-tailed view of the subculture than I do now. My perspective as an outsider was more curious and intriguing at the time, and I think it’s important to have those kinds of initial thoughts documented, as much if not moreso than one’s current more-refined thoughts. While I will update portions of this article at the bottom of the page, I ask that you keep in mind, the perspective in which it was written, and forgive what are obvious dated references to the time period.
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Ghostbusters Spinoff May Be Told From The Ghost’s Perspective

Audiences remain divided on the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters – directed by Paul Feig, and starring an entirely female team. Those divisions do not seem to have dampened enthusiasm for the property – for either fans or the studio – however, as producer Ivan Reitman recently detailed plans for the future of the franchise.

Addressing an assembled crowd at the Idw comic panel at San Diego Comic-Con over the summer, the man behind the original Ghostbusters movies provided some details on an animated film that’s currently in development.

“I think we have wonderful plans, both for an animated feature that we’re deep in design on already and a really great story. That’s going to surprise everybody, I think, when it comes out. And we’re dealing with Ghost World quite a lot. We’re looking at the film from a ghost point-of-view, and the Ghostbusters from a ghost point-of-view. I think
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"The Vampire Diaries: Ghost World"

  • SneakPeek
Sneak Peek footage, images and synopsis fom "The Vampire Diaries" episode "Ghost World", written by Rebecca Sonnenshine and directed by David Jackson, that aired October 27, 2011

on The CW:

"...as 'Mystic Falls' prepares to celebrate the traditional 'Illumination Night', the town is invaded by spirits of the dead.

"After a particularly violent encounter with an angry spirit, 'Damon' asks 'Bonnie' to find the reason behind the ghosts' surprising power.

"'Elena' convinces 'Jeremy' to use his connection to the other side to help her find a new way to reach Stefan, leading Jeremy to a terrible choice.

"Finally, 'Alaric' discovers a long-hidden clue to the past..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Vampire Diaries: Ghost World"...
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Review: "Ghost World" (2001); Criterion Blu-ray Special Edition

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By Todd Garbarini

High school friends Enid Coleslaw (Thora Birch) and Rebecca Doppelmeyer (Scarlett Johansson) absolutely cannot wait to be free of the prison of school, defiantly flipping the bird and squashing their mortarboards following their graduation. Enid isn’t off the hook just yet: her “diploma” is instead a note informing her that she must “take some stupid art class” (her words) if she hopes to graduate. Their fellow classmates are caricatures of everyone we all knew during our adolescence. Melora (Debra Azar) is inhumanly happy all the time and oblivious to Enid and Rebecca’s sense of ennui and contempt. Todd (T.J. Thyne) is ultra-nervous to talk with the insouciant Rebecca at the punchbowl. Another bespectacled student sits off by himself. Enid and Rebecca are at both an intellectual and emotional crossroads. They want to share an apartment; however, they seem unaware of the amount of money they
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Movie Review: Marion Cotillard is a love-crazed lunatic in the far-fetched From The Land Of The Moon

For their screen adaptation of Ghost World, Daniel Clowes and Terry Zwigoff invented a fake arthouse movie with a hilariously ludicrous title: The Flower That Drank The Moon. Maybe that was rattling around in the subconscious of whoever was charged with coming up with an English-language title for Mal De Pierres, a new French melodrama starring Marion Cotillard. The original title is the French phrase for kidney stones, which play a role in the narrative, but which someone apparently deemed insufficiently alluring for U.S. audiences. (To be fair, the French don’t include the word “kidney” in their phrase, which means “evil of stones.”) Instead, we’re getting this film as From The Land Of The Moon—a title that’s somehow at once generic and nonsensical, and seems vaguely meant to suggest a flight of fancy, or something. Fair enough, as the target audience is people who believe
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All of the Films Joining FilmStruck’s Criterion Channel this August

Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This August will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.

To sign up for a free two-week trial here.

Tuesday, August 1

Tuesday’s Short + Feature: These Boots and Mystery Train

Music is at the heart of this program, which pairs a zany music video by Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki with a tune-filled career highlight from American independent-film pioneer Jim Jarmusch. In the 1993 These Boots, Kaurismäki’s band of pompadoured “Finnish Elvis” rockers, the Leningrad Cowboys, cover a Nancy Sinatra classic in their signature deadpan style. It’s the perfect prelude to Jarmusch’s 1989 Mystery Train, a homage to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the musical legacy of Memphis, featuring appearances by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Joe Strummer.
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Ivan Reitman planning new animated and live-action Ghostbusters movies

While last year’s Paul Feig-directed Ghostbusters: Answer the Call didn’t quite prove to be the relaunch that fans of the franchise were hoping for, it seems that Ivan Reitman isn’t ready to call time on the series, with the director of the original two movies revealing at San Diego Comic-Con that he’s got plans for both an animated feature and new live-action film.

Speaking about Idw’s Ghostbusters 101 panel, Reitman said that: “I think we have wonderful plans, [including] an animated feature that we’re deep in design on already… a really great story. That’s going to surprise everybody, I think, when it comes out. And we’re dealing with Ghost World quite a lot. We’re looking at the film from a ghost point-of-view, and the Ghostbusters from a ghost point-of-view. I think that would be something very interesting.”

Reitman also revealed that the
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Two New Ghostbusters Films In The Works, With One Due As Early As 2019

Audiences remain divided on the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters – directed by Paul Feig, and starring an entirely female team. Those divisions do not seem to have dampened enthusiasm for the property – for either fans or the studio – however, as producer Ivan Reitman recently detailed plans for the future of the franchise.

Addressing an assembled crowd at the Idw comic panel at San Diego Comic-Con recently, the man behind the original Ghostbusters movies provided some details on the animated film that’s currently in development.

“I think we have wonderful plans, both for an animated feature that we’re deep in design on already and a really great story. That’s going to surprise everybody, I think, when it comes out. And we’re dealing with Ghost World quite a lot. We’re looking at the film from a ghost point-of-view, and the Ghostbusters from a ghost point-of-view. I think that would
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Ghostbusters animated movie detailed, possible 2019 release

David Crow Jul 21, 2017

At the Sdcc Ghostbusters panel, Ivan Reitman reveals that the animated Ghostbusters movie will be from a ghost's Pov.

We are one year out from the Ghostbusters film of last year. But wherever you stand on the comedy which starred Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, it clearly didn’t set the box office on fire. Be that as it may, Ivan Reitman, who produced the movie and directed a the original Ghostbusters, is far from undaunted.

While stepping foot inside of San Diego Comic-Con for a Ghostbusters panel of biblical proportions, he had much to say about the future of the brand. There to help promote several new Ghostbusters comics series from Idw Publishing, Reitman talked pretty openly about the future of Ghostbusters movies at Sony Pictures and their newly minted Ghost Corps subsidiary.

More acutely, Reitman confirmed that not only is the Ghostbusters animated movie still on,
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Criterion Now – Episode 24 – Ghost World, Crumb, Barnes & Noble Sale

Aaron, Travis and Tim Leggoe dig into the world of Terry Zwigoff, the Barnes & Noble Sale, predictions and wish lists for October Criterion releases, reactions to the Sean Baker episode, and plenty more. We also have announced a contest so listen carefully.

Episode Notes

8:00 – Sean Baker Reactions

19:00 – Barnes & Noble

30:00 – October Predictions

47:00 – Ghost World

1:10 – Short Takes (The Exterminating Angel, Summer Interlude, Crumb)

1:21:30 – FilmStruck

Episode Links Barnes & Noble Criterion Sale Thora Birch: How Hollywood’s Darling Disappeared Janus Films – The Human Condition Tweet Criterion Close-Up 23: Breaker Morant and Mister Johnson Episode Credits Aaron West: Twitter | Website | Letterboxd Tim Leggoe: Blog | Letterboxd | Twitter Travis Trudell: Twitter | Instagram Criterion Now: Twitter | Facebook Group Criterion Cast: Facebook | Twitter

Music for the show is from Fatboy Roberts’ Geek Remixed project.
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Terry Zwigoff Signs With ICM Partners

Terry Zwigoff Signs With ICM Partners
Exclusive: Terry Zwigoff has signed with ICM Partners. Zwigoff is best known for directing the black comedies Bad Santa and Ghost World, as well as the heralded documentary Crumb, about the cartoonist Robert Crumb. Zwigoff, who had been with Wme, most recently helmed for Amazon Studios Budding Prospects, about a group that disconnects and sets out to grow pot in the country. Zwigoff remains with attorney Robert…
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Review: Wilson

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We all like to root for the underdog, especially if it is someone we, the audience, feel is being unjustly treated by a cruel, uncaring world. So, sitting down to Wilson, the film adaptation of Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel, we’re predisposed to cheer for the title character, especially as portrayed by Woody Harrelson.

Unfortunately, we get a soft, gooey portrayal of a misanthrope who brings much of the misery upon himself, surrounding himself with ill-defined characters. The 94 minute experience is at times uncomfortable and other times you shake your head at the missed opportunities.

The 2010 graphic novel is comprised of 70 single page gag strips about Wilson, inspired in part by his own father’s death as well as the relationship between Peanuts creator Charles Schulz and his father. Days and years pass in Wilson’s life between these vignettes forcing you to guess what has happened. In some ways, the film works in the same frustrating manner.

The film, out now from 20th Century Home Entertainment, focuses on Wilson, a down on his luck guy who loses his father to cancer then goes in search of his past by tracking his ex-wife where he learns the abortion that ended their marriage never happened. Instead, she gave away the child, now a teen, and they go in search of her.

Laura Dern looks appropriately strung out as Pippi, his ex, who is variously described as a crack whore and lunatic. She left Wilson, gave up her daughter, and tried to stay straight as a waitress. When Wilson finds her, she crumbles around whatever she originally found in him to love. As a result, she gives in all too readily and all too often, when he wants to love her or find their daughter and then pursue a relationship with her. Later, time passes and her situation changes with no real explanation, undercutting our appreciation for her struggles.

Harrelson gives the part his all, but is ill served by Clowes script. The story is fine but there’s little to like about Wilson, who is rude, arrogant, befuddled, and stressed out depending upon the scene. After being arrested for allegedly kidnapping Claire (Isabella Amara), he transitions to a three year stint at prison. There, he seems to find God or bond with every sub-culture in the prison population, softening his edges at last, so in the final act, he can find some solace. There’s a better story hidden under all this but Clowes won’t show us. His adaptations of Ghost World and Art School Confidential are far superior.

Had this been in the hands of a surer director, such as the originally-planned Alexander Payne, we might have been given that better movie. Instead, we get relative novice Craig Johnson, making just his third feature. Therefore, performances by Judy Greer, Cheryl Hines, and Margo Martindale are wasted.

We veer from slapstick to sentimental and the entire final portion of the film shifts tone into something sappy. The entire production lacks focus, direction, and even a point. As a portrait of a middle-aged man lost in the world, it has more promise than actual delivery.

Overall, the film looks and sounds fine on Blu-ray, coming as part of a Combo Pack that also includes a DVD and Digital HD code.

Given that the film was a box office and critical disappointment, it’s no surprise that there is a paucity of special features. We do get 15 Deleted Scenes, some of which would have helped the overall story but none are entirely missed. There are also a photo gallery and trailers.
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Wilson review – Woody Harrelson’s abrasive misfit fails to connect

Daniel Clowes’s graphic novel does not translate well to the big screen, despite the star’s high-energy performance

The lovechild of director Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins) and screenwriter and comic book artist Daniel Clowes (Ghost World) was always going to be an abrasive, maladroit loner with the social subtlety of a headbutt. And in this, the misanthropic, gleefully luddite Wilson (Woody Harrelson) doesn’t disappoint. Wilson delights in peeling people away from their electronic devices and engaging them in conversations which invariably feel more like an assault than an exchange of ideas. When he reconnects with his troubled ex-wife (Laura Dern), Wilson learns he has a teenage daughter who was adopted and, for a while at least, he feels part of a dysfunctional family unit. A structure that perhaps worked better in its original graphic novel form feels a little episodic as a movie. Despite the mordant humour
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Sundance London 2017 Review – Wilson (2017)

Wilson, 2017

Directed by Craig Johnson

Starring Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Judy Greer and Isabella Amara

Synopsis:

A lonely and socially-difficult middle-aged man battles his father’s sudden death by teaming up with his ex-wife to hunt down and reunite with the daughter they put up for adoption several decades earlier.

The very concept of Wilson on paper: the director of The Skeleton Twins, Craig Johnson, partnering up with Daniel Clowes, the mastermind behind Ghost World, to make yet another off-beat indie dramedy, is pretty much a Sundance wet-dream waiting to happen. And while the final result isn’t quite the esteemed cult classic existing fans of the pair may well be hoping for, what it is is an incredibly solid, well-acted and surprisingly heartfelt look at both honesty and loneliness. A more hard-talking, and slightly more meandering take on Clowes’ usual material, but with the necessary warmth and depth that Johnson made his name mastering.
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