11 items from 2010
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole didn’t receive a kind reception from critics when it first hit theaters. The story about two child owls who get separated from their family only to engage in a Cain and Abel story did not resonate well in the hearts of adults.
Perhaps that’s because Director Zack Snyder (Superman: Man of Steel, Sucker Punch) and screenwriters John Orloff (Anonymous) and Emil Stern (Tenderness) did not intend for it to be an overly gritty film in the vein of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Instead, the team set out to service the original novel series of Kathryn Lasky as best they could. They do so to modest success. The soul of the story, a young owl that triumphs over great adversity is still there, which will be enough to hit home with younger audiences. However, some key details were »
Years ago when I was talking to Jon Favreau about "Made," I brought up a scene that he shot in Glendale, a suburb of Los Angeles that serves as the lair of Peter Falk's lowly kingpin. Favreau barely knew where I was referring to, and I would assume he had lived in Los Angeles since filming "Swingers."
I mention this not to name drop, but because if you don't live in Southern California, you might not understand what limbo has befallen "Cemetery Junction," Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's first feature together in the wake of successful TV series like "The Office" and "Extras." It will be released on DVD next week, but it was dumped first into the Glendale Exchange 10 for a weeklong release that pulled in all of six customers on Monday night and was only publicized by a mention on Movieline and a Ben Stiller tweet, »
- Stephen Saito
In his review of the new Angeline Jolie thriller "Salt" in the New York Times, A. O. Scott describes the film's star as its "prime special effect and a reminder that even in an era of technological overkill, movie stars matter."
Do stars still matter? It's an issue we've been mulling over for months on IFC.com. Last December, we focused an episode of our weekly podcast on this very issue. Inspired by Lionsgate's release of the Russell Crowe movie "Tenderness" to just a single screen in Manhattan, we wondered whether stars have the same power and pull as they used to (our conclusion at the time: no). A few weeks ago, Stephen Saito put together a list of movies with major talent like Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jim Carrey that aren't coming to movies any time soon.
Now, when Scott says movie stars matter, he's referring to their work inside a film, »
- Matt Singer
Having read quite a bit of Robert Cormier’s extensive catalog, I knew a film based on one of his books was bound to be haunting. But nothing prepared me for the reality of Tenderness. The story focuses on Eric Komenko (played by Jon Foster), an 18-year-old serial killer who is being released from the juvenile detention center he was in, his record expunged. He’s contemplating which college to attend, trying to go back to a normal life, but it’s not easy due to the publicity surrounding his case.
Shortly after his release, Eric opts to take a road trip to “check out some colleges in Albany” (or hook up with a girl he met while at the detention center, take your pick) and finds his car is already inhabited by Lori Cranston, who is sleeping in the back. Lori (played by Sophie Traub) is a troubled teenage »
- Jessica Guerrasio
Chicago – It’s been awhile since the ultra-useful DVD Round-Up brought you a wave of recently released DVDs that slipped below the mainstream radar but we’re back with a very star-powered installment of your favorite column and you can now expect us to return with monthly editions. Russell Crowe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt lead the way for this revamped list of synopses, cast info, tech specs, and special features. Pick your favorites from the quartet below.
“Tony” was released on April 6th, 2010.
“Tenderness” was released on April 13th, 2010.
“Neowolf” was released on April 20th, 2010.
“Uncertainty” will be released on April 27th, 2010.
Photo credit: Lionsgate Home Video
Synopsis: “A career-hardened detective (Oscar winner Russell Crowe) becomes obsesses with the early release of Eric, a teenaged serial killer he helped send to prison. While the detective trails the young psychopath, Eric is joined by a troubled girl who knows the predator’s darkest secrets and desires. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
By Lisa Horowitz
Partners Judy Cairo, Michael A. Simpson and Eric Brenner also announced that Informant has added producer Howard Meltzer as partner. He produced feature film "Tenderness" and executive produced TV movie "Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay," among others.
- Lisa Horowitz
Peel Slowly What's that a poster for? Can you guess which movies these Polish movie posters are selling?
Did you see that Russell Crowe got his star on the Walk of Fame this week? It's so random, the timing I mean, when stars receive theirs. A listers and D listers alike get them in surprising time frames. You'd think they'd tie this in with the release of Robin Hood (Cannes opening night film -- see the whole lineup) but in fact, it happened just as Tenderness arrives on DVD. No, I'd never heard of that either. Crowe in a straight to DVD release? What's that about? Maybe it did get theatrical release somewhere but it's rare that something with a star that high profile slips by unnoticed. »
- NATHANIEL R
This week sees the release of several new movies and TV shows, some for the first time ever on Blu-ray. Of the ones coming out this week, we’re excited for a few of them in particular.
These esteemed examples of entertainment include A Nightmare on Elm Street, Pirate Radio, the debut of Voltron Beast King Golion, the thirteenth season of Dallas, the DVD release of the very funny Defendor and the 15th Anniversary Blu-ray of Apollo 13 (pictured above with Bill Paxton, Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise and Kevin Bacon).
Check them out:
- Joe Gillis
Photo: Lionsgate Only a few hours ago I posted my This Week On DVD and Blu-ray column and mentioned how I was going to give Tenderness a chance and I did almost as soon as I hit "Publish".
Directed by John Polson, whose last film was 2005's dreadful Hide and Seek and since then he's been directing TV shows including seven episodes of "Without a Trace" and four episodes of "Flash Forward". However, before any of those shows he directed Tenderness starring Jon Foster and Sophie Taub with Russell Crowe getting top billing even though his role is minimal and equally silly as he plays Detective John Cristofuoro, a cop chasing down Eric (Foster) a recently released, and convicted killer he put away oh so many years ago.
"You're a psychopath Eric, and you're going to kill again. You know it, and I know it," Crowe says to Eric just before he is released, »
- Brad Brevet
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Pirate Radio Now this is a decent film, but it's decent in the way that I would say rent, don't buy it. Perhaps it will strike some folks as funny enough to own, but for me it was a one and done. You can read my "B+" theatrical review here. Essential Art House: 8 1/2 Criterion is releasing several more films to their "Essential Art House" collection and the chance to tell you Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 can be purchased for only $14.99 must be brought up. I absolutely love this film, it's a personal all-time favorite and if you want a bit of further explanation you can read my review of Criterion's Blu-ray release from this past January right here, though remember, the "Essential Art House" releases come without any special features whatsoever.
Other films added to the collection this week, and »
- Brad Brevet
We have a brand new exclusive DVD special feature clip from Tenderness, which will be released on DVD on April 13. Click below for our exclusive special feature clip, which shows us how this film, which stars Russell Crowe, first got off the ground.
Exclusive: How It Started
Lori Cranston is a confused fifteen-year-old dreamer in search of an escape from her troubled home life. She discovers and becomes enthralled with Eric, a young man with a violent past. As they embark on a harrowing journey, a hardened local cop, who has been following Eric for years, is intent on exposing him as a serial killer before Lori's fate is determined.
"Finding Tenderness: Bringing the novel to the screen" featurette
11 items from 2010
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