11 items from 2010
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Directed by Antonio Campos
Released by Mpi Home Video
Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, Campos' polarizing debut stars Ezra Miller as a high schooler whose Av club assignment leads him to capture the drug-induced deaths of two of his popular prep school classmates. [Sam Adams' review of the film is here.]
Released by Well Go USA
Well Go USA do long-suffering American kung fu fans a solid and finally release "All Men Are Brothers," the sequel to the Shaw Brothers' epic "Seven Blows of the Dragon" (a.k.a. "Water Margin") featuring David Chiang and Chen Kuan-tai as warriors battling against the tyranny of despots, and "Return of the 5 Deadly Venoms," which pits Shaw brothers favorites' the Venom Mob against the master that crippled them. »
- Stephen Saito
Anchor Bay Entertainment presents this psychological thriller on Blu-ray™ and DVD starting August 24th. This dark tale of a woman searching for her boyfriend after he mysteriously vanishes from the hospital marks the last screen appearance by the late actress Brittany Murphy (8 Mile, Sin City, Just Married, Clueless, Girl, Interrupted).
Abandoned follows Mary Walsh (Murphy) as she delivers boyfriend Kevin (Dean Cain, “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman;” starring in the upcoming Georgia with Val Kilmer and Andy Garcia) to a hospital for a routine outpatient surgery. But when Mary returns to take him home, he is nowhere to be found. The hospital administrator (Mimi Rogers, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery) can’t find any record of him, and a police search turns up nothing. Increasingly frantic, Mary is taken to a staff psychiatrist, Dr. Bensley (Peter Bogdanovich, “The Sopranos”) who pronounces her unstable. Now, she must not only find her missing boyfriend, »
Above: La pivellina.
The recently wrapped Los Angeles Film Festival succeeded in reinventing itself—a new location in "revitalized" downtown with a new artistic director, David Ansen (the thirty-year veteran critic of Newsweek)—but it produced mixed results. Gone were the kind of established names of world cinema favored by previous artistic director Rachel Rosen, whose final program last year boasted rare works by Wang Bing, Pere Portabella, Miguel Gomes, and many others. Claire Denis was perhaps Laff's only recognized master this year (outside of revivals), and herWhite Material is already secured for distribution.
Instead, Laff emphasized emerging filmmakers and attempted to strike a balance between "popular" and "art house" fare, offering an accessible selection of films from around the globe. Ansen's most interesting choices were the smaller films he championed, such as the Georgian character study Street Days, which he personally introduced and then sat through after some minor projection problems occurred, »
This dark tale of a woman searching for her boyfriend after he mysteriously vanishes from the hospital marks the last screen appearance by the late actress Brittany Murphy (8 Mile, Sin City, Just Married, Clueless, Girl, Interrupted).
Abandoned follows Mary Walsh (Murphy) as she delivers boyfriend Kevin (Dean Cain, “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman;” starring in the upcoming Georgia with Val Kilmer and Andy Garcia) to a hospital for a routine outpatient surgery. But when Mary returns to take him home, he is nowhere to be found. The hospital administrator (Mimi Rogers, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery) can’t find any record of him, and a police search turns up nothing.
Geoffrey Ross also is producing the project, which begins shooting next week in Mexico and Los Angeles.
The story centers on Charlie (Quinn), a Los Angeles billionaire financial whiz who goes into self-imposed exile in Tijuana after his empire is revealed to have been a Ponzi scheme. While looking for the woman he abandoned there 25 years before, Charlie is pursued by a Mexican gangster (Garcia), a federal agent (Van Peebles) and thugs sent by a former client (Goss) looking to retrieve his money.
Van Peebles, repped by Fortitude, next appears in and helms "Things Fall Apart," from co-writer/star 50 Cent.
- By Jay A. Fernandez
The Man's Woman and Other Stories directed by Amit Dutta will be screened in the International Competition section of the 11th Jeonju Film Festival in Korea. The festival will run from April 29 to May 7. Park Jinoh's debut feature Should Have Kissed will be the opening film of the festival while Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio's To the Sea will be the closing film of the festival.
The Man's Woman and Other Stories is a series of three episodes which explore the relationship between men, women and the physical and mental spaces they inhabit.
Jff will screen 209 films from 49 countries this year, including 11 in the international competition.
The list of films in the International Competition are:
"Clash," Phillippines (dir. Pepe Diokno)
"Crab Trap," Colombia-France (dir. Oscar Ruiz Navia)
"Huacho," Chile-France-Germany (dir. Alejandro Fernandez Almendras)
"I Am a Cat Stalker, »
Omg!!!!! Talk about being in rehab and having your first hit after two months of soberdom!!!! The Vampire Diaries is Back, People!!!!!!! We got a lot of mythology thrown at us tonight and things are getting deep! I didn't jump out the window tonight, but I damn near jumped in front of a car flying down the street!
The Road Less Traveled…
We pick up right where we left off with Elena hanging upside down in her car as the creepy hooded figure comes for her. As soon as he reaches in the car and Elena screams, he super speeds away! What?!?!??!??!
But as soon as Elena (and myself) calms down, Damon super speeds to the car, scaring the crap out of Elena (and myself). He helps her out the car and checks to see if she has suffered any major injuries, which she hasn't. Elena then murmurs, "I look like her… »
- Mark O. Estes
Cologne, Germany -- "Youth in Revolt," Miguel Arteta's romantic comedy starring Michael Cera and Portia Doubleday, is one of the higher profile titles screening at Generation -- the Berlin Film Festival's youth cinema sidebar -- but the title could be used for the 2010 lineup as a whole. For its 33rd edition, Generation has decided to stir things up, mixing genres and styles, big names and unknowns.
Acclaimed Indian filmmaker Dev Benegal will open Generation's main 14plus competition with his latest off-Bollywood production "Road Movie." "Alamar," a docu-drama from Mexican director Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio kicks off the Generation Kplus section of younger-skewing titles.
No longer a ghetto for kid flicks, Generation has established itself as a strong brand and platform for launching films in its own right -- a fact illustrated by the ten world premieres this year. These range from "Last of the Line" from Finnish directors Anastasia Lapsui and Markku Lehmuskallio, »
- By Scott Roxborough
Summary: A rollercoaster-style treasure hunt for the legendary Fritton’s Gold ensues as the feisty and ever-resourceful schoolgirls of St Trinian’s face their most fearsome establishment rivals yet - the villainous Pomfrey and his sidekicks from the women-hating secret society known as AD1.
Analysis: While it didn't travel much beyond the UK, 2007's reboot of the "St Trinian's" franchise nearly doubled its £7 million production budget in sales in the UK alone - making it one of the top grossing independent British films of the past decade. Reviews were decidedly mixed but generally pretty weak at the time, so the greenlighting of a sequel surprised quite a few.
Despite a critical drubbing, the core audience of young British teenage girls seemed to be satisfied by »
- Garth Franklin
Director: Mikael Hafstrom
Summary: In the months leading up to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, an American man arrives in Shanghai to find his friend recently murdered. In investigating his friend's death, he stumbles upon a secret the United States government has been keeping and falls in love in the process.
Analysis: After being granted permission to shoot in the Chinese city, the $10 million production found its permit quickly being revoked by the Government who expressed concerns about the script. The result is Bangkok and the United Kingdom standing in for the real Shanghai which seems kind of against the entire point.
Cusack himself has emphatically endorsed the project in interviews, calling it a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity", but being stuck at the cash-strapped Weinstein Company means that its release plans are unsure beyond a vague promise of a limited bow around Easter. »
- Garth Franklin
He's been feted for his appearances with Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer and is soon to open in the West End. Yet the media only want to discuss his relationship with Keira Knightley. No wonder he is wary says Elizabeth Day
Rupert Friend already knows how this interview is going to be written. "You start off with a humorous anecdote about meeting me," he says, as if reciting a shopping list. "Then you end on something that neatly refers back to the beginning. It's so boring." He sits back in his chair, a small smile on his face.
It seems fair to say that Friend, 28, has developed a fairly healthy contempt for journalists. He tells me that he refuses to read any newspapers because they are saturated with meaningless celebrity trivia and he seems to believe most of us who work for them are hopelessly ignorant. At one point, when »
- Elizabeth Day
11 items from 2010
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