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Review by Dane Marti
One of the reasons I love the work of Woody Allen is that he obviously thinks of cinema as an art form, intellectual and aesthetic. Allen attempts –and often succeeds in a magnificent way—in delving deeper into a visual tale. Sure, his films ordinarily are extremely entertaining, but I find that they always contain a bit more. ‘The Irrational Man’ is a good, solid example of a film that offers thoughtful and interesting surprises for film viewers.
Allen’s films, even when they are not completely successful, are always interesting—and I mean that word in a truly positive way.
The Story: A young, disheveled professor, Abe Lucas, played with angst and passion by Joaquin Phoenix, arrives at a prestigious eastern University. Although only in his thirties, Abe is already a legend with the local academic environment, women in particular. And he definitely reeks Existential angst, »
- Movie Geeks
The actress is in early talks to join Cumberbatch in "Doctor Strange," as she revealed in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
"It's still super-early days, and I don't know where that's gonna go, if it's gonna go anywhere at all," she said, adding that she's not a "comic book snob."
Her quotes are part of an article about her somewhat-unconventional movie career. After major hits like "The Notebook" and "Mean Girls," McAdams was anointed by some as Hollywood's next Julia Roberts. Instead, she's balanced big studio movies like "Sherlock Holmes" with Woody Allen movies ("Midnight in Paris") and small indies ("About Time"). Now, she's currently starring in HBO's "True Detective."
If she does jump on board "Doctor Strange," due out in November 2016, the »
- Kelly Woo
Woody Allen’s philosophical thriller Irrational Man is irrationally entertaining. It shouldn’t work. It’s laughably plotted and sketchily written. Intellectually, it’s jejune — or at least high in jejunosity. But if you can manage to keep your eye-rolling in check, you might find yourself getting into it. Allen seems genuinely turned on by this crime-and-punishment fantasy and its erotic trappings, and his engagement carries you along. The Woodman has written and directed so many films so quickly that he has achieved a rare fluency: He makes remarkably smooth stilted movies.Joaquin Phoenix plays the protagonist, a piece of casting even riskier than Owen Wilson’s in Midnight in Paris. Can Phoenix — with his halting Method affect and slurry diction — embody Abe, a brilliant, alcoholic philosophy professor experiencing Kierkegaard’s “terror of freedom” while simultaneously commenting on it? Not convincingly — but compellingly. So compellingly that he doesn’t need to be convincing, »
- David Edelstein
Ant-man hits theaters on Friday, and with its release marks the kick-off for Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Depending on how big of a fan you are, this news will come as either exciting, or painfully boring. A surprise appearance by Agent Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) in Iron Man‘s credits enthralled millions of filmgoers and teased a project geeks only dreamed about. Two box-office-record-breaking Avenger films later and the shared universe has proven itself an unparalleled success in terms of commercial filmmaking, but after the long wait to see Tony, Cap, Thor, and Hulk take on Thanos is realized, the streak of Marvel characters met with open arms and another $100 million weekend may be coming to an end.
12 movies in, and Thanos, the big baddie the movies have been building toward, still has no Infinity Stones (it goes without saying he isn’t very good at this »
- Colin Biggs
David Letterman comes out of retirement to rip Donald Trump; the co-president of Sony Pictures Classics shows his Texas roots; and the Stark Naked Theatre Company reveals its new lineup. It’s this week’s Texas News Roundup. David Letterman Roasts Donald TrumpDavid Letterman came out of retirement briefly at San Antonio’s Majestic Theatre during the comedy concert “Steve Martin & Martin Short: A Very Stupid Conversation...With Music.” The late-night king performed his patented Top 10 List about Donald Trump, then went on to praise the Spurs before exiting just as surprisingly as he entered. Sony Pictures Classics Lassoed to TexasThe co-president of Sony Pictures Classics, Michael Barker, has strong Texas ties that began when he attended the University of Texas at Austin. Now his vision has led to seven films that have received best-picture Oscar nominations, including “Capote,” and “Midnight in Paris.” Upcoming films include the Hank Williams biography “I Saw the Light, »
We really hope this one is true! "True Detective" costars Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch are reportedly dating, according Us Weekly. The site says that Rachel and Taylor recently grabbed dinner together at Osteria Mozza in West Hollywood earlier this month -- and, while their romance is relatively new, it's moving pretty fast. "It hasn’t been long," an insider tells Us. "But it’s serious." The Canadian actors -- who recently finished filming the HBO hit drama together -- have been close friends for years, but apparently their relationship changed after working together on the crime thriller. "They grew closer on set," a second source close to the "Mean Girls" star adds. This isn't the fist time the 36-year-old has struck up a romantic relationship with a costar. After filming "The Notebook" with Ryan Gosling in 2004, the pair started dating but eventually split (and crushed the dreams of Noah »
- tooFab Staff
The big-screen retelling of the life of country music icon Hank Williams has secured a release date, just in time for awards season. Sony Pictures Classics has announced that I Saw the Light will bow in movie theaters on Black Friday, November 27th.
English actor Tom Hiddleston will play the lead role and do his own singing in the film. His previous screen credits include the role of Loki in a trio of Marvel films: Thor, The Avengers and Thor: The Dark World. He also portrayed novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald »
Sony Pictures Classics has dated Marc Abraham's I Saw the Light for a Nov. 27 release, which all but guarantees an Oscar push for the film and most likely a big push for Tom Hiddleston who stars in the feature as legendary country western singer Hank Williams. The pic is now slotted alongside fellow Oscar hopeful The Danish Girl, though both films will probably be looking to make a big splash on the Fall film festival circuit, already establishing an awards season narrative before the general public lays their eyes on either of them. The pic, which also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Bradley Whitford, David Krumholtz and Cherry Jones, chronicles Williams' meteoric rise to fame and its ultimately tragic effect on his health and personal life. Hiddleston is probably best known to most as Loki from The Avengers film franchise, but 2015 is looking to be a year where he makes a »
- Brad Brevet
She’s Funny That Way, 2015
Directed by Peter Bogdanovich
A screwball comedy featuring the interconnected personal lives of the cast and crew of a Broadway production.
They don’t make ‘em like they used. The eternal cry from many film fans across different walks of life whilst watching what new fads and trendy hip subjects have found themselves at the centre of the Hollywood Babylon. There are those who hate modern blockbusters and prefer their summer entertainment more, well, summery, while many hate the crassness of modern comedies, instead choosing to revisit the Golden Era when Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn were trading blows in the “battle of the sexes”. So its somewhat surprising to report that one of this summer’s big comedies is trying to do exactly that, »
- Scott J. Davis
A bizarre murder brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California when True Detective returns for its eight-episode second season. Colin Farrell (Golden Globe winner for “In Bruges”) plays Ray Velcoro, a troubled detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him. Vince Vaughn (“Wedding Crashers”) portrays Frank Semyon, a criminal and entrepreneur in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner. Rachel McAdams (“Midnight in Paris”) plays Ani Bezzerides, a sheriff’s detective whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and »
- Pietro Filipponi
By Giacomo Selloni
If you are like me, you probably have a nostalgic heart. The fact that you read Cinema Retro is a major clue. Have you ever yearned to spend an evening in the past, a la Gil (Owen Wilson) in Woody Allen's “Midnight in Paris?” What if I told you how to experience an evening with Josephine Baker, Fanny Brice, Marion Davies, Will Rogers and Florenz Ziegfeld for a show at his famous theater that is hosted by Eddie Cantor? Would you go?
While real life can not actually bring you back in time to do so, Cynthia Von Buhler can, and has, with her new iTheater production “Ziegfeld's Midnight Frolic” current running on Friday and Saturday evenings at the Liberty Theater on 42nd Street in NYC. Cynthia's previous interactive and immersive shows “The Bloody Beginning” and “The Brothers Booth” were wonderful productions that brought audience members »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
True Detective June 2015 Episode Titles, Plots, Air Dates, TV Promos. HBO has released the True Detective: Season 2 episode titles, official plot synopses, and the air dates for the June 2015 episodes of its cop TV series. The True Detective episodes discussed are episodes 9-10. The two new True Detective: Season 2 TV commercials are entitled ‘Chaos’ and ‘Stand.’
In the first trailer, Los Angeles detective Ray Velacro (Colin Farrell), a corrupt cop under the control of crime lord Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn), asks if he is even supposed to solve the case he’s investigating. Seymon also says at one point, “I need a direction to turn, or I may just start pulling down walls.”
The second trailer is a wordless, pulse-pouding look at the four main characters, including Ventura County Sheriff’s detective Ani Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams) and motorcyle »
- Rollo Tomasi
Rachel McAdams and Michael Sheen aren't over—but they're not back together. The Aloha actress, 36, and the Masters of Sex star, 46, reunited at Meltdown Comics and Collectibles in L.A. Friday. The former couple even posed for a picture with the man of the hour, Daniel Clowes, who is a graphic novelist Academy Award-nominated screenwriter. McAdams and Sheen weren't the only stars in attendance, though, as Yo Gabba Gabba!'s DJ Lance Rock also came out to support the artist. During their two-year courtship, the actors often visited Meltdown Comics together. McAdams and Sheen met on the set of Woody Allen's 2010 romantic comedy Midnight in Paris. The co-stars went public at the Cannes »
After tackling the life of David Foster Wallace in this summer’s magnificent The End of the Tour, filmmaker James Ponsoldt now has his sights set on another iconic author for another feature film. Per Deadline, the Spectacular Now and Smashed director is in talks to write and direct an adaptation of the Stewart O’Nan novel West of Sunset, which has been described as a novelized biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald. It focuses on the latter years of the author’s life, when he was in poor health, financial trouble, and had his wife locked away in a mental asylum. He went to Hollywood in 1937 with the aim of starting anew as a screenwriter, but would die in 1940. Too much to hope for Tom Hiddleston and Allison Pill reprising their roles from Midnight in Paris? This is actually fitting material for Ponsoldt, as The End of the Tour finds Jason Segel playing Wallace, »
- Adam Chitwood
Over the next four months, indie labels are invading popcorn-movie season, hoping to prove that summer isn’t just for blockbusters.
While multiplexes will be filled with rampaging dinosaurs and costumed Avengers, companies like Sony Pictures Classics, Roadside Attractions and Fox Searchlight are countering with challenging tales about teenage sexual awakening, troubled musical geniuses and a cancer-stricken high-schooler.
If the gamble pays off, then festival favorites such as “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” “Love & Mercy” and “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” will act as shrewd counterprogramming. If it doesn’t, these films and others of their ilk will be steamrollered by the likes of “Jurassic World” and “Minions.”
“We like the summer for independent film, because you’re usually against one or two films for the adult audience as opposed to seven at Oscar time,” said Howard Cohen, co-president of Roadside Attractions.
In past summers, Cohen has »
- Brent Lang
If I were a blurb whore I might start this article with:
"If you liked...
Julia (1977), The Children's Hour (1961), The Little Foxes (1941), Corey Stoll & Kathy Bates as Ernest Hemingway & Gertrude Stein in Midnight in Paris (2011), and Jennifer Jason Leigh as Dorothy Parker in Mrs Parker and the Vicious Circle
...than you'll love Little Wars"
But I am not a blurb whore. At least not most of the time. But I do think you'll love Little Wars.
Here's a beautiful problem with theater (and smallish movies, too): there's more good stuff than anyone can possibly see. And also, sometimes, depending on promotional budgets and media pedigree or lack thereof in both cases, more good stuff that we sometimes ever hear about. I refuse to be a part of that problem so I blog from the missionary zeal of great entertainments. One of the reasons The Film Experience takes detours to »
- NATHANIEL R
Mid-May, when most of the specialized industry is encamped on Cannes' Croisette, is not usually a prime opening date for new limited releases. Only "Frances Ha" in recent years has had a strong or better ($20,000+) per-scree- average this weekend, although later in the month around Memorial Day has seen some huge openings ("Midnight in Paris," "Moonrise Kingdom," "The Tree of Life" leading the way). That creates opportunities for enterprising distributors to take advantage in hopes of getting more attention, better access to top theaters and a clear shot at being top performer of the weekend. "I'll See You in My Dreams" (second release from Bleecker Street, who earlier this year opened "Danny Collins") was one of three older-cast movies in Sundance's Premiere section to be acquired (along with "Grandma" and "A Walk in the Woods," opening later this year from Sony Pictures Classics and Broad Green »
- Tom Brueggemann
No filmmaker can quite match Woody Allen in terms of the constancy of his output. It’s less than a year since his last film hit cinemas and already we’ve had the world premiere of his latest.
There’s a lot of pressure on Irrational Man. The director’s forty-fifth film (depending on how you count), it comes encumbered with a peerless legacy as well as a desired peak in a recent career burst. In recent years the director’s been on an alternating scale, punctuating major successes (Midnight In Paris, Blue Jasmine) with some of his most middling work (From Rome With Love, Magic In The Moonlight). By that reckoning, Irrational Man should be a film on the up, but a non- committal trailer threw some doubt on whether it’d be just another case of Allen working on the back-burner.
Whether you’ve seen the trailer or »
- Alex Leadbeater
I was supposed to have seen Woody Allen's new movie Irrational Man a day before it screened at the Cannes Film Festival, giving me a chance to review it the same time as the Cannes crowd, but that review was swiftly canceled and perhaps the reviews out of the fest suggest why. Over at Variety, Scott Foundas calls it one of Allen's "more offbeat and ambitiously weird projects since the fragmented Deconstructing Harry in 1997, though less conventionally entertaining than recent home runs like Blue Jasmine and Midnight in Paris." At The Playlist, Jessica Kiang savages the film concluding her review writing, "As an unyielding, deeply fond fan of many of Allen's earlier films, some of which have combined homicide and humor to far, far, far greater effect, it gives me no pleasure to ask the question that buzzed through my brain at the end of Irrational Man: how »
- Brad Brevet
Woody Allen's Irrational Man with Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone and Parker Posey, has premiered Out of Competition in Cannes and has been met with mixed reviews. Screen calls it a "modestly appointed but fiercely intellectual thriller," but for the Playlist, it's "an embarrassment." Variety calls it "one of the Woodman’s more offbeat and ambitiously weird projects since the fragmented Deconstructing Harry in 1997, though less conventionally entertaining than recent home runs like Blue Jasmine and Midnight in Paris." We've got more reviews and, of course, the trailer. » - David Hudson »
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