BFR Remembers Tony Scott

*Update – The Associated Press is reporting that the notes found in his car were for loved ones, and that he left a suicide note in his office.  Scott also had been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. In 2004, I discoveredMan on Fire. It was a film I would have not been typically interested in. It ended up being one hell of a ride, led by lead man Denzel Washington,... Read More

Shia says all the sex in Nymphomaniac will be unsimulated

Shia Labeouf announced this week that his is forthwith eschewing tradition Hollywood studios. Because, you know, it’s good business to bite the hand that feeds you $30 million dollars so you can be in schmaltzy music videos, and have unsimulated sex on a movie set while Lars von Trier watches. Yes, Labeouf has a part in von Trier’s next project titled Nymphomaniac.... Read More

Beasts of the Southern Wild (Making Of)

Even though Sundance was eight months ago, Beasts of the Southern Wild is still fresh in my mind. It’s an incredibly memorable film and I continue to follow it’s trajectory with great interest.  With it’s win at Sundance, and later receiving the Camera d’Or, I can’t help but wonder what will happen come awards season.  I’ve avoided... Read More

Martin McDonagh takes a break from Broadway to bring us his first film since ‘In Bruges’

Martin McDonagh, the man who finds humor in the very darkest places has brought us two movies up until this point. The first a short film, named Six Shooter, which won him an Oscar in 2005. The second, the brutally hilarious and touching In Bruges, starring Ralph Fiennes, Colin Farrell and Brandan Gleeson, which I am a huge fan.  In Bruges was Sundance’s opening film... Read More

The 265 Oscar-elligible Films of 2011

The official list of films eligible for the 2011 Academy Awards has been released. To be eligible for 84th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days. Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of... Read More

Where have all the movie stars gone?

To the world of television, it seems. Am I the only confused as to why so many great film actors are heading to the small screen? Coming this fall, Maria Bello will be taking her turn as a tough-as-nails detective named Jane Timoney in a series called Prime Suspect.  You’ve probably seen the promos of her all bruised, beaten, bitten, and eating breakfast next a murder victim.... Read More

Captain America: Why Superhero Movies Are The New Romantic Comedies

Last weekend I went with a few friends to see the sex comedy Friends with Benefits. I went because Will Gluck earned plenty of favorable points with me from Easy A, as much as it bugs me to admit it, I think Justin Timberlake has an entertaining screen presence, and after Black Swan, I’ll take a chance on pretty much anything Mila Kunis does. All of this thrown in with generally... Read More

Werner Herzog on The Colbert Report

I don’t often watch The Colbert Report any more. While I’d like to blame Hulu and Comedy Central failing to come to an agreement which pulled the show from the online service last year, the truth is I grow tired of how stupid politics in America are. And no matter how well Colbert points out the idiocy, I still just get frustrated. However, last night’s guest,... Read More

SFIFF Centerpiece Film ‘Terri’ and the Persistence of Vision Award Recipient Matthew Barney

Photo by Pamela Gentile, courtesy of San Francisco Film Society Yesterday celebrated the half way point of the San Francisco International Film Festival with its Centerpiece film, Azazel Jacob’s Terri. The film stars John C. Reilly, Jacob Wycobi and Creed Bratton. Terri already screened at Sundance and SXSW earlier this year and has met with mixed reviews. I caught the film... Read More

San Francisco International Film Festival

I have just arrived in the bay area for the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival. While the relationship is still young, I don’t mind saying that San Francisco is my favorite city America. Whether SFIFF will become my favorite American film festival has yet to be seen as this is my first year attending. The weather is considerably more favorable than Park City... Read More