Ridley Scott postpones ‘The Counselor’ in the Wake of his brother’s death

The rippling effects of Tony Scott’s untimely suicide continue to make themselves known in the first days after the incident. HuffPo is now reporting that Ridley Scott, Tony’s younger brother, has decided to postpone the production of The Counselor. It’s a completely understandable and supportable decision, if still a disappointment. The two brothers shared a... Read More

Did Baz Luhrmann’s reimagining of The Great Gatsby run out of money?

The recent announcement that Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby for the big screen would be moved from Christmas 2012 to summer of 2013 made many question the quality of the film. Had Warner Brothers seen the film and decided it wasn’t a serious awards contender? Luhrmann’s stuff is always on the edge of kitsch. This seemed like the logical contender,... 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

First Images From Steve McQueen’s Shame, Starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan

When Hunger was released in 2008, it violently grabbed my attention and has remained one of my favorite films of the last few years. Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender together generate the sort of synergy rarely seen between an actor and director. So I was extremely happy when I it was announced they’d be working together again on a film named Shamed, also costarring Carey... Read More

Lars von Trier and Martin Scorsese will be remaking The Five Obstructions

I found The Five Obstructions to be one of the most memorable documentaries I’ve ever seen. If you’ve never seen the film the premise is simple.  Lars von Trier challenges the director of his all-time favorite short (watch it here), Jørgen Leth, to redirect that film five times, each time submitting to an arbitrary set of rules, decided on by von Trier.  For example,... Read More

Black Swan Digital Effects

Black Swan didn’t seem like a particularly effects-driven film, but there’s some pretty slick tricks there.  Major spoilers if you haven’t seen the film yet.  Like, if you live under a rock.  Or in Barbados where it’s banned.  Read More

It seems that Godard doesn’t like Jews. Or honorary Oscars.

Jean-Luc Godard received an honorary Oscar at the Governor’s Ball in California.  And he didn’t bother to show up.  Why?  Godard says, “I don’t have a visa for the U.S. and I don’t want to apply for one. And I don’t want to fly for that long.” And when he was asked what the award means to him, he replied, “Nothing. If the Academy... Read More

Michael Haneke and Lars von Trier, at work again

Mr. Michael Haneke has finally decided what his next film will be.  Although he doesn’t seem like one to worry what critics or audiences will think (have you seen The Seventh Continent?), there is a certain amount of pressure considering his last film, The White Ribbon won the Palm D’or at the last Cannes festival.  Isabella Huppert is reportedly signed on to the project.... Read More

Directors and Their Muses

The relationship between director and leading man/woman, is one that has fascinated me for quite some time.  There are several that I was aware from the beginning of my film awakening.  But the idea became most prevalent while watching Ingmar Bergman’s oeuvre.  I was in awe of the fact that Bergman chose to stick with the same actors for the most part, and it worked.... Read More

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