In case you really enjoyed your Labor Day weekend and didn’t check up on your daily film news, we’ve compiled 9 of our top stories published over the past three days on indieWIRE and our blog network. Check them out below.
Venice Film Fest Review: Steve McQueen’s “Shame” is Graphic, Transgressive, Full Frontal
David Gritten reviews Steve McQueen’s “Shame” from Venice; the film also screens at Telluride Sunday en route to Toronto, where it seeks a brave distributor willing to take on its NC-17 content.
“I Am Love” Director Luca Guadagnino Prepping English-Language Debut
After the successful collaboration with Tilda Swinton on the sumptuous drama, “I Am Love,” Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino is ready to follow the lead set by foreign contemporaries like Tomas Alfredson and Paolo Sorrentino in bringing European sensibilities to an English-language feature.
Holiday Box Office: “Detective Dee” Leads Summer’s Final Specialty Frame (UPDATED)
The summer box office season came to a close with some lackluster numbers on the studio end and a few brightspots on the specialty side.
Venice ‘11 Review: Todd Solondz’s “Dark Horse” Deconstructs Man-Child Comedies, Mostly Toothlessly
If there’s one theme that’s been prevalent—nay omnipresent—in American comedy (and some dramas) in the last half-decade or so, it’s that of arrested development. The male (for they are usually male) who’ve been so coddled by parents, by society, by expectations, that they remain locked in a state of permanent adolescence. Forty is the new thirty. Thirty is the new twenty. Twenty is the new fourteen.
“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”: Early Review Round-Up: “Chilly and Acrid” “Razor-Sharp”
Early reviews praise Gary Oldman (“The Dark Knight”) in the Cold War spy thriller “Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy,” the film adaptation of John le Carre’s 1974 best-selling novel directed by Tomas Alfredson (“Let the Right One In”).
Telluride Film Fest Review: “Butter” Churns Mixed Response, Not Oscar Contender
The Weinstein Co. threw its comedic political allegory “Butter” into the Telluride fray as a test balloon to see how it would play.
Watch: The First Clip from Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Alps”
Here’s a two-minute clip from Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Alps” that was published on Daily Motion’s site via Greek movie site flix.gr.
Venice Film Festival Fulfills Expectations, but the Films? Not So Much.
“And yet we come back,” a colleague remarked as we stood with about 60 or 70 others waiting for a boat to take us from the airport into Venice—a boat that might come soon or not, a boat that, when it did arrive and we made it to the head of the line, was not the one we wanted and was already full besides. He sighed, smiling sadly. “Why is that?”
Weekend Box Office: Three Straight Weeks At #1 For “The Help”
The late-summer hit took the number one spot at the box office for the third straight week with $14.2 million, and after slightly more than four weeks of release, its collected $119 million worth from those with liberal guilt, and those that are grandmas.