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    Review: 'Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure' A Hilarious Exploration Of A Viral Sensation

    If you don't think two belligerent, elderly men cursing out each other abrasively is hilarious, then "Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure" will leave you bored. Matthew Bate's movie on the audio-vérité craze that was "Shut Up Lil' Man" is such a celebratory love-letter that anybody who doesn't find the audio clips even remotely fascinating will get little out of the documentary's 90 minute running time. This writer, however, loves the furiously relentless barrage of insults that the pre-YouTube cult-celebrities Raymond Huffman and Peter Haskett would drunkenly hurl at each other daily. While the tapings of the two men fighting alone mak...

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    Ben Affleck Aims First Person Shooter Style 'Line Of Sight' As Next Directing/Starring Project

    Even as Ben Affleck is heading into production on his next film, "Argo," everyone still wants a piece of "The Town" director. He's been eyeing a handful of potential projects, with "American Bullshit" crossing his desk earlier this year, the sci-fi project "Replay" (which he has since moved on from), and he's still got the New York Yankee wife swap tale "The Trade" somewhere in development. Just a couple of months ago he signed on to direct the long gestating American remake of "Tell No One," but now a new project looks to be in line as followup to "Argo," and it's certainly the most tentpole-esque piece of material Affleck has been associate...

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    Watch: Trailer For Aki Kaurismäki's Excellent 'Le Havre'

    For those familiar with the oeuvre of Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki, you'll know that his deadpan films aren't quite made to be cut into a conventional trailer. We preface this post in such a way because this writer has seen -- and adored -- "Le Havre" and while this new trailer for the film serve...

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    Review: 'Swinging With The Finkels' A Conservative Sex Comedy With Less Laughs Than That Implies

    There’s no way around this, there’s no kind way to preface this, there’s no purpose to side-step it: “Swinging With The Finkels” is one of the worst, cheapest, dumbest and most dishonest films of the year. The film has the same tin-ear for its material that student films usually sport, often when they’re about retirement, hitmen, or a litany of subjects young people tackle despite clearly having no experience in the field. 'Swinging,' in theory, would be a film oblivious to the matters of sex and intimacy, but, in fact, it’s merely alien to any and all human behavior. The only 2011 film with this level of understanding regarding our basic hum...

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    Stanley Kubrick & Jim Thompson Almost Fell Out Over Screenwriting Credits To 'The Killing'

    And 10 Things Learned From The Criterion Collection's Release Of The Classic Film NoirLast week, the Criterion Collection released, "The Killing," Stanley Kubrick's ambitious 1956 classic film noir. While it was technically his third feature-length effort ("Fear and Desire" he disavowed as an amateur work and "Killer's Kiss" was so low-budget it was shot without sound and the actors dubbed in their lines later), "The Killing" was arguably Kubrick's first real picture with a budget and real cast. Produced by James B. Harris (he would also produce "Paths of Glory" and "Lolita"), "The Killing" was written by Kubrick and pulp crime author Jim Tho...

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    Kickstarter Campaign: "Pariah" Producer Nekisa Cooper's "Five Nights in Maine"

    Nekisa Cooper's critically acclaimed Pariah will be released in theaters this fall and will also screen at the Toronto Film Festival next month. However, Cooper has another project she's currently concentrating on along with cinematographer Bradford Young (Mississippi Damned, Restless City, Pariah, ...

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    Separating Art From Gossip: Mel Gibson in "The Beaver" On DVD

    There's celebrity and then there's art, which means you don't have to be a Mel Gibson apologist to appreciate his stunning performance in The Beaver. (Public opinion might be swinging back his way, but that's a different conversation.)

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    Gender Watch: Circumstance's Love Under Assault; Sisters in Hollywood

    Maryam Keshavarz's Sundance dramatic audience award-winner Circumstance will hit theaters this weekend via Roadside Attractions and Participant. It's one of those movies where the story of getting it made is as compelling as the film itself. The lesbian romance deals with Iran's underground youth culture, teenage girls who adore loud music and each other, and drug use. Filming in Iran wasn't an option, and shooting in Beirut had its own hurdles. Producer Karin Chien tells the NYT that it was the most challenging shoot in her career: "“The political terrain was constantly shifting while we were there,..We went in thinking that explicit sexuali...

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    Love and Risk in Iran: Circumstance Written and Directed by Maryam Keshavarz

    Here is a piece I wrote on Circumstance written and directed by Maryam Keshavarz for the Human Right Campaign's Equality Magazine, for their Summer 2011 Issue.

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    Photos from the Set of "Dreams Of A Life" - The Mysterious Life & Death of Joyce Vincent

    When Tambay originally posted on this film back in May, relatively little was known about the production or the woman on which it is based. We recently came across still photos from the production, courtesy of production designer Chris Richmond.

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