Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Celebrating 17 Years of Film.Biz.Fans.

the Blogs

recent Posts

  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    John Hawkes Talks Working With First Time Feature Director Sean Durkin In 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

    Actor Talks Spielberg's 'Lincoln,' Says He'd Love A 'Deadwood' MovieInstant recognizability can be a problem for actors, especially if they have grander ambitions than being a movie star. But John Hawkes somehow found a way to keep from being typecast – or even singularly associated with one role – while having one of the most interesting and unique faces in modern movies. For some viewers, he’s Richard, the shoe salesman who furtively connects with Miranda July in "Me and You and Everyone We Know"; for others, he’s Sol Star, the businessman, sheriff's best friend and town backbone in HBO’s “Deadwood;” and for still others, he’s the terrifying Ozark mountain uncle who helps his niece find her father in “Winter’s Bone.” And he’s inevitably going to be connected to his turn as Patrick, the charismatic, intimidating leader of a rural community in Sean Durkin’s intense, riveting feature debut, “Martha Marcy May Marlene.”

    Read More »
  • Leonard Maltin
    0 comments

    Martha Marcy May Marlene—movie review

    Even if it had nothing else to offer, Martha Marcy May Marlene would be worth seeing to witness the debut of an extraordinary young actress, Elizabeth Olsen. But writer-director Sean Durkin’s feature, which earned him a Best Director prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, has a lot going for it aside from this striking performance.

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Bike Thriller ‘Premium Rush’ Changes Gears To August 24, 2012

    So, a vote of confidence or changing out one dubious date for another? January is considered a cinematic dumping ground, but the end of August is not much better. What arrived at the end of the summer this year? "Colombiana," "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," "Our Idiot Brother" and "The Debt" and all were middling efforts at the box office, except for the latter which offered a rare breath of adult entertainment in a blockbuster season. But, Sony are moving their Joseph Gordon-Levitt led "Premium Rush" from January 13, 2012 to August 24, 2012 instead. And there's one pretty obvious reason why: "The Dark Knight Rises."

    Read More »
  • Leonard Maltin
    0 comments

    Oranges And Sunshine—movie review

    In telling the story of a true-life unsung hero a filmmaker faces many pitfalls. How often have we seen well-intentioned movies become sanctimonious and lose their dramatic edge? No such accusations can be leveled at Jim Loach’s Oranges and Sunshine, an impressive film that documents an astonishing but little-known story.

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    Ben Stiller To Direct Period Horror Film 'The Mountain' Based On Edith Wharton's 'Summer'

    No, Really, SeriouslyDerek Zoolander, Greg Focker, Tugg Speedman, White Goodman, Chas Tenenbaum, Maury Finkle...Edith Wharton? Yeah, something in there doesn't fit, and we just double checked the calendar and this isn't April Fool's Day, so it must be real. Ben Stiller is directing a period horror film "The Mountain." And it's based on characters from Edith Wharton's novel about a young girls' sexual awakening, "Summer." And no, we're not fucking kidding.

    Read More »
  • Leonard Maltin
    0 comments

    Le Havre—movie review

    Le Havre is Finland’s official entry for this year’s Foreign Language Oscar, as it is the work of celebrated Finnish writer-director Aki Kaurismäki—yet it takes place in France, where it was shot with a nearly all-French cast. Let us agree, then, not to get caught up in details or semantics and simply enjoy this charming fable.

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    Scott Cooper Signs On To Direct Conman Tale 'The Man In The Rockefeller Suit'

    Yep, we're nigh on two years since Scott Cooper wowed critics and audiences with his tale of a rundown country singer in "Crazy Heart" and while he hasn't gone behind on the camera on a project since, he's determined to match people like Ridley Scott, Martin Scorsese and Brad Pitt in terms of projects he's attached to. It was just over a week ago that Cooper was slotted as the replacement for Noah Baumbach on "The Emperor's Children" but what the hell, he's going to sign up for something else.

    Read More »
  • Leonard Maltin
    0 comments

    Margin Call—movie review

    Margin Call manages to put a human face on the current economic crisis—but I wish it was as good as its trailer, which is forceful, well-edited, and dramatically scored. The film itself has many good qualities, and an exceedingly strong cast, but it’s a bit dry.

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments

    Trailer Watch: Angelina Jolie's In The Land of Blood and Honey

    Here's a first look at Angelina Jolie's directorial debut, Graham King-produced In The Land of Blood and Honey, to be released by FilmDistrict December 23. A love story set during the Bosnian War (which caused concern early in the shoot), its plot remains unclear. Love, war, explosions, conflicting feelings: the trailer doesn't offer enough to gauge whether this emotional, European-looking film will be a win for Jolie. The actress-turned-director, who does not appear in the picture, shot her actors in both English and Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian: “I wanted to make it as accessible as possible for people.”

    Read More »
  • Women and Hollywood
    0 comments

    Oranges and Sunshine

    I walked into Oranges and Sunshine (written by Rona Munro and directed by Jim Loach) not knowing much about the story except thinking how glad I was to see Emily Watson back on screen in a starring role. I walked out incredibly moved and shocked by this true story.

    Read More »