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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Indie Feature Littlerock Is a Love Affair Gone Sour

    You could say that I had an on-again, off-again relationship with Littlerock (trailer below). Impressive yet exasperating, Mike Ott’s film about two Japanese tourists stranded in a California hamlet seduces, cheats, and comes halfway back to reconciliation, which is just another way of saying love hurts. And love it I did, at least at first. The camerawork is sensual and assured, whether capturing the low glimmer of fairy lights at a backyard kegger or a field of crispy, amber grass at dusk. While it’s just a slip of a film, more impression than narrative, the impression smacks of nostalgia — it’s a sweet reminder of afternoons drinking beer from brown bags and throwing rocks in abandoned lots.

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  • The Playlist
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    Ed Helms To Star In Remake Of French Comedy 'Le Mac'

    Besides Bradley Cooper, outside of the "The Hangover" movies, The Wolfpack -- namely Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis -- haven't yet proved their names alone can bring in decent box office receipts. Earlier this year, the Helms-led "Cedar Rapids" brought in a fairly underwhelming $6 million, though the picture did have some decent legs in limited release. Meanwhile, Galifianakis' dramedy "It's Kind Of A Funny Story" also petered out at $6 million last fall. Sure, he starred in "Due Date" as well, but that was mostly sold on its connection between Todd Phillips and "The Hangover," and it certainly didn't hurt that Robert Downey Jr. was the co-star in the movie. But the bottom line is both are very funny guys, and if leading man status isn't here just yet, it's undoubtedly around the corner, so it's no surprise that Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films is getting behind another Helms vehicle.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Top Ten Politically Effective Films: #3

    Top Ten Politically Effective Films: #3

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  • The Playlist
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    Venice '11 Review: Cronenberg's 'A Dangerous Method' An Insightful Look At Sexuality & The Mind

    The recent career of David Cronenberg has been an interesting thing to watch. Having made his name with a very particular, icky brand of fetish-happy body horror, he hasn't dipped back into that well for a decade now, preferring instead to take his obsessions and use them to spice up what in other hands could be standard fare. And generally speaking, it has worked well: "Spider," "A History of Violence" and "Eastern Promises" all have much to recommend them, all peculiarly Cronenbergian, but each pushing in a slightly different direction. But now he's made what, on the surface at least, might seem to be his biggest departure to date: a period piece, based on a stage play (one of several in Venice this year -- have movies rediscovered theater as a source of material?), that examines the relationship between the two major forefathers of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: 4 Clips From 'Texas Killing Fields' Reveal Both Tough & Tender Sides Of Ami Canaan Mann's Pic

    So, what is Ami Canaan Mann's "Texas Killing Fields"? A rountine cops 'n killers flick or is it something for more disturbing, atmospheric and moody? We have to admit, the first trailer for the film didn't exactly leave us with much optimism, however, this latest look does make a small case for its inclusion in the competition lineup at the Venice Film Festival.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Summer Box Office Recap Tells The Sordid Tale...

    So... in light of the podcast we just aired, if you wonder why studios are more sequel/prequel/remake/reboot happy these days than ever, just check the below stats.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Shark Night 3D' A Joyless, Trashy Thriller

    When Rogue Pictures announced that their forthcoming horror film “Shark Night 3D” was going to be rated PG-13 instead of R, they shepherded it into theaters with two strikes already against it. Especially following the go-for-broke gratuitousness of Alexandre Aja’s “Piranha 3D,” but really in the wake of every single killer fish movie since the original “Jaws,” to deny an audience gory dismemberments or even just gloriously pointless nudity feels, well, irresponsible. But with “Snakes on a Plane” director David R. Ellis behind the camera, “Shark Night 3D” is a full-fledged, bottom-of-the-ninth strikeout, a trashy, stupid, joyless, and overlong thriller that makes Aja’s grand guignol look positively arty by comparison.

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  • Press Play
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    VIDEO ESSAY: The Mystic: the films of Nicholas Ray

    The Mystic: An Appreciation of Nicholas Ray from Serena Bramble on Vimeo.

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  • Press Play
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    GREY MATTERS: Gaga, Jo and P!nk

    By Ian Grey Press Play Contributor

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  • Hope for Film
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    Jon Reiss on "What Are A Producer of Marketing And Distribution's Responsibilities?" Part 2 of 2

    Yesterday, Jon Reiss explained why indie films need a "PMD" -- and if words don't work for you -- just look at Tuesday's list of all the new tools and services available that we can't afford to miss. Today, Jon takes it further, and tries to lay out the job description for both experienced and aspiring marketing & distribution collaborators.

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