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    Palm Springs Fetes Mariah Carey

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    Reverse Shot Talkies #6: Pedro Almodovar

    Reverse Shot Talkies #6: Pedro Almodovar is now live over at indieWIRE.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Movies: The Cure For What Ails You

    I’ve been in the grip of a bad cold for almost two weeks; I somehow manage to get my most important work done and then I go to sleep every day. By Wednesday afternoon I was so frustrated—tired but restless at the same time—I decided I couldn’t stare at the wall (or my computer) any longer. So I did what I’ve always done when I’m at odds or feeling low: I went to the movies. I’d missed screenings of Pirate Radio and it looked interesting, so that’s what...

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Brothers vs. Brothers

    Brothers vs. Brothers

    Beware the cross-cultural remake.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Crazy Town: Werner Herzog's "Bad Lieutenant Port of Call New Orleans"

    Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans is camp on arrival. With a name and aesthetic that recalls direct-to-video sequels (Lost Boys: The Tribe, Roadhouse 2: Last Call, or Darkman III: Die Darkman Die anyone?), the film arrives about six months after its loony internet trailer became a viral “this can’t be real” laughingstock— more than enough time for defenders, Herzogians, so-bad-it’s-good Snakes on a Plane enthusiasts, and Nicolas Cage lovers to settle on an appropriately slanted vantage from which to appreciate the film. If you’ve seen that trailer, or any clips since, and are still excited about this proudly superfluous reboot of a 1992 Abel Ferrara film, then you’re likely also intimate with the word “awesome” as a term of enthusiastic, double-sided irony. As it happens, much of Herzog’s film is indeed “awesome” as campy, seedy, awkward entertainment. It also occasionally transcends those quotes. But art so fleetingly glimpsed only demonstrates how hard it is to make of low-rent trash something truly sublime. Even though this is Herzog and Cage’s wheelhouse—each in his own way is a spectacle of ridiculous genius—Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans is too half-assed and knowing to be really, deliriously mad. Click here to read the rest of Eric Hynes's review of Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Watching 2012 in China

    On opposite sides of the world, my 20-year-old college student daughter Nora and I both enjoyed 2012, which was more fun than I was expecting. Director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow) crafted a truly global movie, starting off in a mine shaft in India and proceeding to blow up Yellowstone National Park and destroy the world's most revered monuments, from the White House and The Vatican's Sistine Chapel to Brazil's Christ The Redeemer. (Critics were mixed.) After its second weekend, the utterly implausible disaster E-ride has already racked up $268-million worldwide. "#1 Movie in the World!" reads the LATimes ad headline.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    The Top Single Day Grosses of All Time

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    Rick and Orson Welles

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    Anderson is Fantastic Again

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