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

the Blogs

recent Posts

  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    First Look & Teaser For Spike Jonze Co-Directed Animated Short 'Mourir Aupres de Toi (To Die Next)'

    If you're heading to the Cannes Film Festival and just taking a look at the official selection, you're only getting a very small sampling of a plethora of movie options at your disposal on the Croisette. The Cannes market has a boatload of films (if you can manage to squeeze into any of the industry/buyer only screenings), there's numerous special programs and there's also the Critic's Week sidebar focusing on first and second directors (with "Take Shelter" taking the top prize this year). So given all the distraction, a new animated short co-directed by Spike Jonze completely missed our radar.

    Read More »
  • Shadow and Act
    0 comments

    From The Mouths Of Babes... Dr Dre As A Kid... (Friday Funnies)

    And yes, I know this has been around for a bit. Still... evidently his "pimp hand" was strong even back then :)

    Read More »
    More: LOL
  • SydneysBuzz
    0 comments

    Join Us to Bring Home A Fierce Green Fire

    Ten years in the making, Mark Kitchell’s epic film A Fierce Green Fire is coming home. We’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to carry us the last mile and we invite you to join us. Please have a look at: Kickstarter Campaign

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    Watch: Trailer For Joachim Trier's Cannes Flick 'Oslo, 31 August'

    Joachim Trier's 2008 debut "Reprise," a kinetic, moving depiction of the friendship and rivalry between two young authors, is something of a favorite around these parts, and we've been eagerly awaiting the Norwegian director's follow-up. That film, "Oslo, 31 August," debuted as part of Un Certain Regard at Cannes this week and, while it doesn't quite match up to its predecessor, it's still a tender, beautifully shot picture.

    Read More »
  • Shadow and Act
    0 comments

    Keenen Ivory Wayans To Be Honored w/ Entertainment Icon Award At 2011 American Black Film Fest

    I plan on being there this year; missed it the last couple of years. I might actually be on a panel... details on that later, once everything is worked out finalized; regardless, I'll be there, panel or not. Maybe I'll run into some of you... maybe not.

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    'Transformers 3' Moves Up Two Days To June 29th, Because That Extra 48 Hours Would Have Been Agony

    Sure, you might be able to get your fix of offensively stupid blockbusters with budgets higher than the GDP of a third-world country this weekend with "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," but scratching that itch won't last long, and it's still over a month until the motherload, Michael Bay's latest explod-o-fest, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" arrives. A month full of films that have plots, and characters, and that don't have a scene where a robot octopus cuts a skyscraper in half.

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    First Listen: 3 Clips From Alexandre Desplat's Haunting Score For 'The Tree Of Life'

    While the overblown Lars Von Trier-Nazi-gate has quickly raced to the top of the Cannes headlines, you might recall that earlier this week a guy named Terrence Malick finally unveiled his highly anticipated "The Tree Of Life." Even days later, for those bumping into each other around the Croisette, the first question seemed to be, "What did you think?" Well, in addition to our review from the festival we had a lot to more to say about the film that though a bit a uneven, still contains pockets of brilliance, awe-inspiring visuals and a thematic reach that simply is unlike anything being attempted in mainstream or indie cinema. In short, it's still an event and a film that must be experienced on a big screen. Part of the film's power comes from its extensive use of classical pieces as well the incorporation of Alexandre Desplat's stirring score.

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    Cannes Review: Takashi Miike's 3D 'Hara-Kiri' A Tired Merchant Ivory-Esque Samurai Flick

    The prospect of the first 3D competition film ever to screen at the Cannes Film Festival directed by the ridiculously prolific Japanese madman Takashi Miike sounds too good to be true. And unfortunately, that's the case. "Hara Kiri," Miike's remake of Masaki Kobayashi's 1962 film, is the complete opposite of what you might expect from a three-dimensional samurai movie from the director. Lethargically paced, visually dull and with an emphasis on drama over action, "Hara Kiri" plays like a bad Merchant Ivory film with a lot of sonorous or off-key acting building up to very little.

    Read More »
  • Shadow and Act
    0 comments

    If You Missed It... Listen To Our Conversation w/ Tracey Edmonds, Producer "Jumping The Broom"

    In a live-cast "extra" session... I spoke for about 45 minutes to Tracey Edmonds, long-time producer, and now president and chief operating officer of Our Stories Films Inc, the mini film production studio founded by Bob Johnson back in 2006. Our Stories Films Inc is the company behind the recent Jumping The Broom by the way.

    Read More »
    More: podcast
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    'Take Shelter' Takes Top Prize At Cannes' Critic's Week

    Australian Serial Killer Flick 'Snowtown' Gets Special MentionThe 2011 Cannes Film Festival is just stumbling on its last legs, with the final big film of the festival, Sean Penn starrer "This Must Be The Place," bowing this morning (watch for our review in a few hours). The festival's main awards won't be revealed until Sunday, but a select few awards have already been given out, focusing on films in the Critic's Week, the sidebar which highlights first and second films from directors, and celebrates its 50th year in 2011.

    Read More »