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

the Blogs

recent Posts

  • Caryn James
    0 comments

    TV Review: Hugh Laurie, Zombie Killer

    I’m devoted to House, but it’s no Singing Detective, even when a special Stunt Episode has Hugh Laurie in top hat and eye liner singing “Get Happy” with a chorus line of garishly made-up docs and nurses. Like most over-produced musical scenes – and it was a fairly short scene – this one took itself too seriously. Throughout last night’s episode of movie and TV parodies, the lighter the touch, the better.

    Read More »
    More: TV Reviews
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    Review: Abbas Kiarostami's 'Certified Copy' Is Rich, Absorbing & Moving

    The following is a reprint of our review from the Cannes Film Festival.

    Read More »
  • SydneysBuzz
    0 comments

    Bombay Beach in Tribeca's Competition

    I met the filmmaker, Alma Har'el, an Israeli filmmaker living in L.A.,on Facebook and heard about her film when I was in Berlin...how the audience loved it and the Q&A afterward went on for such a long time. Lucky for me I could see it at its second screening in the Berlinale's Panorama section. I was transported by it and I guarantee that it will transport you too. You can see it at the Tribeca Film Festival. My prejudices about the poor white trash living in these desert holes around the Salton Sea evaporated into the music composed by Beirut and Bob Dylan.

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    Simon Pegg Says He & Edgar Wright Still Trying To Find Time To Write 'The World's End'

    Third Installment Of The Cornetto Trilogy Not Even Started, C'mon Guys!If you don't speak geek-ese like we do, here's a translation: The "Three Flavours Cornetto" trilogy is the unofficial nickname of the films made by director Edgar Wright and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (a nice knowing nod to Krzysztof Kieslowski which we appreciate) Presumably, you've heard of the first two installments, "Shaun Of The Dead" and "Hot Fuzz," and while they are not sequels of any kind, they all star Pegg and Frost, they're penned by Pegg and Wright and they're directed by the "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" filmmaker.

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    Sony Picks Up Channing Tatum's Horrible-Sounding Peter Pan Prequel

    If you'll beg our indulgence for a second, we've got a pitch that we want to put out there, one that we think is our ticket out of this film blogging racket. It's called "Rick," and it's a prequel to the all-time-classic "Casablanca." See, Rick Blaine, as played by Humphrey Bogart, is one of the all time great screen heroes, but you don't really get that much of his backstory. When told that he came to Casablanca "for the waters," a baffled Captain Renault asks "The waters? What waters? We're in the desert." To which Rick replies, in one of the all-time-greatest pieces of screenwriting, "I was misinformed."

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments

    Video: James Bond in Drag

    Daniel Craig goes blonde and vulnerable for this promo spot about inequality between the sexes narrated by James Bond boss Judi Dench. Craig, like Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie, makes a far less handsome woman than man. In person Craig is a slim, sweet mench of a man. It's cool that he was willing to deconstruct his womanizer/action/hero Bond image.

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    Stringer Bell Dresses Up For Halloween In New Picture From 'Thor'

    It's currently running between "Thor" and "Green Lantern" right now as to which comic movie is going to end up being the goofiest this summer. Admittedly, both are tough stories to bring to mainstream audiences -- alien worlds, hammers, green suits, power rings -- and while treatments we've seen so far have shown evidence of unintentional camp, hopefully the overall tone of the pictures will help sell the more outlandish elements. But until then, random pics like this aren't helping the non-comic faithful.

    Read More »
  • Women and Hollywood
    0 comments

    Happy 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day

    Here's to hoping there is a time when women are treated equally. When we don't have to fight twice as hard for half the pie. For girls to be able to go to school without regard for being assaulted. For girls and women not to be sold into slavery just because they are girls and women. For women's voices and visions to count as much as men's. For people to remember to respect others no matter what color, gender or belief.

    Read More »
  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
    0 comments

    Kiarostami 2.0: "Certified Copy"

    For the epigraph of his now-canonical Simulations, the late French philosopher Jean Baudrillard cited a curiously modern aphorism from the Book of Ecclesiastes: “The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth—it is the truth which conceals that there is none.” The line was apocryphal, of course. Yet legions of academics have quoted it in research papers and at conferences, never questioning the authority of their source, and missing entirely the point of the thinker’s deadpan prank. To a certain mindset, it hardly matters whether the attribution is fabricated. After all, simulations have a truth of their own.

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    John Cusack Starring In International Screwball Comedy 'Dictablanda'

    Ever since falling deeply in love with "Grosse Point Blank" as a twelve-year-old (followed swiftly by exposure to "Being John Malkovich" and "High Fidelity"), this writer has been firmly in the lifelong-fan-of-John Cusack camp. But being a Cusack fan has become deeply frustrating in recent years. His best performances ("Grace is Gone," "The Ice Harvest") go unsung, his paycheck roles get more and more depressing ("2012," "Hot Tub Time Machine") and his two most recent films, "Shanghai" and "The Factory" haven't been released at all, despite both filming way back in 2008. And that's without even mentioning his Twitter feed, a textbook example of why it's sometimes best to keep some distance from your heroes.

    Read More »