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

the Blogs

recent Posts

  • eugonline
    0 comments

    nyc | 09.09.27

    Read More »
    More: nyc
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments

    Zombieland Builds Buzz: Five Clips

    Zombieland Builds Buzz: Five Clips

    Austin's Fantastic Fest is under way. The movie to fly out of there with the greatest buzz (besides Toy Story 3, which debuted a trailer) is Zombieland. Will this R-rated zombie parody starring Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson break the horror comedy curse?

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments

    Bad B.O. Weekend: Surrogates, Fame Flop, Capitalism Scores

    It was a nasty weekend for studio openers. Disney's $80-million robot thriller Surrogates, starring Bruce Willis, flopped with an estimated $15-million opening; MGM's sagging fortunes were not buttressed by the ill-conceived $18-million teen musical remake Fame, the only movie they've opened in months. They marketed the hell out of it. They just missed the mark with audiences.

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments

    MoMA Indie Summit Hashes Out Crisis

    MoMA Indie Summit Hashes Out Crisis

    I came to New York to help moderate a Friday afternoon Indie Summit organized by MoMA's Rajendra Roy, IndieWIRE and Marian Koltai-Levine of Zipline Entertainment, one of several new companies that have sprung up to help indie filmmakers release their movies. That's a sign of the "indie crisis" that has emerged over the last year or so, as indie distributors have cut back and the ones that survive are far from secure. (Harvey Weinstein and Miramax's Daniel Battsek were no-shows.) IndieWIRE's Eugene Hernandez and I sat on opposite sides of the Founder's Room, which looked like something out of the U.N., with a square of facing tables and floating mikes.

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments

    Polanski Arrested by Swiss Police at Behest of LA Prosecutors

    A.P. reported Sunday morning from Zurich, Switzerland that Swiss police detained 76-year-old Paris-based filmmaker Roman Polanski. He was traveling to the country to accept a lifetime honorary award from the Zurich Film Festival, which meant the authorities knew he was coming.

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

    NYFF: Sweetgrass

    For a good 20 minutes or so, Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s experiential documentary Sweetgrass appears to be predominantly about sheep. As if a dark, barnyard version of Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid's The Private Life of a Cat (in which we witness the rich day-to-day life of an average housecat from its perspective), Sweetgrass at first presents a “sheep’s eye view” of the milestones in a sheep’s life, from shearing to childbirth. The empathy we feel for these animals is extraordinary, immediate, and somewhat difficult to pinpoint the source of, as no obvious cinematic trick is employed in order to conjure it. In one scene, a farmhand moves a newly born lamb into a pen, and when she turns back to collect its mother, the sheep has disappeared amongst the flock, leaving the farmhand blinking blankly at the hundreds of identical eyes staring back at her. The effect is inexplicably ominous: through the sequence the viewer is kept anxious until the mother finally emerges to join its child. While Sweetgrass is ultimately not solely about sheep but the ecosystem of the American West—from the sheep to the dogs to the people to the mountains—this initial focus is not misleading so much as indicative of the many surprises this grand documentary Western holds in store. Click here to read the rest of Farihah Zaman's review of Sweetgrass.

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments

    To Have and Have Not: Carmichael and Bacall Sing Am I Blue?

    The 1944 war-time romance To Have and Have Not marked Lauren "Betty" Bacall's first movie (she was 19). Discovered by director Howard Hawks' wife Slim on the cover of Harper's Bazaar, Bacall met Hawks and after she got the part (as "Slim"), her future husband, Humphrey Bogart, busting up his third marriage. Contrary to legend--that Andy Williams sang for her in the movie--Bacall did her own singing. Here she joins in with Hoagy Carmichael on Harry Akst and Grant Clarke's "Am I Blue?"

    Read More »
    More: Video
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments

    Israel Picks Ajami for Ophir and Oscar

    In an upset at Israel's Ophir Awards, Ajami beat out Venice Golden Lion winner Lebanon today, tweets @Cinemascopian's Yair Raveh:

    Read More »
    More: Awards, Oscars
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments

    2 or 3 Things I Learned at NYFF Opening Night

    During my 20s in Manhattan, I looked forward to the New York Film Festival every September, when there was a nip in the air; it brought the start of the fall season. Here's what I learned at the 47th NYFF opening night:

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments

    Who Should Play Barbie?

    Of course we don't even know what take Universal will have on its live-action movie based on Mattel's 50-year-old Barbie doll. Will it be a broad family comedy? What period? Tone? Mattel's sixteen animated videos sold 75 million units worldwide. Now they're gearing up a movie based on the universally recognized girl toy.

    Read More »