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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Play Time: Rivette's "Around a Small Mountain" ("36 vues du Pic Saint-Loup")

    Reviewing Gang of Four for Cahiers du cinéma in 1989, the late philosopher Gilles Deleuze wrote that Jacques Rivette’s project is “a cinema that opposes its theatricality to that of theater, its reality to that of the world, which has become unreal.” That’s as succinct a formulation of the great director’s body of work as we are likely to get, and one that applies just as well to his latest drama, a whimsical eulogy of sorts to the New Wave icon’s treasured theme of life-as-performance. Modestly scaled and terse by Rivettian standards at 84 minutes, 36 vues du Pic Saint-Loup is a playfully oblique, often melancholy study in love, mortality, and the mysteries of grief. Yet compressed within the bantam framework of the film—which concerns people inhabiting a world all their own, a family of clowns and aerialists—is a banquet of ideas about cinema and life, the truth of art and the sorrows of imagination. Click here to read the rest of Damon Smith's review of 36 vues du Pic Saint-Loup.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Mad Men Seduction Video

    Here's a distraction on a busy work day. Jump in. Why is rampant sexism so...sexy? My only complaint: why wasn't there more of the show's ultra-womanizer, Don Draper?

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    More: Video, TV, Mad Men
  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'The Kids Are All Right' Is One of the Year's Best

    Nancy Meyers of "It's Complicated" and "The Holiday" fame wrote about lesbians — and actually had talent — she might have made "The Kids Are All Right." Like Meyers, filmmaker Lisa Cholodenko crafts a movie actually made with adults in mind as an audience (and features some gorgeous, glossy-worthy house porn), but Cholodenko doesn't rely on unlikely, Ephron-aping meet-cutes and groan-worthy dialogue. Instead, "The Kids Are All Right" feels bracingly authentic — and entirely entertaining — in its picture of a middle-aged marriage whose participants just happen to be two women.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Bigelow, Moore Join Academy Board of Governors

    Bigelow, Moore Join Academy Board of Governors

    Let's face it. Most of the Hollywood veterans who serve on the Motion Picture Academy board of governors, while august and admirable, are older males. While documentarian/provocateur Michael Moore (Bowling for Columbine) is no spring chicken, in the world of the Academy, being in your 50s counts as young. And fellow Oscar-winners Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) and editor Anne Coates (Lawrence of Arabia) are women to boot. The Academy recently elected the three first-time Academy governors, along with nine incumbents and three filmmakers returning after a hiatus.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    International Movies On Demand

    International Movies On Demand

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Looney Tunes, On-Screen And In Print

    Sometimes I think I was born at exactly the right time, as a child of the first television generation. When local TV stations purchased libraries of old cartoons and made them part of their daily programming, I had the opportunity to digest and memorize seemingly every Warner Bros. cartoon from the 1930s and 40s. And that’s exactly what I did. I wish I’d had a book like the newly-published The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes Cartoons to guide my path back then.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Casting News: Madsen in Red Riding Hood, Irons in Margin Call, YouTubers in Life In A Day

    - Catherine Hardwicke has cast Virginia Madsen (Sideways) as the mother of Amanda Seyfried, who plays the title role in Red Riding Hood, repots Variety. Julie Christie has already been cast as the grandmother, Gary Oldman the werewolf hunter, and Lukas Haas the big bad werewolf that terrorizes Red's village. New to this re-telling of the fairy tale, David Leslie Johnson's script features an orphaned woodcutter (played by Shiloh Fernandez) and a blacksmith's son (Max Irons) - the former the object of Red's love and the latter her foredestined fiance. Love will certainly complicate the story, and the combination of stars and relative unknowns will give this medieval thriller plenty to chew on.

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  • iW NOW
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    Academy To Celebrate Gloria Stuart's 100th Birthday

    Academy To Celebrate Gloria Stuart's 100th Birthday

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    More: Movies, People
  • ReelPolitik
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    The Girl with the Foreign Language Franchise

    With the release on DVD of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" yesterday and the theatrical distribution of sequel "The Girl Who Played With Fire" in theaters on Friday, I examine the Swedish phenom for IFC.com in this article "The Girl with the Foreign Language Franchise":

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    From South of the Border to Restrepo, Docs Fill Media Gap

    There has never been a richer time for documentaries, nor a greater need of them.

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