Film

Gaspar Noe Discusses What 3D Genitals Can Add to Cinematic Depictions of Love

It’d seem that, at least according to Irreversible director Gaspar Noe, we’ve never truly seen an authentic depiction of love onscreen:… Read More

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From Cannes to Lifetime: A ‘Grace of Monaco’ Disaster Timeline

Dozing off on the couch Memorial Day evening with a belly full of improperly cooked-out burgers and cheap beer is a bit of a holiday tradition (in our house, anyway), but this year, there’s a particularly fascinating bit of television programming for you to nod off to: Grace of Monaco, in which Oscar winner Nicole Kidman plays iconic movie-star-turned-princess Grace Kelly. This was supposed to be a giant movie: opening the Cannes Film Festival, awards season push by the Weinstein Company, Oscar glory. Instead, it’s quietly making its stateside debut on Lifetime, a network better known for cringe-worthy original biopics and tales of women in jeopardy. So how did such a prestige project end up on a punchline network? Let’s roll the tape. … Read More

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J.K. Rowling Slut Shames Neville Longbottom

Time.

Despite its ubiquity and tyranny over every living thing, this powerful force somehow still shocks people when it… Read More

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Brad Bird’s ‘Tomorrowland’ Should Have Been Great — So What Went Wrong?

It seems safe to bet that deep inside every filmmaker, there lurks a burning desire to make a movie in the exact style of his or her favorite director. It’s the best way to explain the scores of filmmakers doing mini-Scorsese movies in the ‘90s; young filmmakers of the late ‘90s and early ’00s gave us plenty of junior Woody Allen pictures. And when a certain kind of filmmaker (most likely one who was a kid in the 1980s) gets access to a big budget and a summer berth, they apparently want to make a Spielberg movie. J.J. Abrams did it a few years back with Super 8; Colin Trevorrow is reportedly making his Jurassic World, due next month, less a sequel than a Spielberg homage. And then we have Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, with enough nostalgic golden glow, characters gazing off in a wonder, and John Williams-esque music cues to seem, in spots, like a Spielberg cosplay. Yet Bird seems to have learned the hard way what Abrams did in Super 8: the aesthetics are easy to ape, but one should never underestimate the value Spielberg places on tight, clear, logical storytelling. … Read More

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“Naptime, Motherf—”: Rainn Wilson and Elijah Wood Fight Zombie Children in ‘Cooties’ Trailer

It’d be unlikely for an insult as poetically repugnant as “You look like you’ve got chicken pox, if chicken… Read More

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Watch: Amy Winehouse Spirals into Fame, Love and Self-Destruction in First Full Trailer for ‘Amy’

Asif Kapaida’s Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy, seems an excavation of the ways fame led one of the “smartest” and “most authentic”… Read More

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TCM Is Presenting a Free Online Summer Course in Film Noir

The phrase “summer school” usually dredges up all sorts of unpleasant connotations—unless you’re a big Mark Harmon fan—but this… Read More

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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘American Sniper,’ ‘Girlhood’

Temperatures are rising and the multiplexes are filling with big summer blockbusters, which is about all the reason you need to say to hell with it, lock the doors, and watch movies in your living room. It’s a particularly eclectic week on the home video front, with Netflix offering up one of the year’s best films thus far, a monster war movie and a revolutionary Shakespeare adaptation on the new-release shelf, and Criterion presenting two flawed but fascinating almost-classics. … Read More

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