Joel and Ethan Coen are not known for doing interviews. But over the weekend they took part in the opening celebration of the Film Society of Lincoln Center‘s new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, by participating in an hour-long talk with director Noah Baumbach. The subject was primarily the openings to several films from all the participants, but the conversation ranged a bit wider than that.

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Jonathan Levine, the director of The Wackness, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane and the upcoming dramedy Live With It, has submitted his list of the top 10 movies of 2010. Levine’s list is the most unique I’ve seen from a filmmaker this year, including a few selections I haven’t seen on any filmmaker or critic top ten list this year. Read the list after the jump.

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Quentin Tarantino’s Favorite Movies of 2010

Quentin Tarantino has released a list of his favorite films of 2010. Hit the jump to see the list.

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With Noah Baumbach’s directorial breakthrough, The Squid and the Whale, he managed to capture a sense of harsh honesty that permeated all of the aggressive dysfunctionality. That honesty was something he lost with his next effort, Margot at the Wedding, which felt more like a coldly calculated, emotionally false hate-filled diatribe. With Greenberg, Baumbach falls somewhere in the middle of his two past efforts. The film’s titular character (played by Ben Stiller) is as believable a creation as anyone Baumbach has concocted—though decidedly more unpleasant. Where the film falters is its depiction of the relationship that spawns between Greenberg and his brother’s assistant, Florence (played by Greta Gerwig). Gerwig is delightful in the role—charming, cute, a little odd—but the film presents no plausible justification for why Florence would be so drawn to Greenberg, especially after he’s been such a repugnant asshole. There’s also the problem of Greenberg himself. Unless viewers share or can relate to his social anxieties and misanthropic worldview, he may be too unlikable for many to handle. The character is a compelling peculiarity, portrayed with a suitably fretful energy by Stiller, but the only way to appreciate the film’s examination of this figure is if you actually care about him, and I suspect that many won’t.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – 3 featurettes (“A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Greenberg”, “Greenberg Loves Los Angeles”, “Noah Baumbach Takes a Novel Approach”).

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Greenberg

Focus Features has released a new three and a half minute featurette for Noah Baumbach‘s new comedy / drama Greenberg. Titled “Behind the Scenes: Brave At Our Age”, the featurette has sit down interviews with the stars, Ben Stiller, Rhys Ifans, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Greta Gerwig, talking about the story, movie, and director. It also touches on the original score created by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem. Watch the featurette now, embedded after the jump.
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A bunch of new movie posters have been released in time for the Thanksgiving holiday theater rush, so I thought we’d do a round up of some of the one-sheets we’ve missed. After the jump you can find new posters for The WolfmanThe Book of Eli, Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg, and James Cameron‘s Avatar. And yes, some of them are international.

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Greenberg Movie Trailer: Noah Baumbach Returns

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A song can make all the difference to a trailer. This first footage from Noah Baumbach‘s new comedy / drama Greenberg could be seriously depressing, were it not for the bouncy ‘All My Friends’ by LCD Soundsystem. Ben Stiller, Rhys Ifans, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Greta Gerwig star in the film that was called Greenberg, then was untitled, and is now apparently called Greenberg once more. Check it out after the break. Read More »

Focus Features Announces 2010 Release Dates

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Focus Features today announced their 2010 release slate. Highlights include:

  • March 12th 2010: The Squid and the Whale writer/director Noah Baumbach‘s Greenberg which stars Ben Stiller
  • April 16th 2010: Thomas BalmèsBabies, a documentary film which simultaneously follows four babies around the world – from birth to first steps.
  • Wednesday, September 1st 2010: Anton Corbijn‘s The American starring George Clooney as a retiring assassin
  • Third Quarter 2010: Kevin Macdonald‘s Roman epic adventure The Eagle of the Ninth
  • November 2010: Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck‘s (Half Nelson, Sugar) dramedy adaptation of Ned Vizzini‘s 2006 novel It’s Kind of a Funny Story
  • TBA 2010 (we assume in December for Award Season): Sofia Coppola‘s Somewhere starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning

After the jump you can read the full press release, which includes detailed plot synopsis for all of these films.

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