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WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN”
The impassioned, well-meaning Waiting for “Superman” prods at an important and disconcerting issue: the failure of the American school system. But that’s all it really does. It prods and points fingers, blaming unions and funding conflicts, all the while tossing out animated statistics to highlight how severe the problem is. Interspersed between this are heart-on-sleeve stories of five families hoping to gain entry to overcrowded charter schools, the procedure for which requires public school students to take place in a lottery. It’s a deeply depressing process, and the film’s frustration is justified. So what’s the solution? Waiting for “Superman” has some half-hearted ideas about what needs to be done, but very little (if any) emphasis is placed on the importance of the parent’s role in a child’s education. If you’re looking for an introduction to an ongoing crisis that’s in desperate need of positive action, Waiting for “Superman” will suffice, but it’s strictly that.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Commentary by Director Davis Guggenheim and Producer Lesley Chilcott, Four additional inspiring teacher/student stories, Changing the Odds: A look at innovative programs that are changing public education, Public Education Updates: Changes which have taken place since the making of the film, A Conversation with Davis Guggenheim, The Future Is In Our Classrooms, and The Making of “Shine”: the film’s title track by musician John Legend.
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Bunch of new movie posters for you today, and shockingly, with the exception of one, they’re all pretty good. They’re also all over the map, subject-wise. There’s the questionable Joaquin Phoenix ‘documentary’ I’m Still Here, the M. Night Shyamalan-produced Devil, the US one-sheet for Gaspar Noe’s Enter the Void,the Philly drama Night Catches Us with Anthony Mackie, and Woody Allen’s upcoming You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.
Allen’s poster is the only one that doesn’t have much to recommend it; check them all after the break. Read More »
There’s a new trailer for Woody Allen‘s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, to complement the international one released not too long ago. This version is shorter and focused a bit more on throwing out bon mots and a few bits of character. There’s more plot in the international version, but this one still gets the important stuff across. (Important stuff being details like “Freida Pinto sure is pretty.”) Read More »
This September, Woody Allen‘s latest film, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, will be released by Sony Pictures Classics. The comedy already played the Cannes Film Fest, where it didn’t quite electrify critics. (Peter didn’t love it.) We don’t yet have a domestic trailer from SPC, but for now there’s a Spanish trailer that suggests the reasons for the Cannes critical ‘meh.’ Read More »
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Another week, another batch of new movie posters have hit the multiplexes and are now online. One-sheets include: Splice, Salt, Woody Allen‘s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Jonah Hex character banners, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Last Exorcism, and Charlie St. Cloud.
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It’s been a couple days since my last long Cannes update. Once the first weekend hit, things got really crazy at the festival. It is becoming clearer to me that this year’s theme at Cannes is about death, dying, mortality and legacy. In my last Cannes blog, I wrote about Mike Leigh’s new film Another Year, which is essentially a character piece which tackles all of the above issues. I have since seen a couple moe films which tackle these issues head on.
But before I get to my reviews, you’re probably wondering why Batman is on the big screen at Cannes..
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Update: Robin Hood has now been confirmed as the opening night film in an official statement.
The Cannes Film Festival is set to kick-off on May 12th, just two days ahead of Ridley Scott‘s Robin Hood being unleashed in several countries, including the US and UK. It would be perfect timing, then, to have the picture premiere as the fest’s opening night gala, guaranteeing global media coverage just when the PR campaign for the movie should be peaking.
And, yep, it seems that Universal’s behind-the-scenes negotiators have pulled that trick off, because multiple reports are indicating they’ve scored the slot. No official confirmation has come yet, but it seems like a good match for the slot and I’m pretty sure we’ll see this checked and locked soon.
There’s a good handful of other films rumored for slots at the fest, either in competition or out.
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Briefly: I just talked about this film yesterday, when Marion Cotillard was announced as a member of the cast for Woody Allen‘s upcoming film to be shot in Paris later this year. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger is the film Allen shot in 2009, and has been planned for release in various markets this September. Now Sony Pictures Classics has bought the film for US distribution, and will release it this fall.
The film “revolves around different members of a family, their tangled love lives and their attempts to try to solve their problems,” which could apply equally to several of Allen’s other films. It stars Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Gemma Jones, Freida Pinto and Lucy Punch. [Variety]
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Sounds like the punchline to a joke about a carnival fortune teller. Woody Allen has been quietly making his next film, and as per usual we’ve known almost nothing about it up until now. (Even his casts sometimes don’t get full scripts during production; Allen is quite good at keeping his films locked down.) Along with the title You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, we also have a brief synopsis, which you can find right after the jump. Read More »