This week, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley chat about the virtues of the Elite Squad films, praise Puss in Boots as a film better than its marketing would suggest, and try not to lose all hope in John Carter and the live action Akira remake. Special guest Eric D. Snider joins us from and Movie BS. Also, correction: Cell 211 is available on Netflix in what appears to be a region 1 DVD!

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The Telluride Film Festival, a presentation of the National Film Preserve which takes place beginning tomorrow, Friday Sept 2 and runs through Monday Sept 5, is an unusual beast as far as film festivals go. The core film lineup is not announced until the day before the festival begins, so attendees have to commit to the fest without knowing any of the movies that will definitely play.

Now the first list of films is out, and it has some expected inclusions such as David Cronenberg‘s A Dangerous Method (trailer) and the Cannes fave The Artist (trailer). In addition there are some good surprises, such as Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender‘s reunion, Shame (pics), and the Dardenne BrothersThe Kid With a Bike.

More films will be announced at the last minute over the next couple days. One addition, for example, according to Kris Tapley, is Butter. Peter is arriving in Telluride later today so he’ll have coverage of the festival during the holiday weekend. Check out the announced lineup below. Read More »

Oh, I can’t wait for this. Here’s the second trailer we’ve seen for David Cronenberg‘s A Dangerous Method, which tells the story of Dr. Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), who both fall into a web tethered by Jung’s patient Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley).

The previous trailer was just a bit more explicit — as you’d expect from the intersection of Cronenberg and early psychoanalysis, there is some kink ahead. So this trailer is much the same as the international one that arrived in June, only with a handful of shots swapped out for tamer stuff. But there’s a proper HD version now, and it is lovely. Read More »

Hot on the heels of the release of a massive batch of films that will appear in the Toronto Film Festival, we’ve got the main lineup for the 68th Venice Film Festival, which runs from August 31 to September 10.

We knew that George Clooney‘s The Ides of March would open the fest (the trailer premiered last night and you can see it here) and this list confirms quite a few films that we imagined would be playing Venice. Our very much anticipated spy thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy from Let the Right One In director Tomas Alfredson is on the list, as is Roman Polanski‘s tense closed-room drama Carnage, starring Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz. And there is Alps, the second film from polarizing Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, whose film Dogtooth shocked, entertained and angered festival audiences in 2009.

The full list is after the break. Read More »

Aren’t you glad you didn’t look at the bootleg? Here’s a proper-quality trailer for David Cronenberg‘s new film, A Dangerous Method, which stars Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen as Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, respectively. Check it out below. Read More »

Good news for David Cronenberg fans: his next film, A Dangerous Method, has been picked up for distribution by Sony Pictures Classics. The movie is an adaptation of the play The Talking Cure by Christopher Hampton, and stars Michael Fassbender as Carl Jung, Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud, and Keira Knightley as Sabina Spielrein, the woman who was their mutual patient. Read More »

So what’s this new David Cronenberg film The Dangerous Method all about? We know it is based on Christopher Hampton‘s play The Talking Cure, and that it concerns the early friendship and working relationship between Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), and the young woman (Keira Knightley) that came between them. For many people, that’s enough — that cast plus that story and Cronenberg and I’m certainly good to go.

But if you want to know more, and straight from the mouth of the director, here’s a few minutes of video from Toronto’s recent FanExpo, at which Cronenberg finally appeared as a guest, after years of scheduling conflicts kept him away from the biggest genre event in his home city. At the outset of his panel, the director talked about the history of The Dangerous Method and his reasons for making the film. Read More »

In July we saw the first photos of Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender in makeup and costume as Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung for David Cronenberg‘s new film A Dangerous Method. Turns out that during the same period some TV press was also allowed onto the set, and we’ve got a pair of short video reports after the break. Read More »


I’ve been eagerly awaiting the first footage from A Dangerous Method, the new film from David Cronenberg in which Viggo Mortensen plays Sigmund Freud and Michael Fassbender appears as Carl Jung. There isn’t yet any video to share, but we’ve got the first set photos, and I’m impressed with the work Cronenberg’s team has done to make Mortensen and Fassbender nearly look like dead ringers (sorry about that) for their real-life counterparts. Read More »

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Briefly: Despite the fact that he lost Christoph Waltz, I’m seriously interested in David Cronenberg‘s new film, which is now called A Dangerous Method. Production Weekly reports the title change for the film, which is based on Christopher Hampton‘s play The Talking Cure. Filming starts next month and will take place in Berlin, Vienna and Zurich.

The cast remains great, even without Waltz: Michael Fassbender plays Carl Jung, Viggo Mortensen replaced Waltz as Sigmund Freud, and Keira Knightley is Sabina Spielrein, the patient seen by both men. Vincent Cassel also appears. I’d love to see this make the Toronto Film Fest, but that’s probably over-optimistic. Look for the film in 2011, most likely.