The thought of interviewing Rob Reiner is daunting. As a director, he’s responsible for some of the most popular and influential films of the past thirty years. Films like This Is Spinal Tap, When Harry Met Sally, The Princess Bride and Stand By Me. As an actor, he started his career on one of television’s most important shows of all time (All In The Family). Now he’s part of Martin Scorsese‘s impressive ensemble in The Wolf Of Wall Street, playing Max Belfort, father of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio).
That’s a lot of history and talent wrapped up in one man, so when I spoke to Reiner I focused on what his directorial expertise tells him about Scorsese, what it was like being one of three directors who act in the film and how his latest two films, Flipped and The Magic of Belle Isle, inform his current view of the Hollywood landscape. Read the full interview below. Read More »
Looking back, 2010 is not going to be remembered as a particularly good year for movies. In my mind, most of the 150 or so new films I saw from January to December are all muddled together in a big pile of mediocrity. When that happens though, it’s so much easier to pick out the truly great ones. To that end, picking my favorite movies of 2010 was easier than previous years. What was harder, though, was weeding through an insane amount of movies that didn’t end up getting released during 2010. Why recommend them if you can’t see them?
So, after the jump, you’ll find more than just a top ten of 2010. You’ll also find a five worst of 2010 and my top five of 2011 so far. Yes, that’s right. When everyone is strictly doing top tens for last year, we’ve got one for 2011 as well. Read More »
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THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED
The Disappearance of Alice Creed opens with two men prepping for what we can only assume—given the title of the film (despite any revelations about its meaning that may come later)—is a kidnapping. We assume correctly. They pull a girl into a van, tie her to a bed, strip her of all her clothes, snap photos of her, and put new clothes on her. All of this takes places without any dialogue, or any understanding of who these people are, how they know each other, or what their motivations are. The less you know about what happens from that point forward, the better. This is the sort of assured, smartly crafted thriller that puts filmmakers on the map. I’m not sure how it will play on repeat viewings, when it no longer has its clever plot turns to bolster it, but in any case it deserves to be seen. The amount of tension writer/director J Blakeson generates with just three actors and one location is pretty remarkable, especially for a first-time director. His actors are equally deserving of credit; the film asks a lot of them, relying heavily on the interplay between the characters, and they rise to the challenge admirably. It’s unfortunate that the movie didn’t get the US theatrical release it deserved, but consider yourself lucky; now you have the privilege of experiencing it free from spoilers, the way it was meant to be seen.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Commentary with writer/director J Blakeson, Deleted Scene, Extended Scene, Outtakes, and a Storyboard Comparison.
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This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley wonder about the other ways that Return of the Jedi might have ended and compare The Expendables unfavorably to Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Special guest Jeff Cannata joins us from The Totally Rad Show.
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It’s been a few days since our last Movie Poster Round-up, and the one-sheets have been building up on my computer desktop. After the jump you can find new posters from films such as: Rob Reiner‘s Flipped, four character posters for the 3D animated film Alpha & Omega, Conviction, a high resolution copy of the one-sheet for Sofia Coppola‘s Somewhere, The Oxford Murders, Mad Men season 4, two Korean posters for Inception, and a teaser poster for Zack Snyder‘s Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.
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Hey, Rob Reiner has a new movie coming out. Flipped is a very sweet-looking ode to the ’50s and early ’60s and the hormone flood of emerging adulthood. That is, it’s about a boy who thinks he hates a girl until he realizes that she might be the best thing ever. Check out a trailer after the break. Read More »
Warner Bros has released the publicity materials for their 2010 film slate preview, which as you might expect, contains a bunch of new production photos for the upcoming films: The Book of Eli, A Couple of Cops, The Town, Flipped, and Going the Distance. It should be noted that Kevin Smith’s A Couple of Cops/A Couple of Dicks is officially listed right now as UNTITLED COP MOVIE, so it looks like WB has yet to decide on a final title. Lets hope they don’t settle on A Couple of Cops, as it’s too simple with out the double entendre. Check out all the photos after the jump, click on the images to enlarge. Two clicks for super high res images.
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