If you don’t recognize the name Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, you probably missed the recent story about him taking the spot vacated by Elvis Mitchell on the upcoming new show Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies. The 24-year-old movie blogger will be going toe to toe with Associated Press film critic Christy Lemire each and every week discussing the latest films to come out in theaters. And that will soon make him one of the most famous film critics in the world.

Vishnevetsky voice is still new to many of us, so we thought you might be interested to see his top ten films of 2010. [EDIT: This isn’t actually his top ten, per se, but a ballot submitted as part of IndieWire’s Anuual Critics Survey for 2010. We apologize for any confusion as this was originally presented.] It’s quite different from most of the regular top 10’s you’re used to seeing. No Social Network, no King’s Speech and, thankfully, no Scott Pilgrim vs. The World [EDIT: Because god-forbid someone likes that movie.] But everyone’s favorite Portugese film, Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl, did just make the list. Check it out after the break. Read More »

Exclusive Poster Premiere: Vincere


Today we’re happy to debut the excellent poster for Marco Bellocchio‘s Vincere, which premiered in Competition at Cannes last year before hitting Telluride, TIFF and the NYFF. IFC opens the film in the States next month.

Vincere is the story of Ida Dalser (Giovanna Mezzogiorno), who was reportedly the first wife of Benito Mussolini and the mother of his first son. As Il Duce’s career progressed he married another woman and Dalser was marginalized, estranged and, eventually, forcibly institutionalized.

Why do you care? Because Mike D’Angelo, a critic that is pretty damn hard to please, wrote in his AV Club Cannes coverage that Vincere “unleashed an aural and visual assault so dizzying and unrelenting that it more or less recapitulates the birth of Fascism in cinematic form.” Time Out London is less forceful but equally impressed. “What distinguishes ‘Vincere’ is the flair with which the tale is related…more impressive is Bellocchio’s virtuosity in combining drama, archive footage, and music to create a highly cinematic oratorio of enormous rhetorical force.” Both outlets and many others praise the lead performances. D’Angelo said, “As Mussolini, Filippo Timi evinces the fearless bravado of the young Nicolas Cage, which makes it startling to see him repeatedly upstaged by Giovanna Mezzogiorno’s astonishingly feral work as Ida Dalser.”

You can see an Italian trailer here, and IFC will release a North American trailer next week. The film opens on March 19.

Check out the full poster after the jump; click the image for a high-res version. Read More »