Archive for February, 2010

Trailerama: Family Nouveau

February 23, 2010

Dandy poppers Of Montreal tour Europe and let the calisthenics roll. This colorful documentary was directed by Spenser Simrill Jr. It’s due to premiere at the Chicago International Festival of Music and Movies on March 5.

Happy Birthday, Claude Sautet!

February 23, 2010

Work in Progress: Skeletons

February 22, 2010

Writer-director Nick Whitfield has expanded his short about a team of exorcists into a feature. Considering it only took about 30 seconds into this preview before we were feeling like British comedy has died on its arse, lord knows what the full-length will be like. Audiences can decided for themselves when it purges the SXSW Film Festival of its demons. With Andrew Buckley and Paul Dallison.

Trailerama: Kak ya provyol etim letom (How I Ended This Summer)

February 22, 2010

With Roads to Koktebel, writer-director Alexei Popogrebsky established himself as one of Russian #inema’s most promising talents. His se#ond film looks just as intriguing. A young college student repairs for the summer to a remote polar station in the Russian Arctic, manned by a crusty old-timer whose tour of duty is about to come to an end. The isolation is initially exhilerating. Then the pair start to get on each other’s nerves, a situation exacerbated by the boy’s slip-ups. How is this summer going to end? Something tells us it won’t be pretty. The thriller won three Silver Bears (for both lead actors and cinematographer Pavel Kostomarov) at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival. With Sergei Puskepalis, Grigory Dobrygin.

Trailerama: Last Train Home

February 22, 2010

Think travelling during Thanksgiving is rough? Try Chinese New Year. That’s when 130 million migrant workers around the country all head home to be reunited–briefly–with their families. Delays are not uncommon, and the terminals are thronged with desperate travellers. Fan Lixin‘s documentary isn’t just fixated on the spectacle of humanity, though. While accompanying a family on their journey, he also examined the hopes and fears of working class people that is on the move, even when it’s not. Planes, Trains and Automobiles was never like this. Screening at SXSW Film Festival.

Coming Soon: Io sono l’amore/I am Love

February 22, 2010

Director: Luca Guadagnino
Written by Luca Guadagnino, Barbara Alberti, Ivan Cotroneo, Walter Fasano
Starring Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti, Edoardo Gabbriellini, Alba Rohrwacher
The well-to-do Recchi clan unravel as the patriarch announes his successors and submerged passions rise to the surface. The film reunites Swinton with her The Protagonists director Guadagnino.
Wendy Ide: “The most elegant and controlled piece of storytelling in a long time is also skin-tinglingly sexy. Tilda Swinton (who produces as well as starred in it) is a marvel as the Russian matriarch of a Milanese fashion dynasty who falls in love and rediscovers herself.”

Trailerama: When You’re Strange – A Film About the Doors

February 22, 2010

The prospect of a Doors-endorsed documentary about the Doors is something to make the hardiest soul break out in a cold sweat. But this clip joint is also the first nonfiction film from Squally fave Tom DiCillo (Johnny Suede). The film aims to set archival clips of the “Peace Frog” band alongside contemporaneous footage illustrating the upheaval of their times. Johnny Depp is your go-to guy for the portentious narration. Set to screen at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival.

Trailerama: American Grindhouse

February 22, 2010

Before straight-to-DVD, there was grindhouse. Made by desperate men, these cheap exploitation films lured in customers with lurid titles and promises of plenty of depravity. They occupied a pivotal point between childhood and the adult world for filmmakers like John Landis (An American Werewolf in London) and Joe Dante (Gremlins), who fondly recall the excesses of these cheapo potboilers in Elijah Drenner’s pop lecture. Screening at this year’s SXSW Film Festival

Happy Birthday, Marguerite Clark!

February 22, 2010

Happy Birthday, Ellen Page!

February 21, 2010


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