Essays ‘Krull’ Weddings: The Awkward Teenage Years of Movie Marketing

‘Krull’ Weddings: The Awkward Teenage Years of Movie Marketing

Like the plot of a dystopian fairy tale, the marketing campaign for last summer’s blockbuster “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” was a well-oiled machine selling a film about machines. We saw giveaway contests, multi-platform games,...

August 16 2010 / View Comments / Read More
On the Politics of Invisibility: A Discussion of Nuri Ceylan’s ‘Three Monkeys’ and the Dardenne Brothers’ ‘Le Silence de Lorna’

On the Politics of Invisibility: A Discussion of Nuri Ceylan’s ‘Three Monkeys’ and the Dardenne Brothers’ ‘Le Silence de Lorna’

Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Three Monkeys” and the Dardenne brothers’ “Le Silence de Lorna” are two films that provoked feelings of admiration at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, and not without reason.  Ceylan is one of...

June 29 2010 / View Comments / Read More
The Wider Screen

‘Choker Bali’: The One That Got Away

‘Choker Bali’: The One That Got Away

As the Toronto International Film Festival approaches, it seems like a good time to reflect on the film that got away. Everyone who has...

Aug 20 2010 / View Comments / Read More

The Scent of Cinema: A Democratized Film Experience at Motovun

The Scent of Cinema: A Democratized Film Experience at Motovun

I was at the 10th Motovun Film Festival, in Croatia two summers ago, mainly to see their ‘interactive cinema programme’. Motovun is renowned as...

Jul 27 2010 / View Comments / Read More

Good Hair, Good Humour, Good Questions

Good Hair, Good Humour, Good Questions

In “Good Hair” (Jeff Stilson, 2009) Chris Rock offers an initiation into the world of African-American women’s hairstyling. I was immediately excited by this...

Jul 8 2010 / View Comments / Read More

Roman Polanski’s ‘The Ghost’: Haunted by the Author

Roman Polanski’s ‘The Ghost’: Haunted by the Author

I recently had the pleasure of seeing a Polanski film in utter innocence.  As the result of a rare set of circumstances, I found...

May 10 2010 / View Comments / Read More

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Film Reviews

The Other Guys (2010)

The Other Guys (2010)

Paperwork?  You must be kidding.  No badass buddy cop duo has ever been troubled by the monotony of filling out countless forms for every firearm discharged, domestic dispute, auto accident, petty shoplifting, or false burglar alarm. You never saw the likes of Riggs and Murtaugh,...

Aug 18 2010 / View Comments / Read More

Dinner for Schmucks (2010)

Dinner for Schmucks (2010)

Safety first. “Dinner for Schmucks” clings to that mantra like a corporate lawyer with executive overlords deathly afraid of dishing out workers comp checks to injured employees. The production studio, Spyglass Entertainment, must have circulated a memo during pre-production forbidding experimentation of any kind, taking...

Aug 11 2010 / View Comments / Read More

Salt (2009)

Salt (2009)

With age, Angelina Jolie has acquired a certain attributable nuance and sophistication that until recently would have been thought impossible from such an archetypal anti-feminist signature of adolescent male fantasy.  Excepting her performance in 1999′s “Girl, Interrupted” this mysterious icon of sexuality has made a career...

Aug 2 2010 / View Comments / Read More

Uptown (2009)

Uptown (2009)

Two attractive twentysomethings meet for the first time in a Manhattan restaurant and engage in obligatory small talk.  What was intended to be a meeting between indie film director and potential star soon promises to be the beginning of a long and complex relationship that won’t end...

Jul 29 2010 / View Comments / Read More

Katrina’s Son (2010)

Katrina’s Son (2010)

Brilliant, vivid colors flood the opening moments of Ya’Ke Smith’s latest short film, “Katrina’s Son.”  A bright yellow sun bathes a young boy in a beautiful warmth —  a superficial warmth obscured by the coldness of death, abandonment.  Ed, a young New Orleans resident quietly...

Jul 19 2010 / View Comments / Read More
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Trailers French Zombie Flick ‘The Horde’ Trailer

French Zombie Flick ‘The Horde’ Trailer

IFC Films has just posted a trailer for their French zombie film “The Horde” directed by Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher to YouTube. A brief summary: “In order to avenge the murder of...

Aug 21, 2010 / More
Buzz Track The Rise of the Romanian Documentary

The Rise of the Romanian Documentary

Amid today’s limp ’80s remakes and contrived, 3-D popcorn movies, a less-recognized genre is experiencing what some critics dub a “new wave.” Two Romanian documentaries made their world premieres at Cannes this year,...

Aug 9, 2010 / More
FilmCast TMA FilmCast #30 – Date Night, Repo Men

TMA FilmCast #30 – Date Night, Repo Men

Film is a fickle medium. In any other industry if you take two of the top performers in their respective spheres and put them together you’ve got a hit. Derek Jeter and A-Rod,...

Apr 13, 2010 / More
Lists TMA’s 25 Greatest Horror Movies of All Time

TMA’s 25 Greatest Horror Movies of All Time

As usual, distilling the value of a film into a short paragraph and ranking it against every other film ever released in the same genre is imperfect, subjective and quite frankly, irrational —...

May 25, 2010 / More
Below the Line Legendary Film ‘Colin Fitz Lives!’ to Finally Get Release

Legendary Film ‘Colin Fitz Lives!’ to Finally Get Release

The legendary indie film “Colin Fitz Lives!” about two bumbling security guards posted at the grave of Colin Fitz, a dead rock star with fans obsessive enough to make Justin Bieber blush will finally...

Aug 5, 2010 / More
Under the Radar The Wiz: From Broadway to Bust

The Wiz: From Broadway to Bust

Part of being a filmmaker is accepting the fact that you’re mental masterpiece may turn into a cinematic failure. Many failed films don’t succeed due to a variety of reasons including low budget,...

Oct 17, 2009 / More
Interviews James Cameron Talks ‘Avatar 2′ and Re-release of ‘Avatar’ With Extra Footage

James Cameron Talks ‘Avatar 2′ and Re-release of ‘Avatar’ With Extra Footage

In an interview with Market Saw yesterday, James Cameron opened up about his plans to re-release his environmentally-conscious alien epic “Avatar” with an additional nine minutes of pure CG footage, the upcoming novelization...

Aug 8, 2010 / More
Festivals Kickball Documentary Captures Joy, Anarchy and Tragedy

Kickball Documentary Captures Joy, Anarchy and Tragedy

WICHITA, KAN — The Tallgrass Film Association announces the August selection for Tallgrass Third Thursday: “Left Field,” a documentary that the Chicago Reader said “gives new meaning to the term ‘tragically hip.’” The...

Aug 3, 2010 / More
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