Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Blogroll

Thompson on Hollywood

Indie Feature Littlerock Is a Love Affair Gone Sour

You could say that I had an on-again, off-again relationship with Littlerock (trailer below). Impressive yet exasperating, Mike Ott’s film about two Japanese tourists stranded in a California hamlet seduces, cheats, and comes halfway back to reconciliation, which is just another way of saying love hurts. And love it I did, at least at first. The camerawork is sensual and assured, whether capturing the low glimmer of fairy lights at a backyard kegger or a field of crispy, amber grass at dusk. While it’s just a slip of a film, more impression than narrative, the impression smacks of nostalgia — it’s a sweet reminder of afternoons drinking beer from brown bags and throwing rocks in abandoned lots.
  • By Matt Brennan
  • |
  • September 2, 2011 1:48 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Lone Ranger: Inflated Budget Drama Pits Risk-Averse Disney Against Verbinski Loyalist Depp UPDATE

UPDATE 9/29: The Lone Ranger is set to ride again, with budget issues being worked out between the studio and director Gore Verbinski and his loyal star, Johnny Depp. Deadline has the good news details (though an official announcement is yet to be made).
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
  • |
  • September 1, 2011 11:06 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Weekend Preview: The Debt, Detective Dee, Gainsbourg, Resurrect Dead, Love Crime & More

You probably wish you were at either the Venice or Telluride Film Festival this weekend, but if you're staying local there are several indie releases worth checking out (we'll share the goods on the festivals). Among this weekend's options are Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (indieWIRE's Pick of the Week), The Debt, getting its long-awaited theatrical run after playing Toronto 2010, and Joann Sfar's Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, which Variety says is "both evocative and faithful in its depiction of the famed French singer's lascivious life."
  • By Sophia Savage
  • |
  • September 1, 2011 10:40 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Telluride 2011: Lineup Includes Descendants, Albert Nobbs, Dangerous Method and The Artist

Telluride 2011: Lineup Includes Descendants, Albert Nobbs, Dangerous Method and The Artist
The annual LA to Montrose charter flight was packed with the usual suspects Thursday (plus first-timers Tilda Swinton and Penelope Ann Miller), who opened up their copies of The Telluride Watch, one per seat, and eagerly checked out the line-up.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • September 1, 2011 10:38 AM
  • |
  • 1 Comment

Venice Reviews of Carnage Have Jodie Foster Coming Out On Top of Polanski's Actors Showcase

Reviews have landed for Roman Polanski's Carnage, playing at the Venice Film Festival. Here's our report on Day Two (including W.E. and Carnage reviews). Polanski's film is an adaptation of Yasmena Reza's popular French play, God of Carnage, which most recently played at Los Angeles' Ahmanson theater with Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden. That's a stellar cast to top. The difference here is that Polanski's equally impressive cast of Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly shot the play on film (though it's not necessarily very cinematic), and were stuck in an apartment in Paris made to look like New York instead of on a stage. Read the buzz and trailer below. SPC will release the film December 16.
  • By Sophia Savage
  • |
  • September 1, 2011 5:46 AM
  • |
  • 1 Comment

Venice Film Festival, Day Two: Madonna's W.E. is Forgettable; Polanski's Carnage Giddily Enjoyable

London-based TOH correspondent David Gritten reports on Day Two of the Venice Film Festival:
  • By David Gritten
  • |
  • September 1, 2011 5:23 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Oscar Watch: Bela Tarr's Turin Horse is Hungary's Official Entry for Best Foreign Language Film

Hungary has selected Bela Tarr's The Turin Horse as its submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. The drama debuted at the 2011 Berlinale, where it was awarded the Jury Grand and FIPRESCI prizes.
  • By Sophia Savage
  • |
  • September 1, 2011 4:09 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Summer 2011 Wrap: Box Office Heads Toward Record $4.5 Billion

While 2011's box office is still lagging last year's tally, the summer scored record totals thanks to a raft of sequels, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:Even though Hurricane Irene shuttered theater wickets last weekend, the sun never set at the summer’s domestic box office, which is clicking toward an estimated record of $4.5 billion-plus through Labor Day, set to beat 2009’s high water mark of $4.48 billion. The summer breakdown and studio-by-studio report and market share rankings are below.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
  • |
  • September 1, 2011 2:10 AM
  • |
  • 2 Comments

Coen Brother's Folk Music Project Lands Financing

The Coen brothers' next project, a film about the New York City folk scene in the 1960s, has just received funding from StudioCancal, who promised to co-finance this project.
  • By Maggie Lange
  • |
  • August 31, 2011 10:50 AM
  • |
  • 2 Comments

Venice: Ides of March Review Round-Up: "Morality Tale, Ho-hum Insights, Finely Judged"

Venice: Ides of March Review Round-Up: "Morality Tale, Ho-hum Insights, Finely Judged"
So far Venice opener The Ides of March, George Clooney's presidential campaign drama starring Clooney as the candidate and Ryan Gosling as his whippersnapper campaign press secretary, is scoring a favorable 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. Although there's no consensus yet, it seems that Ides is in the running for Oscar contention. While many of the reviews sampled below praise the look of the film and the performers, some found the political take-home message heavy handed, immature, and obvious. That said, the Academy tends to embrace Liberal politics.
  • By Maggie Lange
  • |
  • August 31, 2011 8:23 AM
  • |
  • 2 Comments

Email Updates