Saturday, December 10, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
You guys, I’m serious, they put in salsa music for her entrance. I guess we should be relieved that it’s such a painfully white movie, if for no other reason than to spare us the sound of a gong accompanying the entrance of any Asian characters.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin tells Eva's story within a fractured narrative that becomes a dreamlike intermingling of her complicated past with her tortured present. It also does so without telling us more than we need to know about either, yet never seeming to withhold information; in spite of our uncertainty (particularly in the opening scenes) about how one thing relates to the other, Ramsay's such a confident and assured filmmaker that we feel adrift but not lost.
And then she gets an email. Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson), her high-school boyfriend, and his wife Beth (Elizabeth Reaser), have had a baby. The email gets her goat. It must have been her ex’s cry for help. How miserable he must be! And with that, she packs a back and drives back to her hometown to win him back. “Don’t you get it?” she asks a skeptic, incredulously. “Love conquers all!”
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
10 Films That Avoided the NC-17 Rating and Suffered for It
Shame, a candid and pwerful look at sexual addiction from director Steve McQueen (no, another Steve McQueen) is out in limited release tomorrow, and as we reported last month, it’s going out with the NC-17 rating—no children under 17 admitted, under any circumstances. The rating, many have surmised, is due to the film’s copious male nudity, and that’s how the American ratings system works: all the naked ladies you want, but the erect male member= automatic NC-17.
For The Village Voice:
The Door Opens in New York
The hard, sharp banging of the titular object in 59E59’s production of The Door puts the audience on edge from the moment the lights go up—it rings through the small black box theater like a gunshot, and returns at regular and unexpected intervals. “Drives you ‘round the bloody bend, doesn’t it?” asks Boyd (Tom Cobley).
Open Thread: What Are Your Essential Holiday Movies?
Well, the Thanksgiving holiday is over, the only turkey left is that weird slab of half-fat and half-dark meat, the recycling can is overflowing with empty beer and wine bottles (seriously, somebody better take that out), and it’s time to start thinking about Christmas—specifically, Christmas viewing. It’s little wonder that the “holiday movie” has become such a venerable moviemaking standby; whether the resultant picture is good (A Christmas Story) or not so good (Fred Claus), there’s a pretty good chance that studios can count on perennial DVD sales and TV bookings as a revenue stream.
There are plenty of memorable holiday films, and yes, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll see a list or two centered on them in the upcoming weeks. But as the season gets underway, we thought we’d keep it simple, and ask you the basic question: What are your essential holiday movies? What do you always watch once the Christmas season is in full swing?
Gift Guide: The Best Gifts for Movie Geeks
Now that Christmas shopping season is in full effect, it’s time for your Flavorwire to swing into public service mode. Yes, yes, all the lists and links and commentary are fun, we know you’re saying, but where are the shopping tips? What do I get my movie-obsessed cousin Donovan? Do I have to actually communicate with him to find out what he wants? Those phone calls always last twice as long as I want them to, and his breathing patterns are disturbing! Fear no more, gentle reader, for after the jump, you’ll find a collection of films and books guaranteed to warm the hearts of your film fan relatives on Christmas morning, which they’ll enjoy to the fullest before fleeing the premises to catch the 1:20 matinee of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Check them out and add your own after the jump!
Video of the Day: The Opening of ‘Community,’ ‘Parks and Rec’-Style
In our house, we dance to the TV theme songs. (Don’t judge; you’ve done it too.) And not just the easy ones, like that incredibly catchy Community theme, or the rollicking little instrumental that starts Up All Night. Nope, we even get our march on to the theme from Parks and Recreation. It’s not even that the songs are all that good—we’re just so happy to be watching these shows that a little groove (even a seated one, which is my specialty) is a nice way to show our appreciation.
Trailer Park: Off the Grid
Welcome to “Trailer Park,” our regular Friday feature where we collect the week’s new trailers all in one place and do a little “judging a book by its cover,” ranking them from worst to best and taking our best guess at what they may be hiding. We’ve got six new clips for your perusal, ranging from a teaser for a flick that puts Tim Riggins on Mars to an extended, eight-minute version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trailer; check ‘em out after the jump.