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1:48 PM 8/15/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
With a cue from Mike Figgis and the digital revolution (oh, the handheld video and the synth tracks), South Korean provocateur Kim Ki-Duk has returned to his bent comedies with Moebius, a perverse parable about family, sex and death—three subjects that get icky if you stick with them long enough.
5:53 PM 8/8/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Last month, writer/director Paul Mazursky passed away and in honor of the late filmmaker the Landmark Theatre’s Anniversary Classic Series will screen Mazursky’s directorial debut Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice with special guest, Dyan Cannon. In the film Cannon plays Alice, the last of four married friends to submit to “free love” on a weekend in Vegas.
1:20 PM 8/1/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Around the Block is an Aussie Dangerous Minds with a smarter tack on the racial divide. Then again, maybe it looks that way because it’s easier to see racism when it’s happening in other cultures. American’s don’t call Aboriginals “black.” That is, however, what they’re called in Australia, which didn’t experience the Maori Protest movement New Zealand did in the 70s, so the conscious division between the middle and upper class whites and the ghettoized aboriginals is somewhat concrete.
11:59 AM 8/1/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
A horror with threads of gross out comedy, Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero knows very well it’s cheap but loves itself anyway. After Josh (Brandon Eaton) has a highbrow rehearsal dinner, his friends (amuck with lowbrow intentions) smuggle him to a nearby island for a boozy beach side bachelor party.
5:46 PM 7/24/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
One can only assume Specialist Adam Winfield was hungry for action. Like the rest of his platoon he was extensively trained for a theater of war that offered him no exercise. He spent his time waiting, armored to the teeth in the desert swelter. Stationed in the Maywand District of Afghanistan in 2010, the squadron was among civilians but they were resourceful, and the group’s chain of command decided to harvest battle trophies from the farmers nearby.
11:10 AM 7/18/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
The Dolby Atmos theater system delivers audio from speakers located on all four wall of the theater and the ceiling, so when you hear rainfall it’s almost like feeling it. When the dragon Smaug galumphs across screen you hear his tail wrap itself around you. When gunfire blazes off a 3D screen past your head, you might just duck.
Interview with 007 George Lazenby for Landmark's Anniversary Series Revival of ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE
7:02 PM 7/6/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was the first Bond “reboot." Of the 26 films in the Bond franchise OHMSS is among the top two most admired (the other: From Russia With Love). It’s the only film in which Bond marries, the first to imply an international orgy and the only one to star George Lazenby.
Goodbye And Thank You: The Director of Hoop Dreams Talks About His New Roger Ebert Biography, LIFE ITSELF
7:38 PM 6/27/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Film Critic Roger Ebert ended the first paragraph of his review of Hoop Dreams saying that film “gives us the impression of having touched life itself.” There’s a poignant symmetry in the title of Steve James’ newest documentary, Life Itself, about the work of America’s most acclaimed film critic, Chicago Sun Times’ Roger Ebert.
Documentarian and True Crime Fan Joe Berlinger Makes a Man (Not a Myth) out of Whitey Bulger in WHITEY
5:09 PM 6/25/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
James “Whitey” Bulger is big crook. Al Capone big. John Gotte big. But bringing him up in the same context as those wise guys is dicey because his life as an untouchable was made possible by the long shadows of their Cosa Nostra. As Boston’s branch of the F.B.I. occupied themselves with the national case against the Italian Mafia, Bulger and his Winter Hill Mob (Boston’s Irish Mob) operated with near impunity.
1:02 AM 6/16/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
When Swedish journalist Torgny Segerstedt published an article calling Hitler “an insult” the article threatened to speed Sweden’s entrance into World War II. According to veteran filmmaker Jan Troell, director of Segerstedt biopic The Last Sentence, a journalist like Segerstedt couldn’t exist today. “Maybe Julian Assange comes close,” he said, referring to the founder of WikiLeaks, but only in prominence; Assange doesn’t exactly do the same kind of work.