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T-Bone Burnett and Oscar Isaac Talk from Inside Llewyn Davis Agree: "He's not really trying to make it."
6:27 PM 11/18/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Inside Llewyn Davis marks musician/producer/composer T-Bone Burnett’s fourth collaboration with the Coen Brothers. His first (Oh Brother, Where Art Thou) earned him an Oscar—and somehow cemented a spiritual relationship he and the brothers have with Homer’s Odyssey, the classic story of leaving home and messily finding your way back.
6:16 PM 11/18/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
In a gorgeous fixer upper in a Paris suburb, Marie-Ann (Bérénice Bejo) and Samir (Tahar Rahim) are starting over. She has two daughters, he has a young son and the condition of their house mid-move lends a visual to the phrase “blended family.” In an effort to set their life in order she’s asked her almost-ex-husband Ahmad (Ali Mossafa) to return from Tehran and finalize their divorce—and maybe she’ll find some time to rub his face in her “happiness.”
11:09 AM 11/14/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Vincent Landay, producer of Spike Jonze’s newest film Her, attended a screening of the movie in San Francisco on Wednesday night. “This is the first script Spike wrote entirely and may be his most personal picture,” Landay reports. This screening, at Delancey Screening Room, was one of the first audience screenings of the film’s final cut.
5:16 PM 11/12/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Shaul Schwarz risked his life to make Narco Cultura, the upcoming documentary about the Mexican-American Drug War, but he protected himself and his crew by working smart. "I wasn't about opening a case file and finding out who killed who. That's how you get killed." So Schwarz stepped away from the specific and unprosecuted cases that compose this war (60-70,000 homicides since 2006) to reveal the bigger picture, a situation fueled by US money and guns and perpetuated by policies that “let the bad guys win.”
11:57 AM 11/8/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Chris Hemsworth returns as the Nordic god of thunder and patron saint of linebackers in the sequel to Marvel’s Thor, unimaginatively titled Thor: The Dark World. Viking bloodlust is a little too much for a tween comic book hero so Hemsworth plays his defender of worlds as a good-natured marauder.
3:39 PM 11/7/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
“Chivo is spectacular! He’s so technically prolific he’s transcended everything; now he’s just looking for truthfulness.” This is what director Alfonso Cuarón says about his cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki, a director of photography he’s worked with since his first short in 1983 (Vengeance Is Mine), but whose name came to the fore only after working on Terrence Malick’s swirling epic The New World.
12:52 PM 11/1/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Two weeks after Naomi Watts lounges in Buckingham Palace in Diana, she’s nickel and dimed in Sunlight Jr.. Screenwriter/Director Laurie Collyer says they reconstructed the film’s titular convenience store “in a place that was infested. It wasn’t when we were [finished fixing it] but Naomi took a lot of risks for this film and should be recognized for it—she was really far out of her comfort zone and kept it together.”
10:55 AM 11/1/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
It’s been nearly two decades since the untimely, paparazzi influenced death of Princess Diana, and yet her presence and public power isn’t so far from memory. Much like Stephen Frear’s The Queen, one can’t help feeling uncomfortable about the timing of this regal biopic, though a better time is hard to foresee.
11:38 AM 10/25/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Both an alternative med hero and an unlikely activist, Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) was too homophobic to start an AIDS revolution, but when the doctors gave him a month to live he took it like a bridge jumper bet—because it was. With the help of an unlicensed doctor practicing out of Mexico (Griffin Dunne) he started an unregulated drug trade successful enough to become a “Buyer’s Club” and a threat to the local branches of the FBI and, eventually, the FDA.
12:31 PM 10/24/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
When G.W. Bush steps off the presidential jet to shake hands with high school basketball player Kevin Laue, he's comically dwarfed by the 18 year old. Bush invited Kevin for a meet and greet after the local press had a heyday with his performance in a Conference game, and the national press (most notably Sports Illustrated) picked up what was not just an exciting baller recruit, but also an incredible human-interest story.