Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Sundance has announced their out of competition selections, including their Park City At Midnight programme. Check it out here.
Wish I could be there to see Vincenzo Natali's science gone wrong tale SPLICE, the Joan Jett biopic THE RUNAWAYS, and Michael Winterbottom's latest THE KILLER INSIDE ME.
Posted by DirtyRobot at 4:29 PM
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
The Sundance Film Festival has announced their lineup of films in competition next month. What immediately caught my eye: Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a mysterious, anarchical trickster in HESHER, Jesse Eisenberg as a young Hasidic man who becomes an international Ecstasy smuggler in HOLY ROLLERS, and a film actually titled DOUCHEBAG?!? See the complete list here.
I've been to Sundance a couple of times, it's like spring break for film fest volunteers. Vodka and Red Bull and hot-tubs every night. What happens in Sundance... stays in Sundance.
Posted by DirtyRobot at 4:31 PM
EMPIRE has put together a photo shoot of big time stars vaguely recreating their 'iconic' performances, like when Viggo Mortensen held a sword, or when Jack Nicholson gave us a big toothy grin... Some of them are pretty cool, and some of them gave me pause, like how it's weird that Hermione has such nice legs, and how Mel Gibson looks less crazy with face paint than he often does in real life.
Check out the rest here.
Posted by DirtyRobot at 11:34 AM
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
BAD ROOMATE may have been my favourite short film that played Toronto After Dark this year, and now it's on the YouTube. Check out it's official press release below:
Hey Folks, James Gangl here, co-creator of Bad Roomate a freaky little stop-motion music video created on a pile of crap, $100 dollar point-and-shoot camera…
Here’s the deal… in August it was an official selection at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. It won Best Music at WILDSound’s “Best of Scary Movies” presented at the National Film Board… and now we want to share it with the masses!!
So… CHECK IT OUT ON THE YOUTUBE!!!
If you liked it please RATE it, COMMENT on it, SUBSCRIBE to our channel, and most importantly, PASS IT ALONG!
We have a goal of 1,000 views on our first day… so please help us out!
If you want to learn more about the film, check out the handy-dandy press release attached and links of what other folks have said about it!
“contagious song charmed…” Shannon the Movie Moxie
“This one was hilarious… now I just wish I could find it to share with everyone.” The Film Reel
“Very Funny. I need to see it again. My brain didn’t quite get it. It was too entertained if that’s possible.” RenerdRadio
“…full of laughs, fun and WTF moments.” 10MoviesToSee.com
“It is a testament to what you can do with very little more than just a camera, while fuelled by booze and weed.” TheHorrorSection
Toronto After Dark Film Festival
Posted by DirtyRobot at 9:40 AM
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Here's a fresh peek at James Brolin as JONAH HEX in next summer's supernatural western. Official summary courtesy of Collider.com:
Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin) is a scarred drifter and bounty hunter of last resort, a tough and stoic gunslinger who can track down anyone…and anything. Having survived death, Jonah’s violent history is steeped in myth and legend, and has left him with one foot in the natural world and one on the “other side.” His only human connection is with Leila (Megan Fox), whose life in a brothel has left her with scars of her own. But Jonah’s past is about to catch up with him when the U.S. military makes him an offer he can’t refuse: in exchange for his freedom from the warrants on his head, he must track down and stop the dangerous terrorist Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich). But Turnbull, who is gathering an army and preparing to unleash Hell, is also Jonah’s oldest enemy and will stop at nothing until Jonah is dead. Based on the legendary graphic novel, “Jonah Hex” is an epic adventure thriller about one man’s personal quest for redemption against the vast canvas of the battle between good and evil.
Posted by DirtyRobot at 7:03 PM
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS is finally getting some love out in the world with it's release last Friday.
Ebert gives it 4 stars, if you were wondering, or still gave a damn about what he has to say.
Nerve.com thinks that Herzog is more bad-ass than Chuck Norris... I'd have to agree.
And Aint It Cool News held a poster design contest, check out the winner and a bunch of the other entries here, including the one below which I quite like.
I finally caught up with RACHEL GETTING MARRIED, as was mentioned in my movie-related resolutions for the new year as one of those 'big' films that I had missed theatrically, and thought it was great. I loved the use of a roaming camera doc-style approach to capture the weekend of a big family wedding and all the drama that ensues. And yes, a great performance by Bill Irwin made me a little weepy. I've also recent seen THE WRESTLER, which really didn't do it for me. Still no TITANIC.
So, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON was released last weekend to the utter giggly delight of teenage girls everywhere and made huge huge money. I've actually seen TWILIGHT, thought it was utterly dreadful. And that's all I'm gonna say about that.
io9 has a brief interview with Ryan Kavanaugh, producer on the Stephen Norrington penned and directed 'relaunch' of THE CROW, which is nearing the green light phase. Pretty much any remake/reboot/relaunch these days is gonna piss me off, so you'd think I'd be raging at this... Way back in 1994 when the original film was released, it was a touchstone of sorts, a perfect film for me and my black-clad cohorts. You could even say that it was my "TWILIGHT", as I was a huge fan of the comic book, and yes, had even dressed as The Crow for Halloween (back then I actually had the hair for the job!). I havn't seen the film the years, and at this point have no real interest, for fear that it won't hold up, but I do revisit the book every now and again, and it never fails to disappoint. Bad sequels starring Tara Reid, the completely forgettable tv series, and relaunches be damned, I'll always have the book.
Posted by DirtyRobot at 1:59 PM
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of Mark Millar's KICK-ASS comic book finally has some teasers, in the form of posters and a trailer. Financed outside the studio system by Vaughn's own production company, we'll see how an R-Rated 'anti-superhero' movie even more obscure than WATCHMEN will fare with the everyday movie going masses.
Trailer Park | MySpace Video
Posted by DirtyRobot at 9:40 AM
Friday, October 23, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Desire has always been linked to one’s look. And cinema too. Luis Buñuel knew that very well when he filmed the short of a razor over an eye with a detail shot. Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani recover this image in an experimental film with immaculate style. Someone watches a girl through a keyhole. The wind lightly lifts a woman’s skirt as a group of men look on. The fantasy of a dress tearing. Composed of fragments –of eyes, lights, shadows, gestures— and without dialogues, Amer delves into the life of Ana, always halfway between the real and the imaginary. A film of sensations, always shot skin-deep.
I wish I was in Spain to see this film again, but on the big screen where it's sure to transfix it's audience. Hell, I wish I was in Spain for a lot of reasons! Check out this year's line up here.
Posted by DirtyRobot at 12:31 PM
Friday, September 11, 2009
Here we go again. TIFF (the festival) will start for me later tonight at my first screening, as opposed to TIFF (my everyday job) where I am currently chained to my desk. Mainly I'm interesting in challenging and controversial films from around the world.
But also I can't help but wondering if this year I'll meet any of my future ex-wives?
I will always have a crush on crazy-pixie Drew Barrymore (WHIP IT)
I'd have to duel my buddy Andrew over Penelope Cruz, but it would be worth it (BROKEN EMBRACES)
Eva Green... bites knuckle! (CRACKS)
And sure, every fanboy in town is drooling over Megan Fox, but she's almost TOO hot sometimes, in a scary way, like she can rape you with her eyes!
Posted by DirtyRobot at 7:00 PM
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Here are the other 9 flicks for this year's fest, it all starts in 8 days!
ROUGH CUT, the South Korean action flick that takes place on the set of an action flick, MUST LOVE DEATH, a German take on American Rom-Coms and gory horror all mixed into one, THE DARK HOUR, an understated Spanish post-apocalyptic story, THE WARLORDS, a 19th century Chinese epic starring Jet Li, STRIGOI, a tale of greed and vampires in a small Romanian village, THE REVENANT, an LA zombie-buddy-comedy, DEAD SNOW, Nazi zombies, nuff said, THE CHILDREN, a chilling British tale of the kids going all wrong, and opening night Blaxploitation throwback extravaganza BLACK DYNAMITE!
Posted by DirtyRobot at 3:51 PM