Body art-averse parents are allegedly up in arms over the Totally Stylin' Tattoo Barbie, who is clearly totally styling with her totally stylin', tiny butterfly tattoo (my prediction: if they make a Ken version, he'll have something tribal).
Zomg, the new Terminator Salvationtrailer is out today. We've all listened to star Christian Bale's awesomely vitriolic rant, and we've all seen The Dark Knight (some of us more than once, apparently, since the movie's box-office haul was somewhere in the bajillions). Read more »
REVIEW In the giant, rundown apartment buildings of Naples and Caserta, organized crime doesn't run afoul of the law it is the law. Based on the best seller of the same name by Roberto Saviano (who co-scripted), Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah has already hauled in European laurels galore, including the Grand Prize at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Inexplicably not nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar (not uplifting enough? Read more »
AWARDS SHOW I'm actually pretty jazzed for the 2009 Oscars: there are some exciting nominees, and the broadcast is guaranteed to be less dull with Hugh Jackman (the first-ever adamantium-enhanced host!) guiding the proceedings. But before Feb. 22's awkward montage of dead Academy members (farewell, Paul Newman!), stiffly scripted banter 'twixt presenters, and inevitable fashion faux pas, it's important to pick your favorite and least favorite nominees. You gotta know whom to cheer (and jeer) once you have a bottle (or two) of champagne in your system. Read more »
All right, I'm not gonna try and pretend The Achievers: The Story of the Lebowski Fans and Deadgirl have all that much in common, other than they're both playing the San Francisco Independent Film Festival. But they do both focus on folks with peculiar obsessions, healthy and otherwise.
Camera in hand, television commercial director Eddie Chung descended upon the 2004 Lebowski Fest since 2002, an annual gathering of fans of the Coen brothers' 1998 cult phenom The Big Lebowski and discovered a bona fide subculture. Who are these people? Read more »
Film noir doesn't fuck around. It gives you tough-taking characters, gunshots, stiff drinks, and outrage, all within 90 minutes (frequently less). The seventh Noir City, programmed by Anita Monga and Eddie Muller, is stacked with double-features focused on "Newspaper Noir," the inkiest of subgenres. The fest kicks off with Humphrey Bogart in Deadline USA (1952), a crackling newsroom thriller from Richard Brooks (1955's The Blackboard Jungle, 1967's In Cold Blood). Read more »
RANT As 2008 wound down, and filmgoers everywhere began to gag on For Your Consideration flicks, one exciting piece of news gurgled out for genre fans: a planned remake of 1968's Rosemary's Baby had been cancelled. According to a post on Collider.com, producer Andrew Form was stumped by trying to adapt Ira Levin's 1967 novel for a contemporary audience. Read more »