Indie Snapshot: Jodorowksy’s Dune

by Ethan Alter March 21, 2014 6:00 am
Indie Snapshot: <i>Jodorowksy’s Dune</i>

See the greatest movie never made. According to its director, anyway.

Previewing the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival

by Ethan Alter April 18, 2013 9:52 am
Previewing the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival

New York's other film festival -- the one named after the fashionable Tribeca nabe, but actually unfolds all over Lower Manhattan -- returns for its 12th edition tonight, opening with the rock doc Mistaken For Strangers, a portrait of The National directed by the roadie brother of the band's lead singer. The subsequent eleven days of screenings, events and panel discussions will be just as eclectic, as Tribeca continues its mission to serve as the funky, cool little sibling to the older and more respectable New York Film Festival that unspools every year at the uptown (and upscale) Film Society of Lincoln Center. For the full schedule, visit the festival's online headquarters. In the meantime, here are some of the trends to watch for at this year's TFF.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, January 1, 2013

by Ethan Alter January 1, 2013 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, January 1, 2013

"So Joseph... can you talk me out of making Die Hard 5?"

Boys vs. Girls: Bachelorette and The Inbetweeners

by Ethan Alter September 7, 2012 6:00 am
Boys vs. Girls: <i>Bachelorette</i> and <I>The Inbetweeners</i>

The eternal battle of the sexes spills over into the multiplex this weekend, as two raunchy comedies -- one female-driven and one distinctly for the boys -- compete for moviegoers' attention. In one corner, you've got Bachelorette, the Bridesmaids-like ensemble piece about a trio of bridesmaids (triple threats Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan and Isla Fisher) who get up to a whole lot of trouble the night before their best friend's wedding. And in the other corner stands The Inbetweeners, the feature film version of the hit British sitcom about four horny high-school kids (Simon Bird, James Buckley, Joe Thomas and Blake Harrison, reprising their small-screen roles) who celebrate their graduation by going on an alcohol-fueled holiday to a sunny Mediterranean party town. So which movie does its gender proudest? Here's how they stack up in a few key areas.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, August 28, 2012

by Ethan Alter August 28, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, August 28, 2012

You sunk Tim Riggins's battleship!

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, July 10, 2012

by Ethan Alter July 10, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, July 10, 2012

With Comic-Con starting tomorrow night, Morgan Spurlock brings the convention to your living room.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, April 17, 2012

by Ethan Alter April 17, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, April 17, 2012

This DVD will fortunately not destruct in five seconds.

Animators Turned Live-Action Filmmakers: From Tim Burton to <i>John Carter</i>‘s Andrew Stanton

With the sci-fi blockbuster John Carter, which opens in theaters on Friday, Pixar wizard Andrew Stanton (who has two Best Animated Feature Oscars to his name, for Finding Nemo and Wall-E) makes the leap from directing cartoon characters to live-action heroes. It's a path that has been followed by a handful of filmmakers, some of whom made the transition seamlessly while others... well, didn't. We'll find out soon whether John Carter will be a one-off for Stanton (pictured here with the movie's star, Taylor Kitsch) or if he'll be adding more live-action features to his filmography. In the meantime, here's what happened to some of his predecessors:

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, January 31, 2012

by Ethan Alter January 31, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Hey girl, Ryan Gosling wants to drive your car.

Battle of the Blockbusters: <i>Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol</i> and <i>Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows</i>

After the year-end glut of prestige pictures and awards bait, it's kind of a relief to settle in for a pair of high-concept blockbusters that have no greater ambition beyond blowing stuff up real good. That's the mission statement behind Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol, the second and fourth installments in their respective franchises. The former reunites director Guy Ritchie with Robert Downey Jr. as a strapping, ass-kicking Sherlock and Jude Law as his right hand man/pseudo boyfriend Dr. Watson. The latter matches Pixar wizard Brad Bird (making his live-action directorial debut) with Tom Cruise reprising his role as Ethan Hunt, the Impossible Missions Force's premiere covert agent. Both films emphasize spectacle over story (Ghost Protocol even more so, since several sequences were filmed using IMAX cameras), action over acting and explosions over erudition. But only one of them actually makes good on its promise of escapist entertainment.

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