IFFBoston ’12 Spotlight: Code of the West

IFFBoston ’12 Spotlight: Code of the West

Somerville local Rebecca Richman Cohen returns to IFFBoston with her latest film, Code of the West. The documentary follows the legal and emotional drama surrounding the crackdown on medicinal marijuana providers in Montana, the first state to have its legislature vote to repeal its medicinal marijuana law.

Over the past year, we’ve heard about crack downs on medicinal marijuana across the country – and this film looks at the effects of state and national drug policies.

Cohen’s last film, War Don Don screened at IFFBoston in 2010, and won the Karen Schmeer Award for editing.

Check out Code of the West at The Somerville Theater, Thursday, April 26th at 7:15pm. Tickets are available at IFFBoston.org.

IFFBoston ’12 Spotlight: Beauty is Embarrassing

IFFBoston ’12 Spotlight: Beauty is Embarrassing

Beauty is Embarrassing is a documentary about Wayne White, an artist, art director, illustrator, puppeteer. Known for his illustrations in the New York Times, and perhaps even more so for his designs in the iconic Pee Wee’s Playhouse, White has had an amazing career, that has continued today into paintings and other public works. Judging by the films trailer, I’m definitely interested in learning more about White and his body of unique and amazing work.

The film is directed by Neil Berkeley, and will be screening at the Somerville Theater, Monday, April 30th at 7:00pm. Tickets are available at iffboston.org.

IFFBoston ’12 Spotlight: Welcome to Pine Hill

IFFBoston ’12 Spotlight: Welcome to Pine Hill

A unique story of friendship, race, and self-discovery, Welcome to Pine Hill was born out of a chance encounter between filmmaker Keith Miller, and star Shannon Harper, who found themselves arguing over a lost dog one night in Brooklyn.

The film had its world premiere at Slamdance last January, and won the Grand Jury Prize, and will be screening at many film festivals across the country.

The film follows Shannon, a reformed drug dealer who now works as a claims adjuster by day, and bounced by night. He receives earth-shattering news that causes him to make peace with his past, and search for freedom beyond the concrete jungle of New York City. Going between the world of fact and fiction, Shannon Harper plays himself, and is supported by an eclectic cast of emerging talent, and real people.

The film is a collaboration with the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, the film is a 2011 Independent Filmmaker Lab participant, and Keith Miller’s debut feature film.

The film screens at IFFBoston, Sunday, April 29th at 8:00pm at the Somerville Theater. Tickets are available at IFFBoston.org.

 

Preview Review: November 25, 2011

Preview Review: November 25, 2011

A DANGEROUS METHOD

David Cronenberg is the best director working that has never been nominated for a Best Director Oscar.  He has always made movies that totally fuck Hollywood in the ass.  Videodrome, Dead Ringers, Naked Lunch, Scanners, The Fly…on and on and on are all movies that are highly regarded, yet fly under the radar.  It’s a shame.  He has found some critical respect lately for his last two films, A History Of Violence and Eastern Promises, which are both excellent but nowhere
near as terrific as his old classics.  His new film is about Freud, which is a bizarre departure for his usual fare.  It looks good, but is not blowing me away compared to what I expect from this amazing
filmmaker.  However, previews can be deceiving and I have a great feeling that this could be something special.  However, I will always lament the lost grossness of his older movies, but maybe it’s finally time to give this man an Oscar nomination.  Time will tell.

PREDICTION:  3 stars

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS

What amazes me is that every single year, someone pumps out an “original” movie about Christmas.  How much fucking content can this holiday hold??  We have people becomming Santa Claus, we have people being Elves, we have people trying to rescue lost reindeer.  Blah blah
blah.  I don’t even really know what this movie is really about.  Some kid fucks up Christmas or something…I don’t know.  The preview goes so fast it makes me feel like some fucking ADD ridden 7 year old trying to read War And Peace.  It just looks like another cheaply animated turd that the ass of Christmas has spread open ready to plop on our faces.  Open wide.  Give me Scrooged anytime.

PREDICTION:  1 1/2 stars

HUGO

I am a Martin Scorsese whore.  I don’t care.  He can use me and abuse me and not even leave me cab fare so long as he keeps making shit like Goodfellas.  Now, I will admit, when I saw the first trailer for Hugo, I was underwhelmed…very underwhelmed.  It looked fucking retarded, I’ll say it.  But I was confident that it was a scam and that the machine had pumped out a trailer to try to get parents to take their screaming kids.  I mean, it looked terrible.  Like some generic Tim Burton ripoff where Borat goes flying into a giant cake…DERP!!  But from what I’ve read, my suspicions of false advertising were correct. I’ve read some stellar classic Scorsese movie moments, and that the
film altogether is an ode to classic 20s and silent era cinema.  Sure, it might go over kids and most parents heads, but I think this has classic film written all over it.  I wouldn’t expect anything less
from the best living filmmaker around.  Highly anticipating this one!!

PREDICTION:  4 stars

THE MUPPETS

This will be good.  No matter what, this will be good.  Even if this movie is stupid as hell, it will be good.  I have never seen anyone happier to be in a movie as Jason Segel.  If you watch the trailer,
every scene he has a giant grin like “Yep, I’m in a Muppet movie that I wrote.”  It’s like literally watching a dream come true.  As most people are, I’m a fan of the Muppets.  I love most, pretty much all, of their movies and I love Muppet Babies (remember that awesome show??), so you pretty much can’t go wrong with the Muppets.  If you hate them, you must have a heart made of the darkest volcanic glass. You’re pretty much a complete asshole if you hate the Muppets.  I’m sure this movie will be goofy and stupid, but why would I want anything less from a Muppet movie?  I sort of wish there were more celebrity cameos though, like the old days of the Muppet Show.  Jason
Segel doesn’t really carry a movie for me, and aside from whipping out his dick, he really isn’t all that funny…but I’m sure he and Amy Adams will be mostly in the background for Kermit, Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie and all the others.  Trust me…this will be good.

PREDICTION:  3 stars

Happy thanksgiving!

PREVIEW REVIEW: September 23, 2011

PREVIEW REVIEW: September 23, 2011

ABDUCTION

Ooooohhhh scaaaarryy!! A PG13 Abduction movie starring the douche werewolf homo from Twlight!! Yayyyy!! What really shocks me about this one is the other talent involved. I expect more from you, Alfred Molina…maybe not MUCH more, but more. And I am totally ashamed of you Sigourney Weaver. Yeah, I know…you gotta eat, but you were in the biggest movie of all time. What drew you to this movie? I’m guessing the paycheck, because from what I can see, this is another intellectually devoid dump that the big anus of Hollywood has squatted over and dribbled out onto YOUR (the average movie-goer) face. And unless you’re into coprophagia (Wiki it), then I would say PASS…pun intended.

PREDICTION: 1 star

DOLPHIN TALE

Wow…are A-listers and award winners really hard up for cash this month? Morgan Freeman?? Okay…I will actually give him a pass for this because even though he is in his 70s, I’m pretty sure he has a kid that is like 8 years old. Maybe he wanted to be in a movie that this kid could see without seeing her dad being whipped by Gene Hackman or hugged by Tim Robbins…I get it. However, this still looks pretty crappy. I guess they find a dolphin with no tail and make a robot tail for it. I like animals, so aw cute, it would make a good Yahoo news article…but a whole movie? Yikes. And don’t forget the laugh riot of Morgan Freeman getting his back splashed by the dolphin. Zoinks!! Yeah…I will wait until my kid is 8 and then show him a better movie.

PREDICTION: 1 1/2 stars

KILLER ELITE

Okay…I’m going to look like some adrenaline driven typical male fuckbag, but I actually think this doesn’t look too bad. Usually I hate these Crank, Bourne Identity, Transporter sort of movies, but something about the trailer for this made me want to see what happens next. I think Jason Statham sucks in everything except Snatch, so I could care less about him, but I do actually like Clive Owen a lot and something about the two of them fighting seems…well, kinda cool. And finally DeNiro looking sort of badass again. I was beginning to think he was letting Ben Stiller rim job him for so long that he was actually enjoying it. I’ve said it before on this site, DeNiro hasn’t made a really great movie since Heat waaaaay back in 1995, but lately he has been trying a bit more, it seems. I liked Everybody’s Fine, Machete and Stone…so perhaps he’s on a roll? I hope so. It would be good to have my former favorite actor back. I know we will never get another Taxi Driver or Raging Bull…but maybe we can get another Copland at the very least.

PREDICTION: 3 stars

MACHINE GUN PREACHER

At first, I thought this was a ripoff of Hobo With A Shotgun, but it’s nothing like it. I don’t like Gerard Butler. His attempt at gay porn (300) made me feel really uncomfortable and shaky, so I have been weary of his movies ever since. This looks sort of cool though. Mostly because I like Marc Forster and I’m waiting World War Z, so this being his film before that one, I can give it a hot. I also like that it’s a true story and I have always liked vigilante hero-type people. This could be solid, and the R rating really helps. As long as I don’t see Butler kissing the tip of a penis, like I swore I saw in 300, it’ll be okay in my book.

PREDICTION: 3 stars

MONEYBALL

So I’ve heard that this is possibly the first Oscar bait movie of the year. Bring it on! I have been a fan of Brad Pitt ever since Kalifornia. The guy has made some shitty movies (Ocean’s Twelve, thirteen, Mr and Mrs Smith) but overall, he knows how to choose roles. I’m not normally a sports movie fan, however, I do find the inner workings of sports to be very interesting. This movie intrigues me
for a few reasons: Pitt, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the ACDC song “Money Talks” in the trailer (arguably their best song, and my favorite song by the band) and also the hilarious story of Jonah Hill’s character. In case you were unaware, the character he plays in the film is named Peter Brand. However, the guy he is portraying’s name is Paul DePodesta. The name was changed because DePodesta was so disgusted that fat Jonah Hill was going to be playing him, that he threatened to sue the producers unless something was done. So instead of re-casting, they just changed the name. I love that sort of shit. And if you actually saw what Paul DePodesta looked like in real life, you would sue the producers too. Jonah Hill should only portray two people in biopics: Jonah Hill and the Pillsbury Dough-boy (I know, that was an obvious joke but its fucking 11pm, and I’m out of material). Weirdly, the original person cast for the role was Demitri Martin, who looks a lot more like the guy. I bet Billy Beane is jacking off in the mirror knowing Brad Pitt is playing him. I would. This movie looks pretty good.

PREDICTION: 3 stars

RED STATE

Kevin Smith sucks. If you’re a big fan of Kevin Smith…you suck. Plain and simple. He sucks. He’s an awful writer. Not a creative director. And has an ego bigger than Billy Corgan (and I’m a huge Smashing Pumpkins fan). However, I do find comfort in a crappy director like Smith worming out of his comfort zone. Red State could be good, but I just don’t think it will be. I love the material and I love psycho religious cult figures, I just wish that someone more capable like William Friedkin or David Cronenberg would take on a project like this…not Silent Bob. As long as he maintains the level of dick and fart jokes (his words) and focuses more on story and also a world where not every single fucking person talks exactly the same like his lame View Askew universe, then this could actually be good. As much as I dislike Kevin Smith, I am looking forward to giving this one a shot…and if this sucks like his other movies, well…I guess I won’t be that surprised.

PREDICTION: 3 stars

later.

PREVIEW REVIEW: August 26, 2011

PREVIEW REVIEW: August 26, 2011

COLOMBIANA:

This looks, from the brief previews I’ve seen, like Steven Soderbergh’s next movie Haywire.  Maybe they’re different, but they seem to both be about a trained kick-ass girl out for revenge.  This one looks a little more stylized and less thought driven as Soderbergh’s, but not having seen either, I can’t say for sure.  The PG-13 always throws me off, especially for action movies, so I’m not expecting much from this one.

PREDICTION:  2 stars.

DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK:

Now here is a movie I have been looking forward to for quite awhile. While I never got into the Hellboy movies, I still look forward to anything Guillermo Del Toro is involved in.  I know he only produced this film, but he has been working on it for quite awhile.  I remember seeing stuff for this movie years ago, so it’s nice that it’s finally
here and with an R rating, thank god!  The previews look awesome and I really think this will be the best horror movie of the year, well mainstream at least.  THe mood looks very creepy, and aside from the quick shot of the CGI creature in the bed, I think this has real potential to be frightening, and this comes from someone who doesn’t enjoy ghost movies!  The R rating sells me every time.  You want to make money but make a shitty movie?  Make it PG-13.  But if you want actual horror people to want to see your flick, make it R.

PREDICTION:  4 stars

OUR IDIOT BROTHER

Is it me, or do the trailers for this movie look like they were shot in 1995?  The quality is so low, its weird.
Anyway…another movie with Paul Rudd acting goofy.  Yawn.  Nothing about this really stands
out to me besides the R rating.  If it was directed by David Wain, then we would be talking, but it isn’t so this is a wait for Netflix. Paul Rudd is a middle of the road.  Sometimes he can be really funny, but other times I wish he would just go away.  This seems like a go away movie to me.

PREDICTION:  2 stars

Vatche’s Action Trailer

Vatche’s Action Trailer


So, of course, besides running Lonely Reviewer.com, I’m also a filmmaker in my own right. And I recently participated in an fake trailer contest here in Boston, at the Brattle Theatre. The subject was “Labor Day,” and I created this fake trailer with a vague story and a lot of visual effects. Our video won the competition!

The sound was cut by Gregg Swiatlowski, and the voice over artist in the end is Jim Jakala, who does many amazing great television and radio commercial spots. It also stars other LR bloggers, Brandin, Ben, and Phil!

Thank you everyone for your help, and enjoy the trailer!

Princess and the Frog Trailer

So, Disney is back at it, and they’ve gone back to traditional animation!

Check it out:

Frank Miller Releases ‘Spirit’ Pictures

Frank Miller Releases ‘Spirit’ Pictures

Frank Miller, the well-known writer of such things as ‘300,’ and ‘Sin City,’ and the co-director of the latter has released 40 pictures from his latest project- the live adaptation of Will Eisner’s famous comic book hero, The Spirit.

Obviously, there’s some work still to be done. Miller is shooting ‘The Spirit’ much like ‘Sin City,’ with the background added later. If things turn out as well as they did in ‘Sin City,’ I’m there. (Actually, who am I kidding? I am there regardless. That 1940s era character will have me there everytime. Hell, I even saw Alec Baldwin’s ‘The Shadow’ on opening night. I loved ‘Sky Captain.’ So this is kinda right up my alley.

If you want to see all the pictures, Dark Horizons has them posted.

The movie stars Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Mendes, Scarlett Johansen, and Sarah Paulsen. It’s scheduled for release January 16, 2009.

Oh, and for comparison’s sake, here’s a look at the teaser poster.

*EDIT* We’ve been contacted by Lionsgate and asked to remove the images. Sorry for the inconvenience.


Batman: Gotham Knight Update

As a follow up to our previous article discussing the upcoming direct-to-DVD feature ‘Batman: Gotham Knight’, Warner Bros. Home Video has issued a press release with the details of the upcoming DVD, now officially slated for availability on July 8, 2008. The DVD will hit shelves about a week and a half before the theater release of ‘The Dark Knight’ on July 18, 2008.

The DVD will be available in as a single DVD and a special edition 2-disc DVD with bonus features including a featurette titled ‘A Mirror for the Bat: The Evil Denizens of Gotham City’ and a sneak-peek at the upcoming animated DC movie ‘Wonder Woman’ amongst others.