Archive for June, 2011

This week’s releases include: an adaptation of a Canadian writer’s novel; a fairy tale made contemporary; a serial killer’s psyche is explored; the line between reality and fantasy is distorted; and a couple messes with the natural order. (more…)

Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan in a scene from The TripNot many actors can be successful portraying themselves on screen, but Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon have made names for themselves by doing just that. Their previous outing, A Cock and Bull Story, was a film about making a film in which the pair portrayed the lead characters and the actors playing them. Though this has been done before, there was something about it that was different… better. The Trip is based on a British television series of the same name in which the actors once again play themselves – only fictional. (more…)

Cameron Diaz in a scene from Bad TeacherThere have been numerous films about inspiring teachers who push their kids to greatness; Bad Teacher is not one of those films. In fact, it blatantly positions itself in opposition of these films, showing clips from movies such as Stand and Deliver and Dangerous Minds as the protagonist sleeps. She later explains, “Movies are the new books.” (more…)

This week’s releases include: the funny side of the insurance business; a sci-fi picture about carnivorous plants; an adolescent comedy; a Roman epic; the tale of a transitioning porn actress; a French period drama; a Japanese anime series; a romantic comedy; a short-lived Canadian television show; and an international thriller starring a newly established action star. (more…)

Ewan McGregor in a scene from BeginnersLife is full of ends and beginnings, which means we’re almost always on the verge of one or the other. Beginners is about both of these events as one tends to influence the other until the past and present blend seamlessly. (more…)

A scene form World on a WireMade for German television in 1973, director Rainer Werner Fassbinder created a sci-fi epic that was years before its time. It anticipated later sci-fi classics and masterpieces such as Blade Runner, Total Recall, The Matrix and Inception. Even though it doesn’t have to be 205 minutes in length, Fassbinder makes the most of each minute. (more…)

A scene from True LegendCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon had introduced a new, magnificent type of martial arts film to North America. There were a few blockbuster follow-ups, but nothing similar has graced the big screen in some time. For those who have been patiently anticipating the next release, the wait is over. From acclaimed martial arts choreographer Yuen Woo Ping comes his directorial debut, True Legend. (more…)