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The White Ribbon (2009)

Haneke’s White Ribbon is more humane than many of his previous movies.  Maintains tension to the end, cinematographically perfect, as usual:)

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Antichrist (2009)

The first word to use after watching it is “excuriating”. It is just too challenging. I warn you:)

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Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) ahahahah Michael Moore is probably a pain in the ass for the Republicans. I felt like he skillfully skipped corporate relations in the Clinton era and continued to hit Bush period. Well, compared to Bush period all others are innocent of course. After all they have done, and no punishment for them… maybe voters just deserve what happened…

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A work of Per Kirkeby

In Antichrist (2009), the story is divided into four chapters, “Grief”, “Pain (Chaos Reigns)”, “Despair (Gynocide)” and “The Three Beggars”, in addition to a prologue and an epilogue, all displayed over abstract designs by Danish artist Per Kirkeby

How 6 Big Summer Films Are Using Facebook For Marketing

from MediaShift

Tony Stark, better known as Iron Man, believes in “better living through technology.” Most marketers would argue that better marketing is enabled by technology as well. One of the primary game-changers today is Facebook and studios are learning how to engage audiences online to spur a better box office.

Kiwi preservationists unearth “time capsule” of long-lost US silent films

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

(Image: Clara Bow (left) and Ethel Shannon in 1923’s “Maytime,” directed by Louis J. Gasnier / courtesy National Film Preservation Foundation )

Some 75 American movies previously believed to have been lost forever, including a 1927 John Ford film, another by an early female director, and others dating back as far as 1898, have been uncovered in New Zealand. The New Zealand Film Archive and the National Film Preservation Foundation will work to preserve the films over the next few years in partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, George Eastman House, Library of Congress, Museum of Modern Art and UCLA Film and Television Archive. Sony Pictures and 20th Century Fox are also helping to restore titles from their libraries. Snip from Variety story:

How 6 Big Summer Films Are Using Facebook For Marketing

from MediaShift

Tony Stark, better known as Iron Man, believes in “better living through technology.” Most marketers would argue that better marketing is enabled by technology as well. One of the primary game-changers today is Facebook and studios are learning how to engage audiences online to spur a better box office.

Robin Hood: A Cautionary Tale of Injustice and Insurgency

from WhirledView by Patricia Lee Sharpe

The critics are unanimous.  Ridley Scott?s Robin Hood is a bad bad bad film.  Converted into martini glasses, reviewers? impressions show as empty or upside down.  And what do reviews actually say? The hero is stout. The battles have a stodgy obligatory feel.  The plot is contorted. The history is distorted. The cinematography is a sepia disaster?and no one is merry. I went to see it anyway.  I?m a Robin Hood junkie.

Sex and the City? 2

from sinefil by melisb

SATC2 has already received its fair share of negative reviews, so I’ll keep this brief. It’s not just that the film is too long, incredibly insensitive, and that the characters are so annoying we don’t care whatever happens to them. My main problem here is that in Sex and the City, there’s hardly any sex, and barely a glimpse of (New York) City.

Antichrist

from sinefil by melisb

In the prologue of Lars von Trier’s Antichrist, a married couple is having sex in their bathroom while their little child walks over the edge of an open window to his death. It all goes downhill from there.

IFF Day 14: Honey, Life During Wartime

from sinefil by melisb

Madonna and Travolta congratulate Turkish director

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
Well-known American stars including Madonna and John Travolta have congratulated a Turkish filmmaker on his screening at the opening of the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Review: Iron Man 2

from Don’t Feed the Animals by Andrew Gonsalves

Warning, this review contains spoilers.

To prepare for Iron Man 2, I watched the first movie the day before. I probably shouldn’t have, because the second fails to compare in so many ways. I suppose there are more personal activities that are to blame for my criticism, such as reading several books about science and whatnot. The movie just reeked of every sequel where the director was like, “Yo dawg, I heard you liked superheroes,” and then proceeded to inundate the story with as much crap as could possibly be contained in their quadrupled budget. Fortunately, Iron Man 2 does one thing sufficiently that other horrible sequels fail miserably at: maintain character integrity. That isn’t to say that there aren’t off-color moments for the characters, but at least nobody turned emo and had a musical number.

The Kung Fu Kid (and why it’s OK the new movie isn’t called that)

from Boing Boing by Brian Lam

Istanbul memories in focus for six filmmakers

from Hurriyet Dailynews

‘Do not forget me ? Istanbul’ is a joint effort by six directors, mainly from the Balkans and the Middle East, who want to remind people that Istanbul is a city whose memories go beyond Turkey’s borders and whose history belongs to the people of those countries as well. The filmmakers hopes the movie will vie for prestigious awards at the Cannes and Berlin film festivals

Notes on Night Train to Munich

from The Criterion Current

How do you make a comedy about something as serious as the Nazi threat of world domination?particularly as it is happening? Perhaps there?s something in the English character that allows them to see humor in disaster. Some sort of survival mechanism. It?s not a secret that Outcast of the Islands?perhaps the least known of Reed?s major works?is one of my all-time favorite movies. But for as long as I can remember, I?ve been attracted to spy thrillers, and particularly romantic spy thrillers with comic overtones. So Night Train (as the American release was called) was an early favorite as well, and I?ve revisited it a number of times over the years. I?ve seen it at revival houses, recorded my own VHS copy, and recently even ordered a bad DVD copy from Turkey, where it had originally been sold as a special offer included with a newspaper or magazine.

Turkish director Özpetek’s film named ‘best comedy’

from Hurriyet Dailynews
The National Union of Film Industry Journalists of Italy on Sunday gave its Best Comedy Film award to director Ferhan Özpetek’s movie ‘Loose Cannons.’



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found here: The Social Network Poster

Close-up: Prison and Escape

from The Criterion Current

In the autumn of 1989, the Iranian magazine Sorush printed a story about an unusual crime: a poor man had been arrested for impersonating a celebrated film director, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, to a middle-class family in northern Tehran. Although the accused, Hossein Sabzian, had accepted some money from the Ahankhah family, the main motivation for his ruse did not appear to be financial. Rather, he and the Ahankhahs shared a love of cinema, and after an initial impulsive lie about his identity during a chance encounter, Sabzian seemed to have become fixated on the success of his continuing deception, during which he promised the family members parts in ?his? next film and rehearsed them for their roles. It was only when their Makhmalbaf appeared unaware that he had won an award at an Italian film festival, an event reported in Iran?s news media, that the Ahankhahs? suspicions crystallized and they alerted the authorities. Sorush?s reporter, Hassan Farazmand, witnessed the arrest, and at the police station conducted a lengthy interview with Sabzian that figured prominently in the published account of the strange case of the Makhmalbaf impersonator.

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