Category Archives: Film

There Is a Documentary About Linotype. We Think This Is Awesome.

Posted by Tobias Carroll

We were very happy to learn of the existence of the documentary Linotype: The Movie. It’ll be screened this evening at the SVA Theater on 23rd Street, and you can watch the trailer now.

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Apparently, James Franco Enjoys Literary Mash-Ups

Posted by Tobias Carroll

In the middle of this Vulture piece about Joss Whedon’s next film came an interesting detail: the name of James Franco’s production company.

That name? Rabbit Bandini.

We can only imagine what other literary names bookish actors might mash together to christen their own production companies. We assume that Benedict Cumberbatch would choose something particularly clever for his.

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The Emperor Has No Sound: Why is The Artist So Overrated?

By Abraham Riesman

Not to sound like a troll or anything, but why isn’t anyone talking about how much of a joke The Artist is? Continue reading

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On “teachable” moments and unreliable narrators

Posted by Jen Vafidis

At the beginning of Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret, a teenage boy asks a teenage girl to go to the movies. Not wanting it to turn into a date, she makes him supremely uncomfortable, in that flirty way that destroys young people who are trying to be straight-forward. A few scenes later, the teenage girl is on the phone with another teenage girl and pithily relates this new development in her friendship with the boy. “What’s that about?” the friend laughs. “I have no idea,” the girl replies with hurtful quickness. Even though I’ve been everyone in that situation before, I’d like to say smugly: I would be nicer now that I’m older. I would be more aware of what I was doing than she is, because I’ve been the boy in that situation too. But the teenage girl isn’t unaware of the whole situation. It’s just that she thinks she’s right when I think she’s wrong. And it’s fascinating to watch. Continue reading

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The ten greatest Stephen King adaptations

Last night A&E aired the first episode of the latest Stephen King film adaptation, Bag of Bones.  It is another example in a superb list of the writer’s works that have made the transition from book to screen.  Today, Jason Diamond, Tobias Carroll, Lincoln Michel, Jen Vafidis, Dustin Luke Nelson, Royal Young, and Dustin Luke Nelson discuss ten of those works, and why they’re so special.  Continue reading

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Quotable: Zack Galifianakis as Ignatius Reilly?

Posted by Jason Diamond

“I’ve read two books in my life, and I’d like to do Confederacy of Dunces — which will never happen.”

I’d given up hope that somebody will make a (good) film version of Confederacy of Dunces, but for a second at this weekend’s New Yorker Festival, Zach Galifianakis gave me a reason to dream once again.

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David Lynch preps solo debut album with worst title of the year

Posted by Jason Diamond

File this under: Things I will probably listen to in hopes of it sounding like the music from Twin Peaks. (I’m guessing you will then file it under “things that unsurprisingly disappointed me.”)

“Visionary filmmaker David Lynch will make his solo debut as a musical artist this fall with Crazy Clown Time. Produced and written by Lynch, the album’s 14 original songs spotlight him on guitar and vocals. The album will be released on November 8 by independent British label Sunday Best Recordings / PIAS in America.”

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