February 5, 2013 |
For national audiences, stars Olivia Wilde ("House") and Jake Johnson ("The New Girl") are the two biggest reasons to see "Drinking Buddies. " But Chicagoans will want to see it to support its two local stars - Revolution and Three Floyds breweries. Both breweries have roles - one on-screen, one behind-the-scenes - in the film, which was directed by Chicago filmmaker Joe Swanberg and will debut at Austin's South by Southwest festival in March. The film follows the relationship between Kate (Wilde)
May 2, 2013 |
**1/2 (out of four) To an extent, any look behind the scenes of the adult film industry carries with it a certain level of judgment. You don't often see a documentary about finance that asks white-collar types, “So, how did you wind up in a place like this ordinary office building?” Obviously, acting in films whose names I can't print here involves a different routine than the usual 9-to-5. At the end of the day, though, it's both a cliche and a generally unrecognized fact that the men and, more...
May 20, 2013 |
When the Wachowski's (architects of The Matrix Trilogy ) set out to adapt David Mitchell 's brain-bending sci-fi novel CLOUD ATLAS for the big screen, I'm sure there were many who thought it couldn't be done. In fact, during one of the behind-the-scenes featurettes on the recent Blu-Ray/DVD release of the film, they admit to having their doubts at times. But after viewing the film in the comfort of my own home, with the leisure pace allowed by the home theater experience, I would attest that they succeeded in creating a...
March 27, 2013 |
Once in a while, a movie slips under your radar. For about, oh, 20 years. In 'Big-screen blind spot,' we sit down with those 'classic' movies everybody but us has seen and give them the nostalgia critic treatment. Confession: Until last night, I had never seen “Lost In Translation,” the Sophia Coppola-helmed Bill Murray/Scarlett Johansson vehicle about loneliness, longing and Japan. Had I watched it in 2003 at the age of 18: As a freshman in college, my key focuses were consuming alarming amounts of Southern Comfort, sex, “Madden NFL” and...
December 25, 2011 |
"Uh, I just watched #TheDarkKnightRises trailer, and I feel like my erection might be visible from space. " Or so I tweeted from the dazed fugue state I found myself in following the two minutes and change I spent at the height of guy-movie arousal for Christopher Nolan's third (and final?) Batman movie. Yes, feel free to make your clever joke about how the "visibility" would have to rely on Pentagon spy satellites that can count the hairs on the beards of Taliban fighters - whatever!
March 7, 2012 |
Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez fell in love while swimming with sharks on the set of "Dark Tide. " Now fans can see the shark flick with Video on Demand before it hits theaters. If you have cable or dish-TV service, you can order "Dark Tide" through the VOD service and watch it beginning Thursday. The film will be released in select theaters March 30 and on DVD April 24. In the film, Berry plays Kate Mathieson, a shark expert once called "the shark whisperer" who is haunted by a client's fatal encounter with a Great White.