IFC takes on ‘Brighton Rock’

Posted by · 6:03 pm · January 14th, 2011

Way back in the autumn festival phase, it seemed like Rowan Joffe’s update of “Brighton Rock” might have some kind of awards presence, as praise trickled out of Toronto for breakout star Andrea Riseborough. Things went deadly quiet around the film, however, when no US distributor stepped forward. A month later, when it had its […]

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‘Enter the Void: Bigger, Longer and Uncut’

Posted by · 4:49 pm · January 12th, 2011

Gaspar Noé’s “Enter the Void,” which was finally released in autumn after lying in distribution limbo since Cannes 2009, is not exactly a film that inspires widespread agreement. My own 2009 review of the French enfant terrible‘s deranged follow-up to “Irréversible” dismissed it as “fatuous… deploys an arsenal of tricked-out technique and a colossal running time […]

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‘Carlos’ trailer

Posted by · 6:20 pm · September 23rd, 2010

Olivier Assayas’s five-and-a-half-hour Carlos the Jackal biopic was the film I most regretted missing it Cannes, where its gargantuan running time prevented any repeat screenings. Happily, I have a chance to catch up with it at next month’s London Film Festival, and am enormously looking forward to doing so. (It will have its US premiere […]

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TIFF: ‘Brighton,’ ‘Virginia’ bow, ‘Super’ picked up

Posted by · 5:10 pm · September 12th, 2010

At Toronto today, a hand handful of distribution-seeking films hit and one potential cult favorite found a home.  Let’s dig in… One film looking for a distributor that we’ve had an eye on as a potential awards play for supporting actress Andrea Riseborough is Rowan Joffe’s Graham Green’s  “Brighton Rock.” But The Hollywood Reporter’s Ray […]

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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Doodlebug’

Posted by · 2:12 pm · July 20th, 2010

I was looking at Brad Brevet’s take on ranking the films of Christopher Nolan over at Rope of Silicon and stumbled across an embed for the director’s 1997 short “Doodlebug.” I hadn’t seen it yet, honestly, and I imagine others haven’t either.  So I figured I’d post it for some discussion. What are we seeing […]

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IFC nabs Katz’s ‘Cold Weather’

Posted by · 10:44 am · May 7th, 2010

I want to take a moment amid this typical distribution announcement to offer a big congrats to my friends Aaron Katz, Ben Stambler and Brendan McFadden, director and producers of SXSW sensations “Cold Weather.” It’s a special thing to secure major distribution for your first flick and Aaron has been working hard ever since he […]

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IFC previews its wares

Posted by · 1:25 am · March 17th, 2010

Do you live in New York? Lucky you. I say that for many reasons, but chief among them right now is that you can attend this weekend’s Focus on IFC Films mini-festival, in which the dedicated indie distributor previews a selection of their upcoming theatrical and VOD titles at Brooklyn’s BAMcinématek. I mention this principally […]

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THE LONG SHOT: Post early for Christmas

Posted by · 1:35 pm · October 7th, 2009

London is in the midst of a postal strike. No mail, be it far-flung postcard or electricity bill, has popped through my front door for over a month. I recently had to stroll into Soho to pick up my London Film Festival accreditation pack by hand. And rather discouragingly, my local post office today put […]

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9/9 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:32 am · September 9th, 2009

• Roger Deakins, Alexandre Desplat and Colleen Atwood added to Hollywood film fest honorees. [Variety] • Matt Damon talks “Bourne 4.” [Empire] • Viggo Mortensen planning an early retirement after the release of “The Road?” [Cinema Blend]

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IFC to bring ‘Fish Tank’ to U.S. screens

Posted by · 2:29 pm · August 13th, 2009

I mentioned last week how much Andrea Arnold’s Cannes-garlanded Brit beauty “Fish Tank” has grown in my esteem over the weeks — I’m really starting to think the 3½ stars I gave it in my review was too cautious. I wrote then that the film was still awaiting a Stateside distributor, and while I suspected […]

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If at first you don’t succeed…

Posted by · 2:04 am · June 9th, 2009

Has Nia Vardalos cloned herself? That’s a pretty terrifying thought, granted, but don’t shudder just yet, because my next statement is even more troubling: Vardalos has another movie out next month. Yes, fresh from the roaring success of “My Life in Ruins,” Hollywood’s favorite recycler of Hellenic schtick is striking while the iron’s, uh, hot […]

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IFC to bring ‘Antichrist’ to U.S.

Posted by · 8:38 am · May 20th, 2009

Speaking of “Antichrist,” while some doubted that the controversial pic would see the light of day Stateside, IFC Films is ensuring that it will. The indie outfit has picked up U.S. distribution rights to Lars Von Trier’s film, and moreover, has announced that no cuts will be made to film ahead of its release. IFC […]

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IFC nabs Sundance winner ‘Five Minutes of Heaven’

Posted by · 2:36 am · May 8th, 2009

For whatever reason, it completely slipped my mind to mention Oliver Hirschbiegel’s superb “Five Minutes of Heaven” when it premiered on UK television last month. The film, which won directing and writing honours at Sundance in January, is an exemplary return to form for the “Downfall” director, a grim but riveting account of two men […]

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AFI FEST: ‘Hunger,’ ‘Che’

Posted by · 7:48 pm · November 2nd, 2008

Four days and three screenings into the 2008 AFI Fest, I’m one-for-two and looking to add to the “win” column as much as possible in the next week.  It hit me this afternoon, though, that no two films could be better suited to an introductory update from the festival, two exercises in subverting the conventions […]

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‘Che’ and ‘Hurt Locker’ find distributors in Toronto

Posted by · 11:23 am · September 10th, 2008

It looks like IFC Films, not Magnolia Pictures (as originally expected), has picked up the much-discussed “Che” at the Toronto International Film Festival.  Here’s Anne Thompson on why.  Meanwhile, Kathryn Bigelow’s Iraq film “The Hurt Locker,” which is stunning critics all over the place, was scooped up by Summit Entertainment. How interesting is it that […]

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