INTERVIEW: ‘127 Hours’ star James Franco

Posted by · 10:29 am · October 26th, 2010

James Franco sits in one of the countless, nondescript rooms on the sixth floor of the Four Seasons hotel in Los Angeles remembering the time he first met mountain climber Aron Ralston in the same building, perhaps in a room not unlike this one. It wasn’t even a year ago — January, to be exact, […]

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David Gordon Green catches his stride in comedy

Posted by · 10:06 pm · March 8th, 2009

It has to be doubly sweet for my southern brethren to take in HBO’s “Eastbound & Down” every Sunday night, but even if this country detail or that passes below your radar, or heck, even if you don’t know a blatant Ric Flair gag when you see one, I can’t imagine anyone not laughing their […]

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Go get it

Posted by · 3:21 pm · January 6th, 2009

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‘Dark Knight’ tops our list of the year’s best

Posted by · 9:29 am · January 6th, 2009

In lieu of a proper Tuesday list, I thought I’d do something a little different this year, since we have a slew of contributors and In Contention is no longer the brain space of just one person.  I polled all our writers for their individual top 10 lists, which you can find detailed after the […]

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Best in show: the year in superlatives

Posted by · 10:22 am · December 19th, 2008

The year is slowly coming to a close, and after this week’s year-in-review pieces, I’m happy to see so much healthy and spirited discussion on my humble picks for the year’s best films.  Today I’m wrapping all of that up with a list of superlatives, some of them in your usual categories, the staples, some […]

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Runnin’ on empty: the best films of 2008

Posted by · 9:25 am · December 15th, 2008

Just to say it once more, because I’ve certainly brought it up enough, 2008 was not a good year for film-goers. That’s an incredibly subjective quip, of course, but I certainly found myself struggling with the level of quality on display with each and every screening, the oasis of the Oscar season ultimately proving to […]

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Funny ha ha

Posted by · 6:23 am · December 12th, 2008

While James Franco was brooding and winning a Golden Globe for the TV telepic “James Dean” and fighting superheroes in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man franchise, the actor says he longed for the escape of a comedy. Soon enough, producer Judd Apatow approached Franco to star alongside Seth Rogen in David Gordon Green’s “Pineapple Express.” After years […]

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Golden Globes: ‘Slumdog,’ ‘Button’ steady…whither ‘Milk?’

Posted by · 6:20 am · December 11th, 2008

Well, I said yesterday one should always expect oddities with the Golden Globes … but even with that in mind, they never fail to pull out some genuine “WTF” moments. Tom Cruise’s goofy Best Supporting Actor nod for “Tropic Thunder” may have been the most eccentric revelation of the morning, but surely the most significant […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Finding a happy place

Posted by · 12:52 pm · December 8th, 2008

I’m reaching that sweet spot of the Oscar season.  That moment right on the cusp of major precursor announcements when critics and audiences begin to join a conversation that’s been talked in circles by us pundits for a few months.  The vacuum is slipping away and the clarity of perspective shines through. Yeah, I can […]

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Amazing

Posted by · 3:13 pm · August 15th, 2008

I didn’t notice this until today, but it looks like “The Dark Knight” leap-frogged “Pineapple Express” on Tuesday, the first non-weekend day it has over-earned the stoner comedy over the past week and a half.  And it’s been on top of it since.  It’s also nipping at the heels of the “Tropic Thunder” daily take […]

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The Reel Geezers ride the ‘Express’

Posted by · 2:49 pm · August 13th, 2008

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NYT Mag chats it up with Seth Rogen and James Franco

Posted by · 4:29 pm · August 7th, 2008

Lynn Hirschberg of The New York Times Magazine sat down with the two stars of David Gordon Green’s “Pineapple Express” recently for a couple of in-depth interviews.  They’re pretty insightful little chats, I have to say. Here’s Rogen, who talks about the desire to get laid being at the root of all comedy, his awkward […]

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Vulture on David Gordon Green’s action prowess

Posted by · 10:18 am · August 7th, 2008

In my review of “Pineapple Express” yesterday, I mad it a point of mentioning director David Gordon Green’s salute to the greatest (or worst) of 1980s action cinema.  At the time I wrote: Green’s obvious devotion to the action epics of the 1980s that his generation grew up on makes its way to the surface […]

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In praise of Craig Robinson

Posted by · 10:02 am · August 7th, 2008

One of our readers reminded me in the comments section of yesterday’s review of “Pineapple Express” that I failed to spotlight one of my favorite performances in the entire film, and a character actor who has quickly become one of the best go-to guys for comedic value. Craig Robinson is probably most often associated with […]

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REVIEW: “Pineapple Express” (****)

Posted by · 11:02 am · August 6th, 2008

The dust will settle on a record-breaking summer movie season and much will be made of super heroes and unexpected, makeup-infested comedic portrayals. But an unassuming stoner comedy that breaks free of the mold and becomes something akin to sheer film-going bliss will be one of the few left standing. A truly side-splitting yarn that […]

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‘Pineapple’ happy

Posted by · 10:58 pm · August 5th, 2008

I want to properly review “Pineapple Express,” which I saw this evening at a packed and boisterous screening at the Mann Chinese Theater. But I can’t get to it just yet.  Suffice it to say it’s a gem of comedic and absurdist perfection, yet thriving inside a strikingly odd sort of reality (seriously).  I also […]

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Comic-Con…here we go

Posted by · 9:15 pm · July 22nd, 2008

Tomorrow night, the entertainment press will descend upon San Diego for preview night at this year’s annual Comic-Con International. My feelings on this glut-fest are well documented, but even with that in mind, there is simply little to pique my interest as a comic fan. Friday’s Warner Bros. panel may have some interesting additives for […]

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Most anticipated of part two

Posted by · 10:06 am · July 6th, 2008

Looking ahead to the second half of the year, there are more than a few films floating to the top of my list of anticipations.  Here’s what I’d call the top 10: 1. “The Dark Knight” (hasn’t budged in six months) 2.“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” 3. “House of Lies” 4. “Quantum of Solace” […]

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