Period Piece

Robin Hood for adults
When I decide to watch a movie, it is usually based on two thing: Whether or not the press picture implies some kind of action. The runtime. While there's obviously some leeway on the first one, once a movie pushes past the... read feature

I feel like I missed something
Did you know that there was an English Civil War in the middle of the 17th century? I had no idea, but apparently from 1642 to 1651, there were three sets of battles between those who followed the king and those who beli... read feature

If at first you don't succeed, fail and fail again... and again
The trailers for Inside Llewyn Davis don't quite capture the feel of the film. If you watch them, there's a kind of satiny look about the imagery, something that to me denoted an air of nostalgia for New York in 1961. Yet the... read feature

The spectacle and the silliness of impossible odds
There's inherent drama in stories about impossible odds, and some of the better one involve samurais in Feudal Japan. In Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, it was the title band against a horde of bandits (I think it's 40 t... read feature

12 Years a Slave trailer delivers drama and power


Oscar bait if we've ever seen it
Jul 16
Update: A poster has been released and can now be viewed. It has running on it.  Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave may mark the directors first foray into a bigger budget film, but it doesn't look like he's lost any... read
The intrigue of the improbable and the false step of the impossible
There's an observation in This Is Spinal Tap that sums up the dilemma of many detective stories: there's a fine line between clever and stupid. Successful detective stories provide satisfying solutions to mysteries, no matter... read feature

Trailer: Inside Llewyn Davis


The Coen Brothers are just folking around
Jul 01
A new trailer dropped today for Inside Llewyn Davis, the latest from the Coen Brothers. Like the red band trailer from a while back, this trailer has a lot of deadpan humor and dry delivery. I'm not quite sure what to make o... read

Trailer: Inside Llewyn Davis (Red Band)


A week in the life of a folk singer who ought to double wrap it
May 09
Here's a new red band trailer for the Coen Brothers's Inside Llewyn Davis, and it's pretty similar to the previous trailer for Inside Llewyn Davis back in January. There's some new and different snippets of footage slipped i... read
You say you want a revolution...
Confession time: the only Olivier Assayas movie I'd seen prior to Something in the Air was Irma Vep starring Maggie Cheung, which I really enjoyed. Summer Hours, Clean, and Carlos have been on my to-see list for a while, and ... read feature

A silent film-style retelling of Snow White set in 1920s Spain (with bullfighting!)
Pablo Berger's Blancanieves will inevitably draw comparisons to Michel Hazanavicius's The Artist since both are silent films. (Blancanieves was Spain's official Oscar entry last year, and I suspect the silent film form was pa... read feature

Details on Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel


Fox Searchlight may release film at the end of the year
Mar 28
Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom was our pick for the best comedy of 2012. Anderson's latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is another period piece and it may lead to back-to-back Golden Pterodactyls for best comedy. Fox Sear... read

Featurette: Gangster Squad


Jan 10
I feel like I've been waiting for this movie since I saw Drive last year and now it's almost finally here! This brief featurette for Gangster Squad features short clips of some of the main actors describing what it was like ... read

Trailer: The Assassins


Chow Yun-fat stars in Zhao Yiyang period epic
Dec 27
There's a certain kind of sumptuousness to Chinese period epics, like John Woo's Red Cliff or the films of Chen Kaige. Zhao Yiyang's The Assassins has a pretty good vibe going here in this trailer, and I'm interested to chec... read

Big ensemble cast for Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel


Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, and more
Dec 27
The cast for Wes Anderson's new film is set, and it's one hell of an ensemble. (Johnny Depp is not involved with the film, by the way, contrary to our report a few months ago. Ditto Angela Lansbury.) The Grand Budapest Hotel ... read
Tarantino does it again
Quentin Tarantino and his style of filmmaking really don't need an introduction. With a directorial career spanning over two decades and eight films (not including the films he's co-written/produced/introduced/etc.), Tarantin... read feature

Trailer: Drift


Kowabunga!
Dec 17
As much as I hate to say it, Sam Worthington is "that guy" of the movie industry. He's starred in huge blockbusters (Avatar, Clash of the Titans, Terminatior Salva...oh wait, that one doesn't count) and yet remains completel... read

Depicting another person's life has to be one of the most daunting jobs to take in Hollywood. Considering the protagonist of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln is, arguably, the greatest President the United States has ever had,... read feature

Keira's got her period on again
[This review was originally posted in September to coincide with the UK release of Anna Karenina. It has been reposted to coincide with the US release of the film.] After a run of trying-too-hard Oscarbait pictures, Joe Wrigh... read feature

Thomas Vinterberg to adapt Far From The Madding Crowd


Dane-gerous liaisons
Sep 25
Period dramas are ten a penny these days, as someone from a period drama might say, so you need a writer or director with an interesting voice to put a witty spin on the exhausted genre. Even so, finding the right balance bet... read

Trailer: On the Road


Aug 06
The second trailer for the On the Road adaptation has emerged. While sharing some of the same scenes as in the first trailer, the editing makes it feel more lively and upbeat. Reviews out of Cannes were pretty mixed for the highly-anticipated film, but my reservations will be held until the film is released in theaters around Christmas time. Is anybody else as excited about the film as I am? read

[For the month of July, we will be covering the New York Asian Film Festival and the (also New York-based) Japan Cuts Film Festival, which together form one of the largest showcases of Asian cinema in the world. For our NYAFF... read feature


[Korean Movie Night NY finishes its "Epic Romance" series with Kim Yong-Gyun's The Sword with No Name. If you live in New York City, you can see this film for free at the Tribeca Cinemas tomorrow night (June 16th) at 7 P... read feature

Flixclusive: Jason Yee making an 1890s Chinatown Western


Jun 15
While promoting his now-released film, The Girl from the Naked Eye, star/producer/everything Jason Yee was willing to talk to me a bit about his upcoming projects. The most interesting of which is a period piece about im... read

Finally, the first trailer for On the Road has been released. The trailer sums up the premise of the film: After meeting Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hundlund), Sal Paradise (Sam Riley) embarks on an adventure full of sex, dr... read feature

Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway coming... to Broadway


Feb 24
Wow, what's up with me covering every single film-to-musical adaptation recently? First it was that Back to the Future number and now one of Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway, which fittingly enough is about a playwright wh... read

On the Road might be on at Cannes Film Festival


Jan 03
It's no secret that Jack Kerouac's On the Road is a sacred tome around my parts. The upcoming film adaptation by Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries), however, isn't a sure thing. In fact... things are definitely lacki... read

Keira Knightley and Dakota Fanning are duelling Effies


Nov 08
Dakota Fanning is currently shooting a period drama about the life of Euphemia 'Effie' Gray, an 1850s woman who was married as a teenager to art critic John Ruskin. They subsequently divorced when he refused to consummate the... read

Trailer: J. Edgar


Sep 20
Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar is shaping up to be a fine film and a biopic reminiscent of Martin Scorsese's The Aviator (for obvious reasons). Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the eponymous J. Edgar Hoover, the man who headed up the F... read

Trailer: The Awakening


Sep 15
So, this seems kind of like a cross between 1408 and The Orphanage. Skeptical ghost-hunting woman in search of a reason to believe, creepy boarding school-type haunted house, eerie, early 20th century London atmosphere...... read

Off-hand, how many American-directed Filipino films can you name? Or how about Filipino films in general? ...Filipino actors? Outside the realms of Manny Pacquiao and Ernie Reyes, Jr., there isn't large Filipino representatio... read feature


Let me get something out of the way right off the bat: Water for Elephants isn't a bad movie. It's just not a particularly good one. As date movies go, it's by far not on the top of the pile, but it's no Madea's Big Happy Ale... read feature







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