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What to watch this week on IFC: June 4 – 10

This week we are all making like Loverboy and working for the weekend. Specifically we are working for Friday night when Bunk and Comedy Bang! Bang! finally premiere on IFC. Hurry up Friday! Here’s what to watch this week on IFC: Monday In “Lord of War” Nicholas Cage stars as Yuri Orlov an opportunistic businessman […]

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Five of our favorite alien movies

We’re showing “District 9” on Sunday at 8/7 c. In the film (not real life, so don’t worry) it’s been 28 years since the aliens made first contact, but there was never any attack from the skies, nor any profound technological revelation capable of advancing our society. Instead, the aliens were treated as refugees. They […]

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What to watch this week on IFC: May 29 – June 3

Whatcha whatcha gonna watch?

The Director of “District 9″‘s Creepy New Short Film (photo)

The Director of “District 9″‘s Creepy New Short Film

Via an eagle eyed reader, /Film found an intriguing video in the new digital edition of WiReD. It’s a one minute short labeled only “Video By: Neill Blomkamp.” Here it is: Blomkamp is the director of last year’s surprise sci-fi hit “District 9,” and the short, which has no title and no obvious connection to […]

Silly rabbit, soccer movies are for kids. (photo)

Silly rabbit, soccer movies are for kids.

By the standards of American television, this is one wildly successful World Cup. Overall viewing numbers are more than double those of 2006, and the first four games had more total viewers than the NBA finals. (To solidify the importance of the whole affair, John Travolta flew down in his Boeing 707 to support Australia, […]

The star-powered movie isn’t dead, it’s just resting. (photo)

The star-powered movie isn’t dead, it’s just resting.

Wendy Ide at the London Times makes an Oscary point that’s become almost a meme I’d like to dispatch once and for all if I could. She claims the nominations are playing out “a struggle for the future of Hollywood.” But… remember the famous 1996 arthouse shoot-out of “The English Patient,” “Fargo,” “Secrets & Lies” […]

Snubs, Stalin and stagnation amidst early Oscar reactions. (photo)

Snubs, Stalin and stagnation amidst early Oscar reactions.

Last night, per tradition, there was a fake leaked list of Oscar nominations (“It’s Complicated”!). This morning was the real thing, none of which struck me as particularly surprising, but what do I know? I’m no Oscar pundit! Okay, there were some small surprises. In the now doubled Best Picture field, the Coen brothers “A […]

Welcome to the Wild Card Oscars (photo)

Welcome to the Wild Card Oscars

Every year, critics come up with their lists of the top ten films of the past 12 months. Ideally an eclectic mix of arthouse fare, Hollywood auteurs and the occasional wild card (say, last year’s appearance of Ben Stiller’s “Tropic Thunder”), these decalogues of cinephilia tend to be capricious, political and painstakingly strategized for maximum […]

Summer 2009: but what does it *mean*? (photo)

Summer 2009: but what does it *mean*?

Clearly someone at Variety was crunching numbers every Sunday night and waiting for the moment they could announce that this was the highest-grossing summer EVER; late Monday afternoon, with all the box office estimates confirmed, it was time to drop the good news. Yes, this summer set records all over. $4.17 billion grossed over last […]

How Rotten Tomatoes has changed film criticism. (photo)

How Rotten Tomatoes has changed film criticism.

The uproar Armond White raised by panning “District 9” has raised a lot of interesting points about The State of Film Criticism. It prompted Slate‘s Daniel Engber to fret over his original pan of the film; being one of the few dissenting voices on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes was, he wrote, “beginning to make me […]