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Five reasons “Pirate Radio” flopped. (photo)

Five reasons “Pirate Radio” flopped.

As you’re doubtless aware, the weekend saw “Precious” making $6.1 million from a measly 174 screens, doing well on its probable journey towards Best Picture; “Fantastic Mr. Fox” did well too, pulling roughly the same per-theater average as “The Darjeeling Limited” in its first weekend, which means Wes Anderson may or may not still be […]

The academics are running the asylum. (photo)

The academics are running the asylum.

On her way out at Spout, Karina Longworth noted a few days ago that the film blogosphere can feel like “hundreds of traffic-chasers, who are essentially blaring the same thing, at the same time, all day long.” She doesn’t like it one bit. And such was the attitude Focus Features CEO/Ang Lee’s screenwriter James Schamus […]

“Taking Woodstock” Offers Nothing New (photo)

“Taking Woodstock” Offers Nothing New

Apparently determined to tackle every cinematic genre known to man, Ang Lee has thus far given us his take on the popular-lit adaptation (“Eat Drink Man Woman”), the classic-lit adaptation (“Sense and Sensibility”), the Civil War western (“Ride With the Devil”), the wuxia action flick (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”), the Marvel comic-book summer tentpole (“Hulk”), […]

August Evenings (photo)

August Evenings

This week’s slate reinvents the wheel, so to speak, unveiling a vast array of twists, tweaks, role reversals and reinventions to satisfy all tastes. Download this in audio form (MP3: 12:46 minutes, 11.7 MB) Subscribe to the In Theaters podcast: [XML] [iTunes] “At The Edge of The World” Made famous by the weekly embedded correspondence […]

Cannes 2009: “Taking Woodstock.” (photo)

Cannes 2009: “Taking Woodstock.”

Some many questions for such a straightforward comedy! Why would the apparently grown-up Elliot spend himself broke supporting his parents’ run-down Catskills resort in the first place? Why is his mother so crazy? What’s up with the money hoarding? Where did the mafia end up? Did the town actually manage to do anything to fight […]

Cannes do. (photo)

Cannes do.

The competition line-up for this year’s Cannes Film Festival has been announced! A fair amount of Euro provocateurs — Lars von Trier, Gaspar NoĆ©, Michael Haneke — and France in general, and only two American films, the expected Tarantino and the unexpected Ang Lee comedy, which hopefully has more to it than its trailer would […]

Touring the Spring Trailer Park (photo)

Touring the Spring Trailer Park

“The Limits of Control” makes us scratch our heads in delight, “Taking Woodstock” has us wondering why Ang Lee bothered and “Where the Wild Things Are” leads us to weep with bittersweet nostalgia. This week on the IFC News podcast, we look to the trailers of summer/fall, and judge how well they do their job […]