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Happy-Go-Lucky Is it possible to exist in modern life with a positive mental attitude? Can having such an attitude become infectious for others? In Mike Leigh’s latest, Happy-Go-Lucky, Poppy (Sally Hawkins) is an elementa...


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I’ve Loved You So Long  French filmmakers sure have a knack for believing that the expression on an actor’s face can tell you more than a host of CGI effects. They are ACTORS after all, and in I’ve Loved ...


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Shadows and Faces In the way that Lautréamont cut a swath for surrealists, so did John Cassavettes pave the way for indie filmmaking. The Criterion Collection releases of his directorial debut Shadows (1959) and the mast...



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How to Lose Friends & Alienate People  Ethics, that transcendent force usually hidden in a protagonist’s chest for 90% of a movie, comes bubbling out of Simon Pegg (who plays wiseacre Sidney Young) like a relucta...


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Nights in Rodanthe All you really need to know about Nights in Rodanthe, starring Diane Lane and Richard Gere as a middle-aged couple who fall in love while staying at an inn on an island off the coast of North…


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The Secret Life of Bees Without its all-star cast, The Secret Life of Bees would be a really strong Hallmark Channel movie, which isn’t all bad. Set in 1964 during unrest rising from the Civil Rights Act, the film follows...



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Lakeview Terrace  Harvey Keitel’s Bad Lieutenant was a hurting bag of addiction and sins; Samuel L. Jackson in Lakeview Terrace is just a really terrible neighbor. Not only does LAPD Officer Abel Turner (Jackson) hat...


BRICK LANE

Based on the acclaimed yet controversial debut novel by Monica Ali, Brick Lane, the movie, will not perhaps satisfy fans of the book, which is the frustrating conundrum of most movies based on literature. Distilling a 500+ page...


MAN VS. WILD: SEASON 2

In the day and age of “no animals were harmed in the making of this production” it’s vaguely shocking to see Bear Grylls of The Discovery Channel’s series, Man Vs. Wild casually behead an insect and then...



THE DUCHESS

When costume dramas work best they either teach us something important about the historical era they are portraying, or they use that era to say something vital about our own. The Duchess, seemingly a mere vehicle to make Keira...


BURN AFTER READING

Burn After Reading, written by the Coen brothers as they were working on No Country For Old Men, must have operated as an antidote for the more serious fare of their Oscar-winner. A bit of silliness set in the intersection…


MAN ON WIRE

It is almost unfathomable to contemplate how Frenchman tightrope walker Philippe Petit was able to step out onto a 7/8-inch wire he and accomplices had illegally stretched between the two towers of the World Trade Center in Aug...



ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD

There’s a scene in Werner Herzog’s documentary about Antarctica, Encounters at the End of the World, where he asks the local expert if penguins go insane. It’s clearly a leading question, because successive sc...


November 20, 2008, IE Weekly

The Sleeping Sea King Asian Apocalypse Wilson Phillips A COLBERT CHRISTMAS The Weekly Jive Camera Obscura ¡Ask a Mexican! THE RUNDOWN GWAR Getting Tray Chic When It Comes to Health, Go Nuts Falcon’s Nest KILL VICTOR...


A COLBERT CHRISTMAS

One of the great casualties of the Internet/digital age is that with the great proliferation of channels and choices, it’s rare to have a shared communal TV watching experience. Gone are the days when everybody would make...



November 13, 2008, IE Weekly

Restaurant Guide Reality Check - In Natsuo Kirino’s new novel, a murder forces four Japanese students to get real Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson The Weekly Jive Greyhound Disappearing Without any Track...


The Small Screen

As a parent, you’re treated to hours and hours (and hours) of animated flicks of varying degrees of skill. Some CGI is so hideously cheap in appearance that it’s almost excruciating to watch. You want to hide your tot’s e...


Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson, in this new documentary by Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney, is a man imprisoned by his own persona. After the success of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the expectations that accompanied the “gonzo&...



WHAT WE DO IS SECRET

What We Do Is Secret may cause you to think, “I wonder if heroin will kill the germs on my kitchen counter as effectively as it killed Darby Crash?” That it the singer of the Germs is compelling—just as overdo...


Talk Talk–Live at Montreux 1986

England’s Talk Talk were rare proof that pop and prog needn’t be mutually exclusive. Best known for having their insistent 1986 single “It’s My Life” covered by No Doubt in ’03 is scant rewar...


BILLY THE KID

There comes a point in your teen years when most can’t help but feel hopelessly alone and different. That point when you’re not a kid anymore, but you’re not an adult and people treat you—to varying degr...



THE STRANGERS

Horror movie makers rarely get it right for the duration of their pictures. How often have you sat through the first 30 minutes of a film, palms sweating, heart pounding, only to be disappointed by some ridiculous resolution th...


INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL

Rest assured, the special features on the two-disc edition of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull are of the variety that make you wish you could have been a part of the making of the movie. This…


October 1, 2008, IE Weekly

Catching the Drift How having cars on the edge of control has become an American phenomenon Idiosyncratic Theorizing The Claremont Museum of Art’s new Multiverse has some imagination Don Rickles at San Manuel Bingo and C...



THE HAPPENING

One thing you’ll learn watching the special features for The Happening is that M. Night Shyamalan wanted to make “the best B-Movie ever,” which goes a long way to explaining the laughably horrendous dialogue i...


CHAPTER 27

To transform into Mark David Chapman, the infamous killer of John Lennon, for Chapter 27 Jared Leto gained a whopping 67 pounds. Was he upset that Christian Bale had beaten his paltry 28 pound Requiem for a Dream weight loss&he...


September 18, IE Weekly

The Bar Issue Karl Rove Met With Protests at McKenna College The Loneliest Hunter David Foster Wallace, R.I.P A Flock of Seagulls at Morongo, Saturday, September 20 ¡ASK A MEXICAN! TORCHWOOD: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON&nb...



TORCHWOOD: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON

Torchwood, the Doctor Who spin-off from Russell T. Davies (the British answer to Joss Whedon), is ridiculous, illogical and thoroughly fun. Set in modern day Cardiff, where a Rift in the space-time continuum allows all sorts of...