NEW GUY – DIRECTOR’S CUT – DVD MovieAimed at teens with numb senses of humor, The New Guy earns its chuckles mostly by accident. Most of the comedy is DOA, although the cast–especially DJ Qualls in the title role–possesses a modicum of scrappy charm. DJ plays a “blip” on his… Continue reading The New Guy (Director's Cut) Reviews
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After three installments in the series, the producers, and the films’ distributor Paramount, have Paranormal Activity down to a science. Talking to Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the directors of Paranormal Activity 3, they inherited not just the franchise’s found-footage aesthetic, but an entire mythology of storytelling, and an infrastructure of style and execution that made film fit in with its predecessors even before they started… Continue reading Interview: 'Paranormal Activity 3' Directors Talk Kids, Scares, Houses and Sequels
This roundup is in addition to full TIFF 2011 reviews of Tanya Wexler’s Hysteria, Jennifer Westfeldt’s Friends with Kids, Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights, Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz, and discussion of Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk about Kevin in Girls on Film.
Your Sister’s Sister
Your Sister’s Sister is simple, but not in any reductive way. Much… Continue reading Female Directors at TIFF 2011 Roundup: Lynn Shelton Prevails While Madonna, Julia Leigh, and Mary Harron Falter
What’s the top-grossing film directed by a woman? (Hint: It’s not ‘Big’ or ‘You’ve Got Mail’ or ‘It’s Complicated,’ and it’s certainly not ‘The Hurt Locker.’)
Give up? It’s ‘Kung Fu Panda 2.’ As Entertainment Weekly’s Inside Movies blog notes, Jennifer Yuh Nelson’s summer 2011 cartoon hit has grossed $ 637.6 million worldwide, beating the record set by Phyllida Lloyd’s ‘Mamma Mia!’ ($… Continue reading The Smurf Ghetto: Hollywood's New Glass Ceiling for Women Directors
Glenn Ficarra (on the right) and John Requa (on the left) established themselves as go-to screenwriters in Hollywood by being able to switch gears from family fare like Cats & Dogs to the absolutely raunchiest and filthiest type of humor in the surprise hit Bad Santa with Billy Bob Thornton. They’ve bounced back and forth over the years, but in 2009, they made the move to… Continue reading Exclusive: The Directors of Crazy, Stupid, Love.