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Monday, Aug 31, 2009
Gamer, a film scheduled for release on September 4th, positions itself to take over the box office by promising what viewers want: blood, video games, tormented characters and dirty language. Gerard Butler stars.

Gerard Butler stars in Gamer, a film set in a not-so-distant future where a reclusive billionaire named Ken Castle has created a new form of entertainment, a game called Slayers. In it, players are allowed to act out any of their deep and dark fantasies, via the bodies of prison inmates, all in front of a live worldwide audience. Butler portrays Kable, the superstar and hero of the game, which is described as a first person shooter style that is so intense, knuckles turn white. Kable, controlled by an Simon, an adolescent celebrity known for his gaming skills, has to survive long enough to attain his freedom, as well as the freedom of his imprisoned family members. In doing so, he will have to destroy the technology which keeps him bound to the game and bring Castle and his technology to an end before it corrupts all of humanity.


Michael C. Hall co-stars as Castle, and also features Kyra Sedgwick, John Leguizamo and Amber Valletta.



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Friday, Aug 28, 2009

If you ignore the absolutely inane questions and lame vanity reaction shots from the interviewer, this brief cast interview from Sundance, with the cast of the upcoming Precious offers a bit of insight. Can’t wait until someone credible talks to this cast as it looks like they bring much to the table!



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Friday, Aug 28, 2009

Germany’s entry for the Foreign Language Film Oscar looks to be the amazing director’s ticket to the gold. Funny Games, The Piano Teacher and Cache are among his recent masterworks, and The White Ribbon is one of my most anticipated of the year!



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Tuesday, Aug 25, 2009

Director Ang Lee has yet again tackled a seminal part of the American Dream in Taking Woodstock. Perhaps it is his immigrant perspective (he arrived to America when he was 25) that allows him to encapsulate American values in such films as Brokeback Mountain and The Ice Storm. Whatever the cause, his movies are worth watching. Enjoy the trailer, and Demetri Martin’s funny intro.



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Tuesday, Aug 25, 2009

Me and Orson Welles
Director: Richard Linklater
Cast: Zac Efron, Claire Danes
Opening: 25 November


Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat—Zac Efron is not, I repeat not playing Orson Welles in the upcoming film by Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise, School of Rock). Let’s pause for a moment so that we may collectively let out an enormous sigh of relief before continuing on to the task at hand.


Ready? The good news is apart from that, Me and Orson Welles looks to be an engaging and entertaining view of Welles’ Mercury Theater and its 1937 staging of Julius Caesar. Despite having recieved excellent reviews since its first screening at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival, the film has had trouble finding a distributor here in the United States. The fault for this, however, would seem to lie more in the limited appeal of its subject matter (with nary a crime-fighting guinea pig or wisecracking robot to be found!) rather than in its level of quality. We’ll find out for ourselves on November 25th when it is scheduled for release.



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