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Thursday, Apr 16, 2009
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Moon, directed by Duncan Jones and starring Sam Rockwell, appeared at the recent Sundance, SXSW and Tribeca film festivals and now opens in limited release in New York and Los Angeles on June 12th.


Plot synopsis from Sony Pictures Classics:
It is the near future. Astronaut Sam Bell is living on the far side of the moon, completing a three-year contract with Lunar Industries to mine Earth’s primary source of energy, Helium-3. It is a lonely job, made harder by a broken satellite that allows no live communications home. Taped messages are all Sam can send and receive.
 
Thankfully, his time on the moon is nearly over, and Sam will be reunited with his wife, Tess, and their three-year-old daughter, Eve, in only a few short weeks. Suddenly, Sam’s health starts to deteriorate. Painful headaches, hallucinations and a lack of focus lead to an almost fatal accident on a routine drive on the moon in a lunar rover. While recuperating back at the base (with no memory of how he got there), Sam meets a younger, angrier version of himself, who claims to be there to fulfill the same three year contract Sam started all those years ago. 
 
Confined with what appears to be a clone of his earlier self, and with a “support crew” on its way to help put the base back into productive order, Sam is fighting the clock to discover what’s going on and where he fits into company plans.



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Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009
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Tyson Synopsis from Sony Pictures Classics:
Tyson is acclaimed indie director James Toback’s stylistically inventive portrait of a mesmerizing Mike Tyson. Toback allows Tyson to reveal himself without inhibition and with eloquence and a pervasive vulnerability. Through a mixture of original interviews and archival footage and photographs, a startlingly complex, fully-rounded human being emerges. The film ranges from Tyson’s earliest memories of growing up on the mean streets of Brooklyn through his entry into the world of boxing, to his rollercoaster ride in the funhouse of worldwide fame and fortunes won and lost. It is the story of a legendary and uniquely controversial international athletic icon, a figure conjuring radical questions of race and class. In its depiction of a man rising from the most debased circumstances to unlimited heights, destroyed by his own hubris, Tyson emerges as a modern day version of classic Greek tragedy.



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Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009
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Lars von Trier’s newest project is either a thriller or a horror film depending on your outlook. Antichrist stars Willem Dafoe and singer/actress Charlotte Gainsbourg. The film is scheduled for release first in France on 19 August and a trailer was just released.



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Wednesday, Apr 8, 2009
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We Live in Public directed by Ondi Timoner is a timely documentary that looks at the role of the Internet on human interaction and the erosion of the private sphere as told by Josh Harris. The film screened this past week at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durha, North Carolina.



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Wednesday, Mar 25, 2009

Greg Mottola’s upcoming Adventureland extends his Superbad interest in awkward young coupling, but this time around he’s chosen a more romantic approach. The wall-to-wall music in the film is an impressive collection of songs faithful to its period (1987) and setting (Pittsburgh amusement park staffed by frustrated folks in their teens and early twenties). While the script is sometimes too eager to point out the coolness of some of the songs—through characters’ mixtapes and onscreen LP jackets—the overall effect is an earnest love letter to the soundtrack of Mottola’s youth.


Music supervisor Tracy McKnight worked with Mottola to clear the almost 40 songs used in the film, which meaningfully connects Lou Reed and Big Star to Falco and Poison. Yo La Tengo provided the score.


Read more about the film’s use of music here.


 



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