September 2007

Here’s the entire short film “Hotel Chevalier,” directed by Wes Anderson. Enjoy! It’s true. Here they are, the highly anticipated nude still shots from the free, downloadable iTunes 13-minute short film “Hotel Chevalier.”  Nevermind that this is the prologue for an upcoming new movie by one of the most singular, exciting American directors working today– what everyone [...]

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In the Shadow of the Moon

by Eric Melin on September 27, 2007

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Lively first-hand testimony and cinematography from 10 members of each of the nine U.S. moon missions between 1968 to 1972.

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I have a friend who doesn’t believe that human beings have ever landed on the moon. Like many of the doubters who continue deny mankind’s farthest-reaching achievement, he does so on the basis that the technology was never advanced enough to get us there. I think he’s full of it. But the fact that some [...]

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Fox Searchlight Pictures is offering a new Wes Anderson-directed short film (starring Jason Schwartzman and Natalie Portman) as a free download today at iTunes.com.  It is also being shown in bigger cities at the shiny white Apple retail stores, if you want to huddle uncomfortably around a video screen with a bunch of people who are looking [...]

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Behold the wonder of the very first Scene-Stealers contest! From Sept. 10th through Sept. 30th, we’re giving you, our dear internet pals, the chance to win some sweet schwag courtesy of yours truly, Eric & J.D. What can you win? How about a mad grab bag of posters from all the major releases this year? [...]

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It’s Tuesday, so that means another Scene-Stealers Top 10! Most of the time a good director will become a truly great one after years of honing his or her craft. Alfred Hitchcock, who started in the 1920s, immediately leaps to mind. But some directors, like Orson Welles for example, simply strike gold their first time [...]

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Eastern Promises

by Eric Melin on September 24, 2007

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More moral multiplicity from Cronenberg and Mortensen, with more standard plot conventions than their last outing “A History of Violence,” but boasting strong performances and a sense of dread that lingers long after the movie has ended.

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In David Cronenberg’s moody new crime drama “Eastern Promises,” the narration from a dead Russian girl’s diary provides a jarring dash of naïveté that is in stark contrast to everything that has come before it. She speaks of immigrating to Great Britain, and her hopes and dreams once she arrives. What awaits her, however, is [...]

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Well, it’s finally here. After a disastrous Cannes screening last year (in which the director referred to his cut of the film as work-in-progress) and a long gestation process of re-focusing and editing, Richard Kelly’s “Southland Tales” finally has a release date. It looks like it will be in limited release on November 9, and [...]

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The Hunting Party

by JD Warnock on September 21, 2007

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War. Bosnia. Richard Gere. Terrence Howard. Funny? Believe it!

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J.D. fires back with his impressively diverse list of Top 10 Villains You Love to Hate. Last Top 10 Tuesday, Eric started the subject off right, and today J.D. has the final word. Come back next Tuesday for an all new Scene-Stealers Top 10!

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Eric started us off last week with his list of the Top 10 Villains You Love to Hate, and now it’s my turn. Be sure to check back every Tuesday for a new Top 10 list from your pals at Scene-Stealers! 1. Hans Gruber, Die Hard (1988), Alan Rickman Alan Rickman has given us a [...]

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Next week, on September 18, The Weinstein Company begins their long quest to make their money back on the much-hyped Quentin Tarantino-Robert Rodriguez box office failure “Grindhouse.” Despite being one of the funniest and most exciting cinematic experiences of the year, the 3-hour 11-minute double feature proved to be the most expensive inside joke ever [...]

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Today is the second installment of our newest feature here at Scene-Stealers– Top 10 Tuesday. Inspired by Russell Crowe’s performance in the recent “3:10 to Yuma,” here is Eric’s List of the Top 10 Villains You Love to Hate. Be sure to come back next Tuesday to see J.D.’s response!

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Sometimes the bad guys are way more interesting than the good guys are—just look at Russell Crowe’s performance in the recent “3:10 to Yuma.” These next ten characters are not your ordinary villains. A really good villain is more than just mean, they are the most compelling person in the shot every time they are [...]

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