News: Inglorious Basterds, Cannes, Jodorowsky, Michael Moore and Zack Braff

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ingloriousbasterdsbradpitt1Quentin Tarentino’s new film Inglorious Basterds was screened to critics with a mixed reception. It has its fans but has plenty of detractors. Most agree that the film is an entertaining romp but way too talky.

“Inglourious Basterds is great fun to watch, but the movie isn’t entirely engaging. And it is defiantly an art film, not a calculatedly mainstream entertainment. Tarantino throws you out of the movie with titles, chapter headings, snatches of music. You don’t jump into the world of the film in a participatory way; you watch it from a distance, appreciating the references and the masterful mise-en-scene. This is a film that will benefit from a second viewing. I can’t wait to see it again.” — Anne Thompson, Variety

“The film is by no means terrible — its running time of two hours and 32 minutes races by — but those things we think of as being Tarantino-esque, the long stretches of wickedly funny dialogue, the humor in the violence and outsized characters strutting across the screen, are largely missing.” Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter

“The film’s two hours and 40 minutes long, and could be shorn of an hour just by picking up the tempo … But I wouldn’t even call “Inglourious Basterds” minor Tarantino — it’s flat-out tiresome, and from a commercial perspective, incredibly dicey. If this is the pony the Weinstein Company has picked, well, bless ’em, because it’s hard to see this one pulling in crowds once word gets around.” Alison Willmore, IFC

“There are some nice-ish performances but everything is just so boring. He should perhaps go back to making cheerfully inventive outrageous films like Kill Bill. Because Kill Adolf hasn’t worked out.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian [UK]

“Basterds plays almost like an assembly edit, defiantly presented as-is, if for no other reason than because Quentin Can. The buzz around here contends that the Weinstein Company has enough riding on the success of this film that if it doesn’t rake it in at the box office — and all signs would point to it being a very tough sell — Quentin won’t be able to for much longer.” Karina Longworth, Spoutblog

alejandrojodorowsky-01Alejandro Jodorowsky’s new production, King Shot is set to start filming with Marilyn Manson, Nick Nolte, and Asia Argento on board to star. The film, Jodorowsky’s first production in nearly 20 years, has been described as a “metaphysical spaghetti western.” David Lynch is executive producing and Vilmos Zsigmond has been confirmed as cinematographer. According to The Hollywood Reporter “Marilyn Manson is touted to appear as a prophet in the Sin City-style film, which producer Eric Bassett said has enough sex and violence to guarantee an NC-17 rating.”

michael-moore_3 Micheal Moore’s upcoming and so far untitled documentary about the economic meltdown is set to be released on October 2, 2009 by Overture Films. The film has a correlation with his breakthrough documentary Roger & Me Released almost 20 years ago. Both films are about corporate greed, on the small scale and now on the grand scale. The official press release stated that will “explore the root causes of the global economic meltdown and take a comical look at the corporate and political shenanigans that culminated in what Moore has described as “the biggest robbery in the history of this country” – the massive transfer of U.S. taxpayer money to private financial institutions”

zach_braff_2Zach Braff is set to direct, star, and rewrite a comedy for Paramount Pictures, Swingles. Cameron Diaz had been attached to star with Braff in a supporting role. Variety reports that the story, film is based on a Duncan Birmingham spec, “centers around a bachelor who is dumped by his wingman and teams up with a sharp tongued woman he can’t stand in order to meet singles.” The film will mark Braff’s second directorial effort after 2004’s surprise indie hit Garden State. He is also the director of a segment in the upcoming film anthology “New York, I Love You.”

By Anthony Nicholas

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