Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Twin Peaks Season 2 (R1) in April 07


It's been in the making for a long time but now it's official: the second series of Twin Peaks is getting a DVD release in April 2007 in Region 1. The extras and the shipping date for Europe is yet to be confirmed but Paramount have already released the artwork for the R1 set.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

My Top Ten list for 2006

1) THE SQUID AND THE WHALE
2) THE DEPARTED
3) L'ENFANT
4) HIDDEN/CACHE
5) THE DEATH OF MR LAZARESCU
6) BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
7) LADY VENGEANCE
8) CASINO ROYALE
9) GRIZZLY MAN
10) LONDON TO BRIGHTON

Pleasant surprise of 2006: that we were made to care for Bond again

Biggest disappointment: CARS

Honorable mention for: A SCANNER DARKLY & UNITED 93

Best cinematography: a tie between THE PROPOSITION & CHILDREN OF MEN

Best soundtrack: THE PROPOSITION (Nick Cave)

Friday, December 15, 2006

Thomson on Eastwood

David Thomson writes about 76 year old Clint Eastwood's enterprise of shooting two films recounting WWII from the US and Japanese perspective (Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima respectively) back to back and looks back on the major achievements of other filmmakers in the twilight years of their career.

Also in the Guardian: Oliver Stone is interviewed at the NFT.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Anjelica Huston interview


Here is a transcript of the NFT interview with Anjelica Huston who starred in The Royal Tenenbaums and her father John Huston's adaptation of The Dead.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Johnson's 2006 Film Log

Johnson's Rating system:

* * * * * Brilliant
* * * * * Good
* * * * * Worth a try
* * * * * Disappointing
* * * * * Poor
* * * * * Deplorable

Theatrical Releases (2006)

Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee) * * * * *
Jarhead
(Sam Mendes) * * * * *
The New World (Terence Malick) * * * * *
Cache/Hidden (Michael Haneke) * * * * *
Munich (Steven Spielberg) * * * * *
Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog) * * * * *
Lady Vengeance (Park Chan-Wook) * * * * *
L’Enfant (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne) * * * * *
The Proposition (John Hillcoat) * * * * *
The Squid and the Whale (Noah Baumbach) * * * * *
Transamerica (Duncan Tucker) * * * * *
The Inside Man (Spike Lee) * * * * *
Pierrepoint (Adrian Shergold) * * * * *
Slither
(James Gunn) * * * * *
Lemming (Dominik Moll) * * * * *
Mission Impossible 3
(J.J. Abrams) * * * * *
Time To Leave (Francois Ozon) * * * * *
The Da Vinci Code (Ron Howard) * * * * *
X-Men: The Last Stand (Brett Ratner) * * * * *
Down In The Valley (David Jacobson) * * * * *
United 93
(Paul Greengrass) * * * * *
Fearless (Ronny Yu) * * * * *
Superman Returns (Bryan Singer) * * * * *
The Death of Mr Lazarescu (Cristi Puiu) * * * * *
Cars (John Lasseter) * * * * *
Lady in the Water (M Night Shyamalan) * * * * *
A Scanner Darkly (Richard Linklater) * * * * *
Volver (Pedro Almodovar) * * * * *
Clerks II (Kevin Smith) * * * * *
The Queen (Stephen Frears) * * * * *
Children of Men (Alfonso Cuaron) * * * * *
The Departed (Martin Scorsese) * * * * *
Borat (Larry Charles) * * * * *
The Host (Joon-Ho Bong) * * * * *
Casino Royale (Martin Campbell) * * * * *
London To Brighton (Paul Andrew Williams) * * * * *
Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro) * * * * *
Shortbus (John Cameron Mitchell) * * * * *