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Changeling movie

Posted in Movies with tags , , on October 25, 2008 by funofmovie

Changeling: Drama.

Starring Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich and Jason Butler Harner.

Directed by Clint Eastwood. (R. 140 minutes. At Bay Area theaters. For complete movie listings and show times, and to buy tickets for select theaters, go to sfgate.com/movies.)

Clint Eastwood is in the midst of one of cinema’s most notable late growth spurts. Until he reached his 70s, he’d been a solid, above-average filmmaker with a signature style and a capacity for greatness. But since turning 70, Eastwood has been on a tear, with one masterpiece (“Million Dollar Baby”), one near-masterpiece (“Mystic River”) and a project of epic dimensions, the mirror-image World War II films “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Letters From Iwo Jima.”

“Changeling” maintains Eastwood’s creative streak. It might not be as exalted as “Million Dollar Baby,” but there are things about it that set it apart and make it one of the most enjoyable of his recent films. It’s a woman’s story, which is a departure for Eastwood. (Even “Million Dollar Baby” was about a woman as seen through the eyes of a man.) And because the story has no built-in aura of significance – because it’s simply a sad account of something that happened to somebody long ago – Eastwood’s abilities stand out in sharper relief. The history doesn’t make the movie important. Rather, Eastwood makes the history important.

He does it by simply taking a really good story and directing it well, though in fact there’s nothing simple about the artistic intelligence on display here. That intelligence permeates every aspect of the picture, and yet the hand is light, and if you don’t look for it, you might not notice it. Tom Stern’s cinematography, for starters, is a thing of subtle beauty. The colors are ever so slightly faded, and yet always there will be something in the frame that leaps out – a yellow cab, or Angelina Jolie’s lipstick.

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October 24, 2008 movie releases

Posted in Movie releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2008 by funofmovie

Pride and Glory Main Cast:  Edward Norton, Colin Farrell, Noah Emmerich

Saw V Main Cast: Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Scott Patterson

High School Musical 3: Senior Year Main Cast: Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale

Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got His Gun (NY)

The Universe of Keith Haring (NY)

I’ve Loved You So Long (NY, LA)

Synecdoche, New York (NY, LA)

Passengers (limited)  Main Cast:  Anne Hathaway, Patrick Wilson, David Morse

Roadside Romeo (limited)

Fear(s) of the Dark (limited)

Let the Right One In (limited)

Changeling (limited; wide: Oct. 31) Main Cast: Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan

Burn After Reading movie release September 12 2008

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2008 by funofmovie

Genre Comedy, Drama
Release Date September 12, 2008
Studio Focus Features

Starring

George Clooney as Harry Pfarrer
John Malkovich as Osbourne Cox
Frances McDormand
Brad Pitt as Chad Feldheimer
Tilda Swinton as Katie Cox
Richard Jenkins
Logan Kulick
Lenny Venito

The Coen brothers’ follow-up to their Best Picture-winning No Country for Old Men is — no surprise for this offbeat filmmaking duo — its polar opposite. A sort of Fargo on helium, Burn is a goofball crime caper about two dim-witted gym employees (Pitt and Frances McDormand) who try to extort a curmudgeonly CIA agent (Malkovich) after they come across a CD-ROM containing possibly classified information. A-list names like Clooney and Pitt may sell the most tickets, but it’s the potty-mouthed Malkovich who easily racks up the most laughs. “The first scene I did was a phone call with Brad and Frances,” says Malkovich, whose character drops countless F-bombs throughout the film. “Unfortunately, I couldn’t be there on the soundstage because I was rehearsing a play. So I did it from an apartment in Paris. It was really late at night and I was screaming at the top of my lungs. God knows what the neighbors thought.”

Also along for the ride is newly minted Academy Award winner Swinton, as Malkovich’s testy wife, while Clooney plays her scheming lover — though that doesn’t mean the former Michael Clayton adversaries, who filmed Burn during last year’s Oscar-campaign season, have the best onscreen relationship this go-around, either. Recalls Swinton: “At the end of the shoot, George said, touchingly, wistfully, ‘Well, maybe one day we’ll get to make a film together when we say one nice thing to each other.'”