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Our Complete 2010 Christmas Weekend Movie Guide + Reviews

2010 Christmas Weekend Movie Guide

Following the success of our various Thanksgiving and Christmas Movie Guides, our resident San Francisco contributor, Marco Cerritos, has once again put together another movie guide for Christmas 2010, giving a quick recap and rundown of what's playing and what's worth seeing (or skipping). Marco has seen almost everything out there, and while you may not always agree with him, he provides the greatest reviews he can to make it just a bit easier for you to choose. This year in particular there is a very strong selection of films currently playing in theaters, so if you're still struggling to figure out what to watch then look no further!

 Posted December 24 in Editorial, Feat, Hype | Comments

Editorial: Was 'I Love You Phillip Morris' Too Gay for Hollywood?

I Love You Phillip Morris

Did you know there was a new Jim Carrey movie that finally hit theaters last weekend? If you're a regular reader of this site you probably have somewhat of an idea of what I Love You Phillip Morris is (you can watch the latest red band trailer here). But most people outside of film geek circles, or those who don't read movie blogs like this, have no clue what this film is about or even that it's coming out at all (it barely made over $110,000 at the box office last weekend). How does a Jim Carrey movie get buried after being finished for over two years? The answer isn't as complicated as you might think, but it's still very bizarre.

 Posted December 10 in Discuss, Editorial, Opinions | Comments

From the Delusional & Egotistical Mind of M. Night Shyamalan

M. Night Shyamalan

The supernatural thriller Devil opens in theaters today and the promotional push has been excessive. TV spots and trailers showcase what appears to be a B-movie good time. The flick is directed by brothers Drew and John Erick Dowdle but judging from the aforementioned promotional campaign you'd never know it. The only name front-and-center is that of the film's producer and master showman: M. Night Shyamalan.

To be fair, Shyamalan is a brand and the Dowdle Brothers are hardly household names - they're primarily known for the unnecessary horror remake Quarantine. But at a time when Shyamalan's reputation is more

 Posted September 17 in Discuss, Editorial, Opinions | Comments

Method of Madness: Why Do Actors Insist on Method Acting?

Joaquin Phoenix in I'm Still Here

In 1976, a young Dustin Hoffman was shooting one of the biggest movies of his career - Marathon Man. The role called for Hoffman to play a man at the end of his physical and psychological rope since most of the film involved double crosses and shady killers out to get him. To put himself in the mindset of a man losing control Hoffman didn't sleep for days at a time and let his body become disheveled and unhealthy. Finally, after all this work Hoffman notices his co-star Sir Lawrence Olivier sitting comfortably on a stage chair without a care in the world. Surprised that he is the only one on set who has gone to such rigorous lengths,

 Posted September 13 in Discuss, Editorial, Opinions | Comments

Quick Interview: Scott Pilgrim's Michael Cera & Anna Kendrick

Michael Cera & Anna Kendrick

In a crowded summer movie season several movies are putting their best foot forward to get your attention and have you part with your money. The last few months have seen many disappointments in what is one of the worst summers ever. But as the season winds down, one of this year's dark horses has finally emerged - Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Based on Brian Lee O'Malley's comics, Scott Pilgrim is a totally different kind of superhero movie, relying on wit and nostalgia instead of explosions and secret lairs. Our own Marco caught up with two of the stars of the movie - Michael Cera and Anna Kendrick - for a quick interview.

 Posted August 14 in Feat, Hype, Interview | Comments

Quick Interview: Scott Pilgrim's Edgar Wright & Brandon Routh

Edgar Wright & Brandon Routh

The second set of interviews for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World from San Francisco writer Marco Cerritos are with director Edgar Wright and actor Brandon Routh. This is Wright's third feature after the cult hits Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Despite the shift in style this time, he was up for the challenge. Routh, on the other hand, is used to working with lots of CGI and big sets, after all he starred in Superman Returns and is used to the grueling work. But for Scott Pilgrim, Routh left his red cape at home and decided to take a supporting role, playing a telekinetic evil-ex that our titular hero must defeat in order to win his true love.

 Posted August 14 in Feat, Hype, Interview | Comments

Our Complete Official 2009 Christmas Weekend Movie Guide

Christmas Weekend Movie Guide

Following the success of our Thanksgiving Movie Guide, Marco has put together another new movie guide for Christmas. So here it is, our very first Christmas Weekend Movie Guide. Marco has seen almost everything out there, and while you may not always agree with him, he provides the best review he can to make it just a little bit easier for you to choose a movie. We've included 10 films in this guide, and if there's one that's missing, it's probably in our Thanksgiving Guide, since some of those movies are still playing in theaters today. If you're struggling to figure out what to see this weekend, then look no further. Read on!

 Posted December 25 in Discuss, Feat, Opinions | Comments

Our Official 2009 Thanksgiving Movie Guide is Finally Here!

Thanksgiving Movie Guide

Every year, Hollywood releases a big batch of new movies on Thanksgiving week. And every year, we bring you this guide to help you choose the best movies to see this week with your family or friends. To help tackle this year's beefy line-up, our writer Marco Cerritos has put together a Thanksgiving Movie Guide. He made sure to see every last movie playing in theaters this week, even the bad ones, in order to provide all of you with a cinematic compass of sorts. If you're struggling to figure out what to see this weekend, then look no further! From Fantastic Mr. Fox to New Moon to Ninja Assassin to The Road, he covers it all. Read on!

 Posted November 26 in Editorial, Feat, Opinions | Comments

Marco's Official Top 10 Film Experiences of 2008

Marco's Official Top 10 Film Experiences of 2008

Another year at the movies and another list of top ten films. I personally believe the rumors about 2008 are all true -- it has been a bad year for movies. How else can you explain so many mediocre titles ending up on all the top ten lists everywhere? My personal list is just as disjointed. I only gave four stars to my top pick and three-and-a-half to the three other titles below it. The rest of my top ten list is made up of three star movies that moved me in one way or another. That's pretty sad considering I usually have an abundance of four stars movies to choose from. Let's just get right down to it, starting with my honorable mentions.

 Posted December 31 in Awards, Discuss, Editorial, Opinions | Comments

Our Third Annual Thanksgiving Movie Guide is Here!

Thanksgiving Movie Guide

Every year, Hollywood releases a handful of movies on Thanksgiving week. Whether they're movies to take the whole family to or just pure entertainment, there's always a wide variety to choose from. To help tackle this year's line-up, our writer Marco Cerritos has put together a Thanksgiving Movie Guide. He made sure to see every last movie playing in theaters this week, even the bad ones, in order to provide you with a cinematic compass of sorts. If you're struggling to figure out what to see this weekend, then look no further! From Australia to Twilight, and from Bolt to Transporter 3, Marco will tell you which ones to skip and which ones to take the whole family to. Without further ado, let's dive head first into this year's guide.

 Posted November 27 in Editorial, Feat, Hype, Opinions | Comments

Marco's 11 Years of Experience, 11 Things He's Learned

Presidio Theatre in San Francisco

Yesterday was our contributor Marco Cerritos' eleventh "birthday" as a film critic. It all began on October 21st, 1997 with a screening of Gattaca. Eleven years of going to movie premieres and interviewing celebrities is a lot to take in. Memories, mistakes and other adventures have all been great to endure as well as trips to film festivals and even the Oscars. But writing this on my film critic birthday strikes me more than ever that I'm truly fortunate to do what I love. No boring office jobs or working in a cube, instead it's just writing and watching movies, with celebrity parties thrown in for good measure.

 Posted October 22 in Editorial, Opinions | Comments

Interview: Hamlet 2's Comic Mastermind - Steve Coogan

Steve Coogan

The indie comedy Hamlet 2 first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and was bought for an enormous $10 million right when the fest began. It wasn't until the end of the fest that I was able to catch the film myself, but I still remember laughing non-stop during the screening. Steve Coogan, who stars as high school teacher Dana Marschz, was part of what made it such an amazing comedy due to his over-the-top performance. Coogan recently passed through San Francisco on a press tour and our Cannes Film Festival correspondent Marco Cerritos was able to catch up with him. In addition to talking about Hamlet 2, they also chat about comedy and subtle things that make us different from the UK.

 Posted August 21 in Indies, Interview | Comments

Cannes Film Festival Report and Reviews - Part Trois

Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival 2008 is currently underway in France and our friend and contributor Marco Cerritos has been covering the fest and catching screenings since it started on May 14th. Marco is a 28-year-old writer who lives in San Francisco and has been working as a professional film critic for over 10 years. He's covered the Sundance Film Festival since 1999 and this is his second year at Cannes. While neither myself nor Ken were able to make it this year, Marco will be providing us first hand reports and reviews of some of the most anticipated films playing at Cannes this year. In this third and final article, Marco reports back on Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York, Abel Ferrara's Chelsea on the Rocks, and Atom Egoyan's Adoration. It's time to wrap it up and head home after these last few.

 Posted May 25 in Cannes 08, Indies, Opinions | Comments Closed

Cannes Film Festival Report and Reviews - Part Deux

Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival 2008 is currently underway in France and our friend and contributor Marco Cerritos has been covering the fest and catching screenings since it started on May 14th. Marco is a 28-year-old writer who lives in San Francisco and has been working as a professional film critic for over 10 years. He's covered the Sundance Film Festival since 1999 and this is his second year at Cannes. While neither myself nor Ken were able to make it this year, Marco will be providing us first hand reports and reviews of some of the most anticipated films playing at Cannes this year. In this second of three articles, Marco reports back on Steven Soderbergh's Che, Marina Zenovich's Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired documentary, and Jennifer Lynch's Surveillance. Let's continue this adventure!

 Posted May 24 in Cannes 08, Indies, Opinions | Comments

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