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Backlot: The buzz on Detroit's latest movie productions

By Corey Hall

Published: 9/22/2010

Types: Screens, Film

Transformers 3  Director: Michael Bay  Starring: Shia Lebeouf, Josh Duhamel The buzz: Every schoolboy knows that Detroit's city motto is "If you seek a pleasant postindustrial apocalyptic wasteland, look around you." No one has taken this slogan more to heart than mega-budget schlock-ma...[MORE]

The family guy: How Ice Cube stayed relevant beyond gangsta, from AK raps to chasing a raccoon

By Corey Hall

Published: 8/18/2010

Types: Screens, Film

It has been 20-plus years since Ice Cube busted straight outta Compton, alongside his notorious "Gangsta Rap" crew N.W.A, and scandalized the media and electrified corners of the burbs far beyond the imagining of South Central L.A. But that was then. Dude has long since found star power ...[MORE]

Backlot: On and off local movie sets, staring Demi Moore, Michelle Monaghan and Hugh Jackman

By Corey Hall

Published: 8/11/2010

Types: Screens, Film

Real Steel  Director: Shawn Levy  Stars: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly  The buzz: Mr. tap-dance Wolverine himself stars as a down-on-his-luck pilot for a 7-foot-tall robot boxer. Filming for this mega-scale sci-fi farce has been taking place all over the area, including semi-urban Troy and the w...[MORE]

The great movie resale!: As Hollywood strip-mines the 1980s, can we expect a big-screen version of 'BJ and the Bear'?

By Corey Hall

Published: 6/16/2010

Types: Screens, Film

You don't have to wear sunglasses at night to notice the flood of old-school chestnuts — such as The A-Team and The Karate Kid — at your nearest multiplex. Everything '80s is totally rad and gnarly-to-the-max in Tinseltown these days, with such cash cows as G.I. Joe and Transformers help...[MORE]

Greek out: Director Nicholas Stoller talks up one wild rock 'n' roll road trip

By Jeff Niesel

Published: 6/2/2010

Types: Screens, Film

When we last saw British rocker Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) in 2008's Forgetting Sarah Marshall, he was a recovering addict dating TV actress Sarah Marshall and incessantly irritating her ex-boyfriend Peter Bretter (Jason Segel). It's a few years later, and in the beginning of Get Him to the Greek, ...[MORE]

From Marvel to Revelation: Keeping up with the sprawling cast of Iron Man

By Corey Hall

Published: 5/12/2010

Types: Screens, Film

Iron Man  Thanks to Robert Downey Jr.'s charm, Slurpee ads and a surprise colossal 2008 summer mega hit, Marvel comics' durable Iron Man has broken into the top flight of superhero celebrity. Now even the layman on the street is vaguely familiar with old shellhead's résumé: Tony Stark...[MORE]

Drive-in theater: More drive-in odds and grotesquery

By Paul Knoll

Published: 4/28/2010

Types: Screens, Film

Some film-fests get all the glory. Cannes has glamour, Sundance has power ... and Toronto? Well, they're the largest North American fest and the most widely attended. But ask diehard sci-fi or horror fans what fest turns their cranks and it's sure to be Montreal's Fantasia. Started in 1996, Fantasia...[MORE]

Drive-in theater!: The finer points of "Nail Gun Massacre" and "Header"

By Paul Knoll

Published: 4/14/2010

Types: Screens, Film

Nail Gun Massacre is the Holy Grail of bad-but-awesome slasher flicks. It's a masterpiece so profoundly inept that it defies comparison — even to 1978's The Toolbox Murders! Writer-director Terry Lofton most likely thought the same back in '85, because he made NGM with love, blind ambition and...[MORE]

Double feature: The Burton Theatre does a cinematic pairing

By Paul Knoll

Published: 4/7/2010

Types: Screens, Film

Adam Wingard's Home Sick plays like a nihilistic acid-fueled parody of so many soapy homecoming flicks. You know — a buddy returns home to discover his friends still stuck in the same dead-end town, their dead-end lives stuck on an endless loop. In Home Sick, nobody's a lovable loser, they're ...[MORE]

Neon angels: A first-person remembrance of the Runways and those Dee-troit connections

By Don Waller

Published: 4/7/2010

Types: Screens, Film

On Aug.12, 1975, the Runaways played their first gig — at Back Door Man fanzine founder Phast Phreddie Patterson's parents' house in north Torrance, Calif. I was there. So were the rest of the original Back Door Man staffers, a whole lotta other South Bay earthdogs, and a few adventurous ...[MORE]

Cinefeast!: The Ann Arbor Film Festival: Bringing indie film to Mitten masses for 48 years

By Jeff Meyers

Published: 3/24/2010

Types: Screens, Film

It's pretty safe to say that Michigan isn't exactly wanting for film festivals. In fact, the damn things are popping up like dandelions. Whether it's Jews, Palestinians, environmentalists or the GBLT community, if you throw a dart at a calendar, you're bound to hit a week when an ethnic or special i...[MORE]

Real to reel: The Detroit International Film Fest debut gives up everything essential in film, local and beyond

By Corey Hall

Published: 3/3/2010

Types: Screens, Film

Since opening last fall in a former Cass Corridor school building, the incredibly ballsy Burton Theatre has become a boon for the film-starved downtown landscape, and this week's inaugural Detroit Independent Film Festival is further proof that cinema obsessives finally have something new to freak o...[MORE]

Rip a new ...: Joel Hodgson talks Mystery Science Theatre 3000 and its new live spinoff

By Corey Hall

Published: 2/17/2010

Types: Screens, Film

Though he created the '90s cable cult smash Mystery Science Theater 3000, an innovative show that finally gave millions of fans an open excuse to heckle the movie screen, Joel Hodgson remains a humble Midwestern kid, just some dude named Joel, not too different from you or me. After a brief flash of...[MORE]

Cut across shorty: 2009 short film Oscar nods telegraph deadpan geeks, corporate satire, social commentary and more

By Jeff Meyers

Published: 2/17/2010

Types: Screens, Film

There are two things that stand out about this year's crop of short-subject Oscar nominees: 1) There isn't a clunker in the bunch. In recent years there have always been one or two head-scatchers, films that were clearly outclassed by their competitors. Heck, one — 2005's West Bank Story &mdas...[MORE]

Crazy from the heart: How Scott Cooper wrote his directorial debut Crazy Heart — specifically for Jeff Bridges

By Corey Hall

Published: 1/20/2010

Types: Screens, Film

Scott Cooper's life is changing every second, but you could hardly tell. He's facing the press at a swank metro Detroit hotel suite and he's calm, leaning to casual. After years slogging it out as a working actor, he made his directorial feature debut with Crazy Heart, featuring a stunning Jeff Brid...[MORE]

The decade's best in film: Our critics pick the tip-top of the last 10

By Jeff Meyers, Corey Hall

Published: 1/6/2010

Types: Screens, Film

JEFF MEYERS If the '70s were under the influence of angry cynicism and artistic rebellion, the rah-rah '80s an era of blockbuster egos and muscular populism, and the '90s consumed by ironic navel-gazing and fear of technology, how do we summarize the aughties? Virtual reality, the fragmentation of ...[MORE]

Death of the new: No, they ain't makin' 'em like they used to

By John Thomason

Published: 1/6/2010

Types: Screens, Film

Without the benefit of hindsight, we can only begin to guess how the decade from 2000 to 2009 will be remembered. In Hollywood, though, enough quantifiable trends have emerged that it doesn't seem hasty to label the Oh-Ohs with such pejorative descriptors as the Recycled Decade, or, How I Stopped Cr...[MORE]

The year in lists : From apocalyptic fetishes and doc-a-lots to teen-dream vampires and why no one will see the year's best movie

By Jeff Meyers & Corey Hall

Published: 12/30/2009

Types: Screens, Film

COREY HALL Bromance is in the air  The dude-bonding genre really flowered in 2009. So too bad that the genre's Babe Ruth, Vince Vaughn, hit a slump. Elsewhere, Paul Rudd and Jason Segel were the funniest buds since Bert and Ernie in I Love You, Man, The Hangover took ritual male bonding to absurd ...[MORE]

Murphy's law: Two Brittany film essentials that went unnoticed

By Brian Smith

Published: 12/23/2009

Types: Screens, Film

It's a tragedy that Brittany Murphy's dead. Maybe not only because she was young and beautiful and had a suitcase pimp of a hubby, but because she was a mighty skilled actress, a fact that'll likely be overshadowed by her ditzy film personas. See, beyond the Clueless, Just Married and Don't Say a Wo...[MORE]

Guts or total derangement?: Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Animation Festival

By Corey Hall

Published: 12/16/2009

Types: Screens, Film

As animation continues its long, slow slog out of the showbiz ghetto, and with Pixar masterpieces such as UP nabbing awards buzz and massive box-office receipts, it's nice to see that good-old perverts Spike and Mike are still working overtime to drag cartoons back to the gutter. The average toon in...[MORE]

Made in Detroit: You Can't Rent Here Anymore

By Corey Hall

Published: 12/9/2009

Types: Screens, Film

After nearly three decades behind a counter slinging snarky opinions and cult video rentals, the Thomas Video crew have shattered the space-time continuum by producing a movie themselves (Brainwater Enterprises). Directed by Ryan Meade, produced by and starring wiseacre store owner Jim Olenski and h...[MORE]

From the Vaults: Al Pacino’s tour de force kicks it in the Cass Corridor

By Corey Hall

Published: 10/21/2009

Types: Screens, Film

Stick it in!: This guy made a highly watchable feature comedy film on luck, couch change, Detroit blue-collar spirit and a chunk of his intestine

By Corey Hall

Published: 10/14/2009

Types: Screens, Film

This is a simple story about a regular guy with a dream, a dream that cost him more than a hundred grand, 10 years of his life and 16 inches of his small intestine.  Stick It in Detroit is a labor of love in the purest sense, a sprawling chaotic comedy about a guy who discovers that his heart is wh...[MORE]

Whip it good: Drew Barrymore talks of her directorial debut shot in Detroit, her family lineage, bonding and old boxing movies

By Jeff Meyers

Published: 9/30/2009

Types: Screens, Film

By Hollywood standards, Whip It is practically an independent film. Working with an $11 million budget, a large cast and the need for kinetic roller derby sequences, Drew Barrymore's directorial debut was no small endeavor.  What makes it work?  Well, the obvious chemistry between the cast members...[MORE]

Capital offenses: Michael Moore talks up his new film, Reagan's destruction, Jimmy Carter and getting booted out of GM

By Corey Hall

Published: 9/30/2009

Types: Screens, Film

Once again Michael Moore is on the outside looking in. Flint's prodigal son, and the world's most famous and controversial documentarian, is preparing to host an afternoon of private screenings and Q&A sessions for his latest film Capitalism: A Love Story, at the Riverfront 4 Theaters in the Ren...[MORE]

The Burton Theatre: Projecting Corridor's future

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 9/16/2009

Types: Screens, Film

It's really OK if you've never heard of the Burton Theatre. It doesn't technically exist. Yet. You can find it in old Chinatown.  What? You weren't aware Detroit had a Chinatown? Don't feel bad, there are only remnants left, for which we have to thank Cass Corridor preservationist and landowner Joel...[MORE]

'Cuts right into your chest': Director Davis Guggenheim on the power of rock guitar

By Lee Gardner

Published: 9/16/2009

Types: Screens, Film

After putting global warming at the forefront of American mass consciousness with 2006's Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, director Davis Guggenheim took an entirely different tack for his follow-up, training his cameras on three iconic rock guitarists — Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Pag...[MORE]

Bastardized bliss: Meyers and Hall pick Tarantino's brain

By Jeff Meyers & Corey Hall

Published: 8/26/2009

Types: Screens, Film

Quentin Tarantino sure is an unpredictable bastard, isn't he? The Promethean video geek brain buzzing away in his massive forehead is continually charged, seeking new ways to delight and confound fans and critics. His latest is both a bare-knuckled spin on war flick tropes, while not really a war mo...[MORE]

The lucky 13 : Best films about college ... ever

By Bill Holdship, Curt Guyette

Published: 8/26/2009

Types: Screens, Film

Interestingly, there are probably more quality films about high school — running a gamut from the comedic John Hughes flicks to Scent of a Woman — than there are ones about college. Perhaps this has to do with the fact that college is so much fun for most of us that there's really not a ...[MORE]

Stay Sikh: Detroit director-doctor talks diversity, Ocean

By Corey Hall

Published: 8/5/2009

Types: Screens, Film

Ocean of Pearls is the feature film debut of writer-director Sarab Neelam, who also happens to be a practicing physician in the Detroit-area with a very full schedule. The film tells a somewhat biographical story of a young Sikh doctor struggling with staying true to his religious traditions in the ...[MORE]

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