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A Taxi not to be missed

December 12, 2007

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With a title perhaps more suited to a horror film based on a video game, TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE is actually a stunning documentary about what happened to an innocent Afghan cab driver when he became ensnared by US authorities and sent to Bagram, where he was tortured and killed. The ultimate present-day horror story, the film is an important and truly artistic document made by the man (Alex Gibney) who exposed the dark side of American capitalism and the Enron debacle in THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM. But at least in that scandal – to paraphrase the bumper sticker â?? â??those guys lied but nobody diedâ?. TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE is a must see for all serious film goers.

TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE opens on January 18 @ the Angelika New York.

Oscar Winners @ the Angelika Plano – for your consideration!

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The Oscars are just around the corner and to get everyone in the mood, the Angelika Plano will be hosting a mini-series of Best Picture winners from the past. But hereâ??s the best part: you choose the films! Here are the rules:

  • Voters may vote as many times as they like.
  • Voters may vote for up to 3 films at one time.
  • The poll is active from Dec. 1 through early January.
  • Every Thursday weâ??ll eliminate the lowest 5 films and re-post the poll.

Donâ??t be shy. Exercise your right to vote!

[poll=1]

You are probably being watched right now.

December 10, 2007

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When an internet pioneer like Barry Schuler, one of AOL’s original trailblazers, supports the notion that Big Brother is indeed always watching you, one has to believe it might be the truth. Schuler is a prominent producer on writer – director Adam Rifkin’s new film LOOK, a provocative fictional account of what he purports to be a pervasive, post-911 phenomenon that has been sweeping the United States – the placement of video surveillance cameras in virtually every spot imaginable. Rifkin, who became aware of how prevalent these cameras are when he was photographed speeding through a yellow light, has created a realistic portrait of this “spy-cam” type footage by shooting the film entirely in surveillance-friendly locations with unrecognizable actors. Shot on authentic looking film, Rifkin placed his cameras next to real surveillances cameras in places like dressing rooms, parking lots, 7-11’s and ATMs to recreate reality – and the results are scarily accurate.

The Hollywood Reporter calls LOOK
“a fascinating feature”
, and Rifkin was also featured in Newsweek’s “Fast Chat” Column.

Rifkin filmed a small preview feature for us, which you can watch below.

[QUICKTIME http://www.angelikablog.com/_Content/LOOK.mov 320 257]

LOOK opens on December 14 @ the Angelika New York. Click here to purchase tickets.

National Board of Review picks its winners – No Country For Old Men Receives Top Honors

December 6, 2007

The National Board of Review has chosen its winners for the year in eleven different categories, naming The Coen Brothers’ NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN Best Picture of the Year.

The NBR’s revered list encompasses much of the Angelika’s 2007 lineup, noting Ellen Page’s performance in the upcoming JUNO, George Clooney as the title character in MICHAEL CLAYTON, and director Julian Schnabel’s French film THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY.

For a complete list of winners and in-depth coverage, visit Variety’s website.

Downtown superstar Vincent Gallo to show JOHNNY 316 @ the Village East

December 5, 2007

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Independent film star Vincent Gallo is debuting his new film, JOHNNY 316 this Friday and Saturday night at the Village East Cinema. Love him or hate him, the enigmatic and offbeat actor can always be counted on to shock and provoke. His new film, as described below, should be no different:

A modernized version of Oscar Wildeâ??s â??Salomeâ?, JOHNNY 316, directed by Erick Ifergan, unfurls in the boulevards of Hollywood, California. Vincent Gallo plays a penniless street preacher who spends his days giving out pamphlets and spreading the word of God. One day, he meets Sarah, played by Nina Brosh, a beautiful bereft hairdresser who lost her job. For Sarah, it is love at first sight. She follows the preacher home and tries to seduce him.

Knowing Gallo, whose controversial role in 2003’s THE BROWN BUNNY shot him to iconic status and tripled his following overnight, JOHNNY 316’s opening will be a downtown event you’ll want to be at.

Check out the exclusive trailer below, and don’t miss the film this weekend – if you’re lucky, Gallo might just show his face.

[QUICKTIME http://www.angelikablog.com/_Content/Johnny316.mov 320 257]

The Village East Cinema is located at 181 2nd Avenue (@ 12th Street). Midnight engagement – this Friday and Saturday (12/7 & 12/8) only. Visit the official website at www.john316themovie.com.

JEFF BRIDGES IS COMING TO TEXAS – get your questions ready!

December 3, 2007

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Legendary actor Jeff Bridges is coming to the Angelika Dallas this Friday to open THE AMATEURS. The film, which also stars Ted Danson, Tim Blake Nelson and Lauren Graham, is a charming and utterly hilarious adventure that follows a dubious group of small-town men who decide to cure their mid-life crises by creating the worldâ??s most innocent, soft-core pornography.

Bridges will introduce the 5:30 show at the Angelika Plano, and will attend the 7:30 show in Dallas this Friday, 12/7. He’ll also be sticking around for a Q&A with our audience after the film. Don’t miss it!

Oscar Winners @ the Angelika Plano – for your consideration!

November 30, 2007

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The Oscars are just around the corner and to get everyone in the mood, the Angelika Plano will be hosting a mini-series of Best Picture winners from the past. But hereâ??s the best part: you choose the films! Here are the rules:

  • Voters may vote as many times as they like.
  • Voters may vote for up to 3 films at one time.
  • The poll is active from Dec. 1 through early January.
  • Every Thursday weâ??ll eliminate the lowest 5 films and re-post the poll.

Donâ??t be shy. Exercise your right to vote!

[poll=1]

Sundance Lineup Revealed

November 28, 2007

The much anticipated 2008 Sundance Film Festival’s lineup was revealed today. The festival, which will take place in Park City, Utah from January 17-27, will feature 121 films in total, including 81 world premieres, 51 of which come from an impressive group of first-time filmmakers.

For a complete list of films and complete coverage, head over to Variety.

There Will Be Oscars

November 26, 2007

Mark your calendars – our sneak recently caught a screening of Paul Thomas Anderson’s THERE WILL BE BLOOD and came back with much impassioned applause for the stellar adaptation of Upton Sinclair’s novel “Oil!”. See what he had to say below:

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The Academy should just send the Oscar for Best Male Performance right now to Daniel Day Lewis for his mesmerizing role in There Will Be Blood. Director Paul Thomas Anderson’s stunning Citizen Kane-like saga of a ruthless oilman in the late 1800’s in a Western United States where entrepreneurs were as dangerous and deadly as any gunslinger. This is truly an American masterpiece.

Look for THERE WILL BE BLOOD @ the Angelika Dallas in early January ’08.