Monthly Archives: September 2010

Movie Quote of the Day – Good Will Hunting, 1997 (dir. Gus Van Sant)

[reads a note from Will: “Sean, if the Professor calls about that job, just tell him, sorry, I have to go see about a girl.”]
Sean: Son of a bitch… He stole my line.

Movie Quote of the Day – They Live!, 1988 (dir. John Carpenter)

Nada: I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass… and I’m all out of bubblegum.

Movie Quote of the Day – Big, 1988 (dir. Penny Marshall)

Billy: So what do they make you do for all this?
Josh: Well, I play with all of this stuff and then I tell them what I think.
Billy: And they pay you for that?
Josh: Yeah.
Billy: Suckers!

New Poster For “The Company Men”

Love this poster. It’s a nice homage to the poster for 1992’s Glengarry Glen Ross (which I still haven’t seen!). The Company Men is written and directed by John Wells, of E.R. and The West Wing fame. It’s set to be released by the Weinstein Company on October 22nd.

“Love and Other Drugs” To Open, “Black Swan” To Close AFI Fest 2010

Edward Zwick’s film is set to open the festival on November 4th. This could give the Jake Gyllenhaal/Anne Hathaway film Love and Other Drugs just the right kind of push to get launched into the 2010 Awards Season. I’m really excited for film. It’s set to open wide on November 24th, just in time for Thanksgiving.

Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller starring Natalie Portman is set to close the festival on November 11th. Portman is already the front-runner for Best Actress this year based on the buzz the film has already generated on the festival circuit. Black Swan is set for a limited release on December 1st.

Let’s not forget, as well, that AFI Fest has hired David Lynch as their first ever guest artistic director. I feel like I would LOVE to go to this festival. Hopefully one of you can go for me and revel in its awesomeness!

Trailer for Colin Firth’s “The King’s Speech”

The film recently won the Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. This film looks really lush. Danny Cohen’s cinematography looks like it could be a real contender at the Oscars this year, not to mention the costume design and set decoration. Just from the trailer alone it looks like Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush are both locks for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor nominations, respectively. I’m so glad Firth is finally getting to do films that are worthy of his talent.

You can watch the trailer here at Yahoo! Movies. The film is set for a November 26th release by the Weinstein Company.

Movie Quote of the Day – Grosse Point Blank, 1997 (dir. George Armitage)

Martin Q. Blank: Dr. Oatman, please pick up, pick up! It’s Martin Blank! I, I’m standing where my, uh, living room was and it’s not here because my house is gone and it’s an Ultimart! You can never go home again, Oatman… but I guess you can shop there.

Blockbuster Filing For Bankruptcy Soon

Here’s the story from AP:

Troubled video-rental chain Blockbuster Inc. could file for bankruptcy protection as early as Wednesday, according to a Wall Street Journal article.

Citing unnamed sources, the Journal said Blockbuster is working with creditors to develop a bankruptcy restructuring plan that would free it of debt and allow the company to keep some stores open and focus more on digital distribution.

If Blockbuster misses an interest payment on Sept. 30, more than $900 million in debt will be due in full.

The article says billionaire investor Carl Icahn owns one-third of Blockbuster’s debt and would return to the company’s board once it exits Chapter 11. He resigned from the board in January.

Blockbuster and Icahn did not return calls for comment.

Once a home entertainment powerhouse, Blockbuster, based in Dallas, has been losing market share for years as more consumers switch to video subscription services like Netflix Inc., video on demand services and curbside rentals such as Redbox.

Blockbuster peaked at about 9,100 stores in 2004, but it has since shut many to cut costs and is down to about 5,800 as of August. In the same period, Netflix membership has grown from 2.6 million to about 15 million.

I grew up in the middle of nowhere, so to be honest I don’t know that I’ve ever even been in a Blockbuster. I also am a huge fan of Netflix. Still, it’s sad to see the end of an era.

New Poster For Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter”

Word out of the Toronto International Film Festival was pretty mixed, with a lot of critics calling the film “bland.” I still want to see it because I love Eastwood’s work and will always give him the benefit of the doubt. The new poster is pretty great too. Hereafter stars Matt Damon and Cécile de France and is set to open on October 22nd.

Movie Quote of the Day – Practical Magic, 1998 (dir. Griffin Dunne)

Gillian Owens: You ever put your arms out and spin really, really fast?
Antonia Owens: She does it all the time.
Gillian Owens: She does? Well, that’s what love is like. It makes your heart race. It turns the world upside down. But if you’re not careful, if you don’t keep your eyes on something still, you can lose your balance. You can’t see what’s happening to the people around you. You can’t see that you’re about to fall.