Archive for May, 2008

Garden Party

Friday, May 30th, 2008

All Genres:
Drama

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 88 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: Come with a Dream. Leave with a Story.

 

Cast: Vinessa Shaw … Sally St. Claire
Willa Holland … April
Richard Gunn … Todd
Patrick Fischler … Anthony
Fiona Dourif … Becky
Erik Smith … Sammy (as Erik Scott Smith)
Alexander Cendese … Nathan (as Alex Cendese)
Ross Patterson … Joey Zane
Jordan Havard … Wayne
Christopher Allport … Davey Diamond
Jeff Newman … Carlos
Tierra Abbott … Lana
Lisa Arturo … April's Mother
Erik Bragg … Dirk
Alesha Rucci … Adriana (as Alesha Clarke)

 

Plot: Are you young, sexually confused, just trying to get by? Do you sing, dance or possess some other talent… add synopsis

Entre les murs

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

All Genres:
Drama

Release Year: 2008

Country: France

Runtime: Argentina:128 min | France:128 min | USA:128 min

Languages: French

Director:

Tagline:

 

Writers: Laurent Cantet (scenario) and Robin Campillo (scenario) …

 

Cast: François Bégaudeau … François Marin
Agame Malembo-Emene … Agame
Angélica Sancio … Angélica
Arthur Fogel … Arthur
Boubacar Toure … Boubacar
Burak Özyilmaz … Burak
Carl Nanor … Carl
Cherif Bounaïdja Rachedi … Cherif
Dalla Doucoure … Dalla
Damien Gomes … Damien
Esmeralda Ouertani … Esmeralda
Eva Paradiso … Eva
Henriette Kasaruhanda … Henriette
Juliette Demaille … Juliette
Justine Wu … Justine

 

Plot: Teacher and novelist Fran

Synecdoche, New York

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

All Genres:
Comedy, Drama

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 124 min

Languages: English | German

Director:

Tagline:

 

Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman … Caden Cotard
Catherine Keener … Adele Lack
Sadie Goldstein … Olive (4 years old)
Tom Noonan … Sammy Barnathan
Peter Friedman … Emergency Room Doctor
Charles Techman … Like Clockwork Patient
Josh Pais … Dr. Eisenberg – Ophthalmologist
Daniel London … Tom
Robert Seay … David
Michelle Williams … Claire Keen
Stephen Adly Guirgis … Davis
Samantha Morton … Hazel
Hope Davis … Madeleine Gravis
Frank Girardeau … Plumber
Jennifer Jason Leigh … Maria

 

Plot: A theater director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he attempts to create a life-size replica of New York inside a warehouse as part of his new play. add synopsis

 

Awards: 5 wins & 9 nominations

Wendy and Lucy

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

All Genres:
Drama

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: USA:80 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: On the long road, friendship is everything.

 

Writers: Jonathan Raymond (story) Jonathan Raymond (writer)

 

Cast: Michelle Williams … Wendy
Lucy … Lucy the Dog
David Koppell … Kid by Fire
Max Clement … Kid by Fire
Sid Shanley … Kid by Fire
Dave Hubner … Kid by Fire
Michelle Worthey … Sadie
Will Oldham … Icky
Wally Dalton … Security Guard (as Walter Dalton)
Roger D. Faires … Recycler in Wheelchair (as Roger Faires)
Boggs Johnson … Recycling Man
Tanya Smith … Grocery Checker
Michael Brophy … Grocery Store Stocker
John Robinson … Andy
John Breen … Mr. Hunt

 

Plot: A woman’s life is derailed en route to a potentially lucrative summer job. When her car breaks down… add synopsis

 

Awards: 4 wins & 5 nominations

Swing Vote

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

All Genres:
Comedy, Drama

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 120 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: One ordinary guy is giving the candidates a reason to run.

 

Writers: Jason Richman (written by) & Joshua Michael Stern (written by)

 

Cast: Kevin Costner … Bud Johnson
Madeline Carroll … Molly Johnson
Paula Patton … Kate Madison
Kelsey Grammer … President Andrew Boone
Dennis Hopper … Donald Greenleaf
Nathan Lane … Art Crumb
Stanley Tucci … Martin Fox
George Lopez … John Sweeney
Judge Reinhold … Walter
Charles Esten … Lewis
Richard Petty … Himself
Willie Nelson … Himself
Mare Winningham … Larissa Johnson
Mark Moses … Attorney General Wyatt
Nana Visitor … Galena Greenleaf

 

Plot: In a remarkable turn-of-events, the result of the presidential election comes down to one man’s vote.

 

Awards: 1 nomination

Changeling

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

All Genres:
Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 141 min

Languages: Portuguese | English

Director:

Tagline: To find her son, she did what no one else dared.

 

Cast: Angelina Jolie … Christine Collins
Gattlin Griffith … Walter Collins
Michelle Gunn … Sandy
Michael Kelly … Detective Lester Ybarra
Jan Devereaux … Operator
Erica Grant … Operator
Antonia Bennett … Operator
Kerri Randles … Operator
Frank Wood … Ben Harris
Morgan Eastwood … Girl on Tricycle
Madison Hodges … Neighborhood Girl
John Malkovich … Rev. Gustav Briegleb
Colm Feore … Chief James E. Davis
Devon Conti … Arthur Hutchins
Ric Sarabia … Man at Diner

 

Plot: A grief-stricken mother takes on the LAPD to her own detriment when it stubbornly tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child, while also refusing to give up hope that she will find him one day. add synopsis

 

Awards: Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 31 nominations

Two Lovers

Monday, May 19th, 2008

All Genres:
Drama, Romance

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 110 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: Sometimes we leave everything to find ourselves.

 

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix … Leonard Kraditor
Gwyneth Paltrow … Michelle Rausch
Vinessa Shaw … Sandra Cohen
Moni Moshonov … Reuben Kraditor
Isabella Rossellini … Ruth Kraditor
John Ortiz … Jose Cordero
Bob Ari … Michael Cohen
Julie Budd … Carol Cohen
Elias Koteas … Ronald Blatt
Shiran Nicholson … DJ Juice rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Cale … Jeweler
Kathryn Gerhardt … New Year's Eve Party Guest #3
Nick Gillie … Livery Driver
Carmen M. Herlihy
Samantha Ivers … Stephanie
Anne Joyce … Leonard's ex-fiance
Mari Koda … Popping Dancer
RJ Konner … Upscale Opera Guest
Evan Lewis … Uncle
Marion McCorry … Nurse
David Ross … Waiter
Jeanine Serralles … Dayna
Jose Edwin Soto
Uzimann … Cab Driver
Elliot Villar … Bystander
Mark Vincent … Ronald's driver
Craig Walker

 

Plot: A Brooklyn-set romantic drama about a bachelor (Phoenix) torn between the family friend his parents wish he would marry and his beautiful but volatile new neighbor.

 

Awards: 6 nominations

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

All Genres:
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 122 min

Languages: English | German | Russian

Director:

Tagline: In May, the adventure continues.

 

Cast: Harrison Ford … Indiana Jones
Cate Blanchett … Irina Spalko
Karen Allen … Marion Ravenwood
Shia LaBeouf … Mutt Williams
Ray Winstone … 'Mac' George Michale
John Hurt … Professor Oxley
Jim Broadbent … Dean Charles Stanforth
Igor Jijikine … Dovchenko
Dimitri Diatchenko … Russian Suit
Ilia Volok … Russian Suit
Emmanuel Todorov … Russian Soldier
Pasha D. Lychnikoff … Russian Soldier
Andrew Divoff … Russian Soldier
Venya Manzyuk … Russian Soldier (as Veniamin Manzyuk)
Alan Dale … General Ross

 

Plot: Famed archaeologist/adventurer Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones is called back into action when he becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls.

 

Awards: Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins & 24 nominations

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

All Genres:
Drama, Romance

Release Year: 2008

Country: Spain | USA

Runtime: 96 min

Languages: English | Catalan | Spanish

Director:

Tagline: Life is the ultimate work of art

 

Cast: Rebecca Hall … Vicky
Scarlett Johansson … Cristina
Chris Messina … Doug
Patricia Clarkson … Judy Nash
Christopher Evan Welch … Narrator (voice)
Kevin Dunn … Mark Nash
Julio Perillán … Charles
Juan Quesada … Guitarist in Barcelona
Richard Salom … Art Gallery Guest #1
Maurice Sonnenberg … Art Gallery Guest #2
Javier Bardem … Juan Antonio Gonzalo
Manel Barceló … Doctor
Josep Maria Domènech … Julio Josep
Emilio de Benito … Guitarist in Asturias
Jaume Montané … Juan Antonio's Friend #1

 

Plot: Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.

 

Awards: Won Oscar. Another 19 wins & 28 nominations

Tôkyô sonata

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

All Genres:
Drama

Release Year: 2008

Country: Japan | Netherlands | Hong Kong

Runtime: 120 min

Languages: Japanese

Director:

Tagline: Every family has its secrets. [USA release]

 

Writers: Kiyoshi Kurosawa (screenplay) Max Mannix (writer)

 

Cast: Teruyuki Kagawa … Ryûhei Sasaki
Kyôko Koizumi … Megumi Sasaki
Yû Koyanagi … Takashi Sasaki
Inowaki Kai … Kenji Sasaki
Haruka Igawa … Kaneko-san
Kanji Tsuda … Kurosu
Kazuya Kojima … Kobayashi-san
Kôji Yakusho … Dorobô rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jason Gray … Amerika no ashigaru

 

Plot: An ordinary Japanese family slowly disintegrates after its patriarch loses his job at a prominent company.

 

Awards: 9 wins & 1 nomination