Monday, February 28, 2011

'Law and Order: Criminal Intent' Final Season Brings Back Goren and Eames

A good friend of livejournal pointed me on that article.

'Law and Order: CI' Tenth Season Premieres Sunday May 1
by Marilyn French, Yahoo! Contributor Network
Feb 9, 2011

Detectives Goren and Eames played by Vincent D'Onofrio and Katherine Erbe are back for eight new episodes of "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" on Sunday May 1 on the USA Network. I am glad for the return of their characters because their departures at the beginning of season nine left me unsatisfied. It sounds like the tenth and final season may provide some resolution. It looks like Goren will try to deal with his unresolved issues and Eames will have some issues from her past resurface. The new captain is an old friend of Goren and brings him back on with his partner Eames. I am interested to see what the final season has in store for the two detectives.

The beginning of season nine of "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" saw Goren fired and Eames with a chance at captain, but in the end, she declines the position. The rest of season nine progressed with Detectives Nichols and Stevens taking the reigns for the remainder of the season nine episodes. It was a decent season, but I am looking forward to the return of Goren and Eames. I haven't heard anything about the fate of the Nichols and Stevens.

Detective Nichols played by Jeff Goldblum was an interesting and complex character, but what drew me to "Law and Order: CI" and kept me addicted for many seasons was Detective Goren. He is definitely one of my favorite all time television characters. He was a deeply tortured, but brilliant soul. He had a troubled childhood and dealing with his schizophrenic mother was a big part of his life. He also dealt with a brother with a gambling addiction. It sounds like this season he will deal with some revelations about his father, a serial killer.

Detective Goren is sharp and brilliant when it comes to interrogations, but he is a highly misunderstood person with not many close friends. His closest relationship seems to be with his partner Eames. Eames career has not progressed as well as it could have because of her partner, but she has grown increasingly loyal to her partner over the years. One episode of "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" revealed that she had requested a new partner early in their partnership.

I liked following the complexity of Goren's character throughout the show. He could be sensitive at times and those were some of my favorite moments in the show. I remember one episode where he ended up having feelings for a suspect who did end up being guilty of murder. He did his duty, but it wasn't easy for him. She said she saw that he cared about her and he apologized to her for letting her see it. The way he interacted with suspects and witnesses was interesting. At times he was literally in their face making them uncomfortable and many times leading to closing the case.

I was so into this show at one point that I watched it several times a night. It used to be on the USA Network most nights and usually two or three episodes a night. I watched it so often that I knew the episodes pretty much by heart. I hope for a great send off for "Law and Order: Criminal Intent."

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Badge vs. Badge

Detective vs. Lieutenant

I bet everyone of the CI fandom watched the first trailer of season 10 several times…of course me, too!

Vincent is looking amazing and the repeat t’jaras words, Bobby is back and that is so relieving and wonderful. But my eyes not only rested on him. I also spend a lot of gazes on Kathryn. Her hair is beautiful. Yes, I loved it short like in the first season, but long is great, too. Wow, the wave when she turned for the end. Her outfit simple and very Eames. I bet that will be the outfit for the promo pictures.

But then I took a closer look at the badges. I read in one blog entry comment that Bobby carried his old badge number…sigh. I couldn’t see it for myself, but that would be too nice. What I really discovered was Alex’s badge. The golden shield is still looking like a Detective badge.

I’m really curious what the writer/creative directors/show runner will make with her promotion to Lieutenant. I really hope they didn’t mess with that fact and complicate Alex’s vita even more.

Friday, February 25, 2011

3 Backyards Update + Finally the first CI promo clip

In the last couple of days there popped up several 3 Backyards information.

  • First, Edie Falco will be joining the screening at IFC Center on 3/11 and 3/12 and doing a q+a with Eric Mendelsohn. She also will be visiting the evening screening on Friday 3/18 at Cinema Arts Centre. I still have no information about Kathryn’s participation.
  • Second, there is a short interview with Eric Mendelsohn in the new OUT Magazine.
  • Third, 3 Backyards will have a sneak preview screening at the Jacob Burns Film Center on March 3. After the 7:30 pm screening in Pleasantville, NY will be a q+a with Eric Mendelsohn and host Jonathan Demme.
  • Last for today, here you can find a short article in the Spring, 2011 issue, PAPERMAG about 3BY. Dennis Dermody calls the movie a "moody, elegant tone poem." Click for a scan of the page.

And here it comes: the first Criminal Intent Season 10 promo clip. I really like the combination of old clips and the new promotion with Kathryn and Vincent. Both are looking amazing and there is it, that chemistry (even in a short look)…

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Do you like to listen?

Do you need an audio book to fall asleep?

Do you like to read fanfiction?

Do you know raz0r.girl or E.Helena at

I count three YES answers for myself. Take a look at audiofic and follow the links to the Criminal Intent section. I listened excited to two short audio files. What an awesome idea.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Final Sound and Music Mix

Mother’s House had finished their audio mix. Read the two facebook entries:
Mother's House
just completed the final sound/music mix. Incredibly gorgeous! Thanks, naturally, to the incredibly talented people involved. Greg, Malcolm, Davis, and clarinetist Mary Fettig... you ALL are superstars.

Mother's House
It was so exciting to spend all day with Ingrid, Greg Tobler and Malcolm Payne as we polished Greg's sound mix and laid in Malcolm's score. Movies really are a collaboration. What a great team we have!

Only one month left until the first for cast screening.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Stir of Echoes Trailer

At the weekend I watched again the amazing UK Criminal Intent opener. I so love the music. But I also found the Stir of Echoes Trailer. I think I never watched it before.

published by SupernaturalEarth

For a longer Stir of Echoes summery and review visit Dustin Putman's homepage.
..."Stir of Echoes" isn't a perfect film by any stretch of the imagination, but in the thick, atmospheric mood it conjures up, it is a terrifically eerie domestic horror-drama, and is not only effective on a technical level, but is impressive in its portrayal of a struggling working-class family. Kevin Bacon and, especially, Kathryn Erbe (1997's "Dream With the Fishes"), are top-notch and exceedingly believable as a loving married couple who nonetheless have their fair share of problems. After Tom is hypnotized and starts seeing ghastly visions, he is completely taken over by his desire to solve this mystery of the disappearing girl whom he has seen lurking in his house, and instead of Maggie not being understanding, she instead believes what Tom says, and aside from being a little worried by what he is going through, does not try to stop his pursuit. Bacon and Erbe are not traditional Hollywood stars like Tom Cruise and Julia Roberts, and therefore, are easier to relate to and always plausible as a struggling couple who have to work overtime at their jobs just to make ends meet...

Saturday, February 19, 2011

3 Backyards review

by Dustin Putman

Visit his hompage and read even more detailed movie reviews of Kathryn movies.

3,5/4 stars

Directed by Eric Mendelsohn.
Cast: Edie Falco, Elias Koteas, Rachel Resheff, Embeth Davidtz, Kathryn Erbe, Danai Gurira, Pam La Testa, Sandor Tecsy, Wesley Broulik, Peyton List.
2011 – 88 minutes
Rated: Rated R (for sexual content).
Reviewed by Dustin Putman, February 14, 2011.

A trio of strangers living in the same Long Island neighborhood are forced to reevaluate the decisions they've made in their lives over a single sleepy autumn day in "3 Backyards," an exquisitely observed slice-of-life with a genuinely transporting feel for its setting. Written and directed by Eric Mendelsohn (1999's "Judy Berlin"), who won the Directing Award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, the film is a stirring minimalist portrait of man's war with his or her own nature and the fences that their suburban lifestyles have placed them behind. As creatures big and small, predatory and harmless, surround the main characters and the fields, forests and underbrush present a curious, ever-changing sense of discovery to the paths they take, "3 Backyards" plays like a mischievously foreboding fairy tale. It's an unsuspectingly normal day like any other, but that doesn't make it less potentially dangerous. Anything can happen.

John (Elias Koteas) and his quietly distraught wife (Kathryn Erbe) are at a crossroads in their marriage, but before they can figure out the next step he must leave for a business trip. When his flight is delayed by a day, he suddenly finds himself free of both responsibility and a specific place to be. As he drifts around his own hometown, unseen by his family and everyday acquaintances, he is given a newfound glimpse at a town he comes to find he doesn't know as well as he thought. For 10-year-old Christina (Rachel Resheff), a stolen bracelet intended as her father's birthday gift to her mom causes her to miss her bus. On her walk to school, she happens upon the deviant source responsible for the rash of dogs who have recently gone missing. Finally, living a few houses down from Christina, is stay-at-home wife and mother Peggy (Edie Falco), who excitedly agrees to drive a movie star (Embeth Davidtz) renting the house across the street to the ferry, then is shattered when her expectations of who this woman really is are not met.

Sumptuously dreamlike and compellingly elusive, "3 Backyards" stands as a cinematic testament to how much can be accomplished with few resources and a heap of artistry and ambition. Shot with the RED Digital Camera on a budget of just $300,000, the film is leisurely and attentive to the small details and moments between people, whether it be a loved one or a complete stranger, that oftentimes make the greatest lasting impact. Simultaneously, writer-director Eric Mendelsohn builds a rhythmic, ever-rising urgency to, respectively, the personal journeys of John, Peggy and Christina—three protagonists set upon a reality shimmering with foreboding undercurrents and mysterious passersby. As the wistful sun peaks through the trees, arachnids spin their webs, felines prowl, caterpillars slink beneath the grass, and bees pollinate the flowers, there arises both the feeling of a routine to the world's order and the possibility, at once thrilling and threatening, of unforeseen curves to one's course. With Michael Nicholas' haunting music score of flutes and harps teasing the viewer to look closer and Kasper Anderson's entrancing cinematography painting its Long Island locale with the texture of a fable and the authenticity of knowing the land and being a longtime resident, the picture takes on the aura of a storybook transplanted into the here and now.

The tri-thread of narratives are fairly straightforward, but their purposes are deliciously ambiguous. Mendelsohn does not spell out his messages or present a biased plot, but observes his characters as they are. What one takes from the film is limitless, based on each individual viewer's perspective and what they bring to it. Peggy is beside herself at the thought of escorting a big-time actor to the ferry, imagining how they might bond on the trip through conversation and shared interests. On the drive, Peggy tosses out info she thinks she'll like, as when she discusses the art house movie theater in town and how she likes a mixture of Hollywood productions and smaller indies, but the actress is respectfully curt. She's got something else on her mind and, really, just wants a ride. Peggy expects more from her, and when she doesn't get it turns to gradual passive-aggressiveness. The portrait of fame as seen from both sides—a housewife awe-struck over a movie star, wanting something from her without knowing what, and a famous person going through a tough time who can't seem to escape the outside expectation of always being "on"—rings with resounding truth. It's not that Peggy or the actress is selfish, but that there's a sort of wall that separates who they are and why they can't completely see eye-to-eye. This is no more evident than when the actress has a brief emotional breakdown and Peggy, astonished over what she's just witnessed, responds by marveling at how "real" she is. Even seeing her as a person and not a screen character, there is an inability to disconnect the two. In a film where each performance is indelible, it is Edie Falco's (2006's "Freedomland") transformative work as Peggy, a woman who can't quite grasp or understand the sorrow inside her, that is especially poignant.

When John's plane is canceled and he finds himself with twenty-four hours to kill, he takes the airport up on a complimentary hotel room, then realizes that no one knows he is still in town. Like an invisible man, he calls his wife and young daughter (Peyton List), eavesdropping on them from outside their home while claiming to be on the flight. Back at the hotel, he has an encounter with a friendly-looking woman in a blue dress (Danai Gurira) trying without success to get a job. He sees her again at a nearby diner, watching as a spectator at the rotten way she is treated by the impatient waitress (Pam La Testa) and manager (Sandor Tecsy) when she arrives for an interview. The woman shares a smile with John, enough to break his heart, and he can't believe it when he spots her nonetheless leaving a tip on the table after having been more or less humiliated. What occurs next is achingly moving and wise in the way it is left open-ended. What stirs in the memory afterwards are the exchanges John and this good-hearted woman have, traded with facial expressions and nods without a single spoken word passed between them. Maybe things would have ended differently had he said something to her, or tried to help. He'll never know, but it does serve as the wake-up call he needs to confront his troubled marriage and make some important decisions for the future.

And then there's Christina—or "Chrissy," as the loving note her mom left in her lunchbox reads—who is plagued with guilt over trying on her jewelry and then not being able to get it off her wrist before she left her house. This feeling of unease only escalates when she realizes she lost the bracelet somewhere along her trek to school and may have to return to the dognapper's—and very possibly pedophile's—yard as she retraces her steps. Looking out during recess over her deceptively idyllic hometown from behind the fence set up around the school grounds, she is at once safe from outside harm and quite aware that no one will be watching out for her during her afternoon walk home. What does occur after school—indeed, what she does in her pursuit of getting back the bracelet—is not at all what is expected, a turn of the screws that suggests Christina is a little wiser and more cunning than we, as viewers, have taken her for. It's safe to say she won't again take what doesn't belong to her.

A tonal poem about the desires, mistakes, serendipitous encounters, and ultimate disappointments that a single day can have in store for any one of us, "3 Backyards" is a motion picture small of means, yet incalculably immense in its exploration of nothing less than the human condition. It stirs and marinates in the mind long after it has ended, growing almost more vivid by memory with the passage of time and recollection. In addition to his mesmerizing eye for setting and symbolism, director Eric Mendelsohn shows that the value of imagery and the impact of simple looks and silences over pages upon pages of non-stop dialogue and bombast is sometimes a vital, invaluable asset. There could be the argument made that the amount of lens flares used might have been lessened, but their contribution in all the more elevating the film's one-of-a-kind illusory qualities should not be discounted. Peggy, John and Christina wake up in their own beds and will go to sleep in them, too, but what they experience in between resembles a vision through the looking glass. It's a life that somehow seems both altered and exactly the same, unforgiving yet miraculous. They recognize it because it's their own.
© 2011 by Dustin Putman

Friday, February 18, 2011

Criminal Intent Filming Season 10

I’m really excited about all the tiny little information we get since the production start of Criminal Intent Season 10.

I visit every day onlocationvacations and also have an eye on .: Reelblog :. and VINNIE VIDI VICI with their awesome insider information about the single episodes. Of course, twitter helps also a lot.

You know me and my list making addiction. Of course I couldn’t refuse to make a CI-S10 filming list and install it in my side bar.

Now I’m really looking forward of on set pictures. It would be wonderful to see Kathryn and Vincent at work.

My first hunt success is that announcing poster of the Friday filming around the financial district.

It was posted via twitter from nycdowntowndiva.

Cross your finger for more photos.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

100 Drabble - Suitcase/Overnight Bag

Title: Coming home
Prompt: Suitcase/Overnight Bag
Characters: Alexandra Eames/Robert Goren
Rating: T
Word Count: 96
A/N: Post Amends

He reached inside the trunk, getting his small shoulder bag and her backpack. Carefully he took a look at her face and saw all the nervous fear. To soothe her he smiled wide and placed his palm in the small of her back, guiding her closer.

They managed the five steps and unlocked the new door. But to cross over the sill, noting Pauli’s empty cage switched on her fight-or-flight response.

She moved back and bumped against his strong frame. Wrapping her in his tight embrace, he whispered: “I’ll stay as long as you need me.”

Monday, February 14, 2011

Shirley Bellinger - 20 in 20

I'm done with my three 20 in 20 icons of February. For character20in20 I chose Shirley Bellinger from Oz like you all suggested.

Textures: [info]tiger_tyger, [info]haudvafra, [info]blade, [info]spokelse85 and [info]pikkupenguin
Tutorials: [info]alexia47 and [info]talulababy


BlueColor SplashLooking Up

Category - Memorable
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last walknarrating in death

Artist's Choice

Plus six more:

When I can get a place for the March challenge, I want to use Cholo in that round.

Like I told you at the beginning. I entered three 20 in 20 icon challenges in February. When you want to take a look at my Thumbsucker icons of shiper20in20

Click here.

I also participate for the first time in luck20in20. There I had luck and got Evan Rachel Wood.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Love from Ground Zero

Before Kathryn became Alex Eames, she played another Alex.
  • Director: Stephen Grynberg
  • Genre: Drama
  • Movie Type: Road Movie
  • Main Cast: Pruitt Taylor Vince, Simon Baker-Denny, Jacqueline McKenzie, Kathryn Erbe, James Gammon
  • Release Year: 1998
  • Country: US
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
Love From Ground Zero follows three strangers across the back roads of America with the ashes of a mutual friend. Using a series of old postcards as a map, the threesome drive from New York to Montana retracing their friend’s journey “out west” years before. As they try to make sense of the untimely death, they are forced to face the realities in their own lives that have brought them down this unpredictable road.

The film was shot on the move across the Midwestern states of Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Colorado in 35mm color by the Oscar-winning Director of Photography of the film Avatar, Mauro Fiore, and has an original acoustic score by American music legend, John McEuen, a Grammy Award winner and founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Visit the Love from Ground Zero homepage. Take a look at a few photos, clips, cast&crew reports. You also can sign up to pre-order the DVD. Unfortunately they don’t name the price or the region code.

Friday, February 11, 2011

3 Backyards and a new Captain is found

3 Backyards Doppelposter

In the end of January I asked the 3 Backyards producer Rocco Caruso about the event on March 11th and if there will be a big red carped with all the cast and crew at IFC Center.

He answered me a few days ago.

Hi Antje-
Yes we are gearing up for the NY release of the film on March 11th. Big Red carpet premieres cost a lot of money so I don't think we'll be doing anything like that. We have invited the cast to join us for the evening screenings on March 11 and 12 to do "Question and Answers" afterwords. I haven't spoken to Ms. Erbe in a few months so I don't know if she will be in town. I will let you know if she will be able to attend.
Mh? I hope Kathryn will join the screening. But I think she'll be very busy in the next weeks, when they start filming CI at Monday.

I also caught that facebook q&a.

Is there a DVD release date for the future?

3 Backyards: Look for the DVD to be out in June of this year. Thanks for your interest!

And it’s out now: Jay O. Sanders will be the new Major Case Captain. In my eyes a very good choice. I can't wait to see Kathryn act with two big guys. Also that Bobby's old friend storyline is very plausible with Mr. Sanders. I'm really excited about the new season.

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