Friday, August 31, 2012

Chained at Fantasy FilmFest

After Oldenburg, Harlem and Wrozlaw, Fantasy FilmFest was my 4th film festival experience (and the most unorganized) but at least we could take the subway to the theater.

I told you about the ticket organization and my two hours in the line. Also the cinema hall entering was a bit crowded. But we had a good starting position and snagged great seats. I assume the slight chaos was a result of only two halls were booked for the festival and all other cinemas of the multiplex played regular movies.

After the lights switched off they showed three or four trailer I wasn’t interested at all but jippy, no advertisement. Then the lights got up again and we were welcomed by a guy who introduced Jennifer Lynch. She greeted the audience and both said they were happy to show the uncut Chained version. I was really happy to hear this after all the NC-17 rating problems in the US.

For the last days I quarreled myself how much I should say about the movie. I didn’t want to spoil but I also want to talk about the content.

It is right, Chained concentrated on Bob and Rabbit. All the different killed women step behind. You don’t get to know them and one was so annoying that I was really happy that she gets killed. Even Julia Ormond is only one of them and you don’t feel any CI chemistry between Vincent and her.

…Bob, he is different than any other of his characters. Even his voice is different and he has a slight lisp. I need to confess, I wanted his death. Okay, there is a slight flashback, explaining how he had gotten what he was, but seeing Rabbit, you know there are different ways.

The location is also great. Bob's house in the middle of nowhere and not at all comfortable. There is also no slight changing over all the years.

I really liked how Rabbit honored the death with an item on their graves. Unbelievable how much space there must be under the house, but they only showed the same spot with every new victim.

There was a moment, where I thought now Bob got Rabbit. I was so relieved that he didn’t.

To get an extra view on the scenery through the cute Teddy Bear spy cams had been a nice addition. But I asked me how Bob watched his videos? He only had this very old tv.

I read that people didn’t like the second end. Of course the first is amazing with the perfect piece of grave furniture. But to see Jake Weber again also in such an ugly bathrobe…perfect, gave the whole movie a twist. His wife was the only woman with a personality.

The credits were also something you didn’t see or better hear often.

The first question Jennifer answered was about the NC-17/R Rating and how she lost all of her money in the cut and edition room to delete the one splatter scene. Then she explained the second end. That was really interesting. Because she got this scripted of a serial killer slaughtering many women and training a child to a monster to a study about two different characters and their influencing. The second end was a part of this first script and a compromise for the producers. But I need to confess I really liked this twist. Jennifer also said how she hired the two Rabbits (Eamon Farren via Skype) and that she hid Evan Bird from the really gross stuff. But he needed once a screaming woman in the background to play a scene better and an assistant did the job. Jennifer is very thankful for her whole team. Everyone works very hard and they could make the movie for only $700 000.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Law & Order Scoop: Kathryn Erbe Bringing Criminal Intent's Eames to SVU This Fall!

by Michael Ausiello - | August 14, 2012 11:00 AM PDT

Law & Order: SVU is welcoming a familiar face to the precinct this fall: Former Law & Order: Criminal Intent detective Kathryn Erbe. TVLine has learned that the actress will reprise her CI role of Alexandra Eames during SVU’s upcoming 14th season.

Det. Eames, now working for a joint City/Federal Homeland Security Task Force, crosses paths with the SVU squad when their investigation of a sex trafficking ring uncovers a connection to terrorists. Erbe, who spent a decade on Criminal Intent, is currently booked for one SVU episode (airdate TBD), but word is she will likely be back for more later in the season.

SVU‘s new season premieres on Sept. 26.

Plus a tweet from Warren Leight:

So awesome news. I can't believe we'll meet again Alex. I'm so excited to find more about my most favorite tv character.Woah, just think about Danny Pino and Kathryn Erbe together on screen.

Monday, August 13, 2012

2 Vanishing City Screening

This week you have the chance to watch The Vanishing City twice.

August 14th:
  • Judson Memorial Church - 55 Washington Square South, between Thompson and Sullivan Street
  • 7-11 P.M. (doors open at 6:30)
  • Price: $25 With student ID: $15
  • It will help raise funds to fight the NYU Sexton Plan.

August 18th:
  • Tribeca Grand Hotel Cinema - 2 Avenue of the Americas between Church and White Street
  • 7 P.M. (doors open at 6:15)
  • Price: $10. Must buy tickets online:  No ticket sales at the Door.
  • Two films explore how the luxurification of New York is radically changing the face and faces, communities and texture of our great city.

For more information and screenings click here.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Cinema Society & Rent the Runway host a screening of Samuel Goldwyn Films' "Robot & Frank"

Two of the wonderful Vincent blogs reported that Criminal Intent will be acquired by ION Television. Read here the article. I saw they used a photo to highlight their words of the ‘NBC News ‘Today’ of Kathryn and Vincent (I'll show you tomorrow). I never saw this photo before and moved to GettyImages. What a wonderful surprise. They published a few more photos of old event I never saw before. But I also noted that Kathryn attended The Cinema Society & Rent the Runway host a screening of Samuel Goldwyn Films' "Robot & Frank" held at Della Femina Residence, East Hampton in late July. Enjoy the pictures I found and click on the links for more. Especially the links to PMC and REX. They only publish thumbnails which I didn't add here.

Wow, I love Kathryn's wild hair. She is in full summer mood.

Photo sources:

GettyImages - Paul Zimmerman
WireImage - Steven A Henry
PMC - Nicholas Hunt
Newcom - Graylock, infusny-142
AP - with photos of PMC


Friday, August 3, 2012

Chained at Fantasy FilmFest

I'm two blog entries away from #500 but I use the 499 for Vincent ;o)

Today I got my 'Early Bird' tickets for Chained which will be aired at Fantasy FilmFest here in Berlin at August 25th. I waited 1.5 h in the row to get my tickets but okay, Vincent D'Onofrio is worth to wait a little ;o)

I read that Jennifer Lynch will attend the screening as well. I'm really excited.

This will be my 4th film festival after Oldenburg, Harlem and Wroclaw, yeah. Finally festival in my own city.