October 2007

This Week

by Alan Rapp on October 28, 2007

in Announcements 

Hey there folks!  First up, I want to welcome Sarah, a new contributor to the RF family who will be regaling us weekly on Wednesday’s with a look into the world of anime.  I don’t know about you, but I can hardly wait for her first essay on tentacle rape (just kidding)!  Fans of our sister site DHADM (another world in the Transmuto Multiverse) will no doubt recognize her unique style.  What else have we got for you this week you ask?  More of trademark goodness including trailers of films today, a look into the world of DVD on Tuesday (with a review of the final season of a certain girl detective from Neptune), Comic craziness on Wednesday, some news and tube fun for you Thursday and new film reviews including Martian Child on Friday.  All that and more!  Thanks for joining us!

Reservation Road

by Alan Rapp on October 25, 2007

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Reservation Road
  • IMDb: link

Reservation Road

The Lerner family stop at a gas station late one night.  At the same time Dwight Arno (Mark Ruffalo) is driving his son home from a Red Sox game.  Distracted and trying to get his son back before his ex-wife (Mira Sorvino) goes ballistic, Mark makes a sharp turn and accidentally hits young Josh Learner (Sean Curley) who was releasing fireflies at the side of the road.  Knowing his involvement will lose him all rights to see his son Arno drives off without stopping leaving Ethan (Joaquin Phoenix) and Grace (Jennifer Connelly) to mourn the death of their son and begin a search for the man responsible.

The film does a pretty good job in casting Ruffalo as the man responsible for the crime without making him seem evil.  Is he a coward?  Yes.  Is he responsible for the death of a young boy?  Yes.  Most of his scenes throughout the rest of the film showcase him dealing with his guilt and trying to find the courage to come clean.  The screenplay does a good job getting inside Arno’s head as he comes up with rationalizations and excuses for his actions.

On the other side of the film you have Phoenix and Connelly mourning the loss of Josh.  The film successfully allows each character to grieve in their own way, although Ethan’s obsession does come off a little over-the-top at times.

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Here’s a look behind the scenes of Lars and the Real Girl about a young man with intimacy issues who buys a girlfriend online – one made of silicone!  Don’t let the premise fool you, this one is all heart.  The film is currently in limited release and will open wide tomorrow; make sure you check back for our review!  Here are some behind the scenes moments beginning with this interview with star Ryan Gosling.  Larger version available in the Full Diagnosis along with clips from the interview of cast and crew at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Lars and the Real Girl

Ryan Gosling discusses Lars and the heart of the film


Toronto Q&A part 1


Toronto Q&A part 2


Variety interview

Here’s a clip from the Q&A session following the screening of Wristcutters: A Love Story at last year’s Sundance.  Writer/Director Goran Dukic and stars Patrick Fugit and Shea Whigham answer questions about the off-beat tale of people who have commited suicide and are now living out their existence in a purgatory not much different from regular life.  The film is now playing in limited release and make sure you check back tomorrow for our review!  Larger version available in the Full Diagnosis.

Wristcutters: A Love Story

Across the Universe is currently in theaters, and despite being released on a limited number of screens (roughly one-third of screens of The Game Plan or 30 Days of Night) its still pulling in folks and money.  Here are a few behind the scenes moments to enoy including a look at the filming of several of the movie’s numbers & short interviews with the stars of the film and director Julie Taymor as well.  You can also check out more music from the film here, and don’t forget to read my review of the film.  Check inside the Full Diagnosis for more!

Across the Universe
5 Stars

behind the scenes


Evan Rachel Wood discussing Lucy and Julie Taymor


Jim Sturgess on filming in Liverpool and the songs of the film


Joe Anderson on his character Max and the message of the film


Julie Taymor on the musical numbers – “live not pop”