ILC Picks of the Week

This is my first attempt (beta) at creating a edition of all of my favorite cinema-related news for the week. Each week I plan to be more inclusive to all the wonderful information that is shared out there by many of the blogs, tweets I follow. Have a happy weekend everyone!

The TIME 100: The World of Film Representin’ Again!

The 2013 TIME 100 List is out and again the world of cinema is represented quite well. While I may not agree with ALL of the selections, but they are worth the notice nonetheless; where appropriate, I labeled the category of where they were slotted, otherwise they were identified as Artists. Here are some of the honorees:


tumblr_mlg74dNCFz1qcy1c2o1_500Daniel Day-Lewis, Actor, 55 (in the “Icons” section)

Jennifer Lawrence, Actor, 22

Steven Spielberg, Director, 66

Mindy Kaling, Comedian, 33

Bryan Cranston, Actor, 57

Aamir Khan, Actor/Activist, 48

Lena Dunham, Actor, 26 (in the “Icons” section)

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Actress, 34 (in the “Icons” section)

Justin Timberlake, Musician/Actor, 32 (in the “Icons” section)

Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer, 48 (in “Titans” section)

Jimmy Fallon, Talk Show Host, 38

Shonda Rimes, Storyteller, 43 (in “Titans” Section)


What do you think? Hit me in the comments below.

Remembering Neil Armstrong

I could not let this week go without saying how profoundly sad I was to hear the news of the passing of Neil Armstrong over the weekend at the age of 82. As I said on my Facebook page at the moment of Sally Ride’s passing:

I grew up in what we now know were the waning days of the “space race”/ Cold War, where the threat of nuclear obliteration was only bested by the scientific discovery that sprung up in the wake of the quest for world dominance.

Just the other day I was thinking about space again and a childhood film that I LOVED from the 1980’s Space Camp (1985). I just KNEW that was going to be me in a few years time. Alas, I did not reach those heights, but the curiosity of what is out there always stuck with me.

Looking around the world wide web I was pleased to find out that more people share in my sentiment when it comes to remembering the first man to land on the moon’s surface. Here is just a sample, my “mix tape”of sorts from a few film sites that also reflected on the life and achievements of a man who dreamed big and for a brief moment in time was among the moon and stars …



Monday Morning Reads …

Oh well another weekend has come and gone (sad face). As is my usual routine, I spent part of my Monday morning seeing what is going on in the world of cinema that I may have missed –  a movie check-in, if you will.

Today I thought I would share with you all some of the cool things that I read or saw … happy reading!



This week, look out for the following here at i luv cinema:

  • A review of Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Another entry in Todd Mason’s Overlooked Films series
  • A retrospect of To Kill a Mockingbird
  • My entry in a really cool internet meme (sorry for the delay Dan)

Have a great week everyone!

A Weekend Full of Guilty Pleasures

We all have them … guilty pleasure films that no matter what the day or time, we are enthralled by. They are films that when you mention the visceral thrill you derive from them – people gaze at you in utter surprise (How could you like THAT movie?). Admittedly I do not think that these films are that bad; I suppose they just did not do enough to capture a widespread audience. This is fair enough – but in the end what I like about films that fit into this category for me is that they are merely asking you to “just go with it.”

This weekend, I had the good fortune to feast on two of my favorites, both from 2003: SWAT and Down with Love.


SWAT (2003)

Based on the television show of the same name, this film does play like a pretty long episode; at least in the second part. The first part of the film is basically a series of introductions to the chief protagonist/antagonist (Colin Farrel and Jeremy Renner). After this setup we are dropped into a somewhat ludicrous premise – our rag-tag SWAT team (headed my Samuel L Jackson) are given the mission transferring a billionaire, international super-criminal (Olivier Martinez) for extradition. Thanks to his public declaration of a reward of 100 MILLION DOLLARS to anyone who helps him break free, we are entertained to a host of comic criminal-types who use all sorts of armament trying to set him . I mean the action is OTT. But that is what makes this film enjoyable. There is also the occasional sharp, witty dialogue exchange between the actors.

But like I previously stated, the real star is the adrenaline/testosterone overload produced from the loud crashes booms and explosions.



Down With Love (2003)

This is obviously a throwback to those light (and sometimes musical) “battle of the sexes” comedies of the late 1950’s and 1960’s which often featured Doris Day, Rock Hudson and Tony Randall.  Although because the action is played for a modern audience the double entendre and innuendo are a bit more blatant.

In the leads we have Renée Zellwegger and Ewan McGergor with a supporting cast which includes David Hyde Pierce, Sarah Paulson and … Tony Randall!

The plot includes a smorgasbord of this sub-genre conventions, including switched identities and reversal of traditional gender roles. The hyper-stylized sets and costumes perfectly match films of the era and is another reason to sit back with your popcorn (or chocolate) and just enjoy!

What are some of your favorite “guilty pleasures”?



The Politics and Business of Oscar Campaigning

Great article in the NY Times ….

What do you all think?

Here is a book which also elaborates on the thesis of the above-mentioned article, All About Oscar: The History and Politics of the Academy Awards.

Further Evidence of the Power of Kate