Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Latest in Theaters: Love and Let Spy

Two high profile comedies are facing off this weekend in theaters, pitting two cinematic spies -- the new Maxwell Smart and the former Austin Powers -- against each other for box office supremacy:

- Steve Carell dons the shoe phone of the late Don Adams for another big screen take (remember The Nude Bomb?) of the 60's TV comedy classic Get Smart. Anne Hathaway, Alan Arkin and Dwayne Johnson join him in the fight against KAOS, led by Terence Stamp.
- After a long absence onscreen, Mike Myers trots out a new character with The Love Guru. Jessica Alba, Verne Troyer and a Speedo-ed Justin Timberlake also star in what is already being "hailed" as the worst movie of the year.
- And hoping to catch some of the family audience between Kung Fu Panda and next week's WALL-E is Kit Kittredge: An American Girl. Little Abigail Breslin stars as the title moppet, based on the popular line of dolls; Julia Ormond and Chris O'Donnell play her parents, and the cast (under the direction of Patricia Rozema) also includes Jane Krakowski, Joan Cusack and Stanley Tucci.

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  1. Don't forget about this queer camp delight opening today for a week in LA!!

    She was a housewife seeking kicks in a world of sex, sin, and swingers…
    opens at Los Angeles' Laemmle Sunset 5, June 20th, 2008

    A candy-colored tribute to classic sexploitation films of the Sixties and Seventies, VIVA opens on Friday, June 20th, 2008 at the Laemmle Sunset 5 at . Artist, filmmaker and performer 8000 Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles. Anna Biller’s take on the sexual revolution is a lurid, retro romp set in the 1970s, featuring amazing period sets, costumes, and musical numbers that will delight vintage vixens and time-traveling tramps alike.

    Barbi (Biller) is living the perfect suburban life as a pampered housewife, when she finds herself abandoned by her perfect Ken-doll husband Rick (Chad England). Soon Barbi and her girlfriend Sheila (Bridget Brno), a buxom blonde with a taste for adventure, decide to get out there and see what they’re missing, and find themselves drawn into the baroque fantasyland that was the sexual revolution, including nudist camps, the hippie scene, wild orgies, bisexuality, sadism, drugs, and bohemia.

    Shot in 35mm and saturated to the hilt with vibrant color, and exquisitely detailed in its depiction of the period, VIVA looks like a lost film from the late '60's, right down to the campy and self-assured performances, the big lighting, the plethora of negligées, and the delirious assortment of Salvation Army ashtrays, lamps, fabrics, and bric-a-brac. Whether you're looking for nude dancing, alcoholic swingers, stylish sex scenes, a sea of polyester, Hammond organ jams, glitzy show numbers, white horses, blondes in the bathtub, gay hairdressers, or psychedelic animation, VIVA has it all!

    Anna Biller and various cast and crew will be in attendance at select opening weekend screenings.

    " A meticulously designed re-imagining of "classy"-minded '70's-era soft porn...
    .pops with parodic joy" --Robert Abele, L.A. TIMES

    2008 | 120 minutes | 35 mm |


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