Wednesday Round-Up: “Alfie,” Bradley, Kafka, and “Vice”

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A pretty diverse mix on this Wednesday, May 29. Incidentally, many of these have already been re-Tweeted by me at Twitter.com/FilmSwoon. If you’re not following me there yet, you should be.

  • For those in Buffalo: Hallwalls’ Jazz Noir series comes to a close tomorrow night with an iconic sixties classic: “Alfie.” Michael Caine is easy to imitate, but pretty hard to duplicate, as Jude Law discovered.
  • Grantland has posted an ESPN “30 for 30” documentary short on former Sabres goalie Clint Malarchuk. It’s titled “Cutthroat,” so you pretty much know where this is going.
  • Also on Grantland, Mark Harris calls Bradley Cooper “the smartest star in Hollywood” — even after the disaster that was “The Hangover Part III.”
  • Speaking of Bradley Cooper: I’m not sure David O’Russell’s upcoming “American Hustle” will have elements of comedy, but with this wardrobe and hair, I have to think it will.
  • I’ll be sharing thoughts on Steven Soderbergh’s “Behind the Candelabra” soon; here, the supposedly retiring director talks about a recut of his fascinating second film, “Kafka,” a notorious flop.
  • The cool U.K. music site Louder Than War looks at ex-Stone Roses manager Gareth Evans.
  • Mondo can always be counted on for killer posters. These, for “The Silence of the Lambs,” might be two of the creepiest they’ve conjured.
  • Lastly, I’m about to re-read Thomas Pynchon’s “Inherent Vice,” which Paul Thomas Anderson is currently shooting, and part of the reason I want to dive back into the tale of Doc Sportello is to try to trace who is playing who. Check out the cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Martin Short, Josh Brolin, and possibly Sean Penn. The best site for keeping track of the additions is the phenomenal “definitive Paul Thomas Anderson Resource, Cigarettes & Red Vines. Every day seems to bring a cool new cast addition.