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Directed by Alice Rohrwacher
Gelsomina (Maria Alexandra Lungu) is a 12 year-old head of household in a family of beekeepers. Her father Wolfgang (Sam Louwyck) keeps a tight watch on the business in their isolated plot of land in the Tuscan region. Two new events – the arrival of a reality TV show, and of a young boy, Martin (Luis Huilca) – change her world dramatically.
The opening of Alice Rohrwacher’s transcendent film is at once beautifully disjointed and metaphorical. A group of hunters move through the pitch-blackness only to suddenly and surprisingly come across the beekeeper’s house, secluded almost to the point of comedy.
The setup feels allegorical: the hunters are the real world, Gelsomina and company are a fiction, and the reality TV show will somehow bridge that gap. It’s not the only moment where Rohrwacher’s film feels nearly magical – a camel in the backyard, »
- Neal Dhand
Writer/director Christopher Nolan adapted Memento from a short story by his brother Jonathan Nolan titled “Memento Mori”, and the unusual, neo-noir psychological thriller took audiences by storm upon release in 2000 and has since achieved cult hit status with a fervent following.
Starring Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Joe Pantoliano, Memento was lauded for its nonlinear narrative structure and motifs of memory, perception, grief, and self-deception. The film was a box office success and received numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing.
Nolan’s original Memento follows Leonard (played by Guy Pearce) who is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The difficulty, however, of locating his wife’s killer is compounded by the fact that he suffers from a rare, »
- Michelle McCue
Putting Christopher Nolan on the map after his debut feature Following, his 2000 Oscar-nominated drama Memento was an immediately well-received, inventive feat of nonlinear storytelling with an emotional center to back it up. 15 years later, and still remaining perhaps his most impressive feature, it holds up wonderfully, so, of course, Hollywood is planning to remake it.
Announced today, Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi‘s Ambi Pictures — the same group that threatened a remake of the Federico Fellini classic La Dolce Vita — are set to finance and produce the remake, although no talent has yet to be attached, THR reports. The problems began this past September when the company acquired the rights to the film, along with a library of 400 others from Exclusive Media Group, who also own Donnie Darko, End of Watch, Sliding Doors, The Way Back, Rush, The Ides of March, and Cruel Intentions. Memento looks to be one of »
- Leonard Pearce
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
This is the final weekend for marathon screenings of Out 1. We highly recommend taking the plunge.
Museum of the Moving Image
- Nick Newman
Claudia Cardinale launched an appeal for tourists to return to Egyptian destinations in the wake of the recent Russian plane crash as the iconic Italian actress, unafraid of travelling to Egypt, received a lifetime achievement prize from the Cairo Film Festival which kicked off its 37th edition with Jonathan Demme’s Maryl Streep-starrer “Ricky and the Flash” sans talent in tow.
“Egypt is a peaceful country and it will rise again,” the Tunisian-born star, best known for her roles in Luchino Visconti’s “The Leopard” and Federico Fellini’s “8 1\2,” said from the stage of the Cairo Opera House on Wednesday evening, prior to the fest’s official opening ceremony, Italian news agency Ansa reported.
”Art and creativity can beat the culture of hate and death espoused by terrorism,” Cardinale added. “I hope tourists come back soon.”
The Metrojet Airbus A321 crash, which on Oct. 31 killed 224 people on board – and is »
- Nick Vivarelli
The Martian, which remained in the top three at the box office over the weekend in its sixth week at theaters, is a bonafide hit for legendary director Ridley Scott and will almost certainly earn multiple nominations from the Academy.
Scott is no stranger to nominations, having earned three best directing nods in his career, but the award itself still eludes the English director. 2000’s Gladiator may have earned a best actor Oscar for Russell Crowe and best picture, but Scott lost best director to Steven Soderbergh for Traffic. The very next year saw the same outcome for Scott as his directing nomination for Black Hawk Down lost out to Crowe-starring A Beautiful Mind‘s director, Ron Howard.
This year is shaping up to be different for Scott, however, as The Martian continues to rack up at the box office and resound with critics. A »
- Patrick Shanley
Concorde has carved out a unique niche in Germany over the past 35 years with a broad spectrum of international cinema that has ranged from works by Louis Malle, Federico Fellini and David Lynch to the more recent box office successes of the “Iron Man” and “Twilight” franchises.
The company is also active in domestic productions, releasing at least two to three German films a year that parent Tele Muenchen Group (Tmg) either develops and produces inhouse — such as the upcoming biopic “The Von Trapp Family — A Life of Music” — or co-produces with established partners.
Concorde’s consistently eclectic range of titles has allowed it to offer both prestige arthouse films by award-winning auteurs, including Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac,” while regularly reaping B.O. earnings from mainstream titles, such as Louis Leterrier’s hit “Now You See Me.”
“We expect a certain level of quality for our program and longevity for our library, »
- Ed Meza
From The Press Release:
Orgy of The Damned is beautiful to look at and enjoyable to watch, this new movie is sure to make a name for itself and quickly become a cult classic. It has many key motives that make it a compelling choice for every cult movie lover. From its dark and brooding tale of vampires to its usage of today’s Hollywood club scene, the film uniquely portrays a quite unusual and incestuous family of vamps and how they spend their time. They are existentially bored, »
Special Mention: The Last Wave
Directed by Peter Weir
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Peter Weir follows up on his critically acclaimed masterpiece Picnic at Hanging Rock with this visually striking and totally engrossing surrealist psychological thriller. Much like Picnic, The Last Wave is built around a mystery that may have a supernatural explanation. And like many Peter Weir movies, The Last Wave explores the conflict between two radically different cultures- in this case, that of Aboriginal Australians and the white Europeans.
It is about a white lawyer, David Burton (Richard Chamberlain), whose seemingly normal life is rattled after he takes on a pro bono legal aid case to defend a group of Aborigines from a murder charge in Sydney. The mystery within the mystery surrounding »
- Ricky Fernandes
The first thing you should notice is the three directors: Federico Fellini, Louis Malle, and Roger Vadim. Secondly, take notice of the cast, which includes Brigitte Bardot, Jane Fonda, Peter Fonda, Alain Delon, Terence Stamp, Salvo Randone, James Robertson Justice, Françoise Prévost and Marlène Alexandre. Spirits Of The Dead is an adaptation of three Edgar Allan Poe stories, one of which demands to be seen.
The first segment of the film, Vadim’s “Metzgengerstein”, is unfortunately the least impressive, but is still great in its own right, and features a marvelous performance by Jane Fonda. Malle’s segment, which is the second of the three, turns Edgar Allan Poe’s 1839 story into an engrossing study in cruelty and sadism. This episode is an engaging enough entry, »
- Ricky Fernandes
The agreement will run for three years and cover both film and television production.
Ivernel said the move highlighted Gaumont’s “ambition to expand further in English-speaking film and high-end European TV series.”
Prior to forming, Montebello, Ivernel ran Les Cinemas Gaumont Pathé and turned Pathé UK into one of the most successful production and distribution companies in Europe.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
David Cronenberg swaps his venereal ick-monsters for Samantha Eggar's mater furiosa, an annihilating female who commits her killings as would the villain of a Greek tragedy -- through her offspring. Oliver Reed is the new-age guru of 'Psychoplasmics,' who teaches Eggar to direct her rage in an utterly unique way. The disturbing concept sounds less preposterous when one finds out it was written in response to a brutal divorce experience. Hell hath no fury. The Brood Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 777 1979 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 92 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date October 13, 2015 / 39.95 Starring Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, Henry Beckman, Nuala Fitzgerald, Cindy Hinds, Susan Hogan, Gary McKeehan, Michael Magee, Robert Silverman, Felix Silla. Cinematography Mark Irwin Film Editor Alan Collins Original Music Howard Shore Special Makeup Jack Young, Dennis Pike Art Direction Carol Spier Produced by Claude Héroux Written and Directed by David Cronenberg
Reviewed by »
- Glenn Erickson
Directed by Allan Ungar
In Gridlocked, Dominic Purcell plays David Hendrix, a Strategic Response Team (a type of swat team) leader who after taking a bullet in the line of duty is on forced leave from his squad. Hendrix spends his days single-handedly kicking down doors and laying the smack down on petty thugs while pining to rejoin his former unit. Enter Brody Walker (Cody Hackman), a Justin Bieber-esque movie star with a downward spiraling career and a penchant for indiscretions that leaves him facing jail time. Walker’s PR/Legal team cut a deal placing him in a community service program as Hendrix’s tag-a-long, and surprise, surprise, the two don’t get along. Just when Gridlocked looks to be ripping pages right out of the 48 Hrs. and Ride Along movie making handbooks, it provides one more swerve. Hendrix takes Brody to his former headquarters, »
- Victor Stiff
A testament to the importance of restoration, the new digital transfer of Ettore Scola’s 1977 title A Special Day is a beauty to behold. Premiering at the Cannes Film Festival, it went on to collect a number of accolades, winning a Golden Globe and a Cesar for Best Foreign Film, and scoring Marcello Mastroianni an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Scola is one of the great Italian auteurs who hasn’t received the same international renown as Fellini, Pasolini, Petri, and others, all considerable forces by the time Scola’s career was taking off in the early 1970s. He’s played in competition at Cannes eight times (winning Best Director in 1976 for Ugly, Dirty and Bad and Best Screenplay in 1980 for La Terrazza), and his most recent film, 2013’s How Strange to Be Named Federico was a playful homage to Scola’s friend, Fellini. In 2014, Criterion restored his 1962 title Il Sorpasso, »
- Nicholas Bell
Highlights Of Issue #33 Include:
Steven Jay Rubin presents part 1 of the remarkable story about the making of The Bridge at Remagen and gets insights from stars Robert Vaughn, George Segal & Bradford Dillman . Exclusive interview with Sir Roger Moore, who looks back on his days as James Bond. Brian Hannan celebrates Fellini's La Dolce Vita. Howard Hughes examines Hannie Caulder with Raquel Welch as a kick-ass lady gunslinger and also revisits the underrated gem A Twist of Sand Ray Morton provides the second and final installment about the making of the 1976 version of King Kong. Raymond Benson's Top Ten Films of 1952 Brian Davidson delves into the short, tragic career of actress Carol White. Thomas Hauerslev celebrates the 50th anniversary of Todd-ao. Plus Gareth Owen's Pinewood Past column, the latest soundtrack, film book and DVD reviews and much more!
USA/ Canada : Cinema Retro Issue #33 USA/ Canada : Cinema »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
The career of Steven Spielberg “has been almost as exhaustively media-documented as D.W. Griffith’s,” Variety once wrote. In 2015, that would be a pretty obvious statement, but this observation was made on Oct. 29, 1974, when his resume consisted of a half-dozen TV episodes, three TV movies and one feature film.
Forty-one years later, Spielberg’s latest, “Bridge of Spies” starring Tom Hanks, opens Friday, already garnering good reviews and Oscar buzz. It’s just the latest confirmation that the media was right to be fascinated with him all those decades ago; even from the beginning, it was clear that the kid had something special.
His first mention in Variety was on Dec. 12, 1968, when Universal signed him and actress Pamela McMyler to exclusive contracts, based upon their work in his short film “Amblin,” which had caught the eye of McA’s Sidney J. Sheinberg.
One of his first assignments was to direct »
- Tim Gray
"Among the slew of great Italian directors of the postwar era—Vittorio De Sica, Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Roberto Rossellini—it is Luchino Visconti whose posthumous reputation has seemed the most imperiled, perhaps because of his refusal to type himself," suggests Scott Eyman in Film Comment. A new restoration of Rocco and His Brothers is set to tour the country. More goings on: Dustin Guy Defa and Eric Leiser in New York, Matthew Barney and abstract video in Los Angeles, films by Guillermo del Toro reimagined as Victorian book covers in London, the sounds of the silent era in Berlin—and more. » - David Hudson »
To celebrate the October 16th release of the horror anthology Tales of Halloween, Daily Dead spoke to the filmmakers behind the movie to discuss the project, their individual contributions, and more.
The only directing duo contributing to Tales of Halloween, John Skipp (writer of A Nightmare on Elm Street 5) and Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy) have a lot to say about making a movie with their friends and the current state of horror. Their segment, “This Means War,” about a pair of neighbors feuding over Halloween decorations, deals with this very subject.
One of the things I love about Tales of Halloween is that so many of the segments deal with different aspects of the holiday. Yours tackles Halloween decorations... sort of. Where did the inspiration for your short, "This Means War", come from?
- Patrick Bromley
We Are Movie Geeks recently had the opportunity to sit down with Brad Kane. Brad is a singer, writer, and producer who provided the singing voice for the classic 1992 Disney musical Aladdin, which will be released on Blu-ray October 13th. (Trailer)
Brad was in St. Louis promoting the Diamond Edition Blu-ray and we asked him some questions about Aladdin, Robin Williams, his role on the TV show Black Sails, and what it was like performing at the Academy Awards.
Interview conducted by Tom Stockman October 6th, 2015
We Are Movie Geeks: Were you involved in any of the extras on the Aladdin Blu-ray?
Brad Kane: No, I think most of the extras involved Robin Williams and the way he used his voice and props and things. I think Ron Clements, the director, was involved in some of the extras as well, but not me.
We Are Movie Geeks: Have you been to St. »
- Tom Stockman
"When the late movie critic Gene Siskel asked Martin Scorsese what he believed to be the most emblematic image from his body of work, Scorsese’s answer was simple: the title sequence of Raging Bull." The Art of the Title talks with designer Dan Perri. Also in today's roundup: Peter Greenaway on Street of Crocodiles by Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay, an extract from Akira Kurosawa's autobiography, Film International on Federico Fellini's La dolce vita and Alex Ross Perry's Queen of Earth, Movie Mezzanine on Stanley Kubrick's Killer's Kiss and Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom—and more. » - David Hudson »
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