This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the latest from filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, one of the best shows on television, a Federico Fellini classic, and more. Briefly: Snowpiercer [Blu-ray] - $14.94 (50% off) The Purge: Anarchy (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - $22.99 (34% off) Sex Tape [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (44% off) Mad Men: the Final Season-Part 1 [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (50% off) Life After Beth [Blu-ray] - $15.99 (36% off) Earth to Echo [Blu-ray] - $19.96 (50% off) The Fluffy Movie - Extended Edition (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - $22.99 (34% off) La dolce vita [Blu-ray] - $34.99 (12% off) Pee-wee's Playhouse: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] - $96.99 (35% off) Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Seasons 1, 2, 3, & 4 [Blu-ray] - $44.99 (59% off)
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- Adam Chitwood
“The most miserable life is better, believe me, than an existence protected by a society where everything’s organized and planned for and perfect,” says Steiner (Alain Cuny), Marcello’s (Marcello Mastroianni) only friend with seemingly any moral fiber or family values in the Rome of upper-class debauchery in which they surf throughout Federico Fellini’s groundbreaking critical masterpiece on the vacuous Roman high-life of the late 50s, La Dolce Vita. Steiner’s fleeting suggestion stands as an epiphanic thesis of Marcello’s own internal struggle to find love and stability while carrying out a career in journalism that takes him gallivanting with royalty and movie stars throughout all the ancient and newly minted quarters of Rome. The final frames of the film featuring Paola’s (Valeria Ciangottini) subtle glance to the audience suggest that in this new hodge-podge of old and evolving culture, only the innocence of youth has »
- Jordan M. Smith
La dolce vita (Criterion Collection) Blu-ray I've already posted my review of Criterion's new Blu-ray release of Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita, which was the first entry in my Best Movies series earlier this year. In short, it's a wonderful release, but if you prefer specific details click here.
Snowpiercer Snowpiercer is something of a cult online hit, but as I said in my review, "It's a fun film with some interesting ideas and given the scope I'm happy to have seen it on the big screen, but in the grand scheme of things it's a relatively minor work." I'm still happy I saw it in theaters, but when the Blu-ray arrived here at Ros-hq I can't say I had the slightest interest in revisiting it.
- Brad Brevet
If you even wondered what it would look like if one of the greatest auteurs in film history directed an episode of “Tales From The Crypt," look no further than Federico Fellini’s absurdist short “Toby Dammit,” based on a relatively obscure Edgar Allen Poe story titled “Never Bet The Devil Your Head." The quickest way to describe “Toby Dammit” would be as “8½ in Hell." Firmly planted in Fellini’s late '60s narcissistically colorful, exuberant dream-reality period, “Toby Dammit” represented one-third of an anthology feature consisting of three Poe adaptations from three of the most revered filmmakers at the time: Fellini, Louis Malle, and Roger Vadim (perhaps “tolerated” instead of “revered” is a better description for Vadim). The feature is called “Spirits of the Dead,” and even though Fellini received a considerable amount of praise for his segment, the other two shorts failed to impress. Eventually, critics and audiences discarded. »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
It felt like I watched a lot this week, primarily because I spent a lot of time exploring not only the movies, but special features on three Criterion Blu-rays. I already posted my reviews for Roman Polanski's Macbeth (read my review here) and Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita (read my review here) and just last night I watched Shohei Imamura's Vengeance is Mine as well as the 1999 interview with Imamura. As I'm sure you all know, exploring the features on a Criterion release can take some time, almost always more time than watching the movie itself. I'll have my review of Vengeance is Mine this coming week. The only other movie I watched this last week, and another movie I'll have a review of this coming week, is Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman, which did gangbusters this weekend in limited release and I'm really interested in reading some of »
- Brad Brevet
Lyon – In a deal involving two key players in the two key markets for classic film, Charles S. Cohen’s New York-based Cohen Media Group has acquired North American rights to eight films from Gallic mini-major Gaumont for release via the Cohen Film Collection.
The deal was closed at the Lyon Lumière Festival’s Classic Film Market (Mfc), which wrapped Friday in France’s Lyon, by Tim Lanza, VP of Cohen Film Collection, and Virginie Royer, Gaumont international sales manager.
Titles will be released via Cmg’s Cohen Film Collection, created by Cmg’s acquisition in 2012 of the 700-plus Rohauer Film Collection. Twinned with Cmg’s purchase, concluded August, of New York’s four-screen Quad Cinema arthouse, and its upcoming renovation and technical upgrade, »
- John Hopewell
Loosely inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's 1841 story "Never Bet the Devil Your Head," "Toby Dammit" was part of "Spirits of the Dead," a collage of films by Fellini, Louis Malle and Roger Vadim. Flasy and ostentatious as ever, this was Fellini's short film follow-up to "Juliet of the Spirits," and it has that film's lurid stylishness. Sexy Terence Stamp (not-so-sexy and actually quite dead-looking here) plays a boozy former Shakespearian actor in meltdown mode who sells his soul to the devil a la "Doctor Faustus." But here he's driving around the Rome cityscape in a Ferrari, having creepy visions of Satan in the form of a creepy blonde child. Nina Rota, of course, provides the groovy score. Thanks to Open Culture for the generous share. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
I've made no secret when it comes to my love for the work of Federico Fellini's films, especially his classic La Dolce Vita, which was the first entry in my Best Movies section earlier this year. For the longest time I've owned the Koch Lorber, 2-Disc DVD edition of La Dolce Vita, continuously awaiting the day Criterion would be given the chance to add it to their esteemed collection with a transfer the film most definitely deserved. I speculated as to whether it would finally happen once Paramount had been granted exclusive rights last June and lo and behold, it is finally here and the result is exactly what fans of this film have been waiting for with visuals and sound so rich it will be almost as if you are seeing it for the first time. When it comes to the film itself, I'll point you to my »
- Brad Brevet
Steven Awalt – author interviewed by Todd Garbarini
“Well, it’s about time, Charlie!”
Dennis Weaver utters these words in my favorite Steven Spielberg film, Duel, a production that was originally commissioned by Universal Pictures as an Mow, industry shorthand for “movie of the week”, which aired on Saturday, November 13, 1971. The reviews were glowing; the film’s admirers greatly outweighed its detractors and it put Mr. Spielberg, arguably the most phenomenally successful director in the history of the medium, on a path to a career that would make any contemporary director green with envy. Followed by a spate of contractually obligated television outings, Duel would prove to be the springboard that would catapult Mr. Spielberg into the realm that he was shooting for since his youth: that of feature film directing. Duel would also land him in the court of Hollywood producers David Brown and Richard Zanuck and get him his »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Perhaps Criterion has been paying attention to my Best Movies posts. Next week sees the release of Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita on Blu-ray, which was the first installment in my Best Movies feature and a title I'll be reviewing later this week, and now my third installment, Kihachi Okamoto's The Sword of Doom will be arriving on January 6 with a new high-definition digital restoration. Unfortunately the Sword of Doom release won't come with any new features, though the film, Hiroshi Murai's cinematography, Masaru Sato's score and an audio commentary from Stephen Prince will do for me as that is a title that simply must be part of my collection. Also coming in January is Rainer Werner Fassbinder's The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant on January 13, Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg on January 20, Preston Sturges's 1942 comedy The Palm Beach Story starring Claudette Colbert »
- Brad Brevet
Whenever the Criterion Collection opens their "closet" doors to a filmmaker it's always fun to watch them scour the shelves, just to see what catches their eye and what they have to say and this latest on featuring William Friedkin (The Exorcist, Sorcerer) is one of the best yet. amz asin="B002U6DVQM" size="small"Friedkin admits to owning many of the movies in the closet and even notes Criterion's release of Fritz Lang's M, which includes an interview between Friedkin and Lang, but it's a lot of fun to see his excitement at the end of the video as he comes across Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 and says, "Surrounded by all of these riches, all of the great history of international film, this is the one for me." Right there with yah good sir. Give the video a watch below. yt id="63VRJQYcNn0" width="500" »
- Brad Brevet
He may have missed that Oscar nomination in January for "Bob on a Boat" — aka, "All is Lost" — but Robert Redford will be collecting some more hardware this year after all. The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that the 77-year-old industry legend will be honored at the 42nd annual Chaplin Award Gala. The event, which will take place on Monday, April 27, 2015, will celebrate Redford's long and distinguished filmmaking career, as well as his work as an environmentalist and founder of the Sundance Film Festival and Institute. Notable recipients of the award — which was first presented in 1972 to its namesake, Charlie Chaplin — include Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Laurence Olivier, Federico Fellini, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Meryl Streep, Barbra Streisand and Martin Scorsese. "The Board is thrilled to have Robert Redford as the next recipient of the Chaplin Award," Fslc Board Chairman Ann Tenenbaum said. "Not only is he an internationally known and loved actor, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Tonight The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences released the official list of Best Foreign Language Film Submissions that have qualified for the big show. There are 83 competitors this year, breaking the record by 7 films and in January 11% of those (aka 9 films... I think it really should be 12 each year) will move on to the "finals" from which 5 nominees will be chosen. In a long overdue adjustment to the category the names of the winning film's director will be placed on the statue alongside the country. Previously it was just the country which is silly because nobody would claim that Pedro Almodovar, Ingmar Bergman or Federico Fellini didn't win this category, you know?
The Film Experience's Official Submission Charts, the most comprehensive collection of the nominees on the web, are fully updated with posters, official charts, running times and more.
Pt. 1 Afghanistan through Ethiopia - 25 submissions
Pt. 2 Finland through Nepal -30 submissions
- NATHANIEL R
Love in the City is a 1953 feature made at the height of the Italian Neorealist movement, when a new generation of Italian filmmakers sought to take more direct inspiration from everyday life. It’s made of six segments, each with its own writer or director, and each with its own distinct take on what neorealism is. The directors of two of the segments, Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni, went on to become supreme artists of their generation, and their respective films reflect their personal fascinations—and frustrations—with neorealism. »
We're mourning the loss of Peter von Bagh along with countless others in the world cinema community. Many are sharing past articles on or by von Bagh. Here's Jonathan Rosenbaum's piece on the man, and his extraordinary film Helsinki, Forever:
"We’ve met at various times in Paris, London, New York, Southern California, Chicago, Helsinki, Sodankylä, and Bologna — and probably in other places as well, although these are the ones I currently remember. The first times were in Paris in the early 1970s, when he looked me up, and it must have been either in San Diego in 1977 or 1978 or in Santa Barbara between 1983 and 1987 that he convinced me to buy a multiregional Vcr. Most likely it was the latter, where I was mainly bored out of my wits apart from my pastime of taping movies from cable TV, and Peter maintained that if we started swapping films through the mail, »
10. Altered States (1980)
Directed by: Ken Russell
Is it a horror film? Many of Ken Russell’s films could be argued as such, but there’s enough in Altered States that makes it less horror and more science fiction/psychological thriller. Based on the novel by Paddy Chayefsky, Altered States introduced the world to William Hurt (and also featured the film debut of Drew Barrymore). Edward Jessup (Hurt) is studying schizophrenia, but branches out into sensory deprivation experimentation with a floating tank. Eventually, he travels to Mexico to visit a tribe that provides him with an extract which he begins to take before his trips into the flotation tank, resulting in bizarre imagery and eventual physical devolution, once to a primitive man and to a near primordial blob. Side effects start to occur, causing Edward to suffer from episodes of partial regression even without the hallucinogenic drug. Russell’s direction shifts »
- Joshua Gaul
The New York Film Festival begins this Friday. But our screenings have already begun. Here is Glenn on two Italian films, "The Wonders" and "Misunderstood"
If Paolo Sorrentino’s Oscar-winning The Great Beauty (2013) was an ode to the fantastical visions of Federico Fellini's Italy, then Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders is an appropriate return to the world of the country’s famed neorealist movement of the 1940s and ‘50s, concerning itself with the economic and moral quandries of so-called everyday Italians. Coming in second place at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, it follows a family in rural Italy who scrape by due their honey farming, but an encounter with a television production in their hometown spearheads the eldest daughter’s desire to lift herself and her family out of the poverty line that they barely manage to survive above.
Perhaps Rohrwacher’s greatest achievement with The Wonders is »
- Glenn Dunks
A new issue of Film Comment is out and a generous slice of it is online. Amy Taubin talks with David Fincher about Gone Girl, Quintín considers the work of Lisandro Alonso and Robert Horton previews the New York Film Festival's Joseph L. Mankiewicz retrospective. Plus reviews of David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars, Alex Ross Perry's Listen Up Philip and more. Also in today's roundup: Jonathan Rosenbaum on Béla Tarr, an excerpt from an unrealized screenplay by Pier Paolo Pasolini, Sophia Nguyen on Scarlett Johansson, essays on Federico Fellini's Il Bidone, Ben Rivers and Ben Russell’s A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness and more. » - David Hudson »
Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of visionary filmmakers? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile (read this September), we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten list of favorite films. Craig Johnson (who sees his The Skeleton Twins receive its theatrical release on September 12th) put together this top 10 (as of September 2014).
Carrie - Brian De Palma (1976)
“Freaky, funny, arty, beautiful, … and fucking scary. Sissy Spacek breaks your heart. And that seventies split screen action? Badass. This movie delivers on all levels at all times.”
“Every moment of this movie rings true. Painfully funny, painfully smart and so perfectly constructed. My sister and I quote it whenever we see each other. Might be a perfect film.”
“The look on Mrs. Robinson’s face when Benjamin leaves her in the hallway. »
- Eric Lavallee
Honorary Award: Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth among dozens of women bypassed by the Academy (photo: Honorary Award non-winner Gloria Swanson in 'Sunset Blvd.') (See previous post: "Honorary Oscars: Doris Day, Danielle Darrieux Snubbed.") Part three of this four-part article about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Award bypassing women basically consists of a long, long — and for the most part quite prestigious — list of deceased women who, some way or other, left their mark on the film world. Some of the names found below are still well known; others were huge in their day, but are now all but forgotten. Yet, just because most people (and the media) suffer from long-term — and even medium-term — memory loss, that doesn't mean these women were any less deserving of an Honorary Oscar. So, among the distinguished female film professionals in Hollywood and elsewhere who have passed away without »
- Andre Soares
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