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Christopher Nolan thinks big. There’s little question he has an impressive imagination and his body of work speaks to those larger issues. Often writing with his brother Jonathan, they have produced a series of films with a polish and gravitas that few other big budget spectacles can match.
And yet, in almost every case, the lapses in story logic rob the movie of its power so you always walk out of the theater shaking your head in bewilderment. The great ideas and execution found in Memento and again in Inception are spoiled in his other films, notably The Dark Knight Rises. Such was the case with Interstellar, coming to home video via Paramount Home Entertainment this Tuesday. The larger theme of where we do go when we ruin the Earth beyond repair is a timely one as more and more reports indicate this is the century we hit the ecological tipping point. »
- Robert Greenberger
1. The Shining (1980)
Back in 1980 legendary director Stanley Kubrick unleashed his iconic horror effort ‘The Shining’. Based on the novel by Stephen King, with plenty of artistic license being taken, the movie was yet another fine example of this director’s absolute mastery in being able to work and direct movies from different genres. Full of terrifying iconic imagery and sequences such as the twins in the hallway, the hag in the bath, the blood-letting elevators and of course the axe-wielding Jack Nicholson’s much parodied entrance through the bathroom door.
2. Psycho (1960)
Alfred Hitchcock’s classic slasher movie ‘Psycho’ is arguably one of the most influential horrors of all time. Another literary adaptation the movie was as shocking as it was successful especially considering its release 55 years ago. The movie was particularly highlighted by the surprising early demise of the apparent leading lady in the iconic shower scene and the even more unexpected finale. »
- Phil Wheat
Sam Carey on Barry Lyndon and the Oscars…
March 1976 saw One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest fly in to the 48th Academy Awards and leave with statues for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture. It was only the second time a single film has walked away with awards in the ‘big five’ categories yet, it should never have happened. Instead, in its place should have stood Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon.
Following the media furore of 1971’s A Clockwork Orange – Kubrick withdrew the film from theatres after groups imitated the attacks of ultra-violent lead character Alex and his group – the director turned his attentions to the 18th century. On the surface a huge departure from his previous work the film, Barry Lyndon, is nevertheless quintessentially Kubrick.
What sets Kubrick’s tenth feature apart from every other film released in 1975 is its polish. Stanley Kubrick »
- Gary Collinson
At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. This week we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Paul Thomas Anderson as director.
Anderson began his career without any related college experience as a production assistant. With some money he scrounged together, he made a short film, which he entered into the 1993 Sundance Film Festival. He decided to turn that short into a feature and was invited to attend the Sundance Feature Film Program, where he was mentored, and his talents were further developed. In 1996 his first feature film was released, Hard Eight, which Anderson had to raise his own money in order to edit it as he wanted, which was different than how the production company wanted to release the film. His version received some critical praise. His next film, Boogie »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Director: Norman Jewison
Running Time: 125 mins
Special Features: Return To The Arena: The Making Of Rollerball, Bloodsports with James Caan, The Fourth City locations featurette, The Bike Work: Craig R.Baxley, From Rome To Rollerball Epk, Commentary: Norman Jewison, Commentary: William Harrison, Isolated Music & Effects, Trailer, TV Spots and more…
Sport is often described as the opium of the masses. If one movie took that idea to its logical extent it was Rollerball, bringing audiences an unusual blend of rough-housing and corporate satire in the turbulent mid-Seventies. European viewers lapped up the social commentary while Americans craved the thrills of the invented sport itself. Now this sinister tale of the future arrives on Blu-ray – where every studded fist and bloodied face is presented with crystal clarity – and people can judge the result all over again. »
- Steve Palace
The world's greatest filmmakers tell their stories from the very first frame in their movies to the very last. Need proof? Just watch the amazing supercut below, and you'll notice just how many brilliant films have beginnings and endings that work in stunning tandem. This video, titled bluntly "First and Final Frames," was created by Vimeo user Jacob T. Swinney, and it's an impressive edit that highlights the brilliant work of filmmakers from every era, including John Ford, Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, Quentin Tarantino and many more. It's amazing to watch just how many movies have perfectly poetic beginnings and endings. So what are some of the highlights? One of the earliest in the video comes from a film that was only released just last year: David Fincher's Gone Girl. The mirrored beginning and ending here isn't exactly subtle in framing, but what's lurking behind Rosamund Pike's eyes »
Above: French poster by Boris Grinsson for You’ll Never Get Rich (Sidney Lanfield, USA, 1941).In the new edition of Film Comment, out this week, I write about British airbrush artist Philip Castle and his iconic poster for Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. The other man behind that poster, aside from Kubrick himself, was producer, director and writer Mike Kaplan who, at the time, was Kubrick’s marketing guru.Kaplan, who has been collecting movie posters, as well as art directing them, for 35 years, is a tireless proselytizer for the art form and his latest project is a labor of love and a pure delight. Gotta Dance! The Art of the Dance Movie Poster, a book he wrote and curated, was born out of a touring exhibition of his own personal collection that he has been exhibiting around the country for the past few years. Its latest stop is »
- Adrian Curry
Daniel Radcliffe has transitioned successfully from leading boy to leading man with films like The Woman in Black and Kill Your Darlings. Emma Watson has focused on working with interesting directors like Sophia Coppola and Darren Aronofsky. So, that accounts for two of the three leads from the Harry Potter film franchise, but where’s Rupert Grint? We’ve spotted him at SXSW! He’s starring in the new comedy Moonwalkers, a drug-fueled, hyper-violent, swinging-sixties story of CIA agent Kidman (played by Ron Perlman), deeply troubled by visions of those he’s killed in foreign wars, who’s sent across the pond to solicit the assistance of Stanley Kubrick to fake the moon landing in case the real one goes awry. Inept hustler Jonny (Grint, feeling 100...
- John Gholson
Through the use of satire, and a good dose of slapstick, Accidental Love attempts to show some of the more absurd aspects of society. However, the slapstick seems to undermine the gravity of the characters, as it carries the narrative too far into the ridiculous for the audience to then believe the film’s characterization of society. Although it is possible to bring satire and slapstick together in a way that works, in Accidental Love, they feel like two opposing tones. The movie is often humorous because of its astute observations through satire, but also awkward because it relies on embarrassing and meaningless sight gags, which hurt the overall plot and message that the filmmakers are trying to convey.
- Josh Cabrita
Hollywood is not exactly a warm and fuzzy place where everyone gets along like best friends. That’s why so many film sets are hotbeds for drama. But no drama is more intense than the art-infused feuds between actor and director, because Art!
Here are some of the biggest and best actor-director fights in film history.
Let’s start with the most recent. After Mo’Nique won an Oscar for her role in Precious, she says Daniels told her she was blackballed for not playing the Hollywood game. Then recently she announced that she’d been offered roles in both The Butler and Empire, but never heard anything more until she learned Oprah and Taraji P. Henson were respectively playing what she’d been led to believe were her roles. Despite the struggles, Mo’Nique says she “could work with Lee Daniels tomorrow.”
- Courtney Enlow
We all know the famous conspiracy theory suggesting Stanley Kubrick helped the government fake the moon landing. For some reason, this myth lives on in the minds of some people, but no one has really capitalized in the movies with exploring this theory. Moonwalkers looks to play with that even more by saying the request never even got to Kubrick but ended up in the hands of a lousy British band manager (Rupert Grint) and a violent CIA agent (Ron Perlman). What follows hopes to be a raucous comedy but ends up being a miserable, unfunny sit you just want to end. Everything is in place for some laughs. You have the fish out of water aspect with Perlman playing Kidman, a straight laced, very violent man in among a group of hippies. You have the 1960s drug culture to exploit for jokes. You have the absurdity of these talentless »
- Mike Shutt
This surprisingly moving video edit by Jacob T. Swinney places the first and final shots of 55 beautiful films side-by-side. We don't typically realize how symmetrical and similar these first and final images can be, though of course the similarities are purposeful. Other times, when the two shots are strikingly different, the simple contrast depicts the journey a film has taken. The complimentary images from Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," for example, represent an entire lifetime, beginning with young Mason looking up into the sky, and ending with college-age Mason off with a new friend, looking for a brief second directly into the camera. Many of these first and last shots are iconic. Stanley Kubrick's "2001: a Space Odyssey" opens with a celestial shot of the sun rising above the earth, and ends with a floating fetus. John Ford's "The Searchers" is bookended by two open doorways through which you can see the mountainous western. »
- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
What if America never planted its flag on the moon? What if it was all one big con? That's the premise of "Moonwalkers," an action-comedy just picked up by Alchemy today for North American distribution following its debut at SXSW. "'Moonwalkers' is a wildly imaginative, one-of-a-kind action movie," Alchemy CEO Bill Lee said in a statement. "Antoine Bardou-Jacquet has crafted something truly original that we look forward to bringing to a wide audience." In the film, Perlman plays a CIA agent who teams up with Grint's character — a rock band manager — to help Stanley Kubrick pull off the elaborate trick of convincing Americans Nasa really did land on the moon. Formerly known as Millennium Entertainment, Alchemy is rebranding itself as a distributor of quality, independent cinema. Lee also acquired "Zipper" at this year's Sundance Film Festival, starring Patrick Wilson and Ray Winstone. "I'm very happy that 'Moonwalkers' will »
- Ben Travers
Ron Perlman, Rupert Grint and Robert Sheehan star in “Moonwalkers,” based on the premise that Stanley Kubrick secretly shot the famous images of the moon landing in a studio, working for the U.S. government. Perlman portrays a CIA agent who teams with Grint, the manager of of a seedy rock band.
Alchemy’s Jeff Deutchman negotiated the deal with Melin and Ram Murali of Kinology and UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers.
- Dave McNary
Alchemy has acquired North American rights to Antoine Bardou-Jacquet's Moonwalkers, the indie starring Ron Perlman, Rupert Grint and Robert Sheehan. The deal was sealed at the still-rolling SXSW, where it had its world premiere Saturday in the Narrative Spotlight section The action comedy centers on a world in which Apollo 11 never actually made it, and Stanley Kubrick secretly shot the famous images of the moon landing in a studio, working for the U.S. government. In… »
What if you wanted to fake a moon landing in 1969, and could get Stanley Kubrick to do it? The idea is so silly that it lends itself easily to comedy, and Moonwalkers milks it furiously, spinning into a very broad commentary on Swinging London, complete with numerous topless women, an excess of psychedelic drugs, and a brain-fried Ron Perlman, who must team with well-meaning yet ineffective music manager Rupert Grint to accomplish the task at hand. Perlman stars as Kidman, a Vietnam War veteran who served three years and is now suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, plagued by horrifying visions. Nonetheless he is drafted for a dubious mission by the CIA: go to London and secure Stanley Kubrick, fresh off 2001: A Space Odyssey,...
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There are some conspiracy theorists who believe that Apollo 11 never made it the moon, and that legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick was part of a secret government team who staged the entire event in a studio. For anyone who has seen the documentary "Room 237," there are some who think the director left clues about his involvement throughout "The Shining." No matter what you believe, it's a good yarn, and the basis for the upcoming "Moonwalkers." Today we have an exclusive clip from the film. Directed by Antoine Bardou-Jacquet, and starring Ron Perlman, Rupert Grint, and Robert Sheehan, the action-comedy presents the wild story of the con that fooled the entire world. Here's the official synopsis: What if Apollo 11 never actually made it? What if, in reality, Stanley Kubrick secretly shot the famous images of the moon landing in a studio, working for the Us administration? This is the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
I am Jeff Bayer, and I have not seen every film in the world.
A new column is coming called Film School Club with Jeff Bayer. You have an assignment. Watch Dead Man by Jim Jarmusch. The column discussing the film with Jeff Bayer and guest Drew McWeeny will be available on Thursday, March 26. The film is available on Netflix Instant, and can be rented on iTunes and Amazon.
When I was at the Sundance Film Festival in January, a group of film critics gathered outside to discuss whatever film we all just exited. I said something, I can’t remember exactly what it was, but another film critic, whom I respect, said, “Whatever, you’ve only seen one (Joe) Swanberg film.”
“That’s not true,” I said. “I’ve seen two*.” There was a little laughter from the group, I think partially at my expense.
His comment stuck with me. »
- Jeff Bayer
Horror documentary “The Nightmare” has been acquired by Gravitas Ventures, with a North American theatrical and video-on-demand release scheduled for June 5. The spooky doc, which will screen at SXSW 2015 on Friday evening, is directed by Rodney Ascher — who previously helmed the documentary “Room 237,” about avid Stanley Kubrick fans. “Nightmare” is about about a real-life affliction called sleep paralysis, in which sufferers “regain consciousness but are unable to move or cry out for help. Frequently they hear menacing noises and voices and even see intruders (human or otherwise) in the room with them.,” according to Gravitas. Also Read: 11 SXSW Movies, »
- Matt Donnelly
Rodney Ascher took us on a tour of the secluded and ominous Overlook Hotel like never before in Room 237, a documentary about various theories on what hidden messages or themes could exist in Stanley Kubrick's film adaptation of Stephen King's The Shining. With The Nightmare, Ascher returns to the big screen with another documentary on a scary subject, one that's all too familiar for some folks: sleep paralysis. Tormented by "shadow people" and other eerie entities while unable to move their bodies, people plagued by sleep paralysis have their stories recreated in Ascher's The Nightmare (showing tonight at the SXSW Film Festival), and North American audiences can see these nighttime terrors brought to life onscreen soon, as Gravitas Ventures has acquired The Nightmare and will release it in theaters and on VOD early this summer:
"El Segundo, CA (March 13, 2015) – The Nightmare, the unique horror documentary from director »
- Derek Anderson
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