15 items from 2017
It’s unusual, at the Sundance Film Festival, to see a drama about a subject like the Iraq War. The economics of scale required to stage an authentic combat scene don’t tend to mesh with indie-film budgets — and besides, there are enough towering war films in our time that the bar for them has been set extraordinarily high. So say this much for “The Yellow Birds”: When it plunks the audience down into a crumbling urban war zone, where every dirt road and alleyway could be a path to oblivion, the movie, if nothing else, creates a physically convincing atmosphere of instability and fearful tension. The movie opens with U.S. soldiers walking across a dark field, past palm trees (one of which is on fire), in a grimly patterned death march that evokes — ironically — the final moments of “Full Metal Jacket.” And, indeed, Stanley Kubrick’s great »
- Owen Gleiberman
As hundreds of thousands of people protest Donald Trump’s policies on Saturday by participating in Women’s Marches across the globe, Shia Labeouf’s 4-year anti-Trump performance art exhibit, “He Will Not Divide Us,” is attracting its own steady stream of participants.
Installed outside of the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York, the first day of the livestream took place on Inauguration Day and showed Labeouf, along with many others, chanting “He Will Not Divide Us.” The exhibit had hundreds of people stopping by, including Jaden Smith, who repeated the phrase for several hours – both by himself and with crowds.
The exhibit will be open to all, 24 hours a day, seven days a week for four years or the duration of the presidency. People are invited to say the phrase as many times as they’d like, for as long as they wish.
Read More: Shia Labeouf »
- Liz Calvario
Over the past few years, actor Shia Labeouf has staged various pieces of performance art over the years, including #Allmymovies, a live stream installation in which Labeouf watched all of his films back-to-back at New York’s Angelika Film Center over three days, and #Touchmysoul, where the actor manned a phone line inside a gallery and picked up phone calls for five days. Now, on the day of President-Elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, the actor has announced a new project entitled “He Will Not Divide Us,” an anti-Trump live stream installation piece. The live stream consists of a stationary camera mounted on a wall outside the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York. Follow the link to the official website.
Read More: Shia Labeouf Reveals Inspiration Behind #Allmymovies and Hitchiking Stunt on Kimmel — Watch
On the site, Labeouf, and his collaborators Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner, explain »
- Vikram Murthi
Adult Babies gets an exclusive reveal at Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow 2017, in anticipation of the event, actress / producer Joanne Mitchell – star of Before Dawn and Bait; and creator of Adult Babies – answers 10 scary questions…
When did your fascination for horror films begin?
I’ve been interested in horror since being a young kid. I liked to be frightened, whether it be reading a scary book, or watching one of the Hammer House of Horrors. But it wasn’t until my 30’s that I really became fascinated with the whole genre after making ‘Before Dawn’ and watching back to back movies at FrightFest!! The fans are so loyal and open minded and really know their stuff.
What was the first horror film you saw?
I’m pretty sure it was ‘The Thing’. If I remember rightly my brother and his mates had managed to get a copy and I snuck in! »
- Phil Wheat
Open your eyes wide and get ready to celebrate one of the most renowned filmmakers of our time, because Alamo Drafthouse and Mondo have teamed up for a year-long celebration of Stanley Kubrick that will feature special screenings and new apparel based on his films, beginning with A Clockwork Orange on February 21st.
Below, you can check out the special video announcement, get a look at the new A Clockwork Orange shirt, and read the press release with full details:
Press Release: Austin, TX – January 19, 2017 – Viddy well, droogs, astronauts, marines and hotel managers, viddy well! Alamo Drafthouse and Mondo are proud to announce an epic homage to filmmaker Stanley Kubrick with a series of screenings and officially licensed »
- Derek Anderson
With the news that White Men Can’t Jump will be … can’t jumping back into theaters courtesy of Kenya Barris, who created ABC’s hit Black-ish, we thought it would be a good opportunity to revisit some facts about the original 1992 film, starring future True Detective Woody Harrelson and future vampire hunter Wesley Snipes.
Washington turned the film down to do Malcolm X, and despite demonstrating his athleticism later in The Matrix, Reeves was apparently so uncoordinated on the court that he “almost broke my neck going up for a layup, »
This month, Cinelinx is taking you on a trip back through time. Join us as we examine how movies have changed over the last 100 years. This week, we’re going back 50 years to 1967.
This article is part 3 of 4 in a series.
Read Part 1 Here: Looking Back 100 Years: The Birth of New Hollywood
Read Part 2 Here: Looking Back 75 Years: The War on Film
Two decades after the second world war, the children born during the postwar economic boom were coming of age. By 1964 they made up more than 40 percent of the population, and in 1966, Time Magazine declared that their “Person of the Year” was a shared honor among those that were age 25 or younger. In 1967, one could argue that these “baby boomers”, as they would come to be known, had officially taken the reigns from their parents to become the dominant segment of the population. For the first time, the youth »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
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1974 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 93 min. / Street Date , 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95
Cinematography: Petrus R. Schoömp
Film Editor: Norman Wanstall
Original Music: John Cameron
Produced by Barry Levinson
Directed by Jack Gold
Today’s filmgoers say they want more cerebral science fiction films, and some moviemakers make an effort to comply. This year’s Arrival is quite ambitious, and last year’s Ex Machina is as good as any sci-fi movie since 2001.
But back in the 1950s producers quickly discovered that the audience wanted little more than monsters and mounting disaster in their sci-fi. Although some wonderful work snuck through, killer robots and alien invaders became the norm. From the 1970s forward, even with Stanley Kubrick aboard, »
- Glenn Erickson
1967 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 111 min. / Street Date January 10, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95
Cinematography: Christopher Challis
Art Direction: Marc Frederic, Willy Holt
Film Editor: Madeleine Gug
Original Music: Henry Mancini
Written by Frederic Raphael
Produced and Directed by Stanley Donen
Some so-called sophisticated ‘sixties romantic dramas have dated pretty badly, as it’s not easy to create a movie acceptable to a fickle audience, that doesn’t end up with attitudes, politics or even costumes that don’t look ‘wrong’ just a few years later. I’ve found that enjoying Audrey Hepburn’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s takes a conscious act of selective blindness. The music, the style, the images were swooningly vital to an audience perhaps ten years older than this reviewer. Hepburn’s ravishing Holly Golightly misses »
- Glenn Erickson
By Todd Garbarini
Stephen King’s 1975 novel Salem’s Lot began life as an unpublished short story (“Jerusalem’s Lot”) while Mr. King was still in college. When he decided to expand it into a novel he posed the question as to what would happen if Count Dracula were to come back in 20th Century America, and his wife Tabitha joked that he would probably get run over by a cab in New York City. It was originally titled Second Coming, however it was changed at the urging of Mrs. King because it sounded like a “bad sex story” (she’s was right, and had a dirty mind to boot!). The 439-page book was then made into an effective TV-movie four years later, premiering in two parts on both November 17 and November 24 on CBS. TV-movies are a completely different animal than theatrical films as they are often shot in a much quicker fashion. »
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For many of you, the last time you saw R. Kelly he was most likely trapped in a closet. Or perhaps convincing a ragtag group of cartoons led by Michael Jordan to believe they can fly, if not educating you in the finer arts of jubilantly celebrating the freakin’ weekend. But now the infamous musician has taken on a brand new role, giving all of these Instagram It-Girls a run for their money as the newest star of Alexander Wang‘s Spring/Summer 2017 digital campaign alongside model and brand-favorite Anna Ewers.
The campaign for the designer’s latest collection was »
- Emily Kirkpatrick
With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story currently dominating the box-office, well on its way to crossing the $1 billion threshold, even if you didn’t fully embrace the movie, it’s hard to withhold appreciation in how Gareth Edwards captured this well-trodden universe in a new aesthetic way. One can now get a glimpse at some of his directorial influences with the latest Sight & Sound poll at BFI, where the director gave his top 10 films of all-time.
“One of the first things I do is grab imagery and put together a document, a Pdf, that is just full of thousands of images,” Edwards told Complex. “For me, the films that I got a lot of images from were Apocalypse Now, Thin Red Line, Alien, Blade Runner, and a film called Baraka.” A few of these can be found in his list, which of course includes George Lucas‘ Star Wars, which »
- Jordan Raup
MaryAnn’s quick take… This Apollo-era would-be suspense-thriller mockumentary is more an exercise in “look how film-school cool and clever we are” than anything else. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m a big ol’ science and Sf geek
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Two young CIA agents go undercover at Nasa in 1967 in order to root out a suspected Russian mole, and instead end up embroiled in a conspiracy of their own making. That sounds pretty cool — I’m always a sucker for space stuff and paranoia — but this would-be suspense-thriller mockumentary is more an exercise in “look how film-school cool and clever we are” than anything else. Director and cowriter (with Josh Boles) Matt Johnson casts himself as “director” of a faux documentary about the Apollo program as cover for the spy mission — Owen Williams plays his partner »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Sandberg is living what he calls “every filmmaker’s dream.” That’s how he describes his rapid ascent from making “zero budget” shorts from home in his native Sweden, to sitting at the helm of back-to-back horror features for Warner Bros.
The first, “Lights Out,” grossed nearly $150 million on a budget of just $5 million last summer. It was born out of an eerie three-minute short Sandberg made starring his wife, Lotta Losten, for an online horror contest. The short went viral after horror fans started sharing it on Reddit, where it caught the eye of producer Lawrence Grey.
While Sandberg originally hoped that short could get him enough attention to make more shorts and possibly land a Swedish feature, Grey and “The Conjuring” maestro James Wan were so impressed with Sandberg’s concept, they brought in “Arrival” scribe Eric Heisserer to make it a feature for New Line.
“In March 2015, we had a script, »
- Geoff Berkshire
The Palm Springs Convention Center was atwitter Monday evening as movie stars, Hollywood moguls and cinema aficionados filed inside for the start of the 28th annual Palm Springs Film Festival opening night gala, which kicks off the buzzy 12-day desert fest, a key stop on the Oscar season trail.
Glitz and glamour filled the decked-out, floral-filled room, with stars honored for their performances in 2016 films favored for serious Academy Awards contention.
While accepting the Career Achievement Award, “20th Century Women” star Annette Bening declared, “acting is the work of intimacy.” Given that collective closeness, it was only fitting that Ryan Gosling, who accepted the Vanguard Award for “La La Land” alongside director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz, took a moment to acknowledge the recent passing of Debbie Reynolds, crediting her performance in “Singin’ in the Rain” as a major artistic influence in the creation of Chazelle’s 2017 nod to old Hollywood musicals. »
- Malina Saval
15 items from 2017
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