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The Venice Film Festival announces its lineup for the 2015 incarnation

29 July 2015 7:27 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Venice Film Festival has become one of the longest-running events on the festival circuit, its veteran status giving it a level of prestige that has only been heightened by the films that have screened at the event. Having first started in 1932, a number of movies that have gone on to be classics have won prizes at the festival, including Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, Satyajit Ray’s Aparajito, and Alain ResnaisLast Year at Marienbad. Interest in the festival’s lineup announcement has thus grown over the years, with many film fans curious to see what the organisers select to play at the event, due to its stature. The full lineup for the 2015 incarnation of the festival, the 72nd one in the festival’s history, has now been announced. The festival itself will run from September 2nd to the 12th, with a jury that includes Alfonso Cuarón, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Robert Zemeckis' 'The Walk' to open Tokyo film festival

28 July 2015 2:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Director Bryan Singer to head the main competition jury.

Robert ZemeckisThe Walk, a 3D biographical thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, will open the 28th edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival (Oct 22-31). 

The festival, to be held in Roppongi Hills and other venues, will close with Tetsuo Shinohara’s Terminal, a romance drama based on the novel by Shino Sakuragi.

Tiff is lengthening this year’s festival by a day and adding screening locations at theatres in Tokyo’s bustling Shinjuku district, as well as the Kabukiza Theatre for a second year, saying it needed more time and space due to an expansion of its programme.

“We’d like to give more wide ranging screenings so that more people can come,” said Tiff managing director Nobushige Toshima in presenting the festival outline.

The festival has added three new sections to its programme: Panorama, Japan Now and »

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Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Walk’ Set as Tokyo Festival Opener

28 July 2015 1:09 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tokyo – Robert Zemeckis drama “The Walk,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as wire-walker Philippe Petit, has been set as the opener of the Tokyo International Film Festival.

“The Terminal,” Tetsuo Shinohara’s drama about a man and woman who restart their lives on the northern island of Hokkaido, has been set as the closer.

The 28th edition will unspool Oct. 22-31 at the Roppongi Hills shopping and entertainment complex and other venues around the Japanese capital, including three new ones in Shinjuku.

U.S. director Bryan Singer, returning to the festival for the eighth time, will be head of the main competition jury.

Tiff will debut three new sections: Panorama, new films in genres, including animation and horror; Japan Looks, a showcase for Japanese films of the past year; and Japanese Classics.

One special screening highlight will be a 4K digitally restored version of the Akira Kurosawa samurai drama “Ran,” which screened »

- Mark Schilling

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The Best of “Movie Poster of the Day,” Part 11

24 July 2015 5:35 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: Alternative poster for Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, Australia/USA, 2015). Artist: Signalstarr.Movie Poster of the Week was on vacation for the past few weeks and for the first time in three and a half years I took a break from posting a poster a day on Tumblr. Since getting back I have been posting the best new posters that I missed while I was away, one of which—the teaser for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight which was unveiled at Comic-Con last week—has racked up more likes in a single day than almost anything else I’ve posted in the past three months.The standout favorite of the past quarter however—with over 1400 likes and re-blogs to date—was this stunning alternative poster for Mad Max: Fury Road by the British artist known as Signalstarr, a.k.a. Nick Stewart Hoyle. As a rule I »

- Adrian Curry

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Gabriel García Márquez Documentary Coming Soon (Trailer)

22 July 2015 11:11 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

"Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel García Márquez," a portrait of the Nobel Prize-winning author who died last year at 87, has been scooped up by indie distributor Icarus Films for North American release. Directed by Barcelona-based filmmaker Justin Webster and shot in Colombia (the writer's native country), Cuba, France, Mexico, Spain and the Us, "Gabo" asks the question, "How did a boy from a tiny town on the Caribbean coast become a writer who won the hearts of millions? How did he change our perception of reality with his work?" Read More: Gabriel García Márquez and Akira Kurosawa Talk Film, Writing and 'Rhapsody in August' in 1991 Interviewees in the film include Colombian writers María Jimena Duzán and Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Márquez biographer Gerald Martin, Márquez literary agent Carmen Balcells, New Yorker writer Jon Lee Anderson, and former presidents of Colombia and the U.S. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Restored Version of Charles Burnett’s ‘To Sleep With Anger’ to Screen at Venice Film Festival in September

21 July 2015 9:29 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Over the past few years, the Venice Film Festival, which celebrates its 72nd anniversary in September, has presented newly restored versions of classic films in the Classics section at the festival. Yesterday their list of restored films to be shown was released, and among the 21 classic films selected are Akira Kurosawa’s 1965 "Red Beard," Sergej Ėisenstein’s 1938 epic "Alexander Nevsky," 1946 fantasy "A Matter of Life and Death" co-directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, and Pier Paolo Pasolini’s highly controversial and graphic 1975 film "Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom." But a very welcome surprise was »

- Sergio

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Daily | Locarno + Venice, Iosseliani + Tavernier

20 July 2015 7:31 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Locarno's announced that Otar Iosseliani’s Chant d’hiver has been added to the lineup of its upcoming 68th edition. And Bertrand Tavernier will not only receive a Golden Lion in Venice for his lifetime achievement, he'll also be the Guest Director of Venice Classics, which has announced a first round of 21 restorations including Akira Kurosawa's Red Beard, Sergei Eisenstein's Alexander Nevsky, Federico Fellini's Amarcord, Claude Chabrol's Le beau Serge, Ernst Lubitsch's Heaven Can Wait, Hou Hsiao-hsien's The Boys from Feng-kuei, Pier Paolo Pasolini's Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom. » - David Hudson »

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Venice Classics to include 21 restorations

20 July 2015 5:29 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Akahige, Amarcord, Aleksandr Nevskij among Venice Classics titles; Bertrand Tavernier selects four films.

Akahige, Amarcord, Aleksandr Nevskij and A Matter of Life and Death are among 21 titles announced today to screen in Venice’s (September 2-12) Classics section, which will reveal further titles later this month.

Director Bertrand Tavernier, who is to receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement award, has selected and will present four films for the Classics strand: Pattes Blances (White Paws) by Jean Grémillion, La Lupa (The Vixen) by Alberto Lattuada, Sonnenstrahl (Ray of Sunshine) by Pál Fejös and A Matter of Life and Death by Michael Powell and Eric Pressburger.

The 21 restorations:

Akahige (Red Beard) by Akira Kurosawa (Japan, 1965, 185’, B&W), restoration by Tōhō Co., Ltd.

Aleksandr Nevskij (Alexander Nevsky) by Sergej Michajlovič Ėjzenštejn (Ussr, 1938, 108’, B&W), restoration by Mosfilm

Amarcord by Federico Fellini (Italy, 1973, 123’, Color) restoration by Cineteca di Bologna with the support of yoox.com and the »

- mantus@masonlive.gmu.edu (Madison Antus)

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In Conversation with award-winning director Mani Ratnam – BollySpice Exclusive!

17 July 2015 12:40 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

When it comes to naming the great directors of Indian cinema, Mani Ratnam is someone who is always included. Working not only in Hindi films, but also in the major industries in the South, the filmmaker has created some of the best movies in the Indian film canon. He began his career with Pallavi Anu Pallavi and went on to bring audiences such outstanding cinema as Bombay, Roja, Dil Se, Nayakan, Saathiya, Guru, Ravaan and this year’s O Kadhal Kanmani to name just a few. Awarded the Padma Shree in 2002, his films have also won several prestigious National Film Awards. His work has been included on Best Film lists both in Time Magazine and The British Film Institute as well as winning awards at major film festivals around the world.

Naman Ramachandran, the film programmer for The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, was allowed by Mr. Ratnam, to »

- Stacey Yount

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Stray Dog | Review

5 July 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Still Learning New Tricks: Hall Heals Via Empathy & Remembrance

Much less cinematically invigorating than Akira Kurosawa’s noir of the same name and miles away from Tsai Ming-Liang’s formally daring, similarly titled Stray Dogs, director Debra Granik‘s follow-up to Winter’s Bone sees her tread into non-fiction filmmaking with stoic patriotism and cross cultural unity on her mind. Stray Dog genially tells the story of Ronnie ‘Stray Dog’ Hall, a burly Vietnam vet whose self styled rough rider image recalls the leather clad Hell’s Angels whose overbearing rage caused chaos in Gimme Shelter, yet the former marine, still wrestling with Ptsd, has let that anger dissolve, replacing it instead with an empathetic hand out for those still suffering from war.

Granik’s film begins with Hall and his gang of biker buddies cruising down the highway, their preferred venue for idyllic meditation. On their roaring hogs »

- Jordan M. Smith

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Movie Poster of the Week: The Czech Poster Art of Bedřich Dlouhý

19 June 2015 5:30 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: Bedrich Dlouhy’s 1970 poster for Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1950).Flipping through the website of the incomparable Czech poster store Terry Posters the other day, I came across an artist whose name I hadn’t known before. I was aware of some of Bedřich Dlouhý’s posters: his split-screen design for Věra Chytilová’s Something Different was one of my favorites in Isabel Stevens’s recent piece on Chytilová’s posters in Sight & Sound, and I knew his designs for Rashomon, Red Desert, The Pink Panther and 8 1/2, but I had never put two and two together that they were by the same designer.Part of the reason I didn’t know more of his work is that most of the films Dlouhý worked on in the ten years that he was designing posters (from 1962 to 1971) were films from the Eastern Bloc that are little known here. Films from Hungary, Yugoslavia »

- Adrian Curry

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Den Of Geek Book Club: A Story Lately Told - Anjelica Huston

15 June 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Anjelica Huston's autobiography is a beautifully written evocation of time and place, but provides scant personal insight...

Autobiographies are a strange business. I'm never sure whether we, the readers, want to experience exactly what the writer has experienced, or if we're looking for more - a level of extrapolation, of objectivity, hoping that the writer can point out their highs and lows and say, "This is where it all went right, and this is where it didn't." Are we trying to live a little bit of a different person's life, or learn from it?

Or maybe there's a simpler option, and we just like reading about famous people. If that's the case, then Anjelica Huston's memoir, A Story Lately Told, is a very good read. Her father, the film director John Huston, gave her an childhood filled with trips abroad, movie sets, actors and writers and singers that are names we all know, »

- louisamellor

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Jim Jarmusch's 10 Favorite Films

10 June 2015 9:40 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Jim Jarmusch, progenitor of quiet, low-key, talky indies you almost never see today (except from him), shares his ten favorite movies (hat tip: Open Culture). The iconic American indie still makes movies in black-and-white, which is reflected in his love of Ozu, Bresson, Griffith and most everybody on this list, a near-perfect menagerie of genres and styles, Euro art movies and American classics. 1. "L’Atalante" (1934, Jean Vigo) 2. "Tokyo Story" (1953, Yasujiro Ozu) 3. "They Live by Night" (1949, Nicholas Ray) 4. "Bob le Flambeur" (1955, Jean-Pierre Melville) 5. "Sunrise" (1927, F.W. Murnau) 6. "The Cameraman" (1928, Buster Keaton/Edward Sedgwick) 7. "Mouchette" (1967, Robert Bresson) 8. "Seven Samurai" (1954, Akira Kurosawa) 9. "Broken Blossoms" (1919, D.W. Griffith) 10. "Rome, Open City" (1945, Roberto Rossellini) Read More: Toh! Ranks the Films of Jim Jarmusch »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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100 Essential Action Scenes: Battles & Combat

9 June 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.

Whether storming a beach or a besieging castle, marching on foot or charging on horseback, in a historical epic or a fantasy extravaganza, battles scenes are some of the most complex and intricately choreographed of all action scenes. Capable of zooming in to a one-on-one fight between two foes or zooming out to show a big picture look at the action–and featuring anywhere from dozens to hundreds to thousands of extras, either flesh and blood or digital–these are the scenes in which wars are fought, tides are turned, and glory is won. »

- Shane Ramirez

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Watch The Brutally Beautiful Trailer For MacBeth Starring Michael Fassbender And Marion Cotillard

4 June 2015 6:56 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“What’s done cannot be undone” – Lady Macbeth (Act V, Scene I)

The dark and thrilling first trailer is here for MacBeth.

MacBeth is directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) and stars Academy-Award nominee Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave) and Academy-Award winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose). The film also stars Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum), David Thewlis (the Harry Potter series), Sean Harris (Prometheus), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did) and Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby).

MacBeth is the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a reimagining of what wartime must have been like for one of Shakespeare’s most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition, set in war torn Scottish landscape.

The film had its World Premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and was the »

- Michelle McCue

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The World of Apu (1959) – the last part of The Apu Trilogy

3 June 2015 12:43 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

There is a most beautiful moment in Apur Sansar (“The World of Apu”) where Apu (Soumitra Chatterjee) stands looking at a sunset.  When the camera focuses on him, however, we can see the moonrise over his shoulder.  It can’t help but make me think of that famous and oft-quoted phrase of Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa:

“The quiet but deep observation, understanding and love of the human race, which are characteristic of all his films, have impressed me greatly. … I feel that he is a “giant” of the movie industry. Not to have seen the cinema of Ray means existing in the world without seeing the sun or the moon.”

This is especially true of the final film in the Apu Trilogy, Apur Sansar.  In it, Ray gives us an adult Apu – alone in the world after the death of his mother, leaving his studies because he no longer can afford them, »

- Katherine Matthews

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Interview: Stelio Savante talks about The Making of the Mob and American Genius

29 May 2015 11:08 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Paul Risker chats with actor Stelio Savante

The short film Once We Were Slaves to the upcoming docu-dramas American Genius and The Making of the Mob have seen actor Stelio Savante journey from the ancient world to the modern world. But time is not the only aspect to this journey as he steps into the shoes of two men who are world’s apart: pioneer of television and radio David Sarnoff and underworld mobster Joe Masseria. Speaking with Savante he explained: “Working is indeed a privilege and I’ve been blessed to do it for many years now, albeit in NY theatre for the first fifteen years.” Currently playing the festival circuit, Once We Were Slaves earned Savante the Marquee award for Best Actor at The American Movie Awards. His upcoming projects include: Windsor (Jury Award Winning Best Feature at The Garden State Film Festival), Selling Isobel that sees Savante »

- Gary Collinson

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100 Essential Action Scenes: Swordfights

27 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.    

Sword fights, like one-on-one fights, target the emotion and power of each individual fighter, but are amplified by the extension of their weapon. Whereas one-on-one fights test the might and bronze of our competitors, sword fights add an extra element of intelligence and skill. A fighter can scrape by through luck in a brawl of fists, but a sword (and knife) fight exposes the true strengths and weaknesses of its opponents.

 

10. Rob Roy (1995) – No quarter asked, no quarter given

Roger Ebert called the final duel between Rob Roy (Liam Neeson, in a »

- Shane Ramirez

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The 57 Greatest Westerns Ever, Ranked

26 May 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's fitting that Clint Eastwood and John Wayne both have the same birthday week. (Wayne, who died in 1979, was born May 26, 1907, while Eastwood turns 85 on May 31). After all, these two all-American actors' careers span the history of that most American of movie genres, the western.

Both iconic actors were top box office draws for decades, both seldom stretched from their familiar personas, and both played macho, conservative cowboy heroes who let their firearms do most of the talking. Each represented one of two very different strains of western, the traditional and the revisionist.

As a birthday present to Hollywood's biggest heroes of the Wild West, here are the top 57 westerns you need to see.

57. 'Meek's Cutoff' (2010)

Indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt and her frequent leading lady, Michelle Williams, are the talents behind this sparse, docudrama about an 1845 wagon train whose Oregon Trail journey goes horribly awry. It's an intense »

- Gary Susman

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Kurzel brings a modern touch to the Bard

24 May 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Justin Kurzel may well succeed in making Shakespeare cool again for mainstream cinemagoers judging by the mostly ecstatic reviews in Cannes for Macbeth.

Screened in competition on Saturday, the See-Saw Films production stars Michael Fassbender as the Scottish lord and Marion Cotillard as his ambitious wife.

Reviewers heaped praise on the Snowtown director, the leads. performances and Adam Arkapaw.s luminous cinematography, and some are bullish about its B.O. prospects.

Transmission will launch the film shot in England and Scotland in Pctober Australia and The Weinstein Co will distribute in the Us.

.Although tradition is upheld with a Dark Ages-Early Christian period setting, actually shot in Scotland for once, in most other respects Australian director Justin Kurzel filters Shakespeare's tragic story of murderous ambition through a resolutely modern sensibility,. declared The Hollywood Reporter.s Leslie Felperin. .Comparisons with Game of Thrones will be inevitable, and not always flatteringly intended, »

- Don Groves

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