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15 items from 2016


William Shakespeare, Bruce Lee to Be Honored at Hong Kong Festival

5 February 2016 4:03 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

William Shakespeare and Bruce Lee are both to be honored at the upcoming Hong Kong International Film Festival (March 21-April 4, 2016).

Marking the festival’s 40th edition and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Hkiff will program three vastly different film interpretations of Shakespeare’s stage play “Macbeth.” The trio are Akira Kurosawa’s “Throne of Blood,” Roman Polanski’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth” and last year’s “Macbeth” by star Australian director Justin Kurzel.

“’Macbeth’ has challenged filmmakers around the world as they have reimagined the interplay of fate and magic, human motivations and soul-wrenching questions of loyalty and destiny.  Yet, the violence at the heart of the play, with battles, beheadings and assassinations, also imposes demands on actors and audiences as powerful as the poetry of the Bard’s composition,” the festival said in a note.

The festival will also present additional films based on Shakespeare’s »

- Patrick Frater

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Watch: Andrei Tarkovsky’s Influence on ‘The Revenant’ Explored in Split-Screen Video Essay

3 February 2016 11:26 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

“I wouldn’t say that Westerns were a big influence on The Revenant at all, really,” Alejandro G. Iñárritu tells Film Comment. “I was looking more toward things like Dersu Uzala by Kurosawa, Tarkovsky’s Andrei Rublev—which is maybe my favorite film ever—Herzog’s Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo, even Apocalypse Now. These are movies that are epic, that have spectacle and are very grand statements, but are informed by the crazy fucking theatrical show that is the human condition. The beauty and harshness of nature impacts your state of mind in these movies. There’s a very intimate point of view from one single character in each. That’s the challenge. Anyone can film a beautiful landscape. Unless you have an emotionally grounded story in there, it’s all just fucking sorcery.”

While we’ve debated the merits of The Revenant‘s “emotionally grounded story, »

- Leonard Pearce

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This week’s new film events

29 January 2016 5:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme | Crime: Hong Kong Style

It’s the birthplace of Godzilla, Totoro, samurai epics and futuristic robot movies, but ordinary life is another thing Japanese cinema has always excelled at, from Ozu to Kore-eda. Not forgetting Akira Kurosawa, whose 1952 masterpiece Ikiru serves as the inspiration for this year’s showcase. The predicaments here are universal and everyday: an affair between a student and an older woman (The Cowards Who Looked To The Sky); a middle-aged comic artist dealing with his mother’s dementia (Pecoross’ Mother And Her Days); a teacher who suspects one of his pupils is being abused by his parents (Being Good). Some are less ordinary, it must be said: anime Miss Hokusai, on the artist’s daughter, for example; or Uzumasa Limelight, about a veteran actor who’s died thousands of times in samurai movies. Starting in London, the films play in 13 UK cities over the coming months. »

- Steve Rose

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Criterion Picks on Fandor: Directing in Color

26 January 2016 9:08 AM, PST | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Each week, the fine folks at Fandor add a number of films to their Criterion Picks area, which will then be available to subscribers for the following twelve days. This week, the Criterion Picks focus on nine films where some of the most famous directors in the Criterion Collection first directed a feature in color.

Saturate yourself in the vivid stylings of some of our favorite directors, wielding a whole new spectrum of expression for the very first time.

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Dodes’ka-den, the Japanese Drama by Akira Kurosawa

The unforgettable Dodes’Ka-den was made at a tumultuous moment in Kurosawa’s life. And all of his hopes, fears and artistic passion are on fervent display in this, his gloriously shot first color film.

Equinox Flower, the Japanese Drama by Yasujirô Ozu

Later in his career, Yasujiro Ozu started becoming »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Ian McKellen, BFI Bring Back the Bard with 'Shakespeare on Film'

25 January 2016 12:23 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Long before the world came to know him as Gandalf, Ian McKellen was already established as a giant of British theatre and a Shakespearean actor par excellence. In fact, it was his “Richard III” on screen that heralded the actor’s belated impact on a medium where he’s now instantly recognizable. These dual aspects of his CV make McKellen the perfect man to spearhead the British Film Institute’s immensely ambitious Shakespeare on Film project, whose international element alone — with 18 films traveling to 110 countries — is testimony to the universality of the Bard in the 400th anniversary of his death. McKellen was on hand in London today to help launch the program, which will include 40 films and 25 events at the BFI South Bank in April and May, the digitization of 70 films for the institute’s streaming site BFI Player, 4K restorations of Zeffirelli’s “Romeo and Juliet” and Kurosawa’s “Ran, »

- Demetrios Matheou

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BFI launches Shakespeare on Film; British films to tour 110 countries

25 January 2016 3:11 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Events will include an international tour of British Shakespeare films and a nationwide simulcast of Ian McKellen’s Richard III.

The BFI has launched Shakespeare on Film, a programme of events and film screenings to take place throughout 2016 marking 400 years since the playwright’s death.

The programme includes an international tour of 18 British Shakespeare films to 110 countries, including Cuba, Iraq, Russia and the Us, supported by the British Council.

On April 28, Ian McKellen will present a screening of his 1995 film Richard III in cinemas across the UK. An on-stage discussion with McKellen and director Richard Loncraine will take place at BFI Southbank and will be simulcast around the country after the film.

McKellen will also travel to the Shanghai International Film Festival on June 11 to take place in a Shakespeare-themed event.

Also part of the season are the previously announced 4K restorations of Franceo Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo And Juliet and Akira Kurosawa’s Ran, the latter »

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The Newsstand – Episode 52 – The April 2015 Criterion Line-up, Janus Films’s new Homepage and more!

21 January 2016 5:00 AM, PST | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

This month on the Newsstand, Ryan is joined by Aaron West, Mark Hurne and David Blakeslee to discuss the April 2016 Criterion Collection line-up, update a few theories on the wacky New Year’s drawing, as well as discuss the latest in Criterion rumors, news, packaging, and more.

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Shownotes Topics Wacky New Year’s Drawing Follow-up The April 2016 Criterion Collection Line-up Teases: Kurosawa’s Dreams, Mike Leigh’s High Hopes, Antoine Doinel Phantom Pages: King Hu, some names related to Tampopo Chimes at Midnight poster Artificial Eye announces Tarkovsky titles. Maybe an end to the Andrei Rublev drum? Arrow splits up Fassbinder set, releasing The Marriage of Maria Braun. Janus Films’ new homepage Dragon Inn, A Touch of Zen, The Story of Last Chrysanthemums on Janus new page. Ettore Scola passes away at 84. Episode Links Help Send »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Criterion Picks on Fandor: Before the Remake

19 January 2016 9:33 AM, PST | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Each week, the fine folks at Fandor add a number of films to their Criterion Picks area, which will then be available to subscribers for the following twelve days. This week, the Criterion Picks focus on eight films from the Criterion Collection that were later remade.

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The Blob, the Horror film by Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.

A cult classic of gooey greatness, The Blob follows the havoc wreaked on a small town by an outer-space monster with neither soul nor vertebrae, with Steve McQueen playing the rebel teen who tries to warn the residents about the jellylike invader.

The Hidden Fortress, the Japanese Action/Adventure film by Akira Kurosawa

This rip-roaring ride is among the director’s most beloved films and was a primary influence on George LucasStar Wars. The Hidden Fortress delivers Kurosawa’s trademark deft blend of wry humor, »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Film Fury #45: ‘Samurai Rebellion’ expresses tension and strife though formality

15 January 2016 5:00 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Samurai Rebellion (original title: Joi-uchi: Hairyo tsuma shimatsu)

Written by Shinobu Hashimoto

Directed Masaki Kobayashi

Japan, 1967

In 18th century Edo Japan, long-time friends Isaburo Sasahara (Toshiro Mufine) and Tatewaki Asano (Tatsuya Nakadai) of the Aisu clan joyfully anticipate a fast approaching annual festival, but all is not well. Isaburo’s son, Yogoro (Go Kato), needs to be wed soon, yet the perfect bride whose status would respect their family honour has yet to be found. This weighs on Isaburo’s wife, the severe Sugo (Michiko Otsuka), even more so than on Isaburo himself. Familial recognition and pride is at stake, two important factors put to the test when the Aisu clan lord, Masakata Matsudaira (Tatsuo Matsumura), decides that his former mistress, Ichi (Yoko Tsukasa), is to be given to them. Controversy stems from the fact that Ichi was actually dismissed from their lord’s court following a rather unorthodox and unexpected emotional outburst. »

- Edgar Chaput

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Watch a Video on the Cinematic Influences of Pixar and an Outside-Only Edit of ‘Inside Out’

14 January 2016 12:07 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The extent to which Pixar touts a focus on originality and creativity — or “originality” and “creativity” through whatever means they measure those two qualities — makes it easy to forget their extensive history of reference points. Because you (probably, hopefully) don’t have enough time to go through every title and parse the finer points, allow a video essay from Jorge Luengo Ruiz to break down a significant number of them. In ranging from the obvious — he left this note: “I don’t have include A Bugs’s Life because it is a special case. Whole the plot is a tribute to Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai” — to the rather clever to those I might not cite as specific callbacks (Fargo? Scarface? The Apartment? The Red Balloon?), this melange creates one of the more interesting bits of Pixar-related work I’ve seen in some time.

Of interest, too, is a nifty bit »

- Nick Newman

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Star Wars: Episode VIII - what we know, what might happen

12 January 2016 8:24 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Episode VIII is due out in time for the Star Wars 40th anniversary. Here's what we know so far, plus a bit of speculation about its events.

Nb: The following contains potential spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and speculation about Episode VIII. 

"In the middle act of a movie or a book or anything else,  not much happens. It sort of evolves the story, makes the plot more complicated." - George Lucas on The Empire Strikes Back

Disney may have had a lot riding on Star Wars: The Force Awakens - essentially, the future of an entire franchise - but next year's Episode VIII brings potentially nail-biting risks of its own. It will, after all, have to follow on from the success of The Force Awakens - currently the third biggest film of all time in terms of ticket sales - and will also draw »

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Why 'The Force Awakens' Is the 'Star Wars' Movie We Needed

8 January 2016 6:26 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Until recently, the most powerful scene from a Star Wars movie hadn't actually been in a Star Wars movie. On the contrary, it came approximately 20 minutes into Reign of Fire, a 2002 fantasy adventure about Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey fighting massive dragons in the ruins of post-apocalyptic London. The few surviving humans have huddled together in underground caves for shelter, where they raise future generations and entertain the children by re-enacting the lightsaber duel from the end of The Empire Strikes Back. The names Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader have »

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Kurosawa’s ‘Ran’ and Chaplin’s ‘The Great Dictator’ Get Restored In New Trailers

6 January 2016 11:18 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

In-between our end-of-year recaps and beginning-of-year anticipatory lists, let’s take a moment to look at classics once again heading our way in 2016. (Depending on where you live, that is.) A restoration some will soon be able to revel in is the 4K scan of Akira Kurosawa‘s Ran, which, following its showing at the New York Film Festival, will come to the city’s own Film Forum on February 26. Although Studio Canal have had it in their Blu-ray collection since 2010, that release earned middling reactions; hopefully a new pass (particularly with the big screen in mind) has yielded finer results. [Blu-ray]

While the Kurosawa picture could stand a proper HD upgrade, Charlie Chaplin‘s The Great Dictator was treated well when Criterion produced a Blu-ray in 2011. Cineteca di Bologna (in partnership with Criterion) have nevertheless advertised a restoration, presumably one that will be coming to Italian theaters — and one that looks (expectedly) terrific, »

- Nick Newman

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Daily | Kurosawa, Akerman, Mizoguchi

4 January 2016 7:50 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Pico Iyer considers how his view of Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru (1952) has evolved over the years. Also in today's roundup: Remembering Chantal Akerman and Natalie Cole, Kenji Mizoguchi in New York, short pieces on Lionel Atwill and Zasu Pitts, Wim Wenders in Austin, Sergei Eisenstein in London, a video essay on Bong Joon-ho's Memories of Murder, Alejandro González Iñárritu and Michael Mann discuss The Revenant—and we have a fresh round, and quite a huge one it is, too, of best-of-2015 lists. » - David Hudson »

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Monte’s Favorites of 2015

1 January 2016 11:17 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

[Editor's Note: We want to wish Daily Dead readers a Happy 2016! Continuing our Favorites of 2015, Monte shares his list, which includes movies, vinyl releases, and more.]

Bone Tomahawk: An absolutely impressive film from S. Craig Zahler, “Bone Tomahawk” is the western film I always wanted. It’s a mix of unusual humor with touches of thoroughly effective and satisfying horror and beautifully rendered western era compositions. Add some rather stunning performances from an impressive cast, Kurt Russell, Matthew Fox, and especially Richard Jenkins, and you have one of the most unique horror, western, drama mash-ups you’ll experience.

Turbo Kid: Some call it a guilty pleasure while others, like myself, wholeheartedly defend the action, science fiction, and horror films of the 1980’s. “Turbo Kid” is a loving homage to all the era specific qualities you’d see from these guilty pleasure films combined into one. The fact that it gets nearly everything in tune with the 80’s is remarkable; the fact that it is also has an earnest and humorous story is an unexpected plus. »

- Monte Yazzie

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