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Principal photography will start in Tokyo on September 19, with other locations including Los Angeles and San Francisco.
“I’m particularly excited about filming Kanzo Uni, who choreographed many of Mifune fight scenes,” Okazaki enthused. “His claim to fame is that he was killed by Mifune more times than anyone, around one hundred and fifty times, four times in one movie. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Nowar, who studied screenwriting at the Sundance Institute Lab’s first Middle East program in Jordan, combines Bedouin tribal culture and Western ideas and concepts to interesting effect. The film, sold by Fortissimo, is screening in Horizons at Venice and will also be in Toronto. It has already sold to Mad Solutions for the Middle East and Trigon for Switzerland. Nowar spoke at the Venice fest with Variety’s Nick Vivarelli.
If I’m not mistaken movies and cinematic storytelling are not really part of the culture in your region. This film seems to combine elements of Bedouin oral storytelling with Western tropes. How did you come up with this narrative?
Sundance came to the Middle East and I attended their first screenwriters lab in Jordan (in 2005). It really changed my life. »
- Nick Vivarelli
The release of Sin City: A Dame To Kill For inspires James to look back at its film noir roots, and some classic examples of the genre...
We're at the shadowy back-end of the summer blockbuster season and darkness is entering the frame. Here comes ultraviolence, sleaze, crime and death, all beautifully shot in macabre high-contrast monochrome. Just when you thought you'd got yourself clean and were all peppy after some upbeat family-friendly popcorn thrills, here's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For to darken up the doorways. (And it will light up a cigarette in those doorways and spit out some tough dialogue from between its bloodstained teeth while it's lingering there.)
We're back in the Basin City of Frank Miller's graphic novels again, once more brought to vivid screen life by the comics creator »
Shakespeare in the Park shutters for another year this Sunday August 17th, so you only have a couple more chances to see King Lear. I can't claim that King Lear is one of my favorite plays and as far as interpretations of it go, nobody is ever going to beat Akira Kurosawa's Ran (1985), you know?
John Lithgow headlines and is quite strong as the rapidly declining hot-tempered looneytunes King who stupidly gives everything away to his two eldest daughters (Annette Bening and Jessica Hecht) while shunning the youngest who truly loves him. Lithgow is having a good year; I urge all of you to see his excellent work in Love is Strange when it opens later this month. I had entirely forgotten about the B story in King Lear which is like a reflection of the A story, »
- NATHANIEL R
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Decider tracks Channing Tatum's expanding neck
Mnpp Jason calls a Happy Hobbit Ending for Lee Pace within six months. I think this is optimistic.
Pajiba thoughtfully creates an anti-superhero-movie-diversity Bingo board. Love it!
Arts Beat Helen Mirren to play the Queen again on Broadway. Will the third time be the charm for a first Tony? If she wins she will have won the Oscar, Emmy and Tony all for playing Queen Elizabeths I & II. Quite a specific niche, eh?
- NATHANIEL R
(The following review pertains to the UK release of the film on Region B/2 formats)
The Girls with the Dragon Tattoo
Following on from its release of ‘Lady Snowblood’ and ‘Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance’ in 2012, UK company Arrow Films has released another Japanese cult classic in ‘Blind Woman’s Curse’, a film which mixes swordplay, horror and the supernatural into a bloody vengeance scenario.
Also known as ‘Kaidan nobori ryû’, ‘The Tattooed Swordswoman’ and ‘Black Cat’s Revenge’, this is unusual action fare from director Teruo Ishii. Meiko Kaji, who went on to star as Lady Snowblood, cuts her teeth – and several villains’ major arteries – as Akemi, the head of the Tachibana Clan. In the opening rain swept swordfight, she accidentally blind’s Aiko (Hoki Tokuda), the younger sister of Yakuza clan leader Boss Goda. After a three-year stretch in prison, Akemi returns to her role as Tachibana leader, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
James Garner movies on TCM: ‘Grand Prix,’ ‘Victor Victoria’ among highlights (photo: James Garner ca. 1960) James Garner, whose film and television career spanned more than five decades, died of "natural causes" at age 86 on July 19, 2014, in the Los Angeles suburb of Brentwood. On Monday, July 28, Turner Classic Movies will present an all-day marathon of James Garner movies (see below) as a tribute to the Oscar-nominated star of Murphy’s Romance and Emmy-winning star of the television series The Rockford Files. Among the highlights in TCM’s James Garner film lineup is John Frankenheimer’s Monaco-set Grand Prix (1966), an all-star, race-car drama featuring Garner as a Formula One driver who has an affair with the wife (Jessica Walter) of his former teammate (Brian Bedford). Among the other Grand Prix drivers facing their own personal issues are Yves Montand and Antonio Sabato, while Akira Kurosawa’s (male) muse Toshiro Mifune plays a »
- Andre Soares
The top stories of the week from Toh! Features: 9 Films to See in Theaters or Stream at Home This Weekend, From "I Origins" to "The Immigrant" Career Watch: Stealth Rising Star Jason Clarke Breaks Out in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Akira Kurosawa Talk Film, Writing and "Rhapsody in August" in 1991 Why The Beatles Matter to the Future of Repertory Film Festivals: David Ansen's Departure from Los Angeles Film Festival Signals New Direction for Fest Films That Popped at Karlovy Vary, from Live Bjork and Primal Behavior to Tracking a Revolution Interviews: Debra Granik on the Demand for the Salacious, "for fast, cheap and out of control" "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls" Author Peter Biskind Looks Back at the New Hollywood Screen Talk: Festival Updates, Fall Hopefuls, New Openers from Woody Allen to Zach Braff, Fox vs. Time Warner News: Nathan Rabin Is Sorry He. »
In the summer of 1999 I was a 17-year-old floorboy at a suburban multiplex showing Eyes Wide Shut. There were other movies that caught my attention that summer—Limbo, Election, Summer of Sam, The Blair Witch Project, South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut—but Kubrick’s was the only one of any import. I saw it four times in a week, defended it against my peers’ scorn, and had Jonathan Rosenbaum’s Chicago Reader review practically memorized. For my generation, seeing a Stanley Kubrick film in its original run was a novelty. Sadly, the experience would also be unrepeatable.
1999 was a hard year to be a cinephile. Kubrick vanished in March, and by the time December rolled around the news came in that Robert Bresson had also passed away. I was obsessed with both filmmakers. The previous year I already felt anguished learning about Akira Kurosawa’s death. Looking back, the »
- Gabe Klinger
Originally published in The Los Angeles Times in 1991, here is a scintillating conversation between two late, great masters. Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died in April of this year, sat down with Japanese auteur filmmaker Akira Kurosawa to talk the director's penultimate film "Rhapsody in August." They touch upon on the aftermath of nuclear war, and the Nagasaki bombing of 1945, as well as art, film, poetry, writing and truth. What a pleasure these digressions are. The tip of the hat goes to savvy film writer David Liu, who unearthed this enchanting interview on his must-read Kino Obscura blog. Highlights below; head to Liu's blog, here, to read the rest. Gabriel García Márquez: I don’t want this conversation between friends to seem like a press interview, but I just have this great curiosity to know a great many other things about you and your work. To begin with, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
As you’ve probably heard by now, we caught up with William Friedkin at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival last week where he revealed he’s had a meeting with “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto about working on season two—we’ll have the full interview for you soon. While we wait to see how the directing situation for the HBO show pans out, it’s the perfect opportunity to sit in on a master class Friedkin conducted at the festival. Like his contemporaries in the so-called New Hollywood movement, Friedkin is an ardent and cultivated fan of cinema and so it’s no surprise when he namechecks films as disparate as Milos Forman’s “The Firemen’s Ball”, Akira Kurosawa’s “Rashomon” and Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s “All About Eve”—which he calls the best American screenplay ever—as his influences and some of his favorite films. The »
- Cain Rodriguez
David Liu's posted a terrific conversation between Gabriel García Márquez and Akira Kurosawa. Also in today's round of news and views: Nick Newman and Danny King are discussing Todd Haynes at To Be (Cont'd). Ian Penman riffs on Rainer Werner Fassbinder the Fußball fan. Richard Brody calls Tom Schiller's Nothing Lasts Forever, a 1984 comedy with Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, a forgotten "masterpiece." The new restoration of Alain Resnais's Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) will see its U.S. premiere at the New York Film Festival. Paramount may take Martin Scorsese’s Silence featuring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, Ken Watanabe and Adam Driver. And more. » - David Hudson »
The most popular poster I’ve posted on my Movie Poster of the Day Tumblr in the past quarter—with over 1,000 likes and reblogs—has been this rarity that popped up at Posteritati this Spring. A British Double Crown (10" shorter than a one sheet) for a 24 minute documentary about the experimental music genius Brian Eno, made in 1973 at the start of his post-Roxy solo career, the poster’s popularity is no doubt due as much to the reverence Eno is held in as to its graphic design. But it is still a terrific poster, making simple yet brilliant use of two color printing and showcasing a multitude of Enos in all his glam rock glory. The text in the corner credits Blue Egg Printing and Design Ltd. and if anyone knows anything more about that company I’d love to hear about it. »
- Adrian Curry
Barnes & Noble has just kicked off their 50% off Criterion sale and while it's impossible to suggest titles that will suit everyone looking to beef up their collection at this perfect time of year, I will do my best to offer some suggestions. Let's get to it... My Absolute First Pick I am almost done going through this collection and it was a collection I got for Christmas under these exact circumstances. Typically priced at $224.99, you can now get this amazing set of 25 Zatoichi films for only $112. Box sets, in my opinion, are what sales like this were made for. Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Next Ten Recommendations It isn't easy so this is a collection of just some of my favorite films (of all-time and within the collection) and a little variety, though pretty much my standard, go to Criterion first picks, especially if you are just starting out. Persona Breathless »
- Brad Brevet
Exclusive: Yuji Kanda’s film just wrapped shooting in Tokyo.
Japan’s Bees Connexion has announced But Life Goes On, starring Collin Chou from the Matrix series, has been picked up for international sales by Toronto-based 108 Media Corporation.
Written and directed by Yuji Kanda, the Japanese arthouse film just wrapped shooting in Tokyo.
Based in La and Beijing, trilingual action talent Collin Chou is known for playing Seraph, protector of the Oracle in The Matrix Revolutions and The Matrix Reloaded. He plays the lead in But Life Goes On, as a taxi driver suffering from a traumatic event whose past catches up with him.
Ryo Ebe, director, Asia, at 108 Media Corporation explained their decision to pick up the film: “Japanese movies are having a very »
- email@example.com (Jean Noh)
By Fred Blosser
In the Old West, small homesteaders run afoul of a big landowner who controls the local law and levies killer taxes on their ranches and farms. The homesteaders finally refuse to pay the taxes, and petition the governor for help. Meanwhile, expecting reprisal from the landowner’s hired guns, they build a makeshift fort for refuge. They also send for help from a mercenary who comes to their aid with his private army of four associates and a Gatling gun.
Just kidding about the Western setting. This is actually the plot of “Gonin No Shokin Kasegi,” also known as “The Fort of Death,” a 1969 Japanese chambara by Eiichi Kudo. Nevertheless, the similarities are there. The homesteaders are peasants, the landowner is their oppressive feudal lord, and the higher official they’ve petitioned is the emperor. It’s easy to squint and superimpose an Old West setting out of an American B movie, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Veteran Hollywood actor Eli Wallach has died, aged 98.
One of the stars of The Magnificent Seven and The Good The Bad And The Ugly (quite possibly The star of that movie), his death was confirmed by his daughter Katherine in the NY Times.
His character in the movie was the bandit leader Calvera, the nemesis of the eponymous ‘seven’ gunslingers, who were led by Yul Brynner. The movie was a western remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, regarded by many as one of the most influential films of all time.
Wallach was never nominated for an Oscar but received an honourary statue in 2011 for, “effortlessly inhabiting a wide range of characters, while putting his inimitable stamp on every role”.
His other iconic role was as Tuco, »
- Mark Worgan
The Criterion Collection has a pedigree that few other media distribution outlets can match. Widely respected for bringing consumers the highest possible quality editions of landmark, respected, and exemplary films, their only peer is perhaps the Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (an audiophile-focused line of remastered classic albums), and the Mfsl doesn’t have nearly the same skill at curating its catalogue. To be a Criterion film means something in the film community because it implies a level of artistic excellence. Solaris, The Seventh Seal, Ikiru, The 400 Blows. Even if you haven’t seen these films, they mean something in the common language of film buffs; they imply a level of excellence. To be a Criterion film is, contextually, to be the top of your form. Browsing the list of releases reads like a must-watch list for any engaged film fan.
However, with any list so carefully organized and selected, »
Screenwriter Graham Yost, now the showrunner of FX’s Justified, admits that the plot of Speed sounds ridiculous: A bomb on a bus will detonate if the bus travels below 50 mph. But when the movie was released June 10, 1994, a funny thing happened: It became a hit with moviegoers and critics alike. To quote EW’s grade-a review: “The film takes off from formula elements – it’s yet another variation on Die Hard – but it manipulates those elements so skillfully, with such a canny mixture of delirium and restraint, that I walked out of the picture with the rare sensation that »
- Mandi Bierly
Star Wars fans have had a lot to digest lately. Star Wars: Episode VII currently filming, we have a release date and director for our first Star Wars stand-alone film (coming in 2016), and this week came the announcement of Josh Trank helming another stand-alone movie. While rumors have persisted on what the upcoming stand-alone films would be about, nothing concrete has been laid out just yet. As such, they’re ripe for speculation and hopes, so I wanted to break down some story ideas I think would be well suited to Lucasfilm’s spin-off Star Wars films.
First of all, I have to say, I’m actually sort of more excited about what the stand-alone films will bring to the Star Wars universe than the Sequel Trilogy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m super excited to see Episode VII, but it’s something of a known quantity. Disney is »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
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