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Richard Schickel, the longtime film critic for Time magazine who also wrote 37 books, mostly on film, and directed a number of documentaries on film subjects, died on Saturday in Los Angeles of complications from a series of strokes, his family told the Los Angeles Times. He was 84.
“He was one of the fathers of American film criticism,” his daughter, writer Erika Schickel, told the Times. “He had a singular voice. When he wrote or spoke, he had an old-fashioned way of turning a phrase. He was blunt and succinct both on the page and in life.”
He wrote and/or directed more than 30 documentaries, mostly for television.
Schickel shared a 1977 Emmy nomination for the documentary “Life Goes to the Movies” and received two nominations in 1987 for the documentary “Minnelli on Minnelli: Liza Remembers Vincente,” which he directed.
Schickel wrote film reviews for Life magazine from 1965 until the magazine folded in »
- Carmel Dagan
Recently I wrote a column about the inherent struggles that come with separating the art from the artist. Most of the time this isn’t a problem as even the most educated film fans probably don’t know the intimate personal details of the writers, directors, and producers behind the movies they watch. There are, of course, situations with prominent filmmakers that manage to allow the skeletons to escape from the closet and stumble from the shadows into the tabloids all too eager to share their scandals.
Last year saw Nate Parker and his film Birth of a Nation go from critical darling to the highest priced acquisition ever at the Sundance Film Festival to a ‘mortal lock’ for a Best Picture Nomination and then rocketing into a downward spiral towards oblivion only rivaled by a heroin junkie »
- Anghus Houvouras
Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Albert Brooks' Modern Romance (1981) is showing February 17 - March 19, 2017 in the United Kingdom in the series The Rom Com Variations. She’s out of my lifeShe’s out of my lifeAnd I don’t know whether to laugh or cry—Michael Jackson, “She’s Out of My Life”“cras amet qui numquam amavitquique amavit cras amet”—The Magus (John Fowles) Life comes at you fast. As someone recently on the receiving end of an unexpected breakup, I was a little cool on the idea of watching Albert Brooks’ 1981 film Modern Romance—whose premise was summarized, on the one-sheets at the time, in the following terms: “Robert was madly in love with Mary. Mary was madly in love with Robert. Under the circumstances they did the only thing they could do… they broke up.” But then, in that brutal darkness of heartache, »
In his 2015 film Youth, Italian film-maker Paolo Sorrentino used Harvey Keitel’s character Mick as a mouthpiece, delivering a diatribe about the war between film and TV through the ageing director’s dialogue. “This is cinema, and that’s just television!” he tells his muse. “Television is shit!” Her ominous response? “Television is the future, Mick.”
Smash cut to the beginning of 2017 and Sorrentino’s unveiling The Young Pope, perhaps his most opulent vision to date – in 10 parts on HBO. He’s just one of the many artists making a mass exodus from the cinema to TV, lured by the promises of handsome budgets, greater creative control, and the wider canvas of extended run times. Danish enfant terrible Nicolas Winding Refn »
- Charles Bramesco
“Awards! They do nothing but give out awards!” – Alvy Singer in Los Angeles.
What normally wins the best picture Oscar can usually be divided between miserable and horrible. Most of the time a typical Academy voter comes off like one of those guys with saliva dribbling down his mouth who wanders into a cafeteria with a shopping bag screaming about socialism. Tuning in each year is irrational and crazy and absurd, but we keep going, I guess, because we need the eggs.
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- Jordan Hoffman
Berlin — Creating one of the biggest independent creation-production TV hubs in the Spanish-speaking markets which is aimed at making contents for the whole world, Spain’s Mediapro, a “The Young Pope” co-producer, has bought a substantial stake in Argentina’s Burman Office. Headed by Daniel Burman, a leading light of the New Argentine Cinema, Burman Office is set to produce “Edha,” Netflix’s first TV series in Argentina.
One of the key axes in a fast-emerging new independent production TV scene in Latin America and Spain, the alliance will be unveiled Feb. 16 in Berlin by Mediapro head Jaume Roures and Burman. It builds on a strategic co-development deal between Mediapro and Burman Office for high-end fiction TV series and formats that was announced last July.
- John Hopewell and Emilio Mayorga
All five backed Sorogoyen’s latest 2016 release, “May God Save Us,” a harrowing serial killer thriller which, consolidating Sorogoyen’s reparation as a director to track, was distributed by Warner Bros. in Spain, won best screenplay at September’s San Sebastian Festival last year and was still racking up international sales for Latido at this week’s Berlin European Film Market.
The lead producer on “May God Save Us,” Gerardo Herrero and Mariela Besuievsky’s Tornasol Films, an arthouse institution in Spain, produced Juan Jose Campanella’s “The Secret in Their Eyes,” which won an Academy Award for best foreign-language film in 2009.
- John Hopewell
The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center has today announces their complete lineup for the 46th annual New Directors/New Films (Nd/Nf), running March 15 – 26. Dedicated to the discovery of new works by emerging and dynamic filmmaking talent, this year’s festival will screen 29 features and nine short films. This year’s lineup boasts nine North American premieres, seven U.S. premieres, and two world premieres, with features and shorts from 32 countries across five continents.
The opening, centerpiece, and closing night selections showcase three exciting new voices in American independent cinema that all recently debuted at Sundance: Geremy Jasper’s “Patti Cake$” is the opening night pick, while Eliza Hittman’s “Beach Rats” is the centerpiece selection and Dustin Guy Defa will close the festival with “Person to Person.” Other standouts include “Menashe,” “My Happy Family,” “Quest” and “The Wound.”
Read More: The Sundance Rebel: »
- Kate Erbland
Author: Stefan Pape
Sally Potter returns to the silver screen with a wickedly fast-paced, endearingly transient comedy that, while unashamedly overstated, is grounded by its connections to modern British politics – making it all rather apt for this picture to thrive in its farcicality. The monochrome aesthetic may give this piece a timeless feel, but it seems like a particularly pertinent presentation of a nation who currently find their left wing politics in turmoil.
The film opens with Kristin Scott Thomas as Janet, pointing a gun at the camera. Rewind an hour or so, and we learn she’s the host of a dinner party, inviting friends round to celebrate her recent promotion to shadow health minister, and its a dinner party, we have already gathered, that is to eventually turn sour. Her husband Bill (Timothy Spall) is in a peculiar mood, not exactly one for conversation – but the arrival of »
- Stefan Pape
Water And Sugar: Carlo Di Palma, The Colours Of Life premiered at last year’s Venice Film Festival.
Adriana Chiesa is selling Water And Sugar: Carlo Di Palma, The Colours Of Life, the new feature doc about the legendary cinematographer (and Chiesa’s late husband), at this week’s European Film Market (Efm) and has reported deals for the UK (Swipe Films) and Spain (Film Buro). Instituto Luce will release the film in Italy this spring.
Directed by Fariborz Kamkari, the documentary profiles Di Palma’s career from being focus puller on Vittorio de Sica’s Bicycle Thieves (1948) to his credits as a cinematographer on films including Blow-Up (1966) and 11 Woody Allen films.
The film screened recently at the Santa Barbara International Festival, which Chiesa reveals that Iranian-born director Kamkari wasn’t able to attend because of the Trump travel ban then in place.
At Efm, Adriana Chiesa Enterprises has also begun sales on They Called Her Maryam »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
Author: Stefan Pape
Indie auteur Alex Ross Perry returns to the silver screen with Golden Exits, which begins opens with Emily Browning’s Naomi, sat on her doorstep, singing New York Groove by Kiss, and instantly the viewer is beguiled – an essential introduction to the character, for it’s her very arrival in the Big Apple which causes such disruption, as we becomes as absorbed by her, in much of the same way the myriad of male character that orbit around her also feel.
Hailing from Australia, Naomi has landed a job that will ensure she can remain on American soil for a few months, working as an assistant to Nick (Adam Horovitz) as he archives materials concerning his dead father-in-law. Spending every day together, in a modest sized office, this ignites the jealousy in Nick’s wife Alyssa (Chloe Sevigny) and the scepticism in her sister Gwendolyn (Mary-Louise Parker). For good reason too, »
- Stefan Pape
It’s one thing to give your movie a title as sweepingly ambitious as On Body and Soul, but quite another to deliver something equally transcendent. With this competition entry from Hungary, we saw some encouraging signs of artistic experimentation on the first full day of the Berlin Film Festival that’s sorely missing from the opening night presentation, but a home-run is still elusive.
The film opens with shots of two deer roaming, gently grazing against each other in a snow-capped forest. It’s a lovely sight not just for the natural grandeur and inherent serenity of wildlife, but also the camera’s intense focus, describing the texture and temperature of the scene in great detail. This quietly evocative introduction, which would prove to be a recurring theme and much more than mere decoration, leads to a montage of animals in captivity, waiting to be butchered and men, resting »
- Zhuo-Ning Su
Author: Stefan Pape
With the third season of The Trip soon upon us, before witnessing Steve Coogan dine with Rob Brydon across a beautiful Spanish landscape, we can see the British actor indulging in fine cuisine of another kind, this time with a somewhat more bitter aftertaste, for he takes the lead role in Oren Moverman’s dark and disturbing thriller The Dinner, based on Herman Koch’s novel of the same name, which proves to be a film stifled by its very own sense of ambition.
Coogan plays Paul Lohman, a school teacher doing all he can to avoid going out for dinner with older brother, and congressman Stan (Richard Gere), and his wife Katelyn (Rebecca Hall). But Paul is persuaded by his own wife Claire (Laura Linney) who is rather insistent they make the trip, and as they set food in the grandiose, pretentious restaurant, it becomes clear why, »
- Stefan Pape
If Grumpy Cat is the blockbuster franchise of cat videos, “Kedi” is the “Citizen Kane” of the genre. Though technically a sophisticated, artful documentary from Turkish filmmaker Ceyda Torun, “Kedi” will automatically find devout fans among anyone who delights at all things feline. (I’m an unapologetic member of that club.) Shot throughout the streets of Istanbul, the movie takes the inherent appeal of its subject and goes beyond the call of duty.
Cat lovers may be content with a mashup of feline faces bounding around the city, but hell, YouTube’s got that covered. “Kedi” isolates the profound relationship between man and cat by exploring it across several adorable cases in a city dense with examples. The result is at once hypnotic and charming, a movie with the capacity to elicit both the Omg-level effusiveness of internet memes and existential insights. Torun interviews a variety of locals about their bonds with the creatures, »
- Eric Kohn
In Woody Allen’s “Sweet and Lowdown,” Sean Penn boasts, “I’m considered the best guitar player maybe that ever lived, certainly in this country. There’s this gypsy in France, and he’s the most beautiful thing I ever heard.” The only guitarist superior to Penn’s fictional Emmet Ray? Django Reinhardt, a Belgian-born hot-jazz strummer whose talent saved him during World War II.
As a historical-fiction account of this wartime chapter in the jazz legend’s life, “Django” delivers a showcase role for gifted actor Reda Kateb, who’s had small parts in “A Prophet” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” but is otherwise rarely seen outside of France. It also marks a rather poignant choice to open the 2017 Berlinale, since the film — while not an especially compelling or well-told biopic unto itself — shines much-needed attention on the plight of the Roma people at the hands of German (and French) officials. »
- Peter Debruge
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The legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt remains one of the great jazzmen to emerge from Europe in the 20th century, recording hundreds of memorable tracks during his lifetime, playing with the likes of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Coleman Hawkins, and influencing countless artists in the decades that followed his untimely death from a stroke at the age of 43. His music has also graced the soundtracks of dozens of movies, including a swath of Woody Allen films (Sweet and Lowdown is a playful hommage to him) and anything ranging from Lacombe Lucien to The Matrix.
But there’s much less known »
- Jordan Mintzer
Scarlett Johansson wowed at her first major event without her now ex-husband Romain Dauriac.
The Ghost in the Shell star looked stunning with her new short hairdo and dark, double-breasted suit jacket and matching trousers as well as 16.15-carat Harry Winston Cluster earrings on the red carpet for amFAR’s annual New York gala.
Johansson and Donatella Versace will be honored by the AIDs foundation, with model Iman serving as the evening’s host after Lena Dunham had to cancel due to illness. After taking the stage, Iman joked that she was Dunham’s doppelgänger, saying, “Yes, I am Lena Dunham, »
- Mike Miller
While “The Neon Demon” might’ve died in theaters, only Amazon knows how it did on their service, but this much is clear: they want to stay in the Nicolas Winding Refn business. The streaming service which is nipping at the heels of the dominant Netflix, is eager to add high profile filmmakers to their roster, and giving them the budgets and freedom they need seems to have attracted top talent including Woody Allen, Whit Stillman, Jill Soloway, Todd Haynes, Jim Jarmusch, Park Chan-Wook….you get the idea.
Continue reading Nicolas Winding Refn Is ‘Too Old To Die Young’ At Amazon at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
This year’s Berlin International Film Festival bows in Germany later this week and with it, one of Europe’s most exciting and singular film festivals. As ever, the annual fest is playing home to dozens of feature films and short offerings, with picks aplenty from both modern masters and fresh faces. The Berlinale often breeds some of indie film’s most unexpected and unique standouts, so if it’s at the fest, it’s likely worth a look.
Read More: 5 Exciting Films in the 2017 Berlin Film Festival Competition Lineup
Ahead, check out the 8 titles we are most excited to check out at this year’s festival.
“Have a Nice Day”
Expectations are high for this Chinese animated feature that marks the sophomore effort from director Liu Jiang, whose surreal debut “Piercing” offered an inventive look at modern day city life in China’s capital. If the gorgeous stills from »
- David Ehrlich, Eric Kohn and Kate Erbland
As an actor and musician with a 20-year career under his belt, Justin Timberlake has undoubtedly experienced the gamut of ups and downs as far as Hollywood goes.
In fact, the crooner admits that if his own son Silas Randall, 22 months, wanted to pursue a similar profession as his dad, Timberlake would be there to impart some crucial life lessons.
“Would I want my child to follow my path?” Timberlake says in a new interview for The Hollywood Reporter. “You know, I haven’t been able to answer that question in my mind. If he wanted it bad enough, I »
- Jen Juneau
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