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My Name Is Negahdar Jamali And I Make Westerns
Directed by Kamran Heidari
Negahdar Jamali walks around a market place going from vendor to vendor looking for chicken feathers. It’s not a totally strange request, but when asked why he needs them, he explains that they’re for the “indians” in his newest western film. This answer is met with astonishment and the obvious follow-up question: “Who makes Westerns in Iran?” Indeed, transplanting a very American genre into the Iranian landscape, with Persian men playing cowboys and indians seems ludicrous, but perhaps no more so than Keanu Reeves playing the leader of 47 Japanese ronin. It’s when Negahdar explains what he loves about westerns that it becomes clearer as to how the western can fit into Iranian culture. He tells director Kamran Heidari that the hero in these movies comes from nowhere, no one knows his name, but »
- Jae K. Renfrow
When news broke earlier this week that five young up-and-coming actors were in line for the lead Jedi role in Star Wars Episode VII, Google search bars will likely have been working overtime as film fans tried to match faces to names.
Now a bona fide movie icon, it's common knowledge that Ford struggled early on in his career and starting working as a carpenter to support his family between acting gigs. Sometimes Ford didn't even get an acting credit at all, and on one occasion he was »
Documentaries on Edwyn Collins and a Mexican drug lord were the stand-outs in a typically loud, boozy sweaty film festival that is the antitheses to Cannes in every way
For film fans, SXSW gets louder as it winds down. The big films stop screening as the music crowd arrive, bringing with them sweat and booze and seven hundred types of noise. The bars of 6th Street throw their windows open, showing off the bands inside. Leftover cinefiles, queuing up outside the Alamo Drafthouse, get battered by an unholy hybrid of metal-country-electro-pop as they wait for the peace and quiet of the screening room.
At its best SXSW, which aims to celebrate new music, film and interactive technology, allows the mediums to play into each other. The best film at this year's festival is about a musician, former Orange Juice frontman Edwyn Collins. After suffering a stroke in 2005, Collins had to learn how to walk, »
- Henry Barnes
Filmmaker Richard Linklater will be the recipient of the 2014 Founder’s Directing Award at the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival.
The “Dazed and Confused” writer and director will be honored for his expansive body of work which includes the “Before Sunrise” trilogy and “Slacker.” Linklater will also be celebrating the upcoming release of “Boyhood,” his highly buzzed-about new film.
He will also be publicly honored at An Evening with Richard Linklater at the Castro Theatre on May 2 with an onstage interview and a selection of clips from his directing career, followed by a screening of “Boyhood.”
“Richard Linklater is one of our country’s great creative minds,” said San Francisco Film Society executive director Noah Cowan. “His curiosity about cinema’s endless possibilities and his landmark collaborations with many of the world’s most interesting actors mark him as a profound and important force in our medium. It is »
- Nikara Johns
Feature Matthew Giordano 13 Mar 2014 - 07:00
True Detective inspired a mass of complex fan theories. Matthew talks us through some popular interpretations...
This feature contains spoilers for True Detective season one.
HBO’s recently concluded True Detective inspired an almost unprecedented amount of fan speculation on the Internet. I may be in the minority, but I found reading theoretical interpretations of the show to be a far more rewarding experience then actually watching the drama. True Detective moved at such a slow pace, and, aside from the fact it was mostly told in flashback, its mystery unfolded rather routinely. Was there narrative justification for the many well thought-out fan theories about its true meaning? Were the Internet’s devoted writings about the show completely off-base? Were fans simply putting things together that were not there?
What’s fascinating is that not only was there an overwhelming amount of online fan response to True Detective, »
We’ve been big fans of the Royal Albert Hall’s tremendous film events for quite a few years now and they continue their incredible and unique run with the announcement that they’re giving you an offer you can’t refuse as we’re set to see Francis Ford Coppola’s timeless The Godfather alongside a live orchestra, who will bring Nino Rota’s immortal orchestral score live and to life on Monday, 8 December 2014.
The world premiere of The Godfather Live will be a celebration of a crime classic regularly cited as one of the greatest films ever made. Justin Freer, conductor of The Godfather Live, had this to say:
“It is with great excitement that we are able to bring this masterful score and film to the Royal Albert Hall. That we are able to preserve and present some of the most cherished music in the history of »
- Dan Bullock
New films starring Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Aubrey Plaza, Olivia Wilde, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson —and not one, but two movies featuring James Franco — round out the lineup of 2014's Tribeca Film Festival, which runs from April 16th to the 27th in New York City.
Marquee names dot this year's Spotlight section, with Jon Favreau's Chef, a comedy about a beleaguered chef who has a public meltdown and decides to take his cuisine on the road, featuring a cast that includes Downey Jr. »
Frequent Francis Ford Coppola collaborator and editor Walter Murch (he’s been there since 1979’s “Apocalypse Now” all the way through 2009’s “Tetro”) famously cuts his movies standing up because surgeons, cooks, and music conductors—all fields and processes that Murch has compared to editing—are standing as they perform their jobs. At last year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest, Murch stood in front of a crowd for 90 minutes for an editing masterclass, and the video has surfaced for your education. Building on the ideas he’s presented in documentaries like the great “The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing” and “Murch: Walter Murch on Editing,” Murch takes the festival crowd through a lecture and presentation on the history of editing and uses the 2013 Higgs-Boson particle documentary “Particle Fever” to explain the editing process. The masterclass is just under 90 minutes, and if you’ve ever been interested in what goes on in the editing room, »
- Cain Rodriguez
There's always a time and place for nostalgia, but when it comes to movies from the 1980s, it goes beyond that. Throughout the decade, we hit cinematic milestone after cinematic milestone, with franchises being born that still resonate and fuel the box office today, some three decades removed. We can look at 2014 and see some good movies on the horizon. But when we look back at a year like 1984, its breathtaking to see how many seminal pieces of pop culture were born into existence. 1982 is sometimes called the greatest year for genre movies of all time, with an eye on science fiction. But 1984 goes maybe a step beyond that. These 12 months were jam packed with truly timeless classics. You may be awestruck staring at what came exactly 30 years ago. Nothing has quite topped it for sheer year-round, non-stop entertainment. These are 30 great movies that are turning 30 in 2014!
Tagline: In the Year of Darkness, »
London's Royal Albert Hall has announced details of The Godfather Live.
Nino Rota's iconic score for the classic 1972 movie will be performed live alongside a screening of the film on Monday, December 8, 2014.
Jasper Hope, Chief Operating Officer at the Royal Albert Hall, said of the project: "We are making movie fans an offer they can't refuse - The Godfather as it has never been seen, or heard, before.
"The Royal Albert Hall has become the place to see great films with great scores played live, and the chance to watch The Godfather with Nino Rota's legendary music performed on stage and in full will be a unique experience for fans.
"We are delighted to welcome the Corleone family to this iconic venue. »
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While his self-imposed retirement from cinema may still be in effect, Steven Soderbergh appears to be keeping his creative urges sated. With the TV show The Knick and Off-Broadway production The Library on the way, a cinematic curiosity has popped up on the Oscar-winning filmmaker's website Extension 765. Soderbergh has edited a feature length "mash up" of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and Gus Van Sant's 1998 shot-for-shot remake.
Shown mostly in black-and-white and named Psychos, the film is undoubtedly an exercise in "what if?", rather than an attempt to improve on either film, but still, it offers some interesting moments. For the most part, a scene from one film will be followed by a scene from the other. (The opening apartment »
The 85-year history of the Academy Awards is rife with statistical oddities, and one that has the potential to play out this Sunday is among the most intriguing: a split between the films that win Best Picture and Best Director.
Though conventional wisdom has long held that only one film will walk away with both prizes on Oscar night, many pundits are predicting that the awards will instead go to two different movies this year, with "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuaron expected to snag the Best Director statuette, while "12 Years a Slave" (or "American Hustle," depending on where your loyalties lie) is the favorite to win Best Picture.
While such a split has occurred just 22 times since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences started handing out trophies in 1929, four of the first five ceremonies produced a divide between the Best Director and Best Picture prizes. "Wings," dubbed the original »
- Katie Roberts
Lily Rabe has joined the ABC alien pilot The Visitors, playing an FBI investigator who focuses on children and realizes a that there’s something sinister about a variety of children who all have the same imaginary friend. Does this mean we’re going to have to give up Rabe’s performances on American Horror Story? I’m not sure if I can accept that.
Looking‘s Murray Bartlett talked with Vulture, which included an origin of his Looking character’s mustache. “I grew it while I was in Egypt because I looked so much like a tourist and I wanted to try and fit in and a lot of people had mustaches there. »
- Lyle Masaki
★★★★★At a pivotal point in Francis Ford Coppola's masterful crime drama The Godfather: Part II (1974), Mafia kingpin Michael Corleone states, "If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it's that you can kill anyone." Not only one of the greatest sequels of all time, Coppola's opus is also perhaps the finest film made about immigrants in the blessed 'Land of Opportunity'. Boldly following up his widely acclaimed first chapter with a sequel split between two distinct eras - as Michael struggles with his own Godfatherly guilt and, decades before, his father Vito climbs to the top of the ladder - Coppola miraculously exceeded all expectations.
- CineVue UK
Stranger By The Lake (18)
Sex and death take a synchronised swim in this bold thriller, shot at a single lakeside location. It's a popular cruising spot, and the rituals of its regular (and regularly naked) male visitors are observed with a combination of frankness, lyricism and mischievous satire. But a more mysterious tone takes hold when newcomer Franck sees his Selleck-moustachio'd crush commit a terrible crime. The riptide of desire drags him into a dangerous game.
Making Twilight look like Sesame Street, Jarmusch gives us the coolest vampires imaginable – too cool to even do much vampire stuff. »
- Steve Rose
Last night on "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon," Will Ferrell, who did an Olympic figure skating routine to the theme song from "Downton Abbey" and co-starred in a Nick Jr. show called "Ew" with Fallon and Michelle Obama, announced that "Anchorman 2" would be returning to theaters for a week, in a completely separate, R-rated version. The movie, described as "super-sized," will hit theaters (again) on February 28th. Check out the trailer below, via Entertainment Weekly.
On "The Tonight Show," Ferrell said that he and director Adam McKay briefly contemplated splitting the sequel into two separate halves. Instead, they had editors working on parallel cuts of a single movie, so this re-release will be completely different, featuring almost 800 brand new jokes and raunchier material (it was rated R by the MPAA).
McKay and Ferrell are notorious for shooting way, way, way too much footage. On the commentary track for "Step Brothers" (which, »
- Drew Taylor
Francis Coppola's breathtakingly ambitious prequel-sequel to his first Godfather movie is as gripping as ever
Re-released 40 years on, and digitally polished, Francis Coppola's breathtakingly ambitious prequel-sequel to his first Godfather movie is as gripping as ever. It is even better than the first film, and has the greatest single final scene in Hollywood history, a real coup de cinéma.
Michael Corleone (Pacino), his face now a creased mask of implacable hatred, has exacted vengeance on all his enemies – and then we suddenly cut back 20 years to the fresh-faced young Joe College, still capable of a boyish grin, startling his brothers over the dinner table by announcing he's joined the army, and stoutly defending his patriotism. It's a stunning narrative flourish: mysterious and moving.
The Godfather films have, with some reason, been accused of glamorising the bullies of organised crime and indeed for being a how-to-behave manual for generations of wannabe wiseguys. »
- Peter Bradshaw
The footage from the set of Apocalypse Now that formed the iconic documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse featured an embittered Francis Ford Coppola battling the elements, unruly actors, and his own creative impulses. Coppola outlasted, delivered a masterful final film, and secured the right to pursue his dream project as a follow-up — a musical entitled One from the Heart. The [...] »
- Zade Constantine
Looks like little Eric Cowell wasn't the only celeb offspring who was born on Valentine's Day...Danny Masterson's wife also gave birth to a baby girl! The former That 70s Show actor and his wife Bijou Phillips welcomed their first child, a daughter, on Friday. The bundle of joy, whom the proud parents named Fianna Francis Masterson weighed in at 8 lbs and 5 oz and measured 21 inches. Masterson shared the exciting news with his fans on Instagram today, sharing an adorable photo with his baby girl which he captioned, "Hello friends.Beyond thrilled to announce The birth of our daughter Fianna Francis Masterson! Mom and baby are doing amazing. You can all refer to me as dj dadpants from now on... Wifey »
Former "That '70s Star" Danny Masterson and wife Bijou Phillips pulled off the impossible: They had a baby in Hollywood without anyone knowing they were expecting!Masterson, 37, revealed the big news on Instagram Wednesday night -- posting the first photo of the couple's adorable little girl."Hello friends.Beyond thrilled to announce The birth of our daughter Fianna Francis Masterson," he wrote along with the photo above. "Mom and baby are doing amazing. You can all refer to me as dj dadpants from now on."Bijou reveals little Fianna was born on Valentine's Day, weighing in at 8 lbs, 5 oz. "She is a perfect valentine," the new mom added.While we're shocked they were able to keep the pregnancy a secret, photos of Bijou taken in January show she never really got that big -- so it wasn't too hard to keep undercover until now.Congrats to the happy couple on their baby girl! »
- tooFab Staff
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