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As 2011 comes to a close, here, based on Google Analytics, are this site’s top ten posts of the year.
1. 25 New Faces of 2011. I mean, of course — what else would have been our top traffic-getter of the year? As it does every year, the unveiling of our 25 New Faces list outpaced everything else on the site by almost three to one. And one thing I’m especially proud of — at the time we pick them, the people on this list are real discoveries. As I look at lists with similar ambitions on other sites, I’m struck by the fact that their lists mostly chart people who’ve already broken through the independent media whereas we at Filmmaker actually look at the work and try to pick people who we think are going to break in some way. We’re often years ahead of the curve. Pariah director Dee Rees, »
- Scott Macaulay
Celebrate New Year's Eve with Tribeca! What better way to ring in the New Year than with a great film? With a little help from the Tribeca staff, we've pulled together some memorable New Year's Eve movies that will ensure a great start to 2012! Let's begin with the Nye classics.... Four Rooms Dirs. Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, 1995 This New Year's Eve anthology film truly has something for everyone! It features not one, but four very different end of the year celebrations! However, the real treat is Tarantino's The Man From Hollywood segment that ends the film. 200 Cigarettes Dir. Risa Bramon Garcia, 1999 A blast to the past! Set in 1981, 200 Cigarettes is about an assortment of twentysomethings that try to find love and cope with their own neuroses on New Year's Eve in NYC. The Godfather, Part II Dir. Francis Ford Coppola, 1974 Maybe you don't have to »
Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently streaming on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to War Horse, Pariah, & A Separation.
With the Academy Awards eligibility deadline about to hit, three Oscar hopefuls do battle at the box office, including Steven Spielberg‘s latest epic, a gritty indie from Brooklyn, NY, and an Iranian thriller that’s drawing worldwide notice.
Based on Michael Morpurgo’s children’s novel and its resulting Broadway hit, Spielberg’s War Horse centers on the bond between a young man and his horse. With its posh pedigree, this drama is looking to win more than audience attention. [Full Review.]
Oscar loves a good war story:
The English Patient (1996) This epic World War II-set romance scored 12 Oscar nominations and took home nine, including honors for writer-director Anthony Minghella and star Juliette Binoche, not to mention Best Picture. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Tom Cruise has had one of the best acting careers in movie history. His career has spanned over three decades, and Cruise has shown that he is still a top actor today. His latest flick, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is currently the top movie at the box office.
Throughout his great career, Cruise has worked with the best film directors and storytellers that the big screen has ever seen. Directors such as Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, and Francis Ford Coppola are among the greats he has collaborated with. Cruise told us that he has rejoiced working with these icons, and went on to tell us that he has learned from them and continues to soak in the fine art of acting and still loves to make films. (Click on the audio player to hear Tom Cruise) Tom Cruise Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/Foxallaccess
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In October of 2010, Sound on Sight asked me to do my first commemorative piece on the passing of filmmaker Arthur Penn. I suspect I was asked because I was the only one writing for the site old enough to have seen Penn’s films in theaters. Whatever the reason, it was an unexpectedly rewarding if expectedly bittersweet experience which led to a series of equally rewarding but bittersweet experiences writing on the passing of other filmdom notables.
I say rewarding because it gave me a nostalgic-flavored chance to revisit certain work and the people behind it; a revisiting which often brought back the nearly-forgotten youthful excitement that went with an eye-opening, a discovery, the thrill of the new. Writing them has also been bittersweet because each of these pieces is a formal acknowledgment that something precious is gone. A talent may be perhaps preserved forever on celluloid, but the filmography »
- Bill Mesce
Every week throughout the year, Indiewire takes some time to talk to directors and producers of in-production projects. Many of these films are coming to this year's Sundance Film Festival; many of their premieres have yet to be announced. As an end-of-year treat, here's a list of 30 projects we've profiled in 2011. Keep your eyes peeled for these films! Headed To Sundance "Black Rock," Katie Aselton Katie Aselton, director and star of Sundance '10 low budget breakout "The Freebie," got on the phone with indieWIRE while on location in Milbridge, Maine, preparing for production on her new film "Black Rock." Says Aselton, "In a town of 350 people like Milbridge, 20 people shooting a movie is taking over the town." "Goats," Christopher Neil Christopher Neil was drawn to the film industry because it's in his blood; Francis Ford Coppola is his uncle. He was drawn to adapt Mark »
Most moviegoers can agree on one thing: there were way too many movies this year. If you’re (un)fortunate enough to live in New York, you had the opportunity to see around 600 new features come and go; the rest of us didn’t get that many fewer. That means that anyone who’s been put in a position to make a top 10 (or top 15, or top 20…) had to make some sad cuts. So we thought it appropriate to highlight some of the year’s most memorable individual moments, scenes, and sequences, from movies that may or may not have made our individual year-end lists. Some were from movies we didn’t love; some are from movies we didn’t even like, but all stood out. Which is no small feat considering just how insane the release calendar has become.
We are keeping out credit sequences since we feel it is an artform in itself, »
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has unveiled additional programming and events for the 2012 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival, including a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Paramount Pictures. Robert Evans, longtime producer and former head of production for Paramount, is set to take part in the tribute, which will focus on the studio’s 1970s renaissance. In addition, the TCM Classic Film Festival is slated to include a look at The Noir Style, a tribute to legendary costume designer Travis Banton, a look at art deco in the movies, a collection of early cinematic rarities and much more.
TCM.s own Robert Osborne will once again serve as official host for the four-day, star-studded event, which will take pace Thursday, April 12 . Sunday, April 15, 2012, in Hollywood. Passes are on sale now through the official festival website: http://www.tcm.com/festival.
The Paramount Renaissance
The TCM Classic Film Festival will »
- Michelle McCue
It's hard to overestimate Roger Corman's significance. As the director of low-budget fare like It Conquered the World and Creature from the Haunted Sea, Corman is often regarded as a schlockmeister. And though that may be true, Corman is also a groundbreaking filmmaker without whom the landscape of contemporary cinema would look very different.
Thankfully, to remind us of Corman's immense importance to Hollywood comes Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel, an in-depth new documentary from Alex Stapleton — and I cannot think of a better Christmas gift.
Corman got his start back in the 1950s, working extensively for American International Pictures, the independent production house responsible for so many of the B-movie drive-in flicks made during the '50s, '60s and '70s. Along the way, he shepherded the careers of budding filmmakers such as Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Howard and Martin Scorsese.
With the mandate "make »
Channel 4's King Of Christmas Lights dings many more merry seasonal dongs than you'd expect from a documentary about house decoration
In Wells, south-west England, Paul is arranging festive polar bears, six foot tall snowmen, seals in Santa hats and 60,000 other twinkling lights around the front of his mother's bungalow. Paul loves Christmas. Paul loves fake snow lawns, arcs of twinkling lights, pulsating 100-watt stars of Bethlehem, vulcanised rubber magi scenes and the yuletide honk of a thousand car horns passing by, their drivers gawping and muttering, "Jesus, it that a Ferris Wheel?" Paul is one of the stars of King Of Christmas Lights (Mon, 9pm, Channel 4), a Cutting Edge documentary so joyous and funny, it should be replayed year after year just like Margo cancelling Christmas on The Good Life or Bill Murray being thwacked by a toaster in Scrooged.
The show makes me bristle with pride »
- Grace Dent
There isn't a splashier or more sensational documentary subject than Roger Corman, a man who has produced hundreds of exploitation and genre movies over the years, answering to no one but himself. In the process of churning out drive-in (and now direct-to-video) fodder, he's launched the careers of countless big time directors, actors, and producers (quickly, among them: Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Joe Dante, Ron Howard, Gale Anne Hurd, James Cameron, Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, and Peter Fonda). First time feature director Alex Stapleton took it upon herself to make the definitive Roger Corman documentary "Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel" (out this week) and she succeeded, big time. We got to talk to her about her inspiration for the film, how she shaped a 90-minute version out of a six-hour rough cut, and what it was like working with the French duo Air for the film's score. »
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It's a film without any characters, plot or narrative structure. And its title is notoriously hard to pronounce. What's not to love about Koyaanisqatsi?
I came to Godfrey Reggio's 1982 masterpiece very late. It was actually during a Google search a few years back when looking for timelapse footage of urban traffic (for work rather than pleasure!) that I came across a "cult film", as some online reviewers were calling it. This meant I first watched it as all its loyal fans say not to: on DVD, on a small screen. If ever a film was destined for watching in a cinema, this is it. »
- Leo Hickman
I’m pretty certain this shouldn’t have been leaked online but the Italian film website Badtaste have just emailed me a leaked production trailer for Dario Argento’s Dracula 3D and it blatantly spoils the major scenes of the film. The bootlegged trailer runs 2 minutes 38 seconds and shows us huge chunks of footage from the movie, seemingly all the scenes that require visual effects work which are clearly still in the early stages of development.
Dracula 3D was shot this summer and is not going to be ready for release until at least next year and I can only imagine this was supposed to be for internal use only at the studio or maybe originates from The American Film Market where it was selling distribution.
So to be fair to Argento, we can only really consider this as an unofficial teaser of what is to come as it’s »
- Matt Holmes
Since the release of Sofia Coppola's “Somewhere,” Elle Fanning has become one of Hollywood’s most in-demand young actresses, thanks to a combination of natural beauty and a wholesome and unaffected screen presence. Speaking to The Playlist during press rounds for Cameron Crowe’s “We Bought a Zoo,” she said she had a couple of high-profile collaborations in the pipeline, continuing to place her considerable talents in the care of established, acclaimed directors. “I did ‘Twixt’ with Francis Ford Coppola,” she said in an interview last Friday. “I’m not sure when that’s coming out, but we finished it, and he’s probably still tweaking it. And then I’m doing a movie called ‘Bomb’ with Sally Potter next year." “Twixt” is Coppola’s follow-up to “Tetro,” and his third self-financed project in four years. Starring Val Kilmer, Joanne »
We hold in our hands the covers for DC Comics this March. As a child of four can plainly see, these comics have been hermetically sealed in a Cgc 9.8 slab, and they’ve been kept in a #2 mayonnaise jar under a giant pile of Christmas tinsel since noon today.
What do we have worth noting? The first fill-in artist on Justice League, although Gene Ha is certainly no slouch in that department. We also have new writers on Firestorm and Green Arrow, new backups in Justice League and Action Comics, and the DC 52 hits lucky number 7.
Shall we see who is the fariest of them all? Oh indeedy, let’s do!
As usual, spoilers may lurk beyond this point.
Written by Geoff Johns
1:25 Variant cover by Gary Frank
1:200 B&W Variant cover »
- Glenn Hauman
“The Way” finds Martin Sheen walking back into a leading film role, which is one of the most personal performances of his career. It was written and directed by his son, Emilio Estevez, and is set on the Spanish pilgrimage trail ‘Camino de Santiago,’ near where Martin’s father was born and raised. Sheen says that his son was insistent, “the film would never get done without me, it was his gift for me." However, as a father, he couldn't help but worry about disappointing his son. "The only anxiety I had was that I would not come up to his expectations.” He thinks their joint effort was, “a deeply personal relationship being explored on film ... it was a reflection of our relationship and basically a gift we gave to each other.” Early in his film career, Sheen gave iconic leading performances in Terrence Malick’s “Badlands” and Francis Ford Coppola’s &ldqu. »
"Late in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Tomas Alfredson's impeccably crafted adaptation of John Le Carré's classic spy novel, a British agent that was working as a mole for the Soviets offers an explanation for his actions," begins Andrew Schenker in Slant. "'It was an aesthetic choice as much as a moral one,' he says of his defection. 'The West has become so ugly.' It's tempting to ascribe the same motives to Alfredson's directorial choices. After all, he's gone to great lengths to give his film an eye-popping visual signature, crafting crisp, exacting images out of a perfectly tuned palette of sickly yellows, browns, and toned-down blues, while muting those elements (character, action) that traditionally distinguish the spy thriller. But a more accurate way of evaluating the film's achievement would be to say that for Alfredson the moral is contained in the aesthetic, his visual scheme no mere eye candy, »
One director brought the smell of napalm in the morning to our screens. Another took us to a Galaxy far, far away. One brought Dinosaurs back to life and into our cinemas. We all know who they are: Coppola, Lucas and Spielberg. All of them seen above, minus Marty, have cracking beards, but that’s not the point. With the man holding the smaller Golden man, Martin Scorsese, having recently released the critically acclaimed Hugo into the cinematic realm we’re left to wonder; what’s happened to the rest of them? Their once almighty talents now seem to be focused upon diminishing their own legacies, the desire they once had to create and maintain their filmic reputations seem to be diminishing with every new feature they release. With Spielberg about to unleash his disappointing technological imagining of the Euro-centric Tintin on the American market this Christmas.
Let’s start with Coppola, »
- Dan Lewis
There is still plenty of time before Oscar nominations are announced on Tuesday, January 24th, but it's about time I started filling in the rest of the categories in my Oscar predictions and while I'll be seeing Young Adult tonight, which will mean you can expect updates in the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor categories at the very least in the next couple of days, I felt it was time to lift the lid on another category I'd yet to explore... Best Costume Design. There are some interesting things to consider when it comes to the costumes category, so let's start at the top and see what shakes out. My current front-runner is Michael O'Connor's work on Jane Eyre. O'Connor recently enjoyed his first nomination and first win with The Duchess and I see no reason not to consider him a strong candidate for the win this year »
- Brad Brevet
Often imitated but never equaled this is a film that tackles the growing paranoia in our society over privacy with a power that makes it scary viewing every time you pop it in. Not bad considering it was made more than 35 years ago. The power of it simply can't be overstated. This is Coppola before he succumbed to grandiosity.You get a Francis Ford Coppola commentary, another commentary with legendary editor Walter Murch and a Ton of new audio and video extras and carryover archival stuff. This is definitely the edition to own of this film. The Conversation won the Palme D'Or at Cannes and was nominated for three Academy Awards. The transfer here is absolutely stunning and big upgrade from the previous DVD edition. »
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