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19 items from 2016


Oscars 2016: What Is Going on With the Best Director Race?

10 hours ago | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Predicting the Oscar winners this year is a little like predicting the winners of the early presidential caucuses and primaries -- that's how wide open the field is in some categories, particularly Best Director.

In the Oscar race, we had two important guild votes this week, from the actors and the editors, and the results made the Academy's contest a bit more clear. Will the DGA's vote this weekend help make sense of things? Maybe, depending on who wins.

The Screen Actors Guild awards last Saturday did help confirm some of the acting races. SAG winner Leonardo DiCaprio still has a lock on a Best Actor Oscar for "The Revenant," and Brie Larson is still far and away the Best Actress frontrunner for "Room." Alicia Vikander's SAG win for Supporting Actress for "The Danish Girl" puts her ahead of the pack; at this point, her only real competition is »

- Gary Susman

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The Last Detail

30 January 2016 11:18 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Jack Nicholson found his personal favorite role in this fine road picture: Navy signalman Buddusky, charged with escorting sad-sack prisoner Randy Quaid to prison. Hal Ashby's direction and Robert Towne's script pitches the story at the human scale favored by '70s director-driven filmmaking. The Last Detail Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1973 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 104 min. / Ship Date January 19, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, Randy Quaid, Clifton James, Carol Kane, Michael Moriarty, Luana Anders, Kathleen Miller, Nancy Allen, Gerry Salsberg, Don McGovern, Pat Hamilton, Michael Chapman, Jim Henshaw, Derek McGrath, Gilda Radner, Jim Horn, John Castellano. Cinematography Michael Chapman Film Editor Robert C. Jones Original Music Johnny Mandel Written by Robert Towne from the novel by Darryl Ponicsan Produced by Gerald Ayres Directed by Hal Ashby

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Bring up the 'golden age' of director-driven movies in the 1970s and the »

- Glenn Erickson

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In a Lonely Place: On Wim Wenders’ Road Movie Trilogy

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

In his 1969 short film 3 American LP’s, the 24-year-old Wim Wenders, in the kind of feat of earnestness that can befit a young man, attempts to match his two greatest interests” America’s landscapes and its rock-and-roll music. If we’re to pick perhaps the most endearing eye-roller from this “rockist” mission statement, one can look no further than Wenders describing a Creedence Clearwater Revival album as being “like chocolate.”

But this isn’t necessarily an atypical moment in his filmography, as Wenders has always skirted the line of, for lack of a better word, corniness — if not just telegraphing his influences to at-times-obnoxious degrees, also with a kind of sentimentality both formally and politically speaking. Consider Wings of Desire‘s glossy look, which could so easily be reconfigured into a perfume-commercial aesthetic, or even just the title of one of his later, forgotten films; The End of Violence.

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- Ethan Vestby

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Jacques Rivette, Cerebral French New Wave Director, Dies at 87

29 January 2016 6:05 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

French New Wave director Jacques Rivette, who often explored the blurry line between reality and fantasy in a career spanning six decades and more than 20 features, died Friday at his home in Paris. He was 87.

Rivette’s death was confirmed in a tweet by French culture minister Fleur Pellerin, who called him “one of the greatest filmmakers of intimacy and impatient love.” The director reportedly had battled Alzheimer’s disease for several years.

Avec Jacques Rivette disparaît l'un des plus grands cinéastes de l'intime et de l'impatience amoureuse. C'est un jour de profonde tristesse.

Fleur Pellerin (@fleurpellerin) January 29, 2016

In his films, Rivette, perhaps the least known of the major French New Wave directors, frequently took a semi-experimental approach to narrative. The films were partially improvised by the actors, and their prolonged running times allowed auds to wander around freely in their deliberately stagy worlds.

Three-hour-plus titles were the norm for the helmer, »

- Boyd van Hoeij

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[Sundance Review] Outlaws and Angels

28 January 2016 1:45 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Three bank robbers walk into a dysfunctional home on the prairie in Jt Mollner‘s cold-blooded Outlaws and Angels, filmed and premiering at Sundance in glorious 35mm. The premise naturally evokes Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, particularly when it comes to the outlaws, however light their presence may be. Amongst the three groups — the outlaws, the Tildon family and the law — angels, too, are largely missing in the film.

Opening on a small farm estate we are briefly introduced to the Tildon clan: patriarch George (Ben Browder) is a tough recovering alcoholic who attempts to get right with the Lord, even if his daughters Flo (Francesca Eastwood) and Charlotte (Madisen Beaty) aren’t buying it. Short on life outside of the homestead (they’re told most of the eligible bachelors in town have taken ill) they remain the ward of George until they are liberated by a band of outlaws. »

- John Fink

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Oscars: Rookies Crack Race for Foreign-Language Film

27 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In the delicate art of list-making, sometimes a slight trim can make all the difference. When the pre-nomination shortlist for the foreign-language film Oscar was announced in December, complaints were heard in many quarters not about the collective quality of the selections, but about what a Euro-centric group it was. Seven of the nine films came from European Union member states — Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary and Ireland — with only Jordan’s “Theeb” and Colombia’s “Embrace of the Serpent” representing the planet’s remaining territories.

Needless to say, the Academy’s foreign-language category was never intended to be a U.N. Assembly; members should vote with their hearts, not their atlas. But the Euro bias was nonetheless disappointing in a year that saw a flurry of creative energy in Latin American cinema — Colombia’s entry representing the crest of a wave that included Brazil’s “The Second Mother, »

- Guy Lodge

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Flicker Alley Announces Two New Film Noir Releases Coming in April

21 January 2016 11:32 PM, PST | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

The fine folks at Flicker Alley have just announced two new Blu-rays coming in April 2016:

Flicker Alley, the Film Noir Foundation, and UCLA Film & Television Archive are proud to present two rediscovered gems of film noir, Too Late for Tears and Woman on the Run, both brilliantly restored in brand-new Blu-ray/DVD dual-format editions.

Here is a preview of Noir City, included in the supplements.

Here is the press release they’ve sent out:

Flicker Alley, the Film Noir Foundation, and UCLA Film & Television Archive are proud to present two rediscovered gems of film noir, Too Late for Tears and Woman on the Run, both brilliantly restored in brand-new Blu-ray/DVD dual-format editions.

Too Late For Tears

Finally! One of the great missing films of the classic noir era-resurrected! Rescued and preserved after a five-year crusade by the Film Noir Foundation, this 1949 classic is at long last available in a clean digital version, »

- Ryan Gallagher

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The American Friend

16 January 2016 11:11 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Wim Wenders goes neo-noir in this wonderfully moody character-driven crime tale. Soulful art framer Bruno Ganz is the patsy in a murder scheme, but Dennis Hopper's sociopath / villain has a change of heart and befriends him. This modern classic looks great and features movie directors Nicholas Ray and Samuel Fuller in major guest roles. The American Friend Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 793 1977 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 127 min. / Der Amerikanische Freund / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date January 12, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz, Lisa Kreuzer, Gérard Blain, Nicholas Ray, Samuel Fuller. Cinematography Robby Müller Art Direction Heidi & Toni Lüdi Film Editor Peter Przygodda Original Music Jürgen Knieper Written by Wim Wenders from the novel Ripley's Game by Patricia Highsmith Produced by Renée Gundelach, Wim Wenders Directed by Wim Wenders

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Fourteen years ago Anchor Bay released a Wim Wenders DVD collection with excellent extras provided by the director himself. »

- Glenn Erickson

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Joy for J. Law! An 87-Year-Old Nominee! All the Records that Could Be Broken at This Year's Oscars

14 January 2016 1:50 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The 2016 Academy Award nominations were announced on Thursday, and along with some of the pleasant surprises - Leo! Brooklyn! Mad Max: Fury Road! - and heartbreaking snubs - Idris Elba! Ryan Coogler! Straight Outta Compton! - many of the lucky nominees entered the history books. And as if that weren't exciting enough, many other nominees are set to break major records if they win at this year's ceremony. So, let's break down the nominees, by the numbers: Most Acting Nominations Under 25 With her fourth Best Actress nomination for her work in Joy, Jennifer Lawrence has set a record for the »

- Julia Emmanuele, @julesemm

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The Comic Timing of ‘Speedy’ and Psychology of ‘Gunfight at Dodge City’

14 January 2016 12:53 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

As a supplement to our Recommended Discs weekly feature, Peter Labuza regularly highlights notable recent home-video releases with expanded reviews. See this week’s selections below.

Speedy (Criterion)

Harold Lloyd’s mastery of comic timing comes through his respect for environment. While other slapsticians bent reality into a joke, Lloyd’s joke is blending himself into the cruelty of reality. Speedy — his final silent feature — brought him to the streets of New York City to put his Glasses Character into the bustling metropolis, attempting to hold a job and save a fledgling horse-drawn trolley business from corporate conspiracy. Lloyd’s natural comic timing — less mannered than both Keaton and Chaplin — makes him just odd enough to pratfall around the streets with his one-track (or one-baseball diamond) mind, managing to be overly polite and overly clueless at the same time. When he attempts to get a trolley seat for his gal on a crowded car, »

- Peter Labuza

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Songs of Mortality

13 January 2016 8:56 AM, PST | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

David Bowie: Blackstar (Iso/Columbia/Sony)

At first, I wished I'd gotten and listened to Blackstar before Bowie left us. Then I would have had an opportunity to judge it dispassionately, without the sense of loss and the desire to pay tribute altering my response. But as I listened to his slightly frayed voice on my second time through the album, I was reminded of Warren Zevon's far more ravaged voice on his last album, when we all knew he was dying, and I realized that any review written before Bowie's death would be missing Blackstar's ultimate context.

Before that, media reactions were focused on the fact that he'd recorded with a local jazz group led by saxophonist Donnie McCaslin. I'd listened once to the first track we'd been teased with in advance of the album's release, the title track, and I'd thought, "this is not jazz" (though »

- SteveHoltje

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Daily | Goings On | Acropolis, Ncfs, Close-Up

13 January 2016 8:42 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

We begin today's roundup of goings on around the world in New York with notes on revivals of Todd Solondz's Welcome to the Dollhouse, Claire Denis's Trouble Every Day, Donald Cammell's White of the Eye, Freddie Francis's Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown, John Ford's How Green was My Valley and Jean Eustache's The Mother and the Whore. Plus: Raya Martin and Mark Peranson's La última película and works by Sharon Lockhart, Manoel de Oliveira and Lewis Klahr in Los Angeles, Michael Haneke in London, fresh filmmakers in Switzerland and Hong Kong—and more. » - David Hudson »

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Ridley Scott among the DGA award nominees

12 January 2016 10:35 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

We may just have our Oscar front-runners with the Directors Guild of America nominations.

Today we learned that the five directors nominated for the coveted DGA award are Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu(The Revenant), Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), Ridley Scott (The Martian), George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Adam McKay (The Big Short).

In years past, the Oscar category for Best Director has very closely lined up with the DGA nominations, often being five for five. In a wide open Oscar race, hearing that these five films have been singled out makes us a bit more confident about our awards forecasting—though we’ll find out for sure who is in and who is out when Oscar nominations are announced on Thursday morning.

Inarritu won Best Director last year for his film Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). We’d be floored if the filmmaker somehow managed to win twice in a row, »

- Adriana Floridia

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No Fear: The Year’S Best Movies

9 January 2016 12:46 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

This is definitely the time of year when film critic types (I’m sure you know who I mean) spend an inordinate amount of time leading up to awards season—and it all leads up to awards season, don’t it?—compiling lists and trying to convince anyone who will listen that it was a shitty year at the movies for anyone who liked something other than what they saw and liked. And ‘tis the season, or at least ‘thas (?) been in the recent past, for that most beloved of academic parlor games, bemoaning the death of cinema, which, if the sackcloth-and-ashes-clad among us are to be believed, is an increasingly detached and irrelevant art form in the process of being smothered under the wet, steaming blanket of American blockbuster-it is. And it’s going all malnourished from the siphoning off of all the talent back to TV, which, as everyone knows, »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Four Men and a Prayer

9 January 2016 12:42 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

It's the John Ford film you never heard of, not because it's bad, but because it's a little confused. Richard Greene, David Niven and an emotional George Sanders (!) dedicate their lives to clearing their father's name of a smear by international arms smugglers! Their spirited companion Loretta Young behaves almost as if this were a screwball comedy. So does the director! Ford aficionados will be fascinated. Four Men and a Prayer 20th Century Fox Cinema Archives 1938 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 85 min. / Street Date December 15, 2015 / 19.98 Starring Loretta Young, Richard Greene, George Sanders, David Niven, C. Aubrey Smith. J. Edward Bromberg, William Henry, John Carradine, Alan Hale, Reginald Denny, Berton Churchill, Barry Fitzgerald, Chris-Pin Martin. Cinematography Franz Planer Film Editor Louis R. Loeffler Written by Richard Sherman, Sonya Levien, Walter Ferris from a novel by David Garth Produced by Kenneth Macgowan Directed by John Ford

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

We all »

- Glenn Erickson

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Seth Rogen's 'Preacher' will be different from the comics, and that's okay

9 January 2016 7:55 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Thursday night, AMC screened the first episode of "Preacher," based on the iconic '90s Vertigo comic — a thrilling, disgusting mash-up of action, horror, spirituality, and the films of John Ford — which will debut in late spring. Reviews are embargoed til closer to the premiere, but I can say the following things: 1)I laughed a lot, was very intrigued, and really want to see more; 2)While some characters (Tulip in particular) are perfect renditions of what we know from the comics, large swaths of the premiere (and what it seems to be setting up for the first season) barely resemble Garth Ennis's story from the comics; and 3)I think that's exactly what Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin should have done, even if it's going to anger a lot of hardcore "Preacher" fans. "Preacher" is a great comic, but one that seems unadaptable if you're trying to do a straightforward, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Serial Season 2, Episode 4 Recap: ‘The Captors’

7 January 2016 10:21 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Sarah Koenig, Mark Boal, and company return today with the fourth episode of the Bowe Bergdahl story following a two-week holiday hiatus. It felt more like two months. The episode’s title, “The Captors,” has the stark resonance of a classic Western. Before I even pressed play, the credits from John Ford’s 1956 film The Searchers, were rolling through my head, encouraged by the quasi-animated blue background graphics on the website. But as evocative as the title of the episode is, it’s also sort of misleading. This latest episode isn’t what we were promised at the end of the last one: a peek into America’s political and diplomatic machinations to bring Bergdahl back. It isn’t even necessarily about just his captors themselves, giving equal weight to Bergdahl’s experiences as a Pow — putting his torture in recent historical context and giving a visceral account of how he experienced neglect and boredom. »

- Scott Beauchamp

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Claude Jarman Jr. At "Rio Grande" 65Th Anniversary Screening, L.A. January 12th

5 January 2016 3:23 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Todd Garbarini

The Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles will be presenting a 65th anniversary screening of John Ford’s 1950 film Rio Grande. The film, which stars John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Ben Johnson, and Harry Carey, Jr., will be screened on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm.

Actor Claude Jarman, Jr., who appears in the film as Trooper Jefferson “Jeff” York, is scheduled to appear at a Q&A session after the film to discuss his role and career.

From the press release:

65Th Anniversary Screening Of Rio Grande, And Tribute To Maureen O’Hara

Tuesday, January 12, at 7:00 Pm at the Royal Theatre

As a tribute to Maureen O’Hara, we present the final chapter in director John Ford’s Cavalry trilogy (following Fort Apache and She Wore A Yellow Ribbon). Rio Grande works affecting variations on some of the director’s favorite themes. While there is an »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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The Beginning or the End

4 January 2016 3:43 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Stop! Don't touch that dial... if you like your atom-age propaganda straight up, MGM has the movie for you, an expensive 1946 docu-drama that became 'the official story' for the making of the bomb. The huge cast includes Brian Donlevy, Robert Walker, Tom Drake, Audrey Totter, Hume Cronyn, Hurd Hatfield, and Joseph Calleia. How trustworthy is the movie? It begins by showing footage of a time capsule being buried -- that supposedly contains the film we are watching. Think about that. Mom, Apple Pie, the Flag and God are enlisted to argume that we should stop worrying and love the fact that bombs are just peachy-keen dandy. The Beginning or the End DVD-r The Warner Archive Collection 1947 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 112 min. / Street Date September 22, 2015 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Brian Donlevy, Robert Walker, Tom Drake, Beverly Tyler, Audrey Totter, Hume Cronyn, Hurd Hatfield, Joseph Calleia, Godfrey Tearle, Victor Francen, »

- Glenn Erickson

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