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‘Damsel’ Review: Mia Wasikowska and a Pony Rule Zellner Brothers’ Poetic Take on ‘Blazing Saddles’ With a Feminist Twist — Sundance 2018

‘Damsel’ Review: Mia Wasikowska and a Pony Rule Zellner Brothers’ Poetic Take on ‘Blazing Saddles’ With a Feminist Twist — Sundance 2018
The mad science behind the filmmaking trickery of Austin sibling directors David and Nathan Zellner is that they make wise movies that seem like superficial larks. From their outrageous suburban comedy “Goliath” all the way through the surreal meta “Fargo” riff “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter,” the Zellners excel at transforming absurd circumstances into trenchant observations of human behavior. With the wildly adventurous “Damsel,” they conjure a kooky Old West setting with antics straight out of “Blazing Saddles,” unearthing a poetic vision of desperate men and the woman who wants nothing to do with them.

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That’s Penelope (Mia Wasikowska, in a wonderfully spunky performance), a fierce-minded pioneer incapable of evading various attempts to woo her. However, the exact nature of her situation remains shrouded in mystery for the meandering first act, when it seems as
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Damsel’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Damsel’
In “Damsel,” a deadpan minimalist Western comedy written and directed by David and Nathan Zellner (it’s the sort of movie that provokes more mental chuckles than actual laughs), one of the ongoing dog-whistle jokes is that the movie packs in every last trope and cliché you’d expect to see in a vintage Western. Towering mesas out of Monument Valley. A handsome stranger wandering into a saloon, where he’s surrounded by varmints with bad teeth. A horseback odyssey across the mountains in pursuit of an outlaw. A declaration of romantic devotion pure enough for John Ford. A Native American arrow zipping out of the air. Shootouts and hangings. A shack blown up with dynamite.

None of this is parody, exactly; it’s all served up straight and neat, with the most lavish and stately of cinematography. What nudges “Damsel” gently off kilter is the way that the desperate, scrambling characters
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‘Shirkers’ Review: The Fascinating Mystery of a Stolen Movie Gives Rise to a Great One — Sundance 2018

‘Shirkers’ Review: The Fascinating Mystery of a Stolen Movie Gives Rise to a Great One — Sundance 2018
“Shirkers” is a documentary about the production of an uncompleted movie, but it doubles as an upgraded version of the missing project itself. As a punk teen in early-nineties Singapore, Sandi Tan wrote a feminist slasher movie for the ages, an exploitation road movie designed to ruminate on the energy of youth, creativity, and alienation. The director, a much older American high school instructor with dubious motives, stole the film canisters for unknown reasons and vanished into the mist; two decades later, Tan has completed a fascinating personal look at her quest to uncover his motives, resurrecting the significance of her original intentions in the process.

Tan’s actual debut, “Shirkers” takes its title from her earlier effort, an adorably deranged slasher movie in which she starred as a bored young woman killing men to pass the time. Though her old pals celebrate its relevance to Singapore’s minuscule film community at the time,
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Criterion in April 2018: Virgin Suicides, Dead Man and a Bevy of Bergman

Apologies for the lateness of this posting, but since it's just you and me here, devoted fans of classy and extremely well-presented home video, allow me to say: the Criterion Collection's lineup is getting more and more exciting! In April 2018, the company plans to release two strikingly different black and white films: Leo McCarey's wonderful comedy The Awful Truth, starring Cary Grant, Irene Dunne and Ralph Bellamy; and Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, his first period picture, starring Johnny Depp. Sofia Coppola's strikingly subduedl The Virgin Suicides and Sergei Parajanov's The Color of Pomegranates -- about which I know nothing -- and a bevy of Bergman. The latter is part of Criterion's no-frills Eclipse line and will allow fans of the fab Ingrid Berman to...

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‘The Virgin Suicides’ & ‘Dead Man’ Coming To Criterion This Spring

The good folks at The Criterion Collection keep coming up with ways to get us to part with our hard earned dollar, and their April lineup is designed to do just that. So let’s roll up our sleeves and dive right in…

Kicking things off is Jim Jarmusch‘s cult favorite “Dead Man.” The Johnny Depp starring existential western won’t be overflowing with extras — poetry readings, interviews, select scene audio commentary — but you’ll want to pay top dollar for the new, 4K restoration so you can soak up every frame of Robby Müller‘s exquisite cinematography, and hear every note of Neil Young‘s score.

Continue reading ‘The Virgin Suicides’ & ‘Dead Man’ Coming To Criterion This Spring at The Playlist.
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Criterion Announces ‘The Virgin Suicides’ 4K Restoration, Approved by Ed Lachman and Sofia Coppola

Criterion Announces ‘The Virgin Suicides’ 4K Restoration, Approved by Ed Lachman and Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppla acclaimed directorial debut “The Virgin Suicides” will be joining the Criterion Collection this April with a 4K digital restoration supervised by cinematographer Ed Lachman and approved by Coppola. The release is the highlight of the April 2018 additions, which also include Jim Jarmusch’s “Dead Man,” Sergei Parajanov’s “The Color of Pomegranates,” and Leo McCarey’s “The Awful Truth.”

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In addition to the 4K restoration, “The Virgin Suicides” Criterion release will also include new interviews with Coppola, actors Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett, author Jeffrey Eugenides, and writer Tavi Gevinson. Coppola’s 1998 short film “Lick the Star” will also be included as a bonus feature, as will a making-of documentary directed by Sofia’s mother, filmmaker Eleanor Coppola. The movie is now available to
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Competition: Win ‘A Ghost Story’ on Blu-ray

To celebrate the release of A Ghost Story – available on DVD and Blu-ray 15th January 2018 – we are giving away a copy on Blu-ray.

Academy Award winner Casey Affleck and Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara star in this critically praised meditation on love and grief from acclaimed director David Lowery.

Casey Affleck follows up his Best Actor Oscar win last year with an extraordinary performance that will surely haunt next season’s awards ceremonies. Affleck stars alongside Rooney Mara, twice Oscar nominated for her roles in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Carol. There is a wonderful poignancy between the pair, who, torn apart by grief, must come to terms with the implications of their mortality.

Unforgettable and ambitious, like modern art house classics Personal Shopper and Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson, A Ghost Story is a film that delves deep into the human psyche to explore what it means to exist,
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Giveaway – Win A Ghost Story on Blu-ray

To celebrate the release of A Ghost Story – available on DVD & Blu-ray 15th Jan. 2018 – we are giving away a copy on Blu-ray.

Academy Award® winner Casey Affleck and Academy Award® nominee Rooney Mara star in this critically praised meditation on love and grief from acclaimed director David Lowery.

Casey Affleck follows up his Best Actor Oscar win last year with an extraordinary performance that will surely haunt next season’s awards ceremonies. Affleck stars alongside Rooney Mara, twice Oscar nominated for her roles in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Carol. There is a wonderful poignancy between the pair, who, torn apart by grief, must come to terms with the implications of their mortality.

Unforgettable and ambitious, like modern art house classics Personal Shopper and Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson, A Ghost Story is a film that delves deep into the human psyche to explore what it means to exist,
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Cate Blanchett Will Preside Over 2018 Cannes Jury

Cate Blanchett Will Preside Over 2018 Cannes Jury
Australian stage and screen actress Cate Blanchett will serve as President of the Jury of the 71st Festival de Cannes (Tuesday May 8 through Saturday, May 19). She’s the tenth woman to be jury president, following Olivia de Havilland (1965), Sophia Loren (1966), Michele Morgan (1971), Ingrid Bergman (1973), Jeanne Moreau (1975 and 1995), Francoise Sagan (1979), Isabelle Adjani (1997), Liv Ullmann (2001), Isabelle Huppert (1999), and Jane Campion (2014), the only woman to ever win the Palme d’Or.

Blanchett follows President Pedro Almodóvar, whose jury awarded the Palme d’Or to Ruben Östlund’s eventual shortlisted Swedish Oscar entry “The Square.”

“This festival plays a pivotal role in bringing the world together to celebrate story,” said Blanchett, “that strange and vital endeavor that all peoples share, understand and crave.”

Blanchett has long switched between independents and studio features. She starred in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy by Peter Jackson, David Fincher’s “Benjamin Button,” “Babel” by Alejandro González Iñárritu,
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Cate Blanchett Will Preside Over 2018 Cannes Jury

Cate Blanchett Will Preside Over 2018 Cannes Jury
Australian stage and screen actress Cate Blanchett will serve as President of the Jury of the 71st Festival de Cannes (Tuesday May 8 through Saturday, May 19). She’s the tenth woman to be jury president, following Olivia de Havilland (1965), Sophia Loren (1966), Michele Morgan (1971), Ingrid Bergman (1973), Jeanne Moreau (1975 and 1995), Francoise Sagan (1979), Isabelle Adjani (1997), Liv Ullmann (2001), Isabelle Huppert (1999), and Jane Campion (2014), the only woman to ever win the Palme d’Or.

Blanchett follows President Pedro Almodóvar, whose jury awarded the Palme d’Or to Ruben Östlund’s eventual shortlisted Swedish Oscar entry “The Square.”

“This festival plays a pivotal role in bringing the world together to celebrate story,” said Blanchett, “that strange and vital endeavor that all peoples share, understand and crave.”

Blanchett has long switched between independents and studio features. She starred in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy by Peter Jackson, David Fincher’s “Benjamin Button,” “Babel” by Alejandro González Iñárritu,
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Criterion hints at 2018

Chris here. With the new year brings another instalment of our favorite cinematic visual puzzle: the Criterion Collection's animated hints at the films coming to their lineup this year! While the cat's already out of the bag that this year we will see Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides and Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man will get the cineaste luxury treatment, the always charming and coy drawing below provides some brain teasers of what else we might see. The more obvious guesses include Aki Karismäki's The Other Side of Hope and Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine - can you spot any other titles coming soon from Criterion?
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Here Are the 20 Best Asian Films of 2017 Part 2

2017 was a strange year for Asian cinema, after the impressive 2016, where “Godzilla”, “Your Name”, Nikkatsu’s new Roman films and the latest films by Park Chan-wook, Na Hong-jin and “Train to Busan” turned the interest of the international audience towards Se Asia, once more.

2017 has been a much more low-key year for Asian films however, giving the opportunity for productions from other Asian countries to shine, in contrast to 2016, when S.Korean and Japanese films dominated this list. So, without further ado, here are the 20 Best Asian Films of 2017, always with a focus on diversity, in random order.

(Some of the films premiered in 2015, but I took the liberty to include them, since they circulated, mostly, in 2017).

Small Talk (Huang Hui-chen, Taiwan)

The documentary thrives on realism: no additional footage for the purpose of visual treatment, no dramatization, and in general, no elements that serve the purpose of beautifying the film.
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Criterion Now – Episode 40 – Othello, Alexander Payne, Tales of Hoffman

After a short break, Aaron returns with Will Remmers’ debut appearance. We discuss a lot of the news that we missed from the past few weeks, including potential Criterion titles like Hard Eight, Margaret, The Virgin Suicides, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. We get a little deeper into Orson WellesOthello and his final documentary, Filming Othello. Will is an opera expert, so a few topics are steered towards that topic and we briefly get into The Tales of Hoffman.

Episode Notes

6:30 – New Releases and Criterion News

48:30 – Short Takes (Jim Henson, Jabberwocky)

53:30 – Othello

1:09:00 – FilmStruck

Episode Links New York Times – Women in Love Restoration Alexander Payne Closet Video Ask Jim Jarmusch Questions Why Barnes & Noble Wants Smaller Stores Kristopher Tapley Tweet About Hard Eight The Beguiled – Sofia Coppola Actor from The Breakfast Club Opens Up About John Hughes Why Billionaire Charles Cohen Believes He
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Adam Driver: ‘Compared with the military, acting isn't that difficult’

The Star Wars actor on leaving the Marines, filming nude scenes with Lena Dunham and getting in touch with his dark side

Adam Driver has a reputation for being a serious young man, which is partly a matter of attitude and partly, I suspect, to do with some aspect of his physiognomy: he has a large head and outsize features that somehow combine to give an impression of gravity. Before the photoshoot, he let it be known that he finds it uncomfortable to have a journalist (me) in his sightline on set, the kind of specification one might expect of a particularly precious Hollywood star. But this turns out to be misleading. Driver’s discomfort is with the entire celebrity aspect of his job, which makes talking about his role in the latest Star Wars trilogy somewhat tricky. I don’t even know where to start with The Last Jedi,
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Women Directors From Europe on Their Foreign-Language Films

Women Directors From Europe on Their Foreign-Language Films
With a record 27 women behind the 92 foreign-language film submissions, Variety posed the same questions to a selection of directors about their experiences. What was your biggest obstacle in making the film? What was the key to your breakthrough? What is your creative goal? Who are your filmmaking heroes? What would you like the world to know about being a woman film director and the message you want to send? Here are their stories.

Anahit Abad

Yeva” (Armenia)

“Funding the project is the biggest obstacle, just like for most filmmakers who are trying to make their first film. Particularly, I can say that some of the most important obstacles I faced during the production of my film are being a woman, being of Armenian descent and of course, the fact that I am shorter than average.

“With all the financial obstacles, the fact that I was raised in the Iranian cinema and the location was somehow unfamiliar … I used
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Lionsgate Sets January UK Home Release For David Lowery’s ‘A Ghost Story’

Truly one of the best and most original films of the year is David Lowery’s A Ghost Story. Lionsgate Home Entertainment has just revealed plans to release the film across the home formats in the UK in January, and we have the full details below.

Casey Affleck follows up his Best Actor Oscar win this year with an extraordinary performance in this unique and moving existential fantasy drama that will surely haunt next season’s awards ceremonies.

Affleck stars alongside Rooney Mara, twice Oscar-nominated for her roles in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Carol. There is a wonderful poignancy between the pair, who, torn apart by grief, must come to terms with the implications of their mortality. The supporting cast includes an inspired appearance by acclaimed musician Will Oldham.

Writer and director David Lowery, who provides a revealing audio commentary on the H.E release, displaying the
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Aborted Justice League post-credit scene, Coco wins the box office weekend, Ben Mendelsohn wants to play Doctor Doom and more – Weekend News Roundup

No Lanterns…

No spoilers for the DC team-up movie Justice League here, but a new post from a Reddit (who claims to be VFX artist on the movie) has said that there was a post-credits scene planned which features the Green Lantern Corps. The scene would have seen Bruce Wayne being awoken in his lake house by a green light, with Kilowog and Tomar-Re then making an appearance. Read more here.

Elfman Scored From Storyboards

A lot has been said about the very troubled production of Justice League, and now composer Danny Elfman has dropped in his own nugget of information saying he scored most of the movie from storyboards. “I got the call from Joss very last-second,” said Elfman. “I got the call and it was, ‘You have to decide now and then go to work tomorrow.’ I had a lot of storyboards in place of action. There would
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A Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai sequel is in development

It seems that writer-director Jim Jarmusch and star Forest Whitaker are gearing up for a return to the world of Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, with RZA – who starred in the cult film, as well as providing the score – revealing to Telerama (via The Playlist) that a follow-up is in development.

Jim Jarmusch, my good buddy, and Forest Whitaker, have both signed on with me and another writer named Dallas Jackson, to executive produce another Ghost Dog,” said RZA. “And we already have something written. So maybe Ghost Dog will make its way back to the silver screen, or small screen.”

From the above, it seems the project is still in the early stages, and there’s no indication whether Whitaker will be reprising his role from the original film, where he played a mafia hitman who models himself on the Japanese samurai of old.

The post A
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Ghost Dog 2 Happening with Rza, Forest Whitaker and Jim Jarmusch

Ghost Dog 2 Happening with Rza, Forest Whitaker and Jim Jarmusch
There's a huge difference between cult hit and underground cult oddity. The second of which you love but most, or none of your friends have seen. Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai definitely falls into that later catagory. And while you've long dreamed of a sequel, no one else really knows what you're talking about. Well, perhaps they'll soon understand, as Ghost Dog 2 is happening nearly 10 years after the first movie arrived.

Ghost Dog: The Way of The Samurai hit the indie circuit in 2000 and made a little bit of noise amongst genre fans. It starred Forest Whitaker, who didn't necessarily scream silent warrior at the time, and still doesn't, though Rogue One helps his street cred. The movie was directed by Jim Jarmusch who hasn't ever made a mainstream movie his entire life. Now, the pair are back, thanks to Wu Tang rapper RZA. He is writing the sequel to Ghost Dog,
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‘Ghost Dog’ Sequel In The Works

‘Ghost Dog’ Sequel In The Works
Jim Jarmusch has been keeping it pretty chill since last year’s release of “Paterson” and “Gimme Danger,” but the director always has a couple irons in the fire. Last month, Tilda Swinton revealed she was gearing up to reunite with the filmmaker on a new project, which is yet to be revealed. But it seems that’s not all the director has cooking up.
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