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Snowpiercer review

17 April 2014 5:14 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Review Ryan Lambie 18 Apr 2014 - 06:25

Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton and John Hurt are among the cast in Snowpiercer. Here's our review of a brilliantly bleak sci-fi film...

While Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer was ploughing ahead in the director's native South Korea, making $65m in that country alone last year, the sci-fi dystopia's release in English-speaking markets ground to a halt. The intentions of The Weinstein Company were much-publicised: to lop out around 25 minutes of character development from the film's 125-minute duration. There were also (thankfully false) internet rumours about a plan to paste in a Neil Gaiman-penned narration over the footage which remained.

The stand-off between director Bong and the Weinsteins, who wanted to make Snowpiercer accessible to "audiences in Iowa and Oklahoma" has, thankfully, been resolved since, and it seems that Snowpiercer will soon be screened uncut in countries such as Britain and America. In a strange parallel between life and art, »

- ryanlambie

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Rendez-Vous With French Cinema In The UK This April

15 April 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Whether you’re already a fan of world cinema or looking to expand your film horizons, the 2014 edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema is a must.

And what’s even better is that this year’s event isn’t just in London. Instead you can experience a little bit of France in various venues across the UK, including Bristol’s Watershed, Nottingham’s Broadway and Cambridge’s Arts Picturehouse.

So what’s lined up for 2014? Well, there’s a mixture of brand new cinema and restored classics for you to choose from.

Perhaps Albert Dupontel’s César Award winning comedy 9 Month Stretch will ignite your enthusiasm. Or maybe you’ll go for Agnes B’s directorial début My Name Is Hmmm… or Martin Provost’s literary biopic Violette. Internationally known director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (AMÉLIE, City Of Lost Children, Alien Resurrection) is also represented at the event with The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet. »

- Claire Joanne Huxham

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'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' is the most political (and subversive) superhero movie ever made

6 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

We spend a lot of time here on the internet talking about the Meaning of blockbuster movies, attempting to analyze what some new mega-successful PG-13 rated corporate-branded movie says about our culture or the age we live in. We do this maybe because blockbuster movies have become more interested in tackling weighty themes. (9/11 is all over the Christopher Nolan Batman movies and the J.J. Abrams Star Trek movies; conversely, it’s difficult to graft some larger mid-’90s topical narrative onto Star Trek: First Contact or Batman Forever.) But we also do this because blockbuster movies are popular, and »

- Darren Franich

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Charming First Trailer & Images For Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s ‘The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet’

4 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

I’ll be honest and say I didn’t know too much about The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet before watching the new trailer from Entertainment One UK, and at first glance I get the sense of a little Wes Anderson entwined with Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s very distinct direction.

You’ll know him best for Amelie but also like the likes of Micmacs (2009) and before that, the rather unique Delicatessen from 1991 but this time, he’s turned to an adventure film with a young lead that’s based on the book The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, written by Reif Larsen.

The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet stars Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, Callum Keith Rennie, and Kyle Catlett as T.S. Spivet and, as these are early days, here’s that official introduction just before the trailer below:

T.S. Spivet lives on a remote ranch in Montana with his parents, »

- Dan Bullock

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UK Trailer For The Young & Prodigious T.S. Spivet

2 April 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

If it feels like we’ve been waiting a while for Amelie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s latest, The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet, that might be because it has been touring European festivals and release dates before heading over here. The UK trailer is now online. Switching locales from his usual Euro haunts, the new film finds Jeunet and co-writer Guillame Laurent adapting Reif Larsen’s novel for the tale of the titular youngster. T.S. Spivet (Kyle Catlett) lives on a remote ranch in Montana with his parents (Helena Bonham Carter and Callum Keith Rennie), his sister Gracie (Niamh Wilson) and his brother Layton (Jakob Davies).A gifted child with a passion for science, T.S. has invented a perpetual motion machine, for which he has been awarded the prestigious Baird Prize by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. Unfortunately for the awarding committee, no one realises that their »

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Bright Days Ahead to open Rendez-Vous

28 March 2014 2:31 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Fifth edition of annual showcase of contemporary French cinema to take place in key cities across the UK from April 23-28.

Marion Vernoux’s Bright Days Ahead (Les Beaux Jours) will open this year’s Rendez-Vous with French Cinema.

Vernoux and lead actress Fanny Ardant will be in attendance at the Curzon Soho in London for a post-screening Q&A.

Run by UniFrance Films and the Institut français in London, the fifth edition of the annual showcase of contemporary French cinema will take place in key cities across the UK. As well as at the Curzon Soho and Ciné Lumière, films will screen in Bristol, Cambridge, Canterbury, Nottingham, Oxford and at the Duke of York’s in Brighton.

Speaking to Screen, Isabelle Giordano, executive director of UniFrance Films, says the focus of this year’s showcase is to highlight burgeoning talent in France.

“What I would like to do for this edition is to focus on the »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Buf at 30: Visual Effects Magicians Turn to Conjuring Content

19 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With a track record spanning more than 80 feature films and almost 1,000 commercials, Buf Compagnie is diversifying its revenue sources and forging long-term partnerships by positioning itself as a co-producer rather than just a standard vfx shop.

The change began when Buf produced Oscar-nominated short “Even Pigeons Go to Heaven” in 2007 and launched Angele & Fine Productions, named after founder Pierre Buffin’s daughters, to line-produce international projects that are serviced by Buf under France’s Trip tax rebate scheme. Titles have included “Thor,” “The Grandmaster” and “Odd Thomas.”

The company also operates two L.A. production arms: Angele Productions for live-action projects and Fine Productions for animation.

In 2012, Buf established post houses in Montreal and Brussels to access local tax shelters.

Its first project via the Brussels unit was Nicolas Bary’s €12 million ($16 million) dark comedy, “The Scapegoat,” which bowed in France last October.

Co-productions include “Toby Alone,” with Amber Entertainment, »

- Martin Dale

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Buf at 30: VFX Studio Reshapes and ‘Smart-Sizes’ For the Future

19 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“When filmmakers want a shot that’s never been seen before and don’t know how to do it, they come to us,” says Pierre Buffin, CEO of Paris-based Buf Compagnie, neatly encapsulating the service behind the growth of his company, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Buffin still owns the company he founded, one of the longest-running vfx studios in the business.

The company boasts an impressive list of repeat clients — including the Wachowski siblings, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher and Wong Kar Wai. It pioneered such proprietary vfx techniques as camera mapping on “Fight Club,” Bullet Time in Michel Gondry’s musicvideo “Like a Rolling Stone” and on “The Matrix,” Batman’s sonar vision in “The Dark Knight,” and the tiger’s deep-sea 90-second dream sequence for 2012 Academy Award winner “Life of Pi.”

Pierre Buffin took my hand when I first stepped into the film and illusion world, »

- Martin Dale

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James Cameron Calls on Bolder Use of 3D by All Filmmakers

13 March 2014 2:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

James Cameron called on his fellow filmmakers to be bolder in their use of format on day two of the international 3D Creative Summit in London. The “Avatar” director was the two-day event’s biggest draw taking part via an exclusive pre-recorded interview to talk about his upcoming 3D docu “Deepsea Challenge” and the current state of the format.

“The best work has been done by confident filmmakers like Ang Lee, Martin Scorsese and Alfonso Cuaron,” Cameron said. “They are confident so they didn’t worry about asking questions, and there are no dumb questions. Ask questions on day one and two and go nuts on day three.”

In the session preceding Cameron, Steve Schklair, CEO of 3ality and 3D producer on Russian Imax hit “Stalingrad,” noted that helmers were starting to make better use of 3D’s capabilities. “One of the changes I’m seeing is depth budgets getting bigger, »

- Robert Mitchell

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Helmer Jeunet Slams Hollywood’s Approach to 3D at London Creative Summit

12 March 2014 12:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet pulled no punches at the 2014 3D Creative Summit in London March 12 as he criticized Hollywood’s approach to 3D and bemoaned poor-quality exhibition.

“I think Hollywood is killing 3D,” Jeunet told the assembled international industryites on day one of the two-day event. The audience was there to see footage from Jeunet’s first 3D film, “The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet,” above. The outspoken helmer elicited applause as he criticized the use of 3D for fast-cut, action-focused summer blockbusters and also lambasted post-production conversion, leveling direct criticism at Paramount’s “World War Z.”

His stereographer on “T.S. Spivet,” Demetri Portelli, who also handled Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo,” blamed a late decision to convert “World War Z” in post, not allowing the filmmakers to plan for 3D. “A problem is that often the director and cinematographer don’t know they are making a 3D movie, »

- Robert Mitchell

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Italy’s Notorious Pictures Hits a Home Run With Gaumont’s ‘Belle and Sebastien’

27 February 2014 5:24 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Tapping into the growing market for indie family entertainment fare and canine film lovers, Nicolas Vanier’s “Belle And Sebastien” has lured over one million moviegoers and scored an estimated 6.6 million Euros ($8.2 million) from 320 screens in Italy, where it’s being distributed by Notorious Pictures.

Based on Cecile Aubry’s children’s TV classic, the well-polished movie takes place in the French Alps, amid WWII, and follows the adventures of a six-year-old motherless boy and his friend, a big white dog, as they thwart Nazi attempts to capture French Resistance fighters.

Released in Italy on Jan. 30, “‘Belle And Sebastien’ has joined the handful of majority-French productions that have sold over one million admissions in Italy,” said Adeline Falampin, Gaumont’s international sales manager who inked the deal with Notorious.

Italy’s top-grossing French-language film remains Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s “Intouchables” (2.5 million tickets sold), followed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Unifrance’s Online Fest MyFrenchFilmFestival Draws Record 4 Million Viewings

20 February 2014 7:46 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Fourth edition of MyFrenchFilmFestival – the online initiative launched by promotion org Unifrance to examine VOD opportunities overseas – drew a record 4 million viewings across 205 countries, driven by results in China, Poland, Russia, Mexico and Brazil.

Fest featured a selection of 10 Gallic movies and 10 shorts subtitled in 13 languages and is available across 20 platforms.

With Youku and Tudou on board, MyFrenchFilmFestival attracted 3.5 million viewers in China, a 830% year-on increase. The short “In Seventh Heaven” (“7eme Ciel”), turning on a young male prostitute living in a project near Paris, sparked 2.5 million hits, while Alice Winocour’s period drama “Augustine,” about the relationship between a 19th century neurologist and his patient, lured 350,000 streaming.

Pay-per-view sales – ranging from $2.7 for a single film to $20.3 for the entire selection — climbed 21% to 46K streams. Through its deal with iTunes in 80 territories, the online fest lured twice as many film rentals than in 2012.

UniFrance also hosted 550 commercial screenings in the U. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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MyFrenchFilmFestival hits record 4m

20 February 2014 7:24 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Chinese platforms Youku and Tudou registered 3.5m screenings for the online film festival.

The fourth edition of Unifrance’s MyFrenchFilmFestival.com — running Jan 17 to Feb 17 — more than quadrupled its viewing figures this year.

French cinema export agency Unifrance, which organises the event, reported that the online film festival generated 4 million screenings, against 750,000 in 2013 and 1.3m in 2012.

The month-long initiative - featuring 10 features and 10 shorts which have not been widely sold internationally - ran on 20 partner platforms as well as the dedicated MyFrenchFilmFestival site, which attracted some 100,000 subscribers this year.

The leap in hits was due in large part to increased viewing in China where online platforms Youku and Tudou reported 3.5m screenings for the event between them.

A surprise drop in MyFrenchFilmFestival.com viewings last year was pinned at the time to ownership changes at Youku just before the 2013 edition which had resulted in less visibility on the site.

Unifrance noted that short film In Seventh Heaven (7ème »

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MyFrenchFilmFestival posts record 4m hits

20 February 2014 7:24 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Chinese platforms Youku and Tudou registered 3.5m screenings for the online film festival.

The fourth edition of Unifrance’s MyFrenchFilmFestival.com — running Jan 17 to Feb 17 — more than quadrupled its viewing figures this year.

French cinema export agency Unifrance, which organises the event, reported that the online film festival generated 4 million screenings, against 750,000 in 2013 and 1.3m in 2012.

The month-long initiative - featuring 10 features and 10 shorts which have not been widely sold internationally - ran on 20 partner platforms as well as the dedicated MyFrenchFilmFestival site, which attracted some 100,000 subscribers this year.

The leap in hits was due in large part to increased viewing in China where online platforms Youku and Tudou reported 3.5m screenings for the event between them.

A surprise drop in MyFrenchFilmFestival.com viewings last year was pinned at the time to ownership changes at Youku just before the 2013 edition which had resulted in less visibility on the site.

Unifrance noted that short film In Seventh Heaven (7ème »

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2009

19 February 2014 5:01 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 20 Feb 2014 - 05:40

The unloved films of 2009 provide the focus in our final list of the 2000s' overlooked greats...

The year 2009 will partly be remembered as the year Avatar dominating the box office, with audiences flocking to see James Cameron's leafy pulp epic in shimmering 3D. Making almost $2.8bn worldwide, Avatar was a true behemoth, besting Cameron's own Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation) and hastening a rush of 3D films in the years that followed.

Films such as 2012, Sherlock Holmes and boozy comedy The Hangover were also among the top 10, but as always, some of the most memorable and individual films of the year were far from the most financially successful. So to round off our series of underrated flicks of the 2000s, here's our selection of 2009's overlooked films...

25. A Perfect Getaway

A really good, »

- ryanlambie

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James Cameron joins 3D Creative Summit

18 February 2014 9:35 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Avatar director will reflect on 3D’s journey in recent years and the future.

James Cameron has been confirmed for the 3D Creative Summit 2014, which will be held at the BFI in London on March 12-13.

In an exclusive recorded interview, Cameron will discuss developments in 3D since his game changing 2009 blockbuster Avatar.  

The director will also share his thoughts on what the future holds as he prepares to begin production on Avatar 2 as well as his experience filming the Deep Sea Challenge and his continuing drive to push the limits of 3D technology.

The event, organised by Ravensbourne and the International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society, will also include a Q&A with director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and stereographer Demetri Portelli who will talk about The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivit and present some of the first footage from the upcoming film.

In addition, stereo supervisor Chris Parks will discuss award-winner Gravity while other presentation »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Gravity's 3D guru joins Creative Summit

6 February 2014 7:12 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

3D Creative Summit takes place at London’s BFI Southbank on March 12-13.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Chris Parks [pictured] are among the first speakers announced for this year’s 3D Creative Summit.

Taking at London’s BFI Southbank on March 12-13, the summit will see Jeunet (along with Hugo stereographer Demetri Portelli) host a Q&A with footage from The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, while stereo supervisor Parks will present a showcase of awards contender Gravity.

There will also be presentations of Russian hit Stalingrad from Steve Schklair and Cathedrals of Culture with stereographer Josephine DeRobe.

Also at the Summit, Josh Hollander will share a showcase of Pixar’s 3D work, Mark Brownlow will host the first 3D screening of BBC Earth - Hidden Kingdoms and Legend3D’s Jared Sandrew will present a case study of Man of Steel.

The 3D Creative Summit is funded by Creative Skillset and sponsored by the likes of Sky 3D »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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First names unveiled for 3D summit

6 February 2014 7:12 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

3D Creative Summit takes place at London’s BFI Southbank on March 12-13.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Chris Parks [pictured] are among the first speakers announced for this year’s 3D Creative Summit.

Taking at London’s BFI Southbank on March 12-13, the summit will see Jeunet (along with Hugo stereographer Demetri Portelli) host a Q&A with footage from The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, while stereo supervisor Parks will present a showcase of awards contender Gravity.

There will also be presentations of Russian hit Stalingrad from Steve Schklair and Cathedrals of Culture with stereographer Josephine DeRobe.

Also at the Summit, Josh Hollander will share a showcase of Pixar’s 3D work, Mark Brownlow will host the first 3D screening of BBC Earth - Hidden Kingdoms and Legend3D’s Jared Sandrew will present a case study of Man of Steel.

The 3D Creative Summit is funded by Creative Skillset and sponsored by the likes of Sky 3D »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Review: Truffaut's "Jules And Jim" Criterion Blu-ray/DVD Dual Disc Release

1 February 2014 3:01 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

“Truffaut’s Gift”

By Raymond Benson

It’s not only my favorite Francois Truffaut film, but it’s also my favorite French New Wave picture. While Godard’s Breathless is often cited as the quintessential French New Wave movie—and it is indeed a hallmark of the movement—for me it’s Jules and Jim that fully represents that important development in cinema history. It contains all the recognizable stylistic and thematic qualities that those French upstarts brought to their films (what? French critics becoming filmmakers? How dare they!), but it’s also a darned good story with wonderful performances by its three leads. And while the movie ends on a bittersweet, somewhat tragic note, Jules and Jim is really a feel-good movie because of the way Truffaut chose to tell the tale. The director has never shied away from pathos and sentimentality—something the filmmaker was very good at »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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‘Blue Is The Warmest Color’ Wins Big At Gaul’s Lumiere Awards

20 January 2014 3:19 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Abdellatif Kechiche’s romance drama “Blue Is The Warmest Color” snatched up top kudos at France’s Lumiere Awards, at a gala ceremony hosted on Monday in Paris.

The Palme d’Or-winning film – sold by Wild Bunch — won best film, director, actress (Lea Seydoux) and female newcomer (Adele Exarchopoulos).

The Lumiere gave Seydoux an actress nod for her performances in both Rebecca Zlotowski’s Un Certain Regard-screening “Grand Central” and “Blue.”

“Blue” beat out “Grand Central,” Michel Gondry’s “Mood Indigo,” Bertrand Tavernier’s “Quai d’Orsay,” Albert Dupontel’s “9 Month Stretch” and Gilles Bourdos’ “Renoir,” which competed for a best film nod.

Released in the U.S. by Sundance Selects, “Blue” competed in the foreign-language category at the Golden Globes and lost to Paolo Sorrentino’s “La Grande Bellezza.”

Grand Central,” a romance drama set against the backdrop of a nuclear plant in France, won the Jury prize. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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