6 items from 2015
Weinstein didn’t look entirely comfortable on BBC1 – but Beckham owned the Baftas red carpet
It was all about the Baftas this weekend, and they have a lot to answer for. Harvey Weinstein and Terence Stamp looked distinctly uncomfortable on the sofa of The One Show (BBC1, Friday) and uncertain – as everyone involved seemed to be – about what they were supposed to be doing there. (Representing the Baftas and/or Hollywood in general. Or something).
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- Viv Groskop
Entertainment in Video (Eiv), the UK-based distrubution company, have this week announced that Tim Burton’s latest film, Big Eyes, is set for release here on DVD and Blu-ray on April 20th (the same month as the Grand National – top notch event in horse racing).
Big Eyes stars Golden Globe winner Amy Adams (American Hustle) and Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), with support from Krysten Ritter (soon to be Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones), Jason Schwartzman (The Darjeeling Limited), Danny Huston (The Congress) and Terence Stamp (Superman II).
No news yet on any technical specs or special features, but as ever we shall update you as soon as the information is revealed.
Directed and produced by Tim Burton, Big Eyes is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by »
- Scott J. Davis
The 1990′s introduced the world to Quentin Tarantino, saw the creation of the Nc-17 rating, and began the slow call toward fully computer animated films. It began the slow (still slow) movement toward a more diverse industry, with the first African-American director earning an Oscar nomination (John Singleton for “Boyz in the Hood”). And the year after one of the greatest years in the history of film, 1995 came plodding along, trying to keep up. So, for the first definitive list of 2015, we are going to look back 20 years at a year that, at first glance, doesn’t look so hot. It’s ripe with flops, but it’s also full of debuts, trailblazing beginnings, and better films than it gets credit for. But, the caveat still stands: this is not a “best of” list. In fact, there are a lot of bad movies on this list. But, they are movies that made a cultural impact, »
- Joshua Gaul
It made its world premiere at the 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff)a few months ago, and is now headed to Berlin for a screening at the Berlinale in February. Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck's latest work, titled "Murder in Pacot," is a feature film loosely inspired by Italian director, Pier Paolo Pasolini's 1968 drama/mystery "Teorema," which starred Terence Stamp as a mysterious stranger who injects himself into the home of a wealthy Italian family, and seduces everyone in it, including the maid, which leads to each of them reaching some unique epiphany, leaving viewers (and the characters in »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The Body and the Whip: Strickland’s Sublime Homage to Erotic Cinema
Beginning like something that should have been called Exploits of a Chambermaid, replete with a fantastically sumptuous rendering of a vintage title sequence lifted right out of the 1970s, Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy seduces us immediately. Much like his last film, the incredibly underrated Berberian Sound Studio, which was an homage to the giallo genre, his latest is a reconsideration of erotic exploitation cinema, where names like Jesus Franco and Jean Rollin garnered a notable cult following. But considering such influences, Strickland’s title is hardly cheap, though one would be remiss to deny a certain air of tawdry sentiment.
Evelyn (Chiara D’Anna) is a newly hired housekeeper. Making her way to her new employer, a strict, unfriendly woman named Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen), it seems they already have a tense relationship that may »
- Nicholas Bell
Armond White. David Cronenberg. Oscar prognosticators and the National Society of Film Critics. Terence Stamp’s priggish art critic in “Big Eyes.” Lindsay Duncan’s poisonous theatre critic in “Birdman.” For a profession that’s supposedly dying, criticism -- of film, in films -- has elicited more than its fair share of hand-wringing recently, though the anxiety seems to be in the eye of the beholder. Alternately cast as industry shills, out-of-touch snobs, digital amateurs, fearsome gatekeepers, and failed artists, critics provoke passionate responses, but it can be difficult to suss out what the critic’s role in the current cinema actually is, or should be. Toh!’s Anne Thompson, Ryan Lattanzio, and Matt Brennan take up the subject in the debate below, including the biggest question of all: Do critics still matter? Matt Brennan: I haven’t been at this long enough to possess much hoary nostalgia for the good ol’ days, »
6 items from 2015
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