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The collector market for film fans has evolved quite a bit from when I was a young fan. Sure, there were opportunities for me to spend my money, but these days, there are so many better opportunities and better items. There's the entire poster phenomenon, best embodied by the success of Mondo, which has spurred what feels like an entire industry. I recently got talked into joining some commission groups, so now I've got some ultra-limited art coming my way that I look at as even more special because I had a hand in designing it. It was inevitable that soundtracks would also end up being major collector pieces, and one of the great frustrations for me when I was a younger film fan was realizing just how random the process is by which scores get released. There are some great companies now doing important archival work, like La-la-Land Records, »
- Drew McWeeny
Upon Inherent Vice's release to theaters in December, most filmgoers were left perplexed by Paul Thomas Anderson's latest. It seemed to require multiple viewings to fully understand. I saw it three times myself, a concrete meaning eluded me. There's something inherent -- pun intended -- about Anderson's direction that leads you in infinite interpretations. He gives just enough for the audience to grasp, then points you in a new direction with film's equivalent of sleight of hand. Based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon, boiling the plot down to a mere paragraph would be an injustice. Many thought his book to be unfilmable, but Anderson delicately put his pen to film and made it work. How he made it work is a mystery and part of what makes it click. From afar, it's a simple affair: after ex-girlfriend Shasta Fay Hepworth (Katherine Waterston) comes »
- Sean Cordy
Director Christopher Nolan has come aboard Martin Scorsese's film preservation nonprofit Film Foundation, which has resurrected classics since 1990 including Powell and Pressburger's "Tales of Hoffmann" earlier this year. He joins a top-drawer coterie of members that already includes Woody Allen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Curtis Hanson, Peter Jackson, Ang Lee, George Lucas, Alexander Payne, Robert Redford and Steven Spielberg. Nolan, like Scorsese, has long been outspoken and passionate about celluloid, and prefers to shoot his movies on film. At a recent Getty Museum summit, as reported by Variety, Christopher Nolan made a rallying cry to save the medium: "There’s a reason filmmakers get very excited about shooting film and seeing film prints, and we have to communicate that to audiences around the world." Read More: How Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker Restored the Luster of Michael Powell and »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Scorsese, the founder and chair of the organization, noted that Nolan has been a longtime advocate of sustaining celluloid film in the digital era.
“Chris’s passion, knowledge and dedication to film is unparalleled,” he said. “He spearheaded the growing movement to ensure that film stock continues to be available for production and preservation. I know that his commitment to film and its preservation will be enormously helpful to the work of the foundation.”
Nolan’s “Interstellar” opened first at 240 film-using theaters in the U.S. last November, two days prior to its wide release in theaters using digital projection. Nolan shot the movie with a combination of 35mm anamorphic film and 65mm Imax.
“I’m honored to become a part of the pioneering and essential work of Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation, »
- Dave McNary
Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation has added director Christopher Nolan to its board of directors. The Foundation is dedicated to film preservation, and Nolan joins a roster that looks like the Justice League of America, if its members were superhero filmmakers. Woody Allen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Curtis Hanson, Peter Jackson, Ang Lee, George Lucas, Alexander Payne, Robert Redford and Steven Spielberg are also on the… »
Paul Thomas Anderson assembled quite the cast for this seventh feature film, Inherent Vice. The groovy and some might say bizarre film starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Jena Malone and musician Joanna Newsom will make its Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD debut on an April 28, 2015 release date.
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Of all the left-field composers out there — typically musicians who don’t follow the traditional rules of film composing — if Jon Brion isn’t at the very top, he’s very damn close. The musician, composer, producer (who has worked with folks like Fiona Apple, Kanye West, Of Montreal, Elliott Smith and more) has been tapped by filmmakers like Paul Thomas Anderson (“Magnolia,” “Punch Drunk Love”), Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind”), David O. Russell (“I Heart Huckabees”), Charlie Kaufman (“Synechdoche, New York”), Miranda July (“The Future”) and more. In recent years he’s been moving towards comedies, especially for the films of Adam McKay (“The Other Guys,” “Step Brothers”), Vince Vaughn (“The Break-Up,” “Delivery Man”) and Judd Apatow. Brion scored “Funny People,” “This Is 40,” and has also written the music for the upcoming “Trainwreck” film starring Amy Schumer. The bête noir of all film composers is temp music — the music a. »
- Edward Davis
“Live from New York!,” the opening night feature at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, offers a reminder of the fest’s tumultuous origins, as well as an illustration of how it and New York City have changed in the 13 years since it was conceived.
The behind-the-scenes look at “Saturday Night Live” brings to vivid life the days after 9/11, when parts of lower Manhattan were left a smoldering ruin. On the first show back, “SNL” producer Lorne Michaels asked Mayor Rudy Giuliani, “Can we be funny?” To which the mayor replied, “Why start now?”
- Brent Lang
Anna Magnani in a publicity photo for The Passionate Thief.One thing cinephiles learn fast is just how easy it is, thanks to the limits and whims of distribution, for celebrated films to fade into the background outside their homeland. So one way to begin with Italian director Mario Monicelli is how overshadowed he is today on the world stage. You could say, only half-ironically, that he'd be more famous if only more people had heard of him, or if his global reputation kept up with the one he holds in Italy. Monicelli began filmmaking in the 1930s, was a prolific screenwriter in the 40s, took off as a director in the 50s, and continued making movies without much pause until his death in 2010. In his heyday as a hitmaker, he worked with stars like Anna Magnani, Marcello Mastroianni, Totò, Claudia Cardinale, and Monica Vitti. He once shared a Golden »
- Duncan Gray
In the new La Furia Umana: a symposium on the future of cinema plus articles on Harun Farocki, Jerry Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice. The new Brooklyn Rail features pieces on Tsai Ming-liang's Rebels of the Neon God and J.P. Sniadecki's The Iron Ministry, exhibitions of work by Michael Snow and cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa and an interview with John Giorno. Also today: With Mad Max: Fury Road opening next month, a Ballardian primer to the Mad Max Universe; Jonathan Rosenbaum on Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Aleksandr Dovzhenko and Leni Riefenstahl; Robert Greene on Steve James's Hoop Dreams and Michael Powell's Peeping Tom; and lots more. » - David Hudson »
As far the annals of horror thrillers are concerned, 1991.s The Silence of the Lambs has a firm place among the best of all time. However, a recent interview with the film.s director brings up the rather Starling.err, startling revelation that Jodie Foster was not the actress he initially had in mind for the lead role. In fact, she was not even close. In a fascinating interview at the Austin Film Festival with fellow filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, The Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme discussed the casting process for the film.s main character, the young, fresh-from-Quantico FBI Agent Clarice Starling. It turns out that Jodie Foster was nowhere on Demme.s radar, as he had names like Meg Ryan, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Laura Dern on the short list in front of her. Yes, it may seem like blasphemy now. Pitting a smart, relatable heroine, played »
1980: The 1980s are usually typified by the decade’s more unfortunate trends, from the neon-spandex wardrobes to overtly shallow synth pop and hair metal to, well, Reagan. Freaks & Geeks never goes for the easy joke, never settles for the broad view of the decade. Rather, the show is built on personal memories, breaking away from headline stories of the 1980s to find a unique view of life, and popular culture. It’s essential that when Bill Haverchuck (Martin Starr) wants to have fun, he sits and watches Garry Shandling’s television stand-up material. He doesn’t watch Comic Relief, George Carlin, or Robin Williams, but rather one of those great moments of TV that, at the time, you really had to be there to know about. [caption id="attachment_434831" align="alignright" width="353"] Image via NBC[/caption] The Music: Freaks & Geeks is, like P.T. Anderson’s recent Boogie Nights, a series about a cultural transition, from the 1970s to the 1980s, »
- Chris Cabin
This month on Blu-ray and DVD, Liam Neeson gets revenge the third time around in Taken 3, Oscar Isaac has A Most Violent Year, Paul Thomas Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix reteam for Inherent Vice, children.s lit favorite Paddington gets his own movie, The Babadook jumps from the page, Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz paint Big Eyes, Jennifer Aniston has her Cake, Mark Wahlberg plays The Gambler, Marion Cotillard takes the stage in The Immigrant, David Cronenberg sells Maps To The Stars, Kevin Hart »
- Mathew Plale
Grossing just under forty million domestically and scoring two Academy Award nominations (for its actresses Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern), Wild arrives on Blu-ray on it’s cushion of critical acclaim. French-Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallee’s follow-up to the 2013 The Dallas Buyers Club is less problematic in its examination of a notable real life personality, but follows his verve to chart descent and ascent as juxtaposition on a linear, clearly defined timeline. Though Witherspoon’s sometimes showy performance tends to feel a bit too glossy, even if just for its ability to seem like predictable awards consideration fodder, the film succeeds in surprising ways both in how it tries to address the realities of sexual addiction to mask emotional pain and as an excellent showcase for the too often underrated Dern.
Arriving at the end of star Witherspoon’s auteur binge is one of her most rewarding turns in years. »
- Nicholas Bell
Seoul — The Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea’s second biggest festival, will open with the Asian premiere screening of “Partisan,” the Australian feature by Ariel Kleiman which previously showed at Sundance.
The festival, which will run 30 April until 9 May, today announced a line-up that spans 158 independent and experimental features and 42 shorts from 47 countries. Its ten film competition section will be judged by a jury that includes Austrian director Jessica Hausner (“Lourdes”), Korean-Chinese director Zhang Lu (“Gyeongju”), Korean actress Moon So-ri (“Hill of Freedom”) and Greek actor Vangelis Mourikis (“Stratos”).
The festival will also dedicate focus sections to the new wave of Greek cinema, Argentinian director Martin Rejtman and Chinese documentary maker Wang Bing.
In an unusual move festival organizers said that »
- Sonia Kil
Post-Nearly Press has released two book-length interviews with Iain Sinclair and Chris Petit. Also in today's roundup of news and views: A review of and two excerpts from Alejandro Jodorowsky’s fantasmagorical memoir, Where the Bird Sings Best; the Quietus on Wojciech Has's The Saragossa Manuscript; an oral history of Susan Seidelman's Desperately Seeking Susan at 30; Paul Thomas Anderson's conversation with Jonathan Demme; more interviews with feminist filmmaker Vivienne Dick, Wim Wenders, Errol Morris, Noah Baumbach and David Zellner; the New York Times on cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa—and more. » - David Hudson »
You need to remember this for the rest of your life: Craig Roberts is a real badass. Far away from home, Roberts was recently at SXSW promoting his directorial feature, Just Jim. He is interviewed by the writer of this article (Chase Whale, if you are too lazy to look) only to be told 24 hours later that the writer (still Chase Whale) somehow lost the audio interview they just did.Switching back to first person: I freaked out because this interview was one of the most fun I've ever done -- Roberts is hilarious (his wit is quick on the draw) and we spent a lot of time talking about being weirdos and our affinity for Paul Thomas Anderson. A one-of-a-kind interview, gone.Well, Roberts let me...
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At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. This week we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Paul Thomas Anderson as director.
Anderson began his career without any related college experience as a production assistant. With some money he scrounged together, he made a short film, which he entered into the 1993 Sundance Film Festival. He decided to turn that short into a feature and was invited to attend the Sundance Feature Film Program, where he was mentored, and his talents were further developed. In 1996 his first feature film was released, Hard Eight, which Anderson had to raise his own money in order to edit it as he wanted, which was different than how the production company wanted to release the film. His version received some critical praise. His next film, Boogie »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Read More: SXSW: 7 Must-See Music Documentaries At This Year's Festival Designed by artist Jim Franklin, whose work appears in a major sequence early on in the film, the poster for "A Poem is a Naked Person" features a psychedelic color palette that is not only evocative of the era from which the film emerged, but it also, thanks to films such as Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice," highlights the film's ability to transcend specific cultural moments. More than forty years after Les Blank completed "A Poem is a Naked Person," a project he was hired by musician Leon Russell to make, a newly restored version of the film received a long overdue world premiere at SXSW earlier this week. Blank's son, Harrod, who spearheaded the film's restoration as well as its long overdue upcoming theatrical release following his father's passing in 2013, took to the stage prior to the screening »
- Shipra Gupta
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, The Master) latest film Inherent Vice, which will arrive in the States on April 28th.
Pre-order Inherent Vice On Blu-ray Here
Adapted from the novel by Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice features an all-star cast heading by Joaquin Phoenix (The Master), as well as Josh Brolin (Oldboy), Owen Wilson (Zoolander), Katherine Waterston (Night Moves), Benicio Del Toro (Traffic), Martin Short (Three Amigos), Jena Malone (Donnie Darko), musician Joanna Newsom and Oscar Winner Reese Witherspoon (Wild).
When private eye Doc Sportello’s (Phoenix) ex-old lady suddenly shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend — whom she just happens to be in love with — and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin… well, easy for her to say. »
- Scott J. Davis
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