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Read More: Watch: First International Trailer And Images For Arnaud Desplechin's 'My Golden Years' Starring Mathieu Amalric At the New York Film Festival premiere of Arnaud Desplechin's latest film, "My Golden Days," the French director met up with a cast of colleagues that may just qualify as legendary. Flanked on his left by Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach, and accompanied by Brian De Palma, "De Palma" co-director Jake Paltrow, and writer-director (and Nyff director of programming) Kent Jones on his right, these five filmmakers made for an awesome crowd at the coming-of-age romance's Nyff premiere. Such a meeting of the minds occurs only rarely, but leave it to New York Film Festival to bring together some of the best names in contemporary filmmaking. While this legendary filmmakers' meet-up sets one thinking about potential collaborations, it also conjures images of what could be an incredible Power Rangers' reboot, targeted specifically at. »
- Ryan Anielski
London — In the first of what is planned to be an ongoing series of collaborations with the Raindance Film Festival, L.A.-based multi-media creative website Stage 32 used this year’s event as a launch-pad for their first-ever shorts competition. The result of a meeting with Raindance founder Elliot Grove in Cannes earlier this year, the program is intended as an annual platform for new and low-budget filmmakers.
“Elliot and I had known each other for years,” says Stage 32 CEO Richard Botto, “but we finally met face to face in Cannes, and I presented this idea to him. I said, ‘Look, we have some incredibly talented filmmakers on Stage 32, and what I’d love to do is put together a short film program. Yes, I want to put it online, globally, to our 500,000 members, and whoever else wants to watch it, but I’d love to bring it to a festival as well. »
- Damon Wise
“Logic” is a word that Brian De Palma uses a lot. It turns out that many of his most notorious scenes weren’t conceived for effect, but as a result of problem solving. The almost comically overblown shootout that closes “Scarface” came about because Al Pacino had injured his hand, so De Palma had to keep filming his assembled gunmen for two weeks while awaiting his star’s return. The great length of drill that kills Deborah Shelton in “Body Double” – its preposterous size adding to the furor from women’s groups – was simply because it needed to be long enough to pass through its victim, her floor and the hero’s ceiling. These observations are made by the director himself in this utterly engrossing documentary by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow. And they’re pertinent to so much about him – the controversy that has peppered his career and his »
- Demetrios Matheou
A Watchmen TV show? That's what a new rumor claims may be happening at HBO, with original director Zack Snyder in-line to produce this retelling of the popular comic book miniseries. Zack Snyder first directed an adaptation of Alan Moore's iconic tale in 2009, but it failed to set the box office on fire. Many fans thought it was better suited to a long form storytelling format. And that may turn out to be the case.
Even before it went into production, many believed Alan Moore's seminal DC Comics adventure Watchmen was to unwieldy for the big screen. It is a monster work of interconnecting story lines and referential plot. And even with a runtime of 3 hours, it all couldn't be contained within the frame work of Zack Snyder's film. So now he wants to try again. This time, the story will be told in a serialized nature better suited to its attributes. »
One of the few benefits of the frenzied awards race is Hollywood’s outpouring of materials associated with the contenders. Perhaps the biggest perk is the release of full scripts one is able to download legally, directly from the studios. By the end of the year we’ll have dozens available, but today we have the first ones out of the gate.
A24 is the first distributor to have their awards site live and while not all of their films have scripts available yet, The End of the Tour, Mississippi Grind, Slow West, and While We’re Young are up. While it’s a small selection, we imagine the enticing scripts for Carol, Steve Jobs, Beasts of No Nation, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Hateful Eight, Inside Out, The Revenant, Bridge of Spies, Sicario, Spotlight, Anomalisa, and many more will be available shortly.
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- Jordan Raup
After a passionate explanation of the innovation found in his 1978 film The Fury, Brian De Palma shrugs and laughs. “In France it played for 10 years.” You know you are a special kind of Hollywood failure when they love you in France.
There is only one cast member in De Palma, and that’s De Palma, seated in front of a fireplace, talking. It’s curriculum vitae-as-documentary, a legendary figure in cinema who occasionally dabbled in success, walking us through his 29 feature films, a few shorts, a beloved music video plus some projects that never got off the ground. Co-directors Jake Paltrow and Noah Baumbach overlay relevant images from the discussed movies, creating a patchwork of film theory and juicy from-the-set gossip.
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- Jordan Hoffman
Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s De Palma is a fans-only interview session with the director. Straightforward, even staid in its construction, it consists almost entirely of two shots of a seated De Palma — one in medium close-up, the other presumably punched-in in post — and appositely illustrative clips and stills. The film currently only has two credits: the opening all-caps title “De Palma” scrolling left to right in lurid red, and a closing copyright credit (hard-working editors will, presumably, be thanked at a later date). Interlocutors Baumbach and Paltrow are never heard; according to this useful interview, they never even considered […] »
- Vadim Rizov
Noah Baumbach isn’t exactly the first name in a list of directors that comes to mind for a documentary about renowned filmmaker Brian De Palma. With Baumbach’s own work as of late revolving around young and somewhat hip New Yorkers (Frances Ha and his recent release Mistress America), it’s not what anyone might naturally expect him to take on as his next project. But he does so with the help of writer-director Jake Paltrow, together delving into the filmmaker’s extensive and diverse filmography in the aptly named De Palma.
Going chronologically through all of his films, De Palma explores the career of a man with many substantial successes under his belt and a handful of failures along the way. The film is essentially one long interview with De Palma, intercut with footage from his movies. The »
- Sarah Pearce Lord
Written by Rebecca Miller
Directed by Rebecca Miller
Is it sexist, or at the very least unfair, to compare Rebecca Miller’s Maggie’s Plan to the works of Noah Baumbach and Woody Allen, but with a tone of derision? Either way, it’s hard to divorce Miller’s manic wit and preoccupation with middle-class white folks from the filmographies of those aforementioned auteurs. But why is that so? Lots of directors, regardless of gender, can be funny and can focus their stories around said demographic. Perhaps it’s because Maggie’s Plan seems to explicitly emulate the tone those directors often imbue in their films. It seems to be Miller’s intention to make one of those films, sort of, but with a female perspective. It’s admirable, but it doesn’t make for a great film.
The root of the problem might be that »
- Kyle Turner
We posted a first round of reviews of De Palma when it premiered in Venice. Now we've got fresh reviews and video of a Q&A with the filmmakers. "One of the most revealing documentaries ever made about a filmmaker," begins Time Out's Joshua Rothkopf, "Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s juicy profile of suspense expert Brian De Palma doubles down on its subject’s famous obsessions with Hitchcock, gorgeous women in peril and coke-snorting gangsters. In the process, it reclaims a peevish Hollywood giant from his own worst instincts." » - David Hudson »
Box Office Sabermetrics is a bi-weekly column that will attempt to apply the statistical analysis Sabermetrics, used in Baseball, to the box office results each weekend.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about what an incredibly lucrative year Universal Studios is having despite no existing superhero property in its lineup. This week, we’ll be looking at a similar type of success on the independent film market scale. Indie film distributors A24 have had an all-time, champagne-popping great year. A24 has had a total domestic return of $50 million this year, which is almost four times more than their 2014 total of $13 million. $50 million may be chump change to some studios, but for a small market contender like A24, that’s a huge improvement. $50 million is a lot more than $13 million. They jumped from the 20th highest grossing studio in 2014 to currently the 13th highest this year, a significant leap.
To win in the independent film market, »
- Dylan Griffin
Nanni Moretti, with John Turturro for Mia Madre, and The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos, Rachel Weisz and Ariane Labed will appear today, while Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson discuss The Forbidden Room on both nights.
Thomas Bidegain's take on John Ford’s The Searchers, Les Cowboys, and star Finnegan Oldfield plus Michel Gondry for Microbe & Gasoline (Microbe Et Gasoil) will appear later in the week. Jia Zhangke with Zhao Tao will present Mountains May Depart and Walter Salles for Jia Zhangke, A Guy from Fenyang.
Two documentaries with their subjects appearing - Robert Frank joins Laura Israel for Don't Blink: Robert Frank and Brian De Palma blow in with Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow for De Palma. Michael Moore for Where To Invade Next and My Golden Days »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
The New York Film Festival has always been one of the classiest, most finely curated stops on the global festival circuit. But it wasn’t until five years ago that the Film Society of Lincoln Center, which puts on the annual showcase, really capitalized on its position in the film awards season.
That year, David Fincher brought “The Social Network” as a world premiere to open the 48th annual event. The splash was considerable, and soon after, the fest adopted an understanding that two of its three major galas — opened night, centerpiece and closing night — had to be world premieres. Suddenly, a new launching pad was born for movies looking to springboard into the Oscar conversation.
In 2011, Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” kicked things off, while Simon Curtis’ “My Week with Marilyn” served as the centerpiece. Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants” wrapped things up after bowing in Telluride and screening in Toronto as well. »
- Kristopher Tapley
With the 53rd New York Film Festival now in full swing and the visit of Pope Francis to New York ongoing, here are four more films to look forward to. Stig Björkman's portrait on Ingrid Bergman with Liv Ullmann, Sigourney Weaver, Jeanine Basinger and her children providing personal memories accompany Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words and Arnaud Desplechin's resplendent My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) stars Mathieu Amalric, Lou Roy-Lecollinet, Quentin Dolmaire and André Dussollier. Apichatpong Weerasethakul (of Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives fame) has his Cemetery Of Splendour, starring Jenjira Pongpas Widner, haunting us, and Brian De Palma discussing his films with Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow in De Palma will keep you awake.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center raises the curtain with six free opening day screenings in celebration of 25 years for The Film. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Everywhere you look, filmmakers are talking about how they make films — from behind-the-scenes featurettes for each episode of a cable series to now-ubiquitous YouTube interviews with directors of even the most artless action movies. So perhaps it’s no wonder that the most august of fests, the 53rd New York Film Festival, is presenting documentaries on filmmakers Brian De Palma, Nora Ephron, Haskell Wexler, Robert Frank, Jia Zhang-ke and even one-time producer Ingrid Bergman. It’s a bigger reflexive lineup than at any Nyff in recent memory.
No film embodies this trend better than “Hitchcock/Truffaut,” which examines the two legendary auteurs through interviews with Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Richard Linklater and other filmmakers. Yet in a strange twist, despite garnering acclaim in Cannes, Telluride and Toronto, it was overtly snubbed by Nyff’s director, Kent Jones — who also happens to be the director of “Hitchcock/Truffaut.”
As Jones wryly notes, »
- Gregg Goldstein
Being a great admirer of Brian De Palma, I found that no film from 2015 was as purely pleasurable as Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow‘s De Palma, a blow-by-blow examination of the director’s massive oeuvre. Its structure is simple — De Palma speaks candidly about his upbringing, early efforts, and subsequent successes (as well as failures); many clips and archival materials are interspersed — but the effect to which their resources are wrung evinces a great deal of attention and care. In Baumbach’s own words, “This is the only movie, probably, I can safely say, that I’ll be involved with that I can just keep watching over and over again. I find it so interesting.”
After screening their work for press and industry members at this year’s New York Film Festival, the pair engaged in an Amy Taubin-led Q & A featuring audience questions. It’s hit-and-miss, as »
- Nick Newman
Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s fleet and bountiful portrait covers the career of the number one iconoclast of American cinema, the man who gave us Carrie, Dressed to Kill, Blow Out, and Carlito’s Way. Their film moves at the speed of De Palma’s thought (and sometimes works in subtle, witty counterpoint) as he goes title by title, covering his life from science nerd to New Hollywood bad boy to grand old man, and describes his ever-shifting position in this thing we call the movie business. Deceptively simple, De Palma is finally many things at once. It is a film about the craft of filmmaking—how it’s practiced and how it can [ Read More ]
The post New York Film Festival 2015: De Palma Press Conference appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Rudie Obias
While Cannes, Toronto, and Venice premiere some of the year’s best films, no annual cinematic event is better curated than the New York Film Festival, which kicks off this weekend. Those attending will witness, over two weeks, some of the best features this year — and next — have to offer.
A simple copy-and-pasting of the line-up would suffice, but we’ve done our best to narrow it down to 25 selections that are the most worth your time. For honorable mentions, we’re looking forward to the stellar line-up of revivals, including The King of Comedy, All That Jazz, Blow Out, Rocco and His Brothers, Ran, Heaven Can Wait, and The Boys from Fengkuei.
We’ve also reviewed a few titles (The Forbidden Room, My Mother, Chevalier) that we were a bit cooler on. Lastly, the festival announced a sneak preview screening of Ridley Scott‘s The Martian, and one can read our review here. »
- TFS Staff
Just announced by the Film Society of Lincoln Center - A Sneak Preview of Ridley Scott’s The Martian in RealD 3D, starring Matt Damon, with Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Jessica Chastain and Donald Glover has been added to the Special Events program of the New York Film Festival, joining Laurie Anderson's Heart of a Dog, Paul Thomas Anderson's Junun and Jake Paltrow and Noah Baumbach's De Palma.
The 20th Century Fox release will screen on Sunday, September 29 at 9:00pm - Alice Tully Hall with the director and members of the cast in attendance.
This year's New York Film Festival runs from September 25 through October 11.
The Martian goes on general release on September 30 in the UK and October 2 in the Us. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
"The Hollywood system destroys creativity," Brian De Palma tells us in Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow's documentary. That's not the first nor the last of the impassioned statements the director makes throughout the course of the film, which feels less like a retrospective and more like a cinephile confessional. "It's in the same spirit as having coffee with him," said Paltrow. That is, if you take your coffee blood red. Unlike most movies about directors — really, unlike most movies about famous people — Baumbach and Paltrow keep us squarely in De Palma's subjectivity. The only interview subject is De Palma himself, because the directors "didn't want to affect Brian with people talking about him," said Paltrow. "It wasn’t about trying to get answers out of him that we already had in our head," said Baumbach. "We were trying to tell it the way he wanted to tell it. »
- Emily Buder
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