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We’re back! Full of turkey, ready to sit down in front of the TV and zone out with a full Netflix queue. What’s the latest and greatest to hit the streaming service du jour? There are some major Hollywood hits like “Skyfall,” “Dances with Wolves,” and “Apocalypse Now” new to the Netflix universe but we here at Hc try to focus on what you might not have seen.
Here are ten flicks to add to your queue that could have fallen under your movie radar if we weren’t here to pick them up. You’re welcome. There’s a foreign film, two documentaries, a sci-fi flick, and even a musical. Pick your favorites. Or just watch all ten.
On the heels of a rough assignment, assassin Jack declares that his next job will be his last. Dispatched to a small Italian town to await further orders, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Any doubts I had about Coach and/or Damon Wayans Jr. reassimilating into the show’s ecosystem? Gone. “Menus” was classic New Girl: Stupid, silly, glorious. If for nothing other than the “Work Bitch” workout montage (see below), this week’s episode wasn’t just a return to form. It was an elevation. It was also proof that this show is always, always better when it’s about the ensemble. Every person — even Winston! — had a specific, discrete part in the action, and I loved every second of it. So before I get to work (bitch), You get to work, »
- Lanford Beard
If you're inspired by "New Girl" things like triumphs over Chinese restaurant menus and Nick doing roughly five pushups, this is the episode for you. Not only does Nick achieve something (and give an inspirational speech in the process), but even Schmidt comes back into the fold.
Winston barely survives though. So that's a bit less inspirational.
Jess dives into despair, a place full of Msg
Reeling from the news that a planned field trip to the ocean can't happen because of a lack of transportation, Jess vents her frustration on the millions of Chinese restaurant menus left at the loft door. This is what is called "borrowing from reality," in case you were wondering. Anyone who lives in an apartment knows full well that menus breed like bunny rabbits and cockroaches, rapidly approaching critical population thresholds in a disturbingly short amount of time.
Jess is mostly upset because this »
It's been 15 years since the release of "American History X" (on October 30, 1998), and to this day, the movie stands as a riveting and brutal drama about the persistence of white-supremacist racism in America. It cemented Edward Norton's reputation as the premier Method actor of his generation, and it included at least one scene (the infamous curb-stomp sequence) that's been copied by everyone from "The Sopranos" to "Family Guy."
Yet to this day, many viewers still don't know the often even more dramatic story that went on behind the scenes of the film, in which first-time feature director Tony Kaye fought with Norton and distributor New Line over the final cut of the film. He ultimately filed a $200 million lawsuit because he preferred to be credited as Humpty Dumpty rather than allow the studio's cut to be released under his name. Read on to learn more about Kaye's epic and »
- Gary Susman
There appears to be something of a trend in cinema at present to create fairytale’s aimed at grownups, as it seems that amidst the ongoing recession and terror-filled news reports, some good old-fashioned escapism is just what we’re in the mood for. With shades of the likes of Midnight in Paris, The Great Beauty and In The House – Ferzan Ozpetek’s A Magnificent Haunting has a similar enchantment to the aforementioned titles, however where it pales in comparison, is within its distinct lack of wit and satire.
Pietro (Elio Germano) is a 28-year-old aspiring actor, who works part-time at a bakery to make ends meet. Moving to Rome and into a new apartment, he is desperate to turn his dreams into a reality, confiding in his one and only friend in the city, his cousin Maria (Paola Minaccioni). As he struggles to land any roles, at home he »
- Stefan Pape
Claim To Fame
German/Turkish actress Meryem Uzerli is among the Arab world’s best-known young stars, thanks to hit Turkish soap “Magnificent Century,” in which she played Hurrem Sultan, a seductive former slave who becomes the powerful wife of 16th century Ottoman emperor Suleiman. The lavishly produced show mixes intrigue, sensuality and history, luring viewers from the Middle East, Eastern Europe and even France and Japan. But it has irked some Muslims in the region.
Uzerli, 30, who grew up in Germany, has a German mother and a Turkish father. After acting school, Uzerli did some theater work and landed small roles on German TV. “Until one day the phone rang, I was invited for a casting in Turkey, and then almost immediately (in 2010) I started living in Istanbul almost full time,” she says.
Catapulted Into Controversy
Moving from Germany to Turkey, where fundamentalist Muslim beliefs wrestle with Western pop culture, »
- Nick Vivarelli
‘The Congress,’ ‘Jasmine,’ ‘Pinocchio’: 2013 European Film Awards’ Best Animated Feature Film nominations (Robin Wright in ‘The Congress’) The European Film Academy has announced the three nominees in the 2013 European Film Awards’ Best Animated Feature Film category. They are the following: The Congress (Israel / Germany / Poland / Luxembourg / France / Belgium), written and directed by Ari Folman, from a novel by Stanislaw Lem. Animation by Yoni Goodman. Jasmine (France), directed by Alain Ughetto, from a screenplay by Ughetto — who also provided the animation — and Jacques Reboud, with the collaboration of Chloé Inguenaud. Pinocchio (Italy / Luxembourg / France / Belgium), directed by Enzo D’Alò, from a screenplay by D’Alò and Umberto Marino. Animation by Marco Zanoni. Best European Animated Feature Film nominees: ‘The Congress,’ ‘Jasmine,’ ‘Pinocchio’ Featuring Robin Wright (as herself), Harvey Keitel, Jon Hamm, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Paul Giamatti, Danny Huston, Michael Stahl-David, and Michael Landers, The Congress shows how actress Robin Wright, »
- Andre Soares
Eugenio Derbez, the director and star of Instructions Not Included, aspires to be a figure like Roberto Benigni: in interviews, he name checks Life is Beautiful, the 1997 film that netted Benigni two Oscars (Best Actor and Best Foreign Language Film) at the 71st Academy Awards. Derbez turned to Life is Beautiful as a starting point for his new film’s story about a father who creates elaborate, fanciful scenarios to address the emotional needs of his young daughter. Moving this setup to contemporary Los Angeles, Instructions Not Included follows well-meaning reformed lothario Valentin, who repeatedly martyrs himself as a stuntman »
Review: The Great Beauty
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The film reunites Sorrentino with Il Divo star Toni Servillo in the story of a jaded, ageing writer who tries to resuscitate his career but is floundering in high life parties and the memory of a former love.
It was considered a frontrunner for the Palme d’Or at Cannes in May; won five Silver Ribbons at the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists awards; and a Globi d’Oro (Golden Globes) for Luca Bigazzi’s cinematography.
The Great Beauty marks the first Oscar submission for Sorrentino, who has screened five of his features in Competition »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Rome — Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty,” a tribute to Rome’s decadence and magnificence amid Italy’s current paralysis, is Italy’s candidate for the foreign-language Academy Award race.
Considered a Berlusconi-era homage to Fededrico Fellini, in particular to “La Dolce Vita,” Sorrentino’s latest stars Toni Servillo (“Il Divo”) as a novelist with writers’ block on a Dantesque descent amid the Eternal City’s grotesque glitterati and the country’s political, economic, and cultural impasse.
Pic has scored a strong $8.7 million at the Italo box office since its May 21 release via Medusa and been the talk of the summer in Italo cinematic circles.
Sold widely by Pathe, “Great Beauty” will be released stateside by Janus Films »
- Nick Vivarelli
Few (if any) box office analysts accurately predicted this weekend's top five movies, since one of them was a film few pundits had ever heard of: a Mexican dramedy called "Instructions Not Included," starring Mexican comic actor Eugenio Derbez. It opened on just 347 screens, but by Sunday, it had earned an estimated $7.5 million, good for fifth place. (It was projected to earn $9.3 million by the end of the Labor Day four-day weekend.) It averaged a robust $21,614 per theater, more than any other film this weekend, and more than three times as much as any of the wide-release films currently in multiplexes.
How did a film not on any pundit's radar become such an instant box office hit? The answers suggest that there's a large, untapped, Spanish-speaking movie audience in America, hidden from view by an industry blind spot. Here are some of the factors behind the success of "Instructions": »
- Gary Susman
Some mysteries just get juicier with age. At least, that’s how it felt on Aug. 10, when a seven-minute clip from an old Dutch TV documentary about the making of Jerry Lewis’ 1972 “lost” film, The Day the Clown Cried, was posted on YouTube by someone calling himself “Unclesporkums.” Back in 2009, I interviewed Lewis in his Las Vegas office about his career and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award he was slated to receive at that year’s Oscar telecast. The star, then 82, was gracious and chatty. That is, until I asked him about The Day the Clown Cried, a never-released movie »
- Chris Nashawaty
Few films that never played in theaters manage to become legends, but Jerry Lewis's The Day The Clown Cried is infamous for a reason. The comedian famous as The Nutty Professor and Dean Martin's goofy sidekick agreed in 1972 to direct and star in a movie about a German circus clown who isn't just sent to a concentration camp, but who entertains children on their way to the gas chamber. It's delicate subject matter that is almost impossible to pull off-- many would argue Roberto Benigni didn't even do it with the Oscar-nominated Life is Beautiful-- and at some point after shooting, amid conflicts with the producer, Lewis took the one copy of the film and refused to release it. Only a handful of people had ever seen a single frame of the film. Until now. Above is a video that appears to be taken from a behind-the-scenes »
This is making-of footage from a film that will never-be.
The Day the Clown Cried was a 1972 Holocaust drama directed and starring Jerry Lewis that was famously decried for its bad taste before ever being released. Lewis then buried the film, denouncing it as “bad” and made him feel “embarrassed.”
The script and a few stills are all that survive for public consumption — until now, when YouTube user unclesporkums found this 7-minute clip of behind-the-scenes footage and shared it online yesterday.
It will be a curiosity to anyone interested in film history, though it is unlikely to stay online long. »
- Anthony Breznican
Get to know the Film Experience community! Today we're talking to Riccardo who is very succinct in his answers!
Tfe: What's your first movie memory?
Riccardo: Bambi in the late 70s in an afternoon show with mum and sister.
Your three favorite actresses?
Nicole Kidman in The Hours. The scene at the station for me is very emotional and I love listening to her original voice and she was absolutely perfect. Michelle Pfeiffer is an absolutely underrated and talented actress even in a thriller like What Lies Beneath. And I can't explain exactly why I like Marilyn Monroe so much -maybe the mix of weakness and sensuality, that will never be found again. I could watch Some Like It Hot a ton of times without ever being bored.
Take one oscar away from someone. Regift it.
- NATHANIEL R
Italian screenwriter, novelist and poet who formed a successful partnership with the film director Roberto Benigni
Although he was a respected novelist and poet, Vincenzo Cerami, who has died aged 72 after a long illness, was perhaps best known as a screenwriter, thanks to his long partnership with the director Roberto Benigni. The pair co-wrote six films and had their greatest success with La Vita è Bella (Life Is Beautiful, 1997), which starred Benigni as a Jewish internee in a concentration camp, desperately pretending to his young son that it is all a game. The film won three Oscars and had a further four nominations, including for best screenplay. "Knowing Vincenzo was a gift," said Benigni, "because he taught people's hearts to beat."
On their early films together, Cerami was not able to totally sublimate Benigni's excesses as an actor. Nevertheless, Il Piccolo Diavolo (The Little Devil, 1988), Johnny Stecchino (1991) and Il Mostro (The Monster, »
- John Francis Lane
Rome – Italian screenwriter, author, and playwright Vincenzo Cerami, who was Oscar-nommed for penning Roberto Benigni’s “Life is Beautiful” and worked with top Italo helmers, including Marco Bellocchio and Gianni Amelio, died on Wednesday in Rome.
He was 72. The exact cause was not disclosed, but Cerami had been sick for some time.
Born in Rome to Sicilian parents, Cerami had the good fortune of having Pier Paolo Pasolini, not yet a film director at the time, as high-school teacher in Ciampino, just outside the Italian capital.
In 1976 Cerami published his first novel “Un borghese piccolo piccolo,” the tale of a lower-middle-class Joe who joins a masonic lodge to ensure his son will get his ministry desk job. The book was adapted in »
- Nick Vivarelli
Rome, June 12 (Ians/Aki) Oscar winner Roberto Benigni, whose 1997 film "La vita e' bella" (Life is Beautiful) won three Academy Awards, has unleashed a humurous jibe at Silvio Berlusconi, saying he had a "wonderful relationship of platonic hatred" with the former premier.
"You know, I have always had a wonderful relationship with Berlusconi, a platonic hatred and, as a comic, have feelings of gratitude towards him," Benigni said at an event in Florence.
Benigni was presenting his summer recitations of parts of "The Divine Comedy" in a popular one-man show called "Tutto Dante" (All Dante).
He will perform the show in Florence's. »
- Shiva Prakash
The story follows a heroic group of explorers who travel through a wormhole and into another dimension. Details of Irwin's role are being kept under wraps. [Source: The Wrap]
Brown's work is inspired by Dante's Inferno, a work that Benigni has great familiarity with and has performed on several occasions. [Source: THR]
Dawn of »
- Garth Franklin
Woody Allen steps in front of the camera for the first time since 2006's Scoop to join a typically starry cast in this quattro formaggi platter of love and laughs, made in the Eternal City. Allen is the opera director who is crazily inspired after meeting the gifted father of his daughter's Italian fiance, while visiting architect Alec Baldwin guides student Jesse Eisenberg through a tricky romantic situation. Elsewhere, Penelope Cruz's call girl puts a newlywed in a compromising position and local nobody Roberto Benigni suddenly finds himself a national media star. »
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