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As the Hollywood studios attempt to transition to the digital age, there’s been some bumpy roads along the journey as copyright and ways to access get sorted out. Today brings an example of how to do things right as Paramount have launched The Paramount Vault, which, according to their official description “showcases a collection of Paramount full-length films and clips including selections that range from black-and-white to color, comedy to horror, and everything in between.”
While the selection isn’t massive (yet, hopefully), it includes a number of highlights. Notably there’s Sean Byrne‘s deliciously wicked The Loved Ones, John Cassavetes‘ drama Love Streams, Wachowskis‘ impressive debut Bound, Noah Baumbach‘s overlooked Margot at the Wedding, as well as films featuring Jack Nicholson, Audrey Hepburn, Elvis Presley, and more.
Check out our top picks thus far below and it should be noted only those in the United States can view. »
- Jordan Raup
For fans of trashy, low-budget action films, Cannon Films defined the 1980s. The company was revitalized, after a decade-long rocky start, by director Menahem Golan and producer Yoram Globus, Israeli cousins now seen by many as the dollar-store precursor to the Weinstein brothers. As tasteless as they were unscrupulous, Golan and Globus are responsible for a flood of Charles Bronson, Chuck Norris, and Jean-Claude Van Damme films, not to mention cheapy ninja-sploitation films, eccentric art-house films (including Jean-Luc Godard's King Lear and John Cassavetes's Love Streams), and, uh, Lou Ferrigno as Hercules. This week, Warner Brothers collected a ten-film DVD/Blu-Ray box set to coincide with and bolster the release of Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, director Mark Hartley's funny, informative documentary. In the spirit of Hartley's inclusive doc, we present a list of the ten most Cannon-y moments included in the box set. »
- Simon Abrams
I had the pleasure of speaking with writer and director Rosemary Rodriguez in midtown Manhattan two days before her film "Silver Skies" will have its United States premiere at the Woodstock Film Festival on Saturday October 3. Rosemary Rodriguez wrote and directed the feature, "Acts of Worship, "which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards, including the John Cassavetes Award for Best Feature. Her episodic TV work includes "Empire," "The Good Wife," (where she is a regular director), "Manhattan," "Rake," "Elementary" and "Vegas." She is currently directing the new Marvel series on Netflix, "Jessica Jones." "Silver Skies," Rosemary’s second feature, chronicles a group of seniors whose lives turn upside down when their Los Angeles apartment complex threatens to be sold out from under them. ...
- Susan Kouguell
The advertising promised a surfeit of sleaze -- but the film is a superior thriller about a real-life, low-rent serial killers from back in the late 1940s. Tony Lo Bianco and the great Shirley Stoler are Ray and Martha, mixed-up lovers running a Merry Widow racket through the personals ads in romance magazines. Leonard Kastle's film is dramatically and psychologically sound, while the disc extras detail the true crime story, which is far, far, sleazier. The Honeymoon Killers Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 200 1969 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 107 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date September 29, 2015 / 39.95 Starring Shirley Stoler, Tony Lo Bianco, Mary Jane Higby, Doris Roberts, Kip McArdle, Marilyn Chris, Dortha Duckworth, Barbara Cason, Ann Harris Cinematography Oliver Wood Film Editor Richard Brophy, Stanley Warnow Music Gustav Mahler Produced by Warren Steibel Written and Directed by Leonard Kastle
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
The ad campaign for this crime shocker »
- Glenn Erickson
"Today I lost one of my dearest friends, Catherine Coulson," Lynch said in a statement. "Catherine was solid gold. She was always there for her friends — she was filled with love for all people — for her family — for her work. She was a tireless worker. She had a great sense of humor — she loved to laugh and make people laugh. »
Larry Fessenden is a maverick of independent genre cinema. For thirty years, Fessenden has helped establish new voices in horror cinema, and cemented his place as a formidable force of his own with a strong range of films. 2015 aims to be the year of Glass Eye Pix thanks to a Blu-ray release from our favorite freaky folks over at Scream Factory, and a series of screenings with the man himself in La & NY to celebrate three decades of fierce, auteur-driven filmmaking!
Check out the extras for Scream’s definitive release of The Larry Fessenden Collection, hitting Blu-ray October 20th (Pre-order Here, first 300 copies are signed & ships two weeks early!), as well as the press release for the retrospective screenings! Long Live Fessenden!
Four tales of terror from multi-talented filmmaker Larry Fessenden – he’s a writer, »
- Justin Edwards
Steve McQueen spent most of the 1960s avoiding lightweight movie roles -- only to do well with his winning comedy-drama performance in William Faulkner's most cheerful tale of old Mississippi. Get set for music by John Williams and an exciting climactic horse race. In storytelling terms this show would seem to have given Steven Spielberg a few ideas. The Reivers Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1969 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 106 min. / Street Date August 25, 2015 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Steve McQueen, Rupert Crosse, Mitch Vogel, Sharon Farrell, Will Geer, Ruth White, Michael Constantine, Clifton James, Juano Hernandez, Lonny Chapman, Diane Ladd, Ellen Geer, Dub Taylor, Allyn Ann McLerie, Charles Tyner, Burgess Meredith. Cinematography Richard Moore Film Editor Thomas Stanford Original Music John Williams Written by Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr. from the book by William Faulkner Produced by Irving Ravetch, Robert Relyea Directed by Mark Rydell
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
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- Glenn Erickson
Abbott stars in the title role as a millennial on the verge of a nervous breakdown as his mother (Cynthia Nixon) loses a battle with cancer.
Just as his ailing mother needs him most, James spirals out of control with drugs and aggression.
Following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this year, James White will get a limited release on November 13 in the Us. »
When Ken Kwapis was a cinema student at USC, he ran the school’s film society and programmed retrospectives that enabled him to not only study the classics but also to meet several of the directors who made them – among his guests were Orson Welles, John Cassavetes, and Don Siegel. The experience clearly influenced Kwapis when he became a director himself, as he forged a career similar to that of many of the filmmakers of the classical studio era, albeit without the same corporate support system. Like a Michael Curtiz or Victor Fleming, Kwapis employs a self-effacing style and often […] »
- Jim Hemphill
Toward the end of Matias Bize’s “The Memory of Water,” an attractive couple unable to cope with the death of their child take to the woods to talk things over. Next to the sylvan chaos of “Antichrist,” these two telenovela-pretty parents have it easy: There are no smashed genitals or talking foxes here to get in the way of a reconciliation, just the enormous guilt of what both parties could have done to prevent the drowning of their 4-year-old son. Bize has a gift for making audiences identify with such emotionally trying situations, though his oh-so-polite fifth feature errs on the side of good taste, and it’s a bit of a yawn by comparison — not only to holy terror Lars von Trier, but to Bize’s previous work as well.
Two years ago, Venice Days attendees voted Bize’s 2011 relationship drama “The Life of Fish” their favorite film of the decade, »
- Peter Debruge
Paranoia and the idea of alien life-form is something that viewers have always found incredibly appealing. There’s just nothing like experiencing a film that leaves you guessing the whole time, making you bite your finger nails at the question of whether or not you’re watching somebody lose their mind, or if something is actually out there. It worked for The X-Files, and works absolutely wonderfully for Director Mickey Keating’s Pod, a film that will give you more panic attacks than any other film this year, all while providing one of the year’s most entertaining genre features around.
If Keating’s debut Ritual was his attempt at the approach of John Cassavetes making a horror film (spoiler: that attempt paid off, it’s easily one of my favorite films in years), Pod would be his conspiracy theory-filled masterpiece, telling the story of Ed and Lyla (Ritual‘s »
- Jerry Smith
Director’s snub for 1989 film about racial tension in Brooklyn is considered by some to be one of the most glaring in Academy history
Spike Lee, the American director whose 1989 film Do the Right Thing was famously snubbed by the Us Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences more than a quarter of a century ago, is to receive an honorary Oscar for his contributions to film-making.
Lee joins fellow honoree Gena Rowlands, known for her 1960s, 70s and 80s films with director husband John Cassavetes, who has twice been nominated for the Academy award for best actress but each time failed to take home the prize. Both will receive their statuettes at the Academy’s annual governors awards on 14 November at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles.
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- Ben Child
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 25) to present Honorary Awards to Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Debbie Reynolds.
All three awards will be presented at the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 14, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.
“The Board is proud to recognize our honorees’ remarkable contributions at this year’s Governors Awards,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We’ll be celebrating their achievements with the knowledge that the work they have accomplished – with passion, dedication and a desire to make a positive difference – will also enrich future generations.”
Lee, a champion of independent film and an inspiration to young filmmakers, made an auspicious debut with his Nyu thesis film, “Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads,” which won »
- Michelle McCue
Read More: How the End of 'Mad Men' Liberated Elisabeth Moss Sometimes a breakdown is not just a breakdown. Sometimes, a breakdown is a symptom of something much bigger — and more nefarious — than a psychological collapse. A breakdown is often a breaking point, signaling the deep-rooted problems that underlie a troubled system. In cinema, terrain of metaphors, breakdowns are great vehicles for exposing systematic problems in a multi-faceted, humanistic way. Through the eyes of insanity, movies about breakdowns shed light on our darkest problems. Here are seven films featuring riveting mental breakdowns that caused us to look in the mirror a bit harder. 1. A Woman Under the Influence (1975)Gena Rowlands delivers the paragon of mental breakdown performances in John Cassavetes' masterpiece "A Woman Under the Influence." Rowlands plays Mabel, a tortured housewife whose sanity dissolves into domestic terror that her husband (Peter Falk) is powerless to assuage. »
- Emily Buder
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will pay tribute to these three influential cinema icons by giving them Academy Honorary Awards later this year.
A ceremony will be held in their honour at Hollywood's Grand Ballroom as part of the seventh annual Governors Awards on November 14.
Filmmaker Lee has received two Oscar nominations in the past, for Best Original Screenplay in 1990 for Do the Right Thing and Best Documentary in 1998 for 4 Little Girls.
Reynolds became one of the enduring stars of »
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 25) to present Honorary Awards to Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Debbie Reynolds. All three awards will be presented at the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 14, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®. “The Board is proud to recognize our honorees’ remarkable contributions at this year’s Governors Awards,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We’ll be celebrating their achievements with the knowledge that the work they have accomplished – with passion, dedication and a desire to make a positive difference – will also enrich future generations.” Lee, a champion of independent film and an inspiration to young filmmakers, made an auspicious debut with his Nyu thesis film, “Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads,” which won a Student Academy Award® in »
The success we’ve had in preserving and distributing art of the past has had a somewhat calcifying effect on the present. This is not to say good work is not being done now; in the province with which we are primary concerned, dozens of very good (and a few truly great) films are made every year. How many of them truly belong to us? So many of our great modern films are meditations on the past – chiefly the 20th century – contextualizing or embalming an experience that is becoming, in more ways that strictly chronological, more and more removed from the present every day. How many more films, no matter how great, do we need about World War II or the late 1960s? How often do we need to be reminded of the giants of cinema courtesy of new filmmakers eager to revere them through imitation?
These thoughts occurred to »
- Scott Nye
Film Independent has announced the official deadlines for submissions to its Film Independent Spirit Awards. Now accepting submissions for original content with a strong vision, the regular deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 22, with a late deadline extending to Tuesday, Oct. 13. “There are so many strong films this year, coming out theatrically as well as at the major festivals,” said Josh Welsh, President of Film Independent, in a statement. “We’re so excited to begin the process of considering all the great work that we’ll be recognizing at next year’s Spirit Awards.” Categories set to receive awards include best male and female leads, best female and lead supporting, best feature, best director, best cinematography, and others. The John Cassavetes Award, which is given to the best feature made under $500,000, will also be presented to a filmmaker. Nominees will be announced Nov. 24. Filmmakers and artists who got their start at Film Independent include Ava DuVernay, »
Read More: 'Birdman' Wins Best Feature at 2015 Spirit Awards It's that time of the year for aspiring filmmakers, as the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards is opening its call for entries. The renowned independent film awards has celebrated and bolstered filmmakers including the Coen Brothers, David O. Russell, Christopher Nolan and many more big industry names. The Film Independent Spirit Awards include the following categories: Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best Screenplay, Best First Screenplay, Best Director, John Cassavetes Award (given to the best feature made for a budget under $500,000), Best Male Lead, Best Female Lead, Best Supporting Male, Best Supporting Female, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best International Film, and Best Documentary. The Filmmaker Grants, for emerging filmmakers, include the Producers Award, the Truer Than Fiction Award and the Someone to Watch Award. Filmmakers can check out the rules and regulations on the official »
- Sarah Choi
The awards will take place on February 27 2016.
Call for entries has opened and the regular deadline is September 22 and the final deadline October 13.
“There are so many strong films this year, coming out theatrically as well as at the major festivals,” said Welsh.
“We’re so excited to begin the process of considering all the great work that we’ll be recognising at next year’s Spirit Awards.”
The Film Independent Spirit Awards categories are: Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best Screenplay, Best First Screenplay, Best Director, John Cassavetes Award (given to the best feature made for a budget under $500,000), Best Male Lead, Best Female Lead, Best Supporting Male, Best Supporting Female, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best International Film and Best Documentary.
The filmmaker grants for emerging filmmakers include the Producers Award, the Truer Than Fiction Award and the Someone To Watch »
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