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As you can probably tell, this list feels more arbitrary than others. That’s not by design, but the unfortunate premise of the list leaves some room for interpretation. As we move forward, we will start seeing the films that, if you asked a lay person to give an example, would probably be a response. In other words, more people have heard of them, which, in turn, often makes them more “definitive.” Don’t worry, though – there are still some underseen and underappreciated gems the rest of the way through.
40. Werckmeister Harmonies (2000)
Directed by: Béla Tarr
It’s certainly not the swiftest film on the list, but you can’t expect much quick plot development from Béla Tarr. Wreckmeister Harmonies takes place in a tiny Hungarian town surrounded by nothing. The winter is incredibly cold, but it never snows. Yet the townspeople are excited in the middle of town as »
- Joshua Gaul
Performer-turned-writer/director Paul Mazursky, who was Oscar-nommed five times and helmed hit movies including “Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice” and “An Unmarried Woman,” has died. He was 84. Mazursky died of cardiac arrest Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
While his most significant films as a director came several decades ago, he returned to acting on TV in later years, playing Norm on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and appearing on “The Sopranos” and on ABC drama “Once and Again” as Sela Ward’s father.
Mazursky at his best captured the spirit of the late ’60s and the ’70s, when the American moral climate was turned on its head. His films entertainingly explored such weighty issues as marital fidelity, the merits of psychological therapy and modern divorce: “Bob and Ted,” starring Robert Culp and Natalie Wood as a “liberated” married couple; “Blume in Love,” starring George Segal and Susan Anspach »
- Richard Natale
Coming up on the July 4 holiday, everything seems to slow down. Television finales are over and premieres just start to warm up. Blockbuster after blockbuster hit on the weekend, but sometimes you just want to wear your ugly house pants, order in and catch up on some Netflix viewing. The HitFix staff has cobbled together a list of some binge-watch movies and TV shows for the long week -- and even longer weekend -- ahead. We recommend some cartoons like "Justice League" and "The Clone Wars," some drama like "Weekend" and docs like "The Act of Killing," classic TV like "Cheers" and new classics like "Terriers," fulfillment of the Judy Davis quota in "My Brillian Career" and more. What are you gonna check out over the next week or two? What's disappearing from the service that you'd recommend people check out? »
- Katie Hasty
When all was said and done, Michelle Fairley deems it an “absolute pleasure” to have been a part of Fox’s 24: Live Another Day revival — up to and including the most recent and rollicking hour, in which Terrorist Mom Margot Al-Harazi died at the hand of the estimable Jack Bauer.
Fairley spoke with TVLine about stepping in as a last-minute recast, “blowing up” Potus and playing dead. Plus: TV’s erstwhile Catelyn Stark shares her take on Game of Thrones‘ season-ending surprise of omission.
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Innocence and intelligence animate this visually compelling film about a child genius
Jean-Pierre Jeunet's adaptation of Reif Larsen's book The Selected Works of Ts Spivet takes gleeful visual pleasure in the tale of a young genius from Montana who runs away to Washington to receive a Smithsonian Institute award after apparently inventing a perpetual motion machine. Like Martin Scorsese's Hugo, which also featured a young boy at large in an automated world, Jeunet's poignantly playful film uses self-conscious/aware 3D as a mechanical throwback a way into a lost world of machines (and situations), the complex workings of which are always on view. Thus, while Scorsese's stereoscopic adventure explored the birth of the moving image (remember, 3D is as old as cinema itself), Jeunet harks back to his own experiments with a View-Master as an eight-year-old, cutting and rearranging frames to construct his first homemade movies, uncovering in »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
Upon receiving the news that he has won an award from the Smithsonian Institute, the ten-year-old Ts Spivet leaves his family home on an adventure to collect his prize.
Whenever I watch a Jean-Pierre Jeunet picture, the feelings that it invokes are always the same. There is fascination and wonder, not disimilar to the feelings of open-mouthed awe at everything from the eyes of a blind man seeing for the first time. It might not actually be that revolutionary, but dressed up just right, it is still a previously unwitnessed treat. Like the eponymous Ts Spivet, you could also liken it to the inquisitve nature of a curious and innocently optimistic child, not knowing what’s coming but anticipating the nervous excitement of its arrival, »
- Steve Leadbetter
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Running Time: 105 minutes
Synopsis: A ten-year-old cartographer secretly leaves his family’s ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother and travels across the country aboard a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.
Director Jean-Pierre Jenuet paints a distinctive pallet of work from Delicatessen (1991) to A Very Long Engagement (2004), but you’d probably be most familiar with the wonderful Amelie starring Audrey Tautou. Never a stranger to taking an alternative look at a story, his beautiful visuals continue in The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet alongside a strong blood-beating heart to take hold of.
T.S. Spivet tells the story of its namesake, a ten-year boy who’s a genius and impeccably portrayed by Kyle Catlett in his feature film debut. »
- Dan Bullock
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet; Screenwriters: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Guillaume Laurant; Starring: Kyle Catlett, Jakob Davies, Helena Bonham Carter, Niamh Wilson, Callum Keith Rennie, Judy Davis; Running time: 105 mins; Certificate: 12A
From the director who brought you Amelie comes another cute and whimsical, magical realist fable, this time adapted from a children's book by the American novelist Reif Larsen. It's ably fronted by button-nosed tyke Kyle Catlett, who somehow manages not to be completely upstaged by the dreamy effects that take us into his genius mind. It's the unlikeliest 3D movie of the year, but Jean-Pierre Jeunet appears to have a better grasp on the technology than your average action maestro.
Helena Bonham Carter is the closest we get to a grounding influence in this story, playing mother, a kooky entomologist who married a sullen cowboy (Callum Keith Rennie) and is raising Ts and his big sister Gracie (Niamh Wilson) in the gorgeous prairielands of Montana. »
Scottish comedian Billy Connolly, Judy Davis, Wendy Hughes and Emily Browning starred in the original about an ex-lawyer who files a claim against God after his insurance company dismisses the destruction of his boat as an "act of God."
Clark is expected to put his own spin on the original film's premise. The original film has also already spawned a Bollywood remake.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
It was revealed today that Larry Charles (Borat, The Dictator, TV's Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm) will write a reimagined version of the cult Australian hit The Man Who Sued God for New Films International (Nfi) with an eye toward directing.
Nfi founder and President Nesim Hason and Mace Neufeld (The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Sony's upcoming The Equalizer with Denzel Washington) are producing the new project with Sixth Sense Productions principals Richard Harding and Sam Feuer (The First Grader).
Charles' take on The Man Who Sued God is expected to veer from the original premise, which involves a former lawyer who had found happiness with a simpler life and career - until a natural disaster strikes and he is denied insurance money because it was 'an act of God'. He re-registers as a lawyer and sues the insurance company and the church under the guise of God, defending himself. »
It's been over 20 years since River Phoenix passed away, and the last film that he shot, Dark Blood, is finally getting released. Lionsgate picked up the rights to the film and will be distributing if through VOD.
The thriller was directed by George Sluizer, and the story follows a character played by Phoenix named Boy, "a young widower who retreats to the desert after his wife dies of radiation following nuclear tests near their home. Boy is waiting for the end of the world and carves Katchina dolls that supposedly contain magical powers. Harry (Jonathan Pryce) and Buffy (Judy Davis) travel to the desert on a second honeymoon in an attempt to save their marriage. Their Bentley breaks down in the middle of nowhere and the couple is rescued by Boy. Boy holds them prisoner because of his desire for the woman and his ambition to create a better world with her. »
- Joey Paur
As bittersweet as it is that River Phoenix's final, uncompleted film is coming to us now, we can't help but be pleased that "Dark Blood" appears to be a riveting drama that showcases the troubled actor at his best. In this trailer we see the Oscar nominated actor ("Running on Empty") play Boy, a widower who lives on a desert that also serves as a nuclear test site. When a honeymooning couple, played by Jonathan Pryce and Judy Davis, come to town, trouble ensues. Phoenix died in 1993, leaving the film incomplete. Following his death, director George Sluizer struggled to find a way to get his project out out to the public. Now, he's completed the unfinished work, adding narration over the parts that Phoenix was unable to finish. Luckily, "Dark Blood" looks great and seems to be a proper sendoff for the beloved actor. Lionsgate will release "Dark Blood" on VOD. »
- Eric Eidelstein
The best actor award for Charlie.s Country.s David Gulpilil in Certain Regard and a standing ovation for David Michôd's thriller The Rover capped off a memorable Cannes Film Festival and market for Australian cinema.
It was that rare combination of critical acclaim for the Aussie films that screened in the festival and a solid volume of deal-making for films that were sold at the market.
.We had consistent feedback from sales agents and buyers on the calibre of Australian talent and projects, which they are tracking with real interest,. Screen Australia head of marketing Kathleen Drumm tells If.
.Producers reported fewer but quality meetings as momentum around Australia continues to enable good marketplace access. However it remains hard to raise finance without high profile cast, directorial talent, demonstrable marketing hooks, clarity on audience and a budget that matches a project's commerciality.
.Sales for Australian films were solid despite the reported soft marketplace, »
- Don Groves
The last film to feature River Phoenix has been given a Us release thanks to Lionsgate Films.
Dark Blood is an existential western starring River Phoenix as Boy, a widower who retreats to the desert to make magical dolls as he waits for the world to end. Johnathan Pryce and Judy Davis play a married couple who are held hostage by Phoenix after he becomes infatuated with Davis and wants to make a better world for her.
Dutch director and co-writer George Sluizer has campaigned for the rights to the film since it was shot in 1993. Around 65% was shot before Phoenix tragically died from an overdose outside Hollywood’s notorious Viper Room.
The film then fell into the hands of an insurance company for many years before Sluizer recovered it from a London warehouse in 1999. In 2007 after a life threatening illness, Sluizer attempted to finish the film;
“The negatives were »
- Lucinda Holt
• Lionsgate has purchased the North American rights for Dark Blood, the last film starring River Phoenix (My Own Private Idaho) before he passed away in 1993. Directed and written by George Sluizer (The Vanishing), the upcoming thriller follows the story of Boy (Phoenix), a young widower living as a hermit on a nuclear testing site in the desert. While traveling solo on his “second” honeymoon, Boy discovers a stranded Hollywood couple. Desiring the woman, Boy decides to hold them captive because he finds himself under the impression that he can create a better world with her. The upcoming drama, set to be released via VOD, »
- Pamela Gocobachi
River Phoenix fans and completists will finally get to see his final film, the existential Western Dark Blood, sometime later this year as Lionsgate acquires the North American rights to the movie. A VOD release is being planned.
The rights to the film have been tied up for decades. River Phoenix passed away during the middle of shooting in 1993, leaving only 80% of the production completed. Co-writer and director George Sluizer has been trying to sell Dark Blood since completing the film last year, when it made its debut at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival. It has since made numerous festival appearances, finally being picked up by Lionsgate this week at Cannes.
At the time of River Phoenix's untimely death from a drug overdose outside the popular Viper Room in West Hollywood, rights to the unfinished film reverted back to the insurance company. George Sluizer spent many years trying to recover »
Writer-director George Sluizer spent years finishing the film after his star died.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Cinemavault has announced the sale of North American rights to "Dark Blood," River Phoenix's final film which had been delayed for two decades due to the actor's tragic death in 1993. Director and co-writer George Sluzier spent years battling to complete the film after the insurance company attacked Phoenix for drug abuse, lost the claim in 1998, and allegedly destroyed the negatives. Sluizer managed to save the film and preserve the creative talent from being lost. In 2012 he was able, using the existing negatives, to edit and finally give life to the unfinished movie. Read More: River Phoenix's Final Film 'Dark Blood' to Premiere at Miami Film Festival "Dark Blood" co-stars Judy Davis and Jonathan Pryce and tells the story of Boy (Phoenix) a young widower who retreats to the desert after his wife dies of radiation following nuclear tests near their home. Boy is waiting for the »
- Casey Cipriani
The casting was announced at the Cannes Film Market where the UK.s Embankment Films is pitching the project to international buyers and co-representing the Us rights with CAA.
Adapted by Moorhouse from Rosalie Ham.s novel, it.s described as a Gothic tale of love, revenge and haute couture.
Winslet will play Tilly, a glamorous young woman who returns after many years in Europe to her small home town in rural Australia aiming to right some wrongs from the past as she was accused of murder when she was a child.
She also falls unexpectedly in love, which leads to her greatest loss and her most destructive deed. Davis will play her eccentric mother.
Hemsworth, who stars in The Hunger Games franchise, »
- Don Groves
Based on a novel by Rosalie Ham and set in Australia, the film will star Kate Winslet as a woman who returns to the small town where she was accused of murder to reconcile with her misanthrope mother.
Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse, the movie begins shooting in Victoria, Australia this October.
Moorhouse told The Hollywood Reporter of Hemsworth's casting: "Liam Hemsworth is a laid back, genuine charmer who's also tall, dark and movie-star handsome. He'll create a character for the audience to fall in love with."
Watch Liam Hemsworth discuss the upcoming Hunger Games sequel Mockingjay with Digital Spy below: »
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