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Every year the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (Nov 18-29) invites a key documentarian to make a list of non-fiction films to screen in the festival. In the past they've gone to the likes of Werner Herzog, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Ulrich Seidl, Heddy Honigmann and Rithy Panh. Morris’s Top 10 picks, below, include films by Herzog and Luis Bunuel. Morris will also conduct a Master Class moderated by doc maven Bill Nichols. And Idfa will also show six Morris films starting with his first, "Gates of Heaven" (1978), and running through "The Thin Blue Line," "Fast Cheap And Out Of Control," "Mr. Death: The Rise And Fall Of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.," his Oscar-winning "The Fog Of War," the hilarious "Tabloid" and confounding "The Unknown Known." Morris's full list goes back in time and does not include all usual suspects; it leans toward the avant-garde. I share his love »
- Anne Thompson
So, if you believe lame British tabloid rumors, the new James Bond has already been decided. That would be Damien Lewis, the former star of “Homeland," who is about to appear in Showtime’s “Billions” from writer/directors Brian Koppelman and David Levien. You’ll probably also see him co-starring in Werner Herzog’s “Queen Of The Desert” sometime in 2016. But maybe everyone should hold their horses for one quick second before predicting the new Bond, or declaring potential actors “too street” to play the role. Because in a recent interview with the Daily Mail, Daniel Craig says he’s signed on for one more Bond movie and suggests he has no plans to go anywhere at the moment. “I work myself to death,” the actor admitted about the physical training prep for the role. “It’s getting harder. But such is life. I’ll keep going as long as I’m physically able. »
- Edward Davis
Read More: Interview: Errol Morris Talks His Criterion Releases, Why 'The Unknown Known' Is "Superior" To 'Fog Of War' & More The 2015 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (Idfa) is partnering with documentary pioneer Errol Morris for this year's Top 10 and retrospective programs. The filmmaker behind "The Thin Blue Line" has selected 10 documentaries by prominent directors with a reputation for innovation within the documentary genre. The selection includes work by the likes of Chris Marker, Dziga Vertov, Frederick Wiseman and Kazuo Hara. On Friday, 20 November, Morris will elaborate on the choices in his Top 10 at a masterclass chaired by American film theoretician Bill Nichols. Morris' Top 10 program includes: "Bright Leaves" (USA, 2002) by Ross McElwee"Fata Morgana" (Germany, 1971) by Werner Herzog"It Felt Like a Kiss" (UK, 2009) by Adam Curtis"Land Without Bread" (Spain, 1932) by »
- Zack Sharf
The festival will screen ten films picked by the Us filmmaker, who will also take part in a masterclass.
Errol Morris, the reverred documentary filmmaker, has revealed his top 10 programme for this year’s International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (Nov 18-29).
Each year, the festival invites an important figure in the world of documentary to compile a list of ten important works of factual film, all of which will be screened as part of the programme.
Morris’ selections include Werner Herzog’s surreal Fata Morgana, which is set in the Sahara Desert and features an exclusively Leonard Cohen soundtrack, and Dziga Vertov’s experimental early film Man With A Movie Camera.
Further screenings of his films will be: Fast Cheap And Out Of Control; Mr. Death: The Rise And Fall Of Fred A »
The director's latest stomach-churner centers on a group of liberal U.S. college students whose humanitarian trip to South America is derailed when their plane crashes in the Amazon rainforest. These twentysomethings are then rounded up by village natives and subsequently tortured, murdered and eaten in a series of boundary-pushing scenes that has divided critics and audiences based on one's gore tolerance. »
Back at the Sydney Film Festival in June, I managed to sit in a Q & A Discussion with 99 Homes director Ramin Bahrani after the screening of his incredible film. Here’s an excerpt from this insightful and oft times, entertaining talk.
You’ve worked with non-professional actors before. What is you take on using non-professional actors –v- professional actors?
There are certain things that a non-professional cast can do that professional cast actors cannot do and the vice versa is also true. For Michael Shannon… what he can do… the dialogue Shannon has to deliver, I cannot get that out of non-professionals. And the emotional mind that Andrew has… that moral ambiguity he has to deal with would be harder for me to pull from a non-professional. I like both sides and I’ll probably go back and forth.
- Sacha Hall
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this wonderful Wednesday? Mad Max: Fury Road gets re-cut with Mel Gibson, the original Peter Pan gets an Honest Trailer and Werner Herzog narrates The Muppets. But first, we have an infographic breaking down the coolest James Bond gadgets and a look at all of the bizzaro alternate Spider-Men who occupy Marvel's lesser known comic book stories. Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
The Most Bizarre Alternate Versions of Spider-Man
Pure Costumes has delved through decades of Marvel comic books to present the most bizarre alternate versions of Spider-Man in one handy infographic. Some of these strange Spidey's include Zombie Spider-Man, Man-Spider and The Bombastic Bag-Man, where Spidey had to get rid of his iconic costume, »
Production on the second Jack Reacher film is due to begin before the year is out. Tom Cruise will be reprising the title role, and this time, his The Last Samurai director - Ed Zwick - will be behind the camera.
Patrick Heusinger, best known for the TV show Girlfriend's Guide To Divorce, is going to attempt to follow Werner Herzog by taking on Reacher. This time, the story will be based on Lee Child's novel Never Go Back, and Heusinger's character has thus far been described as 'the hunter'. Nothing more than that is known at this stage.
Jack Reacher 2 is due in cinemas in October 2016.
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Ask any good hero and they'll tell you, a proper villain is key to a truly heroic plot. In the first Jack Reacher, intimidating film director Werner Herzog was the heavy to Tom Cruise's titular hero, and that worked pretty damned well. While Patrick Heusinger isn't cut from the same cloth as Herzog before him, he's still a promising addition to Jack Reacher 2's cast. Variety has reported that Heusinger, an actor previously known for roles in Francis Ha as well as the NBC drama Revolution, has been cast in a role that Variety has heard described as simply "the hunter." While that's not a lot go to on, taking the details on the film's plot can help us begin to decipher just what Heusinger's character will be doing in this film. Whatever that role may entail, we at least know he's got the "character dying a horrible »
A bit of a rant, Stephen Murphy’s video essay “Capturing the Moment: In Search of Adequate Images” springboards off a diatribe against the epidemic of smartphones at concerts to riff off of Werner Herzog’s long-ago warning that we as a society need to find adequate images. What are these adequate images, and how do we define them? Murphy has some thoughts, and some high praise for A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night as well. »
- Filmmaker Staff
“The car always wins.”
‘Rixty Minutes’ was one of season 1′s strongest episodes, a twenty-minute reel of Justin Roiland shouting at himself and improvising with every halt and hesitation left in for the hell of it as the cast of Rick and Morty binged on bizarre interdimensional cable. ‘Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate’ pitches itself as a conceptual sequel to that original lightning-in-a-bottle installment, and it goes in with its eyes wide open about the potential for failure. “I don’t understand,” a hapless hospital staffer says to Rick when he tells her he’s “doing a sequel” as he plugs in the interdimensional cable box. “Yeah, me either,” he belches laconically. “We pretty much nailed it the first time.” It may not have an ice-water-to-the-tits moment like Morty’s “Nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere, everybody’s gonna die. Come watch TV,” but what it does have is »
- Gretchen Felker-Martin
Going UNDERGROUNDEverybody and their dog, it seems, feels this off imperative to try to identify common themes in the handful of festival films they (we) (I) see in a given year. It's the Ghost of Hegel, I suppose, demanding that we make sense of our times by referring to some Zeitgeist. (Zeitgeist? Isn't this just as likely to Strand the FilmsWeLike in some oh-so-precious Music Box, to be unearthed years later by members of some as-yet-unassembled Cinema Guild? But I digress.) There may or may not be tendencies running through this year's feature selections, and if there are, that could have as much to do with the people who selected them than with any global mood. But there does seem to be a generalized turning-inward, with filmmakers making works about themselves and their immediate lives, the cinematic process, and the very complexities of communicating with other human beings. There are »
- Michael Sicinski
Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights to Berlinale Alfred Bauer prize winner "Ixcanul," Guatemala's first official entry in the Foreign Language Oscar race. Comparisons to Werner Herzog have been attached to the film, previously titled "Ixcanul Volcano." Directed by debut filmmaker Jayro Bustamante, the film follows Mayan teen Maria, who resides with her parents while working on a coffee plantation on an active volcano in Guatemala. Her status as an indigenous woman keeps her big-city dreams in check, until an arranged wedding is set up for her, and a snake-bite thrusts her into the modern world. Kino Lorber plans to open "Ixcanul," which has garnered raves on the circuit, in theaters next year after a VOD and home video release. Kino Lorber also recently snapped up Jewish faith drama "Tikkun," another Telluride entry (but it's skipping Toronto for Fantastic Fest). Read More: Foreign Oscar Entries So Far Herewith some. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Film festival buffs know that every attendee has their own festival. Even in the famously intimate Telluride Film Festival (aka the Show), where you'll run into seemingly everyone you know beating it up and down Colorado Avenue from the Palm to the Werner Herzog Theatre, the briefest conversation will reveal that you're on different paths. There's an entire showbiz-and-art documentary track that I could happily follow, spending my entire day in the Backlot. Oscar Nostradami obsessively parse the possibilities of mainstream movies -- and non-mainstream; shortly before the festival, "Ixcanul" was chosen as Guatemala's first-ever submission for the foreign Oscar. Every year Telluride features a silent film with live musical accompaniment, usually sourced from the annual Pordenone Silent Film Festival, and a must in my schedule. But this year I found that there was dazzling silent film content on a daily basis -- and I was a moth to its flame. »
- Meredith Brody
Fair play to Robert Pattinson: he’s done a better job than many actors in his position might have at throwing off the long shadow cast by the “Twilight” franchise that launched him into stardom. Even before the series wrapped up in 2012, Pattinson’s made it his mission to work with some world-class auteurs in a bid to be taken seriously. He made two films with David Cronenberg, was very good in David Miçhod’s “The Rover,” and popped up at Berlin with Werner Herzog’s “Queen Of The Desert” and Anton Corbijn’s “Life.” But he seems like he might have some grander ambitions for the future. Pattinson’s currently shooting “The Lost City Of Z” for James Gray, but took some time out ahead of the French release of “Life” to talk to Les Inrocks [translated by Rpww], and reveals that he’s trying his hand at screenwriting. And it »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Laurie Anderson has picked a set of films, titled "Laurie Anderson Collection," now streaming on boutique Svod service SundanceNow Doc Club. The artist-filmmaker is currently in the news for her autobiographic Telluride premiere "Heart of a Dog," a cinematic collection of remembrances of her late, beloved, piano-playing, finger-painting dog Lolabelle. The film moves onto to Toronto this weekend before opening Wednesday, October 21. The six films now streaming in her Doc Club collection, including directors Werner Herzog and Guy Maddin, are "5 Broken Cameras," "Ballets Russes," "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," "Exit Through the Gift Shop," "My Winnipeg" and "The Unmistaken Child." Below are her appropriately idiosyncratic notes for each film. Read More: Laurie Anderson's Puppy Love Paean 'Heart of a Dog' Warms Telluride and Venice 5 Broken Cameras (2012) "Here is the desert between Palestine and »
- Ryan Lattanzio
This week sees the red carpet rolling into the centre of the Ontario capital for the fortieth edition of the Toronto Film Festival. Giving a headache to keen festival-goers everywhere the anniversary line-up boasts a staggering 289 feature titles including a whopping 132 world premières. Bookending the festival will be Jean-Marc Vallée's Demolition, which kicks things off on Thursday 10 September, and Paco Cabezas' Mr. Right, which draws proceedings to a close ten days later. The latter is a murderous rom-com starring Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell, the former stars Jack Gyllenhaal, grief-stricken and prone to random acts of destruction. But with such an enormous roster of films to choose from, it doesn't all hinge on the star-studded awards vehicles that may or not make their bow.
- CineVue UK
Read More: Watch: Nicole Kidman is the 'Queen of the Desert' in Trailer for Werner Herzog Epic German filmmaker Werner Herzog has always nurtured an affection for lunacy. His continual recasting of the outrageous actor Klaus Kinski serves as an obvious example of this, as does Herzog's on-foot trek across Europe (from Munich to Paris, in the middle of winter) to see film critic Lotte Eisner when she was dying. He has long displayed an aggressive rejection of bourgeois, behavioral norms. You might consider him deranged, potentially detrimental to himself and those around him; the cold, deliberate German accent in which he says many a sadistic thing does not always reveal his sardonic sense of humor. Herzog famously allows his actors and crew to attempt certain chancy stunts only after he himself has tried them. He doesn't like to work in studios, something he feels kills spontaneity. Studio-filming »
- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
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A Nightmare on Elm Street has a special place in my heart. It was not only the first horror film I had ever watched, but it was the first film in which I took notice of a film’s director and its stars. Prior to A Nightmare On Elm Street, perhaps the only director I was familiar with was George Lucas. A Nightmare On Elm street was my gateway into the world of cinema, and I owe Wes Craven for that. For those who dare dismiss it as trash, I give you 2060 words as to why you are so very, very wrong.
Wes Craven intended Nightmare to be an exploration of surreal horror as opposed to just another stalk-and-slash horror movie, and not only did Nightmare offer a wildly imaginative, inspired concept, but it was a »
Robert Redford often admits that the Sundance Film Festival has been “a victim of its own success,” referring to press inundation at the event over the years. For Telluride, it was the festival’s steady rise as a launching pad for awards season power players that attracted increasing media numbers (ahem). But that kind of attention is admittedly antithetical to the goals of the annual cinephile retreat.
So I put the question to Telluride executive director Julie Huntsinger bluntly when we spoke earlier this week about the 2015 lineup. Would she and co-founder Tom Luddy have preferred folks like me stay away?
“No,” she exclaims. “I think the discussions that sometimes happen about the awards derby, I kind of wish those weren’t going on. But they’re happening anyway and who are we to say one thing or another about it? This little secret on the mountain has been doing »
- Kristopher Tapley
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