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To be absolutely mesmerized by a film, totally transfixed, is a rare happening in cinema, but should be the norm, right? Rwanda director Kivu Ruhorahoza's Things Of The Aimless Wanderer is just such a film, spectacular and ambitious in all its working parts, catapulting cutting-edge African cinema onto the world stage with the intensity of a new religion. Ruhorahoza's efforts are made up of a pure cinema, observant and immaculate, cutting deep swatches into East African culture, post-genocide, positing questions of what a modern Rwanda looks like, wondering where Western influence and agendas end. The work is reminiscent of such filmmakers as Werner Herzog, Miguel Gomes (Taboo), Chris Marker (Sans Soleil) and Apichatpong "Joe" Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives), towing the...
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You wouldn't know it from the film's lack of marketing, but a new movie called Black or White debuted in theaters today. Despite the presence of stars Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer, I've never seen a trailer or TV spot for the movie, which BoxOfficeMojo says is in over 1,000 theaters right now. (Apparently the film played at last year's Toronto International Film Festival and didn't receive very favorable reviews.) I don't ever plan on watching this film, but that doesn't mean that I can't come up with a tangentially-related article about it. Black or White got me thinking: what other movies share a title with a Michael Jackson song?
As far as ground rules go, there's really only one major one: the title of the movie and the song have to match exactly - if a word is possessive, I'm not making an exception. Exact matches or Gtfo. I'll embed »
- Ben Pearson
Kristen Stewart, Catherine Deneuve make César Award history (photo: Kristen Stewart in 'Clouds of Sils Maria,' with Juliette Binoche) Kristen Stewart and Catherine Deneuve are two 2015 César Award nominees making history. The French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts announced the nominations on Jan. 28, 2015; the César Awards ceremony will take place on Feb. 20, 2015, at Paris' Théâtre du Châtelet. Kristen Stewart is in the running in the Best Supporting Actress category for Clouds of Sils Maria / Sils Maria. Catherine Deneuve has been shortlisted as Best Actress for In the Courtyard / Dans la cour. So, how are Stewart and Deneuve making César history? Well, let's begin with "the expected one": Deneuve. Catherine Deneuve One of the biggest film icons ever, Catherine Deneuve is one of those relatively rare international film superstars who has never bothered with – or needed – a Hollywood career. Deneuve, who turned 71 last October 22, has been »
- Steve Montgomery
Nothing like trading the rustic cold of Park City for the urban freeze of Berlin as you move from Sundance to the Berlinale running Feb. 5-15. Last year’s Oscar contender, Grand Budapest Hotel took its bow there, just don’t expect this year’s most talked about world premiere, Fifty Shades of Grey, to do the same. Among 2015’s hopefuls are Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups, starring Christian Bale and Natalie Portman, as well as Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert with Nicole Kidman and Robert Pattinson. Whether you’re a player or a schlepper, read on to find out where to
- Jordan Riefe, Scott Roxborough
Featuring an all star cast including Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Robert Pattinson, and Homeland’s Damien Lewis, the film chronicles the extraordinary life of Gertrude Bell, a twentieth century British explorer, traveller, archaeologist, cartographer and political attaché.
The excerpt may be an intimate close up of what’s to come between Kidman and Lewis but it’s the snap shots from Queen Of The Desert that really hint at how epically beautiful Herzog’s film is going to be. Check out the clip and images for yourself below and let us know what you think.
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- Sacha Hall
A great original drama needs more than a big budget, stars and a fashionable, chilly location, though I won’t give up on Sky Atlantic’s new crime thriller yet
Iam always a bit suspicious of a new drama with a massive advertising push that’s in your face all over the underground. I’m not talking just posters and newspaper wraparounds but an actual polar bear, on the tube. It came down the Northern line, went round the Arctic Circle line, then back north on the Metro-polar-tan line … no one except a punning moron would say. It wasn’t a real polar bear, of course (only guide bears are permitted and not during peak times), but a couple of puppeteers in a polar bear suit. Quite convincing though, and it had the desired effect. It’s hard not to be aware of Fortitude (Sky Atlantic).
Does it merit the fuss though? »
- Sam Wollaston
I do not know about you, but whenever Werner Herzog has a new movie coming out, I get very excited. Even if I end up not liking the movie, he always makes something unique and interesting. And, hopefully, insane. Queen of the Desert is the title of his latest, and it sounds like it could be his most traditional film. You can watch a new clip of the film below, featuring Nicole Kidman and Damian Lewis. The film is based on the true story of Gertrude Bell, who was a writer, archaeologist, political attache for the British Empire, and much more at the turn of the twentieth century. Along with Kidman and Lewis, the also film stars Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence (that's big shoes to fill...) and James Franco as Henry Cadogan. We have not gotten a narrative feature from Herzog since My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, »
- Mike Shutt
"Now, Nicole Kidman,” Werner Herzog said last summer about her lead performance in his upcoming "Queen Of The Desert." “Wait for that one. Wait for it. I make an ominous prediction: How good she is.” And well, we shall soon see. The filmmaker's anticipated drama is just a week or so away from being unveiled at the Berlin International Film Festival and the first clip has arrived. Featuring a pretty nice ensemble which includes the omnipresent James Franco, Robert Pattinson, and “Homeland” star Damian Lewis, the true-story film chronicles the life of Gertrude Bell, a British explorer, traveler, archaeologist and political officer. But as you'll see in this clip, romance is not part of the equation of her mission in the Middle Eastern desert, no matter how strong the pangs of passion. Watch below. Is this the Kidman performance we've been waiting for? Hit the comments section. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
On Thursday (January 29), Pivot premieres the intriguing new Arctic Circle mystery "Fortitude." Now you have the better part of the day to figure out where Pivot is hiding on your TV dial. "Fortitude" is set in a chilly and alien world in which both the characters and the ice hide secrets. Featuring a strong cast led by Richard Dormer, Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston, Jessica Raine and Sienna Guillory, "Fortitude" was created by scribe Simon Donald, whose credits include the original incarnation of "Low Winter Sun." At TCA Press Tour earlier this month, Donald and I sat down over a couple pints and discussed "Fortitude," starting with its brutal opening scene. We talked about the decision not to have Tucci do a Scottish accent, the drama's environmental message and the hints at horror or supernatural elements. It's a good conversation about a good show. Check out the Q&A. »
- Daniel Fienberg
I watch a lot of movies – a whole lot. They’re a big part of my life, helping me and many others like me live this vicarious, often romanticized existence where the guy gets the girl, or doesn’t, or the girl shoots him in the face, or whatever. Over time, after many, many hours frittered away in front of various screens, any seasoned movie-watcher starts to formulate their own rules for what they consider to be truly great cinema. I have a few of these rules bouncing round my head every time I sit down at a picture show, but there’s one that sticks with me more than all the others: A film will go a long, long way, provided it has a good heart.
Call me sappy, call me deluded, but it’s my rule and I’m going to stick by it. A truly good-hearted film »
- Dominic Mill
Me & Earl & the Dying Girl
Written by Jesse Andrews
Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me & Earl & the Dying Girl is a film that has perhaps garnered the most hype this year at Sundance, and you should believe every word of it. By the end of the screening, there was hardly a dry eye in the entire theater. Following a teenage outsider, Greg (Thomas Mann), who makes cheap and funny remakes of classic films with his friend Earl (Rj Cyler), as he befriends a classmate, Rachel (Olivia Cooke), who has just developed leukemia. With a logline like that, it’s hard to not understand where all the tears are coming from. It sometimes feels cheap for filmmakers to use cancer as a way to garner emotion from the audience, but trust that when the tears do come, every single one has been earned.
Thomas Mann is often cast »
- Dylan Griffin
Directed by Guy Maddin
Since its release in 2007, a good deal of the conversation surrounding Guy Maddin’s My Winnipeg has been how exactly to define the film. Is it, as Maddin himself has dubbed the picture, a “docu-fantasia,” or is that not even accurate? During an interview between Maddin and critic Robert Enright, as part of the newly released Criterion Blu-ray, the two evoke a number of references in hopes of situating the film: Werner Herzog, melodrama, Chris Marker, city symphonies of the silent era, Fellini’s I Vitelloni. Yes, it is like these, but also not quite. An essay by Wayne Koestenbaum, also included with the disc, likewise alludes to everything from Hitchcock and James Joyce to Andy Warhol’s Blow Job and Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah. So what does it say about a film that can draw such parallels, »
- Jeremy Carr
African-American nerd representation is receiving a lot of love at Sundance 2015. The comedy “Dope” features black geeks obsessed with ‘90s hip-hop culture, “Me, Earle & The Dying Girl” features a youngin’ cinephile obsessed with Werner Herzog and similar foreign auteurs, and “Cronies” features a “cool-ass nerd” protagonist Louis Johnson. Speaking with a lisp and sporting vintage coke bottle glasses, Louis (George Sample III) is caught between opposing cultures and friends. Having made a commitment to his girlfriend Nikki (Landra Taylor) and daughter Aisha (Samiyah Womack), Louis is trying to man up, stay away from the complications of his St. Louis ghetto and do right by his family. On one side, there’s his white co-worker Andrew (Brian Kowalski) with whom he spends his days “detailing,” Louis' code for washing cars. On the other, there’s his proudly thuggish, vulgar childhood friend Jack (Zurich Buckner). Nikki can’t stand the boisterous Jack, »
- Rodrigo Perez
Featuring narration from The Craft's Fairuza Balk (and with clips of Robin Tunney, Devon Sawa and co), it made us feel a sudden pang of nostalgia and sent us on our own trip down memory lane to find out where they - and the rest of the '90s teen movie crew - are now.
So, here are 11 stars from some of our favourite '90s teen movies, and what they've gone on to do since:
He went on to play teenage prophet of doom Alex Browning in Final Destination (2000), and appeared as similarly unstable Stan in Eminem's controversial music »
By Anjelica Oswald
After narrowing the Oscar documentary feature shortlist to five at the 87th Academy Award nominations Jan. 15, a number of notable exclusions were featured, particularly Al Hicks‘ Keep on Keepin’ On, which documents the mentorship and friendship of a jazz legend and a blind piano prodigy, and Steve James‘ Life Itself, about the life and career of famed film critic Roger Ebert. (James is no stranger to snubs and the exclusion of his 1994 film Hoop Dreams led to rule reform within the documentary category.) Both films hold 97 percent positive ratings on Rotten Tomatoes.
Some films surprised when they didn’t even land a spot on the shortlist, such as Red Army, which examines the rise and fall of the Soviet Union’s hockey team from the perspective of its coach. That film holds a 100 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
In light of these best documentary feature snubs, »
- Anjelica Oswald
When a documentary focuses on a subject I know nothing about and holds me in its grip from start to finish, it earns my utmost respect and admiration. Gabe Polsky’s Red Army tells a fascinating story in a lively, even impudent manner, and is definitely worth seeing. I care nothing about hockey, but when I saw that the film was being presented by Jerry Weintraub and Werner Herzog—a show-business odd couple if there ever was one—I figured it had to be tried. This is the story of the Soviet hockey team in its glory years, from the 1950s through the early 90s. The U.S.S.R. recruited the most talented players when they were just children, as we learn from the film’s “star,”...
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- Leonard Maltin
In today's roundup of news and views: Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin suggest that we "re-imagine" Roman Polanski's Repulsion "as a Béla Tarr film." Plus Adrian Martin on Walerian Borowczyk, Jonathan Rosenbaum on Tsai Ming-liang's Stray Dogs, Jason Z. Resnikoff on the contrasting views of the future between Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and Ridley Scott's Alien, Wayne Koestenbaum and Sérgio Dias Branco on Guy Maddin, Joshua Rothman on Werner Herzog, Grady Hendrix on Tsui Hark, Michael Sicinski on Gabe Klinger's documentary on James Benning and Richard Linklater—and more. » - David Hudson »
Always the optimistic sort, Herzog is not without his guiding philosophies that have helped him become one of the greatest living filmmakers of all time. He has taken filmmakers like Harmony Korine and Joshua Oppenheimer under his wing at his Rogue Film School. And for those aspiring filmmakers wondering what life lessons he offers there, Paul Cronin, author of the book of conversations Werner Herzog: A Guide for the Perplexed, shared on the back book jacket 24 of Herzog’s pieces of advice for aspiring filmmakers. Here they are in all their profound, German glory:
1. Always take the initiative.
2. There is nothing wrong with spending a night in jail if it means getting the shot you need.
3. Send out all your dogs and one might return with prey. »
- Brian Welk
American Sniper was huge at the box office, who went to see it and what does this mean for its Oscar chancesc We also talk a little about "Saturday Night Live", explore 24 life lessons from Werner Herzog, answer "What makes a good film criticc", take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases and play a few games. Also, if you haven't done so yet, Ben Aston's He Took His Skin Off for Me short film is now available online, watch it here, Hope you enjoy! If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. »
- Brad Brevet
Henry VIII, infamous king of England in the 16th century, is often remembered for his gluttonous form, the string of wives he beheaded and his disharmony with the pope. But Damian Lewis, star of the BBC’s new miniseries “Wolf Hall” — a six-part adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s prize-winning novels that will premiere in the U.K. on January 21 and on PBS’ “Masterpiece” on April 5 — plans to introduce viewers to a different sort of monarch.
“He was generally regarded as the preeminent sportsman of his era,” said Lewis on Sunday afternoon, at a quaint tea held to honor the series at the Los Angeles home of British Consul-General Chris O’Connor. “He was one of the best hunters, horsemen, jousters, archers. And he was an incredibly trim, fit man — very proud of a fine pair of calves that he had. He used to boast that his calves were better than »
- Jasmin Rosemberg
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