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King Of The Road: Five Films You Need To See During Janus Films’ Touring Wim Wenders Retrospective

28 August 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Very few movements in film history have been as rewarding, and yet as undervalued among film fans, as that of the New German Cinema. With names like Rainer Werner Fassbinder now beginning to be muttered in broad collections of film fans, the world of German filmmaking that came to light in the late 1960s has birthed some of the greatest auteurs of its generation, even a handful that are still turning out some of their best work. Most notably filmmakers like Werner Herzog have transitioned from this movement into worlds that they themselves have broken the ground on.

Same could be said for one Wim Wenders.

Best known for masterpieces like Wings Of Desire and Paris, Texas, the filmmaker is to this day pushing the boundaries of what cinema can do. With 3D films like Pina and his startlingly poignant Salt Of The Earth, Wenders has had a more than productive career spanning 5 decades, »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Pattinson to Play E.T. Spaceman in Mystery Sci-Fier for Veteran Auteur Denis

26 August 2015 8:24 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Robert Pattinson: Actor to play E.T. astronaut. Robert Pattinson to star for Claire Denis If all goes as planned, Robert Pattinson will get to star in French screenwriter-director Claire Denis' recently announced – and as yet untitled – English-language sci-fier, penned by Denis and White Teeth author Zadie Smith and her novelist husband Nick Laird, from an original idea by Denis and writing partner Jean-Pol Fargeau. Among Claire Denis' credits are the interracial love story Chocolat (1988), the sociopolitical drama White Material (2009), and the generally well-regarded Billy Budd reboot Beau Travail (1999), winner of the César Award for Best Cinematography (Agnès Godard). Robert Pattinson, for his part, is best known for playing the veggie vampire in the wildly popular Twilight movies costarring Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. Robert Pattinson, astronaut In Claire Denis' film, Robert Pattinson is slated to play an E.T. astronaut. But what happens to said astronaut? Does »

- Zac Gille

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Robert Pattinson to Read Zadie Smith’s Words for Claire Denis

26 August 2015 8:22 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Since the final Twilight film opened in 2012, Robert Pattinson has found consistent work in artier fare, taking roles in David Cronenberg's stoic adaptation of Don DeLillo's Cosmopolis (2012), The Rover (2014), Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars (2014), the upcoming Dennis Stock and James Dean biopic Life, and as T.E. Lawrence in Werner Herzog's upcoming Queen of the Desert. Pattinson will continue on that path, taking the lead role in acclaimed French director Claire Denis's first English-language film, penned by Denis, Zadie Smith, and Smith's husband, Nick Laird. Pattinson will play an astronaut, according to Screen Daily, in the sci-fi film that takes place in a "future that seems like the present." Denis, an art-house auteur known for her slow, elliptical narratives and stygian tones, has played with genre films before, notably her brilliant pseudo-vampire film Trouble Every Day and last year's relentlessly cryptic Bastards, so there's no telling how Denis defines "science-fiction. »

- Greg Cwik

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Quentin Tarantino Teases Science Fiction Film Idea & Suggests One More Western To Come

25 August 2015 12:22 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The alternative headline for this piece could have been "The 10 Most Arrogant Quotes From Quentin Tarantino’s Vulture Interview": holy hell, does this guy possess a staggering lack of humility. Normally, you let others call your writing poetry. But not Tarantino: he’ll beat you right to it and constantly remind you that his words are art (let’s not forget his “Django Unchained” Oscar speech where he basically thanked himself, saying “boy, did I do it this time”; also, please recall Jamie Foxx’s initially confused face). Tarantino surely has the goods to back it up (or, if you do not think much of his recent films, at least he used to), but no one has ever seen Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog or Christopher Nolan behaving similarly —at least nowhere near Tarantino’s level. So here’s five highlights of his self-aggrandizement from the recent Vulture interview. Read »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Jauja | Blu-ray Review

25 August 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Like each of Lisandro Alonso‘s cinematic offerings that came before – La LibertadLos MuertosFantasma and Liverpool – the Un Certain Regard debuted, Fipresci Prize winning Jauja regards the solitary man facing the exactings of life, nature and the human spirit. But something is quite different here. There seems to be some kind of scripted narrative, lavish costuming and even what many would call a proper movie star in the robustly mustachioed Viggo Mortensen. Yet by embracing these glacial shifts in the filmmaking process itself, Alonso has elevated his art from contemplatively ethnographic to something much more strange, exciting, illusive and illuminating.

For the first time in his career, Alonso parsed out something resembling a working feature length script in partnership with the Argentinian poet Fabián Casas whom he’d worked with previously on untitled Albert Serra addressed short and took on Mortensen as both his leading man producer on the project, »

- Jordan M. Smith

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Nicolas Cage Names His Favorite Performances, Bashes Modern Film Criticism

14 August 2015 12:36 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I've made my affections for Nicolas Cage no secret on this site. It's a love ironic and not. I truly believe the actor can command a strong performance when given a chance, even today despite the rantings of those who believe otherwise -- I'll point to Joe and the first Kick-Ass to back my case. Even when he's bad, though, his odd fixture usually remains alluring. The mannerisms, delivery and personality traits he gives to his characters are entirely his own, and only occasionally does that not work in his favor with regards to entertainment, like in last week's The Runner. His most insane performances, from The Wicker Man to Vampire's Kiss, are not always celebrated but they're sure-as-hell remembered, and that's the case for the actor as well. Talking to Time about his filmography while promoting his aforementioned new political drama, the kookier and/or more emotionally demanding roles »

- Will Ashton

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Exclusive: Poster For New Wim Wenders Upcoming Retrospective Tour ‘Portraits Along The Road’

14 August 2015 8:13 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Happy 70th birthday, Wim Wenders. The venerable German auteur is perhaps best known for cinema classics “Wings of Desire,” “Paris, Texas,” and his three Oscar nominated documentaries “Buena Vista Social Club,” the 3D contemporary dance portrait “Pina,” and his most recent photography film “The Salt of the Earth.” But Wenders, whose works stands alongside Werner Herzog, Agnes Varda, Andrzej Wajda, Jacques Rivette and other elder statesmen and women of European cinema has been woefully under the radar in North America. This is because, as he explained to us in an interview earlier this year, most of this early, classic films from the 1970s have been unavailable on DVD because of unresolved rights clearances and ownership issues. With those problems resolved very recently, the Criterion Collection and Janus Films are working together to rectify cinephiles’ knowledge of Wenders’s vast, eclectic and amazing body of work. Last week, Janus Films announced "Wim Wenders:. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Watch: What if ‘Ant-Man’ was directed by Werner Herzog

10 August 2015 1:57 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Is a Werner Herzog superhero movie on the horizon?

Nope, but this is pretty close.

Filmmaker Patrick (H) Williams begged the questions, “what if Werner Herzog made a superhero movie?” with one of the most recent offerings, Marvel’s Ant-Man.

It’s a clever video with Herzog-esque voiceover and dialogue going over images of the hero, Scott Lang, walking around at ant size. Thanks to some green screen work, it also allows for a few gags with giant creatures around Lang.

Ant-Man has gone on to be yet another hit for Marvel and while a sequel isn’t in the plans just yet, Paul Rudd will return as Lang in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War. No word yet if Herzog has any plans for future superhero movies, but my money is on Thor 3.

The post Watch: What ifAnt-Man’ was directed by Werner Herzog appeared first on Sound On Sight. »

- Zach Dennis

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Fred Armisen and Bill Hader's IFC Comedy 'Documentary Now!' to Pre-Premiere on Vice

10 August 2015 10:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

"Documentary Now!" creators Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers are joining forces with Vice and SundanceNow Doc club in anticipation of the IFC comedy series' premiere on August 20. Thanks to a unique partnership, IFC will pre-premiere an episode of the series on Vice.com beginning today, 10 days prior to the series premiere on IFC. Read More: Watch: Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers Mock Docs in Trailer for IFC's 'Documentary Now!' "Documentary Now!" parodies some of the world's best-known documentaries. Starring Armisen and Hader, each episode is shot in a different style of documentary filmmaking, from Errol Morris to Werner Herzog, and honors some of the most important stories that didn't actually happen. Vice and IFC will be premiering the second episode of the season, "Dronez: The Hunt for El Chingon," which riffs on Vice's HBO series and stars Jack Black as a Shane Smith-inspired host and Armisen and Hader. »

- Zack Sharf

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Fred Armisen and Bill Hader's IFC Comedy 'Documentary Now!' to Pre-Premiere on Vice

10 August 2015 10:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

"Documentary Now!" creators Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers are joining forces with Vice and SundanceNow Doc club in anticipation of the IFC comedy series' premiere on August 20. Thanks to a unique partnership, IFC will pre-premiere an episode of the series on Vice.com beginning today, 10 days prior to the series premiere on IFC. Read More: Watch: Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers Mock Docs in Trailer for IFC's 'Documentary Now!' "Documentary Now!" parodies some of the world's best-known documentaries. Starring Armisen and Hader, each episode is shot in a different style of documentary filmmaking, from Errol Morris to Werner Herzog, and honors some of the most important stories that didn't actually happen. Vice and IFC will be premiering the second episode of the season, "Dronez: The Hunt for El Chingon," which riffs on Vice's HBO series and stars Jack Black as a Shane Smith-inspired host and Armisen and Hader. »

- Zack Sharf

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Nerd Alert: Why Fantastic Four Flopped, Batman Vs Scarecrow and More

10 August 2015 10:08 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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 magnificent Monday? Batman attacks the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz, fans can watch what Ant-Man would have looked like with Werner Herzog directing and a breakdown of everything that went wrong with the new Fantastic Four reboot. We also have a wonderful mashup of Game of Thrones and Parks and Recreation. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.

What Went Wrong With Fantastic Four?

Mr. Sunday Movies is back with a new video where he explains what went wrong with 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four, which only earned $26.2 million at the box office this weekend and suffered from overwhelmingly negative reviews. This eight-minute video sifts through rumors and news »

- MovieWeb

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Watch: Werner Herzog's 'Ant-Man' is the Marvel Movie You Didn't Know You Needed

10 August 2015 9:21 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Werner Herzog Says Independent Film Is a Myth (and 7 More Good Ideas From the Find Forum Keynote) With favorable reviews and nearly $150 million and counting at the domestic box office, "Ant-Man" has been an enjoyable success for Marvel and Disney, especially since many thought the project was going to be derailed after the infamous Edgar Wright debacle. Exceeding expectations, Peyton Reed came on board at the last minute and admirably succeeded in bringing the unconventional superhero to the big screen, but what would've happened had Werner Herzog stepped in as Wright's replacement?  Fortunately, this question has been answered thanks to Youtube filmmaker Patrick (H) Willems. In the above video, Willems gloriously imagines how a Herzog-directed "Ant-Man" would turn out. Any Marvel fan who thought "Ant-Man" could've used more existential philosophizing now has a reason to celebrate.  Read More: Watch: Nicole Kidman »

- Zack Sharf

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Today in Movie Culture: Werner Herzog's 'Ant-Man,' Snoopy as Deadpool and More

7 August 2015 9:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Alternate Universe Movie of the Day: Never mind the question of what if Edgar Wright had directed Ant-Man. Here's the answer to what if Werner Herzog had made it (via Geek Tyrant):   Movie Mashup of the Day: In honor of Snoopy's birthday, Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld drew up this awesome tribute:   Movie Genre Takedown of the Day: Keeping with the superhero theme, here is a video list of the most cringe-worthy moments in comic book movie history (via Neatorama):   Diy Fandom of the Day: If you still love Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movies after that last video, maybe you'd like to make your own 3D-printed Raimi-era Spidey mask (via Geek...

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- Christopher Campbell

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What’s Up Doc?: Moore Docu Surprises, Locarno Begins, Telluride, Venice & Tiff Loom

7 August 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The fall festival rush is upon us. Locarno is currently ramping up. Venice has released their line-up and Thom Powers and the Toronto International Film Festival team have dropped a bomb with a previously unannounced new feature from powerhouse docu-provocateur Michael Moore. It is truly a miracle that the production of a film such as Moore’s upcoming Where To Invade Next (see still above) managed to go completely undetected by the filmmaking community until it was literally announced to world premiere at one of the largest film festivals in the world. Programmed as a one of the key films in the Special Presentations section at Tiff, the film sees Moore telling “the Pentagon to ‘stand down’ — he will do the invading for America from now on.” Also announced to premiere at Tiff was Avi Lewis’ This Changes Everything, which has slowly been rising up this list, as well as »

- Jordan M. Smith

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Votd: What if Werner Herzog Directed ‘Ant-Man’?

7 August 2015 8:08 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

With the release of Ant-Man earlier this month, we’re officially done with releases from Marvel Studios for 2015. Despite the trouble behind the scenes before the film started shooting, with Peyton Reed replacing Edgar Wright as director, it actually turned out to be a pretty decent comic book flick. But one fan thinks that movie […]

The post Votd: What if Werner Herzog Directed ‘Ant-Man’? appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Locarno: ‘The Final Passage’ – Pre-Historic Rock Art as Rarely Seen Before

7 August 2015 12:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Locarno: Beginning in dense darkness, which magnifies slight sounds, Pascal Magontier’s “The Final Passage” is a seeming 28-minute traveling shot through the caverns and natural vaults of southern France’s extraordinary Chauvet-Pont d’Arc Cave.

Slinking through rocks gaps, down passageways, hovering past stalactites, over fossilized remains, the camera, at a roughly eye level, progressively reveals the centerpiece of the Cave: Dozens of paintings, some of the earliest ever discovered, of horses heads, mammoths, bears, cave lions, panthers, hyenas, two rhinoceroses butting horns, red ochre hand prints and dots, a partial Venus figure.

Werner Herzog pictured the Chauvet-Pont d’Arc in 2010’s docu-feature “Cave of Forgotten Dreams.” Accompanied by graven organ music – think Cliff Martinez, but an original soundtrack from Damien Vandesande and Clément Aichelbaum – “The Final Passage” is the full picture of the cave and its paintings, among the oldest yet discovered – dating from as much as 35,0000 years »

- John Hopewell

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Fantasia 2015: ‘The Interior’ a fascinating and patient study of the onset of madness

3 August 2015 11:55 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Interior

Director: Trevor Juras

Runtime: 80 minutes

It’s always refreshing to see a filmmaker try something new with the horror genre even if the full package isn’t wholly unique. Enter The Interior, a low-key first feature from Canadian filmmaker Trevor Juras that is split into two very distinct acts.

Set in Toronto, the first act plays like a standard mumblecore comedy about a man in arrested development. We meet James (played by newcomer Patrick McFadden), a frustrated young man who should be happy with his life but remains chronically depressed. James smokes a few joints, records a rap track, loses his job and receives a distressing medical diagnosis when visiting his doctor. Wanting to get away from all the stress, James flees the suffocating big city and heads west on a getaway through the beautiful forests of British Columbia. It’s at this point that the title card »

- Ricky

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2015 Venice Film Festival: Guadagnino, Sokurov, Kaufman, Bellocchio & Fukunaga Compete for Golden Lion

29 July 2015 4:35 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

With the exception of Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation and Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, the nineteen other films in Venice Film Festival’s contention for the Golden Lion won’t be mentioned during awards season, but who cares when you have the likes of Aleksander Sokurov, Luca Guadagnino and Marco Bellocchio in the line-up. Not unlike previous years, the 2015 edition has a good numbers of films from Italy and the U.S., with several France co-productions littered throughout and the addition of fresh faces with first time works from composer Piero Messina and artist/musician Laurie Anderson.

While non comp offerings in the shape of Scott Cooper’s Black Mass and Thomas McCarthy’s Spotlight are sure to receive a fair amount of trade news attention it’s the docus that are especially rich this year: Frederick Wiseman is joined by Sergei Loznitsa makes back to »

- Eric Lavallee

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Why 'Phoenix' Finally Makes Christian Petzold a New Arthouse Auteur

29 July 2015 2:06 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

If "Phoenix" can harness the steam off its first weekend in New York, where the postwar drama earned nearly $30,000 at two theaters, it could become a runaway arthouse hit a la last year's Polish-language "Ida." In the Us, German cinema is carried by its more broadly known, art-household names such as Michael Haneke (who is Austrian), Werner Herzog and Wim Wenders, who often co-produce with other countries and rarely work in their native tongue anymore. Christian Petzold, after two decades of work, stands to be the country's latest candidate for an art film figurehead as "Phoenix" expands this weekend in Los Angeles. Petzold's longtime muse Nina Hoss changed his tune as a director, yielding a collaboration on six features together—and all about women. His 2012 wartime melo "Barbara," starring Hoss as a hardened doctor transplanted from East Germany to a provincial country hospital in the 1980s, sent critics in raptures. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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The Conversation: Drew Morton and Landon Palmer Discuss ‘Paris, Texas’

29 July 2015 9:44 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Conversation is a feature at Sound on Sight bringing together Drew Morton and Landon Palmer in a passionate debate about cinema new and old. For their seventh piece, they discuss Wim Wenders’s modern classic Paris, Texas (1984).

Landon’S Take

Throughout Wim Wenders’s Paris, Texas (1984), Travis Henderson (played by Harry Dean Stanton) carries with him a photograph of an empty lot he bought in the eponymous city, which he later tells his son is near “the Red River” that borders Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. The reference automatically draws to mind Howard Hawks’s beloved 1948 Western, Red River, which drew together an unlikely screen pair with John Wayne and Montgomery Clift. That Hawks classic was also featured prominently in Peter Bogdanovich’s canonical 1971 film The Last Picture Show as the “last picture” of the film’s title exhibited at a dwindling moviehouse in an increasingly barren West Texas small town. »

- Landon Palmer

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