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Scream Factory and IFC Midnight have paired up to present an inspired disc set for The Larry Fessenden Collection, an assortment of four of the director’s most notable genre films. Migrating between a number of notable projects as a character actor (he usually appears as some peripheral, grizzled weirdo, showing up in titles by Scorsese, Neil Jordan, and Kelly Reichardt, amongst others), he’s also a noted producer, editor, screenwriter, and cinematographer. But Fessenden’s made his most striking impression with a growing body of genre oriented independent directorial efforts. Usually prizing strong characterization amidst situations of mounting dread, Fessenden seems fascinated with testing the strengths and inherent weaknesses of mankind, and it’s probably easiest to label his filmography as environmental horror.
- Nicholas Bell
Special mention: Häxan
Directed by Benjamin Christensen
Denmark / Sweden, 1922
Häxan (a.k.a The Witches or Witchcraft Through The Ages) is a 1922 silent documentary about the history of witchcraft, told in a variety of styles, from illustrated slideshows to dramatized reenactments of alleged real-life events. Written and directed by Benjamin Christensen, and based partly on Christensen’s study of the Malleus Maleficarum, Häxan is a fine examination of how superstition and the misunderstanding of mental illness could lead to the hysteria of the witch-hunts. At the time, it was the most expensive Scandinavian film ever made, costing nearly 2 million Swedish krona. Although it won acclaim in Denmark and Sweden, the film was banned in the United States and heavily censored in other countries for what were considered, at that time, graphic depictions of torture, nudity, and sexual perversion. Depending on which version you’re watching, the commentary is »
- Ricky Fernandes
Although she’s only 21, Saoirse Ronan has carved out quite a career working with Wes Anderson, Studio Ghibli, Peter Weir, Neil Jordan, Joe Wright, Peter Jackson, Andrew Niccol, and more. So, while it might seem a bit early for a career-spanning conversation, she had much to discuss when she came to the London Film Festival for a screening of Brooklyn, featuring perhaps her most acclaimed performance.
Adapted from Colm Toibin‘s novel by Nick Hornby with direction by John Crowley (Boy A, Closed Circuit), the period drama Brooklyn was one of our favorite films from this year’s Sundance. Ronan leads the story about a young woman’s emigration from Ireland to America in the fifties, caught in the middle of two romances (between Domhnall Gleeson and Emory Cohen). We also have a new U.K. trailer for the film tied to its BFI premiere.
We said in our review, »
- Jordan Raup
Twilight Time presents Irish auteur Neil Jordan’s 1982 directorial debut Angel (aka Danny Boy) on Blu-ray, an obscurely regarded gem from the great filmmaker. A visually vibrant examination of the entrenched malaise infecting a region in the midst of what’s been referred to as “the troubles” (or the Northern Ireland Conflict, a decades spanning political issue concerning the constitutional status of Ireland in the UK vs. a United Ireland, informed also by religious views and ethnic background), this melancholy revenge drama showcases Jordan’s enduring muse Stephen Rea, as well as themes he’d continue to enhance in subsequent features. Hampered by a lack of developing tension, mostly due to a dramatic catalyst granted more weight than it could possibly wield, it’s certainly a solemn precursor to Jordan’s later masterpiece that decade, Mona Lisa (1986).
Danny (Rea) is a talented saxophonist traveling around with his band to different gigs around Northern Ireland. »
- Nicholas Bell
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
Meet some of the best directors working today, who haven't gone down the blockbuster movie route...
Ever find it a bit lame when the same big name directors get kicked around for every high profile project? Christopher Nolan, Jj Abrams, maybe the Russo Brothers? With so much focus on blockbuster films these days, getting a major franchise job seems like the main acknowledgement of success for a filmmaker. And yes, both the financial and creative rewards can be great. But there are plenty of other directors out there, doing their own thing, from art house auteurs to Dtv action specialists.
Here are 25 examples.
Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve probably seen Lee Hardcastle’s ultraviolent claymations shared on social media. He first started getting noticed for his two-minute remake of The Thing, starring the famous stop motion penguin Pingu. Far from just a cheap one-joke mash-up, »
David Geffen Hall Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
David Geffen is the producer of Neil Jordan's Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles with a screenplay by Anne Rice, starring Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas, Kirsten Dunst, Stephen Rea, Christian Slater and Thandie Newton, and Frank Oz's Little Shop Of Horrors with Bill Murray, John Candy, Christopher Guest, James Belushi, Rick Moranis and Steve Martin.
David Geffen Hall ceremony Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
The co-founder of DreamWorks Skg (Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen) and the executive producer of Robert Towne's Personal Best, starring Mariel Hemingway, made a gift of 100 million dollars towards the renovation of the building that recently hosted the honoring of Barbra Streisand, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
The year that gave us Gremlins, Ghostbusters and The Temple Of Doom also gave us these 20 underappreciated movies...
It's been said that 1984 was a vintage year for movies, and looking back, it's easy to see why. The likes of Ghostbusters and Gremlins served up comedy, action and the macabre in equal measure. James Cameron's The Terminator cemented Arnold Schwarzenegger's star status and gave us one of the greatest sci-fi action movies of the decade.
This was also the year where the Coen brothers made their screen debut with the stunning thriller Blood Simple, and when the Zucker brothers followed up Airplane! with the equally hilarious Top Secret! And we still haven't even mentioned Beverly Hills Cop, This Is Spinal Tap, The Karate Kid, Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom and the unexpectedly successful romantic comedy, Splash. Then there was Milos Forman's sumptuous period drama Amadeus, which »
The 59Th BFI London Film Festival Announces Full 2015 Programme
You can peruse the programme at your leisure here.
The programme for the 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. BFI London Film Festival is Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals. It introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience. The Festival provides an essential platform for films seeking global success; and promotes the careers of British and international filmmakers through its industry and awards programmes. With this year’s industry programme stronger than ever, offering international filmmakers and leaders a programme of insightful events covering every area of the film industry Lff positions London as the world’s leading creative city.
The Festival will screen a »
From thrillers to sci-fi to horror, here's our pick of 20 films from 1986 that surely deserve a bit more love...
A fascinating year for film, 1986. It was a time when a glossy, expensive movie about handsome men in planes could dominate the box-office, sure (that would be Top Gun). But it was also a year when Oliver Stone went off with just $6m and came back with Platoon, one of the biggest hits of the year both financially and in terms of accolades. It was also a period when the British movie industry was briefly back on its feet, resulting in a new golden age of great films - one or two of them are even on this list.
As ever, there were certain films that, despite their entertainment value or genuine brilliance in terms of movie making, somehow managed to slip through the net. So to redress the balance a little, »
The Weinstein Company and ITV Studios Global Entertainment have boarded high-profile epic Russian mob TV series “Mafiya,” being produced by London-based Archery Pictures and set to go into production early 2016.
The 10-part skein, written by William Nicholson (“Gladiator,” “Les Miserables”), is set in Moscow in the 1990s, “when criminal gangs and private armies clashed in one of wildest rides in history,” a statement said.
Protag Misha “goes from street trader to becoming one of the richest and most powerful individuals in the country, helping to bring down the once-mighty Soviet Union but paying a huge price along the way.”
Archery Pictures is looking to build a slate of large-scale, international television productions working with writers and directors including »
- Nick Vivarelli
Two film franchises, both just now reaching their fifth film, but nothing alike in overall execution. What makes "Mission: Impossible" so rich and robust as a series, and why is "Vacation" such a drag? The answer to the first part of that question has to do with Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner, and anyone looking to understand how to build a 21st century franchise would be wise to closely study the model that they've established. Not only has it proven incredibly limber, it seems like they're still just picking up steam. All they have to do now is figure out how to keep Tom Cruise alive and looking exactly like he does right now for the next 100 years. Since it's the Imf we're talking about, I assume they will succeed. When you look at Tom Cruise's career, he came out of the gates really strong. He made his screen debut in "Endless Love, »
- Drew McWeeny
Bob Hoskins became an actor by accident when he accompanied a friend to an audition at London’s leftwing Unity theatre in 1969, and achieved TV stardom as the doomed travelling salesman in Dennis Potter’s Pennies From Heaven. In 1980, he became an international star in Scottish director John Mackenzie’s The Long Good Friday, his first major screen role, as the East End gangster Harold Shand who dreams of transforming his minor criminal empire into a legitimate enterprise by rejuvenating London’s decaying docklands and playing host to the 1988 Olympics. Hoskins’s Shand was compared favourably with Edward G Robinson’s seminal Little Caesar of 1931.
Related: Bob Hoskins: a career in pictures
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- Philip French
Throughout the supplements on Arrow’s new (rather impressive) Blu-ray edition of this landmark gangster film, nearly everyone involved speaks of their collective desire to simply make the best film they possibly could, and in many ways, The Long Good Friday is just about the most natural result of that pursuit. Nothing goes unaccounted for, the characters are all richly drawn, the narrative drive is forceful without overwhelming a chance for reflection, and there’s just enough of a mystery to the whole thing to keep the audience hooked. The satisfaction that can come from such a well-rounded, expertly-delivered film can sometimes, however, be diminished by the sheer contentedness of the thing. Life is unwieldy, unpredictable, and sometimes incomprehensible, and films that ignore those qualities in the pursuit of “perfection” can feel closed-off.
- Scott Nye
Liam Neeson’s son Michael has been set to play the Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, reprising the role his father made famous in 1996’s “Michael Collins.” Colin Morgan is playing the lead role of Sean McDermott — who masterminded the Easter Rising — and David O’Hara is playing revolutionary leader James Connolly.
The historical drama-thriller will be produced and directed by Kevin McCann from a screenplay by McCann and co-writer Colin Broderick. The story will form a prequel to the events covered in Neil Jordan’s “Michael Collins” and Ken Loach’s 2006 Palme d’Or winner “The Wind That Shakes the Barley.”
- Dave McNary
I interviewed actor Christian Slater in November, 2008 for Venice Magazine. Having long had a reputation as an "enfant terrible" in his youth, Slater surprised me somewhat with his calm, measured demeanor and thoughtful outlook. He was promoting his well-reviewed, but ultimately short-lived, TV series "My Own Worst Enemy," which we discussed a bit, but Slater was eager to reflect on his entire career and life, which he did with aplomb. My other memory of the chat is that during our dinner, the power went out in the restaurant or hotel where we met (the location of which has been lost to time) and the halogen streetlights outside casting our talk in a strange, other-worldly glow for a good 30 minutes. All these factors made our meeting a memorable one. Slater can currently be seen on the new USA Network series "Mr. Robot," which is also being lauded critically, and will hopefully »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
★★★★★ Mona Lisa, released in 1986 and written/directed by Irish poet and novelist Neil Jordan, shines out as a rough diamond, a masterpiece of British cinema undeniably worthy of its classical title. In one of the most powerful roles of his career, the late great Bob Hoskins stars as George, a low-level criminal who returns from a long stretch in prison and starts trying to put his life together. He has a teenage daughter, who he tries to visit, as soon as he can, only for the scene to degenerate into a violent slanging match between George and his ex-wife. This opening holds in microcosm the complex conflicting elements of George's character.
- CineVue UK
Stars: Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Caine, Clarke Peters, Kate Hardie, Zoë Nathenson, Sammi Davis, Rod Bedall, Joe Brown, Pauline Melville | Written by Neil Jordan, David Leland | Directed by Neil Jordan
The second of Arrow Video’s recent Bob Hoskins releases, Mona Lisa may be the better movie of the two. When you look at the quality of The Long Good Friday and how good the movie is, this should be taken as a hint about how good this release from Arrow Video is. Not heavy in special features, it is the movie that speaks for itself both in the quality of the restoration and how relevant the film still feels to this day.
- Paul Metcalf
Mona Lisa, 1986.
Directed by Neil Jordan.
An ex-con just released from prison lands a job driving a call girl from job to job.
Arrow Films follow-up their excellent release of The Long Good Friday with Mona Lisa, the 1986 crime drama directed by Neil Jordan (The Company of Wolves) and starring the late, great Bob Hoskins. Hoskins plays George, a criminal released from prison and looking for a job. After going to see his ex-wife and daughter and being told where to go, George goes to see his former colleagues and is offered work driving high-class call girl Simone (Cathy Tyson – The Serpent & The Rainbow) from job to job. Sounds easy but George’s rough, wide-boy charm and Simone’s more elegant manner initially causes the two to clash, until »
- Gary Collinson
Marshall has more than 15 years experience in film and television, specialising in multi-party project finance.
In a joint statement, Thykier and Marshall said “Alex is arriving at a key moment for us as we develop projects with some of the UK’s best talent - including Bill Nicholson, Peter Kosminsky, Neil Jordan, Adrian Hodges and Howard Overman. Alex’s deal making experience will be vital in pushing these projects forward.”
Marshall said: “I »
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