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13 items from 2016


Oscar’S Year Of Visual Effects, and The Art Of Seeing And Believing

6 February 2016 9:16 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

If you have been living and routinely interacting with other human beings over the last month, you’ve probably heard one or two words involving this year’s Academy Awards and the heated controversy over the startling lack of both films and people of color among the nominees. Personally, I think that the real focus of concern ought to be less on the back end-- awards handed out for films which were financed and/or studio-approved, scheduled for production and filmed perhaps as much as two or three years ago-- and more on addressing the lack of cultural and intellectual and experiential diversity among those who have the power to make the decisions as to what films get made in the first place. This is no sure-fire way to ensure that there will be a richer and more consistent representation of diverse creative voices when it comes time for Hollywood »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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The Greatest Kidnapping Comedies of All-Time

4 February 2016 11:39 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

When asked about their inclination for kidnapping comedies, Joel Coen recently told Variety, “I’m not sure why. They are all very different. We should probably give that a rest.” He and Ethan Coen are responsible for three of the finest kidnapping comedies ever made, and are perhaps adding a fourth to their résumé this weekend.

The addition of comedy into a crime story is hardly a new prospect, but the kidnapping comedy is a wonderfully specific little nook in this often darkly funny cinematic world. The Coens practically own this genre — if you can call it a genre –having covered and re-covered it in such uniquely different ways.

Their fourth kidnapping comedy (although I doubt they would refer to any of these films as such), Hail, Caesar!, follows a Hollywood studio fixer (Josh Brolin) whose work life begins to unravel after the kidnapping of one of his biggest stars, »

- Tony Hinds

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DVD Review – Irrational Man (2015)

1 February 2016 1:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Irrational Man, 2015.

Directed by Woody Allen.

Starring Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix, Jamie Blackley, and Parker Posey.

Synopsis:

A philosophy professor, in the midst of an existential and a moral crisis, commits an irrevocable act of murder.

Nihilistic philosophy professor Abe (Joaquin Phoenix), a newly recruited member of the fictional college campus Braylin, is immediately sought after by fellow colleague Rita (Parker Posey) and one of his students Jill (Emma Stone). The first act is entrenched in a tonally jarring malaise; any semblance of believable character agency exerted by either of the two female leads is lost. Jill’s voice over describes Abe as a tormented genius, and an irresistible allure that she, both in this manner and toward her friends, family, and boyfriend Roy (James Blackley), cannot stop talking about him. Rita’s opening gambit to notify Abe of the campus’ gossip in the “who’s fucking who” category is brash, »

- Matthew Lee

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6 Indie Directors Christian Bale Needs to Work With

29 January 2016 3:08 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

James GrayThere's perhaps no indie director currently working today that seems tailor made to use Christian Bale's skills quite like James Gray. The director's numerous collaborations with Joaquin Phoenix have set a powerful precedent for the ways in which he can dig beneath intense screen presences to reveal their complex, tortured souls. Bale's characters — be it Bruce Wayne in Nolan's Batman movies or Russell Baze in the gritty "Out of the Furnace" — are often battling the pressures of who the public needs them to be versus who they truly are behind closed doors, and that construction is often the central crux to Gray's male characters. Even the villainous Bruno Weiss in "The Immigrant" takes subversive roads to redemption since Gray rarely chooses to keep his character's boxed inside our first perceptions of them. Gray's films have run the gamut from period dramas to crime thrillers and dramatic romances; all »

- Indiewire

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Irrational Man DVD Review

28 January 2016 1:14 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Woody Allen

Starring: Joaquin PhoenixEmma StoneParker Posey

Special Features: “On The Red Carpet” Feature and Photo Gallery

Certificate: 12

Boasting the same understated, dialogue-driven style that’s long been his trademark, the most recent addition to Woody Allen‘s enviable body of work – Irrational Man – is one that proves quite difficult to quantify. Taking inspiration from some of his previous successes, Allen mixes romance, mystery and comedy elements into this latest offering, making for a quirky, unusual drama.

When philosophy professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) arrives at his new Rhode Island campus, it’s fair to say his reputation precedes him. Famed as an original thinker with alcoholic tendencies and a penchant for womanising, his arrival is the talk of the town, not least in the home of Jill (Emma Stone), a bright student enrolled in his class.

It transpires however that Abe has become disillusioned with »

- Mike McCarthy

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Dragon Blade review – slow-moving sword-fighting spectacular

14 January 2016 2:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Even Jackie Chan’s action flair falters in this bombastic tale of Imperial Rome’s clashes with the Chinese

The chance to see Jackie Chan sword fighting with John Cusack in 50Bc China doesn’t come along often. What next? Cusack squabbling with Chan in a Chicago record store about the respective merits of Green Day and Stiff Little Fingers?

This stately, slow-moving action spectacular, with its huge digital landscape shots, is about the Silk Road, the trade route extending through China and the Middle East. Chan plays Huo An, the leader of a protection squad pledged to keep the peace between all the tribes and nations along the Road. After their meet-cute swordfight, he finds himself befriending General Lucius (Cusack) and his Roman soldiers, who have escaped from the evil and duplicitous Tiberius, played by Adrien Brody with an English accent, not unlike Joaquin Phoenix in Gladiator. Huo An, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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The 100 Best Films of the 21st Century (So Far) - Part 2: #75-51

12 January 2016 5:49 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Our countdown of the 100 best films of the 21st century continues. This is Part 2 #75 through 51.

Click here for Part 1 (#100-76)!

The first decade and a half of the 21st century has brought a lot of changes to the landscape of film. The advancement and sophistication of computers has made realistic computer generated effects a mainstay in both big-budget and small-budget films. The internet and streaming technologies have given big Hollywood new competition in films produced independently and by non-traditional means. We went from purchasing films on yards of tape to plastic disks, and now we can simply upload them to the cloud. Advertisements for films have reached a higher, more ruthless level where generating hype through trailers and teasers is crucial for a film’s commercial success. Movie attendance has fluctuated along with the economy, but that hasn’t stopped films from breaking box office records, including having films gross »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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Contest: Win Woody Allen's 'Irrational Man' Starring Joaquin Phoenix & Emma Stone On Blu-ray

12 January 2016 2:11 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There are few annual cinematic traditions you can rely on, and one of them is a new film from Woody Allen. The director rarely lets a year go by without delivering a new movie, and last summer he brought "Irrational Man" to the big screen. And if you didn't get a chance to catch it then, we have a few copies to give away to some lucky readers. Starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, the story follows the relationship that develops between a college professor and his student. Here's the official synopsis: Read More: Cannes Review: Woody Allen's 'Irrational Man' Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone And Parker Posey Soon after arriving to teach at a small town college, Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) gets involved with two women, Rita Richards (Parker Posey), a lonely professor who wants him to rescue her from her unhappy marriage; and Jill Pollard (Emma Stone), his best student, »

- Edward Davis

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Awfj 2015 Eda Awards winners announced

12 January 2016 12:24 PM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Update 01.12.16:

And the winners are…

Awfj Best Of Awards

These awards are presented to women and/or men without gender consideration.

Best Film: Spotlight

Best Director: Tom McCarthySpotlight

Best Screenplay, Original: SpotlightJosh Singer, Tom McCarthy

Best Screenplay, Adapted: CarolPhyllis Nagy

Best Documentary: Amy

Best Animated Film: Inside Out

Best Actress: Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Kristin Stewart – Clouds of Sils Maria

Best Actor: Leonardo Di CaprioThe Revenant

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Paul DanoLove & Mercy

Best Ensemble Cast: Spotlight and Straight Outta Compton (Tie)

Best Editing: Mad Max: Fury RoadMargaret Sixel

Best Cinematography: CarolEdward Lachman

Best Film Music or Score: The Hateful EightEnnio Morricone

Best Non-English-Language Film: Son of Saul

Eda Female Focus Awards

These awards honor women only.

Best Woman Director: Marielle HellerThe Diary of a Teenage Girl

Best Woman Screenwriter: Emma Donoghue »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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New to Streaming: ‘Chi-Raq,’ ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ ‘Irrational Man,’ ‘The Shining,’ and More

8 January 2016 8:03 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Amour Fou (Jessica Hausner)

An ecstatically original work of film-history-philosophy with a digital-cinema palette of acutely crafted compositions. Amour Fou seamlessly blends together the paintings of Vermeer, the acting of Bresson, and the psychological undercurrents of a Dostoevsky novel. It is an intensely thrilling and often slyly comic work that manages to combine a passionately dispassionate love story of the highest order with a larger socio-historical »

- TFS Staff

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The 100 Best Films of the 21st Century (So Far) - Part 1: #100-76

5 January 2016 4:34 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

A new year means an opportunity to reflect on the past. This is our list of the 100 best films of the last 15 years, Part 1 #100 through 76.

The first decade and a half of the 21st century has brought a lot of changes to the landscape of film. The advancement and sophistication of computers has made realistic computer generated effects a mainstay in both big-budget and small-budget films. The internet and streaming technologies have given big Hollywood new competition in films produced independently and by non-traditional means. We went from purchasing films on yards of tape to plastic disks, and now we can simply upload them to the cloud. Advertisements for films have reached a higher, more ruthless level where generating hype through trailers and teasers is crucial for a film’s commercial success. Movie attendance has fluctuated along with the economy, but that hasn’t stopped films from breaking box office records, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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"Carol" Leads Eda Awards Nominations by Alliance of Women Film Journalists!

5 January 2016 7:39 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced the nominees for their 2015 Eda Awards recognizing the amazing work done by and about women -- both in front and behind the camera. According to their site, "the EDAs are named in honor of Awfj founder Jennifer Merin.s mother, Eda Reiss Merin, a stage, film and television actress whose career spanned more than 60 years. A dedicated foot soldier in the industry, Eda was one of the founders of AFTRA and a long-standing Member of AMPAS."

Todd Haynes' "Carol" led the pack with nine nominations, followed by "Mad Max: Fury Road" with six, "Room" and "Spotlight" with five each, and "The Martian" with four.

I wish I can vote for the Eda Awards because their Special Mention Awards are just too darn fun with categories like "Best Nudity," and "Actress Most In Need of a New Agent!"

Winners of the 2015 Eda »

- Manny

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Marvel Shifted Doctor Strange To Work Around Benedict Cumberbatch

4 January 2016 8:31 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the most popular actors working today. His work on Sherlock for the BBC has made him a global superstar. Since then, he has become incredibly sought after in Hollywood. It was no surprise when the rumors began to circulate that Marvel was interested in him for a role in one of their big tent pole films. They wanted him so badly, in fact, that they decided to shift the production of the film around in order to fit his very busy schedule. When the casting for Doctor Strange first became a topic of conversation, there were a number of other names -- Joaquin Phoenix, chief among them -- who were reportedly being considered. Now, it turns out that the other casting options were on the table, not because Marvel didn.t want Benedict Cumberbatch, but rather because they weren.t sure they.d be able »

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