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The Supporting Actress Smackdown Of 1977 Is Just One Week Away. Get your votes in by Friday early evening. This week will be a '77 blitz at the blog to get you in the mood.
The Nominees were...
Quinn Cumming, The Goodbye Girl
Vanessa Redgrave, Julia
Tuesday Weld, Looking for Mr Goodbar
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- NATHANIEL R
Following years of unfilled curiosity, I had the fortune of finally seeing John Cassavetes‘ Gloria at Metrograph this past weekend. Many things that made the experience a surprise, and none were as strong as one-time child actor John Adames, whose central role was written as a rather precocious young child who almost exclusively speaks like an adult — a typically nauseating archetype that, when paired with a prime Gena Rowlands turn and placed under Cassavetes’ careful eye, works perfectly. Although I almost immediately knew something was different about this iteration of the type and could certainly sense something deeper at play, Gloria moves at so quick a clip that you might only be able to collect its pieces hours and days after.
Enter Adrian Martin and Cristina Álvarez López, who took to studying the film’s adult-child relationships, Cassavetes’ manipulation of perspective, and how “the mother-son figure is at once questioned, »
- Nick Newman
Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
“Cassavetes/Rowlands” is precisely what it seems, with Gena Rowlands Q & As held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Hawks‘ Scarface screens with De Palma on Friday and Saturday; Psycho has the same treatment this Sunday.
Museum of Modern Art
An extensive Leo McCarey retrospective brings you one of Hollywood’s greatest filmmakers.
Anthology Film Archives »
- Nick Newman
NEWSThe lineup for the 69th Locarno Film Festival has been announced, with new movies by Yousry Nasrallah, Matías Piñeiro, João Pedro Rodrigues (O Ornitólogo, above) and Axelle Ropert in the International Competition, short films by Thom Andersen and Jia Zhangke, and more.Recommended VIEWINGThe trailer for Jeff Nichols' new film Loving, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May.A new exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, "It's All True," is devoted to American avant-garde director Bruce Conner. The Museum has generously put online the 1996 version of Conner's film Looking for Mushrooms.Recommended Reading"American Horror Story": Ezekiel Kweku's brief, moving and must-read analysis of trying to analyze the proliferating videos of deaths at the hands of the American police:The postmortem, the part we’re going through now, is also tiring. The videos of the death go viral, everyone talks about how shocking it is, which »
Operating outside the studio system, the husband and wife team created indelible portraits of working-class strivers and small-timers in such films as “A Woman Under the Influence,” “Gloria” and “Faces.” Those works, as well as seven others, will screen as part of a retrospective at New York’s Metrograph theater from July 15-25. The career appreciation will include such Cassavetes and Rowlands pairings as “Love Streams” and “Opening Night,” along with films that Cassavetes directed without his wife and muse, such as “A Child is Waiting” and “Husbands.”
Cassavetes died in 1989, but Rowlands has remained active, appearing on the big and small screen in the likes of “The Notebook,” “Hysterical Blindness” and “Unhook the Stars.” She spoke with Variety about Cassavetes’ legacy, how roles improved for actresses and why she loves Bette Davis.
Why do your husband’s films endure? »
- Brent Lang
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I get a lot of questions about John and how he started doing films. Independent films. A lot of the people asking these questions are young people who are interested in doing their own films. I like knowing that there are people out there who admire the work we did together, and still consider John an example of how this can be done. And he still is. He still is an example.
- The Film Stage
Anna Karina is, along with Gena Rowlands, my favorite actress of all time. The seven and a half films that she made with Jean-Luc Godard constitute, arguably, the most influential body of work in the history of cinema. They certainly were more important in my own development as a filmmaker than any of the other countless masterpieces I fell in love with in the course of my cinematic education. Those seven and a half films redefined and redrew the map of what cinema is and could be more radically than anything I had seen before or since. Godard’s relationship with […] »
- Caveh Zahedi
Starting this weekend, Terence Davies will be in New York as the Museum of the Moving Image presents a retrospective of his films, complete but for his latest, A Quiet Passion. He'll be discussing The Long Day Closes and Sunset Song, which opens in the States next week, and there'll be screenings of his Trilogy, Distant Voices, Still Lives, The House of Mirth with Gillian Anderson, Eric Stoltz, Anthony Lapaglia, Laura Linney, The Neon Bible with Gena Rowlands, Of Time and the City and The Deep Blue Sea with Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston. We're gathering odes to one of Britain's greatest directors. » - David Hudson »
The thirteenth entry in an on-going series of audiovisual essays by Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin. Mubi will be showing John Cassavetes' Gloria (1980) March 23 - April 22 in the United Kingdom.You can tell a lot about filmmakers and their attitudes from the way they choose to frame a child—especially when there is also an adult in the same scene. To whom does the scene pay attention at any given moment? Whose viewpoint is covered? Who is privileged in the scene? Whose position is occupied by the camera? Shall we go the conventional shot/reverse shot route of looking down at the child from a high-angle (i.e., the senior Pov), and gazing up from a low-angle at the adult?John Cassavetes’s Gloria (1980) offers a veritable treatise on these questions—and its response is quite unlike any other film that centers on a roughly similar relationship, from »
- Cristina Álvarez López & Adrian Martin
Mubi in the United Kingdom will be showing four films by John Cassavetes beginning with Too Late Blues (March 9 - April 8), followed by Husbands (March 16 - April 15), Gloria (March 23 - April 22), and Love Streams (March 29 - April 28). “Life is a series of suicides, divorces, promises broken, children smashed, whatever.” — Robert, Love Streams“Love is a stream. It’s continuous. It doesn’t stop.” — Sarah, Love Streams I love a good punch. Not the kind Robert Mitchum could land, or the kind Errol Flynn once received, though the mythmaking breeziness of another era’s gossip columns ensures even these retain an ageless charm. I mean the verbal kind, the hit-you-in-the-belly kind. A gut punch. Putdowns are an art: cadence is a weapon, pithiness a bullet. Brevity bruises: it’s not so much what is said as everything that isn’t. The best knocks hurt precisely because, no matter how brutal they get, »
- Michael Pattison
6:03 Perhaps a good omen: As soon as I began typing, Honorary Oscar winner Gena Rowlands appeared.
- NATHANIEL R
Welcome to the 88th Academy Awards from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, where the film industry’s best and whitest gather for the annual celebration of motion picture achievements. It’s been a tight race this year, with several contests still too close to call.
The backdrop to this evening’s proceedings – along with the foreground and everything above it, below it, to the left and to the right of it – has been dominated by the #OscarsSoWhite outrage, which erupted back in January when, for the second year in a row, all 20 acting nominees were white.
The ensuing maelstrom triggered jerky knees in the Academy, which has moved to alter its composition and the way it does business going forward.
Time will tell. Meanwhile »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Lights, camera, action—Hollywood's biggest night of the year is finally here! The 88th Annual Academy Awards are well underway and the evening's host, Chris Rock, hasn't even stepped onstage yet. Today's festivities are being held at the Dolby Theatre, just like previous years, and several actors have already been named winners before the telecast even aired. Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands and Debbie Reynolds were all paid tribute and given their Oscar statues at the 7th Annual Governors Awards on Nov. 17, 2015. At the time, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs released the following statement in honor of the three stars. "The Board is proud to recognize our »
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Not-so-bold prediction: "Spotlight" will win Best Picture at the Oscars this Sunday. Maybe. Maybe not. The story of the Boston Globe reporters who exposed widespread child abuse by Catholic priests is a frontrunner to win the top honor. Whether it does win or not, it's out on Blu-ray and DVD on February 23. The discs include "Uncovering the Truth: A Spotlight Team Roundtable," with the real-life Spotlight team reuniting 14 years later for a roundtable discussion about the challenges they faced, and how the shocking story continues to impact the world. You can also watch the bonus featurettes "Spotlight: A Look Inside" and "The State of Journalism."
What if dinosaurs never became extinct and lived at the same time as humans? »
- Gina Carbone
The first time Sarah Paulson sat in Marcia Clark’s office chair on the set of “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” FX’s upcoming 10-episode anthology series about the infamous murder trial, she wasn’t happy: The chair was too small.
She’d done her research — extensive research. Ever since landing the role, she’d immersed herself in O.J. arcana: read Jeffrey Toobin’s book, “The Run of His Life,” on which the series is based, as well as Clark’s book, and prosecutor Chris Darden’s … studied the footage of the trial … watched all the news coverage. And she’d learned that Clark’s office chair was oversized; the petite prosecutor had been swallowed up in it. “I would have loved to have been able to have my body the way Darden described her,” she says wistfully over afternoon tea at L’Ermitage in Beverly Hills, »
- Debra Birnbaum
Thank you all for your kindnesses and rudenesses. I've really enjoyed it. I hope you can get along to see Nt Live on Thursday. Keep it real. Protect and serve.
Kristina Wilde asks:
I was lucky enough to see Dangerous Liaisons from the front row last Saturday and was completely thrilled. Who or what did you study to get into the mindset of Valmont, and is he comparable to any of your modern characters?
Unfortunately I think he's comparable to most of my modern characters! I hope I'm not getting into a rut. I read a lot about the Marquis de Sade, who was a preoccupation of Laclos, and like Valmont, had a warped view of love, »
- Guardian Staff
Hungarian-born cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, winner of an Oscar for his achievements on “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and a nominee for “The Deer Hunter,” “The River” (1984) and the “The Black Dahlia” (2006), has died at 85. His business partner Yuri Neyman said he died January 1.
Over a period of five decades in Hollywood, his other outstanding achievements included “Deliverance,” “Blow Out,” “The Ghost and the Darkness” and such Robert Altman films as “McCabe and Mrs. Miller” and “The Long Goodbye.” And he considered it the ultimate compliment that no two of his movies looked alike.
Working into his eighties, Zsigmond also shot a number of episodes of the Fox sitcom “The Mindy Project” from 2012-14. Zsigmond ranked among the 10 most influential cinematographers in film history in a 2003 survey conducted by the International Cinematographers Guild.
Belying his comment to Rolling Stone that “a cinematographer can only be as good as the director, »
- Carmel Dagan
17 items from 2016
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